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PowerSchool Mobile Apps Update – Just In time For Back to School!
Pearson has just released updated versions of PowerSchool for Parents and PowerSchool for Students mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices. To date, more than 3.2 million teachers, parents and students have downloaded PowerSchool on their mobile devices. Throughout the summer, users have accessed PowerSchool to check grades, attendance, schedules and school announcements. Teachers are getting ready for the school year, using PowerTeacher to set up classes, seating charts and assignments. Learn more about PowerSchool for iOS and …
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This week we explore Technology Enhanced Items (TEI) and how these item types are creating fun challenges for students who are looking for an engaging learning experience. TEI’s are a relatively new concept for most, gaining popularity as education becomes more and more digital. TEI’s allow the student to focus on cognitive demand while emphasizing problem solving in a real world context.
Recent additions to TEI include click-stick-click-drop, hot spots and embedded graphing calculators, all of which are included in Schoolnet 15.4 and allow the student to interact with the problem …
So you’ve decided to start your very own personal teaching blog. It’s exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. Why? Because it’s all about you. Your voice, your points of view, and your responsibility. Here are some tips to making your blog a success:
Prepare- All good things come with a little preparation! I would suggest seeing what other teacher bloggers are writing about (like Cool Cat Teacher). Which topics get the most engagement from readers? What topics inspire you? Once you feel you have done enough research, start plotting …
What is one thing that every teacher has in common? I’ll give you another clue– teachers do it every day. Can you guess what it is?
Okay, so it could be a lot of things. However, I am referring to assessment; more specifically the assessing and observing of students in the classroom. Thanks to mobile devices, doing this has been easier than ever before, especially when it comes to managing, recording, and even improving these assessments.
That being said, I would like to share some apps that are great for assessment in …
I just joined the party – late as usual. I broke down and bought an iPad last night and I love it!
It is believed that tablets will soon outsell laptops, as predictions suggest that around 80 million tablets will be sold every year by 2018. In fact, we have already seen a large rise in the use of tablets specifically in education, highlighted recently by Bloomberg Businessweek HERE.
Most educators could probably name the benefits of using tablets with students off the top of their head, but when it comes to …
It takes courage to be creative. — E. Paul Torrance
E. Paul Torrence, known as the “Father of Creativity,” spent the bulk of his life researching how to quantify creativity. Throughout his studies, he found that the levels of creativity can be increased through practice, and believed that creative thinking can be taught even to those who seem to be “non-thinkers.”
Did you know that 82% of students wish they had more exposure to creative thinking in the classroom (source)? While most educators don’t focus solely on teaching creativity to their students, …
I’ll be first to admit that I love to Google (I can use Google as a verb, right?). I love that I can get instant gratification for my curiosity– “Is it possible to make food with a 3D printer?” (Yes–printed steak!) or “Is there really an island of trash in the Pacific?” (The debate continues.)
While search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo are great to use, sometimes these sites can make it very difficult for students to determine a good, quality source from a not-so-good source. This is why …
As we embark on “Back-to-School” season, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed and overburdened with enrollment and registration tasks. These tasks include processing student forms manually or with an outdated software system, and compiling stacks of data entry files to be entered once school starts.
If any of this sounds familiar, then online registration may be the solution to help streamline your registration process and alleviate the burden. Choosing an online school registration system that is inclusive and considers the needs of parents, students, teachers and administration is extremely important.
Consider the questions below as …
I tend to have some of my best brainstorming sessions while I travel, and it just so happens that I went jet-setting a couple weeks ago. While on the airplane, I began to brainstorm about which tool I would like to highlight next in my Technology Tools Series.
It wasn’t until I landed and sat in a taxi that I finally realized–I want to highlight QR code generators! This “ah-ha” moment was inspired by a two-dimensional barcode sticker, known as a QR code, on the taxi’s window. I quickly whipped out …