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12 Lesser-Known Google Projects That Are Amazing. Google revolutionized the Internet by making the global brain easily searchable by anyone. In addition to search, Google has created all kinds of different tools like Google Maps, Gmail, Analytics, Android and Apps that many of us use everyday. One of the reasons why Google has consistently released new innovative project is because of their 20% time policy, which gives many of their employees one day a week to experiment with new concepts and ideas.

This has resulted in many lesser-known creative projects that have emerged from within Googleplex. In this post, I want to show you some of most fascinating websites that Google employees have created and how you can use them as educational tools. 1. Google Trends Visualizer Tap into the visual intelligence of the global brain by visualizing search trends as they are happening right now in every country in the world. 2. 3. Solve For A is a platform for discussing radical technology ideas for solving global problems. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Database Error. WHO WILL TEACH? “A new survey paints a troubling portrait of the American educator: Teacher job satisfaction has hit its lowest point in a quarter of a century, and 75 percent of principals believe their jobs have become too complex. The findings are part of the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership.

Conducted annually since 1984, the survey polled representative sampling of 1,000 teachers and 500 principals in K-12 schools across the country. Only 39 percent of teachers described themselves as very satisfied with their jobs on the latest survey. That’s a 23-percentage point plummet since 2008, and a drop of five percentage points just over the past year.

Given those numbers, who wants to teach besides TFA corps members who know all they have to do is last two years then go on their way to their real vocations? Finance and law draw many potential great teachers away from the profession. Apparently, our most motivated college grads seem to prefer the big bucks. Student Compliance and Buy-In to a Class. This post began with a lunch-time conversation with Cristina Trujillo, a veteran teacher at Aragon High School who was once in a Stanford University class I team taught with Lee Swenson, a high school social studies teacher nearly 20 years ago. I have stayed in touch with Lee, Cristina, and others in her Curriculum & Instruction class over the years even gathering former students for a mini-reunion a few months ago. Last month, I visited Cristina’s ninth grade world history class and those of four other social studies colleagues.

The follow-up lunch conversation she and I were having was about what I saw in the five social studies classes and particularly what I observed in her class. Over the decades, I have had many such conversations with teachers after visiting their classes. I avoid making global evaluations of the lesson (e.g., “Great lesson!” “You are a fine teacher,” “Students were disengaged with the content and gave you a hard time”). Like this: Like Loading... If you were to Start a School from Scratch…. Over the past few years, I had many conversations with colleagues and teacher friends what it would be like to start, build, run and work at our own school. What would we do different in “our” school? Who “all star” faculty team from our PLN would we recruit to develop a school that would give our future students an incredible learning experience.What types of teachers would we hire?

How would we assemble a collaborative team, eager to work with each other, share their work with a global audience and bring these experiences to their students? What curriculum would we adopt, adapt and develop? Have you ever dreamed of opening your own school? Mark Engstrom, a former vice principal of mine, is doing exactly that. Even before these doors open, Mark has started blogging to share his school’s philosophy, have potential parents and students get to know him and to start making connections. I am especially excited about following PACE’s journey as they : * will be supporting networked students 26. Education Week. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, get the idea. We count back from 10 all the time. We did it when playing Hide-and-Seek as kids, and other times we do it when we want to get the attention of our audience.

With the New Year chiming in last night, people from around the world counted down from 10 to mark the new year. But did you know that our students can size us up in 10 seconds? 10 seconds can be very powerful. In Blink (2005) Malcolm Gladwell wrote about psychologist Nalina Ambady. We all make snap judgments within a matter of seconds, so some of this may not be a surprise.

What makes Ambady's research even more interesting is that she compared those snap judgments with real data. So...not only did people make judgments based on 10 seconds of video focusing on teachers they have never met in person...they were actually aligned to the students who spent months with those very same teachers. What Does It Means for Educators? Social networking makes those first impressions even more difficult. Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth! One of the most common questions math teachers hear from their students is, “why does this matter?” They are constantly trying to convince students that math is useful and could help them in their everyday lives. But it can be a tough sell. Word problems alone often feel contrived and students see right through them. Thomas Petra has taught math at every level for more than 20 years and encountered dubious students at every grade level. That’s why he developed Real World Math, a free website with lessons based on Google Earth aimed at grades 5 – 10.

