2020

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How to Assess Digital Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

On my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher , I run a column called Dear Otto where I answer teacher questions about how to integrate technology into their classes. Of late, the most common question is, “How to I assess student digital literacy?” with a close cousin, “I am the tech integration specialist. How do I assess faculty digital literacy so I can teach them what they don’t know?

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How to Spot Fake News Classroom Poster

Educators Technology

A few days ago we published on our Facebook page this beautiful visual featuring some interesting tips to help you spot fake news. The visual is created by IFLA and is available for free download in.

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5 Ways to Teach Gratitude in your Classroom #creativitymatters

Cool Cat Teacher

Lesson Plans that Teach Gratitude From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Whatever your activities for November and Thanksgiving, I’ve got some ideas to inspire gratitude in your classroom. Use it to inspire art or just a change of heart as we help children become more grateful, joyful people. Teach about gratitude and encourage students to say thank you with activities and projects this November.

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Engaging Students Right From the Start

User Generated Education

I, like many of you, have been doing remote teaching since March, 2020. I am a student-centric, hands on/minds on teacher. In normal times when students come to my classroom (I provide pull-out services for gifted elementary level kids), I get them doing hands-on activities within minutes of entering into my classroom. As many of you know, remote teaching is very different than face-to-face learning.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Supervisors: What Not to Do to Teachers New to #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

Districts across the globe are moving to remote learning during these unprecedented times in our world's history. Innovative educators are jumping on board, embracing the challenge, and even enthusiastic about discovering some new and better ways of supporting learners. This is the best possible outcome in trying times. However, more and more teachers are sharing that as they are trying to move forward, their supervisors have taken this as a cue to monitor and micromanage.

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SplashLearn

Technology Tidbits

SplashLearn is a wonderful, super easy-to-use, free all-in-one online Math platform for grades K-5. SplashLearn is an ideal learning tool to use for teachers and parents because of the educational portal. This portal/dashboard allows educators/parents to create and manage student accounts, track/manage progress, generate detailed reports that can emailed, and even set daily schedules.

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Pupils can learn more effectively through stories than activities

K-12 Education News

Storytelling -- the oldest form of teaching -- is the most effective way of teaching primary school children about evolution, say researchers.

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Values and Beliefs about Doing Science and Physics Class

PHYSICS! BLOG!

In November, I tried this lesson (below) in my 10th grade physics classes. I’ve joined an “anti-bias task force” at my school made up of teachers from all divisions (lower, middle, and high school) who are looking at their curriculum and implementing lessons or other changes to work on removing bias and improving what and how we teach.

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9 Great Websites to Inspire 1st Graders

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Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire 1st graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Geography—find messages around the world. Hangman. Brown Bear Typing. Aesop Fables—no ads. Aesop’s Fables–audio and visual. Audio stories—read by actors. Audio stories—speakaboos. Childhood Stories. Children’s Stories–MagicKey.

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Harnessing The Power Of Math Manipulatives

Mathematics, a subject steeped in abstract concepts, often poses challenges to students, especially those in grades 5-10. But imagine a bridge that transformed this intricate maze into an interactive adventure.

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169 Tech Tip #51 Find Public Domain Images

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: Find Public Domain Images. Category: Images.

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Tech Tip #118–Top 10 iPad Shortkeys

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: Top 10 iPad Shortkeys. Category: iPads.

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169 Tech Tip #92 Auto-fill for Internet Addresses

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: How to Auto-fill Internet Addresses.

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Tech Tip #2–The PrintScreen Key

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: . Category: Keyboarding. Q: When I push ‘PrintScreen’ to take a screenshot, nothing happens.

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Downloadable Design Briefs for an Integrative STEM Curriculum

These easy-to-use design briefs outline student objectives, challenges, and materials needed to complete each 30-minute to 4-hour lesson. ITEEA’s Integrative STEM curriculum, Engineering byDesign, includes many more standards driven hands-on activities just like these!

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Have Santa Call Your Kids!

