2021

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Book Review–My Secret EdTech diary

Ask a Tech Teacher

My Secret EdTech Diary. by Al Kingsley. 4/5. Al Kingsley’s My Secret EdTech Diary (John Cott Educational 2021) is a big-goaled, meandering overview of edtech (educational technology) available and pertinent to teachers and students. It is almost stream of consciousness told in a friendly, affable voice, where the author starts with a specific topic and then addresses that and many tangential ideas, showing how they are related and interconnect.

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Schools Use Trial and Error for Choosing Edtech, But They Don’t Have to

ED Surge

With President Biden’s signature turning the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law, our nation is poised to make historic investments in its highways, public transit, railways, airports, ports, water systems, broadband networks and electric grid. Even in our hyper-polarized political climate, the bill garnered widespread bipartisan support. A key reason?

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Top 38 Teacher Movies of All Time (2021 list)

Educators Technology

Top teacher movies is a list I compiled based on ratings from various authority sites such as Amazon Prime Video, Show Times, Ranker, among others (see the list of sources at the bottom of this.read more.

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21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This summer, educators need to get some rest so that we can be our best. However, our professional accreditation requirements are still on track and need to be renewed, as we have to learn and up our abilities for the fall. As I look ahead to this summer and listen to educators, here are 21 hot topics that I think we should consider including in our summer PD.

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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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Teacher Writer Spotlight: Rachel Neir

Accelerate Learning

Hitting her one-year anniversary as a STEMscopes writer, Rachel Neir brings her bright smile and big ideas to everything she does. According to her team, “Texas teachers are so lucky she is helping us develop a new product for them.". With a B.S. in education fr. om Northern Illinois University, Neir currently teaches fifth grade science and social studies at a public school in Texas.

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Project Based Learning: 5 Tips for Getting Started

Defined Learning

For many educators, the practice of project based learning (PBL) is new. Many educators have long thought that PBL was focused on the project. However, attention should be focused as much on the process, as the content-related products.

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Computer Science was always supposed to be taught to everyone, and it wasn’t about getting a job: A historical perspective

Computing Education Research Blog

I gave four keynote talks in the last two months, at SIGITE , Models 2021 Educators’ Symposium , VL/HCC , and CSERC. I’m honored to be invited to them, but I do suspect that four keynotes in six weeks suggest some “personal issues” in planning and saying “No.” Some of these were recorded, but I don’t believe than any of them are publicly available. The keynotes had a similar structure and themes.

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I'm Back! Wellness Ideas for Innovative Educators

The Innovative Educator

Hello innovative educators. I've missed you, but I'm back with a lot of ideas to help you focus on you and your wellness to start this school year off right! During the pandemic, I took the time to reset and take a look at my own wellness. I focused on areas such as diet, exercise, and supplements. I didn’t want to do this alone. So a few girlfriends and I got together with a simple goal: Losing the COVID 19.

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STEM education around the world

How to STEM

STEM education is a global endeavour to improve the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical skills of children and young people. Every country around the world has a different approach to implementing it: whilst some are embedding it within their educational policies, others are delivering it through external organisations. This got us thinking.

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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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5 Benefits of Integrating STEM and SEL

Carly and Adam

The following is a guest post from Dr. Jacie Maslyk. A first grade teacher welcomes her students back to the classroom. She is excited to have a busy space, full of learners talking, working, and playing. Her excitement is balanced with concern as she knows that many students are nervous to return to school and some may be coming for the first time in a long time.

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10 St. Patrick’s Day Resources For Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun websites with activities for different grade levels, different classes: Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle. Puzzles and games. Physical Education St. Patrick’s Day Activities from Elementary PE Teacher.com.

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Expanding into Early Childhood Is Good for Edtech Companies. Is It Good for Kids?

ED Surge

For years, the global learning platform Kahoot has been growing its foothold in the K-12 space through acquisitions and add-ons to its popular quiz platform. On Wednesday, Kahoot expanded its reach even further, launching a product designed specifically for children 2 through 7. And no, it’s not more quizzes. Instead, the Norway-based company—which counts Disney as an investor —revealed a new suite of digital games, called Kahoot!

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Pear Deck- Full Review and Ways to Use it In Classroom

Educators Technology

Pear Deck is a tool that allows you to turn your presentations and lessons into interactive learning materials. The way Pear Deck works is simple and easy: First, make sure you install Pear Deck.read more.

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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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Battling Blended Learning Burnout and Finding Balance

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tiffany Wycoff, the co-author of the bestselling book, Blended Learning in Action , talks about the state of blended learning today. She shares how some teachers are battling blended learning burnout but that it is necessary for learning today and how we move forward. Sponsor: Screencastify.

