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Technology, Education and Human Resource Recommended Blogs

Last week while sitting in an airport, I grabbed a magazine that featured information on Microsoft’s HoloLens. As an educational leader, I was simply blown away with the future classroom applications that could occur once this product’s engineers have worked out all the kinks and the price driven down to make it an affordable tool to use to enhance learning for learners of all ages, in school and in the workforce.

Below are some good reviews to get one acquainted with the product and provides a glimpse of what it can do and why this product is one to watch for making a change in the way we look at teaching and student learning.

Check out this YouTube Video, that is mind-blowing in educational possibilities for our future with preparing tomorrow’s leaders for any industry. Microsoft HoloLens-Transform your World with Holograms

A Look at Microsoft’s HoloLens by Sean Hollister on CNet.com

Education and Technology…Blogs to Read to Stay Current and use as a Resource

The 2016 Must Read Education and Technology Blogs by Ed TECH Focus on K-12.

The Top 10 EdTech Blogs by http://www.Brainscape.com

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning website is very cool and offers a plethora for resources for educational leaders. The site offers blogs to follow and products to use to enhance any learning environment.

Continual Learning Across the Industries

Since we should always be learning new ways to perfect our craft, regardless of industry, this is a great site for professional development and human resource  leaders as well. Learning needs to be engaging for all learners, regardless of their age or level of education. SnackNation, conducted a survey and came up with some out-of-the-box blogs that share ideas on how to make your employees feel validated and engaged in whatever it is you as a manager, leader or employer have to offer.

In an age where after a 30 second sound bite, we lose interest, gleaning some perspective and new ideas from those with whom we want to engage, so they can lead our industries into tomorrow might not be a bad idea.

Human Resource Blogs

The Top 30 HR Blogs for High Performance HR Professionals by http://www.snacknation.com

Capella University’s 6 Must Read Blogs for HR Professionals

Great Leadership -A blog for a leader/manager at any level. This blog also shared best practices and tools to use with your team. e.g. Individual Performance Plans etc.

Strategic Human Capital Management A useful resource for an HR manager or leader in any industry.

As I transition from my role as a traditional education leader as a school principal into more of an education leader within the world of human resources,  I will share all the good sites and resources I discover. Life after all, is just one large volume of multiple lessons…

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

 

 

 

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Educational Webinars from an Administrator Tool Kit to STEM Focused Schools

Educational  Webinars

Great resource for teachers who continually strive

to be reflective practitioners!

Teacher Webinar In-Service Log by Unlock the Teacher LLC

Administrator Tool Kit~As an administrator, you no doubt wear many hats and do many jobs. Given this, having the right tool for the right job is critical – not only can it make your job easier, but the right tool can help you accomplish tasks faster and often better. Join Steven Anderson @web20classroom as he shares his favorite, must-have Web tools for administrators.

http://simplek12.com/tlc/on-demand/administrator-communication-tools/

Cooking with Bill Nye~Watch Bill Nye boil water. Really. In the process, you may learn something about energy conservation that comes in handy next time you make pasta.

 http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/7761/preview/

Hurricanes~Video, Teacher Guide and so much more. This is a great tool!

http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/506/preview/

A New Wave of STEM Focused Schools ~Register for this FREE webinar today!

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=390894&sessionid=1&key=FBFABD27128029676D4918199CEDA3BB&partnerref=CAL&sourcepage=register

A Fresh Look at Teaching the Diary of Anne Frank~ This webinar includes a complimentary teacher’s guide created with the Holocaust Education Organization Facing History & Ourselves and special Resources for Youth. We highly recommend this one! www.pbs.org/teachers/webinar/archive.html

Helping Kids Understand Viruses and Vaccinations with Sid the Science Kid ~This free webinar provides information and strategies for helping students understand viruses and vaccinations. The website also offers a complimentary resource package. www.pbs.org/teachers/webinar/archive.html

Exploring the Faces of America by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  www.pbs.org/teachers/webinar/archive.html

Media Literacy: 21st Century Skills All Students Need ~Frank Baker

www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/frank-baker-webinar.aspx

 

How to Promote a Learning-Receptive Emotional State ~Judy Willis

www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/judy-willis-brain-and-learning-webinar.aspx

 

Getting to “Got It!” ~Betty Garner

www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/betty-garner-webinar.aspx

 

Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom ~ Carol Tomlinson and Marcia Imbeau

www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/tomlinson-imbeau-webinar.aspx

 

Motivating Students to Achieve Their Highest Potential ~Judy Willis

www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/judy-willis-brain-and-learning-webinar.aspx

