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Strengthening connected online communities of practice in education

Strengthening connected online communities of practice in education
CEM Calendar The CEM Calendar has 600+ events on it already, and organizations are still adding to it, long after CEM has ‘concluded’… Upcoming Events Go To/Search Full Calendar Brought to you by the team behind Tech & Learning magazine and TechLearning.com, Tech Forum represents "Tech & Learning in action." Now in its twelfth season, this high-powered, one-day event provides K-12 decision makers with thought-provoking content on the hottest topics of the day in education technology.

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The Administrators Toolkit Updated and Refreshed I originally wrote this post way back in 2009. Lots has changed since then. So let's dust it off and do some updating. Most schools and districts spend lot of time and effort trying to get their teachers up to speed on technology and its use/place in the classroom. And honestly that is where a majority of effort should be spent; working with those on the frontlines of instruction. However, rarely, if ever, is much time spent with administrators, working with them on ways they use technology to enhance what they are doing.

How to Add Questions for Students to YouTube Videos With the popularity of flipped classrooms showing no sign of waning, a new crop of web tools for teachers are emerging to help support instruction. In this post, I take a look at four ways that teachers can add questions to a YouTube video for their students to answer when watching a video at home or on their own. 1. AJ Jacobs: The Importance of Self-Delusion in the Creative Process About this presentation How can we apply the idea of method acting to our business lives? This is the question that lifehacker and bestselling author AJ Jacobs tackles in this insightful (and highly entertaining) talk on the benefits of faking it until you make it. Through a series of examples from his own life, Jacobs shows just how much our behavior shapes our thoughts and our perceptions. Thus, if we want to change our attitude about something, the best way is to “act as if.” About AJ Jacobs

MindShift MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. We examine how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics. We look at how learning is evolving in the classroom and beyond.We also revisit old ideas that have come full circle in the era of the over scheduled child, such as unschooling, tinkering, playing in the woods, mindfulness, inquiry-based learning and student motivation. We report on shifts in how educators practice their craft as they apply innovative ideas to help students learn, while meeting the rigorous demands of their standards and curriculum. MindShift has a unique audience of educators, tinkerers, policy makers and life-long learners who engage in meaningful dialogue with one another on our sites.

Games for Learning I’m calling for investments in educational technology that will help create. . . educational software that’s as compelling as the best video game. President Obama Video games are important learning tools that provide immersive, interactive, and creative spaces for students to learn and explore in the 21st century classroom. The U.S. faq.essaytagger.com The only other limitation is that iOS devices (iPad, iPhone) do not support Flash and therefore the grading app will not function on iOS. An internet connection is required. How do I get my students' papers into the system? Teacher batch uploads: The most basic method is to have teachers upload the essays themselves. This places the burden on the teacher, but makes sense for those teachers who have a "hand-in" folder on the school network or who receive their assignments via email. Students upload to an assignment link: No logins are required.

Doctopus - New Visions CloudLab Doctopus allows you to easily set and control access levels for individuals and for the whole class on assignments. Create student assignments templates in Google Drive, and then distribute them based on individual student level and need. Doctopus allows the teacher to set student access permissions to assignments on a whole class level(student to student) as well as an individual level. Create assignments that grant view-only or comment-only privileges to the rest of the class for peer review protocols. Celebrate student work by enabling view-only access to all student assignments where students can view without editing their classmates work. When assigning a due date, use Doctopus to set it and forget it!

What Real Collaboration Between Teachers and Techies Looks Like This is what edtech should be: teachers, administrators, and even students, and edupreneurs participating in the same conversation. On Thursday, July 11, hundreds of teachers and administrators from public, private and charter schools from the Chicago region spent a day of their free time learning more about the 30 edtech startups and trying out their products. The beautiful, light-filled Harold Washington Library, imbued with a long history of spreading knowledge for all, provided the perfect backdrop for these lively interactions. A Must Have Bibliography and Citation Maker for Student Researchers November 11, 2015 Writinghouse is an excellent free bibliography and citation maker. It allows you to automatically generate citations in various referencing styles including: MLA, APA, Chicago, and Harvard. We have been experimenting with it for awhile and found it really worth the shout-out here.

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