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13-Yr-Old Bull Rider / 20 21st Century Techs / Restful Sleep Tips

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

13-yr-old bull rider
Meet Najiah Knight, the 13-Year-Old Girl Upending the World of Professional Bull Riding. At 4-foot-10 and 70 pounds, Najiah is a Native American of Paiute and Klamath ancestry who hails from tiny Arlington, Oregon. This might inspire some girls you know. @speedist @voguemagazine

20 technologies that defined the first 20 years of the 21st Century – They have brought with them new ways of connecting, consuming and getting around, while also raising fresh Doomsday concerns. @ADCuthbertson @_andrew_griffin @ChuckDBrooks @asokan_telecom @mclynd @diioannid

Seven Tips For Quality Restful Sleep – When you sleep your brain repairs itself. If you aren’t getting good sleep you need to take some action. @EclecticEvelyn

Social/Mobile Media Education

How Facebook Is Killing Comedy – Comedy websites are scaling back, shutting down, or restructuring their business model away from original online content. @sarahaswell

Learning

The Mathematical Bridge of Cambridge – Lots of student activities involve designing and building bridges. This is an interesting math lesson. @AmusingPlanet

Leadership/Parenting

Breathing Life into the Curriculum – Any definition of curriculum…must offer much more than a statement about the knowledge-content or merely the subjects which schooling is to ‘teach’ or transmit. @MrPranPatel @DrMLWhite

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Spontaniety quote

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Watch How These Special ‘Shoes’ Prevent Vehicles From Squishing Migrating Crabs On Christmas Island. As millions of Christmas Island red crabs mass migrate from the interior to the sea, residents have found creative ways to prevent them from being run over. @BoingBoing

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Inside the Box

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

You Are Awesome: 9 Secrets to Getting Stronger and Living an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber

The Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead In the New World of Work by D. A. Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

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180VR Video / One-Sentence Lesson Plan / Google Docs Projects

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Skiny Building
Take A 180VR Tour Inside The World’s Skinniest Skyscraper. In the slimmest building in the world each apartment takes up an entire floor so when you get off the elevator you are home. You can have one for $28 million or so. Click and drag for the VR180 effect. @business

Introducing the One-Sentence Lesson Plan. Let’s be honest. Who’s got time to write full lesson plans for every class five days a week? @EngNorman @cultofpedagogy @mssackstein

Sixteen Ideas for Student Projects Using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms – Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online. It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. @cultofpedagogy @KFelicello

Social/Mobile Media Education

Birmingham teacher Nasser Khalil, 49, jailed for online sex chats with a girl of 12. This is a warning to everyone about the risks of this kind of social media activity. Make sure your students understand this. @RossMcC17956345 @birmingham_live @macmastermkt @DVATW

Learning

The Time Zone You Live In Has A Bigger Effect On Your Health And Personality Than You Might Think. Cory Zapatka explains the surprising ways that time zones affect our lives. YOu can also see how irregular time zones are. @coryzapatka @chrisjawnmazza @VergeScience @mslopatto @lorengrush

Robot TOys

Leadership/Parenting

Robots, AI and drones: when did toys turn into rocket science? Some modern toys resemble advanced devices. There are flying toys, walking toys, and roving toys. A number of these require “configuring” or “connecting”. @ConversationEDU @joemckendrick @evankirstel

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Teaching Literacy@bethhill2829

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

How America Uses Its Land, Visualized – With its population expected to grow an additional 100 million people in the next century, it’s interesting to see how are we’re currently utilizing our space. @USGS @WeitzmanSchool

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Inside the Box

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

You Are Awesome: 9 Secrets to Getting Stronger and Living an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber

The Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead In the New World of Work by D. A. Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

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2020 Ed Tech Tools / Library as Safe Space / Digital Colleagues

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

6 Ed Tech Tools
Six Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2020 – You don’t have time to try all the tools, so use the time you have to try these. @cultofpedagogy @FeketeEDU

The Library as a Safe Space for Inclusivity in School – This is a conversation with Dr. Adam Phyall, Director of Technology & Media Services. @AskAdam3 @edCircuit @teach42 @AskAdam3 @drrodberger

