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What Did We Learn from This Year's SxSWEdu Conference?
posted by: Tim | March 25, 2015, 02:50 PM

March saw the return of South by Southwest (SxSW), the yearly conference that has people from all over the globe travelling to Austin, Texas to listen to the best new music, experience the best new tech, and learn about the trends facing our society.  SxSW has a sub-conference that deals exclusively with the issue of education.  Since SxSW has a reputation for spotting trends before the rest of the country, it’s worth looking at what was discussed at this year’s conference.

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EdTech isn’t just producing awesome results - it’s also taking hold of our education system in a big way. And in 2015, teachers can expect to see tons of new EdTech trends in the works that are revolutionizing the way of education. These technological innovations are helping teachers:

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Cyberbaiting is on the rise in classrooms across the country. A version of cyber bullying, cyberbaiting occurs when a student irritates or baits a teacher until the teacher gets so frustrated they either yell or have a breakdown. Students awaiting this breakdown are at the ready with cameras and cell phones to record the crack, and often proceed to post the footage on various online platforms. A simple YouTube search finds dozens of videos of teachers "flipping out" to the mocking laughter of students.

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Report: Course Choice Offers Students Options
posted by: Tim | May 16, 2014, 07:51 PM

Recently, 16-year-old Grace Bush made headlines for graduating high school and college in the same week. This impressive accomplishment would not have been possible without educational options and course choice.

This week, the Fordham Institute released Expanding the Education Universe: A Fifty-State Strategy for Course Choice, a report outlining the benefits of course choice and how to implement the policies effectively.

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By this point, anyone paying attention to trends in education is familiar with the concept of a flipped classroom.  In this model, the teacher assigns the lectures as "homework” in video form and then works with the students by going through what usually would have been assigned for homework in class.  The model has a lot of advantages.  It allows students to work at their own pace, and for the teacher to give extra help where it’s needed.

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The Best of Teaching Channel
posted by: Tim | March 17, 2014, 07:55 PM

The Teaching Channel is one of those resources that has sprung up over the past few years and has really begun to shine.  It’s a unique case where teachers can find practical lesson plans, classroom management tools, and pedagogical tips from other teachers in a professional and easy to navigate way.  I’ve yet to be disappointed in anything that Teaching Channel puts out, but with so many high quality videos a teacher with limited time may not know where to start.  Here’s a few of my suggestions:

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Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and over 600 stakeholders attended Education Datapalooza, a celebration of innovative products, apps, websites, and other tools designed to increase college and career readiness.

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Using Podcasts in the Classroom
posted by: Tim | December 13, 2013, 06:22 PM

>>> Originally posted to the AAE BlogI have to admit, I’m a spoken-word type of person. I like attending lectures and prefer an audio book to music. In fact, I haven’t bought any new music for my iPod for years, even though I’m constantly trolling for something new and interesting to listen to. This is why podcasts quickly took over my listening.

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Virtual Education and School Counseling
posted by: Tim | November 21, 2013, 10:14 PM

>>> Originally posted to the AAE BlogVirtual schools are not only bringing a whole new element to education, but also to school counseling. Approximately 310,000 students in 30 states now attend “multi-district, fully online” schools, according to one report. As the field grows, schools are continuing to develop best practices to meet students' academic and socials needs.

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Addressing Social Media Behavior in the Classroom
posted by: Tim | November 12, 2013, 03:33 PM


>>> Originally posted to the AAE Blog


Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instragram, SnapChat, or one of the many other apps or social networks, students across the country are engaging in social media activity daily. While these mediums constantly evolve and allow students plenty of learning opportunities, teachers should also recognize potential challenges.

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Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator
posted by: Tim | November 01, 2013, 05:21 PM

>>> Originally posted to the AAE BlogAs October and Connected Educator Month draw to a close, it’s never too late to get connected! Here are ten simple tips for "connecting,” derived from an Edutopiablog by Elana Leoni.


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iNACOL Conference Live Stream
posted by: Tim | October 28, 2013, 05:50 PM


>>> Originally posted to the AAE Blog


The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting their annual Virtual Symposium this week  in Orlando, Florida. A widely attended event with online educators and AAE members, the conference kicked off this morning with an introductory address by INACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick and a panel, Driving an Innovative Policy Roadmap Towards the Transformation of Student Learning, with speakers from across the country.

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Are You a Connected Educator?
posted by: Ruthie | September 27, 2013, 04:26 PM
Feelings of isolation have long been among the most common complaints of being a teacher. Recently it's become more and more clear that when educators collaborate, the art of teaching is raised and students reap the rewards.   Continue Reading...
September Resources: Youtube for the Classroom
posted by: Ruthie | September 25, 2013, 06:04 PM

Whether you’re looking into flipping your classroom or you just want to spice up a lesson, short, content-rich video is the way to go.  If you’re looking for the perfect clip to get your students excited about your subject, check out this list of our favorite Youtube channels:   Continue Reading...
Gamification: What it Is & What it Is Not
posted by: Ruthie | September 13, 2013, 08:46 PM

With the recent blog entry about using badges in the classroom, this seems a good time to write about how to leverage gamification in your classroom.  The two concepts often go hand in hand, with badges being an excellent way to add a level of gamification.

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New Technology Inhibits Cheating
posted by: Ruthie | August 20, 2013, 08:25 PM

As school cheating scandals continue to make headlines, the need for secure testing measures has never been greater. Despite the debate over standardized tests, these assessments provide invaluable  information on student growth, and with developing technology may become safer than ever before.

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Top 5 Must-Have Teacher Apps for the Classroom
posted by: Ruthie | August 07, 2013, 07:18 PM
There's always a lot of talk about what apps are good for student use in the classroom – which apps teach math or reading the best or which apps students can use to make presentations. Well, as the school year begins, we thought that we'd recommend the best apps for teachers to use in their classroom.   Continue Reading...
Hybrid Charters Show Promise
posted by: Alix | June 30, 2011, 02:57 PM
While charter and virtual school environments are seen as solutions to modernizing education, the concept of the "hybrid" charter school, or a blended environment, is gaining steam in communities across the country. The schools are combination of both an independent, innovative charter with the technology and online curriculum usually associated with a purely virtual school.   Continue Reading...
Twitter for Teachers
posted by: Alix | June 28, 2011, 09:01 PM
The internet has revolutionized everything in our lives, from paying bills to shopping and everything in between. Education is now well on its way to being revolutionized by online learning with teachers nationwide taking advantage of new, emerging and often free internet resources. One service in particular that is gaining popularity among teachers is Twitter, the micro-blogging site that allows users to communicate via 140 character transmissions.   Continue Reading...
>> Originally posted by Jill on the AAE Blog:I stumbled across an online article titled "600 Tips and Links for Using Social Media for Education and Learning"? Yes, please.   Continue Reading...
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