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"We don't know what we don't know" - So what can we do about it? In my work I often hear the following...

"We don't know what we don't know" - So what can we do about it?

We don't know what we don't know Seems fair enough, right? 15 Expert Google Drive Tips for Teachers. By Jessica Sanders Google Drive makes your life easier and encourages collaboration and 21st century skill development among your students.

15 Expert Google Drive Tips for Teachers

New ways to share in Google Drive and Classroom. Posted by George Reis, Software Engineer As more and more schools have started using Drive and Classroom, you’ve given us a ton of ideas about ways these tools can help you get more done, especially when it comes to who can share what within your school.

New ways to share in Google Drive and Classroom

15 Tech Skills to Learn This Summer. By Whooo’s Reading Blog Team Summer is a time to relax, enjoy the sunshine… and prepare for next year.

15 Tech Skills to Learn This Summer

Spend a few hours a week improving your technology skills—you and your students will be thankful. How to make more engaging presentations. With so many digital tools at your fingertips, there’s no excuse for a snoozefest presentation. Learn now. Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement. Before each school year begins, I indulge in a back-to-school teacher movie marathon for motivation.

Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement

One of my favorites is Freedom Writers, a film based on the real life of Erin Gruwell and her incredible work with teens and writing. While planning for this academic year, my mind kept drifting to the scene in Freedom Writers when Ms. Gruwell sits at her desk on Parent Night. Once she realizes that the parents aren't going to attend, she decides to read her students’ recently turned in journals full of free writes.

It's a turning point in the film, because Ms. Buildingdigitalcitizens - home. 6 Alternatives To Bloom's Taxonomy For Teachers - This post is updated from an article we published in April.

6 Alternatives To Bloom's Taxonomy For Teachers -

At the end of the day, teaching is about learning, and learning is about understanding. How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond. Search engines are pretty good at finding what you’re looking for these days, but sometimes they still come up short.

How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond

For those occasions there are a few little known tricks which come in handy. So here are some tips for better googling (as it’s the most popular search engine) but many will work on other search engines too. 1. Exact phrase. Education Research Highlights From 2015. 2015 was a great year for education research. fMRI technology gave us new insight into how exercise can improve math ability by changing the structure of children's brains (#13 below).

Education Research Highlights From 2015

The Quo Has Lost its Status - Home. Listening to student voice… Enthusiastic students from Years 4, 5 and 6 sit in a circle at the end of the day and share reflections on our Program of Inquiry.

Listening to student voice…

I tell them the teachers are considering which units to keep and which need changing and they are eager to have their say. As always, the children’s insightfulness delights me! I ask them to write down what makes a unit of inquiry worthwhile. They put their initial thoughts to one side and spend some time examining the K-6 curriculum document, expressing their opinions of the units into which they have inquired this year. Green stickers for the ones they have loved and felt they learned a lot. Finally, they return to their original statements and refine them, now that they have reflected more closely on the units of inquiry. Quit Blaming the Devices. Her biggest issue, though, was with the silence.

Quit Blaming the Devices

As she puts it, “My lively little kids stopped talking and adopted the bent-neck, plugged-in posture of tap, tap, swipe.” Musings from the Middle School: Practicing What You Pin: Textmapping. Have you ever heard of textmapping? So, a long time ago, I pinned an image that led me to this site. How to Manage Homework without Going Crazy. Homework – the kids probably think we teachers take some sadistic pleasure in giving homework, but the reality is that homework is a huge pain. It’s lots of extra work to track and grade. And it’s especially frustrating when students just aren’t doing it – or just throwing down any answer without trying. I’m not so sure that there are any cure-all answers to the homework dilemma, but over the years I’ve come up with some solutions that have ended up working fairly well for me. One of the readers asked in our reader survey for tips about homework, so I thought I’d share what I did in my middle school math classroom.

Calling All Learners and Teachers for Hour of Code 2015. Chances are high that computer-science literacy will be increasingly relevant for jobs of the future. Some theorists even suggest that the ability to read and write code is a fundamental 21st-century competency. Yet, according to an August 2015 Gallup survey, many students get little exposure to these concepts at school; opportunities are even more limited for low-income students. To address these realities, there are a variety of free resources that can help teachers of all grades and subjects give students exposure to computer science, as well as access to opportunities that develop the skills required to approach coding problems.

This December 7-13, 2015, the Hour of Code campaign during Computer Science Education Week is one such opportunity. Teaching Strategy: Identity Charts. Rationale. Universal Design for Learning. Hapara Teacher Dashboard and Google Apps / Snapshots of Learning / Teaching. With a vision for improving literacy learning outcomes, Houghton Valley School trialed Hapara Teacher Dashboard and Google Apps with their senior classes over 12 months. Leaders trial e-learning and digital literacy initiatives, and begin to align them to curriculum planning.eLPF, 2014 Leadership and strategic planning play an important part in setting-up a trial. A key part of this is to have a clear vision that can be articulated by the principal, the teachers, the students, and the wider school community.

It is important for everybody to be able to understand what the possibilities are with digital technologies in terms of reaching the vision. Getting Good with Google. 5 Strategies to Help You Rethink Research. The word research appears 80 times in the English language arts section of the Common Core Standards. Research Meets Gamification With A Google A Day. As with any skill, research takes practice. The more students search, the better they will become at finding what they need online. A Google a Day. Research Meets Gamification With A Google A Day.