Braille

Sometimes you can feel the raised bumps of a message through the day. Telling you to move forward, to move faster. The divots and tiny mountains of understanding that we must listen to from others and from ourselves. They spread across our daily routines.

The Most Common Mistakes Teachers Make Trying to Manage Cellphones

What should we do about cell phones in the classroom? Ban them or use them? Hide them or let them stay on the tables? In this piece of advice, an educator talks through many different things that he has tried and exposes what has worked for him/others.

Collaborative Computing vs One to One

It is always good to look at alternative models to 1 device per student. This quick blog post has great resources for how to make instructional decisions about using devices in your classrooms and schools.

SeeSaw – The Making Thinking Visible Machine!

Having a go-to tool for making thinking visible in the classroom is incredibly helpful, both for setting up routines in you classroom/school as well as for empowering students to know something deeply rather than hopscotching from one thing to the next.

The Wind

Sometimes wind is flying directly at our faces, making it hard to see ahead. Other times it is at our backs, making everything easier to move forward. Whatever way the wind is blowing, know there are people alongside you, locking arms and making progress.

Making Student Feedback Work

How can we listen to our students better, especially about what they want in their classrooms from teachers and learning experiences? This research helps to tell that narrative.

New languages now supported in Google Docs and Slides files, as well as Docs editors templates

Great news for our kids who need language support in our classrooms and schools! You can create templates in kids’ native languages and do better translation using Google Docs features.

K-12 Policy Updates: Mandatory Fall Reading for Every Education Entrepreneur – EdSurge News

Sometimes educational policy that affects our classrooms flies under the radar. This summary and analysis is an attempt at making sure that doesn’t happen.

Practice

Getting behind (on Grading, on Email, etc.) is a chronic condition for many of us. So, respond to the emails you can. Grade what you must. And, engage in deep and reflective practice that will benefit yourself and others. Don’t catch up, learn.

The 6 Drivers of Inquiry-Based Learning

Asking questions is one of the most important things we can do in the classrooms. Here are a few drivers for how to empower students as the ones asking these questions.

Opinion: Forget ‘digital natives.’ Here’s how kids are really using the Internet

I have always struggled with the ‘digital natives’ metaphor. This is a compelling alternative that really shows the role that adults can play as mentors and models for students using technology in schools.

Safe

Feeling safe at school is a right. For our kids, and for our adults. We should create that safety in all of our spaces, online and offline. And we will…

It’s Time to Take Back Personalized Learning – EdSurge News

This is the exact sentiment we’ve been trying to start with the hashtag #ReclaimPL. Personalized Learning is about students owning their learning, not software making instructional decisions!

Six Examples of What Personalized Learning Looks Like

If you are looking for real-world examples of personalized learning, here are some great ones!

We WILL

We CAN do a lot of things to support our students. We SHOULD do everything we can to keep our kids safe. But, what WILL we do to empower them, to build their future alongside them?

How would you finish this statement?

We WILL…

MIA in School: Instilling a Sense of Purpose in Students – EdSurge News

I really like this statement: ‘Purpose is not something we can give students, but it is something we can help them find.’

Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

It is so valuable to see both student and adult learning mirror one another in our schools. We are all learners, and using the same tools and ways of learning helps to emphasize that.

Create your own ‘My School App’ in Google Slides for mobile devices #edtech

A really cool example of just how easy the tools for creation, collaboration, and communication are within our classrooms and schools.

Remember

We should remember our educational heroes, those that came before us and taught us how to learn. Those that helped us turn light bulbs on every day, and those that made us work to create our best selves. We should remember them and thank them.

Experiment with updates to Science Journal, now on iOS

New app from Google turns a phone or tablet into a science notebook!

The Case Against Automated Student Data Dashboards – EdSurge News

In this interesting reflection on the use of data in classrooms, one educator sees the value in students, rather than teachers and principals, owning the data and using it for learning.

Padlet has been a highly useful tool in many classrooms for years, but these new features make it even easier to include in group Work and projects. What ideas will you “vote on”?

Destination Collaboration

At this point, collaboration is not optional, not for students and certainly not for educators. But seeking it is not always easy, and it requires us to be humble learners much of the time. I’m okay with that.

Collaboration is not created by the arrangement of desks.

It is always good to remember that flexible seating is not a panacea. Rather, student collaboration is something to build toward by creating the culture of the classroom.

Google Calendar on the web gets a fresh new look

I’m so excited for this update! It will have one of my favorite features from Outlook, side-by-side calendars. It will also look and feel more modern and responsive. Look for it soon.

Designing Group Projects So That Everyone Participates

Group Work is an essential component of most classrooms, but it requires design. Here are some resources and reflection on doing just that.

We blanket each other in worry.

Worry is sometimes helpful. It can make sure we don’t leave any one or anything behind. But, when we worry for others, we blanket them in something they can’t use. They can use action or empathy. But, worry is a blanket that is too small and thin.

Personalized learning: The importance of teachers in a technology-driven world

Teachers are an absolutely essential component of any personalized learning classroom. Research, like the studies linked to in this article, show this too.

How to ACTUALLY Do Project Based Learning

Here are some great interviews with project-based learning practitioners in podcast form. Fortunately, the transcript makes for some great reading too.

10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences

Sometimes we need a few definitions to help us sort through what we mean by learner-centered or agency. In our quest for better language and ways of framing this shift in our classrooms, this article presents a compelling picture.

Sometimes

Sometimes we have to jump in, with both feet. We need to feel the ground meet us as we land. We need to run fast while looking all around us, making sure we are both heading in the right direction and running with others alongside.

We Show Up

A little bit of inspiration for why Educators show up every day and amazing thing for and with kids.

A Realistic View for Self-Directed Learning

This article makes a compelling case for Lerner agency, and it provides a path to get there. (Also, if you are a sucker for visual representations of difficult teaching ideas, there are some great ones in here too!)

Google’s new browser experiment lets you learn about basic AI

If you have ever wondered what folks were talking about when they said “Machine Learning”, here is a Google experiment you can do yourself to learn more. Both fun and highly informative!

Wonder

How many of our kids walk into the classroom and wonder what they are going to build or create today? How many of them wonder at the solutions they come up with to complex problems? How many of them wonder at the process of learning and growth each day?

Is Homework Compatible With Personalized Learning? – EdSurge News

Autumn Hillis attempts to answer an essential question about personalized learning in her classroom, “What message does it send our students when we only personalize learning from 8AM-3PM, and then send everyone home with the same worksheet for homework?”

Recorded Trainings

As we consider the strategic inclusion of G Suite for education tools In classrooms across the district, we sometimes need more than just a help sheet. So, we can turn to other districts for inspiration and learning. In this Ohio District, they have created a library of Video PD sessions that are freely available to us. Enjoy!

Impacted Own Learning

This is a global survey of educators talking about the impact of technology on Learning, both Professional Learning and the learning of students. I highly recommend taking a look at the anecdotes/data captured here, and seeing if your experiences match.