Say Hello To Your New Digital Colleague. McKinsey forecasts that the potential economic impact of automating knowledge work could be between $5.2 trillion and $6.7 trillion by 2025. @TechNative

Social/Mobile Media Education

Apple and Facebook’s privacy policies slammed as ‘untenable’ by US watchdog during a heated debate at CES following a litany of scandals. A panel focused on privacy at CES in Las Vegas featured executives from the two firms who were urged to take more responsibility on the issue. @JoePinkstone @MailOnline @TrippBraden @evankirstel

Lab

Learning

Nine Good Companion Dog Breeds to Adopt – Share with the dog people in your life. @Dogvills @NightHelperBlog @alpha_trained

Leadership/Parenting

How Serving Leadership Will Change The World In 2020 – Can serving leadership still work in a world with so many changes occurring in our communities? @TrippBraden

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Success Secrets@seancasey1

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Underdog Games Trekking The National Parks: The Family Board Game (Second Edition) – This looks like family fun and learning at the same time. @GamesUnderdog

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Inside the Box

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

You Are Awesome: 9 Secrets to Getting Stronger and Living an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber

The Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead In the New World of Work by D. A. Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

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Controlling a Noisy Class – Special Deal Today

Monday, February 4th, 2019
Noisy Class

Take Control of the Noisy Class: From chaos to calm in 15 seconds – Here are some super-effective classroom management strategies for teachers in today’s toughest classrooms. Note the special price today. Be sure to get it now for your school. @RobPlevin @TheLifeRaftOrg

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Being Digital 23 Years Later by Nicholas Negroponte

The Formula

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

Should We Be Teaching Optimism? by Dr. Doug Green

Token Ideas for Guest Speakers by Jenna Smith – If you need a high quality plaque check out EDCO Awards and Specialties.

Get It Done: The 21-day Mind Hack System to Double Your Productivity and Finish What You Start by Michael Mackintosh

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

Seven Things That Can Spoil Your Relationship with the Students by Kate Khom

Why Do We Have Elite Schools? Dr. Doug Green

Hacking Project-Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy

Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom by Shelly Sanchez Terrell

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Slaying Goliath / How to Keep Going / Essential Leader Skills

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
Slaying Goliath

Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight To Save America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch – This documents the failures of the “disrupters” of public education—those who wish to privatize the public system—and celebrates the work of grassroots activists resisting the push for charter schools and vouchers at the expense of the nation’s schools. @DianeRavitch @NormScott1

Four Ways to Keep Going When You Feel Like Quitting – Perfectionism will defeat everyone who isn’t perfect. @Leadershipfreak @ziegeran

If Your Potential Managers Don’t Have These 7 Skills, Don’t Promote Them. An alarming 82 percent of the time, companies promote the wrong person. @Entrepreneur @GordonTredgold

Biomes and Ecoregions Interactive Map – When you visit the map you can choose to display either ecoregions or biomes. After you make that selection you can then click on any location on the map to discover the ecoregion or biome of that location. Read Richard Byrne’s description. @rmbyrne

Social/Mobile Media Education

New Data: Students Who Read On Tablets Score Poorly In Reading. Research released by the Reboot Foundation sheds new light on the effect of devices on learning. @BouyguesLee @Forbes @StressFreeKids @dlhampton

Elon Musk

Learning

Four AI Predictions And Warnings By Elon Musk – This would be good discussion material for middle school and up. @automeme @elonmusk @AudreyDesisto @sallyeaves @globaliqx @mvollmer1 @stratorob @Ronald_vanLoon

Leadership/Parenting

Facial Recognition Tech Discriminates. Ten Questions to Ask About K-12 Use – Facial recognition technology is on the rise in schools across the country, but a new report from the federal government suggests its accuracy can vary widely depending on race and gender. @MarkALieberman @educationweek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Watch Growing Up@mrandmecomic

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Watch This Charming Very Short Film Starring A Blowtorch, A Hair Dryer And A Kernel Of Popcorn. This could be fun to try at home, with parent supervision of course. @CrictorFilm

