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Free Technology for Teachers: eMammal Lite – Education Article

eMammal Lite is an online activity based on the wildlife photographs on the Smithsonian’s eMammal site. eMammal was previously known as Smithsonian Wild. All of the pictures on both sites were captured by camera traps. Camera traps are wildlife cameras that are triggered by motion when an animal walks in front of a sensor. On eMammal Lite you scroll through pictures of animals that were photographed at camera traps. You then have to use some context clues to identify the animal…

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Exploring the New Nike Advert – Education Article

I’ve just seen the new Nike advert and was blown away. It has such a powerful message. The advert has been in the news and faced a backlash because of the narrator – Colin Kaepernick. The NFL star was the first athlete to kneel during pre-game anthems to protest against social and racial inequality in the US. I was, however, impressed with the advert as I believe it has a very powerful message. See what you think: Here is the text from the…

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Educational technology for academies: everything you need to know – Education Article

Nearly a third of publicly-funded schools in England are now academies (22% of primary and 68% of secondary schools). Over 73% of all academies are run by multi-academy trusts (MATs). But how can these schools maximise their chances of success in 2019 and beyond? One answer to this challenge is to embrace educational technologies. Indeed, MAT schools were positioned to sit at the forefront of innovation and encouraged to use technology to drive better pedagogical outcomes. But, while over 50%…

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Supporting African American Youth – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

My initial purpose for this writing piece was to highlight the current academic status of African American youth in Arizona. Unfortunately, I was not able to locate current information about our academic demographics. I have requested this information from the Arizona Department of Education and will address it in a future blog. I did learn that there are annual reports on the academic status of Native American Indians in Arizona and it is relatively easy to locate similar information on…

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The Past Preparing Our Students for the Future – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Here is a video I shared on Twitter last week: A couple of thoughts: 1. Traditional practice does not equal bad practice. We can’t use the terms interchangeably. 2. Innovation is ONLY innovation if it leads to something better. “New” is not enough.#InnovatorsMindset pic.twitter.com/2VcFbuFcVp — George Couros (@gcouros) February 13, 2019 I have been thinking a lot about the terms “traditional” and “innovative” lately and how they should not be terms that are used in contradiction with one another but…

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How To Create a Podcast Website using Weebly and Google Keep – Education Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, Jeff sits down with Whitney Choate and Jonathan Compas from the Tough Teacher Talk Podcast to learn how they are creating professional development for themselves, one episode at a time.   If you are a new listener to TeacherCast, we would love to hear from you.  Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how…

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Oakland: Day One of the Strike for Higher Pay, Student Services, and an End to Privatization – Education Article

Just in from the Oakland Education Association:     Mike Myslinski Headquarters Communications California Teachers Association 1705 Murchison Drive Burlingame, CA 94010 650-552-5324 408-921-5769 (cell) www.cta.org   NEWS RELEASE  February 21, 2019   Oakland Education Association 272 East 12th Street Oakland, CA 94606 510-763-4020 www.oaklandea.org   Contacts: –Jamie Horwitz at 202-549-4921, jhdcpr@starpower.net –Mike Myslinski with CTA on cell at 408-921-5769, mmyslinski@cta.org   On Twitter: @oaklandea, #Unite4OaklandKids, #WeAreOEA, #RedForEd, #WeAreCTA OEA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OaklandEA/   FOR IMMEDIATE… This is only a…

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10 Things to Learn and Do at the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp – Education Article

Even though the ground is covered in snow at my house, I’m already getting excited to welcome people to western Maine for the 2019 Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp. People from three states have registered so far and, if it’s like previous years, we’ll have people from all over North America by the time registration closes. If you’re thinking about coming, here’s a brief overview of what you can learn and do while you’re here. 10 Things You Can Learn…

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3 Most Essential Reading Skills Your Students Need – Education Article

by Susan Verner 99,794 views Reading is so much more than starting with the first word on the page and moving along each line till you get to the end. Reading is an essential skill for academic success, and we all know how important it is. We wouldn’t spend the time we do teaching it if we didn’t value reading. Even though reading is so essential, we often overlook the fundamental reading skills that our students need. Reading isn’t just…

