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8 Google Sheets Add-ons Every Teacher Should Know About. July , 2017 Google Sheets add-on store features a number of educational extensions to use with your forms and spreadsheets to add amazing functionalities. These add-ons are arranged into various categories. We revisited the ‘education’ category and selected for you the 8 most popular applications there.

Using these add-ons will enable you to: Create graphs and forms and write complex math in your sheetsCreate and modify a planning schedule for project management in a spreadsheet; easily scaffold, manage and assess students projects in Google DriveQuickly grade and analyze students assessments, split cells, remove duplicates, clean up data and change caseAdd powerful functionality to quizzes you create via Google FormsSend personalized mass emails with Gmail and track email opens. 1- g(Math) for Sheets ‘This will be an invaluable tool for any math class or math teacher. Now creating math digitally in a collaborative document has become slightly easier. 2- Doctopus 3- Flubaroo 4- Power Tools. Ed-tech product roundup: July, ISTE 2015. Nearly 16,000 educators from around the world gathered in Philadelphia earlier this month for ISTE 2015.

Attendees crowded the exhibit hall floor to test drive the latest gadgets and tools for learning and instruction. SmartBrief Education editors were on the ground, covering it all. We showcased several of these products in this month’s SmartBrief on EdTech Product Showcase. Take a look at what caught readers’ attention: Educade from GameDesk. OpenEd. STEM report from Vernier. White paper on science education from Pasco. Quick Key Mobile. Observe4success and EdTrainingCenter. Activate. Dash and Dot.

SMART kapp iQ. Total Motivation. Copia Class. Kajeet Education Broadband. What caught your eye at ISTE this year? 4 Features to Look for in a 21st Century LMS -- THE Journal. Learning Management Systems 4 Features to Look for in a 21st Century LMS Two districts share their experiences of choosing a learning management system that does a lot more than help teachers post assignments. By Dian Schaffhauser06/10/15 If sheer choice is any indicator, there has never been a better time for school systems to adopt a learning management system. Unlike their higher ed counterparts, many of the 13,600 public school districts in the United States have never adopted an LMS, so there's a ripe market opportunity for vendors. 21st Century LMS Shopping List It's a sure bet that every program calling itself an LMS these days offers the course-management basics: providing a way for students to submit assignments and for teachers to run online discussions and deliver announcements.

Like districts all over the country, Roaring Fork School District in Colorado is in the midst of an LMS evaluation right now. Is Minerva the Future of College? America Tonight A world-class neuroscientist and former dean of social sciences at Harvard, Kosslyn says Minerva doesn’t teach traditional subjects like math or biology. Instead, students spend their first year taking small seminar courses, with titles like Formal Analyses and Complex Systems, designed to teach critical thinking skills rather than content. All classes are taught in real time, through a proprietary online classroom. The method is based on research into how people learn.

“Lecturing is a great way to teach because you can teach 1,000 people as effectively as 10 people, but it’s a terrible way to learn,” he said. Jonathan Katzman, the school’s chief product officer, says the school’s technology is designed to compel students to participate, which research has shown is a more effective way for students to learn.

“You see all the times that anyone spoke, all the times anyone typed anything,” he said. While the technology and method are intriguing, the results still are unproven. Four liberal arts colleges, early to the MOOC scene, form online education consortium. The first four liberal arts colleges to join the massive open online course provider edX are forming a consortium to improve teaching both online and on campus. Administrators, faculty members and staffers from the four colleges -- Colgate University, Davidson College, Hamilton College and Wellesley College -- met at Davidson’s campus in North Carolina in February to discuss a potential consortium. At a follow-up meeting Monday at Wellesley, a women’s college in Massachusetts, the colleges signed a memorandum of understanding forming the as yet unnamed consortium, laying the groundwork for closer collaboration between the liberal arts colleges.

Two schools of thought emerged from the February meeting, said Patrick Sellers, vice president for strategic partnerships and professor of political science at Davidson. The colleges have settled on the first approach for now, though the second option is not “off the table,” Sellers said. Teens without smartphones encounter a new digital divide. In this digital age, we have assumed that smartphones and apps are the new normal for youth. A recently released Pew Research Center report on teens and technology further corroborates this belief by showing that 88% of US teens have access to a mobile phone. Of these, 73% have smartphones and 15% only a basic cell phone. But it’s worth pausing to consider what online participation looks like for the 15% of teens with basic cell phones or the 12% who don’t have access to any form of mobile phone and what kind of a new “digital divide” might be emerging.