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Teach Like Finland

Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms by Timothy D. Walker

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

You Are Awesome: 9 Secrets to Getting Stronger and Living an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber

The Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

Be sure to try the bottom right translate button for your favorite language or one you are trying to learn. If you don’t see it check your adblocking software. Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead In the New World of Work by D. A. Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

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The Examination of Emerging Technologies for Their Potential Impact on Schools

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Tech Future
The Examination of Emerging Technologies for Their Potential Impact on and Use in Teaching, Learning, and Creative Inquiry in Schools: The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K-12 Edition – This is an eight-page summary of the 54-page report. In it, 55 experts weigh in what’s coming in the next five years. Use it to see how your school is doing.

Executive Summary

  • The experts agreed on two long-term trends: redesigning learning spaces to accommodate more immersive, hands-on activities, as well as rethinking how schools work in order to keep pace with the demands of the 21st-century workforce and equip students with future-focused skills. In the short-term, the rise of coding as a literacy emerged as a new trend this year. There is a need for students to learn coding and programming skills, which have proven to bolster problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills. K-12 leaders are already addressing the problem by partnering with local businesses to provide real-world experiences for students and expose them to different careers at a young age. When it comes to evolving expectations for teachers, both pre-service training and professional development are emphasizing creative technology use and scenarios where they transition from lecturers to guides and coaches.
  • In the face of increasingly advanced technologies and quality learning materials, not every demographic has the same level of access, and learning outcomes are still unequal throughout the world. Online learning is expected to be widely adopted by schools in one year’s time or less to encourage students to take ownership of their education by creating and providing them with ubiquitous access to digital tools, discussion forums, rich media, and more. The time to adoption for robotics and virtual reality are estimated within two to three years, while artificial intelligence and wearable technology are expected to be mainstream in schools within four to five years.

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Redesigning Learning Spaces

  • While most classrooms employ a more than 100-year-old model with desks in rows and the teachers in front, there is an international move to change. More sunlight, healthier air, moveable furniture and walls, and student-centered pedagogy have all shown to improve performance. Self-lead student learning that is collaborative and social is replacing lecture-based instruction. A 1000-student school in Denmark features one large, open classroom with movable dividers. Like the remaining chapters, there are links for further reading that include: mobile technology transforming learning, creative learning spaces, green schools, innovative design, innovative learning spaces, and the rise of educational escape rooms featuring gameification of lessons.

Rethinking How Schools Work

  • The overly regimented learning of traditional schools is being eclipsed by the recognition that formal education should mirror the way people learn and work in the 21st century. The latest crop of students is characterized as entrepreneurial, global thinkers who are highly social, visual, and technological. They are early adopters of digital tools, social media influencers, and aware of world issues. K-12 leaders are beginning to pilot competency-based models that certify the mastery of specific skills through students’ active demonstration of knowledge in real-world scenarios.
  • Teachers now post videos for students to watch at any time and there is an increased focus on solving real-world problems. Look to Finland and other Nordic countries where traditional subjects are being replaced by interdisciplinary classes. We also see more flexible options for students to redo assignments and retake tests. Self-guided learning is replacing classes altogether, which is very helpful for high-need students. Innovative campuses are starting to resemble a Silicon Valley workspace and there is a push to start school later.

Collaborative Learning

  • Collaborative learning is becoming more pervasive in schools and classrooms throughout the world, with technology as a significant enabler. It is based on the principles of placing the learner at the center, emphasizing interaction, working in groups, and developing solutions to real problems. Educators also benefit through peer groups as they participate in professional development and interdisciplinary teaching. An added dimension to this trend is an increasing focus on global online collaboration. Successful collaborative learning strategies encourage increased student achievement, discussion, confidence, and active learning.

