2018

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Technology and Writing: A Conversation with Vicki Davis

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vicki Davis is a teacher, author, podcaster, tweeter, blogger, international presenter, and so much more. I admire her podcasts and posts so was honored when she invited me to chat with her on her podcast, the 10-Minute Teacher. The topic is one dear to my heart: How to use technology to teach writing in creative ways. Click the image below to access her post where you can listen to the podcast or read the transcript–whichever works better for you.

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11 Great Kids Safe Search Engines

Educators Technology

January 9, 2018 One of our priorities as teachers, educators and parents is to ensure that our students and kids use the internet in appropriate, safe and secure ways. Digital literacy and digital.read more.

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Evolution and the Geologic Time Scale

Amy Brown Science

Teaching the geologic time scale has always posed a bit of a problem for me in my Biology classes. My students don't need the depth of knowledge that they might get in an Earth Science class. On the other hand, the concept of geologic time and the appearance and evolution of life on Earth is VERY important to my class. One of my most favorite sayings, "Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution" ( Theodosius Dobzhansky , American Biology Teacher , 1973.) is a mantra in my cl

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Why do we group students by manufacture date?

User Generated Education

Ken Robinson once famously said, “Students are educated in batches, according to age, as if the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture.” (Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything ). I have the privilege of working with 2nd through 6th graders in my gifted education classes and Kindergarten through 6th grade in my summer STEM and robotics camps.

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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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Why You Shouldn't Limit Screen Time

The Innovative Educator

Read fear-mongering pieces like the click bate trio of stories that appeared in the New York Times this fall about the " Dark Consensus Around Screens ," and you'd think you can't be a good parent or educator unless you limit screen time. While such pieces prey on insecurities, make good headlines, and draw in concerned parents and teachers, at best such stories lack nuance.

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06: Self-Care for Educators

Trina Deboree Teaching and Learning

Self-care is one of those topics that we know is so important for our mental well being, yet we feel like we never have enough time. It’s kind of like I need gas in my car, but I don’t have time to stop! Eventually, we run out, and we are left stranded on the side of the road. So I thought this week was crucial to talk about how you can give yourself a refill over the winter break.

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Easy Web Development Projects For Students Middle School & Up (Updated for 2022)

CTE Learning

Are you looking to help your students make it big in the digital world? Do you want to help them become leading candidates in the most high-demand STEM careers ? Between the videos on web development available online and HTML, JavaScript, and CSS courses , your students may have the theoretical knowledge on how website development works.However, it is the practical knowledge and experience that helps a student learn the intricate details of web development.

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What's your North Star?

Informed K12

I just got off of the phone with a prospective candidate I was excited about. Part of working on the People Ops team involves searching different talent networks (ex. LinkedIn) and reaching out to those I feel could potentially be a strong applicant for one of our openings. Think of it as professional stalking minus the creepy aspect. So, at the end of our call the prospective candidate, Kasey (not really their name but I like the name Kasey), said something that really made me reflect.

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Klutz Maker Lab Circuit Games Review

The Maker Mom

This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Klutz. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own. Understanding the basics of circuitry is a key STEM skill. Makers should also be familiar with the basic elements of electronics, so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to introduce these things to kids. Therefore, I was eager to take a look at the new Klutz Circuit Games Lab , one of the items in their Maker Labs line.

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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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New insights into decoding girls future in an age of social media

STEMx

In late 2017, a groundbreaking national survey was released that aimed to reveal American girls’ thoughts, behaviors and attitudes. The report, titled “The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls,” sampled 10,678 female youths ages 10 to 18 from across the country on issues such as confidence, body image, friendships, pressure, leadership, career aspirations, school, academics, technology and social media.

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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2017

Ask a Tech Teacher

Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog six years ago, we’ve had over 5.3 million visitors to the 1,797 articles on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes tech tips, website/app reviews, tech-in-ed pedagogy, how-tos, videos, and more. We have regular features like: Weekly Websites and Tech Tips ( sign up for the newsletter ).

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5 of The Best Rubric Making Tools for Teachers

Educators Technology

January 16, 2018 In yesterday’s post we talked about grading and we featured a number of apps to help teachers with their grading. In today’s post we cover a closely related concept: rubrics.read more.

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Returning to Your Lab After Summer Break: A "Must-Do" List of Chores

Amy Brown Science

Picture yourself at the end of the school year. You are punch-drunk from having made it through end of course exams, posting final grades, collecting textbooks, and trying to get your classroom packed up for the summer. You are giddy with excitement about the much needed summer break. It's the last day of school and you just want to go home. Every teacher reading this knows this feeling.

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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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Choice + Imagination = Fantastic Results

User Generated Education

The use of Destination Imagination (DI) has been recommended by my supervisor for use with gifted students. I teach gifted students at two Title 1 elementary schools. DI MISSION. To engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.

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The Real Way to Avoid Hearing from the Same 26 Facebook Friends

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators are generally good fact checkers and don't fall for chain social posts like the one making its rounds about seeing the same 26 people on Facebook. They know to verify and that even a basic search on The Google will help you find out if what you are reading is fact or fake. A reason so many people were quick to believe "the same 26 people" story is because Facebook does have an algorithm that limits the posts you see.

