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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is making major moves in California. Long Beach Unified received $8 million in Gates grants to support innovative professional development; Fresno got $5 million to do the same. Long Beach says it will use the funds to design its own online professional development delivery platform with the guidance of its teachers and principals. Fresno will reorganize the district schedule to give teachers more time for collaboration and training. More Gates funding could be on its way, according to Don Shalvey, the foundation’s deputy director of U.S. programs. "If California gets Common Core right and we can help, this is a big message,” he told EdSource.

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25 Of The Best Pinterest Boards In Education Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology. Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow. While it would be nearly impossible to highlight every edtech pinboard out there, we’ve shared some of the boards we think stand out among the crowd here. Many are maintained by major educational websites, key figures in edtech, and well-known bloggers, but others were created by teachers just like you who simply want to share resources and tips with others in education. Oh–and don’t forget TeachThought’s burgeoning Pinterest board!

20 Classroom Technology Tools You Might Not Know The use of technology in the classroom is no longer up for debate. It's now extremely clear: the effective use of classroom technology drives student results. But, any competent education professional would be quick to point out that student results are only positively impacted when they are introduced to the right tools. With a U.S. based edtech market that has raised more than a billion dollars over the last year, the options for technology tools to use in your classroom can seem infinite. Luckily, we're here to help!

So You Want to Be an Instructional Designer? Good listener. People person. Lifelong learner. Digital Pedagogy - Best Practices - Digital Pedagogy - A Guide for Librarians, Faculty, and Students - Research guides at University of Toronto Digital Pedagogy: Is there too much Technology in the Classroom? Tiffany Ford In her blog post, “Digital Pedagogy: Is there too much Technology in the Classroom, for Top Hat, Ford, a computer science faculty member, states that many instructors feel that by using “electronic elements in their teaching, they are practicing digital pedagogy.” 46 Ideas: How To Teach Online @TeacherToolkit In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday... Read more about @TeacherToolkit

Langwitches I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as blogging routines and in professional development workshops. The Visible Thinking Routines website explains that: Routines exist in all classrooms; they are the patterns by which we operate and go about the job of learning and working together in a classroom environment. The path to paperless: 13 tech tools for teachers on a tight budget Flipgrid Holly Clark, education strategist and coauthor of The Google Infused Classroom, says video discussion platform Flipgrid is a great tool for teachers to capture information about student learning and growth. Flipgrid is a free app where teachers can post a question or other cues for student response, and students can then reply with short videos. InsertLearning

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning What does it mean to be human in a digital age? Some people researching education technology might not spend their days wondering how their work fits into this existential question—but George Siemens isn’t "some people." “Maybe my mama hugged me extra when I was a baby.” Feature Article - Inquiry Learning, Summer 2009- Teaching with Primary Sources Why is inquiry important for student learning? Inquiry is a process of active learning that is driven by questioning and critical thinking. The understandings that students develop through inquiry are deeper and longer lasting than any pre-packaged knowledge delivered by teachers to students. Inquiry-based learning follows a process that progresses through phases, but is recursive and reflective throughout. The six phases and their thought processes are detailed in the following diagram. Stripling Model of Inquiry

15 active learning activities to energize your next college class The evidence just keeps growing – postsecondary students engage more, learn more and accomplish more with active learning. In yet another proof point, a meta-analysis from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that student exam scores improved 6% when active learning approaches were used. And students in traditional classes were 1.5 times more likely to fail than those being taught with interactive methods. During uncertain times like these, it might feel simpler to stick with what’s familiar. But even if your classes have moved partially or fully online, that doesn’t mean you’re limited to lecturing. Even taking 5 or 10 minutes to shift from knowledge intake to interaction can make a difference.

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