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EdTech Focus on K-12: IT and Education. K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work. WeAreTeachers - Get Lesson Plans - Teacher Grants - Teaching Resources and More. 8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr.

8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle

Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find more meaningful uses of technology in teaching and move away from simply using “tech for tech’s sake”. Think. Learn. Innovate. TwitDoc.com - the EASY way to share your documents on Twitter. Edudemic. Elearning Software. Free Technology for Teachers. The Innovative Educator.

How we will learn. How Inquiry Can Enable Students to Become Modern Day de Tocquevilles Observations of early America by Alexis de Tocqueville helped articulate the nation’s values.

How we will learn

With the guidance of an inquiry based teacher, students create their own interpretations of democracy in America. Continue Reading. Search Results Nine steps to quality online learning. Teacher Tipster Home. 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools.

There has been a surge of new scholarly communication tools in recent years.

101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools.

But how are researchers incorporating these tools into their research workflows? Jeroen Bosman and Bianca Kramer are conducting a global survey to investigate the choices researchers are making and why. Insights from these surveys will be valuable for libraries, research support, funders, but also for researchers themselves. Are we witnessing a major overhaul of scholarly communication rules and tools? Anybody can learn. Visualization tools. FORUM: Improving education involves everyone. NOVEMBER was parent-teacher conference season.

FORUM: Improving education involves everyone

My wife and I met with our kids' teachers. We are grateful for their instruction and try to be their allies. Parent involvement -- like other aspects of our unequal society -- can emerge at the extremes, excessive or inadequate. For my wife and me, reading to the kids or helping with homework is often rushed. Still, conversation with our children -- over homework, reading together, reflecting or joking -- is cherished time. The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs. If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator?

The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs

It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start. In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year's batch of blogs as well. These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors. © 2010-2015 EdTech Digest. EdTechTeacher Blog. Tom Daccord, Director of EdTechTeacher (MA) Justin Reich Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher (MA) Greg Kulowiec, Instructor & Presenter (MA) Beth Holland, Communications & Instruction (RI) Shawn McCusker, Instructor & Presenter, (IL)

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog. Educational Leadership:How Teachers Learn:Learning with Blogs and Wikis. Few ideas about teachers' professional growth resonate with me more than those of Richard Elmore, professor of educational leadership at Harvard, who has gone as far as to argue that school structures make learning for adults unlikely at best and nothing short of impossible at worst.

Educational Leadership:How Teachers Learn:Learning with Blogs and Wikis

In a 2002 report for the Albert Shanker Institute, Elmore wrote, As expectations for increased student performance mount and the measurement and publication of evidence about performance becomes part of the public discourse about schools, there are few portals through which new knowledge about teaching and learning can enter schools; few structures or processes in which teachers and administrators can assimilate, adapt, and polish new ideas and practices; and few sources of assistance for those who are struggling to understand the connection between the academic performance of their students and the practices in which they engage. Changing Times, Changing Tools. Top 25 Elementary School Teacher Blogs of 2012.  Technology, leadership, and the future of schools.

Emergent Learner. Education Rethink @edrethink. Using design to hook my students into their project. One of the best parts of PBL is the hook lesson (or the project launch, whatever you wanna call it).

Using design to hook my students into their project

I know it’s dumb to think that the very first lesson is the best part, but seriously they are as memorable as the concluding celebration of learning but with WAY less anxiety, and therefore honestly more fun. Year 7 are currently working on a project that engages them with the highs and lows of transitioning from childhood to being a teenager. They’re reading the Tim Winton novel Lockie Leonard: Human Torpedo and will be creating a website to help year 6 students in NZ and Perth to support them in their impending transition. Designing a hook lesson for this project was tricky; I wanted them to be engaged in the ideas of the project, but I also wanted them to have fun and think critically. I still can’t remember how I came up with the idea I ended up going with, so if you suggested it to me, you should totally claim it by adding a comment below.

Practical Ed Tech Presentations and Workshops. DigiAcademy-Fixing illiteracy via eCROP's digital palette solutions. Ed technology. K12 educational transformation through technology. MiddleWeb: All About the Middle Grades. Rethinking Schools. Following Twitter chats - 3 easy ways. Twitter for Teachers. Find this page at: DitchThatTextbook.com/twitter Set up your Twitter account by going to: twitter.com Remember (or write down) your username and passwordAfter you enter your name/e-mail/Twitter username, you can close the tab/window you have open, go back to Twitter and log back in.

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Edu Tech Stories. The Top 20 Education Blogs. Technorati ranks more than 100,000 blogs with “authority” calculations “based on a site’s linking behavior, categorization and other associated data over a short, finite period of time.”

The Top 20 Education Blogs

I don’t know what all that means, but it allows for comparison of blogs across and within all categories. The site doesn’t have an “education” category, so it requires going through the comprehensive listing to pick them out one at a time. The rankings are updated once a day, but here are the top 20 education blogs as of May 16, with their Technorati authority figures (1000 is the highest possible score): 1) Joanne Jacobs – 610. The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom. This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world.

It also can can be found in its entirety on wikipedia.com. As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. Background Concepts such as open source, copyleft, collaborative writing, and volunteer contributions for the public good can be new and unfamiliar ideas to many students. Wikipedia offers an opportunity for educators to explore concepts of public trust that are likely to continue growing in prominence throughout the lives of today’s population of youth. My Paperless Classroom. Transforming schools and classrooms into learning communities with personalized technology tools and digital content. K12 educational transformation through technology.

The Daring Librarian.