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BloomBoard: Personalized Professional Development. 10 Things Moms Teach Us. Improve teacher development using a challenge-based model. By Tom Daccord April 28th, 2015 Most training workshops actually fail teachers by creating a culture of dependency “I can’t do that.”

Improve teacher development using a challenge-based model

“Are you serious?” “No way.” These are just a few of the comments I’ve heard at the beginning of one of my professional development workshops. You see, whether teachers are learning to teach with iPads or Chromebooks or Windows Surface tablets, I typically begin an EdTechTeacher workshop with a challenge, or a set of tasks I expect them to complete within a limited amount of time. In the case of an iPad workshop, I might have 12 tasks that I ask them to complete in, say, 20 minutes, or perhaps six tasks in less time. . • Take a picture • Take a screenshot • Create a 20-30 second movie starring a colleague. • Go to Add to Home Screen. • Copy the second sentence in the first paragraph. Create A Graph. Preparing Teachers for Emerging Blended Environments. Unleash FREE Educational Resources with OpenEd.io. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 17:32 — 8.0MB) | Embed Subscribe: iTunes | | Jeff sits down with Ron Drabkin and Ann Francis to discuss how OpenEd is revolutionizing the way educators provide creative lesson plans to their students using the OpenEd platform on their desktop and mobile devices.

Unleash FREE Educational Resources with OpenEd.io

About OpenEd OpenEd.io is the largest K-12 educational resource library, offering more than a million free assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans for every Common Core Math, Language Arts, Literacy and Next Generation Science standard. Education Week. Published Online: June 10, 2015 Published in Print: June 11, 2015, as Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming Teaching Students in a classroom at Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Del., listen to a social studies lecture from their teacher.

Education Week

—Charles Mostoller for Education Week. BrainHoney Login. NCAT: Who We Are. Who We Are The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in using information technology to redesign learning environments to produce better learning outcomes for students at a reduced cost to the institution.

NCAT: Who We Are

NCAT is headed by Dr. Carol A. Twigg, an internationally recognized expert in the field. The NCAT staff has extensive experience in higher education as faculty members, administrators and researchers in both traditional and non-traditional higher education environments. Everything You Need To Know In Google Classroom (Part 1) I get lots of emails asking about Google Classroom.

Everything You Need To Know In Google Classroom (Part 1)

Oftentimes I can’t provide adequate answers to these inquiries given my limited experience with the platform. Although I educate my newsletter subscribers and the readers of this site on all things Google Apps, I have never had the task of actually managing a classroom full of students. Luckily, a reader of the site and real-life teacher was kind enough to help me put a lot of these Classroom dilemmas to rest by putting together a massive guide on everything you need to know in Google Classroom.

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most. I am an English teacher, so my ears perk up when writers talk about their process.

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

I've found the advice handy for lesson planning, too. That's because both writing and planning deal with craft. In writing, you want your audience to be absorbed. The Virtual High School. EdWeb.net - Cookies Required. Agilix Community. What Works Clearinghouse. Classroom Connections: Informational Texts and the Common Core, by Terrell A. Young. What Success Looks Like — The Synapse. What Success Looks Like Education paradigms have twisted, shifted, been flipped and turned over and over again in the last decade or so, all aimed at “getting right” that fundamental question imperative to learning and achievement.

What Success Looks Like — The Synapse

That question is: what should success look like? Policy makers and educational pundits have grappled over many subsidiary branches aimed at this question. Engagement Templates: 6 Ways to Structure Learning Experiences. How to engage learners?

Engagement Templates: 6 Ways to Structure Learning Experiences

It’s a perpetual question for teachers and trainers. If it’s human development you’re after, engagement isn’t the goal but it is the engine. Conference. 2015 NW eLearning Conference October 22 & 23, 2015 – Olympia, WA Where teaching, learning & tech converge!

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Check out the confirmed sessions as of 8/20. Join us and your colleagues in Olympia, WA for the 10th annual Northwest eLearning Conference – two full days of sessions on eLearning including lightning round presentations, roundtable discussions, and an insightful keynote address (or two). For the second year, we plan to include a special track focusing on the K-12 environment.

This year’s conference will be at the Red Lion in Olympia. Krystal. Constructive Alignment. In my last year of teaching, I had a class of 82 schoolteachers who were studying how psychology could be applied to teaching.

Constructive Alignment

It suddenly struck me how silly it was to give the usual exam or final assignment, in which my students tell me what I had told them about applying psychology to education. Rather, they should be telling me how they themselves could apply what psychology they knew to improve their teaching decisions – that was the underlying intended outcome of the course. So that is what I asked them to do, putting their evidence for psychologically-driven teaching in a portfolio. After the initial shock, they saw the relevance of the course to their own teaching.

I received the best teacher ratings I’d ever had. Reading Informational Texts Using the 3-2-1 Strategy. ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. Blended Video Link. Improving Conditions & Careers: How Blended Learning Can Improve the Teaching Profession. Improving Conditions and Careers: How Blended Learning Can Improve The Teaching Profession Originally published May 2013, updated and re-released Summer 2015.Authored by: John Bailey, Bryan Hassel, Emily Ayscue Hassel, Carri Schneider, Tom Vander ArkDownload full paperIn partnership with: Digital Learning Now, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Public Impact This paper is one of nine in the DLN Smart Series – a collection of interactive papers that provides specific guidance regarding the adoption of higher standards and quality assessments focusing on the shift to personal digital learning.

