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Google simplifies image insertion in Docs, Slides, & Drawings, adds Google Photos drawer

In a small, but impactful update, Google today announced that the Drive apps are receiving “improvements to the image insertion process.” Applicable to Docs, Slides, and Drawings on the web, there is now a redesigned menu and dedicated drawer for adding images to files.<p>Selecting “Image” under the …

Higher Education

Teacher: What happened when I stopped viewing my students as data points

Justin Parmenter has been an educator for 22 years. He started his teaching career “believing that I was going to transform every child,” just like many first-year teachers do when they are placed in schools with high-needs populations.<p>“My fresh graduate-school perspective, cutting-edge pedagogy, …

Education

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 …

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

A Simple Tool for Fostering Growth Mindset

Rethinking Classroom Tools<p>As I watched my students at their tables writing and erasing with their pencils, I realized that the tools I was providing …

Pedagogy

No, you aren't a 'visual' learner

The idea that people have different styles of learning — that the visually inclined do best by seeing new information, for example, or others by …

Even Educators Believe Common Myths About Learning, Study Shows

Considering the popularity of brain teasers and brain-training apps, you'd think that people would know quite a bit could about the brain's role in …

Intelligent machines will replace teachers within 10 years, leading public school headteacher predicts

Inspirational teachers of the future will be intelligent machines rather than humans, the influential head of one of Britain's most famous public …

Artificial Intelligence

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?

Paper ... or glass?<p>Advances in laptops and technology are pushing screens into schools like never before. So what does this drive toward digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?<p>It may seem a wasteful and obsolete technology, ready to follow …

Princeton University

Let Teachers Lead, and Other Ideas for Making Evaluations More Useful

A new brief offers strategies for improving how administrators provide feedback on teachers' performance, including letting teachers lead their own …

Teaching

Google is killing off its Drive desktop app to make way for a smarter one

Google is shutting down its Drive desktop app for uploading files to your cloud storage account from Macs and PCs next March.<p>That’s a while away, but it’s worth knowing in case you have important files stashed there. The service will replace the existing app with Backup & Sync, which launched last …

Cambridge University could allow laptops and iPads for exams amid fear young people are losing ability to write

Cambridge University is considering axing compulsory written exams and allowing students to use laptops or iPads instead, after tutors complained that students' handwriting is becoming illegible.<p>Academics say that the move, which would bring an end to more than 800 years of tradition, has come …

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TO THE 11- and 12-year-olds in his maths class, Jimmy Cavanagh seems like a born teacher. He is warm but firm. His voice is strong. Correct answers …

Pedagogy

3 Edtech Trends to Watch in 2017 | Inc.com

Technology in education is not new by any means, but the industry referred to as edtech still has that new car smell, a sheen that hasn't quite worn off yet. Still in its infancy compared to most industries, this space is far from saturated and there are dozens of innovations to look out for.<p>The …

Education Technology

Three Google Docs Features New Users Often Ask About

If your school is making the switch to G Suite for Education this year, you probably have a question or two about how Google Docs works. In the short …

Changing the Way We Think About Assessment

It seems like a blur now, the beginning of the summer. Almost like a dream when I had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most amazing …

Teaching

All the ways you can use Chrome offline

No internet, no problem.<p>Internet access, whether wired or wireless, has become one of the most precious commodities of our time. But that leaves us singularly unprepared when that access gets cut off—such as when we travel to the signal-free middle of nowhere or a storm knocks out power to our home …

Apps

There's a teaching method tech billionaires love — here's how teachers are learning it

It involves students guiding their own lessons with the help of technology, while teachers take on more of a coaching role if problems emerge. For its apparent benefits in getting kids up to speed in reading and math, advocates have claimed it could — and should — become the future of US …

Pedagogy

6 Tips to Liven Up Your Lectures

Many graduate students find themselves at the head of the classroom, first as teaching assistants and later as instructors. However, graduate study …

Teaching

Considerations for Designing E-Learning for Tablets vs. Smartphones - E-Learning Heroes

In a world where technology continues to shape the way we live and work, more and more organizations want to make their corporate e-learning …

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

By embracing these business models for learning, teachers are taking on this entrepreneurial, DIY spirit and transforming the process of making …

Using Technology in Your Humanities Classroom

With Taking Notes<p>In my high school courses, I strive to act as a guide-by-the-side, with students engaged in debate and discussion. They use …

Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners

What if you could do something similar in a learning curriculum? What if each student could choose to do additional skill tasks, readings, and …

Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom

Last September, the day before students returned, I looked around my classroom and panicked. Bulletin boards were bare, and there was no furniture. I …

Google launches Applied Digital Skills

Need a little inspiration and seeking to add a little fun to middle, high school, college, PD or independent technology learning as this school year …

Education Technology

Universities should ban PowerPoint — It makes students stupid and professors boring

I asked this of a class of 105 computer science and software engineering students last semester.<p>An article in The Conversation argued universities should ban PowerPoint because it makes students stupid and professors boring.<p>I agree entirely. However, most universities will ignore this good advice …

Pedagogy

Google Docs: This big update just added some serious new features

Google Docs gains new team editing features, extra add-on templates, and integrated enterprise search.<p>Google is focusing on faster collaboration in …

Software

‘Smart classroom’ is the future of school

photo credit: 123rf<p>Schools of the future will be very different from those of today, equipped with a combination of artificial intelligence and …

Education