Edcamp: Where Teachers Confess, Encourage and Brainstorm

EdCamp

Edcamps have been springing up across the country as a “grassroots movement in educator professional development“. The definition of an Edcamp according to the Edcamp foundation is “a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs“.  Edcamps are always free. Edcamps flow. It’s living, breathing professional development that is determined by the educators who attend it. […]

4 Engaging Ways to Breathe Life into Your School Staff Meetings

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Are you feeling a bit like this cute, cute kitten? Are your eyes glazed over? Is that “kill me now” expression pulsating from every other face in the room? If you answered yes to any (or all) of the above, there is every chance you might be stuck in another agonising, inefficient and time-zapping staff […]

Incorporating Training Concepts for Better Learning

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Angel Ramos is an excellent instructor, but he is not a professional educator. He motivates his clients to learn and grow measurably, but he is not an educator. Angel is impacting the long-term quality of peoples’ lives, but he is not an educator. Angel Ramos is an accomplished and popular trainer at Xsport Fitness, where […]

“Making” as Meaningful Professional Development

Engaging in the "Let's Try It" Approach

When was the last time you attended a conference or professional development opportunity and spent the entire time learning? Maybe your answer to that question is “never” but after attending Constructing Modern Knowledge (CMK) this past week, I can thankfully say, “a few days ago!” CMK is truly a meaningful professional development experience and one […]

Five Best US Computer Science Programs in 2013

Computer Science

Over the past fifty years, computer science has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy as well as in academia. In response to the economic crisis, more students than ever are looking for a relatively safe career field that can promise them a decent income. As such, choosing the best computer science […]

Three Useful but Little-Known Excel Functions Demystified

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Anyone who’s used a computer in the past 20 years has probably also used Microsoft Excel. And anyone who’s used Excel has probably also been completely stumped by some of the more complex functions and formulas you can use within the program. After all, it’s not human nature to work with a bunch of meaningless […]

8 Great Udemy Courses for #EdTech Teachers

Technology Teacher Training

If you have not yet explored Udemy, I can’t urge you enough to just dive in and see what all the hype is about. With the the catchphrase of “Start Learning from the World’s Top Instructors“, the platform is a treasure trove for all life long learners. And with more than 350,000 students already enrolled in Udemy courses, it is […]

5 Modern Ways to Find The Right Education Consultant

Find Education Consultant

Whether you are a school in need of a technology coach, or a parent looking for a math tutor, finding the right education consultant can be a very challenging task. In the last few years there has been massive growth in the number of education consultants. This growth has made it much easier to find someone, […]

20 Essential Technology Terms for Teachers

Technology Terms for Teachers

I know that most readers at Fractus are probably pretty tech-savvy, but still, some may not quite be to that level yet. The worst part about it is that the technology world moves so fast and changes so rapidly that the jargon and slang is extremely hard to keep up with, even for people who […]