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By Ben Summerton | Content to inspire professional development and build the capacity of your school.

3 Myths About Personalized Professional Learning

In response to why professional learning isn’t working, I hear this a lot,<p>“Everyone is in different places.”<p>Yup. They always have been and they …

Learning

How to embed your Twitter feed directly into New Google Sites!

One of the frustrations with the new Google Sites is that when you try to embed your Twitter feed - it comes up as a link. Thankfully Martin Hawksey …

Marketing

Build your own robot with this Arduino training

You don't need to be a programming prodigy to understand how robots work. In fact, with the Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle, you can start …

Arduino

The Tech Adoption Curve in Special Education

We have talked a lot about the Technology Adoption Curve in Education on this blog. In honor of Disability Awareness month, we thought we would apply …

Special Education

Leading successful change in schools

Whether you’re introducing learning portfolios, deploying a 1:1 device program or shifting to a new curricular framework the challenge is inherently …

Project Management

10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences

Education Reimagined defines the paradigm shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered as shifting how we see learners and their critical role in …

Teaching

Create Simple Personalized Professional Development #IMMOOC - Leading, Learning, Questioning

In college, I had a professor who would read PowerPoint slide shows to us about the benefits of engaging instruction for students. The irony was not …

Professional Development

ISTE’s 5 Tech Trends to Watch This School Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Aug. 28, 2017— International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)<p>CEO Richard Culatta says we’re at a tipping point when it …

TED Radio Hour - NPR

Google's free desktop backup tool is now available

That Google app we heard about last month for backing up all the files on your desktop is finally out now for both Mac and PC.<p>Backup and Sync will automatically upload all the files and folders you choose on your computer to your Google Drive or Google Photos cloud storage (the tool works with both …

Google Drive

17 STEM toys that teach kids to code

Games for your future tech giant.<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> WorkingMother.com.<p>In response to concern over kids' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), companies have been churning out cool toys that teach them coding and logic skills. The idea: get kids hooked on …

Kids
Professional Development

Google is using games to teach kids about online safety

With the rise of phishing, malware and fake news, it can be hard for adults, let alone children, to identify what's safe and what's not. Parents can teach internet best practices, but companies like Google want to share the load. With its new project, Be Internet Awesome, the search giant has …

Kids

Personal Professional Learning through Micro-Credentials | Rethinking Learning

Don’t you think that now is the time to change traditional “sit and get” professional development and move to personal professional learning …

Google launches animation tool so you can turn boring data into cool GIFs

Google wants to be the Giphy for turning boring data into awesome animated illustrations – sort of.<p>The search engine titan announced it has launched a handy animation tool that essentially lets you turn tedious number charts into slightly more entertaining GIF illustrations. The so-called Data GIF …

GIF Animations

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What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we're only anonymous for that long? In this short talk, Juan Enriquez …

Life Sciences

Two Simple Questions To Ask at the End of a Professional Learning Day

<i>I have shared parts of this story before, but it has been stuck in my head for awhile and I wanted to create a solution to a problem…</i>After a group of …

Education

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Three Free Speech-to-Text Tools

Last week during Practical Ed Tech Live I answered a request for free speech-to-text tools. If you missed the broadcast, I suggested Dictation.io and …

Chrome Web Store

How GE avoided Kodak’s fate

Back in 1888 in Rochester, New York, George Eastman founded Kodak. Four years later, 200 miles down the road in Schenectady, New York, Thomas Edison and some pals founded General Electric. The two 19th-century industrial giants chugged along for more than 100 years, but GE is still rolling along …

Google’s fact check feature goes global and comes to Google Search

We live in the age of fake news — both the really fake news that’s simply fake and the kind of news that some people like to call “fake” only because they don’t like hard facts. As long as there’s money to be made from fake news (or political gain to be had), the problem isn’t likely to go away. …

Gamifying Professional Development with BadgeList

This school year, I embarked on a new part of my career: I am the Blended Learning Specialist at my school. This is just a fancy way of saying I am a …

Professional Development

8 strategies for successful tech initiatives

For university IT leaders, unveiling major tech initiatives can be a bit like handing out Halloween candy: The customers run the gamut from quiet …

Halloween

Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

As I prepare for another afternoon of district-provided professional development activities, I always make sure that I bring plenty of work to do …

Professional Development

This AR-enhanced globe would be a fun addition to any iPad-equipped classroom

Geography is cool, whatever the kids say. In fact, the only thing cooler is augmented reality. So what if I told you there was a gadget that combined these two cool things into one?! It’s called the Orboot, and it actually looks like it would be a lot of fun, provided your classroom is nice enough …

littleBits' new kit teaches kids to build and code electronic games

Thanks to a bigger push toward computer science education, there's been an influx of coding toys for kids in recent years. Even tech companies like Apple and Google have joined in with tools to get younger minds to embrace code. Now littleBits, the toy company behind magnetic build-your-own …

Kids

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 …

Google Docs

Google and Coursera launch Cloud Platform training courses for businesses

Google has turned to online education platform Coursera to launch a handful of training courses centered on the Google Cloud Platform.<p>Founded out of California in 2012, Coursera partners with businesses and educational institutions to serve more than 20 million online students a range of courses …

Google Cloud Platform

Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create world-class movies with gripping narrative alongside stunning visuals. Now, Pixar is helping others …