Deeper Learning Approaches

  • Such approaches are defined as the mastery of content that engages students in critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and self-directed learning. Pedagogical approaches that shift the dynamic from passive to active learning allow students to develop ideas themselves from new information and take control of how they engage with a subject. These approaches include problem-based learning, project-based learning, challenge-based learning, and inquiry-based learning. The technologies leveraged to support deeper learning pedagogies are continually evolving and can boost the quality, breadth, and reach of student work and collaborative projects. It causes students to consider more than one side of a dilemma, use more comprehensive reasoning, and evaluate more frequently the importance of the assumptions underlying their decision-making. A number of organizations are providing support to schools to incorporate deeper learning.

Coding as a Literacy

  • Many educators perceive coding as a way to stimulate computational thinking. The skills required to learn coding combine deep computer science knowledge with creativity and problem-solving. School leaders and technologists are making the case for embedding coding into K-12 curricula. Schools worldwide are developing coding programs in which students collaboratively design websites, develop educational games and apps, and design solutions to challenges by modeling and prototyping new products. Learning to code spurs the acquisition of 21st-century skills such as creativity and computational thinking, which can be applied to many jobs. A number of countries are starting to require all schools to teach coding and policy makers are trying to encourage more girls, blacks, and Hispanics to take coding. The job market is also a factor due to the abundance of computer science jobs.

Students as Creators

  • Learners are exploring subject matter through the act of creation rather than the consumption of content. A vast array of digital tools is available to support this transformation. Many educators believe that honing these kinds of creative skills in learners can lead to deeply engaging learning experiences in which students become the authorities on subjects through investigation, storytelling, and production. This trend makes it essential that schools address the topic of fair use. Allowing teachers to make autonomous decisions is a defining characteristic of schools making progress here. Student-led lesson planning is a successful tool for promoting creativity and engagement, while bolstering student understanding of complex concepts. This also requires that the process of student assessment by revisited.

Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in K-12 Education

  • Policy: The easiest to address is creating policies that spur the development of more authentic learning experiences. A more difficult area is creating policies that transition teachers into the 21st-century classroom role of guide and coach rather than lecturer.
  • Leadership: Digital equity is a difficult task that leaders are just beginning to address effectively as not all learners have sufficient access to high-speed broadband internet at home to complete assignments. The most wicked leadership challenge is the achievement gap that persists, in which low-income students and other underserved learner populations struggle to stay in school and graduate with skills that translate to gainful employment.
  • Practice: Categorized by the expert panel as difficult, the act of scaling teaching innovations requires school cultures that encourage education professionals to experiment with and collaborate on new approaches. Catering to each student by providing customized learning activities and support requires careful implementation and has been identified as a wicked challenge.

Authentic Learning Experiences

  • Authentic learning experiences, those that bring students in touch with real-world problems and work situations, are still not pervasive in schools. These approaches include vocational training, apprenticeships, and certain scientific inquiries. Metacognitive reflection and self-awareness are cornerstones. An increasing number of schools have begun bridging the gap between academic knowledge and concrete applications by establishing relationships with the broader community. Through active partnerships with local organizations, learners can experience the future that awaits them outside of school.
  • Five major obstacles to incorporating real-world learning in schools are: curriculum and content standards being too rigid; testing and accountability driving pedagogical decisions; schedules being too regimented and silos too restricting; educator practice requiring more risk-taking; and policy fostering a culture of achievement instead of teaching and learning.

Rethinking the Roles of Teachers

  • Teachers’ primary responsibilities are shifting from providing expert-level knowledge to constructing learning environments that help students gain 21st-century skills including creative inquiry and digital literacy. Educators are now acting as guides and mentors, modeling responsible global citizenship and motivating students to adopt lifelong learning habits. Teachers are now tasked with changing their leadership style from directive to consultative and involving students in planning, implementation, and assessment. Evolving expectations are also changing the ways teachers engage in their own continuing professional development. Pre-service training needs to take all this into account and not gloss over digital learning strategies. Governmental policy makers have a big role here and most likely need prodding.

Advancing Digital Equity

  • Pew Research reports that five million households in the US with school aged children are not privy to high-speed service. The growing pervasiveness of blended learning approaches is illuminating new gaps between those with and without high-speed broadband. Increased homework exacerbates this problem. Barriers to advancing digital equity are exacerbated as schools adopt flipped classroom approaches that rely on high-speed internet connectivity at home. Resourceful schools are overcoming these obstacles by providing students with greater flexibility and alternative places to do their homework. Some companies like Facebook and Google are working to expand access. Some schools are working with local providers to expand access and some have even equipped their buses with Wi-Fi.