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Oakland Teachers Strike For Class Sizes and Student Supports – Education Article

Fed up with unequal resources that starve their students of the schools they deserve, the 3,000 members of the Oakland Education Association (OEA) went on strike on Thursday to demand smaller class sizes and increased access for students to counselors, school nurses, librarians, and school psychologists. “You can’t feed the minds of our students by starving their schools,” OEA President Keith Brown has said. On Thursday, educators, parents, and other supporters walked picket lines at all 86 Oakland schools, and…

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8 Most Common Sources Of Formative Assessment Data – Education Article

contributed by Daniel R. Venables, Founder of Center for Authentic PLCs Teachers look at data for one reason: to teach better. We don’t look at data to compare teachers or students (though this sometimes happens) or to point fingers. Data are tools teachers can use to improve—not weapons to be wielded against them. With this notion in mind, I offer some thoughts about where to find some of the less obvious and often more useful data. In order to teach better, we…

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A Q&A with Alt-Ac Dr. Katie Linder – Education Article

Dr. Katie Linder is the Research Director, eCampus at the Oregon State University Research Impacts Network (ORIN).   Katie agreed to answer my questions about her work as a leading alternative academic scholar and practitioner. Q1:  Katie. In this Q&A I’d like to get a handle on all the various scholarly, outreach, consulting, and community of practices activities integrate into your alternative academic career.  Let’s start with your role as director of the Ecampus Research Unit at Oregon State University.  Can…

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Understanding Texts & Readers Instruction with Leveled Texts – Education Article

Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled TextsBy Jennifer Serravallo(Heinemann, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Rita Platt Every teacher who works with students as readers should read this book. All of them. If you teach in a self-contained elementary school classroom, are a reading specialist or interventionist, teach special education, are a junior high or high school English language arts teacher, or a content teacher charged with integrating disciplinary literacy, you should read this book. Jennifer Serravallo’s books Reading…

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What Are the Most Important Things Students Should Learn in School? – Education Article

What is the most important thing you have learned in school? How has this knowledge affected your life? How do you think it will help your success in the future? In “The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know,” Thomas L. Friedman writes: A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills and knowledge that we test young people for that…

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6 Ways Teachers Can Welcome Immigrant Students & Their Families – Education Article

Friendships can grow from a simple greeting. That’s why teachers, students, and administrators at Glen Ellyn School District 41 are encouraged to say hello. Like many districts nationwide, District 41 has experienced an influx of immigrant families in recent years. Thanks to the presence of a World Relief branch in nearby Aurora/DuPage, this suburban Chicago district has become a haven for refugee families. Most newcomers speak Spanish, but many speak Vietnamese or Urdu, a language commonly used in India and…

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Teacher targeted over LGBT work shortlisted for $1m global award | Education

A primary school teacher who has been the target of protests by parents concerned about teachings on LGBT rights and equalities has been chosen as a finalist in a prestigious $1m global education award. Andrew Moffat, who is assistant head at Parkfield Community school in Alum Rock, Birmingham, is one of 10 teachers from around the world who have made it to the shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019. He was selected from more than 10,000 nominations…

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John is a Cuban teacher who moved to Canada in 1997 and faced difficulty finding work – Education Article

This content comes from our newly released interactive youth version of the 2019 GEM Report. The reluctance of some countries to recognize teacher qualifications across borders is one of the most important challenges for migrant teachers. ‘Becoming a teacher in a foreign country is really challenging. I had two or three interviews where I said that I was not a Canadian citizen yet, and kind of never got a call again. Some universities’ requirements are very strict for foreign teachers.…

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How About #NC2019? 30 Ways To Make NC the Best Place to Learn and Teach That Won’t Take 11 Years – Education Article

Would Mark Johnson ever think of fighting for any of these? Restore longevity pay for teachers. Restore graduate degree pay for teachers. Restore career status and due-process for teachers. Fully fund schools and bring per-pupil expenditure to pre-recession levels adjusted for inflation. Stop merit pay schemes. Stop performance pay and bonuses. Get rid of the School Performance Grading system. Get rid of the Municipal Charter School Bill. Make the voucher system much more transparent. Place a cap back on charter…

