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January 5, 2013

Big Education Ideas in 2013

This showed up in my inbox on Wednesday and I thought it worthwhile to pass it on to my readers…

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January 2, 2013   Happy New Year!

Big Education Ideas in 2013

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Have you made your list of New Year’s resolutions yet? We’ve pulled together seven big ideas to try in 2013.

Collaborative Learning

Research shows that collaborative math and discussion-based English can help promote deeper learning, critical thinking, and community.   See How It Works

Mobile Learning

From smartphones and tablets, to MP3 players and e-readers, today’s students have a variety of mobile technologies at their fingertips — and educators are finding new ways to engage students and make curriculum relevant.   Get Resources to Learn More

Open Education Resources

How do you keep educational materials relevant, customizable, and inexpensive? Set up free online materials with open licenses so teachers and learners can reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the digital resources to their heart’s content.   Check Out this Primer

Social Media

Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. How can you responsibly integrate social media in classrooms and think through the policy for your school?   Get Guidelines and Resources

Design Thinking

Solve challenges in a thoughtful and fun way, and apply the 4Cs — collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication — to your own work as you develop new solutions for your classroom, school, and community.   Get Ideas for Your Classroom

Translating the Common Core

It’s a misconception to assume that these standards merely require minor tweaks to current curriculum and instructional practices. How are you designing a coherent curriculum and assessment system for realizing the standards’ promise?   Get Ideas for Curriculum Planning

Evidence-Based Learning Strategies

Innovative ideas are always exciting, but educators making hard decisions on how to reform the learning process need to arm themselves with research on the critical elements of successful programs.   See Edutopia’s Research on Project-Based Learning

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1. Technology Integration: Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom

2. Social and Emotional Learning: Defusing Power Struggles: It’s Not About Getting the Last Word

3. Project-Based Learning: Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

4. New-Teacher Support: Nine Tips for Collaboration

5. Student Engagement: How Do We Know When Students Are Engaged?

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Win a Winter Reading Bundle

Are you making a New Year’s resolution to read more? To make sure your bookshelf is well-stocked, we’re giving away nine “must-read” books for 2013. Enter by Sunday, January 6 for a chance to win.

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  • The George Lucas Educational Foundation Grant Information List
  • Captain Planet Foundation Grants: Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for grants for programs that provide environmental education and encourage youth to participate in environmental stewardship efforts. The Captain Planet Foundation gives first preference to projects looking for $500 in seed money or organizations that have secured 50 percent matching funds. Deadline: February 28, 2013 and September 30, 2013.
  • LEGO Children’s Fund Grants: Grants between $500-5,000 are available for nonprofit organizations that inspire young people to explore their creativity and innovative thinking through constructive play. Acceptable programs must be directed for students up to 14 years old. Deadline: Rolling; Grants are awarded each quarter during the school year.
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EduCon 2.5
January 25 to 27, 2013
Philadelphia, PA.

Learning & The Brain Conference
February 14 to 16, 2013
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NAIS Annual Conference
February 27 to March 1, 2013
Philadelphia, PA.

March 4 to 7, 2013
Austin, TX.
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March 11 to 13, 2013
San Diego, CA.

ASCD Annual Conference
March 16 to 18, 2013
Chicago, IL.


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January 3, 2013
Salem, OR.

January 12, 2013
West Hollywood, CA.

edcamp Madison
February 2, 2013
Madison, AL.

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St. Louis, MI.


Breaking Down the Four Walls of Your Classroom with Skype
January 10, 2013
7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET.

Digital Inclusion: An International Perspective
January 15, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET.

Digital Citizenship in 2013
January 16, 2013
4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET.

Improving Student Learning One Principal at a Time: Walkthroughs and Observations
February 13, 2013
12:00 p.m. PT, 3:00 p.m. ET.

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