Scaling Teaching Innovations

  • Scaling pedagogical innovation requires adequate funding, capable leadership, strong evaluation practices, and the removal of restrictive policies. Scaling teaching innovations is an especially difficult challenge because variables such as teachers’ content preparation, students’ self-efficacy, and prior academic achievement vary across different contexts and significantly impact the effectiveness of educational interventions. Online learning, for example, has been a driver of many teaching innovations, but teachers frequently lack the time required to experiment and the institutional support needed to expand upon grassroots efforts. Optimal conditions in which innovation can proliferate include planning growth from the outset, understanding the operational realities of delivery, financing in a flexible and stable manner, and creating an enabling policy environment. Recognizing and assisting schools that have successfully scaled teaching innovations is a crucial part of addressing this challenge.

Achievement Gap

  • Adaptive and personalized learning technologies are beginning to play a more integral role in identifying lower-performing students and student populations, helping educators and leaders understand contributing factors, and enabling and scaling targeted intervention methods and engagement strategies that help close the gap. Progressive systems that provide more funding to higher-need schools can help correct this imbalance. Investment in lower student-teacher ratios and higher teacher wages resulted in schools with smaller achievement gaps and better educational outcomes for low-SES students. Low-SES and minority students are statistically more likely to attend schools with inexperienced teachers and high staff turnover.

Personalized Learning

  • The increasing focus on customizing instruction to meet students’ unique needs is driving the development of new technologies that provide more learner choice and allow for differentiated content delivery. Advances such as online learning environments and adaptive learning technologies make it possible to support students’ individual pathways. One major barrier is a lack of infrastructure in schools and poor homes. Personalized learning efforts must incorporate effective pedagogy and include teachers in the development process. Personalized learning can best be understood as an umbrella term for methods that enable students to achieve content mastery at an individualized pace. Textbook publishing companies are rebranding as learning management companies to offer smart products that play an active role in students’ learning.

Important Developments in Educational Technology for K-12 Education

  • 1. Consumer technologies are tools created for recreational and professional purposes and were not designed, at least initially, for educational use — though they may serve well as learning aids and be quite adaptable for use in schools. These technologies find their ways into institutions because people are using them at home or in other settings.
  • 2. Digital strategies are not so much technologies as they are ways of using devices and software to enrich teaching and learning, whether inside or outside of the classroom. Effective digital strategies can be used in both formal and informal learning. What makes them interesting is that they transcend conventional ideas to create something that feels new, meaningful, and 21st century.
  • Enabling technologies are those technologies that have the potential to transform what we expect of our devices and tools. The link to learning in this category is less easy to make, but this group of technologies is where substantive technological innovation begins to be visible. Enabling technologies expand the reach of our tools, make them more capable and useful, and often easier to use as well.
  • 4. Internet technologies include techniques and essential infrastructure that help to make the technologies underlying how we interact with the network.
  • 5. Learning technologies include both tools and resources developed expressly for the education sector, as well as pathways of development that may include tools adapted from other purposes that are matched with strategies to make them useful for learning. These include technologies that are changing the landscape of learning, whether formal or informal, by making it more accessible and personalized.
  • 6. Social media technologies could have been subsumed under the consumer technology category, but they have become so ever-present and so widely used in every part of society that they have been elevated to their own category. As well established as social media is, it continues to evolve at a rapid pace, with new ideas, tools, and developments coming online constantly.
  • 7. Visualization technologies run the gamut from simple infographics to complex forms of visual data analysis. What they have in common is that they tap the brain’s inherent ability to rapidly process visual information, identify patterns, and sense order in complex situations. These technologies are a growing cluster of tools and processes for mining large data sets, exploring dynamic processes, and generally making the complex simple.