Petra takes an inquiry learning approach to the Google Earth-based problems. “I want them to use the things they know already and I want them to learn new skills like critical thinking and problem solving on their own terms.” One lesson Petra did with middle school students helped them practice the distance formula: distance = rate x time. Petra grouped the students on teams, competing to win the race. Related. Seven must-have tools for entrepreneurs in 2015. I’d suggest Thrive by Ariana Huffington. It’s the Lean In of 2014, and I loved it reinforces the importance for women to focus on yourself and not always everyone around you.

The point she makes around your eulogy and how it celebrates our lives very differently from the way society defines success. They don’t commemorate our long hours in the office, our promotions, or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder. Your eulogy is about memories, family, your impact on the people around you and the world. I think we all need a little wake up call when we think about how much time we are spending climbing the corporate ladder. -Mia Pearson is the co-founder of North Strategic. InstaGrok: An Education Search Engine for Students. After weeks of poring over reviews and testing the app in my classroom, I can say with confidence that instaGrok offers the best research engine experience for education of any app for tablets running iOS or Android. The instaGrok app is more classroom-friendly than its competitors, and its visual presentation of results is unparalleled. With instaGrok, teachers can encourage self-directed learning, empowering students to hone research, critical thinking, and writing skills.

The search results engage students and encourage them to dig deeper in research projects. Read on to learn why instaGrok is the ideal classroom research app. Image via I began by downloading three search engine apps recommended for educational settings — instaGrok, Google, and Wikipedia — on iOS and Android tablets. Background instaGrok is a next-generation research engine intended for academic settings to allow students to research any subject and see results in an interactive concept map, or “grok.” Personalized Learning in K-12 Schools: How Do We Make it Happen? | Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. The idea that no two students learn in exactly the same way is nothing new. Even back in the 1800s, Helen Parkhurst was advocating for an educational system that took the personalized needs of the student into account when developing curriculum and helped children learn independence, both academically and in life. Her "Dalton Plan" was formulated with the thought that all students learn at a different pace and should be allowed to take the time they need to work through their studies and explore the areas that interest them the most.

Before the rapid advancements in technology of the past two decades, Parkhurst's ideals were just that: lofty and unrealistic in a typical K-12 classroom. With teacher accountability rising, and test scores being high-stakes, the idea of taking the one-on-one time to accommodate the needs of each student has often been viewed as far-fetched. Where can educators find the time? Technology is making personalized learning easier. Learner Profile™ Learning Paths™ Digital Literacies: Multimedia Projects as Mentor Texts | Shaelynn Farnsworth. Multimedia Projects provide students a different alternative to demonstrate their learning and understanding of a concept or theme. Traditionally, students demonstrated knowledge by taking a test or writing a paper.

These unimodal demonstrations do not equip students with the necessary skills and understandings of their literary reality. Currently, our students live in a time with multiple digital means of communication. From videos to blog posts, students consume most of their daily reading digitally. As a literacy expert, I have found the need for Mentor Texts within my classroom. I believe that mentor texts can also be in the digital form. When choosing a digital mentor text it is important to remember 5 things: You (the teacher) must love it!

Any type of digital communication can be used as a Digital Mentor Text, the only qualifier is that it must contain richness in multiple forms. Like this: Like Loading... A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future. Over the next generation, whether they work for corporations, small businesses, government organizations, nonprofits, or other organizations, many U.S. employees will move from working primarily with American colleagues, bosses, and customers for American organizations in U.S. cities, to being part of global teams. As leaders, they will use technology to bridge geographic divides, build organizations that transcend borders, and work together with colleagues from around the world on issues such as climate change, food security, and population growth -- issues that require multinational teams coming together to effect change.

For those whose work is closer to home, the changing demographics of the U.S. will mean that their colleagues, customers, and neighbors may look a lot less like them, and have fewer shared histories than American colleagues, customers, and neighbors have shared in the past. 1. Leverage real-world case studies. 2. 3. 4. 5. 10 Reasons You Should Be Pumped for Education in 2015. The new year always brings new hope. Whereas in the past I’ve been hopeful for change and progress throughout education…this year I’m feeling different. This year I’m pumped about where we are headed in my school district and in the larger field of education. I’ve seen movement and progress from so many different people and places that it is almost impossible not to get excited. Here are 10 reasons I’m pumped for education in 2015 (and you should be too!) : 1. More collaboration than ever before I’ve seen collaboration explode in the K-12 education sector like never before during this past year. 2.

