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Veterans Memorial Elementary School named National School Library Program of the Year. CHICAGO – Veterans Memorial Elementary School, located in Naples, Florida, is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2016 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient.

Veterans Memorial Elementary School named National School Library Program of the Year

Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award annually recognizes a school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Problem loading page. 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should "Unsettle" Us. Refab. Main - TeachThought.

9 Resolutions & 9 Resources for Your Project-Based Learning Classroom This Year. If you are teaching in a Project-Based Learning (PBL) classroom or aspire to bring high quality PBL to your classroom or school, we bring you nine resolutions to follow for creating engaging and effective projects in the new year.

9 Resolutions & 9 Resources for Your Project-Based Learning Classroom This Year

Follow these resolutions and you will be on your way to activating students’ interests and building a strong culture to support high quality, gold standard PBL in your classroom or school. Resolve to assess student learning, both formatively and summatively. We almost always have some sort of summative assessment. In successful PBL classrooms, teachers don’t wait for deliverable or final product. The Future Of Education Just May Be In Liberty, Missouri. Remember the water cycle?

The Future Of Education Just May Be In Liberty, Missouri

It's typically first learned in elementary school, around third grade. You know, precipitation, evaporation, condensation? Many readers may remember filling out a graphic organizer to help them memorize the steps. Others may recall having to answer a question about the water cycle on a standardized test. Chickasha High School first in OK to use new education model. Chickasha High School is breaking the mold when it comes to education.

Chickasha High School first in OK to use new education model

The district wants to try a personalized education campus where students are in charge of their own education. Starting in the fall of 2016, 150 students and five teachers will test the new style of learning with ninth through twelfth graders. The school building will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during that time students will need to clock in for six and a half hours. While at school it is up to the students, using digital textbooks and help from teachers and tutors, to learn class materials.

Strategies for Multi-Grade-Level PBL Projects. When we get really excited by and really effective at implementing project-based learning, we start creating projects that become much more complex.

Strategies for Multi-Grade-Level PBL Projects

We integrate multiple subjects, leverage more technology tools, co-teach classes, and have projects that last many weeks or even months. These projects are exciting, but a complex project brings more complex challenges. One of those challenges is integration and implementation across different grade levels. Such PBL projects are uniquely complex because schools have different learning outcomes and standards (sometimes drastically different), and also physical structures that create walls against rather than opportunities for collaboration. Here are some strategies and ideas to consider when planning and implementing multi-grade-level PBL projects. Similar But Different Learning Objectives Same Focus, Different Driving Questions. Five Critical Skills to Empower Students in the Digital Age.

The beginning of the school year is a time to set the tone for a student’s learning experience, including what teachers expect from students and families.

Five Critical Skills to Empower Students in the Digital Age

But that first week of school is also the time to teach valuable learning skills that will be used throughout the year. Alan November, a former teacher turned lecturer, consultant and author, challenged teachers to rethink how they start the school year by outlining skills that are crucial to students to learn in the first five days of school. He shared his vision at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Philadelphia. A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space. When schools talk about the Maker Movement and creating maker spaces, they often focus their initial thinking on purchasing the tools and materials.

A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space

This resource-driven approach can create a buzz in your school for some time; however, that excitement will inevitably fade. While resources are an important part of any maker space, taking a thematic planning approach is much more effective. No two maker spaces are alike or should be alike. Developing appropriate and relevant themes for your space will ensure that your maker space is unique to the needs, wants, and interests of your students, and unique to your school community as well. How Teaching Spatial Skills Could Be Part of a School’s Strategic Plan. Spatial skills don’t get a lot of attention in K-12 education, despite research pointing to the link between spatial reasoning and academic achievement, creativity and the arts.

How Teaching Spatial Skills Could Be Part of a School’s Strategic Plan

So when Linda Swarlis first happened upon the research for herself, she had a revelation. “This was a game changer for me,” said Swarlis, director of information services at Columbus School for Girls, a PreK-12 school in Ohio. “I had never heard of the impact of spatial ability on engineering and mathematics success.” Swarlis then learned about Sheryl Sorby’s work on retaining struggling female engineering college students by teaching them how to mentally manipulate objects and boost their visualization skills. But Swarlis wanted to engage students in spatial skills training before they got to college; she wanted to find ways to offer more spatial experiences to students at her school. P21. 6 Texas Educational IT Professionals Tackle K–12 Tech Challenges in Roundtable. In February, CDW•G sat down with six K–12 IT professionals and educators from four Texas school districts to discuss the role technology plays in teaching.

