Tim Leister

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The Classroom Of 2028 Will Look Like The Classroom Of 2018

At Google’s annual I/O festival, the company unveiled its latest piece of virtual reality software for the classroom called “Tour Creator” — a tool intended for users to create and share their own experiences. The promotional video for the product depicts a class of students in rural Pennsylvania …

edtech

How Teachers Are at the Core of Personalized Learning - Not Technology

One of the major complaints that I have heard in my community as we have adopted personalized learning relates to the idea that personalized learning …

Education Technology

Differences Between Blog Posts and Pages

Blogs are composed of two main structures: posts and pages.A common question for those new to blogging is “What is the difference between posts and …

Disability

3 ways to personalize the learning experience

Eric Sheninger believes student agency is one of the most powerful aspects of learning that can be aided by technology. But getting there, and …

Pedagogy

Spark Your Persuasive Writing: 3 Simple Prompts

• What are the three questions Ms. Chin uses for prompts?<br>• How does Ms. Chin use discussion to draw out more ideas?<br>• How could you use this strategy in …

8 Reasons Why WordPress Is The Best Choice For Student Blogging

There are many tools and platforms available that allow students to publish online. Naturally, these options come with pros and cons.Edublogs and …

Education Technology

The Necessity of Boundaries

What Might This Look Like?<p>Let’s consider a fictional middle school student named Jake. Jake is in eighth grade. He’s absent once or twice a week. …

Pedagogy

The Pedagogy of Digital Discussion

I wasn’t an overly confident student when it came to engaging in open conversations during class. If one of my teachers posed a question, I only …

A Powerful Way to End the School Year

Several elements of this strategy make it a powerful way to end the school year with a positive experience, often much needed after testing is over …

The Uncertain Future of OER

Teachers Aren’t Onboard—With Good Reason<p>Perhaps the most critical problem for OER: Specific resources can be difficult to find, a topic that Edutopia …

Education Technology

Google starts migrating all G Suite users from Hangouts to Meet

Google today announced that starting now, it is moving all of its G Suite users who follow its recommended schedule from its Hangouts video chat service to Hangouts Meet, the more enterprise-ready version of Hangouts. The move will likely take about a month or so.<p>This means all newly created …

All of the Rulers of Europe Over the Past 2,400 Years Presented in a Timelapse Map (400 B.C. to 2017 A.D.)

Theories of power, from Machiavelli and Hobbes to Locke and Jefferson, have drawn their lessons from the towering figure of the Sovereign, the …

Increasing Student Engagement Through EdTech

By Dominic Gibson<p>Student engagement is the vital ingredient of classroom learning and academic excellence. Without it, students lose interest in …

Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning

Two studies on elementary schools published in June 2018 point to the importance giving teachers and students plenty of time to form relationships. …

Education

What Is the Point of a Makerspace?

<b>Listen to my interview with John Spencer (transcript):</b><p>Sponsored by Peergrade and Microsoft Class Notebook<p>This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. …

8 Principles of Deeper Learning

There are actions we can take now to empower teachers to achieve these deeper levels of learning. Through intentional instructional design we can …

SOS Top Ten: Uncovering the Instructional WHY

<b>Welcome the special</b> <b>SOS Top Ten series</b><b>. This month, we highlight ways</b> <b>Spotlight on Strategies</b><b> (</b><b>CDN Version</b><b>) instructional ideas help students uncover</b> …

Why Students Cheat—and What to Do About It

“Why did you cheat in high school?” I posed the question to a dozen former students.<p>“I wanted good grades and I didn’t want to work,” said Sonya, who …

Poster: How To Write A Quality Blog Comment

Do you have a class blog? I've found that having a poster to refer to can really help when teaching about quality commenting. Feel free to use my …

3 Ways Adobe Spark Promotes Creativity in the Classroom

I recently had the chance to review the new research conducted by Adobe Education on creativity in the classroom. Their study is titled, Creative …

Getting Student Input on the Burden of Homework

After serving as a high school principal for a decade and a half, I became increasingly concerned at the net effect that homework was having on our …

6 ways Quizzes in Google Forms are getting smarter

Don’t add. Make better.

Having just received an email from someone starting a new “technology” position in their school, they asked me what advice I would give. I shared the …

5 Fun, Easy Ways to Adapt Quizlet Live

How do you Quizlet Live? Latin teacher and technology coach Patrick McMillan recently shared his <b>great ideas for adapting the game</b>:<p><i>Find more</i> …

How to Use Google's New VR Tour Creator

A few hours ago Google announced the launch of their new VR Tour Creator. This free tool lets everyone create their own virtual tours to view in …

Google’s Chrome OS camera app can now record videos

Chrome OS is constantly evolving, but it’s still missing some core features. For a long time, that’s included a lack of video recording in the built-in camera app. Now, Google is finally fixing that.<p>As pointed out by François Beaufort on Google+, an update has recently been pushed out to the camera …

Why Today’s Educators Are So Much More Than #JustaTeacher

“Oh, I’m just a teacher,” I heard Jazmin say when it was her turn to introduce herself. In fact, she was the only teacher in the room amongst a group …

Introvert-Friendly Cooperative Learning

Kunkle, like most current educators, has centered her class around scientific research promoting collaboration. Following the footsteps of …

Pedagogy

If You Are Grading, You May Not Be Teaching

Throughout my career of about two decades as a high school English teacher and then approaching another two decades in higher education (as a teacher …

Test your knowledge of natural wonders in Google Earth

In Google Earth’s Voyager, we’ve climbed aboard the ISS, simulated eclipses, and gone deep into the Amazon. Now, with the help of our friends at …