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The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2018 – So Far

I publish a regular series called Ed Tech Digest, and I thought it would useful to readers and to me to review them and highlight the ones I think …

Education Technology

The Importance Of Life Skills As Part Of The School Curriculum

A new age phenomenon has given birth in the education space called life skills, something we didn't experience while getting education in our times. …

Project Management

Best teachers in the world are more likely to use textbooks, government adviser claims

The best teachers from around the world are more likely to use textbooks in the classroom, according to a government adviser on the curriculum.<p>Tim …

Education

A Rubric BIG Education Can Use to Assess Itself

Mary Tarashuk just finished a required teacher self-assessment, using a large array of rubrics designed for her state by a former principal and …

7 Tips for Surviving Research Papers

Today I got to sit down with our two new teachers in my wing–let me get an Amen for the first year of teaching!–and love the fact that they are …

Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

Welcome to the third and final post in this series focusing on teacher workload, and how technology can assist teachers with the three greatest time …

SAMR Model Simply Explained for Teachers

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here is one of our popular visuals on SAMR model we shared a few weeks ago. As we have stated elsewhere, …

Education Technology

John Hattie on the Educator Mindframe and Why It Matters

59:10<p>John Hattie’s landmark Visible Learning research concluded that one of the most important influences of student achievement is how teachers …

A Collection of Some Good Resources for Social Studies Teachers and Students

Below is a collection of some helpful resources to use in your social studies class. We have arrnaged these resources into three main categories: …

The psychological costs of student debt

How much income would it take for you to be happy?<p>The answer might be best explored by looking at a tale of two studies.<p>Research has shown that when people get more money, it can make them happy. But a new study from Purdue University says it’s not enough to measure happiness by income alone. …

The 33 books every teacher should read

1. <i>How Children Succeed: grit, curiosity and the hidden power of character</i> by Paul Tough<p>Chosen by <b>Nicky Morgan, secretary of state for education and</b> …

Forget Good Grades, Success Depends on Hard Work, Passion, and Optimism | Inc.com

Sure, it's important to get good grades. Kids with better grades have more options. They get into better colleges and grad schools and then make their way to good jobs. And because grades are all that a kid has to show when first entering the workforce, it’s helpful to do well in school. It’s …

High School

College or Trade School? It's a Tough Call for Many Teens

Raelee Nicholson earns A’s in her honors classes at a public high school south of Pittsburgh and scored in the 88th percentile on her college …

3 Simple Ways to Differentiate Instruction in Any Class

The preference for our society, if we really want to be effective, is to teach so that they learn, not merely present curriculum and document …

22 Presidential Quotes That Inspire Us to Be the Best Leaders We Can Be

In honor of Presidents Day, here are the most inspiring words of wisdom from our nation's leaders on how to best lead others and ourselves.<p>Universal principles apply to anyone that steps into the position of leading others. Whether we lead a company, a team, or a household, we can all benefit from …

I Am A Teacher, And This Is How I Feel About My Lockdown Key

My keychain is heavy. It holds the keys to three separate classrooms, and a technology cabinet filled with expensive gadgets that help make my …

High School

11 Scientific Tips That Will Help You Learn Anything Faster - And Actually Remember It

Hack the learning process.<p>Kids can and should practice the skill of learning if they want a fighting chance at fulfilling all those lofty goals their …

7 regular people who went undercover in high school found teachers face an unprecedented obstacle — and it's an uphill battle

At Highland Park High School, technology is a double-edged sword.<p>On one hand, computers and Smart Boards have transformed the way teachers can convey information in the classroom.<p>But on the other hand, the ubiquity of smartphones has made students more distracted than ever, leaving teachers with …

Study Finds Game-Based Learning Can Increase Intelligences in Students

In January 2018, M. Esther del Moral Pérez, Alba P. Guzmán Duque, and L. Carlota Fernández García published an article titled, “Game-Based Learning …

The chief of US intelligence just warned the US is under threat of a space attack

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats warned about threats from space at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats on Tuesday.<p>"As if we don't have enough threats here on earth, we need to look to the heavens — threats in space," he said.<p>"The global expansion of the …

5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

Mike Roberts on episode 250 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We need …

Schools around the world are now teaching kids to spot fake news

Do students need to learn about fake news? And more generally, should they learn how news is created and how to evaluate its credibility?<p>Thousands of schools all over the world believe the answer is yes.<p>Over 3,300 educators from all 50 states in the US and 69 countries outside the US have adopted a …

20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning | Emerging Education Technologies

Comic Strips and Cartooning can be a Fun Way for Students to Explore Learning Topics<p>There are so many good free tools for creating comics and …

What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

Teachers who use inquiry-based learning combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement.<p>Let’s face it, when you ask a student something …

Pedagogy

Glossary of Instructional Strategies

<b>I've Done Something You Haven't Done</b>An ice breaker in which each student is challenged to describe to the class something they have done that they …

The Best Collections Of Instructional Strategies

There are many lists of different instructional/teaching strategies online. However, I thought readers might find it useful if I compiled a sort of …

More schools are offering test retakes. But does that make kids less resilient?

“Did you finish studying for your math test?” I said, a little too sharply, to my 12-year-old son one morning.<p>“Sort of,” he sighed. “It doesn’t even matter. If I don’t do well I’ll just retake it.”<p>Middle and high schools across the country, including those in my children’s district, often allow …

Pedagogy

“Reading Through History” Looks Like An Excellent YouTube Channel For…History Classes

“Reading Through History” has a large selection of short, well-done videos about U.S. and World History. Importantly, the audio narration is slow …

The enduring power of print for learning in a digital world

Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and …

Before of the Crusades: 350 - 1095

Launched by Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont in 1095, the First Crusade was the most successful. Urban gave a dramatic speech urging …

World History