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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><p>After a group of …


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 …

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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 …

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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 …


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 …

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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 …

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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 …


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 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 …

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 …


The Director of ‘Lego Batman’ on How to Make a Stop-Motion Brick Flick of Your Very Own

Despite the blocky, herky-jerky quality of their visuals, 2014’s <i>The Lego Movie</i> and its box-office-ruling spinoff, <i>The Lego Batman Movie</i>, were not …

5 Best Practices for Professional Development with a Chromebook Rollout

By Mike KarlinFor new technology to be effective, educators need to be prepared.

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Practutor BlogWhy Quality Professional Development Matters for Successful Technology Integration - Practutor Blog

Often, professional development programs for teachers focus over hardware-usage and certain software applications. However, there is another aspect …

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ABC online education - ABC Splash

4000+ educational games, videos and teaching resources for schools and students. Free Primary and Secondary resources covering history, science, …


10 Simple Strategies for Creating a Better PD Program

We’ve probably all sat through a professional development day like this: The school hires a speaker to come teach its faculty a new instructional …

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Trends in Professional Development for Globally Minded Educators

Current teacher professional development strategies and how they can be leveraged to create a global PD plan.

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5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them—If Implementation Improves

We rarely accept “sit and get” instruction as ideal for our students. So why is it still the most common form of professional development for …

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Wow a lot of new features for the core Google app suite #googleedu #googleet

Wow a lot of new features for the core Google app suite #googleedu #googleet - Lee Webster - Google+

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Want to be an awesome Ed-Tech Coach?

<b>Tech Coach: your skills and experience alone are not enough to be Awesome.</b><p>Ben Summerton, ES Technology Coordinator, Singapore American School<p>I am …

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7 Steps to Do Academic Research Using Digital Technologies

May 29, 2016 Research is a process. It is a continuum of stages that together make up a research plan. Below is a tentative sketch of what we think …


Ed Tech Implementation Leaves Room for Improvement

Tech Trends<p>Although schools have spent billions on computer hardware and software for the classroom, only 16 percent of teachers think their schools …

7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development

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Three Ways to Transform Ed-Tech Professional Development - By Involving Students

Whenever I’m invited to a school or district to talk with teachers about using technology, I’ll ask the principal or superintendent if I can meet …

Let's End Professional Development as We Know It

A new report argues for a new kind of professional learning that is embedded in teaching, connected to content, and differentiated to teachers' …

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10 Characteristics of Professional Learning That Shifts Practice

Across diverse districts I have asked teachers how they like to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. Over and …