As schools rush to put digital devices in the hands of every student, many parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the quality of their children's education.
Does education technology improve learning? The intuitive answer to those of us involved in education technology is “of course it does”. However, the evidence from research is not conclusive.
How do your students honestly feel about the lesson after the lesson? It is incredibly hard to differentiate for each student, engage all learners, incite their passions, individualize, and have them do this at high DOK levels. Hard, nearly impossible. Isn’t that the ultimate goal though?!
Most educators would be aware of the term ‘growth mindset’ by now. The idea is you can work on being smarter.
For many of us, school’s starting soon. Instead of a tool or learning model or 1400 word essay, how about a few quick ideas that might just save you this year–if you can keep from losing sight of them.
Assessment is both a cornerstone of measuring learning and a point of contention between educators and policymakers. Most educators agree that learning must be evaluated to track student progress, but many also resent that high stakes testing determines public school funding, teacher salaries and children’s futures.
Introduction to Design Thinking - “How Might We… support keeping energy positive and healthy throughout the school day?”
Ready for a new school year? Your child probably spent the summer learning new skills or leveling up existing ones, be it coding, painting, swimming or music. When kids build skills, they acquire a greater sense of confidence and curiosity that will make them hungry for even more accomplishments. So with that said, we should be asking, is the school ready for your child?
This necessary time isn't a spontaneous decision. We've been fighting for it for years based on need, not want.
In a student-centered classroom, it is important for students to take ownership of their learning and make it meaningful in a way that fits their needs and learning styles. This is much easier said than done.
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Sites of the Month
Skoolbo is a great new program to help with reading and math. Children are immersed in an incredible learning world and are highly motivated by the inbuilt rewards. Parents and teachers are equipped with an array of tools to help achieve wonderful educational outcomes for their children. And best of all – it’s free!
APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING. In the above photo, the men pictured, André Gromyko, Anatoly Dobrynin, and John F. Kennedy, appear to be thoroughly enjoying each other's company. But what can't you see?
New Google Tools
As you gear up for the new school year, try the newest features in Google Classroom for more ways to save time, engage your students and keep everyone organized.
If you are using Google Forms solely as a survey tool then you are missing out. With a little creativity, Forms can be used as grading rubrics, quizzes, student election ballots, job applications, and order forms with custom email confirmations. The possibilities are vast, but pay close attention, because each use case requires its own configuration.
Have you been inviting everyone on your team to your vacation events, flooding everyone’s inbox with every little change you make? This can crowd everyone’s calendars and can cause confusion as it looks like everyone invited to the event is on vacation.
The Google Gooru Quick Hits Stacks
- Gooru Quick Hits for Drive
- Gooru Quick Hits for Gmail
- Gooru Quick Hits for Calendar
GAFE Peak presenter, Nate Kellogg, shares the ins-and-outs of exploring and creating with Google Maps.
Add-ons are third party plugins that take your Google Apps usage to the next level. There are countless add-ons to choose from and it can be overwhelming to filter through them all to find the true superstars. But don’t be disheartened, there are definitely plenty of add-ons that can kick your work efficiency into hyperdrive.