Jessica Bester

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McKinsey used machine learning to discover the best way to teach science

There is a long-standing, red-hot debate in educational circles about the most effective way to teach kids. Some favor more traditional teacher-directed methods, with the teacher presenting materials and responding to questions about it. Others advocate for inquiry-based learning—where students …

Pedagogy

EduTech: How to integrate Chromebooks w/ Apple TV for seamless presentations & collaboration

<i>EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here.</i><p>In …

Top Google Docs and Spreadsheets Add-ons To Make Your Life Easier

Can you imagine a modern workplace functioning without Spreadsheets and word processors? Well, I can’t and while talking about these basic office …

How P.A. Announcements Affect Student Learning

Is there any teacher anywhere who is not annoyed by school P.A. announcements during class?<p>We all knew that they weren’t beneficial to student …

Teaching

Flipping Lesson Design: Moving The Learning Objective To The End

<b>Flipping Lesson Design: Moving The Learning Objective To The End</b><p>There would be few teachers around the world who haven’t been advised to publish …

Teaching

Flipping the script: Tech brings big changes to Franklin schools

Jake Habegger's 8th grade social studies class at Freedom Middle School in Franklin looks more like a lounge than a classroom.<p>The lights are dimmed. …

Tips for Capitalizing on Lost Instructional Time

Since most of us get into teaching to be with students, there is nothing worse than losing instructional time with them.<p>We get taken out of our …

Teaching

The Nuts and Bolts of the Flipped Classroom

Amanda Smith talks to Nanci Appleman-Vassil and Gale Mote, who are facilitating the upcoming ATD workshop LearnNow: Flipped Classroom.<p>Advertisement

Writing For Purpose: 5 Ways To Use Technology To Give Children A Genuine Audience.

When announcing a writing task, on a number of occasions, I have been asked by my students,<p><i>“Why do we have to do this?”</i><p>It’s a question that can …

WordPress.com for Google Docs lets you edit in Docs and publish in WordPress

As someone who writes on WordPress.com for a living, my two least favorite things about the platform are the inability to edit together with colleagues and the inconvenience of losing drafts to glitches. But fret no more: WordPress is making it easier to collaborate with colleagues and harder to …

Easy Digital Tools for Modeling in the Science Classroom

The technique of modeling is one of the focal points of the Next Generation Science Standards, so I’ve been looking for more opportunities for my …

Microsoft’s #MakeWhat’sNext social campaign encourages more girls to stick with STEM

It’s a striking statistic: only 6.7 percent of women graduate with STEM degrees.<p>It’s also the kicker for a new Microsoft ad which launches the …

Social Media

Using Google Keep for Grading Comments in Docs

One of the great features of Google Docs is the ability to <b>leave comments in the margin</b>. This is a useful way to provide helpful feedback to students …

How To Captivate Classrooms

Reading Time: 2 minutes.How can teachers captivate their students? Here are our 5 top tips … The Samsung Interactive Display is more than just

Apple Is Losing America's Classrooms to Google and Microsoft

Apple’s status in the education sector has tumbled in recent years.<p>Apple mobile operating system iOS ended 2016 with a 14% share of new mobile …

Apple Sees iPad and Mac Usage in U.S. Classrooms Continue to Slide

- Mar 3, 2017<p>Apple’s struggle to stay relevant in the U.S. classroom continues, as usage of iPads and MacBooks in the classroom hit a new low in 2016.<p>…

Remembering vs. Understanding

I don’t teach history, but I’ve always been a bit of a history and trivia buff. So, just for fun, I recently decided I wanted to memorize all the …

8 of The Best Concept Mapping Apps for Teachers

March 1, 2017 Concept mapping or mind mapping is a visual representation of data in such a way that highlights connections and relationships between …

Using Technology to Collect Classroom Data

Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, uses her smartphone and other tech tools to collect and analyze …

Nearpod raises $21 million to turn mobile devices into a teaching tool rather than classroom distraction

Nearly 80% percent of American adults have smartphones these days, according to Pew Research. And the kids are catching up, studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest. Now, an education tech startup called Nearpod has raised $21 million in venture funding to help teachers turn mobile devices …

Education Technology

How to use Keep notes in Google Docs

While Keep has been around for a while, there's a new way to use this note-keeping app. It's now integrated with Google Docs so you can take your ideas and easily convert them into full-blown projects. You can also make Keep notes without leaving Google Docs.<p>If you're not already a Keep user, the …

Apps

10 Practical Digital Activities Teachers Can Do in Google Drive Using Chrome Apps

March 2, 2017 Chrome App Store is teeming with tons of interesting applications that can help you in your instruction. We have gone through the piles …

8 Very Good Android Apps to Enhance Teachers Professional Growth

March 1, 2017 For our Android fans here in EdTech and mLearning, here is a collection of some very good apps to help you with your professional …

Google Drive Word Search

• Use this Word Search to introduce students to <b>Google Drive</b> or to supplement a Google Drive activity/investigation<br>• There are <b>2 versions</b> of this …

Dear Twitter. It’s not me, it’s you

Here’s a confession … I’m not as enamoured by Twitter as I used to be. Unlike a traditional break up argument (is this the case, I don’t know?) where …

An Introduction to Maker Education for Teachers

Maker education is about giving students access to a new class of technologies, enabling students to design, build, invent and problem solve in new …