6 Texas Educational IT Professionals Tackle K–12 Tech Challenges in Roundtable

Participants included: Lee Sleeper, Director of Operations and Technology (Bullard ISD)Amanda Goode, Curriculum Integration Specialist (Bullard ISD)Katie Russell, Director of Technology (Barbers Hill ISD)Alicia Brooks, Instructional Technologist (Barbers Hill ISD)Luann Hughes, Director of Technology (Temple ISD)Wendy Jones, Director of Technology, Curriculum and Innovation (Leander ISD) The roundtable discussion, held during the TCEA 2016 conference on educational technology, in Austin, Texas, was moderated by Chad Stevens, chief education strategist for CDW•G. How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom.

By Peter Pfau, FAIA One of the most exciting models of learning is “design thinking.”

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom

It combines hands on learning (tinkering) with independent problem solving methodologies. This concept is basically the same as the problem solving-based creative process taught in many design disciplines, like architecture, engineering, and game design. The basic steps of design thinking can be characterized as follows: 1. When students practice design-thinking projects in the classroom, they not only master the concepts within the project, they exercise their skills of collaborating with teammates, investigating their topic thoroughly, using empathy to generate ideas for solutions, prototyping, and testing. Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve. Why We Went Multi-Device, Multi-Platform For Our 1:1 Initiative – A.J. JULIANI. I’ve been around a lot of 1:1 initiatives in schools. As a teacher, I was around when Classrooms for the Future started, and when my former district went 1:1 laptops 6-12th grade.

I then moved into a K-12 Technology Staff Developer role helping to roll out the 1:1 initiative and support the teaching and learning happening in classrooms across our schools. Most Popular of 2015, No. five: These 6 questions determine if you're technology rich, innovation poor. Transformational Six 1. Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web? 2. Did the assignment develop new lines of inquiry? Most Popular in 2015, No. four: 8 things every teacher can do to create an innovative classroom.

Give students the basics, but keep it short. Students will always need some basic knowledge to get some traction on their projects, but the amount of information that the entire class will need is probably less than you would expect. Chunk this general information into organized blocks of 5-10 minutes tops, and deliver these in a mini-lesson at the start of class. If you find that you need more time, ask yourself if they really need the information you are delivering. Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset. There’s been a lot of talk lately about resilience, grit, growth mindset, and related concepts -- including the social and emotional skills associated with these factors and their importance for student well-being and academic success.

Edutopia has curated these lists of resources to help educators and parents follow these topics and create home and school environments that provide supports and opportunities to help young people thrive. Nurturing Resilience The ability to bounce back from adversity is associated with a variety of skills. Learn more about the resilience research and supports and strategies to develop resilience in young people. (10+ Resources) Fostering Grit Explore an array of resources about understanding and building student perseverance, and consider questions raised by the research on grit. (15+ Resources) Teaching Growth Mindset.

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20 Google Apps activities for classroom innovation. Google Apps for Education is a powerful toolbox that opens up exciting possibilities in the classroom for students and teachers. Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom. 4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model. 6 tips for innovative teaching in a digital age. Veteran educator Ann McMullan offers her best advice for innovative teaching that all educators can try. It is time for schools to embrace 21st century communications.

Whosonfirstleadersguide. Gmail. Privacy tips to help teachers avoid a social media scandal. How Twitter Can Power Your Professional Learning. Education Week. Philadelphia The job of the school technology "coach" is to help teachers and administrators become comfortable, competent, and ideally, creative working with digital tools. Technology can transform education, but not without people #ISTE2015. Planning a School Edcamp using Google Docs. TPACK - Innovative Learning Teacher Network. Author Commentary That's Simply App Smashing. Discovery Communications Shifts From Honey Boo Boo To High-Tech Textbooks - BuzzFeed News. Project Discovery sur Twitter : "1st grade Ss log into @DiscoveryEd accounts & use Board Builder to learn about NASA ORION #kwbpride @digitalAPS.

Matt Monjan sur Twitter : "QR Codes in Math? Absolutely. 1 of the great tips learned at today's DE Math Leadership Academy in NYC @DiscoveryEd. Teacher Driven Change on Display at Innovation Expo.