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Helping Students Prepare for Their Futures with LinkedIn – Education Article

It can be frustrating for teachers and parents alike when teens get distracted by technology: checking text messages during class, posting to Snapchat and Instagram, and so on. However, once students leave high school and college, they will have to balance technology and social media with their real-world careers. How can we help them to prepare for that balance? And how can we help them start building their professional online presence? The social media platform that increasingly addresses both of…

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Writing Assessment Prep and Practice from Writable – Education Article

Making sure that students have everything they need before state exams is definitely stressful. As a classroom teacher, I remember just how hard it was to find “just right” prompts and practice activities for students. Writable is a practical EdTech tool for teachers and students. Educators can use it to make sure that state summative exams aren’t a painful experience. It provides a writing practice and writing assessment platform for educators to help infuse formative assessment and plenty of practice…

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Your Testimony is Your Teacher Self-Care – Education Article

Anleeta Eaton-Buchanan     Each day, I would get that dreaded, daily, routine question from a colleague, “How are you doing today?”  And without hesitation, I would muster up a smile, say “fine,” and if I am really feeling myself, I’d add a clever anecdote or synopsis of my weekend. Boom. I have no issues or problems, I am a picture perfect teacher, see (insert fake smile here).  I, too, would ask the same question mindlessly of others and not even process…

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From African Fish Eagle to American Bald Eagle – USAFrom African Fish Eagle to American Bald Eagle – Education Article

I may not be classified as an international student but I did move to the United States the year I began college. Prior to that, I was living in Zimbabwe. Born and raised in the city of Bulawayo, I grew up very reserved and may have lacked an element of self confidence. I came from a household where both my parents and grandparents were not very social and preferred to keep me occupied at home, with what felt like a…

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How to change your school culture on the cheap – Education Article

If you’ve ever been to a special event, a professional or collegiate game, or even a fundraiser, you likely observed a promoter, DJ, or other variation of a court jester launching promotional t-shirts into the crowd. Everyone goes crazy and, as the t-shirts are tossed or shot out of a cannon, people jump up to grab the items with energy and excitement. Why? Is this t-shirt a first edition made exclusive by Ralph Lauren? Made out of diamonds? Certainly not.…

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Black History Is More Than That – Education Article

February is nearly finished and teachers across the world have been partaking in a month-long celebration of African American history and culture. Over the years, there have been various instances wherein intent did not match impact, and Black history celebrations have gone awry. While it is our hope that students from all walks of life are engaged in meaningful lessons and celebrations surrounding Black history and culture, the truth is that many students will either not be exposed to Black…

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7 Tips To Turn Customer Testimonials Into Valuable LMS Marketing Material – Education Article

How To Turn Customer Testimonials Into Valuable LMS Marketing Material Research shows that 92% of customers read online testimonials before deciding to make a purchase. 72% of these customers believe that positive reviews point to a trustworthy business. A further 88% trust these reviews as much as they do personal recommendations. From these statistics, it is clear that testimonials increase the credibility of a business. Therefore, they are invaluable in LMS marketing material. People like doing business with their friends. Positive…

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It’s Not Easy to Stand Up—BUT… – Education Article

 I remembers a Shakespeare teacher I had in college. He told us, “Once someone says but, you may ignore everything that preceded it.” When your boyfriend or girlfriend says, “I really love you, but…” it’s time to look for a new relationship. We’re at a turning point in the United States, and we can build one in New York City too. With Forest Hills High School making a little splash, we see a model. (I happen to know you’ll be…

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Oakland teachers strike for better pay as tech wealth transforms city | Education

Thousands of Oakland public school teachers went on strike Thursday, calling for smaller class sizes, more resources, and better pay in a city where tech money has made it difficult for the vast majority of teachers to survive. The Oakland Education Association – the union that represents teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses serving 36,000 students in 87 schools –has been negotiating with the Oakland Unified school district (Ousd) for two years, said the union president, Keith Brown. “Oakland teachers cannot…

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