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This looks like a lot of work, but I can see students really getting into it. It looks like a great way to 'trick' students into working very hard to learn the things needed for a successful project. (that they would have fun doing).
by Vicki Davis
From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.
“See what’s APPening in education” offers a look at some of the apps available in the Windows Store.
"We’ve selected 10 apps at random, but 90 more great apps are in the PDF resource."
by Jennifer Carey
"Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs:"
"When we decided to survey educators around the world about behaviour, we expected a mixed response. But it seems that whether you’re in the UK, the US or Australia, the challenges are the same. Here, teachers give us their perspective on a growing problem."
by Alice Keeler
"In the new Google Drive it is more obvious how you can upload files. Click on “New’ and choose “File upload.” Alternatively, you can simply drag the files right into Google Drive if you are using Google Chrome."
"I have to admit now that I am really enjoying the new features of Google Drive. It took me a couple of days to get used to double clicking to open a file, but now it is second nature. I am now able to single click on any file and find sharing or viewing options easily in the toolbar."
by Christopher Pappas
"In this article I'll offer insight into how you can start eLearning freelancing with no prior experience. From building a portfolio to landing your first job, I'll share a number of eLearning Freelancing tips that can help you to achieve success when starting out on your own as a new eLearning Freelancer."
"Go inside the classrooms of Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Ugalde as they plan a science lesson that focuses on ELA skills for two groups of students at varying levels of English fluency."
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"To catch up with peers who have low risk factors, a high-risk child would need to make nearly twice as much progress during a year in kindergarten. At least, that's the disheartening conclusion of Kindergartners' Skills at School Entry, a report from the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street. The Sesame Workshop also shared an Educational Framework for School Readiness, which outlines preschoolers' development paths on 20 core school readiness skills, from memorizing the alphabet to curiosity to self-regulating their emotions."
by Tim Holt
"Tim Holt, Director of Instructional Technology for El Paso ISD,fires back in the iPad vs. Chromebook debate by responding to Joshua Kim's pro-Chromebook piece, point by point. "What I think we have here is someone stuck in the idea that a device has to have a keyboard built in in order to be an effective learning tool. It does not," Holt writes. "Since tablets are not laptops, the efforts to make them ‘pseudo laptops' often fail."
Test your knowledge of the United States with these sample questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test.
The surprising ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776 Thanks @jkottkehttp://kottke.org/13/08/the-surprising-ages-of-the-founding-fathers-on-july-4-1776 … pic.twitter.com/ENGuQT4WxP
by Edwige Simon
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"Digital portfolios can be time-consuming to develop and maintain, but they also can be effective for showcasing teaching artifacts, communicating with parents and colleagues, and looking for a new job, education-technology consultant Edwige Simon writes in this blog post. Simon offers advice on creating portfolios and links to resources for developing them."
According to a survey of educators who attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference, individualized learning is the biggest challenge faced by educators today. Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions, has released the results of an informal survey it conducted about challenges in education that included more than 500 respondents attending ISTE.
The survey asked event attendees to identify their top challenge from a list of seven challenges prevalent in education today. Individualized learning was by far the most common response, with nearly 38 percent of respondents reporting that as their biggest challenge, followed by intervention at 19 percent. The full results are below:
Biggest Challenge for Educators
Individualized learning 38%
Data analysis 11%
Instructional assistance 10%
College and career readiness 8%
School improvement 7.5%
Dropout prevention 6.5%
*from a total of 587 respondents"
by Lisa Johnson
"So What is a Wicked Good Idea? It is more than pin-worthy… it is something that forces you to stop and challenges you to think differently. In this two-part series, we will delve into professional development ideas that not only make you halt and take notice… but also jump-start your imagination and inspiration and drive you to pluck them and take action by remixing them or even creating one of your own."
"In the old Google Drive you were able to hold down the Shift key and click on multiple folders that you wanted to organize your files into. In the new Google Drive this does not work.
"Click once on a file to select the file in Google Drive. The more icon looks like 3 dots along the top of the files. It is located next to the trash can icon. Selecting the more icon gives you the option to move the file into a folder."
"There are a few changes in the new Google Drive. When someone shares a document with you there is no longer a “Shared with Me” option on the left hand side. Now it is named “Incoming.”
"While Google Apps are a productivity suite, I more so think of them as a collaboration suite. The new Google Drive now makes it even easier to connect and collaborate. Select a file in Google Drive and click on the link icon in the toolbar. This gives you the link to the document to share."
by Lily Jones
"We’ve partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) on a new series aiming to show some of the “invisible work” that goes into successful teaching. In this series, called Practice, Planning & Collaboration Around the Common Core State Standards, we get to see the end-result classroom lessons and the planning that went into crafting them.
"In the first of five video packages, we see two second grade teachers collaborate to plan and teach a Common Core-aligned lesson about soil. At Amanecer Primary Center in Los Angeles, Tita Ugalde and Maricela (Mari) Rodriguez teach primarily English Language Learners in classes differentiated by English Language Development (ELD) levels. Mari teaches students at ELD Level 3, while Tita teaches students who have been classified as “English Only.”
by Molly Wood
"Security experts say email is a lot more like a postcard than a letter inside an envelope, and almost anyone can read it while the note is in transit.
"One promising new encryption tool is Virtru, a feature that can be added to Chrome and Firefox browsers or installed on the Mail program on the Mac and for Outlook on Windows. One of Virtru’s big selling points is that it works with web-mail services like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail. There are also apps for iOS and Android."
At first glance, it might seem like the students who attend the private K-12 New Roads School in Santa Monica, California, are simply playing video and computer games all day. But these students are actually taking part in a new experiment in educational innovation. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on one school’s approach to keep students engaged all day. Continue reading →
"Looking to dive headfirst into hands-on assignments with your students in September? Get inspired with Edutopia's "Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning" video series, or check out its core strategy PBL page."
by David Quinn
"I realized that if teachers were to get on board, I’d have to make it concrete. I had another attempt to share Connected Learning with Rhode Island teachers at the Highlander Institute’s Blended Learning Conference. I reached out to Christina Cantrill for permission to use an example from Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom and she was kind enough to oblige. The first example was Larissa Pahomov’s 2Fer project where students wrote two-page position papers that were peer reviewed in Google Docs and then shared publicly on a website."
- See more at: http://digitalis.nwp.org/site-blog/how-can-we-connecting-teachers-connected-learning/6116#sthash.E0YdyDS7.dpuf
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by Robert Mao
"Because google cardboard proved it can do a better work cheaper and better.
"I felt totally blown away after I put my nexus 5 phone with this cheap cardboard VR kit. It actually looks really nice.
"Google surely knows you may be wondering how this compares. They smartly set up an Oculus Rift booth beside, so you got a chance to compare it yourself!
"With a much higher expectation, I waited in a long queue to try the Oculus. I heard people murmur that it's not as good as cardboard, which I couldn't believe at all. Until I experienced it myself, yes, a cardboard + Nexus 5 performed better than Oculus."