It’s a Hacky Spring Contest with an Awesome Grand Prize!

It might not feel like spring in the northeast and midwest United States, but we’re still Hacking Spring, with an amazing Hack Learning Twitter share contest!

We gave away more than $5,000 worth of books and T-shirts at Empower18 Conference last month, in in effort to spread the word about Hack Learning–a movement aimed at helping teachers and learners easily solve some of their biggest problems.

We’re still solving problems and giving stuff away

Spread the word about Hack Learning, and win!

All you have to do is share a cool, funny, unorthodox, amazing, hacky picture or video on Twitter, get plenty of engagement, and you’ll have a chance to win our Grand Prize!

Keep reading, because this starts TODAY and ends Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The Contest

  1. Take a picture or video of you or a friend or family member with your Hack Learning T-shirt, Empower18 Hack Learning booth pic, and/or a Hack Learning Series book.
  2. Share the pic/video on Twitter.
  3. In the share, mention @markbarnes19 and add #HackLearning. (NOTE: all shares MUST contain both @markbarnes19 and #HackLearning to be eligible to win.)
  4. Ask for likes and retweets (optional but helpful).
  5. The three Tweets with the most engagement (combined likes and retweets) win!

Prizes

3rd place — $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd place — $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

GRAND PRIZE — 15 Hack Learning books, 1 coffee mug, 1 tote bag ($500 value)

When is the contest?

  • Start posting to Twitter NOW: Thursday April 5th
  • Contest ends: Saturday April 7th at 8 PM ET
  • Winners announced: Sunday April 8th at 11 AM ET

Tweet your pic NOW!

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Tweet a pic with you, a Hack Learning T or book, and/or our banner for a chance to win

What’s the purpose?

Simple: We want people to see Hack Learning books, so they’ll be inspired to check out one of education’s most powerful problem-solving movements. And we’re not afraid to enlist your help and incentivize sharing with cool prizes.

We give away more content than anyone–over $100,000 in FREE content to educators around the world in 2017 and 2018! After all, Hack Learning is not about making authors or publishers rich; it’s about making educators better!

Share your pic or video on Twitter now. Tag @markbarnes19 and #HackLearning. Promote your Tweet, so you can win!

NOTE: Hack Learning authors and team members are ineligible to win.

 

Why grading and evaluating are not assessment

Hack Learning’s Mark Barnes wrote about revolutionizing assessment by going gradeless in Education Week’s 10 Big Ideas special report. Some readers are intrigued, and some are pushing back.

In Episode 110 of the Hack Learning Podcast embedded above, Mark takes on the pushback and explains why grading and evaluating are not parts of effective assessment.

No, Students Don’t Need Grades, excerpted from Education Week’s 10 Big Ideas article

Technology and social media continue to disrupt education. Classrooms are morphing into maker spaces; STEM labs and media centers are filled with fascinating electronic gadgets. Teachers spend less time in front of the class and more time in the middle of the action. Schools, teachers, leaders, parents, and students across the country are embracing this brave new world.

In the midst of rapidly changing technology, and consequently, pedagogy, there is another fundamental change I would argue more educators need to embrace. It’s a growing movement to alter the one function of education that most stakeholders steadfastly refuse to revise: how we assess learning.

If you’re interested in disrupting education far more than the 3-D printer or smartphone ever could, consider schools and colleges where there are no grades. Imagine classrooms where teachers never place numbers, letters, percentages, or other labels on students’ work; where report cards don’t exist; and where the GPA has gone the way of the dinosaur.

In a gradeless classroom, the perpetual lies that numbers and letters tell about learning would cease to exist. Honor and merit rolls would disappear. There would be no school valedictorian. Clubs that celebrate high performers would disband. Many colleges and universities would change how they admit incoming freshmen, and academic scholarships would need a makeover.

Moreover, teachers would learn how to effectively assess academic performance, and students would become independent learners, driven by curiosity and inspiration rather than by the empty promise of a “good” grade or the threat of a “bad” one.

Now, this may sound like only a big, perhaps even unrealistic, idea. But the gradeless classroom already exists in schools worldwide. While I don’t claim to be the creator of no-grades learning environments, I and thousands of my colleagues across the United States and around the world have turned it into a movement that is helping educators reimagine how they assess learning.

Read the rest of my EdWeek article, part of the 10 Big Ideas in Education special report, here.

