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Epic LEGO wall allows anytime tinkering

Epic LEGO wall allows anytime tinkering

06/14/2017

Topics: Advocacy, Assessment, Corporate innovation, Education leadership, Makerspaces, professional learning, Standards

 

What if making wasn’t something students did only at certain times of the day?

What if, instead, it was built into the fabric of their lives — or even the very walls of their school?

Employees at innovative companies like Google use tinkering to recharge their…

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3 tips for developing a digital content plan for maximum impact

3 tips for developing a digital content plan for maximum impact

06/03/2017

Topics: Advocacy, Assessment, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Corporate innovation, Education leadership, Mobile learning, professional learning, Standards

The Innovator Solutions section includes contributions from corporate sponsors and advertisers representing education organizations, businesses, policy-making bodies and other influencers dedicated to transforming education.

The research is in, and it’s clear that…

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When students become teachers

When students become teachers

04/27/2017

Topics: Advocacy, Assessment, Corporate innovation, Education leadership, professional learning, Standards

Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) in Alaska were familiar with videoconferencing. After all, distance learning via videoconferencing technology (VCT) had become a regular event in their remote rural schools, connecting them to professionals and other students…

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6 ways edtech makes learning more accessible

6 ways edtech makes learning more accessible

01/17/2017

Topics: Assessment, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Literacies

After 40 years as a speech-language pathologist working with students with special needs, I've seen a lot of educational fads come and go. In fact, few tools get me excited anymore. But three years ago I stumbled across an app called…

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Five reasons why the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students matter

Five reasons why the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students matter

07/13/2016

Topics: Assessment, Curriculum, Education leadership, professional learning, Standards

Many people thought we were crazy when ISTE announced a refresh of the ISTE Standards for Students. Some felt that the 2007 student standards were still…

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Learning by Design: The idea that moved a district

Learning by Design: The idea that moved a district

04/11/2016

Topics: Assessment, Essential Conditions, Personalized Learning

This is an updated version of a post that published on Nov. 20, 2015.  

You could say Elisa Carlson became the director of instruction, curriculum and innovation at Surrey Schools in Canada at the worst possible time. But in the long run, it turned out to be just the…

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3 ways to increase student engagement in your classroom

3 ways to increase student engagement in your classroom

10/27/2015

Topics: Assessment, Digital Citizenship, Technology infrastructure

“There is now a massive amount of evidence from all realms of science that unless individuals take a very active role in what it is that they're studying, unless they learn to ask questions, to do things hands on, to essentially recreate things in their own mind and transform them as is…

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Twitter in the classroom? Make formative assessments fun with digital tools

Twitter in the classroom? Make formative assessments fun with digital tools

10/27/2015

Topics: Assessment, Tools

The emphasis on assessment in education isn’t going away anytime soon – and that’s a good thing, says Patricia Brown, elementary technology integration coach at Old Bonhomme Elementary School in Olivette, Missouri.

“Right now, there’s a lot of emphasis on data, a lot of…

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Teach students to learn from their failures

Teach students to learn from their failures

11/13/2019

Topics: Assessment, Gamification

By the end of this post, there’s a good chance that you may fail to get the point.

That’s because the education world — and society in general — falls short on understanding failure. Dictionaries define it as “not meeting a desirable or intended objective.” Thesauruses list it as an…

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Use blogging for reflection and assessment

Use blogging for reflection and assessment

07/21/2015

Topics: Assessment, Digital Citizenship

When I introduced blogging to my high school physics students, they weren’t exactly ecstatic. I thought I had it all planned out perfectly. I outlined clear requirements. I had high expectations. At least once every two weeks, I asked them to post what they felt was the big idea for the unit…

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