Seven Ways to Prime Professional Development For Secondary Math Teachers
1. Think tomorrow. The most valuable gift you can give teachers during professional development is a strategy, lesson or resource they can use in class the next day. Give teachers the opportunity to dive into the training as students and reflect as teachers as you model instructional strategies. They will be better able to anticipate [ Read More ]
Leveraging EdTech for Personalized Learning, San Juan USD Implements Schoology Districtwide
Grassroots Growth in District Drives Implementation SACRAMENTO, Calif. – October 30, 2014—In San Juan Unified School District, over 22,000 teachers, parents and students have been using the Schoology (Schoology.com) Learning Management System for everything from online book studies to web-enabled collaborative learning. With so many District users and educational applications already in place, San Juan [ Read More ]
15 Years Later, EdTech Company Still Keeping Students Safe
Gaggle Featured in Recent Media Stories, Releases New Video Series on Student Safety Bloomington, IL (October 29, 2014) – Since the start of the school year, Gaggle Safety Management has identified nearly 2,000 instances of potential violence to a student or others, including self-harm, suicide, fights, threats of violence and more. Gaggle helps detect potential [ Read More ]
Scholastic Announces First-of-Their-Kind Literacy Events to Help Schools Support Family and Community Engagement
NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 30, 2014) – Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the release of Scholastic Literacy Events, comprehensive family engagement kits that educators can use to engage families in their children’s literacy development. The Literacy Events were created by the Scholastic FACE (Family and Community Engagement) [ Read More ]
7 TED Talks about gaming’s potential
Every educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds.
The internet brings inspiring and motivational speakers and experts to anyone with a connection and an internet-ready device.
TED Talks are some of today’s most popular examples of the internet’s power to expand learning opportunities to all.
Each month, we’ll bring you a handful of inspiring TED Talks. Some will focus specifically on education; others will highlight innovative practices that have long-lasting impact. But all will inspire and motivate educators and students alike.
Did you miss our most recent TED Talks features? You can find them here.
1. Gaming can make a better world
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
2. Gaming to re-engage boys in learning
In her talk, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.
3. Your brain on video games
How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask. (Filmed at TEDxCHUV.)
4. Massively multi-player...thumb wrestling?
What happens when you get an entire audience to stand up and connect with one another? Chaos, that's what. At least, that's what happened when Jane McGonigal tried to teach TED to play her favorite game. Then again, when the game is "massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling," what else would you expect?