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How Do I Build a Business Plan? (Infographic) You have a powerful idea for the next big thing, but before you sell it to anyone, you have to get it all down on paper. It’s time to make a business plan. How do you know if you’re headed in the right direction? Washington State University created an infographic that provides 10 guidelines to help prospective entrepreneurs organize their thoughts and wow potential investors. Related: When Planning for the Future, Keep Your Past in Perspective The infographic details some major questions that aspiring CEOS need to ask themselves like, what problem is my business going to solve, what’s my company’s mission, and what do we do better than anyone else in the market? But you aren’t quite done yet. Related: A Business Plan for the Startup Economy For more information, like how much funding you’ll need before applying for a small business loan (that’s 30 percent), check out the infographic below. Click to Enlarge+

IAEE - International Academy for Educational Entrepreneurs Micro-Credentials: The Future of Professional Learning In 2012 many of us thought massively open online courses (MOOC) would transform higher education. What could be better than free courses from the world’s best professors? MOOCs extended access and created compelling success stories like Luis Tandalla, a college student from Ecuador who took one of the first free online classes in machine learning and won a global data competition a year later. Disappointing course completion rates suggest that DIY HigherEd isn’t for everyone. MOOCs and other low cost models will continue to pressure second and third tier HigherEd as, as John Danner puts it, “Mass education is going to be free.” Daphne Koller, Coursera president, is enthusiastic about learning hubs, small, facilitator-led study groups using open content. MOOC providers achieved significant scale but struggled to develop a sustainable business model. Market signaling. The company offers 1,118 courses to almost 15 million users. Edu implications. For more, check out:

Financial Literacy: Resource Roundup | Edutopia Learn About the Benefits of Teaching Financial Literacy What Is Financial Literacy?: Learn what it takes to become financially literate, why this set of knowledge and skills so critical, and what this means for schools. (Edutopia, 2015) The Value of Financial Literacy: Take a look at this infographic for more information about what the research tell us about teaching finance to students. Back to Top Discover Lessons, Simulations, Videos, and Apps 40-Plus Resources for National Financial Capability Month: Find resources for students of all ages in this compilation of games, lessons, hooks, apps, and more. Explore Activities for Grades K-8 Creativity, Candy, and Commerce: Discover how middle school students brought curiosity and passion to learning through the design, manufacture, and marketing of their own signature chocolate bars. Explore Activities for Grades 9-12 Downloads and Examples From Schools That Work Piggy-Bank Friday: Life Skills Through Financial Literacy

Torsh.co Free edTPA Tools Support Teacher Candidates and Programs - the Edthena blog Completing edTPAⓇ is a critical step for many teacher candidates on the path to becoming a fully-certified teacher. But assembling the different artifacts, commentaries, and video clips in an organized way – and then transferring it to the edTPA platform – can be a challenging part of the journey for a candidate. Our daily focus at Edthena is building tools to make using and analyzing video easy, so we wanted to apply that expertise to ensuring that managing video as part of the edTPA process wasn’t a technical challenge for candidates. We believe we have designed a better way to assemble and transfer the required edTPA artifacts for submission for official scoring, and we now offer the Edthena edTPA tools to all programs and candidates at no cost. (Just to clarify what this means: the Edthena edTPA tools are free for any organization whether or not you are an existing Edthena partner.) The detailed explanation is what follows. Upload and trim video easily Streamline video analysis

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative 101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative Ed note: This post has been republished from a 2013 post. Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. For educators, it can be even more of a challenge to inspire creativity in students or embrace your own creativity while trying to juggle academic requirements, testing, and other issues in the classroom. So how do you get there? Not sure where to begin? BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS.Even the most open-minded of us sometimes get stuck in a rut and can’t see that there are other, potentially better ways of doing things. If you’ve got creativity in spades, you need to start taking the next steps to make use of it. SET ASIDE TIME FOR CREATIVE THINKING.It’s hard to be creative when you don’t have any time to even do so much as think about being creative. Once you’re good and creatively inspired, you should help your students embrace their creative side as well. MODEL CREATIVITY.Want to help your students to be more creative?

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup Taking Charge: 5 Key Strategies for DIY PD, by Michelle Manno (2015) Educators can create their own professional development opportunities with the many resources available via social media, and by bringing their admins on board with this new model, writes Manno. DIY Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning, by Monica Burns (2015) Burns suggests seven online strategies to help teachers take ownership of their professional development, including sane ways to embrace the information-rich Twitter experience, Google Hangouts, and video tutorials. 8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture, by Elana Leoni (2014) Edutopia's director of social media strategy and marketing provides tips that administrators can use to create a more connected school culture by modeling Twitter use and encouraging staff to work, play, and learn through the medium. Another great post from Leoni: 5 Tips for Taking Advantage of Twitter Over the Summer.

How peer video coaching is completely changing how our teachers teach Peer-to-peer video comments are changing how one district’s teachers think about their practice A new era of professional development is sweeping into districts across the country, and just in time. For many districts, the days of after-school PowerPoint-driven lectures not differentiated by content, expertise, grade-level or delivery, not to mention daylong workshops on an obsolete topic, have recently given way to face-to-face coaching programs and professional learning communities. And in St. Vrain Valley School District, where we serve 32,000 students in seven towns northwest of Denver, we’ve gone one step further. We’ve augmented our professional development program with an online video coaching platform for classroom observation through one-on-one coaching and collaborative study teams. Hard questions lead to the right answer The company just launched a new iOS app, which makes it possible to have a video uploaded before the class period is finished. A picture IS worth 1,000 words

U.Lab: Seven Principles for Revolutionizing Higher Ed | Otto Scharmer We have 28,000 registered participants from 190 countries. They are linked through 350 self-organizing Hubs across cultures, forming 700-1,000 coaching circles to co-create an inspired web of connections with change makers across society's sectors and systems. Below is the first account of a bold experiment called MITx U.Lab, designed to transform higher education as we know it. The current crisis in higher education has three characteristics: it's overpriced, out of touch (with society's real needs), and outdated (in its method and purpose). But the solution, a true 21st-century model of higher education, is already emerging: it's free (or accessible to everyone), it's empowering (putting the learner into the driver's seat of profound personal, professional, and societal renewal), and it's transformational (providing new learning environments that activate the deepest human capacities to create -- both individually and collectively). The first U.Lab session was January 14.

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