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Using blended learning to increase reading proficiency in early grades. With schools facing increasing pressure to have their third-graders read at grade level, technology can be a huge help.

Using blended learning to increase reading proficiency in early grades

A guest post by Stacy Hurst Each year the challenge remains for teachers in grades K-3 to effectively teach a classroom of students whose individual reading abilities and instructional needs vary greatly. To add to the challenge, a growing national emphasis on third-grade reading proficiency has highlighted the need for high-quality, individualized instruction in grades K-3.


The 20 Biggest Benefits of Blogging. 20 years ago, blogs didn’t exist.

The 20 Biggest Benefits of Blogging

Today, there are over 150 million of them. Still, I get a lot of puzzled looks when I tell people that having a blog is the single most important thing a business, cause, or person can do to advance online. Even though ‘blogging’ has hit it big, most people don’t get what makes blogging so powerful, helpful, and beneficial. To put an end to that, I’ve compile a list of the 20 biggest benefits of having a blog below.

If you’re among the uninitiated, prepare to be enlightened. . #1 Get a Better Job According to MediaBistro, nine in ten companies mine online profiles before making a new hire. “Determining influence is so critical to brands because this is what drives word of mouth validation – typically the most powerful and cost-effective marketing method available.”Mark Schaefer, from an interview on TCEA 2016 Handouts. Webinars. 7 Ways You Can Be a Digital Citizenship Leader.


Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia. What is Computational Thinking and Why Should You Care? Read more about it #edtechchat. Henry Jenkins - The Transmedia Generation: Spreadable Media, Fan Activism, and Participatory Learning. Technology Integration - Free Podcast by Edutopia. Alive_in_the_swamp.pdf. Thinking about Thinking Is Essential for Learning. Thinking about Thinking Is Essential for Learning By Dr.

Thinking about Thinking Is Essential for Learning

Marvin Marshall closeAuthor: Dr. Marvin Marshall Name: Dr. Marvin MarshallSite: Dr. Metacognition is awareness of one’s own thinking. Metacognition is essential for developing critical thinking skills. Reflect on whether or not you hear yourself talking to yourself while solving this problem: How much is half of two plus two? When we hear ourselves thinking, we are metacogitating. Why Are They Disengaged? My Students Told Me Why. I used to think that when students were disengaged it was their own fault, and while sometimes that is still true, I have found in my years of teaching that a lot of the fault lies with me as the teacher.

Why Are They Disengaged? My Students Told Me Why

Yet, realizing that I may be the cause of my students disengagement is hard to swallow. It certainly has not done wonders to my self-esteem, and yet, there is something liberating about realizing that while I am a part of the problem, that also means that I can fix it. Or at the very least fix the things I control. Student disengagement is something I can do something about. Why relearning is the key to remembering. Oh! The Places You Will Go! Digital Pedagogy Inspired by Dr. Seuss. Miami Device 2014 TechChef4u Epic PD Recap.

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Comfortably 2.0: Creating & App Smashing with App Dice. I have to give all the credit for this awesome idea to Ryan Read.

Comfortably 2.0: Creating & App Smashing with App Dice

Ryan is an Integration Specialist in Illinois and boy does he have some great ideas! I ran across his #appdice idea while perusing my Twitter stream last Spring and was immediately intrigued. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 10 Excellent Platforms to Create your Classroom Website and Blog.

There are several web platforms that allows users to easily create their website in a matter of minutes.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 10 Excellent Platforms to Create your Classroom Website and Blog

We have handpicked a list of the most popular platforms to start with. Check them out below and if you have other suggestions, share them with us in the comment form below. Enjoy Platforms to create websites for your class 1- Google Sites This is by far our favourite and anyone with a Google account have access to it. 2- Weebly for Education This is another popular platform for creating websites. 3- Webs. Free Essay Writing Guides and Samples. Best Apps and Websites for the Flipped Classroom. Basic introduction to programming using Light-Bot. Blended Learning 101: Junior School. Curation Tools. Share your own uses of curation tools or other great examples here: --Ideas for Using Curation Tools Curation means to select, collect, preserve, maintain, organize and archive.

Curation Tools

One dictionary definesa "curator" as someone in charge of a museum or library! So in that sense, librarians have always been curators. Today much of the information our students need and use is digital: websites, blogs, wikis, tweets, videos,podcasts, images, ebooks, databases, slideshows, graphics, reports, articles, illustrations, clipart and moreis found online and/or in digital form and accessed through our computers, on our smartphones or other mobile devices.. Our role as teacher librarians has expanded to helping students and teachers access, evaluate, use and generate information and resources far beyond the walls of the school library media center. so it follows that we would want to find ways to curate information in digital form and help teachers and students learn to do the same. Eric Patnoudes sur Twitter : "In other words, there's no app for #pedagogy... Sounds familiar :-) #edtech #edchat #edtechat #mieexpert15.

Pinterest. Eight Stages in the Teacher Technology Journey. This framework is something that I've shared with district technology directors and coaches.

Eight Stages in the Teacher Technology Journey

If you're curious about having me meet with your team, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this post. So AJ Juliani and I have started a new Classroom Questions series on rethinking professional development. We have a ton of new episodes that we're going to release all at once this week. Worth 1,000 Words: Finding Designing Visuals for Your Project. An infopic is a photo with text layered on top that is designed to communicate a message.

Worth 1,000 Words: Finding Designing Visuals for Your Project

The message might be a summary, quote, definition, notes, data, weblink, hashtag, or other informational tidbits. The information might come from a conference, workshop, activity, lesson, video, book, a conversation, etc. Infopics are often created on a smartphone or tablet because it’s easy to snap a photo and use a combination of apps to edit, enhance, transform, and annotate the picture. But you can certainly create infopics on a Chromebook, laptop, or desktop computer. The Pic Collage app for iOS and Android is a very popular app for making infopics. Edutopia. You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school.

There are lots of apps, and these are just my opinion based on what I've used with my students or successfully tested. Formative Assessment Socrative: My all-time favorite app for formative assessment runs on everything. Screencasting and Capturing What Happens in Class If you're going to share and interact with your students in the electronic and physical spaces (as you should), you must learn how to screencast. Digital Storytelling - DigiLit. Drawing with the Pen tools. Digital Citizenship - Kids Internet Safety. Student Technology Conference. 5 Ways Technology Has Impacted Education. The following list of articles provide insight on some of the ways technology impacts today’s educational landscape. Topics include: challenges educators face incorporating digital tools; class to class Skyping; equity and inclusion in the digital age; characteristics of 21st century learning; and, epistemic games.

Training Teachers to Integrate Technology This article talks about the training necessary for teachers as the shift is made from traditional teaching to 21st century learning. School administrators play a critical role in teacher’s successful integration of technology in the classroom. Teachers need the same sort of support and scaffolding to effectively make use of digital technology tools that our students need for effective learning.

Skype session with California school Students in Korea skype with students in California. Equity in Education and the Digital Age Nine Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning 21st century learning requires students to begin to connect globally.