Makerspaces

  • A growing number of classrooms, libraries, and community centers are being transformed into makerspaces, physical environments that offer tools and opportunities for hands-on learning and creation. Makerspaces are also increasing student exposure to STEM subjects and technical disciplines. Learners are applying maker skills to address some of the world’s pressing challenges with innovative solutions. Makerspaces are closely related to other educational trends such as collaborative learning, project-based learning, and student-directed learning. Student projects lead to new assessment techniques and student portfolios.

Online Learning

  • Online learning has experienced a significant surge as more than 2.7 million students in the US alone are taking part. Educators are becoming more comfortable testing various levels of integration in their existing classes and programs, and many believe that online learning can be an effective catalyst for thoughtful discussion on all pedagogical practice. It has the potential to facilitate simulations that help students better understand and respond appropriately to real-life environments and situations. Indeed, major online learning trends include more project-based learning, personalized learning, and interactivity. Some attribute the acceleration of online learning to widespread 1:1 deployment and the impact of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement. Hundreds of thousands of students are pursuing online-only education because of homeschooling, medical issues, or engagement in sports, while millions of other students are supplementing their in-class instruction with online courses to complete advanced coursework or gain greater schedule flexibility. When implemented effectively, online learning has the potential to help students graduate. Credit recovery, retaking courses to make up credits lost due to failing grades, is becoming a popular option in schools. More progress is needed to improve student success rates.

Robotics

  • The global robot population is expected to double to four million by 2020 — a shift that will impact business models and economies worldwide. Robotics is two to three years away from mainstream adoption in K-12 education, potential uses are gaining traction for hands-on learning, particularly in STEM disciplines. Classes and outreach programs are incorporating robotics and programming to promote critical and computational thinking as well as problem-solving. Interaction with humanoid robots can help learners with spectrum disorders develop better communication and social skills. Robotics is a natural fit for makerspaces and other creation-centric environments where students are encouraged to invent and prototype. Governments around the world are devising STEM education strategies that prioritize the inclusion of robots and robotics activities. Like other areas, teacher training is vital here.

Virtual Reality

  • While VR has compelling implications for learning, to date, it has been most prominently used for military training. Thanks to advances in graphics hardware, CAD software, and 3D displays, VR is becoming more mainstream, especially in video games. Virtual reality delivers immersive, simulated worlds, enabling complete focus on content without distractions. Students can engage in new situations and activities in realistic settings, fostering greater knowledge retention than textbook learning. Major investments are being made in prerecorded VR content for entertainment and sports, marketing, and education. In the K-12 sector, VR is well-positioned as an educational tool, generating immersive environments for field trips, with simulation and research activities serving as a prime enabler of student-centered, experiential, and collaborative learning. VR can overcome shortcomings in STEM education including a reliance on theory and lack of concrete experiences.

Artificial Intelligence

  • As the underlying technologies continue to develop, AI has the potential to enhance online learning, adaptive learning software, and simulations in ways that more intuitively respond to and engage with students. The field was largely revived in 1997 after IBM’s advent of Deep Blue, the first computer to ever beat a chess grandmaster, and again in 2011 when IBM’s Watson defeated two Jeopardy champions. An overarching goal of this technology is to bolster productivity and engagement, better supporting the global workforce and individuals in their daily lives based on even the most subtle gestures. This makes AI promising for education, especially as teaching and learning increasingly take place online. The ability for people’s devices to better understand them and cater to their needs has been a major catalyst in advancing the field. Today, perhaps the most popular incarnations of AI have materialized in a growing host of virtual assistants, including Alexa, Cortana, and Siri. As students spend more time with the platform, the machine gets to know them better — just as a teacher or classmate would — allowing it to deliver more tailored content and recommendations over time. AI is at least five years away from widespread use in global K-12 education.

