The ELANCO Leading Edge

By Tim Leister | A collection of educational and edtech related articles for ELANCO Teachers

Promoting School Events Through Social Media

My personal Facebook and Instagram feeds are starting to be filled up with pictures from holiday concerts that my friends' kids are performing in. …

Make Formative Assessment More Student-Centered

Formative Assessment Teaching Strategies<p>Try these strategies & tips to evaluate student comprehension<p>Looking for more resources for formative …

Using Star Wars to Teach Biomes and Ecosystems

<b>A big part of "Playing Like a Pirate"</b> is using pop culture to teach. Whether it's music, video games, movies or television, you'll get kids on board …

Indigenous Peoples

Cultivating a Love of Reading in the Digital Age

Do your students turn the pages of a book or swipe the screen of a tablet as they read a new story? When children scroll through a blog post like the …

Digital Age

A Map Showing How Much Time It Takes to Learn Foreign Languages: From Easiest to Hardest

Do you want to speak more languages? Sure, as Sally Struthers used to say so often, we all do. But the requirements of attaining proficiency in any …

Language Learning

6 Tips for Supercharging Your Learning Stations

Early in my career, my go-to method for introducing a new novel was to create a PowerPoint on the author’s biography and some context for the book. …

Elie Wiesel

New Chromebooks just got a next-level killer feature

This week Chromebooks are once again able to use the entire Microsoft Office app suite VIA Android apps. This is the first time in a while since …

Microsoft Office

Google to Provide More Real-time Data in Google Trends

Google Trends, is now going to provide even more real-time data on the popularity of search terms.<p>In addition to organic search, Google Trends will …

Search Engines

5 great ways to edit video on your Chromebook

It's better (and easier) then you thought it was.<p>One of the biggest criticisms of a Chromebook is the lack of good programs for content creation. Any …

Videography

Students Choose Digital Over Print, But At What Cost?

<i>If the average 14-year-old is given a choice of reading an 800-word news article in a print magazine or on an iPhone X, you can bet the digital</i> …

Education

You can now explore moons and planets with Google Maps

Get excited, space fans.<p>Google just rolled out a new Maps feature showing off some of our favorite planetary neighbors.<p>The new Maps feature label …

Google

Scaffolding for Socratic Seminar

1a<p>Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one on one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on …

Using Technology Doesn’t Make You Innovative

If a classroom gets iPads, a question you will often hear immediately is, “What apps should I download?” In our concern for machines taking over …

Education

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media

Social media is an increasingly important part of students’ lives. According to a recent study by Common Sense Media, the average teen spends over an …

Privacy

Your Step-By-Step Guide To Setting Up Your Kid's iPhone For Parental Controls And Privacy

It might be easier than you think.<p>By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media<p>You’ve done all the hemming and hawing about whether or not to get your kid an iPhone and you’ve decided to take the plunge. Now what? There’s so much to figure out, from Safari to iMessage, not to mention the Wild West of …

iOS

Infographic: Beyond Fake News - 10 Types of Misleading News

An article by Craig Silverman at Buzzfeed News traced a group of hyper-partisan liberal and conservative websites back to the same company by …

Fake News

Enter CheckMark

One of my favorite things to do at an EdTechTeam Summit is listening to teachers. I’ve found that the more I listen the more I hear about certain …

Different Approaches To Using Student Blogs And Digital Portfolios

More and more educators are discovering the importance of having their students build some form of digital presence. Blogging is an excellent way for …

Teaching

Five Google Drive templates for teachers

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms all have a range of great-looking templates that can help make teacher’s administrative work a bit quicker and …

Google Drive

5 Things Teachers Should Say During an Initial IEP Meeting

What Parents Want to hear during Initial IEP MeetingsAs a special education teacher, I have been in many initial IEP (<b>Individualized Education …

Autism

Unleash Student Creativity Through the Power of Video

Kids are born with fantastic imaginations. They’re natural storytellers, creative and quirky and, more often than not, quietly brilliant. If given …

Amazing

Turning Your Students Into Web Detectives

Our students use the web every day—shouldn’t we expect them to do better at interpreting what they read there? Perhaps, but not necessarily. Often, …

Journalism

Padlet Now Has Voting and Grading Tools

Padlet has added a couple of new features that bring it even closer to being an all-in-one formative assessment tool. Padlet now lets you vote on the …

Bringing Authors Into Your Classroom

If you want to be a better writer, you have to read, read, read. If you want to be a better reader, you have to write, write, write. Most teachers …

Google Hangout

You can now create and share Google Maps lists from the web

About a year ago Google debuted the ability to create custom lists in Google Maps, and a couple months after that, it opened up to more users. Strangely, though, the functionality was only available on mobile devices. Now, though, that’s changed as lists have finally made their debut on the desktop.<p>…

The Power of Admitting What We Don’t Know

Although I’m a former high school English teacher who now works to prepare new teachers for the secondary classroom, I had a stint early in my career …

Teaching

CheckMark: More Time for Feedback

As a grade 5 teacher, I am always looking for ways to help make the editing process easier for my students. I have many reluctant writers, and asking …

Creating moveable digital activities with Google Drawings + Slides

A teacher sent me a link to a video recently. I think it was probably from Teachers Pay Teachers, and she asked, “How do you make something like this …

Drawing

Solving Story Problems with the Highlight Tool Add-on for Docs

If Bob leaves at Noon on a west-bound train traveling 60 miles per hour, and Mary leaves at 1pm on an east-bound train traveling 70 miles per hour, …

Adobe