EdChat News Thursday, February 15


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The Breathtaking, Life-Altering Power of Being a Dork

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  • He turned it up and we kind of rocked in our seats, the way people do when theyre liking the music but feeling a little shy.
  • If Sean had played it cool, stifled his passion and just bobbed his head like most people, I would have no memory of that moment, and I probably wouldnt appreciate the horn section the way I do now.
  • No, Rowley is pure dork blithely unaware and unconcerned about other peoples opinions of him.
  • Allowing yourself to quit worrying what other people think, to embrace your real passions without apology, can have an impact that stretches beyond anything you can measure.
  • More specifically: – – 1: Being a dork teaches other people to love learning.

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16 Education Podcasts to Check Out In 2017 – News

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  • Please share your own picks in the comments section below.Teaching StrategiesCult of Pedagogy PodcastJennifer Gonzalez, a former middle school teacher, hosts this podcast as part of her popular blog on teaching strategies, education reform, and ed tech.
  • It’s really teaching and learning, and technology comes up when it’s relevant, explains ONeill in an e-mail interview.Teaching in Higher EdBonni Stachowiak, an associate professor of business and management at Vanguard University and a business consultant, hosts this weekly conversation podcast.
  • Popular episodes include an interview with a researcher who studies teaching evaluations and one outlining her top five gadgets for teaching.Teaching Online Podcast (TOPcast)Two officials from the University of Central Florida — Tom Cavanagh, associate vice president of distributed learning, and Kelvin Thompson, director of online design and development strategy,…
  • Recent House of Edtech episodes include interviews with experts on augmented reality in education and ideas on how to make a classroom podcast.Stanford Innovation LabTina Seelig, a professor of the practice in Stanford’s department of management science and engineering, hosts this weekly podcast that promises to give a taste of…
  • Ideas Podcasts (Occasional Education Coverage)Conversations with TylerTyler Cowen is an economics professor at George Mason University, a popular blogger, a video-courseware provider, and lately, a podcaster.

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Three Alternative Approaches to Effective Testing

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  • Based on what we see in films and television, it would seem that assessment in schools is restricted to a narrow range of tests: How often do we watch students in fictional classes being told they have a pop quiztomorrowor see them practicing fill-in-the-bubble SAT questions?
  • There are a lot of different ways to use tests to assess your students, but in the hubbub of a busy classroom, its easy to default to the same one or two test types and use them in the same old way.
  • By contrast, a confidence test, where students give each test question a mark of 1 to 10 as to how confident they are that they can answer it correctly, can be completed in minutes, quickly flagging for both students and teachers where to concentrate their review efforts.
  • This approach is a quicker and more accessible form of assessment than some kinds of traditional self-marking, where students must have the sophistication to mark their own work using the criteria by which teachers assess it.
  • For example, the more complicated criterion a teacher would use: – – would, in an instant test, be broken down into more concrete questions: – – While only an approximation of performance, this is a great tool for giving students quick feedback.

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The Blog

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  • I think some have very low ceilings of activities you can do with them, some have charging issues, some have intense apps, some put character over functionality, and others don’t give you the ability to move from pre-reader, to block, to real code easily.
  • The FCC Net Neutrality standards have been what has kept the internet fair and equal for the last few years, and that’s all about to die.
  • Real basically, Net Neutrality is a rule put in place by the Obama administration that prevents ISP’s from making decisions that affect what you access on the Internet.
  • Some of the things prevented by the Net Neutrality rules include massive price hikes on broadband service, pay lanes where a web-based service can pay an ISP for faster speeds, prioritizing services that the ISP may own, blocking services or news that the ISP may not like, and other ways…
  • Eliminating these rules put all the power in the hands of companies like ATT, Verizon, Comcast, T-Mobile, and the few others that can compete at the ISP level.