Mark Barnes on grades, feedback, and evaluation

  • Grades and feedback are not the same. Grades are numbers, percentages, and letters that label students and mislead stakeholders about what has or has not been learned.
  • There are many factors that impact learning, and teachers must have a conversation with students about those factors.
  • It’s crucial that teachers ask kids questions: Why did you do this? Why this way? What if you had done this instead? What don’t you understand? How can you better understand this?
  • Education needs to eliminate evaluation from assessment. Evaluation is about judging performance, and the only shareholders suited for this type of judgement are the learners. Teachers should relegate their feedback to observations and questions and teach kids how to judge their work.

More on going gradeless

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10 Mantras you Can Use Daily to Reduce the Stress of Parenting

Hacking Parenthood: 10 Mantras You Can Use Daily to Reduce the Stress of Parenting

Parenting Just Got Simpler

Because mantras bring peace to the process

You throw out consequences willy-nilly. You’re tired of solutions that are all or nothing. You’re frustrated with the daily chaos. Enter Parent Mantras, invaluable parenting anchors wrapped in tidy packages.

These will become your go-to tools to calm your mind, focus your parenting, and concentrate on what you want for your kids.

Now, you can connect with your child like never before

Parenting author, educator, and presenter Kimberley Moran works tirelessly to find best practices for simplifying parenting and maximizing parent-child communication.

Using 10 Parent Mantras as cues to stop and reset, Moran shares concrete ways to parent with intention and purpose, without losing your cool, creating better parent-child connections.

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With Parent Mantras, you’ll be able to:

  • Balance immediate needs with end goals
  • Grow your child’s independence
  • Engender trust and honesty
  • Let your decisions stand
  • Set boundaries with confidence
  • Locate practical resources for support

Bonus: Parent Resource Notebook

The PRN includes sample pages that parents can use as models for implementing mantras. These models are accompanied by blank templates you can actually write on, creating your own notebook pages that serve as your go-to guide for those difficult situations that are unique to you and your children.

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Download the FREE Parent Resource Notebook here

 

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Keep Hacking Parenthood and the included Parent Resource Notebook with you at all times. It’s like having your own playbook for parenting teens and children of all ages.

Ready to find your mantra?

Grab Hacking Parenthood today; find your mantra, and hone in on what matters most, when raising kids feels out of control.

EdTech Guru Explains The Power of Mission-Minded Learning

Shelly Sanchez Terrell, author of Hacking Digital Learning Strategies, is taking education technology integration to new heights with her EdTech Missions and mission-minded learning.

In Episode 102 of the Hack Learning Podcast, Shelly explains how Mission Learning makes kids and their world better, and how teachers can launch EdTech Missions immediately with 27 ready-to-use resources in her Mission Toolkit.

Shelly Terrell Sanchez says …

While writing about Mission Learning–an amazing way to integrate lifelong technology skills into any classroom–I wanted more than just a how-to book. I wanted to give teachers a blueprint and resources that they can use immediately to launch EdTech Missions in any class.

By Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Teaching is hard, and you don’t need to spend additional hours creating assets for students, if it’s not absolutely necessary.

This is why I created the Mission Toolkit, as an additional free resource inside Hacking DLS

I’m so proud of this 38-page Mission Toolkit because it can be used immediately. It comes with:

  • mission examples
  • student surveys
  • email templates
  • Mission Cards
  • discussion starters
  • blank activity templates
  • Badges, and much more

Best of all, you can copy or download and distribute these ready-made lesson supplements immediately.

Here’s some of what’s inside the Mission Toolkit that comes as a free, additional resource inside Hacking Digital Learning Strategies.

 

People are raving about Hacking Digital Learning Strategies, and I couldn’t be happier–especially considering that what they love most is the FREE Mission Toolkit, inside the book. — Shelly Sanchez Terrell

 

 

You can start using the entire 38-page Mission Toolkit today. Just grab your copy of Hacking Digital Learning Strategies, available now in three formats.

Ask Shelly about it

Want to discuss the EdTech Missions and the Toolkit? Join Shelly Sanchez Terrell Sunday mornings at 10AM ET on Twitter for a live chat about digital learning strategies at #EdTechMissions. Also, join the video chat on Shelly’s Flipgrid here.

Teacher Dress Unraveled: Hack Learning Chat

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This #HackLearning chat was hot. Professional dress was one topic, and the opinions, both for and against dress codes or “dressing up”, were shared openly. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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