 

School Administrators: Leading with Verizon Thinkfinity

http://www.community.thinkfinity.org

 

Think Quest Free Educational Webinars : check out Denise Hobb’s “Innovative Learning”

www.webinarreviews.org/thinkquest-free-educational-webinar/

Education Week (one of my personal favorites) offers many enlightening webinars.  Check out “E-educators’ Evolving Skills”…talk about relevant!

www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

 

American Statistical Association offers various webinars…currently hosting a K-12 “Meeting within a Meeting” for Science and Math Teachers

www.amstat.org/education/webinars/

 

Exploring Middle School MiddleWeb is a blog powered by Typepad.  They are a promoter of 21st Century Learning and offer live and archived webinars. Check out the latest webinar: The National Middle School Association is teaming up with the NSF-funded Middle School Portal to offer “Free math and Science Webinars”…the goal was to not only make the training affordable but user-friendly; teachers could watch from home.

http://tln.typepad.com/middleweb/2009/05/free-math-science-webinars-for-teacher.html

 

OneNote and Education: This MSDN blog was created to have a dialog about OneNote and education, including sharing ideas, resources, and building community with teachers, students and faculty.

www.blogs.msdn.com

 

These favorite webinars are pulled from the following sites. We recommend these sites as great educational tools and resources:

  • PBS Teachers
  • ASCD
  • Verizon’s Thinkfinity Website

If you have a great webinar to recommend or a site that is indeed a teacher resource, please share it here and we will check it out and give it a “shout”!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Teacher Resource Websites~Great Tool for Parents too This Summer

 

Parents are the first responders in regards to education.  The following sites can be viewed by parent(s) and or caregiver and lessons or objectives can be giving for children ages 6 to 18 each day to enhance learning over the summer. Many of these sites have free educational webinars or videos where parent and child can learn together and have some educational fun! 20 minutes on computer at one of these sites can help your child explore and learn.  Great ideas can be extrapolated from these sites as well, in regards to family outings, educational vacations, field trips and fun summertime projects at home.

 

Great Learning Games~ www.funbrain.com

Large Resource for Language Arts, Reading and Writing~ www.mrsgoldsclass.com

Great Science and Math Activities~ www.edheads.com

Create Puzzles ~ www.edhelper.com

Educational Webinars~ www.pbs.org

Everything Jan Brett~ www.janbrett.com/

Great Science Site~ www.chem4kids.com

A Typing Site for Kids~ www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing

Everything Eric Carle~ www.eric-carle.com

A Variety of Activites~ www.apples4theteacher.com/

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Great Educational Resources: Grants, Websites and A Few of Our Favorite Poems Too

The UTT Team in Virginia~Together We Can Make A Difference!

We have listened to your requests for more resources and we have added them to our Unlock the Teacher LLC website.  We like to think our website is like curriculum, living documents that are constantly changing to meet the needs of its audience.

 
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be processing all of the information coming in to our site (i.e. lesson plans and favorite websites) and uploading them as we get to them.  Thank you for all of the wonderful educators adding your blog to this blog and sending it to our website via comments section.  We just love that educators and parents are taking time out to share…and will be adding them all. 
 
If you have sent your blog or recommended an educational resource for us to share, and we forget to add, please send us a gentle reminder and we will happily add it.  UTT strongly believes that knowledge is meant to be shared and collaboration is an important component for the future success of our students.
 
 
 
 
Please check out the new resources and send us your comments.  We will be adding a photo gallery of bulletin boards too…if you send us a JPEG with detail information of school, teacher etc. we  love to share the good in all things.  Please send all information to us at teachme@unlocktheteacher.com 
*NO spam please.
 

Hope is the dream of a man awake.
~French Proverb

May we seek knowledge in all things!

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

Denise, Trisha and Sue

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Check Out These Free Educational Webinars

Discover the teacher within @ http://www.unlocktheteacher.com...sketch by Katie Hall @ Gumdrop Dezigns

Regardless if we are working  in a public or private school, everyone is talking about budget cuts.  One of our goals at Unlock the Teacher LLC is to help find resources for those who play a role in the life of a child.  As an educator myself, I know how hard it is to want to stay current, learn new strategies and to have a toolbox of resources to use in the classroom with students and out of the classroom to help create engaging differential lessons.  The following article contains  a list of free webinars I found interesting and educational.  I pulled these webinars from two of my favorite educational sites: PBS Teachers LIVE! and ASCD..Learn.Teach.Lead.  One new find that might prove to be a beneficial resource is Thinkfinity, a Verizon sponsored site.

