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25 Things for Which Teachers Are Thankful

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Turkey, Students, and Summer Break!

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I am already deciding which of my favorite foods and desserts I will be having this Thanksgiving. As far as I’m concerned, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without green bean casserole and a dark chocolate pecan pie!

While I’m always thankful for delicious meals at this time of year, I am even more thankful for friends and family. For me and for many others involved in education and teaching, family includes the students and parents that make up such a large part of our lives. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, here is a list of things to be thankful for when it comes to teaching and guiding students, which we have collected from educators and administrators.

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See How SAMR Works in Real Classrooms

Posted by Lynn Reedy on Thu, Nov 19, 2015

Enhance and Transform Your Lessons Through Using SAMR

SAMR ModelThe SAMR Model was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura to help teachers infuse technology into teaching. The model allows teachers to evaluate how they are using technology in their instructional practices. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for four levels in the technology integration process: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

What does each SAMR level look like in the classroom?

Below are various classroom examples of SAMR. As one moves through the levels, the technology becomes seamlessly woven into teaching and learning to encourage higher order thinking.


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Tags: MimioMobile, MimioStudio, SAMR

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers

Posted by Jason Schmidt on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Teachers—One of Our Most Powerful Tools in Education

7 Habits of Highly Effective TeachersThe year is 1996. Alanis Morissette croons about how life can be ironic, young people are shaking their hips and hands to the Macarena, the Nintendo 64 has just been released, and Tom Cruise is dominating the box office with Jerry McGuire and Mission: Impossible. While we can certainly look back on these trends and trivia about the times, it’s hard to say that any of these things had any major cultural significance.

1996 also saw the publication of a key article developed by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. The report, titled What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, pointed out something that common sense would dictate to most anyone, yet still seems strangely elusive: the single most important factor in the effectiveness of a child’s education is the teacher. While this was not a new notion, this report, based on hundreds of studies, initiated a growing movement to identify, train, and retain good teachers.

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Tags: Professional Development for Teachers, tips fpr teachers, education industry

Apps to Take Your Mobile Devices to the Next Level

Posted by Dan Winkler on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Apps for Everything from Collaboration to Scheduling Homework

Educational AppsWe've pulled together a list of the most popular educational apps on the market today. These apps perform a wide range of functions – from file storage to collaborating to providing image content for lessons. Apps for Android devices can be found at the Google Play store, which now has a special Education section. Apps for Apple devices can be downloaded from iTunes, and apps for Kindle devices can be downloaded from Amazon. All of these apps are designed to take your mobile devices to the next level.

Also listed in this post are a number of websites where you can find informative reviews of educational apps.

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Tags: Educational Apps, Educational influencers

10 Project-Based Activities Using Your IWB

Posted by Lynn Reedy on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Interactive whiteboards and their software shouldn’t be classroom tools you forget

10 Project-Based Activities Using Your IWBWith all the new technology surrounding us, we tend to forget how many exciting ways we can use our interactive whiteboards with students. Most (if not all) interactive whiteboards come with software that offers a variety of tools for both teachers and students.

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Tags: Classroom Technology, Educational Software, Interactive Whiteboard

Top 18 Reasons Chromebooks Could Be the Device for You

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Nov 5, 2015

Tablets and Smartphones and Laptops – Oh, My!

18 Reasons Chromebooks could be the Device for YouThere are so many devices to choose from for your classrooms. Sometimes it is really hard to know what makes one a better choice than others. And by “better,” I mean a better fit for your educators’ and students’ needs, because that’s really what will determine what is the right device for you. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring the top reasons why you might want to choose one type of device over another. In this post we’ll focus on Chromebooks.

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Tags: Education Technology, MimioMobile, Mobile Devices

15 Free Tech Training Resources for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Nov 3, 2015

Getting Up and Running on Classroom Technology Doesn’t Have to Break the Budget

15 FREE Technology Resournces for TeachersProfessional development is an integral part of a successful ed-tech implementation in any classroom. Teachers must know how to use these technologies so that they can engage their students effectively. Many companies and websites offer webinars, workshops, and online or in-class courses to help train teachers to be proficient with educational technologies, but many of these training sessions come at a steep price. With a little searching, it’s possible to find a plethora of groups and websites offering free training resources. To save you time, we have compiled a list of some of the best of these free resources.

The 15 tech training resources below can get you off to a great start supporting your teachers’ ongoing professional development activities.

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Tags: Education Technology, Free Content, Training

How to Create a Paperless Classroom — One Educator's Story

Posted by Paul Gigliotti on Tue, Oct 27, 2015

My History Classroom, “Redefined”

How to Create a Paperless ClassroomThroughout my teaching career in a semi-urban district outside of Cleveland, Ohio, I have tried to inspire my students to achieve more by bringing my knowledge and passion for Social Studies into my classroom. However, as many of you have probably noticed, history is a topic that simply does not grab 21st century learners. Today’s students are accustomed to working with mobile devices, glancing at quick headlines, doing Internet-only research for projects, watching short YouTube videos, and reading and composing social media buzz. When today’s tech-savvy students are presented with traditional textbooks, worksheets, and magazines that are older than they are, they quickly become disengaged learners. It’s for this reason that several years ago I began a personal quest to “redefine” my instructional strategies, methods, and materials for the 21st century. The end result is my highly successful paperless classroom!

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Tags: Classroom Technology, classroom assessment, MimioMobile, Classroom Collaboration, SAMR

Navigating K-12 Ed-Tech Conferences: Insider Secrets and Tips

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Oct 21, 2015

How to Find and Get the Most Out of Your Next Ed-Tech Conference

Mimio's Tips and Tricks to EdTEch ConferecnesWhen you hear the word “conferences,” you probably think of parents waiting outside your classroom to discuss their child’s progress, report card, and perhaps behavior or academic issues. Now think bigger. 

Find the Conference That's Right for You

The education technology conference business encompasses local, regional, and national shows, and it’s alive and well. Attending these shows is a great way to pump up your skill set, connect with new colleagues and experts, and recharge your batteries. This graphic on 2015-16 ed-tech conferences and its two-page printout show you when and where you can find a conference. With so many on the list, chances are you can find at least one that’s convenient for you. 

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Tags: Education Technology

Shifting Education Paradigms Call for 21st Century Skills

Posted by Jason Schmidt on Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Shifting Education Paradigms Call for 21st Century SkillsStrategies for Everyday Instruction

In the 1989 movie Back to the Future II, Marty McFly time travels (in style!) to October 21, 2015. The movie treats us to a vision of the future that includes self-tying shoes, futuristic outfits, flying cars, and hovering skateboards. Of course, now that we’ve caught up to “the future,” we know that the movie got a lot of things wrong. But there are a few things that are actually pretty close to reality: e.g., Lexus apparently has made a prototype hoverboard . . . and how about those Cubs?! While no scene in the movie features a classroom, I wonder what the screenwriters would have done with such a scene.

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Tags: collaborative learning, 21st Century Skills


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