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UNSW pilot Microsoft Teams, exam pass rate increased from 65% to 85%

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  • The University has big plans for Teams is being an extensible product thats customisable to suit their needs is a big part of that, as they endevour to to assist students with learning outcomes.
  • Lecturer at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,Dr. David Kellermann, identified a disparity between the learning experiences of students who attended his lectures in person and those who, due to limited seating in the lecture theater, accessed online recordings of his lectures (usually automated slide decks with embedded audio)….
  • Kellermann felt online students were missing out on the full lecture experience, missing the critical use of visual aids and nonverbal communication and the ability for 2-way communication to raise questions and participate in class discussions.
  • Students could stream video lectures (with closed captions if desired), take and view live-synchronized notes, ask questions from their smartphones or PCs, and access class materials all from within the Teams environment.
  • Beyond improving the communication experience for web students, the fluid, interactive nature of Teams has dramatically enhanced student engagement across the board.

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8 things every teacher can do to create an innovative classroom

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  • Innovation cant be tested or graded but it can be built up – Innovation is a trait that I desperately want to instill in my students, and many teachers I talk to seem to share that goal.
  • Some of the projects and tools are specific to that course, but I think the fundamental ideas could be applied to almost any course at any level.
  • Give students a problem that is both interesting and authentic.
  • This means that a project has to be flexible enough for students to tailor it to their own interests.
  • Ideal projects dictate some general parameters and tools, but leave the specific problem definition up to the student.

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12 Ways to Find the Right Edtech Tool – Teacher Reboot Camp

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  • Heidi-Hayes Jacobs – – The message of my education technology keynotes is to get students to show students the possibilities of technology, test their potential, give them a meaningful purpose for using technology, and have them take on the responsibility of bettering their world with their technology use.
  • To introduce students to the possibilities of technology get them to complete different tasks with web tools and apps, such asmindmaps,podcasts, digital stories,videos,podcasts, etc.!
  • But before students embark on any digital project, you need to find the right tools.
  • Check out my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions, to discover digital projects where students make a meaningful impact on their communities and the world.
  • Ive also included my presentation, Survival Tips for Teaching with Technology, with tips and resources.

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How to become a teacher who innovates

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  • And, as youll see in this video, you dont have to be a genius to do innovative things in class.
  • I think I drew about 60 different images, all progressions leading through the video.
  • Once all the images were drawn, I moved them over to my video editing program of choice, Camtasia Studio.
  • I used the YouTube Creator Studio video editor to add Creative Commons music to the video.
  • Matt is scheduled to present at the following upcoming events:

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8 Critical Issues Facing Education in 2018

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  • These students come to school every day expected to learn, but their issues prevent them from meeting their potential.
  • Fortunately, school leaders have gained new flexibility due to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that former President Obama signed into legislation on December 10th (2016), which allows states and local districts to create school improvement plans that will fund social-emotional programs (for more information read the Rand Corporation’s guidance…
  • Those leaders understand how to foster inclusive school communities, and inspire staff and students to meet their full potential.
  • School Shootings – It makes me profoundly sad that this is on the list, but school shootings continue to be a critical issue in the U.S.
  • Schools around the country have to practice Active Shooter Drills several times a year, which means that this critical issue has changed the way school leaders approach each day, and how they lead their schools.

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Google’s Education Suite Is Still Free, But New Add-Ons For Administrators Come With a Fee – News

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  • Thats why the companys announcing new add-on tools for school administrators that come at a price.Google is releasing G Suite Enterprise for Education.
  • Among some of the features available in the new education enterprise suite are enhanced mobile device management capabilities that enable users to access G Suite accounts from personal or network phones.
  • So while G Suite for Education historically serves the teaching and learning aspects of schools, we really wanted to make sure that all the [needs of] users in schools were met, including the IT administrative staff.The licenses for G Suite Enterprise for Education will be $4 per user, per month….
  • For institutions purchasing licenses for all faculty and staff, Google is offering a limited time promotion: $2 per user, per month for faculty and staff, and free licenses for eligible students.When asked why Google chose to charge for these updates as opposed to other school software tools, Rochelle distinguished between…
  • Shoring up SecurityIn addition to providing administrators with new paid offerings, Google also announced new security features to G Suite for Education that wont cost extra.

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