This report brings together thought leaders on the future of education from Digital Learning Now, Getting Smart, and Public Impact to show that blended learning environments can create more and better opportunities for teacher collaboration, enable differentiated staffing and boost meaningful professional development opportunities. The signal and the noise in blended learning research « Uncategorized « Keeping Pace. April 14, 2015 “The Signal and the Noise” is the title of the book by renowned data geek Nate Silver, whose understanding of probability and statistics has allowed him to make a living playing poker, predict numerous election results with far more accuracy than other pundits, and parlay his knowledge into a successful blogging career.

In the book Silver discusses topics as varied as baseball and climate change, exploring the ways data should be used. In presidential elections, for example, he might point out that a poll on the website of Fox News is “noise” (because it’s a self-selecting sample of a biased audience), but that within the dozen legitimate polls coming out of Ohio there is a pretty good signal that one candidate has the lead—even though some polls will show the other candidate winning. The signal and the noise is also a pretty good description of the state of research into digital learning. Among the legitimate sources of noise are: 8 Important Characteristics Of Adult Learners - eLearning Industry. Adults are characterized by maturity, self-confidence, autonomy, solid decision-making, and are generally more practical, multi-tasking, purposeful, self-directed, experienced, and less open-minded and receptive to change. All these traits affect their motivation, as well as their ability to learn.

So let’s see the adult learners' cognitive and social characteristics, and what instructional designers need to know in order to create the right course content and structure, and adjust their attitude. Self-directionAdults feel the need to take responsibility for their lives and decisions and this is why it’s important for them to have control over their learning. What other characteristics of adult learners would you like to add? You may also find useful the: iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework. Download (.PDF) Would you like to purchase a hard copy? Contact us. In recent years there has been a dramatic rise in interest and early adoption of blended learning to improve the educational experiences of students. A great amount of work has been done to codify approaches, with tools and resources emphasizing the structural components of new models, such as the configuration of physical learning space, use of time, distribution of staff, and applications of technology.

While there is widespread recognition that great in person teaching remains essential within these structures, there has been less exploration of the human factors and effective practices that make them successful. Teacher Tools for the Critical Skills Classroom. Tools for the Critical Skills Classroom is a supplemental resource for teachers, designed to be used in association with the Level I and II Critical Skills Coaching Kit. ACSR is pleased to offer this set of resources for the classroom to support student work and teacher facilitation free of charge. Free K-12 Lesson Plans, materials and resources. How Frames, Plans, Platforms & PD Support Great Teaching - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - common core, edchat, Innovation, PBL, professional development, STEM, teachers. Share My Lesson - Free K-12 Resources By Teachers, For Teachers. Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool.

Picture a high school ELA honors class full of amazing kids who came up through the grades without any struggling, kids who thrive in schools that believe these students would do just fine.

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BlendKit Course: DIY Project Tasks. Ertner Research. 7 tips for teachers building collaborative, fearless PLNs. BlendKit Course: BlendKit Reader: Chapter 1. Dylan Wiliam Center. Five Kids Is A Lot Of Kids. SAMR in 120 Seconds. Using Online Learning To Support At-Risk Students. Caramel-Pumpkin Mousse Tart with Pecan Crumble. Education Week. 20 Fall Superfoods That Take Off the Pounds. Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek - Multimedia Feature. TeachTechDC. Growth vs. MindMeister. New resources help blended learning teachers.

Today, a growing number of schools across the United States and around the world are starting to experiment with blended learning. 3 Easy Methods to Create eLearning Videos. 9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning. Understanding The Internal Needs of Adult Learners. Framework for 21st Century Learning. Blended Learning Implementation Guide 2.0. Amidst edtech horror stories, some blended-learning schools shine. TIE - Technology & Innovation in Education.

North Idaho EdTech: September 2014. A Comparison of Five Free MOOC Platforms for Educators. Welcome to NCCE. NASBE - Blended Learning. Tools for providing student feedback. Blended Learning and Technology Integration. The Basics of Blended Learning. 15 Strategies for engaging online students using real time chat threaded discussions and blogs.

TeachLearnDI(1) 6Charact of Good PD. Hartford Public Schools Adds Blended Credit Recovery Program. Tools for providing student feedback. Differentiated Instruction. Understanding Differentiated Instruction: Building a Foundation for Leadership. PrinciplesofDifferentiation. 8 Great Tools for Classroom Presentations. Education Week. 6 tools that could boost student performance. Infographic of the Week: The Myths vs. Facts about Copyright Infringement. Thank you for signing up! Technology Integration Matrix. Critique and feedback - the story of austin's butterfly - Ron Berger. SU2013_MobileLearning-1. Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? IRA E-ssentials. Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends.

Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends. School Funding and Education Grants. MVP - Mathematics Vision Project (MVP) Lesson 1: American Democracy. The Digital Curriculum Part 2… Eight Amazing Free Digital Curriculum Resources… Time to Explore. Open Textbooks. Home / Blended Learning. Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning. Blend My Learning. Think. Learn. Innovate. International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.