Can the science of learning—including new insights from neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators—reveal how kids’ brains work and show which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds? What role should technology play in the classroom? Teachers, students, parents, and scientists take center stage as NOVA explores a new vision for the school of the future.
A local nonprofit working with the Somerville Public Schools came up with a proposal that might seem off the wall: a year-round high school that feels more like a research and design studio where students pursue long-term projects in areas of interest to them.
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What educational technologies are emerging from the fray and gaining a good deal of much warranted attention these days?
We believe schools improve through small innovative steps. We like to say, “No one ever won a marathon with one 26-mile leap." Each MLTS prompt helps you to focus on an issue, create micro-innovations, quickly try out a few, gain feedback, improve, and make headway – the IDEO ideation process. Remember, though. If 100% of your innovations succeed, you weren’t bold enough! So celebrate and learn from your failures as well as your successes.
Google Plus continues to be deprecated across Google properties. This time, the company is discontinuing its ‘Hangouts On Air’ feature in favor of YouTube Live.
Less than one year after Google began connecting railway stations in India with free Wi-Fi service, the company today introduced a similar program to bring fast Wi-Fi service across the world. The company plans to bring fast Wi-Fi service to cafes, malls and all other places with a new initiative it calls Google Station.
Many teachers see themselves as risk takers or early adopters in using tech, a new Education Week Research Center survey shows.
Responses from the many educators who shared their opinions reveal an overwhelmingly positive outlook on the use of digital technologies in the classroom -- with a few intense exceptions.
With a dash of the board game Clue, an element of theater, and a guaranteed adrenaline rush, escape rooms have taken off in a big way. According to a July 2015 MarketWatch article, at least 2,800 have sprung up across the globe since 2010.
Welcome to the 2016 Library Design Showcase, American Libraries’ annual celebration of new and renovated libraries. These are shining examples of innovative architectural feats that address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways. New construction dominated this year’s submissions, but renovated and repurposed spaces were a close second, showing how today’s libraries are both conserving existing resources and adapting to economic realities.
This site is intended as a way for student tech teams to connect and collaborate. By learning about each other and sharing ideas we hope to become more effective at our schools. Visit the pages that our member schools have created. We hope that you decide to join us here!
Adaptive learning in mathematics is the wave of the future,” says Spencer Hansen, principal of Centerville (UT) Junior High. Educators across the country are riding this wave into the future of learning—in math as well as in language arts and other subject areas. They’re finding that improved adaptive learning technologies offer unique benefits and options for learning, in addition to valuable data and efficiencies. This collection of success stories showcases schools and districts that are celebrating achievements gained through the efforts of dedicated staff implementing adaptive learning strategies.
Google wants you to start looking at it as a hardware company. Today, it announced new Pixel phones, a smart voice assistant-powered speaker called Google Home, a VR platform and more. Here are the coolest things the company announced today.
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ACTEM is Maine's statewide technology in education conference that is held annually at the Augusta Civic Center. This year both Annette Slone and Eric Lawson, along with Wells Special Education Teacher Elizabeth Goodwin, will be teaming up to present some of the new technologies being used in schools using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality tools. Interested in some of the examples, resources, links, apps and tools that will be showcased? Check out the presentation website; Augmenting Reality and Engaging Learners
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Welcome to the 3M Wind Energy Virtual Lab! You will be able to design, build and test a wind turbine. Your challenge is to create a turbine that will supply 400 homes with electricity for a year at the highest efficiency and the lowest cost.
Every day, professionals in STEM careers help people get better, discover new things, save the planet, build the future, solve mysteries and play with some very cool tools.
By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to capitalize the first word in a sentence. You will also be able to capitalize the pronoun “I” when used in a sentence.
Interested in learning more about how to actually use individual Google Apps? Click here to install the Synergyse extension. It will add a small icon to the top right corner of your screen whenever you are in a Google App. Click on the icon to learn how to use the app you are currently in!
Great ideas shared by teachers on Pinterest to be used in Hyperdocs style lessons, units and projects.
Hyperdoc lesson links, resources and inspiration for each stage of the SAMR model.
These templates were designed to ease teachers into the HyperDoc creation process, and provide a starting point. There are five templates, representing different lesson design models. We love to see how unique each HyperDoc becomes from the template. To create your own, make a copy of the template and customize!
Layer content with over 70 calls or actions tags.
What truly sets ThingLink apart is the diverse range of rich media you can easily layer on top of your content. Now with 360 and VR capabilities too!
New From Smithsonian: TweenTribune, A Free K-12 Resource for Teachers
Join more than 200,000 registered teachers who are already putting these free Smithsonian Teacher tools to use in their classrooms.
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Google Forms now with built in quiz tools!
Google just released new features inside Forms that allows assessment-style functionality without the need for an Add On. New Features are found in the Settings (Gear) under Quizzes.
A checklist and tutorial for educators centered around best practices and tips & tricks with Google Classroom.
Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google. This handy tool has opened up the doors of blended learning and collaborative classrooms like never before. Teachers wanting to implement Google Classroom can use these resources to get started, level up their learning, or become a pro at all things Google.
Did you know that Google Classroom plays well with others? Yep! Google is known for making their applications open to working with third-party applications, and Google Classroom is no exception.
Are you using Google Classroom? I have put together a list of 35 Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom, making it even easier to create lessons and announcements with your favorite apps and resources.
Google is much more than a search engine. Google offers dozens of interesting services in Google URLs. In this post we collect 20 important Google URLs that every Google user should know about.
The purpose of this guide is to give you a chance to get to know your Chromebook before you begin using it class. On this site we've put together important information to help you do just that. At the top of each page you'll see a list of recommended tasks to complete as you move through the orientation.
Have you ever had one of those moments...where you accidentally do something, and it turns out to be one of the best things ever? Today, my friends, was one of those days! Kate and I were literally jumping up and down and cheering (all while our students laughed hysterically at us!) Now, perhaps some of you already have figured out what we did today, but if you haven't...for us...this is LIFE CHANGING!
If you’ve ever tried to make a worksheet or form in Google Docs, you’ve probably created lines for people to enter their information on.
Traditional lesson plan books have their limitations. Being paper-based, they’re not searchable and they’re not easily shareable.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to search quickly for a specific lesson plan instead of flipping back page by page?
Last week, Google announced a new name and new branding for our beloved Google Apps: G Suite. This rebranding is also true for our educational suite of applications, now G Suite for Education, as well as the rest of the world using what was formerly known as Google Apps for Work. The core suite of applications did not change, just the name and branding so far. But we also received a few updates over the last few days that are worth mentioning.