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Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts - iNACOL. How Teachers Can Easily Keep Up with Technology Trends. Technology is evolving fast.

How Teachers Can Easily Keep Up with Technology Trends

It seems like there is a new podcast, game, or tech tool that will revolutionize instruction almost every day. How can teachers stay on top of it all? Remember that you do not have to master everything out there overnight. In addition, some trends will not be practical to implement within your classroom. So the question to ask is, how can you find out about what technology trends will actually support your efforts in the classroom and produce better learner outcomes? What's The Next Big Idea? Microschool Networks. By Tom Vander Ark and Megan Mead Have a good learning idea?

What's The Next Big Idea? Microschool Networks

Try it with six kids tomorrow, plan an after-school event for next week or advertise a week long summer school opportunity. If that works, launch a small school for 15 students in the fall. Microschools have been popping up around the country for the last decade. New learning tools and strategies have made the opportunity to open “microschools” as a school-within-a-school or as a low-cost private school a lot easier. 22 Powerful Closure Activities. The shocking truth about competency based education. How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning. Excerpted from the book, “UnCommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids,” by Eric Sheninger, published by Corwin, 2015. Engagement Does Not Always Equate to Learning No matter where I am, whether it is a physical location or virtual, I am always hearing conversations about how technology can be used to engage students effectively.

This is extremely important as the majority of students spend six to eight hours a day in schools where they are completely disengaged. Cybraryman Internet Catalogue. Search Results. Search Term: flipped A Conversation about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) March 1, 2013 — by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Last Thursday, February 21st, the Center for Teaching and the Library hosted “Teaching to Thousands: A Conversation about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs),” an event featuring faculty panelists Douglas Schmidt (Computer Science) and Jamie Pope (Nursing).

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Doug and Jamie are participating in Vanderbilt’s Coursera pilot, each offering a MOOC on... Flipping the Classroom. Search Results. Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities. When we think of student engagement in learning activities, it is often convenient to understand engagement with an activity as being represented by good behavior (i.e. behavioral engagement), positive feelings (i.e. emotional engagement), and, above all, student thinking (i.e. cognitive engagement) (Fredricks, 2014).

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

This is because students may be behaviorally and/or emotionally invested in a given activity without actually exerting the necessary mental effort to understand and master the knowledge, craft, or skill that the activity promotes. In light of this, research suggests that considering the following interrelated elements when designing and implementing learning activities may help increase student engagement behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively, thereby positively affecting student learning and achievement. 1. Make It Meaningful. Educational Technology, Blended Learning and The State of Education. 4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren't 1:1. Earlier today Kahoot announced that they now have 50 million users.

4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren't 1:1

That prompted one person to email me asking if there was something similar that she can use in her classroom that isn't 1:1. My immediate reply was to try Kahoot's team mode. Kahoot's team mode is designed to be used with students who are sharing computers, tablets, or phones. In team mode students arrange themselves in teams around a shared computer or tablet. How HyperDocs Can Transform Your Teaching. Complaints are Super-Glue! I think we all know people who are a chronic complainers.

Complaints are Super-Glue!

Every time you see them, they are complaining about the same thing they were complaining about last time. Not only do I know people like this, I used to be one of them! The complainer is no fun to be around because the story is always the same. Competency Education Toolkit. Literacy Design Collaborative. McTighe & Associates. P21. NCAT: Projects Sorted by Success. Project Descriptions Sorted by Degree of Success The following institutions have redesigned large-enrollment, introductory courses using technology to achieve cost savings as well as quality enhancements.

NCAT: Projects Sorted by Success

Course Redesign Exemplars NCAT recommends the following projects as models of best practice in course redesign. Each is characterized by having achieved improved student learning and reduced cost; each is committed to the ongoing implementation of the course redesign. Successful Projects. Blended Learning Toolkit. Course Home | Schedule | Learning Activities | DIY Tasks | Readings | Blogging | Badges | Real Time Sessions/Archive | Stories What Are Badges?

Blended Learning Toolkit

Badges are an alternative form of credentialing popular in informal learning contexts, while some academic institutions have begun to deploy badges within courses/programs as well. Demonstration of specified learning outcomes are represented visually by a “badge:” a digital image displayed on a website. The use of badges is one manifestation of “gamification” in learning contexts. Blogs tagged with 'what Is PBL' Need to Know Process for PBL & quality Units » Opening Paths. Updated: June 16, 2016 I’d like to thank Myla Lee for her collaborative feedback so as to ensure that this description of using Need to Knows becomes as effective a support for all grade levels.

Need to Know Process for PBL & quality Units » Opening Paths

Follow her on Twitter: and myself at: Need to Know Process Have you ever asked students if they have any questions, and then get in return unresponsive stares? Vocabulary Word Map. 30 Easy Ways to Stop Eating So Much Sugar. By Dana Leigh Smith Slash your intake of the sweet stuff with the help of our easy sugar-reducing hacks!

30 Easy Ways to Stop Eating So Much Sugar

"Eat less sugar. " It may be a short and sweet suggestion (pun intended) but the USDA's most recent dietary guideline has gotten some pretty long-winded responses from dieters, foodies, and health experts alike—and with good reason. This is the very first time our government has issued added sugar guidelines, recommending that we keep our consumption of the stuff to no more than 10 percent of overall calories. Learning Accelerator Maps Blended Learning Process. BUNDLE: Corwin Connected Educators Series: Peter M. DeWitt: 9781483377636. Home. Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School.

Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. Alan November's Books on Educational Technology. Learning Accelerator Maps Blended Learning Process. Education Week. Published Online: December 1, 2015 Published in Print: December 2, 2015, as Extinguishing a Burnout: Actionable Ideas to Keep Teachers Engaged in Their Careers Commentary By Scott Sterling I left teaching roughly three years ago.

I was burned out, bored, and had pretty much every other feeling that former teachers cite as the reasons they leave the profession. As I've gained some distance from those feelings and been able to cover the goings-on in education as a writer, I've been able to think about what ideas and initiatives would have provided enough to keep me in the classroom. The goal of this essay isn't to complain about what's wrong with education. Instead, I want to talk about ideas that might help educational leaders keep their teachers in schools. Getting Smart on Transformative Professional Development - Getting Smart. Authored by Alvin Crawford, Dr. Mark Porterie, Irvin Scott, Stephanie Hirsh & Tom Vander ArkIn partnership with: Knowledge Delivery Systems Download the Bundle Schools, districts and organizations are using blended learning strategies to accelerate professional growth and provide real-time learning.

Teachers now have the opportunity to learn what they need, when and how they want, and have options for showing what they know and can do. Our work over the past several years has pointed us to examples of programs that are making a difference in their communities and for the corners of their (face-to-face or virtual) world. An approach like the one described in this publication includes: Four ways to extend the 'fast' blended learning student - Blended Thinking.

10 online icebreakers. The Center for Secondary School Redesign. Free Top 10 UDL Tips for Developing Learning Goals! GEC 2015 Volunteers. ME Superintendent Presentation Sept2015. There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t. Courses Archives - Youcubed at Stanford University.

How to Learn Math is a free class for learners of all levels of mathematics. Penn State Technology Allows Faculty and Students to Build Their Own Textbooks from OER. Digital distinction. Gooru Quick Hits. Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic. Teacher Infographics.

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Blended and Online Education. Learning Science and Educational Design. Pedagogy Research, Resources. Maya Data Rich Year Web. Gardening. 90 – EDpuzzle. EDpuzzle lets you take any video off the web, edit it, add notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor student work. Mastery and Competency Learning.