Top 50 EdTech Products For Educators

Sunday, November 29, 2015
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How do you know a good edtech product when you see one? In April, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a free guide to “help entrepreneurs apply technology in smart ways to solve identified and persistent problems in education.” The Ed Tech Developer’s Guide: A Primer for Developers, Startups…

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The Changing Role of the Teacher: 5 Ways to Adapt

Sunday, November 22, 2015
People make claims about having 20 years’ experience, but they really just have one year’s experience repeated 20 times.

It’s time to redefine what it means to teach. Students already learn much differently than they did a decade ago, but educators have been slow to adapt, causing a rift between instructor and pupil that manifests itself in sliding test scores, retention rates, and educational quality in general. With the…

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8 Alternatives to High-Stakes Standardised Tests

Saturday, November 21, 2015

It’s official: standardised tests are so unpopular that educators must now bribe students into taking them. Washington Post blogger Valerie Strauss describes how, in New Jersey, leaders of one district created an incentive program designed to give students treats “based on their participation and performance on the Common Core exam.”…

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24 Ways for Students to Showcase Their Best Work (With Tech)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

One of the most important parts of assessment is deciding how to organise student work. A great way for students to be more involved in the assessment process is to let them curate and present their achievements throughout your course. That’s why digital tools and platforms provide a such fantastic…

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Are Empathy and Competition Mutually Exclusive?

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Kids prefer the combination of competition and cooperation. It’s a significant increase in enjoyment.

Empathy programs are rolling out in educational institutions all over the globe. Organisations like Roots of Empathy and Ashoka have been working to reduce bullying, heighten learning, and increase global awareness– all through a concerted effort to understand others. And the results show. But where does that leave competition? Are…

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5 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches Karl A. Menninger

How many teachers have truly changed the way you think about a subject, or about life in general? One? A handful? None? More important than the number of life-changing instructors you’ve had is the method by which they changed you— because ideally, with a little reflection, you can summon those…

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How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

Sunday, November 8, 2015
The more we incorporate things like movement and drawing and painting and music and emotions, the better children learn and the better they retain what they learn

In the U.S., many four-year postsecondary institutions fall under the category of “liberal arts.” This term has nothing to do with political leaning, and doesn’t necessarily refer to art as a subject. Instead, it refers to the freedom to study a diverse array of subjects, treating each of those subjects…

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Why Visual Literacy Is More Important Than Ever & 5 Ways to Cultivate It

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Last year, Nick Sousanis became the first PhD student at Columbia University to complete a dissertation entirely in comic-book form. He got the idea while pursuing interdisciplinary studies at Columbia’s Teachers College. Drawing on his old habit of sketching cartoons, he pitched the idea of a “visual thesis” to the…

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How to Make Connections Like a Creative Genius

Sunday, November 1, 2015
a crucial trigger of creativity is the experience of unusual and unexpected events

At the most basic level, new ideas are about making connections. Steve Jobs said, “Creativity is just connecting things,” and the inner workings of the brain confirm this: When we learn something new, the antennae-like spines on one neuron swell and reach toward the spines of another neuron, forming networks…

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How to Teach Empathy Through Fiction

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.

You may have read, or privately suspected, that curling up with a good book can make you a better person. Over the past two years, several major news sources–including Scientific American and The New York Times–have confirmed the relationship between literature and virtue, placing fiction, in particular, in the limelight….

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