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DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa. Imagine the look on your child’s face when they receive a personalized phone call from Santa with his or her name on it!

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SEO for Online Teachers and Coaches

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If you’re an online teacher who offers professional development classes to educators, this article from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor will help you understand the basics of using SEO to reach those who need your expertise. It explains SEO, discusses the importance of keywords and backlinks, and more. . SEO Tips for Online Education | Reach Students With SEO.

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JotForm Reports–A Fresh Way to Energize Remote Learning

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The teachers taking my online classes this summer tell me they’re having difficulty with remote teaching. Problems include administering and grading assessments, taking attendance, finding backchannel tools that enable them to stay in touch with students, and keeping viewers engaged during video presentations. Sure, they have tools that can do each of these but they either aren’t robust enough or only do part of the job or don’t excite students enough to participate.

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9 Great Websites to Inspire Kindergartners

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Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire kindergarten-age children whether they’re in your classroom or at home: ‘I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu. Counting Money –a collection of visual money websites for kindergartners. Edugames —drag-and-drop puzzles; great for mouse skills. Internet4Classrooms– -popular Kindergarten links.

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JotForm Smart PDF–Great for Today’s Teaching

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Forms are popular in schools for assessments, data collection, and a slew of other reasons. Some teachers look no further than Google Forms but for those who require more simplicity and sophistication, a higher degree of agility and rigor, the gold standard for forms is free JotForm (premium edition also available). It works on all platforms and offers professional-looking templates that use a drag-and-drop interface to quickly and intuitively build forms.

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Traveling to America’s Heartland!

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I am out of pocket the rest of this week and next. I’m visiting my wonderful sister in the rural Marion Indiana. I can’t wait to live a measured, natural life for at least a week where we can veges, check on her bee hives, and eat indoors at a restaurant! I probably won’t do much commenting until next weekend but then, I’ll get everything caught up.

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Music for Armed Forces Day 2020

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Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

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How to Evaluate Programs You’ve Never Used in Less Than Seven Minutes

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Ready or not, it’s time to go back to school. If you’re like me, you spent the summer attending webinars, seminars, and conferences. You chatted with colleagues on Twitter and Facebook about learning tools they loved. You collected a long list of highly-recommended resources that you can’t wait to try in your classroom. But that list could take hours to preview.

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What You Might Have Missed in March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of March: Tips to avoid plagiarism. College classes in blended learning. New book from Ask a Tech Teacher: Iquiry and PBL. How to Eteach in a COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020 Edtech trends. Why teach poetry? Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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College or Career? Check out These

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Choosing what to do after high school used to be simple for those who had good grades: Apply to college. Now, not so much. For one thing, college has become increasingly more expensive and students are asking whether there’s enough value in what they get to offset the costs. Another worry: Colleges sometimes seem dangerous hotbeds of protests and riots.

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#WorldReadAloudDay February 5

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On Feb. 5, 2020, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages. Created by LitWorld , past years have found over 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another.

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Music, Academics, and Keyboarding–Transferrable Skills

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Dr. Bill Morgan is a frequent contributer to Ask a Tech Teacher. Today, he is sharing his experience and research on how keyboarding skills benefit other topics I found this every interesting: Finger Dexterity. Transferable Keyboarding Skills. Dr. Bill Morgan, Ph.D. “How do you play the piano as well as you do?” someone in the choir asked me last Sunday.

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19 Great Websites to Inspire 5th Graders

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Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire 5th graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Animals. Wolfquest—simulation–DL. Civics games. FBI Games. Looking Glass—animated story. Snap!—runs in your browser. Tynker. Wolfram Alpha widgets. Dig hole through the earth with Google Earth. Whyville–Social Media Sim.

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18 Easter Sites For Students

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Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. To non-Christians (or non-traditional Christians), that event signifies a rebirth of spring that is filled with joy and gifts — and chocolate! Overall, it is America’s most-popular holiday with Christmas a close second. The date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.

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169 Tech Tip #48 Quickly Switch Between Windows

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: Quickly Switch Between Windows. Category: Internet.