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Test their knowledge using student-created videos

Test their knowledge using student-created videos

07/17/2015

Topics: Assessment, Standards, Video

Effective teachers continually assess their students’ learning. Although some types of assessments, like standardized tests, are mandated, educators can use many other forms of evaluation to check for understanding.

I like to assess my students in many ways. Following the…

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Managing your personal brand in the digital age

Managing your personal brand in the digital age

07/14/2015

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Standards

Who are you? What do you stand for? What makes you different from everyone else?

As a marketer, I read those questions and instantly think, “ooh, ooh, that’s your brand! The answers to those questions make up your personal brand.” Or, to put it another way, they make up your…

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Leading change: Teacher leaders are catalysts for education transformation

Leading change: Teacher leaders are catalysts for education transformation

07/14/2015

Topics: Education leadership, Standards

It was a brutally cold winter for Sara Luckert and the students in her middle school English classes in Henrico, Virginia. For the second year in a row, 10 days of instruction were blown away by freezing winds and buried in snowdrifts.

“Ten days that we do not get back,” says…

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Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Digital age learning environments

Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Digital age learning environments

06/25/2015

Topics: Learning spaces, Standards, Technology infrastructure

ISTE Standards for Coaches 3: Digital Age Learning Environments. Technology coaches create and support effective digital age learning…

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Steal these ideas from Project ReimaginED!

Steal these ideas from Project ReimaginED!

06/02/2015

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo, Personalized Learning, Standards

 

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Earlier this spring, we asked the most innovative teachers we know to send us great lesson plans that align to the…

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Supercharge your classroom with social learning

Supercharge your classroom with social learning

05/18/2015

Topics: Assessment, Digital Citizenship, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning, Standards

It’s never too late to start.
Whether you’re focusing on the final stretch of this school year or already thinking of the next, your classroom will never be the same once you take the leap to social learning. Here are six reasons you should use social tools in the classroom.…

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8 ways to establish shared vision

8 ways to establish shared vision

04/17/2015

Topics: 1:1, Learning spaces, Standards

When someone is dubbed a visionary, we tend to attribute it to bleeding-edge thinking or a knack for big ideas. Truth be told, visionaries share a number of characteristics such as openness, imagination, persistence and…

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Become a digital learning ninja in five easy steps

Become a digital learning ninja in five easy steps

03/13/2015

Topics: Augmented reality, Essential Conditions, Flipped learning, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning, Standards

The grassroots effort that is Digital Learning Day started as a way to spread innovative practices and ensure that all students have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities, no matter where they live.…

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Is technology a gimmick in your classroom?

Is technology a gimmick in your classroom?

03/05/2015

Topics: Standards

I am guilty of using technology to trick students. When I began teaching in 1996, I decided to turn one of my traditional lectures into a PowerPoint. My ninth graders were captivated by the words scrolling across the screen, the little animated cave men and the fun slide transitions.

I…

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Online learning landscape becoming more regulated

Online learning landscape becoming more regulated

02/24/2015

Topics: Online learning, Standards

The growth of online learning in PK-12 education has exploded in the past decade. The model has expanded from districts offering a few credit-recovery or enrichment classes to programs that provide a full slate of virtual learning coursework from numerous providers around the country. 

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