Innovative Education

By Innovative Ed | Readings on the edge of technology innovation in schools. Curated by the Tarrant Institute.

Power up your Advisory programs - Innovation: Education

How 30 minutes can leave a lasting impact on the day.<p>Advisory: the first 15 to 30 minutes of every middle school day, during which you’re trying to …

Education

8 tips for creating classroom routines and norms - Innovation: Education

There is no tired like teachers at the beginning (or end) of the school year are tired. Establishing routines, procedures, community and trust takes …

Politics In The Classroom: How Much Is Too Much?

The Confederate flag. The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Policing minority communities. Nuclear weapons and Iran. Summer often brings a lull in the news, but not this year. And, come September, students are going to want to talk about these headlines.<p>But how should teachers navigate our …

Teaching

Managing Collaboration in the PBL Classroom

By: Jennifer Isbell. As they prepare next-gen students for an unknown future full of rapidly advancing technology, teachers must find ways to inspire …

Collaboration

Get #ready2launch your team this year - Innovation: Education

New ways to approach teaming<p>Have you every showed up to in-service wondering what the new initiatives for the year will be? Or wondered how to …

All About Escape Rooms

Components from Brian Mayer and Liesl Toates’s River Valley Civilization Escape game, created for the classroom. Elements include a hieroglyphics …

Meet @ThisIsVTED - Innovation: Education

A twitter showcase of amazing Vermont schools<p>Wish you could see more of the innovative ways Vermont students and educators are changing learning? …

Service Learning 101: a guide for busy teachers - Innovation: Education

How to get started with service learning<p>Service learning can play a key role in middle level curriculum, yet it can seem daunting to many educators. …

(Re) Designing PLPs with students - Innovation: Education

What Vermont students really think about personal learning plans<p>Put 47 middle-level students together, challenge them to think differently about ways …

Students

3 ways to create a student-led open house - Innovation: Education

Student leadership at a school Open House? You betcha.<p>You’ve heard of student-led conferences, but how about a Student-Led Open House? An idea so …

Education

5 ways to partner with students in a makerspace - Innovation: Education

Whose Makerspace is it, anyway?<p>A Makerspace can take many forms, but fundamentally it should be a locus of student engagement and creativity.<p>So …

4 digital identity exercises for middle grades students - Innovation: Education

Introduce a student-centered tech-rich year<p>Looking for ways to explore digital identity with students? Here are 4 student-centered, tech-rich digital …

Education

Creating a PBL culture from Day One - Innovation: Education

Build a community to support project-based learning<p>I bet you have big dreams of creative, innovative projects and engaged students in your classroom. …

Education

Finding ways to encourage student leadership - Innovation: Education

Student Leadership: The time is now<p>August is usually a time crammed with planning logistics for the start of the school year. It’s a time when …

Climate, Community and Voice from Day 1 - Innovation: Education

Starting up <i>with</i> our students<p>Another exciting year is upon us. It may be difficult to wrest our attention from these glorious days of Vermont summer …

Education

The 7 rules parents must not break in the school drop-off line

If you have kids in school, you’ve witnessed it. The fighting, the brawling, the all-out chaos that makes “Lord of the Flies” look orderly.<p>And, no, it’s not the kids in the schoolyard. It’s the parents in the car drop-off or pick-up line. Or, as I call it, “the Thunderdome,” a Mad Max-style …

Kids

How the technology of Pokemon Go could transform everything from medicine to movies

At the University of Alberta, someone is thinking about how the technology behind Pokemon Go could transform everything from medicine to …

How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces

They’ve long served as communal gathering spots, but these civic institutions are becoming gateways to technological tinkering.<p>If you could ask Ben Franklin what public institution he would like to visit in America today, I bet he would say the public library. And if you asked him which part of the …

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Use Thinglink to explore identity - Innovation: Education

Creating and sharing digital selves<p>I’m participating in Thinglink’s Summer VR Challenge, and the first exercise in the challenge is to design your …

Education

Teaching copyright with video mashups - Innovation: Education

In a 1:1 Android environment<p>Copyright.<p>Fair Use. Public Domain.<p>The meaning of these concepts as applied to creative work, has broadened dramatically …

Teaching

Write Your Own History with PhotoCard

PhotoCard is a simple iOS app. You can use it to make postcards and then send to your friends and family. Useful enough right? It seems like an …

Students

Limburg town offers Google Glass bike tours

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by Janene Pieters<p>In the North-Limburg town, Arcen, tourists can now rent a Google Glass which will show them the way to …

Learn Like a Pirate: Key takeaways - Innovation: Education

Katy’s 2016 Summer Reading<p>Something about this book title and summer reading fits perfectly. The open ocean, pirates, and fierce independence. I’m …

Teaching

Social reading tools for summer reading - Innovation: Education

Audrey’s 2016 summer reading list<p>I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where technology fits into reading. Not just the e-book vs print book …

Education

Education reform, more education reform and David Foster Wallace - Innovation: Education

Mark’s 2016 summer reading list<p>This past academic year was one of the busiest and most invigorating year I have had in my time as a student or …

Education

Education, funny families and international espionage - Innovation: Education

My 2016 Summer Reading List<p>There are many thinks to look forward to as summer approaches. As an educator, I appreciate the calm I feel when school is …

Education

Brainado! - Innovation: Education

An experiment in student-directed, open-ended project-based learning<p>What if an entire school set out to maximize student engagement?<p>What if there …

Education

How students tell their PLP stories - Innovation: Education

Scaffolding PLPs so students understand them<p>5th and 6th graders from Fayston Elementary School took their personal learning plans (PLP) in …

Students

The Arc of the LeBron James Story Reaches Its Climax

James Phelan, a literary scholar at Ohio State, heard it on sports-talk radio on Tuesday, even if fans and hosts weren’t saying it outright. The nature of the discussion about LeBron James conveyed that no matter what happened next, after he led the Cavaliers to their first N.B.A. championship …

Lebron James