In other words, low-income teens are unable to participate in the social media conversations of their wealthier peers. Our team at the University of California, Irvine, has been conducting research and developing programs in coding and digital media for these less-connected youth. The nationally representative sample in the Pew data provides context for these populations of urban teens who we work with day-to-day in Southern California. How Can Edtech Close the Book on Summer Brain Drain? | EdSurge News. Among educators, summer "brain drain" is a constant pain point. Teachers have long lamented the significant learning loss that occurs during the yearly three-month break and have looked to summer camps, reading initiatives and parental stimulation as possible solutions to the problem. The growing trend among elementary-aged students, however, does not exactly involve opening a book. Instead, more and more young students (up to 66% nationwide) are turning on their tablets and ramping up their “screen time.”

While no one advocates spending the whole summer on a mobile device, educators need to capitalize on this untapped educational resource, rather than cast screen time as a foe. There is a wide array of valuable digital content that, if made available prior to the final bell, can help combat one of the more intractable problems in education: the widening of the achievement gap during summer months. The academic backslide Mobile content: the great equalizer Making the transition. Care About Educational Equity? Then You Should Care About Mobile | EdSurge News.

EdSurge Newsletters Receive weekly emails on edtech products, companies, and events that matter. Consider the following information. Mobile devices now outnumber the 7 billion human beings on earth, and there are nearly 2 billion smartphones in use. Today, 1 in 5 Americans are “smartphone dependent” for internet access because they either do not have broadband access at home or they have limited options other than their mobile plan, according to Pew Research Center’s latest study on US Smartphone Use.

The majority of U.S. public school students and their families live in poverty (as of 2013) and, as venture capitalist Benedict Evans points out, the value of a phone actually increases as income falls. For all the talk about educational equity and access, K12 has been slow to adopt mobile communication--the one technology that is indispensable to low-income families. I don’t mean to pick on NYC Schools. For school districts, making their webpages legible on phones is only the first step.

5 Lecture Capture Hacks for More Engaging Videos -- Campus Technology. Flipped Classroom 5 Lecture Capture Hacks for More Engaging Videos The best flipped courses provide students with compelling, interactive learning content to hold their attention outside of class. Here are five ways to take lecture videos to the next level. Lightboard allows instructors to write on a "whiteboard" without turning their back to the camera. As more and more instructors flip their classrooms or teach online courses, it's become increasingly important to create videos that can hold students' attention.

Here are five ways to take lecture videos up a notch and better engage students. 1) Dynamic Green Screen While it's possible to simply record a professor standing in front of a whiteboard or projection, it can be difficult for students to see the presentation material clearly. Recording the instructor in front of the green or blue screen allows presentation materials (such as a PowerPoint presentation, image or video) to be dropped into the video digitally. 2) Virtual Green Screen. Positively Smashing Part III: ThingLink and Tackk. And so the good news is… Stuff just got a little “tackk-y” on the edtech scene.

What am I talking about? Well, according to the latest scoop, ThingLink just hooked up with a pretty nifty cool tool called Tackk, a free service that can be utilized to quickly create simple webpages similar to a digital flyer or poster to announce important events, classroom or school information and/or to highlight digital projects and media. But that’s not all… By establishing a new partnership with ThingLink, Tackk has taken its coolness to the next level by providing users with the option to embed interactive images into a “Tackkboard”. Sounds like an app smashers dream come true, eh? Check out an example of this wicked cool mixup of web tools shown below. Click here to view a full screen version of this Tackk. In addition to including web links, Tackk pages can also accommodate text, photos, videos, audio, maps, forms and there’s even an RSVP option.

Classroom Connection: 3 benefits of mobile learning you’re not leveraging. Are you harnessing the full power of your mobile learning devices? If you're like many educators, probably not. Starting a mobile learning program can be overwhelming, and there are a lot of details to think about. It's also tempting for schools to try to limit what students can do on their devices. But educator Karen Richardson urges her colleagues to resist the temptation. "The L.A. Unified School District was shocked that their kids changed the settings on their iPads, but what the district really did was hand out iPads to be used as digital textbooks, and that's all they wanted the kids to be doing," she said.