Spring into Action with free Webinars for Teachers and Parents a suite101 article by Denise Ball

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

& the rest of the Unlock the Teacher Team…

Trisha and Sue say hi too 😉

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“The Many Mysteries of the Beach” with an Academic Focus to Hit Barnes & Noble this Week

An Academically Enriched Children’s Literature Book

A “mysterious” narrator takes the reader on many mysteries to be learned at the beach.  Learn about the many animals that live on the beach while enhancing sight words and scientific knowledge.  This book is includes a parent and teacher resource section.  For parents or any caregiver, this is a great tool for exploring the teacher within and creating wonderful teaching moments for the learner in your life.

Book is anticipated to be able to review and purchase by Tuesday this coming week.  The Many Mysteries of the Beach can be downloaded right to your PC or MAC.  If you do not have the application required, Barnes and Noble provides free downloads of their apps to your preferred computer system.

The Many Mysteries of the Beach is  a great tool to have on iPod, iPod Phone or iPad to name a few, while driving in the car or waiting in line at the grocery store.  Have you ever been at the doctor’s office when it was busy, with nothing to occupy your little person’s time?  EBooks are a great tool to engage your reader, strengthen phonetics, sight words and academic vocabulary.  These books takes minimal effort, reduces the need for excess bags, and allows the learner many additional opportunities to read.

Reading is the cornerstone of all learning.  Regardless if the book is hand held and made of paper, or if it is stored on an electronic device, the words open the door to the imagination, not the physical object.

If we are to teach and be effective in the 21st century, then we need to know its language and understand its abilities as a learning tool.  However, with this said, at Unlock the Teacher, LLC we still enjoy curling up and reading a physical book too 😉  One does not have to negate the other, but both methods speak to varied learning styles that might make difference for one reader…and for us, that it worth it alone.   As educators, we were forced out of our comfort zone, which can be a good thing. (This causes our dendrites to fire ;-)…hopefully!) We reviewed many statistics on the integration of technology and learning, and decided to try to meet the needs of all learners in publishing our first few book through ePub.

Technology is here and it is not going away, in fact, it is changing by the minute.  Our goal is to embrace the good aspect of incorporating technology into the learning platform.  We will continually look for ways to help make the learning process authentic and valid for both the teacher and the student.

We appreciate all the support expressed thus far, and hope that within the next few weeks many will check out this book and the others we will be publishing in March.  All proceeds from the books launched in March, National Reading Month, will be donated to individual schools and their literacy funds.

Stay tuned for more information as we launch our website next week 😉  provide a calendar of events for the multiple community workshops we will be teaching, readings and so much more.  We have even been asked, if we would be open to hosting book readings via Skype for home school groups, and the answer is…yes, we would love to 😉 If interested in having us stream in, please email us at denise@unlocktheteacher.com

We have had many schools contact us in regards to the one extra book we would like to donate.  This book is on the many regions and has a social studies and sight words academic focus.  We might even jump on a plane, and come visit one of these schools in Virginia…more information soon.

Please contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.  We like to hear from you.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Great New Information to Utilize in Classroom from PBS for Educators

In social studies, check out the video on the Grand Canyon. Classified under resources for grades K-2 & 3-5. Learn that natural forces carved out the Grand Canyon over thousands of years. Observe the magnificence of the canyon with Wilson and Ditch as they gaze at it from the skywalk. Teachers can share video or save for a later time.

Middle School Social Studies Teachers…check out the State of the Union Lesson Plans @ http://www.pbs.org/teachers/stateoftheunion/ Educators can also video stream the “State of the Union” video as well.

Note: Whenever this site references educators/teachers, we mean you! We are all teachers and regardless if you have children or not, we are all responsible for our future, which is our children…it is a cyclical process!

If you have a great educational tip, please share. The goal is to spread the knowledge and prosper, not hold the knowledge so that others might fail.

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

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Free Webinar on Virtual Schools and Best Practices

Online education and Financial Aid

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Visit edreformer.com or click on the link below to join the conversation this Thursday.  Virtual schools are coming, regardless if we want them to or not.  If we are going to meet the needs of ALL students, then virtual classrooms are a component needed for the 21st century student. Many states are creating mandates for students to have a certain number of virtual instruction before high school graduation.  There are many national discussions these days on education.  Join one and be informed. I would encourage everyone interested to not be a “Monday morning quarterback” but an active participant…http://edreformer.com/2010/12/k12-aventa-learning-hosting-free-webinar/

“It is what we think we know that keeps us from learning.”-C. Bernard

Have an awesome week!

Denise

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