30 education innovators worth following on Twitter

Yesterday, we wrote about the latest Forbes list of ’30 Under 30′ in the education field,  noted Edudemic. You may already follow some of them, or the companies they’ve founded or work for already. But if you don’t here’s the chance to beef up your Twitter list with interesting folks.  We’ve taken the Forbes list and added links to the individual’s Twitter profile, so that you can check out what they’re doing on the front lines. Just click on the person’s name for the link to their Twitter profile…

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11 note-taking tips for the digital classroom

With less books, paper, and pencils and more laptops, smartphones, and tablets gracing our classrooms these days, it would be logical to say that the nature of note-taking in class has changed, too, reports Edudemic. Especially with digital tools such as Evernote, writing things down on paper seems less likely to be the #1 way of taking notes. That said, does taking notes really help? Does the physical act of writing something down help you to remember it? What is the most effective way to take notes? How does all of this play into a more digitally based classroom?

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5 social networks for students to get academic help

With the growing use of social networking sites like Facebook and twitter, the methodology of education for students is finding new and improved ways, reports Edudemic. Students are getting more prone to the commodities these platforms offer. Therefore this advancement in social networking platforms is providing students with much better options to engage with their contemporaries, enhance their skills and access a wide variety of academic tools and resources which will most definitely add up to their convenience…

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What is a flipped classroom?

Flipped classrooms are becoming more and more common, both for in-person classes and in online learning settings, Edudemic reports. It’s a great way to shake things up, bring more personalized attention to your classroom, and put some of your technology to use. Flipped classrooms are one of the more popular trends we’ve seen since Edudemic was created, and it is certainly one of the most long- lasting. Other things have come and gone in the past few years, but flipped classrooms are getting even more and more popular. If you’re new to flipped classrooms or have known about the concept for awhile but haven’t made the plunge, the handy infographic below takes a look at some of the basics of flipped classrooms: what are some of the advantages, why and how they work, and how both teachers and students are responding to the flipped classroom model…

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How (and why) it’s time to create digital student portfolios

I always find it quite confusing when educators tell me that students in their classroom are reading at a 7th grade reading level, Edudemic reports. What does that really mean?  Does that mean that they are truly reading? When I say truly reading I mean with full comprehension. They are able to share their learning, demonstrate it in many different ways and extend that knowledge.  Too often when I hear that students are at a particular reading level the person is referring to decoding not reading.  Reading is only when true comprehension happens. I want to think I know what a 7th grade reading level is, but in actuality, I am only guessing. I am not sure this categorization does enough to prepare me to help that student grow as a learner. I have to spend a lot of time getting to know that child individually – only then, am I prepared to help him or her grow as a learner and reader. Usually it takes until October before I have enough information to be  equipped to make a difference in the life of that student…

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How (and why) teachers should have multiple Twitter accounts

Connected educators are learning, sharing, and connecting on Twitter, Edudemic reports. No big earth-shattering news there. But what’s the proper way for a teacher to get started? We’ve answered that question in our Teacher’s Guide here. There is, however, an interesting question that many must consider at some point in the time on Twitter: How many accounts should I have as a connected educator? Should I do it all from one account because that’d be easier? In other words, should I share photos of my classroom, tips and tricks with other teachers, interesting blog articles, and maybe even some school-wide announcements?

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30 apps perfect for BYOD classrooms

BYOD classrooms can address a number of issues, Edudemic reports. It can solve the problem of not having enough (or any) devices for your classroom. It can enable students to do web-based work when they might not have otherwise been able to. It can allow them to do work on the same device at home and at school. But it doesn’t come without issue. One of the issues that we’ve heard about from many teachers is that since students come in with different devices that run on different platforms, finding apps and tools that work across a wide array of devices is a necessary evil…

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Report uncovers who is actually teaching with technology

Not too long ago, the Washington-based Pew Research Center published a report on how teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms, Edudemic reports. The Internet and American Life survey which aims to gauge how Americans use technology and the internet as a part of their daily life. The survey was conducted with middle and secondary instructors across the US, with a special focus on educators involved in the Advanced Placement and National Writing Project. Overall, the findings show that digital technologies have become a central part of teachers’ teaching and professional development. These technologies have also brought along a number of new challenges for teachers, which are detailed in the results below…

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How 3 teachers are shaking up online learning

Not too long ago, Pearson (the ginormous education company – yes it’s a technical term) put out a few really interesting videos about teachers who are shaking up online learning, Edudemic reports. They’re talking about innovation in online learning – and not the innovation that has driven new technologies. They’re talking about the type of innovation that changes how teachers teach, how learners learn, and how information is delivered and processed. Each of the educators in the videos below have a unique approach to educating students in their virtual classrooms. Their video testimonials are inspiring, so check them out…

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5 online learning trends worth knowing about

Online learning is quickly growing and is changing the way most of us think about modern education, Edudemic reports. Before we dive into the current trends, let’s take a step back. What exactly is online learning and why should you care? Basically, it’s the implementation of new technology into education so that both teachers and students can interact in a new way. Simple enough, right? Online learning is useful for K-12 students up to college students. That’s primary and secondary school students for some of our international audience. So this new type of digital learning is a fabulous thing. We get it. Technology in the classroom is like the invention of the lightbulb, car, and airplane all rolled into one thing. Got it. It’s great…

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Augmented reality brings new dimensions to learning

Imagine living in the magical world of Harry Potter, where the school hallways are lined with paintings that are alive and interactive, Edudemic reports. Now imagine creating an atmosphere like that for your students. Augmented Reality (AR) allows educators and students to do just that: unlock or create layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. Most people who interact with AR for the first time have a mind-blowing experience but fail to consider classroom applications. In our elementary school classrooms, we use AR to create active learning experiences hitherto inconceivable, and in the process redefine the learning space…

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How to use Sesame Street to promote digital literacy

Sesame Street is a pretty awesome show. Not only do I remember loving the show as a child, but as an adult, I now understand how educational it is and how much effort goes into making it so. From counting with the Count von Count to learning about recycling with Oscar the Grouch, there’s a lot of learning material packed into a show that is fun to watch for kids, Edudemic reports. Now, Sesame Street has launched a new multimedia site aimed at improving literacy for young children, and helping families (and caregivers) learn to make the most out of every opportunity for talking, reading, and writing. They cite an interesting statistic as part of the motivation for this project: ‘By the age of four, a child from a high-income family has been exposed to 35 million more words than a child from a low-income family. Low-income children miss out on over 400 hours of literacy-related activities that high-income children experience.’

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