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Four Things I Learned about PLAY During my Visit to the Birthplace of LEGO

Jay Flores

LEGO House ”Home of the Brick” in Billund, Denmark. LEGO Education is dedicated to building a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative engaged lifelong learners. During my visit to LEGO in Billund, Denmark with Rockwell Automation and FIRST I learned that when young people are engaged in playful STEM activities they ignite their natural curiosity, grow their knowledge, and develop habits of learning.

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05: An Administrator's Impact on School Culture

Trina Deboree Teaching and Learning

Today’s show takes a look at the impact of school administrators on the culture of schools. Rachel, a 2nd-grade teacher from Missouri, shares her truth about being a part of a school culture that values empathy and kindness towards one another, and it all starts with the leader of the school. 2:04 Introduction to Rachel 5:23 Rachel’s Amazing 9:46 Rachel’s Teacher Tired 10:43 Principal Perks 11:43 Community Service Project Idea 14:14 Whole School Morning Meeting 15:20 Moral Building 17:53 The Pow

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Forensics: Crime Scene Protocols Unit Plan with Links to Resources!

STEM Teacher Inspiration

This is the second unit in a high school Forensic Science course. In this unit students begin to master the skills needed to handle evidence. When a crime has been committed and a crime scene is identified, the Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs) are called in to process the scene. Students learn the steps that CSIs take to document and preserve the details at the scene.

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Learnings from my time as a Customer Support Specialist

Informed K12

If you’re reading this post, you’re either considering joining our team or you’re my mom and you clicked on the link I texted you. I’m going to assume you’re part of the former group and address you (Sorry, mom!). I’ve had a bit of a journey getting to Informed K12 and then growing here, and I’m excited to share it with you. Whether you end up joining our team or not, my hope is that something I share resonates with you and makes you feel like you’re not alone in your feelings during your job se

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Is Computer Animation a Good Career Choice? (Updated for 2022)

CTE Learning

A career in animation is one of the most lucrative and most sought-after courses these days. With attractive salaries and the personal freedom it offers, a career in animation could be the right choice for you. Both movies, video games, and other forms of media use computer animation. With movies like Frozen, Coco, Ice Age, Kung Fu Panda, Incredibles 2 , and others being extremely popular among audiences, computer animation for is something that is not going away any time soon.

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Building the Constant Acceleration Particle Model (New Paradigm Investigation)

PHYSICS! BLOG!

In my Physics 10 update/upgrades, I built a new paradigm investigation for the Constant Acceleration Particle Model. The activity described here gets at the same things as my older activity , but it allows groups to do the investigation rather than the entire class together, and it gives more structure and space to the discussion. The students do more of the talking (and more of the students do talk) in this version, too.

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The Wild and Amazing World of Augmented Reality

Ask a Tech Teacher

The poster child for a cutting-edge classroom over the years has included computers (back in your mom’s schooldays), iPads (a surprisingly long time ago), 3D printing, Maker Space, and G Suite. By now, those have all been mainstreamed, with savvy parents asking, “What else do you offer?” Now, the most popular ending to the sentence that starts, “My school actually has…” is Augmented Reality.

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12 Excellent YouTube Channels That Provide Educational Video Content for Kids

Educators Technology

After we have reviewed kids safe search engines and kids friendly educational websites, we are sharing with you this list of interesting YouTube channels that provide educational video content for.read more.

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Super Science Back to School Giveaway

Amy Brown Science

Welcome Back to School Science Teachers! 18 Secondary Science Authors have teamed up for one ENORMOUS giveaway!! Aug 12, 2018 through Aug 17, 2018 Awww, don't be sad. I know the summer is almost over (or already over if you live in the South!) but we can make "back to school" just a bit easier for you. I know you had a terrific summer, full of rest and relaxation, and quality time spent with family and friends.

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Educators as Active Listeners

User Generated Education

I have a few sayings I often use in my teacher education courses and PD workshops for teachers related to active listening. They include: If the teacher is doing more talking than the students, then this is a problem. One of the biggest gifts we, as educators, can give to our learners is to be truly present for them; to deeply listen to what they have to say.

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Preparing Our Students for the New Collar Workforce

The Innovative Educator

College and career readiness was popularized in 2009 under the Obama administration's Race-to-the-Top initiative and it is what fuels the Common Core Standards. College and career readiness is the directive under which most government schools have been operating since then. The problem is that honoring, respecting, and preparing our nation for college and career readiness leaves two thirds of our nation's adults (according to the most recent census bureau statistics) as outcasts.

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The Science of Curling

STEMx

This post was. originally published by Battelle. , which manages STEMx, and it’s too good not to share. Have you integrated curling (or any other Olympic sport) into your classroom? Please tell us about it in the comments below. At Battelle, we take science seriously. And, our researchers may take their hobbies just as seriously as their science. Rick Olson, a mechanical engineer who has led structural analysis projects at Battelle for 41 years, is also an active member of the Columbus Curling C

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04: Surviving the Weeks Before Winter Break

Trina Deboree Teaching and Learning

Today’s show is all about how to get through the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas! We all know how exhausting this time can be. The kids are totally off the chain. I don’t about you, I’ve got a lot going on at this time, as well. It can make for one tired teacher! Check out my blog post How to Guarantee Survival the Weeks Before Christmas Vacation for more tips.