How teachers can boost innovation in the classroom

Teachers can boost innovation in the classroom in a variety of ways including creating problems that are both authentic and interesting, writes Trevor Shaw, the director of technology at the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey. In this article, Shaw offers eight ideas educators can use to bring out innovative ideas from their students.

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Should educators switch to the new Windows 10 operating system?

The just-released Windows 10 operating system has new features that can be helpful in the classroom, including a login system that uses facial recognition technology. Other features include a new browser replacing Internet Explorer and new personal digital assistant Cortana, which can help teachers and students stay on top of assignments and lesson plans, according to Martha Jez, Fair Chance Learning's director of professional development programs.

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Using Technology in Physical Education

This easy-to-understand guide and reference book Using Technology in Physical Education provides complete information on how to use current technology to improve the quality of physical education classes. Designed specifically for teachers to make their teaching easier and more effective in the classroom, the book explains in simplified terms, and with the use of illustrations, how to evaluate and select from the many technological innovations on the market, and how to set up and use the equipment. It offers suggestions to teachers about how they can increase student participation by making their classes more fun, and how they can minimize the amount of time spent on tedious administrative work and maximize the time for quality instruction. The different types of technology covered include: fitness testing equipment, videocassettes and laser disc players, camcorders, computers and computer peripherals, telecommunications hardware and software, computer-assisted instructional software, and multimedia systems.

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University of Wisconsin Rolls out Online Graduate Program in Big Data

The University of Wisconsin next month will start a new online graduate program in data science meant to fill the gap in qualified Big Data workers for employers. The university developed curriculum for the program through focus groups with company leaders seeking workers with the requisite skills to analyze data and use it to help businesses.

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Standards Based Assessment and Grading in Physical Education Edition 1 50% off now $14.98

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The PE Geek's Top Tech Resources for Young Kids

I often get asked about the various apps and resources appropriate for younger Physical Education students. This stems from the fact that when you get down into the younger levels, there’s a noticeable difference in needs, differences in what is expected and most importantly what the students themselves are actually capable. I certainly learnt this during my time teaching 5 & 6-year-olds earlier this year. So here are some of the resources I used to help motivate and engage my young PE Students.

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Grants

afterschoolnetworks.org has many grants posted on their website. These grants range from health, nutrition and physical activity to STEM related.

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New eBooks Available

Developing the Standards-Based Physical Education Curriculum $9.95

  • Steps necessary to turn national/state exit and grade level standards into a usable curriculum
  • Selecting instructional units
  • Writing grade-level standards
  • Integrating other subject areas
  • Determining the yearly plan
  • Developing unit plans
  • Developing lesson plans
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Standards-Based Assessment and Grading in Physical Education, 2nd edition $29.95

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  • Aligning the assessment to the standard
  • Developing assessment tools
  • Choosing scoring systems
  • Creating rubrics
  • Designing a standards-based grading system
  • Creating student portfolios
  • Lots of examples!
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Creating a Standards-Based Physical Education Environment $9.95

  • Setting up the physical environment
  • Selecting facilities and equipment
  • Protecting yourself from liability issues
  • Working together as a department
  • Creating a student handbook
  • Creating an inclusive environment
  • Maintaining positive discipline
  • Developing social skills
  • Designing class rules and procedures
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Teaching Standards-Based Physical Education $9.95

  • Understanding students
  • Motivating students
  • Creating interesting and meaningful learning experiences
  • Looking at how students learn
  • Creating learning experiences that are brain-based friendly
  • Creating learning experiences aligned with motor learning research
  • Looking at how each student learns differently
  • Improving your teaching effectiveness
  • Planning each lesson
  • Using time effectively
  • Providing model demonstrations and explanations
  • Providing effective practice
  • Providing quality supervision and feedback
  • Treating students equitably
  • Choosing the appropriate teaching style for your learning outcomes and class
  • Using station teaching for effective instruction
  • Using cooperative learning for teaching motor skills and social skills
  • Working with limited-English-Proficient Students
  • Using effective reading and vocabulary teaching strategies
  • Working with students who are differently-abled
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The Best Apps for Keeping Kids Active

It’s safe to say that the world around us is becoming increasingly mobile and tech-oriented. People of every age are falling in love with their smartphones, tablets, and laptops, which can result in a more lethargic lifestyle and shortened attention spans. Having a healthy approach to life prevents your children from packing on the pounds during adolescence and also gives them the tools they need to set up a life of choices catered to their enhanced wellbeing. According to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, the fate of a child’s weight can be determined by the time they turn five. We all know that raising a healthy child is important, but that task can become more trying when you can’t pry them away from their smartphones. Perhaps the best way to deal with the issue is to use technology to your advantage. Although too much screen time can be unhealthy for your children, innovative new concepts are emerging to help parents prompt their kids into physical activity. Health, nutrition, and fitness applications provide an education into how the body works, what makes it run better, and more, while feeding your child’s technology addiction. Following are some of our favorite apps for keeping kids active.

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