Wearable Technology – Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

  • Today’s wearables not only track where people go, what they do, and how much time they spend doing it, but now what their aspirations are and when those can be accomplished. This category also has potential to interest a variety of students in STEAM learning, as classroom activities can encompass multidisciplinary efforts of design, building, and programming. Recent consumer applications include devices that not only measure and record data, but also incorporate responsive assistance, helping individuals understand relationships between their bodies and surrounding environments. By integrating biometric information with other apps’ data, the device aims to help users identify stress triggers and balance physical and emotional needs. Wearable technologies help users adjust their behaviors to achieve goals. Schools are also introducing wearables into physical education.
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A Great Communication Strategy / Likable People Traits / Keep Your Light Bright

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Communicate
How Do You Build A Great Communication Strategy? People’s attention spans have gone from several minutes to 140 characters or less. @trippbraden @KareAnderson

Adopting These Three Traits of ‘Likable’ People Will Make Your Ideas More Appealing. Regardless of your profession, being liked will get you farther. @carminegallo @Inc

Four Ways To Not Let Others Dim Your Light – The reality of our world is that people get threatened when other people shine their light on the world. @gcouros @Jonharper70bd

Social/Mobile Media Education

Richard Byrne’s Favorite New & Updated Tools in 2019 – This is a highly subjective list not subject to any scientific or editorial review process and no company mentioned on this list paid to appear on it. @rmbyrne

Learning

How to Ensure You are a “Go To” Colleague and not a “Go From” – “ Go from ” people drive others away. No one wants to be around them. They might as well have fleas. They wouldn’t be any less popular. @pdiscoveryuk @skyemorag

Leadership/Parenting

Guy Kawasaki Explains Why Steve Jobs Used 190-Point Text on Presentation Slides. Make your presentations stand out with fewer words and bigger text. @carminegallo @inc @GuyKawasaki @Canva

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Listening Well

@LeadToday

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

This Ford F-650 Super Truck Is So Huge That The Mud Flaps Have Their Own Turn Signals. Did you know that the Ford F pickup truck series went that high? @DougDeMuro

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Inside the Box

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

You Are Awesome: 9 Secrets to Getting Stronger and Living an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber

The Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead In the New World of Work by D. A. Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

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AirTasker / Build With Plastic / Better Story Telling

Friday, January 10th, 2020

AirTasker
The best person for the job isn’t always who you think. Find the people with the skills you need on Airtasker. Also you can Receive no-obligation quotes from reviewed, rated & trusted Tutors in minutes. @Airtasker

Build With Plastic
Kenyan scientist builds with bottles to beat plastic pollution. ‘Eco Blocks and Tiles’ is the first company in Kenya to manufacture roof tiles and other construction materials from plastic and glass waste. @nitabhalla @sree @HopeMwanake @MureithiKevin

Learn How to Compel Your Audience to Act with These Three Storytelling Tips. This is good advice for teachers too. @JolinaPettice @toprank @alvinlindsay21

Social/Mobile Media Education

How to schedule your social media visual content like a pro – How do you stay relevant in the social media space? The answer is simple: by consistently publishing quality content. @lilachbullock @viraltag

Learning

This Visualization Of Where US Voters Think Iran Is Located Is… Concerning. See if you and your students know where it is. @jpiacenza @MorningConsult

Leadership/Parenting

Sure, We Teach History, But Do We Know Why It’s Important? hen the nation feels not just divided, but divided in an unprecedented way, studying history serves as a guide. @AndrewUjifusa @educationweek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Practice@tim_fargo

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

An Olympic First: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village. The beds can stand up to 200 kilograms. That’s about 440 pounds, and surely no Olympic athlete weighs that much. @AP @turntable00000

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Inside the Box

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

You Are Awesome: 9 Secrets to Getting Stronger and Living an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber

The Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead In the New World of Work by D. A. Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

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Albert’s Index: Top Blogs for School Administrators – Dr. Doug is #18 – So Proud

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Albert
Albert’s Index: Top Blogs for School Administrators – This is an impressive list of people you should follow. I’m so proud to make it at #18. Thanks for helping me make it happen. @learnwithalbert

Social/Mobile Media Education

15 Site Speed Tips for Making WordPress Lightning Fast – If you or your school uses WordPress like I do, this may help. If you find it too nerdy share it with your tech people. @wpengine

The Worst Approach to Teaching Students About Social Media – Another of the Albert Index’s top bloggers weighs in with advice for parents. @gcouros

