9 reasons to attend FETC 2020 – Education Article

Educators from around the world are gearing up for the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Miami, Florida, on January 14-17, 2020. What’s more, it’s the 40th anniversary of the conference. Whether you’re a third-grade teacher, an IT director, a special education administrator, or in charge of district innovation, you’ll find plenty to see and do. From sessions and workshops to hands-on demos and an Expo Hall filled with products from more than 400 companies, FETC is a can’t-miss…

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Teachers Are Not Responsible for Student Growth or Achievement – Education Article

 Earlier this week, I was rushed to another urgent early morning staff meeting at my school.   I had my laptop with me and was frantically trying to get everything ready that I’d need for the day.   Text dependent analysis question? Check.   Discussion guide to introduce the concept of science fiction? Check.   Questions on literacy, analogy, vocabulary and sentence structure suitable for 7th grade? Check.   The same suitable for 8th grade? Check.   And as I…

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Something To Call Her Own – Education Article

What the world needs now?  See, I can’t even bring myself to finish the quote.  With all the schmaltz and candy coating that comes with a Burt Bacharach refrain, it’s hard to get it out.  Sort of sticks in the throat and causes my hands to pause over the keyboard.  But, despite the preamble of pop and bubble gum, it’s true.  What the world needs now is love, sweet love.  And when children are not able to obtain the love…

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How to design a course backwards – Education Article

Being assigned a new course can fill a professor’s heart with joy, dread, or a bit of both.  The joy can come from the excitement of being able to create something new; to put into use all the techniques and technology that you have learned about and exercising the academic freedom that you may have been denied teaching courses designed by others.  Some may dread it because of the daunting amount of work necessary to design and implement a new…

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Making students responsible for their learning – Education Article

Many of you have had this kind of email from a student: “I am not sure why I got a 78% on the assignment. I followed the instructions correctly and yet the MyLab product graded it wrong. Why did I get these questions wrong? I think something is wrong with the MyLab or Mastering Product. I need you to look at this now and change my grade.” Many students will blame the system or something external instead of looking at…

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Sweet chili lime pistachios? In my classroom? – Education Article

Sweet chili lime pistachios. Yes, they are real; and they are addictive. One of my team members told me about them, and because I’m a pistachio lover and a chili lover, I had to try them. Yum! I’m a sucker for Tex-Mex flavors, and this one got me. Like many of you, I tend to eat lunch and snacks at my desk, so I need to be careful my laptop doesn’t end up with chili in the keyboard! When I…

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Successful design strategies for online courses – Education Article

In order for an online course to be successful, one must first divorce their thinking from the traditional face-to-face classroom, and consider several key components of the online course experience. Let’s focus on the big items… Lecture videos  One of the most natural starting places for creating an online course is the lecture. This can of course take many forms. The lazy alternative is to simply tell students to read the chapter, but this is, as one might expect, unfair…

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Using screencasting for student feedback – Education Article

Here is a scenario that I am sure most of you have experienced in your teaching career: Sam is one of your students in your course and is having some issues with one of the assignments. He sends you an email asking for help. You respond with what you think is a detailed answer. Sam responds and asks more questions. You then respond again spending more time and energy typing another detailed answer. Unfortunately, Sam emails again still not understanding…

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The Last Day of School – Education Article

On the last day of school this year, my 8th grade students gave me one of the greatest salutes a teacher can get.   They reenacted the closing scene of “The Dead Poets Society.”   You know. The one where Robin Williams’ Mr. Keating has been fired from a boarding school for teaching his students to embrace life, and as he collects his things and leaves, the students get up on their desks as a testament to his impact and…

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I can’t remember! Or can I?….Let’s learn about retrieval practice – Education Article

Maybe you are chuckling to yourself about a moment recently where that happened to you. You sat at your desk or stood in the middle of the room or waited in your car at the intersection…trying to remember the thing you wanted to recall. You may have employed some mnemonics or keywords or other tools to help you store and later access that information. Sometimes if information hasn’t seemed to clearly fit into our mental mapping or schemas, or we…

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Read This Survey To Find Ways To Make Science More Interesting To Students – Education Article

According to a survey of 1,100 high school students, humor, relevancy, technology, and busting myths may be the four ingredients necessary to get kids interested in STEM careers. SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania conducted a survey with participants across the U.S. in 2019’s MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge. SIAM is an international society with over 14,500 members whose mission is to build cooperation between math, science, and technology to solve real-world problems. The purpose of the…

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My pathway to corequisite courses – Education Article

I absolutely love trying new things! From travel experiences to foods (as long as they are not stinky), I’m willing to attempt new things. My adventurous nature really shows in my teaching experience. For me, gone are the boring days of straight lecture. I’ve taught online, in a lecture/lab format, in a flipped format, modular (that’s similar to emporium), and fast-track. Basically, if it’s a new way to teach, I’m willing to give it a try. By the way, did…

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7 programs that are transforming education – Education Article

Innovative tools and strategies are transforming education, and the best educators recognize this growing trend and harness it to benefit their students. Fuel Education’s Transformation Awards recognize schools, districts or organizations that are successfully transforming education, the way teachers teach, and how students learn. The awards highlight seven exemplary programs from Fuel Education’s partner school districts. Each Transformation Award winner uses online courses and adaptive learning tools to meet the varying needs of their students, who represent different demographic, economic…

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The Best Mind Mapping Software For Classrooms in 2019 – Education Article

During the Roman Empire In the 3rd century, Porphyry from Tyre mapped Aristotle’s Categories in what became known as the Porphyrian Tree. The Porphyrian Tree was possibly the first mind map.  (#1) Many famous philosophers and scholars throughout history used mind maps for notetaking: Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, Michelangelo, and Thomas Edison. Tony Bunzan, however, made mind mapping popular. In his BBC TV series, Bunzan coined the term “mind map” and showed the audience how to create…

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25 Technology Skills Teachers Need To Master For the 2020’s (and Beyond) – Education Article

Ask any teacher and they will tell you that it’s essential to keep up on skills in order to be at the top of profession.  Students these days have lived their entire lives online.  It’s as natural to communicate digitally as face-to-face. (I think for some, it’s MORE NATURAL to communicate on a screen than using eye contact, but that’s for a different article.) As we approach the begining of the 2019-2020 school year, here is a list with some…

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Fifteen Fun Phonemic Awareness Activities and Games For Kids – Education Article

Phonemic awareness games may help your child read fluently. Research has shown that the quicker a child differentiates the sounds in a word, the faster they understand. According to the National Reading Panel report on Teaching Children to Read, teaching kids phonemic awareness significantly improved their reading in various age groups and grades. What is Phonemic Awareness? Although phonemic awareness affects the reading ability of a child, it isn’t taught with the written word. It’s about listening to the spoken…

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