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Lessons Worth Sharing

Lessons Worth Sharing

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The five most powerful ways teachers aren’t using Google Drive (yet) Google Drive—formerly named Google Docs—is Google’s online productivity suite. It’s long been a popular choice for collaborative writing and editing of documents, especially among teachers and students, so I won’t dwell on the excellent collaboration features others have written about at length for years. More recently, Google added cloud storage space similar to what Dropbox offers. Personalized Professional Learning for Future Ready Leaders Strong leadership is essential to systemic, sustainable change in education. Superintendents throughout the country have expressed the desire for evidence-based approaches they can rely upon to lead this change. The Future Ready Leaders project responds to this need by providing a systematic review of research and a personalized playlist for district leaders generated from 50 short, high production quality videos. Collectively, these videos constitute a virtual site visit hosted by some of the most forward leaning Future Ready district leaders in the country sharing lessons learned and effective policies and practices with their peers. Ready to take the next step to become Future Ready?

5 Critical Questions for the Innovative Educator Technology is a crucial part of what is happening in the classroom, and whenever a new hardware or software comes out, educators are thinking, “How could we use this in the classroom?” Although we should have different ways and options to reach all students, we far too often start thinking about the “stuff” instead of what our students need. For learning to be “student-centred”, then our questions should often focus on the student experience in the classroom. Here are some questions that can help us create new and better opportunities for our students in their learning: 1. Take the Pledge / Home Skip to Main Content District Home f t p i s Sign In

6 Games for Talking About the Election – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle o... In the wake of the US presidential election, many of us are deciding what comes next in our classrooms and scholarship. There are no easy answers to this question, and the national divisions are echoed on campus with consequences we are only beginning to understand. However, if you do plan to address these topics in your classroom, games can provide a potentially less threatening opening for sharing experiences. Here are a few games with topics and commentary relevant to the election and current issues at the forefront of political discourse that might prove useful as conversation starters in the coming semesters: The Voter Suppression Trail is a game created by Chris Baker, Brian Moore, and Mike Lacher, released by The New York Times earlier this month.

A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources: Part II In continuation of Part I of “A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources,” please find below the accumulated list for Part II. As always, I have given you my best, but I am quite sure I have left off some technology tools that may flabberghast you. No problem. Simply help us all improve by adding comments at the bottom of this blog post. After reaching a word-count limit for this blog post, I quickly realized a Part III could be necessary. Anyway…enjoy, my talented colleagues. 2015-12-15 - Creating Comic Strips with Google Slides Session Description: Creating comic strips can be a great way for students to tell stories, express understanding of content, give reports, and be creative. There are many tools available for making comics, but a great one is Google Slides. Learn how to use Google Slides, including many of the newest features, for your students (and you) to create online comic strips. Presenter: Eric Curts Date: December 15, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm EST

Using Flipgrid to Improve Speaking Skills This Fall, I have been using a video response tool called Flipgrid to help improve my students’ speaking skills. Flipgrid is a video platform used by over 30,000 teachers to ignite classroom discussions and promote social learning. In Flipgrid, teachers post discussion topics to which students respond with videos, providing every student an equal voice, increasing retention, and encouraging peer-led learning. Full Disclosure: Flipgrid asked me to join their Ambassador program and bribed me with stickers, t-shirts, and love. This program rocks and I have fallen in love with Flipgrid. Since September, my students have created 304 video responses to 10 topics on 5 grids.

Download GanttProject License GanttProject is free software. Code which is written by GanttProject authors and contributors is distributed under the terms of GNU General Public License version 3 (GPL 3) . A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources As I am sure it is for any educator, my student teaching experience was definitely memorable for many reasons. Some good. Some bad. One particular moment, however, has stayed with me all these years. Google Classroom - A Differentiation Strategy The “make a copy for each student” option in Google Classroom is magic. However, differentiation and group work can require different students and groups to turn in different products. Making a copy for each student in differentiated assignments can produce an assignment folder full of unused files. Even in a simple group assignment with one file submitted for each group, making a copy for each student produces many superfluous files. Here is a strategy to manage this issue while providing real differentiation.

The Teacher's Guides To Technology And Learning Welcome to the official guide to technology and learning by Edudemic! This part of Edudemic is meant to offer you, the teacher, some of the best and most popular resources available today. We’ve combed through hundreds of resources in order to narrow down our guides into something easy to read, easy to use, and easy to share. Below are links to the guides we have made so far. They’re always a work in progress so be sure to let us know if we missed something or if you have more resources you want us to call out in the guides. We’re always looking for the best and most useful resources so don’t be shy, share!