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Education and State of the Union 2015
posted by: Garry | January 22, 2015, 04:06 PM

Did you miss the State of the Union Address?  If you did, here is AAE’s take from the speech….

In light of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, we wanted to keep teachers abreast of the education-related policy proposals laid out by President Obama.


The two most important education components of last night’s address involved the Student Digital Privacy Act and expanding school access to the internet.


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Teachers Want More Technology in the Classroom
posted by: Garry | August 06, 2014, 03:34 AM

According to the 2014 Vision K-20 report, 85%, 66%, and 83% of secondary, elementary and K-12 participants respectively think that mobile technology will be acceptable classroom resources before the year 2020.


That’s because teachers understand that cellphones, laptops, tablets, and eReaders have capabilities beyond portable communication. In fact, they’re using them as a way to give students an opportunity not only to develop skills and seek content, but also to create it!

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Ed Tech Innovations You Should Think About
posted by: Garry | June 27, 2014, 04:59 PM

Education and technology are changing at a rapid pace and having an effect on everything we do – including the classroom.  With the summer upon us, it’s the perfect time to research some of the more recent innovations and plan how to include them next school year.


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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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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: Ruthie | March 14, 2014, 08:57 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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​New Changes for SAT Scoring, Questions, and More
posted by: Ruthie | March 07, 2014, 07:48 PM

Yesterday, the College Board announced several new changes to the SAT. These changes include returning to a 1,600 scale, removing the penalty for wrong answers, making the essay optional, exchanging pretentious vocabulary words and math problems for more practical and useful questions, and aligning the test with the Common Core Standards.

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As support grows for environmentally conscious food programs, schools are beginning to catch on to the growing movement. Anyone who has been in to a school cafeteria knows how much food often goes to waste. Now urban school cafeterias, including those in Miami-Dade County, are leading the way toward a sustainable and environmentally aware lunch program.


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Addressing Social Media Behavior in the Classroom
posted by: Garry | November 12, 2013, 05:46 PM

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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A study was released yesterday that’s making big news: US adults score below other developed countries in math, literacy, and problem solving abilities.  Perhaps it’s because the technology we’ve been embracing is distracting us, or because we’re teaching study skills that don’t work, or maybe just because we don’t value our teachers as much.  Maybe if we start taking more field trips to art museums, we might see our skills rise.  All of these topics, and many more, have been addressed in research studies released in the past few months.  Read on to learn more about these studies:


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School District Abandons iPad Program
posted by: Garry | October 07, 2013, 09:22 PM

As technology continues to evolve and expand, it is rare to hear of a school moving away from the use of new devices and programs. However, the South Bend School District, near Houston, Texas, recently abandoned a $16 million plan to incorporate iPads into classrooms.


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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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Looking for a New Incentive Program? Try Badges
posted by: Ruthie | August 21, 2013, 06:39 PM

If only because of the popularity of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, nearly everyone is familiar with the concept of badges.  Even if you’ve never participated in these programs, at the mention of ‘badges’ you probably visualize a sash with round pieces of embroidered cloth sown on.  This rather old-school way of showing off a person’s accomplishments transitioned into the computer age through the creation of digital badges, and now these digital badges are emerging in schools across the country as a way to incentive students.

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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, 07:19 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...
March Professional Development Resources
posted by: Alix | March 21, 2013, 02:29 PM
We recently introduced our new Professional Development Calendar, meant to be a single place where teachers can find a wealth of upcoming opportunities.   Continue Reading...
When you talk to educators about professional development, there tends to be a mindset that favors events like conferences, workshops, and webinars. Even though studies have shown that these forms of professional development are limited in their success, teachers still cling to them as ways to connect with other educators and get new ideas. That's not to say that these forms of professional development are entirely without merit, just that by relying on these staples we close ourselves to other opportunities.   Continue Reading...
Looking for something new to spice up your lessons? Check out our top resources of the month!Storybird – This is such a great tool. Available in both free and pay versions, this website allows you and your students to create picture books with relative ease. Have younger students? They'll love selecting art from all the available options and watching their story come alive. Teach an art class? Your students can upload and share their own art. Seriously, the true potential of this tool is endless.   Continue Reading...
Do Girls Hate STEM Classes?
posted by: Alix | August 10, 2012, 05:00 AM
I’ll admit it: as a student, I loathed math and science.  In fact, one of the determining factors in selecting my college major was how little math and science was required to get my degree.  I also figured that I had enough trouble solving my own problems as a college freshman without having to solve x’s problems, too.  Besides, as an aspiring professional violinist, I was engrossed in practicing music, oblivious to the fact that math, science, and music significantly overlap.  In my sage adulthood, I now realize that I didn’t hate math and science – I just hated how it was taught to me.   Continue Reading...
Teacher Mobile Device Use on the Rise
posted by: Alix | May 30, 2012, 02:46 PM

According to a report released by education nonprofit Project Tomorrow, teachers are more likely to use personal mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet computers, than the general public.  While 64% of principals and 54% of teachers have regular personal access to mobile devices, only 40% of the general public has access to personal mobile devices according to the data.

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