One of the best parts of putting together a digital magazine during the last year was checking out how much new research and studies were being done on education. 3. There is power in the niche. 4. I’ve talked about this problem for years, but now I see a true tipping point. 5. 6. I really enjoy visiting other schools and seeing new models for teaching and learning. 7. Remember waiting? 8. 9. 10 Things You Can Not Do in A 21st Century Classroom. The Heart of the Matter: Why I Teach | Edutopia. Friends and family have been asking you for weeks, "What are going to do with all that time off during the holidays? " What am I going to do, you think to yourself . . . I'm going to sleep, people. I'm going to take a break from the fast-paced world of being a daily classroom teacher. I'm going to sit and listen to others talk and take a break from hearing my own voice. You might also be thinking . . . I'm going to appreciate this time I have and re-fuel for the next semester.

I've got some great ideas for some engaging projects and experiential, hands-on learning. For our new teachers out there, particularly those in their first year, there are some additional thoughts happening. Our Resilient Students What we do have in common, as new and as experienced teachers, are all the ways students have touched our hearts. Here are a few students and their stories that have stayed with me, ones that helped keep me in the job as a high school teacher: Melody was an honors student.

Teacher as Learner. Student-Driven Schools. The term “data-driven” is one that keeps coming up in conversations on education continuously, and I will have to admit, the way I am hearing it being used often bothers me. The best teachers have always been data-driven, just not necessarily seeing students as numbers or as a set of scores. Too many correlate the word “data” to “numbers”, but there is so much more to any child’s story. Numbers and grades are such a small part of the conversation when we are talking about our students, yet we often use that the argument that the “real world” still sorts people with numbers.

When Thomas Friedman spoke to the person in charge of hiring for Google, “numbers” seemed to be a small part of the equation in their hiring practices: As a principal, I never looked at grades as an indicator for someone to become a successful teacher and a part of the decision making process in hiring someone. So why are numbers so important to education? Great Resources and Lessons for Teaching Physics for Kids. David Rockwell's Secret To Creativity? Asking "What If" Over the course of his 30-year career, architect David Rockwell has brought a characteristically exuberant approach to everything from playgrounds to the Oscars. He has designed a theater for the TED era, luxury prefab houses, and an airport terminal that could pass for a theme park. Few architects bring such creative chutzpah to such a diverse portfolio.

In his latest monograph (his first, Pleasure, came out in 2002) Rockwell explores the design thinking that led to some of his most notable commissions of the last dozen years or so. The influence of his experience in creating ephemeral experiences like dining or breezing through a hotel lobby—forged in his very first solo commission, a sushi restaurant in New York—is evident even in seemingly unrelated commissions like an airport terminal or an office space. "I’m interested in hybrids—what happens when you sort of have various things rub up against each other and infiltrate each other?

" he explains. What If...? Great Educational Web Tools for Paperless Classrooms. Our students need 'different,' not more... 5 Simple Ways to Reenergize Your Classroom. A Very Good Plagiarism Cheat Sheet for Teachers and Educators. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 10 Things You Can Not Do in A 21st Century Classroom. Personalizing Learning Infographic. Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then… | Langwitches Blog. Internet Catalogue.

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Allow Students to Create Their Own Apps With AppFurnace. Bringing The New Yorker to Life. See the periodic table of Star Wars in all its columnal glory | News. Edunators - Helping Teachers Overcome Obstacles and Focus on Learning - The Two Things Teachers Focus on Most....Instead of Learning. Self-Regulation: American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids. 12 Things to Consider When Implementing RTI in Secondary Schools. Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide!

Learning Styles Don't Exist. Literacy 3 Minute Walk through Form for Twitter. The Playground Advocate: Teacher Creativity Skill: Meet Someone Amazing! PROJECT: Student Visits-Exchanges-Collaborations. Thinking Through the Awards Debate. Digital Portfolio System. | Buncee - Your Creation and Presentation tool Simplified. Gooru | A Free Search Engine for Learning.

How To Make A Movie Poster: A Template For Students. Internet Catalogue. Internet Catalogue. Writing_2_screenres-01.jpg 954×5,100 pixels. Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide! SlatRS_Classics : Literacy displays in... Kathyschrock: While listening to Dr. Ruben... Grades aren’t the point of school; learning is. How Can Students Be Successful in a High Stakes World? Wristbands provide incentives for better performance at Land O'Lakes High School. NaturalCuriosityManual. The Balance of Screen Time. Planning for Engagement: 6 Strategies for the Year. What’s the Big Idea? | Harvard Graduate School of Education | Page 5. 5 Creative Apps to Connect with Parents from your Classroom! Polyphonic Teaching with Digital Learning Tools. A Student-Centered Universal BYOT Policy Template For Schools. 6 Reasons To Try Mobile Devices In The Classroom. How Field Trips Build Critical Thinking Skills. Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn.