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John Evans

How to Do Innovative Projects in the Midst of Standards and Curriculum - A.J. JULIANI - 0 views

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    "So, let me share three ways to do innovative projects in the midst of standards and curriculum. Not because it is cool, or fun, or fancy. Because it is what works with our students, and has worked time and time again for retention."
John Evans

50 Questions To Ask Your Kids Instead Of Asking "How Was Your Day" | Her View From Home - 1 views

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    "So I asked our writers to share some of their favorite conversation starters with their kids. These are especially great after a long school day when your babies don't want to chat."
John Evans

Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "You've read about the maker movement. You've seen the posts with 3D printers, laser cutters, and three-axis mills in shiny new labs. And you want your students to start making, too. But you've got one big problem: you don't have a full lab -- or even a 3D printer -- because, like many educators, you don't have the biggest budget. Maybe you have no budget at all.

    But what if you could get started making tomorrow and didn't need all the fancy tools to join this movement? Making starts with a mindset, and simple materials are all that you need to get started. There are resources all around you, materials hidden in plain sight, tools just waiting to be used for a creative purpose. And with a little dose of ingenuity, you'll have your students making in no time.

    One perfect way start making on the cheap is through upcycling, the intentional transformation of hard-to-recycle materials into new products, thus saving them from the landfill. This type of real-world project not only teaches making skills but also helps you integrate making into your subject area. Study material science, explore industrial design, or dig into environmental education. As an added bonus, a project like this ignites your students' entrepreneurial spirit."
John Evans

Doodle 4 Google Canada - 0 views

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    "Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest inviting students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for the Google.ca homepage for a day.*

    As Canada blows out a whole lot of candles for its 150th birthday this year, what better way to celebrate than by asking students to imagine what the next 150 years will look like? Google believes our youth hold the key to a bright future for Canada, and can't wait to see what their optimism, creativity and imagination give rise to.

    The winning doodle will be featured on the Google Canada homepage for 24 hours. The winning student will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $10,000 technology award for their current school along with a trip to the final event on June 13, 2017."
John Evans

The Adventures of Library Girl: BreakoutEDU On A Budget - 1 views

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    "One of the things I love most about BreakoutEDU is how freely its creators share resources. There are tons of people creating and sharing digital breakouts that are for you to use with students. And if you can't afford the fabulous official BreakoutEDU boxes, (which run $125 each), they generously provide you with links for purchasing your own materials. Still, putting together a few sets (and you will need a few) can be a little pricey. That said, recently I received a question on Facebook about how I put together my own BreakoutEDU boxes - each of which cost me around $35.00. Depending on the number of locks you purchase, you might be able to put them together even cheaper. The document below lists all the items I purchased for my own boxes and how much they cost."
John Evans

How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking | MindShift | KQED News - 0 views

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    "Math teachers of older students sometimes struggle to get students to explain their thinking with evidence. It's hard to get kids in the habit of talking about how they are thinking about a problem when they've had many years of instruction that focused on getting the "right answer." That's why educators are now trying to get students in the habit of explaining their thinking at a young age. The Teaching Channel captured kindergarten and first grade teachers pushing students to give evidence for their answers in situations where there are several ways to think about a problem."
John Evans

9 must-read blogs for innovative teachers | eSchool News - 1 views

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    "Social media's popularity means educators have a number of avenues to develop their professional learning networks and learn from one another.

    Blogging gives educators a platform to share best practices, pose questions to their peers, and explore new ideas about teaching and learning.

    Here, we've gathered 9 blogs that focus on technology integration, instructional technology, school leadership, and pedagogy. If you have a favorite blog that isn't on this list, use the comment section below to let us know."
John Evans

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Spring into Magnetic Poetry Activities - 0 views

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    "Looking for a super cool and useful spring-time activity to utilize in your classroom? Then all you gotta do is snag a copy of my Spring Magnetic Poetry template!

    This Google Slides resource contains 75+ words and phrases that can be manipulated into a fun-filled poem, story, etc. for you and your students."
John Evans

10 Apps to Help Students Study Better and Learn Faster | Getting Smart - 1 views

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    "'Tis the season for final exams! If ever there was a time to take advantage of all tools imaginable to help your students get the best grades possible, it is now. Fortunately, the app market has exploded with useful assistance, and here are some of the best apps I recommend to help your students study better and learn faster:"
John Evans

Smart questions to ask at the end of a job interview - Business Insider - 0 views

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    "It's important to remember that every interview is a two-way street.

    You should be assessing the employer just as much as they're assessing you, because you both need to walk away convinced that the job would be a great fit.

    So when the tables are turned and the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" take advantage of this opportunity. It's the best way to determine if you'd be happy working for this employer, and whether your goals are aligned with theirs. "
John Evans

Why do people get so anxious about math? - Orly Rubinsten | TED-Ed - 0 views

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    "Have you ever sat down to take a math test and immediately felt your heart beat faster and your palms start to sweat? This is called math anxiety, and if it happens to you, you're not alone: Researchers think about 20 percent of the population suffers from it. So what's going on? And can it be fixed? Orly Rubinsten explores the current research and suggests ways to increase math performance."
John Evans

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching - The Principal of Change - 0 views

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    "Flash forward eight years and the classrooms look very different in my same school district. In the two years since my district began our 1:1 laptop initiative our classrooms have evolved once more. New technology, new standards, and new content. Throughout this process I have tried my best to stay on top of where education is headed and what are the emerging "next" practices. Now when I talk to teachers in my district and around the country, I try to focus on the key elements of innovative teaching. With technology, standards, and content continually changing…these "innovative commandments" give teachers a starting point regardless of their situation."
John Evans

How to use Gboard dictation to improve iOS dictation | Cult of Mac - 2 views

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    "Google's Gboard has been a great alternative iOS keyboard since its launch, and the latest update makes it even better. Now you can use it to dictate your messages, which will save you a load of time once you get in the habit.

    In my opinion, Google has Siri licked when it comes to voice recognition, so there's never been a better time to give Gboard a try. Here's how to get started."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Madmagz - Collaboratively Create Online Magazines - 4 views

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    "Madmagz is a neat platform for collaboratively creating online magazines. Madmagz provides you with a magazine template that lets you use images and text that you can edit alone or with invited collaborators. Unlike some other collaborative writing platforms, the original creator of the magazine has to approve or verify submissions from collaborators. When I was testing the platform I found the need to verify every change a little annoying, but I can see how many people would like to have that level of control over the editing process."
John Evans

32 Genius Google Tips And Tricks That Most People Don't Know About - 4 views

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    "Everyone uses Google for random queries, but it's way more powerful than a traditional search engine. Check out these Google tips and tricks that'll change the way you look for stuff online for good.      "
John Evans

Education Kills Our Creativity, Here Is How We Can Regain It - 3 views

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    "Society stresses the importance of education. Good grades in school propel a kid to a prestigious institution; and getting into a world-renowed college leads to a bright, successful future. And this generation is lucky, we are mostly well-educated.
    Ironically, schools mainly stuff information in our brains. Even though we are more educated, somehow our creativity is suppressed."
John Evans

10 Powerful iPad Apps to Organize Teachers' Workflow and Enhance Their productivity ~ E... - 3 views

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    "When it comes to organizing one's workflow and enhancing productivity iPad can do wonders. There are a wide variety of wonderful apps you can utilize to transform your digital experiences and be more productive. The collection below features some of favourite picks in this regard. These are apps that can help facilitate your workflow, manage your tasks and to-do lists, create, share  and sync your files and documents across different devices and platforms. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page."
John Evans

20 Top Virtual Reality Apps that are Changing Education - The Edvocate - 4 views

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    "Virtual reality is one of the hottest edtech trends. Not only are students allowed the opportunity to emerge themselves into a subject but can travel the world from their desk chairs. While not readily available in every classroom, programs such as Google Cardboard aim to make VR headsets cheap and accessible. The majority of students in the USA own a cell phone, and with many of these educational apps available on both iOs and the iTunes-enabled devices, they are becoming more accessible to more students. Educationally, these VR apps allow students to visualize concepts that were confined to the pictures in a textbook. Below are 20 Virtual Reality Apps that are changing education."
John Evans

Digital Transformation And Data Will Change All Of Our Workplaces - Are You Prepared? - 4 views

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    "Democratization of technological and data-driven enterprise are themes that are on everyone's lips. We've seen how top-down transformation, directed by business leaders working together with data scientists on strategically-aligned initiatives has the potential to create efficiencies, better understand business processes and predict problems before they occur. At least, if you are one of the still small number of businesses which is managing to do so successfully, you have.

    But imagine how much greater the potential for change could be if it could spontaneously emerge anywhere in an organization. When everyone has access to the tools, skills and knowhow to harness tech to do their job better, or drive efficiencies, then a workforce looks better equipped to deal with the challenges of the future."
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