Below are three benefits of mobile devices to consider taking full advantage of. 1. One of the most common mistakes schools make with 1:1 mobile programs is that they treat the devices as if they were regular computers. "There's not a thing wrong with that except that these are mobile devices that come with fairly sophisticated digital tools," Richardson said. 2. 3. MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs. Part 4 of my Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends of 2013 series Barely a week has gone by this year without some MOOC-related news. Much like last year, massive open online courses have dominated ed-tech conversations. But if 2012 was, as The New York Times decreed, the year of the MOOC, 2013 might be described as the year of the anti-MOOC as we slid down that Gartner Hype Cycle from the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” and into the “Trough of Disillusionment.” For what it’s worth, Gartner pegged MOOCs at the peak back in July, while the Horizon Report says they’re still on the horizon.

MOOCs: An Abbreviated History To recap: in 2008, Dave Cormier coins the term “MOOC” to describe George Siemens’ and Stephen Downes’ course “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge.” January Thomas Friedman declares that “revolution” – the MOOC revolution, that is – has hit the universities. San Jose State University forms a partnership with Udacity to offer 3 online classes for credit. February March April May June July August. 80 Ways to Use Google Forms to Support Learning. 5 Tips for Classroom Management With Mobile Devices. When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for teachers and administrators is classroom management. I am often asked if there is a way to “lock down an iPad screen” or “ensure students cannot go to inappropriate websites” (e.g. Social Media). In other words, how do we keep students on task and are not distracted by the novelty of gadgets or communicating with friends via texting or social media.

Often, teachers will take up devices (such as mobile phones) to avoid the issue of students texting or checking Facebook on their phones (eliminating access to a powerful, pocket computer in the process). Classroom management is a challenging skill which I consistently strive to improve on a regular basis.

Establish Clear Expectations Just as I start out the school year with “Class Rules” that we make and agree to as a group, we also establish expectations for when we use technology. Let them “Get the Giggles Out” Engagement is Key Two Eyes, Two Feet. Top 10 eLearning Statistics for 2014 Infographic. E-Learning Infographics The rise in eLearning’s popularity isn’t showing any signs of slowing. In fact, judging by the following Top 10 eLearning statistics for 2014, the future of the eLearning Industry is brighter than ever.I highly encourage you to read the Top 10 e-Learning Statistics for 2014 You Need To Know.

Want to know more about designing and implementing awesome e-Learning courses? At the Awesome e-Learning Course Guide you will find the top 10 tips for creating awesome e-Learning courses that are effective, engaging, and immersive. In addition, click How to Become an eLearning Professional. Last but not least, would you be interested in 15 Free e-Learning Authoring Tools, 17 Open Source Learning Management Systems, 72 free e-Learning storyboard templates, 259 free educational technology tools, and more. Via: Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog! New eBook: 158 Tips on mLearning: From Planning to Implementation by Jennifer Neibert.

By Jennifer Neibert October 15, 2013 “In the process of developing and implementing mLearning, many learning professionals have discovered what works and what doesn’t. The good news is that many of the skills necessary for creating excellent eLearning have also proven valuable for creating excellent mLearning, but there are new skills we need to develop, too.” To provide you with the most current knowledge on mobile learning, The eLearning Guild is offering a free eBook, 158 Tips on mLearning: From Planning to Implementation.

Twenty-three of today’s top mLearning practitioners and experts share their advice, tips, and tricks to help ensure your mobile learning journeys are a success. After you download the eBook, join the tipsters for the November 2013 Online Forum! A free eBook from The eLearning Guild 158 Tips on mLearning: From Planning to Implementation presents top tips in 11 categories. Selling mLearning to stakeholders. Learn more with The eLearning Guild Topics Covered. Top 5 Design Considerations for Creating Mobile Learning. 9 Mobile Learning Lesson Plans. 12 Principles Of Mobile Learning. Ed-Tech Cheat Sheet. What Do Parents Think About Mobile Learning? 6 Tips on Designing Courses for iPad with Articulate Storyline. 6 Examples Of Successful Classroom Tablet Integration.

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