Learning

Ten Tips for Preventing the Summer Slide – Teachers should share this with parents and work with them to set up a plan. @Lynch39083 @AdvocateforEd

Leadership/Parenting

The epidemic that’s ruining youth sports – All parents need to read this. Also, see my post Why Would Anyone Let Their Kid Play Football or Anything Else? Education Week Online, 04/15/2015. @KirFlem @nypost

Tech Teachers
Seven Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology – Have teachers you know check themselves against these criteria. @TeachThought @MissGEnrique

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

I’m seeing these overuse injuries in younger and younger people,” says Michael A. Kelly, MD, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hackensack University Medical Center. @HackensackUMC

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

GPS Is Free, and You Have the US Military To Thank. This is something that you and your kids should know. It’s a great physics lesson. @SimScale @Fiosracht

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Teen Driving Basics: What Your New Driver Should Know About Car Maintenance by Mark Conor

Three Cornerstones to Consider When Choosing an Essay Writing Company by Lucy Adam

Good Luck Learning a Foreign Language in American Schools – This is my latest post for Starr Sackstein’s Ed Week Teacher blog. I don’t mean it as criticism of foreign language teachers. @DrDougGreen @mssackstein

Use Text Messaging to Connect with Parents and Improve Student Performance by Ken Rhie

SP2

Special Education 2.0: Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law by Miriam Kurtzig Freedman

Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes by Yong Zhao & Friends

Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting the Top 5 EdTech Mistakes by Yong Zhao, Gaoming Zhang, Jing Lei, and Wei Qiu

Check out my tes author page. @DrDougGreen @tesusa

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

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August 21st Solar Eclipse-Details, Maps, & Glasses-Time to Plan Ahead

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Eclipse
See What the August 21st Solar Eclipse Will Look Like Where You Live. – You will also need special glasses to protect your eyes. Time to plan ahead. Be sure to order one for everyone you plan to be with.

Also, consider driving to the path of the total eclipse as close isn’t anywhere near as amazing. For me, it’s a 758-mile trip, but I going!

Nearly two-thirds of the total population of the U.S. live within a one day’s drive (roughly 500 miles) from the path. You should expect some traffic. @SPACEdotcom @Walmart

Social/Mobile Media Education

This VR program lets kids experiment with chemistry. Watch the short video [1:38] then go to the Mel Science site for more information and access to their other products. Be sure to get their free app. @mel_science @JamesRoy @micahshippee

Learning

A Game Where You Can Play With Fourth Dimensional Objects In A Three Dimensional World – This is one of the clearest explanations for objects in the fourth dimension that we’ve ever heard. This is a mind blower. @MiegakureGame

Leadership/Parenting

How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom – Children in school are never too young to start understanding some of what we know about how the brain works. @anya1anya @npr_ed @jdprickett @ZeinaChalich

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Your brain uses a quarter of your body’s entire energy supply, and it really needs rest. Also see Jeff Iliff’s TED Talk on the importance of sleep. @Jeffreyiliff @TEDTalks

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Mixed Reality Technology Turns A Boring White Room Into A Fantastical Playground. Prepare to be amazed. @TheorizStudio ‏@Vimeo

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Albert
Albert Index: Top Blogs for School Administrators – This is an impressive list of people you should follow. I’m so proud to make it at #18. Thanks for helping me make it happen.
Teen Driving Basics: What Your New Driver Should Know About Car Maintenance by Mark Conor

Three Cornerstones to Consider When Choosing an Essay Writing Company by Lucy Adam

Good Luck Learning a Foreign Language in American Schools – This is my latest post for Starr Sackstein’s Ed Week Teacher blog. I don’t mean it as criticism of foreign language teachers. @DrDougGreen @mssackstein

Special Education 2.0: Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law by Miriam Kurtzig Freedman

Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes by Yong Zhao & Friends

Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting the Top 5 EdTech Mistakes by Yong Zhao, Gaoming Zhang, Jing Lei, and Wei Qiu

Check out my tes author page. @DrDougGreen @tesusa

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

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