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River Runner Simulation

Teach Science for All

Here’s a fun simulation for a Tuesday. Visit River Runner and then click anywhere on the map to place a single raindrop. The simulation then shows you where the raindrop ends up. Enjoy.

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Student Choice and Voice Can Equal the Best Day Ever

User Generated Education

As is true for a lot of progressive educators, I have a belief in and attempt to practice the implementation of student voice and choice: Sometimes this means fully letting go of the reins so learners become fully self-directed. I had the privilege of witnessing this in action one afternoon last week. I use the word, “witness,” as it was fully and totally due to the actions of one student.

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Top EiE Resources from 2021!

EiE Blog

As we approach year end, we’re reflecting on the resources we created in 2021 to further our mission of supporting STEM learning and looking to the future for the next hot topics in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Helping social studies teachers to teach data literacy with Teaspoon languages

Computing Education Research Blog

Last year, Tammy Shreiner and I received NSF funding to develop and evaluate computational supports for helping social studies teachers to teach data literacy and computing(see post here ). We’re excited about what we’re doing and what we’re learning. Here’s an update on where we’re at on the project. Teaspoon Languages. We have a chapter in the new book by Aman Yadav and Ulf Dalvad Berthelsen Computational Thinking in Education: A Pedagogical Perspective.

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Wellness for Innovative Educators - Supplements

The Innovative Educator

As the pandemic hit the United States, I found myself working extremely long hours to help our schools move to emergency remote learning. I also spent an abundant amount of time publishing numerous articles around ways to do remote learning successfully. As a result, I was not finding the time to exercise. I was eating convenient (often unhealthy) food.

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7 Benefits of STEM Education

Robot Lab

By MATTHEW LYNCH. STEM education in the U.S. is increasing in popularity—more schools are implementing STEM learning into their curriculum and making it an integral part of what they teach. In this article, we will discuss the 7 benefits of STEM education.

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What Preservice Teachers and Teacher Educators Can Learn from Trajectories

National Science Foundation

Teacher diversity is a contemporary issue in education circles that is prevalent in the current educational discussions. Few would discount the power and promise of diversifying the teaching force, especially in STEM fields; however, our research offers the field of STEM education new insight into the conversation. We counter that any discussions of teacher diversity in STEM education must include issues of how race and racism impact Black teachers’ experiences in the classroom as well as

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11 Ways to Update Your Online Presence (copy)

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll post my updated suggestions for three holiday activities that will get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of teaching that starts after the New Year. Here’s what you’ll get (the links won’t be active until the post goes live ): For regular readers of Ask a Tech Teacher, these are yearly reminders. For new readers, these are like body armor in the tech battle.

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Why Investing in SEL Now May Be the Key to an Equitable Future

ED Surge

Earlier this year, studies confirmed what many educators already knew: Students have suffered substantial academic setbacks resulting from the pandemic. Research from McKinsey revealed that, on average, K-12 students lost up to four months of mathematics and four months of reading progress in the last school year. With newly distributed federal stimulus funds now in hand, school districts nationwide are poised to set learning recovery plans in motion.

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8 Great Chrome Accessibility Extensions for Students

Educators Technology

In this post, I am sharing with you 8 great Chrome accessibility extensions to use with students in class. The purpose is to enhance digital equity and make learning accessible to all students. Using.read more.

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5 Awesome New Screencastify Features

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Screencastify is more than a screencasting tool. You can now screencast, edit, quiz, see student analytics, get feedback, and more using Screencastify. In this post, I’ll share some of the new features in Screencastify and how I’ve used it in my classroom. Note that Screencastify has been one of my favorite formative assessment tools since 2018 when I wrote 10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment.

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Teaching STEM with the Power of Games – Interview with Rosie Hamed

STEM Education Works

Hello everyone! In the process of collaborating with colleagues and other STEM-centered organizations, we here at STEM Education Works often get the opportunity to meet gifted and creative people who, like us, are passionate about supporting and innovating STEM Education. Recently, we had the pleasure of meeting just such a person. Razan Hamed (who goes by “Rosie”) is a graduate student at Purdue University who’s on a mission to make learning physics fun.

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Scratch Monster Mash: A Language Arts/Technology Project

User Generated Education

[link]. This project was developed by Colleen Graves. I found information about how to do it at the Makey Makey blog post entitled, Scratch Coding Literacy Project Ideas for Makey Makey micro:bit Inventions. She designed it to be used with Scratch programming and the micro:bit micro-controller. I asked my students to create their monster mash ups using only Scratch programming.

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National Grid Gifts: TryIt! Kits for the Office for Refugees and Immigrants

EiE Blog

As part of our project with National Grid to distribute our engineering Try It! Kits to families across Massachusetts, we are excited to share a recent distribution event supporting youth through the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.