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“You can build upon [your] power by believing in yourself, your skills and the value these skills can bring to the education system and your students.” – Cynthia Gozzard, Canada

Daily Edventures

Professional development is a requirement for educators, and there is no shortage of great on-line and person options to get it done. For some educators, though, professional development isn’t just something they have to do – it’s a way of life. Microsoft Innovate Educator Expert Cynthia Gozzard is one of those teachers. Gozzard often seeks out opportunities to learn alongside fellow educators.

The 50 Most Segregating School Borders In America

NPR Learning and Tech

Detroit and Birmingham top a new, national list of school district boundaries that separate the Haves from the Have Nots


When Teachers Take A Breath, Students Can Bloom

NPR Learning and Tech

An evidence-based program teaches mindfulness to educators. Research suggests it can reduce their stress and improve their teaching

9 ways to improve your district’s digital leadership

eSchool News

The importance of digital learning is, by now, well established. But as schools and classrooms across the nation use digital strategies to engage students and boost achievement, digital leadership has emerged as one of the most important areas in which to invest thought, time and resources. Today, digital leadership isn’t limited only to administrators.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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5 Surefire Ways to Engage Students the First Week of School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. My good friend Jim Sturtevant is the most engaging teacher I’ve ever known. On his blog and his Hacking Engagement podcast, Sturtevant helps educators learn to engage students in all grades and subjects. In a recent blog post, the author Hacking Engagement: 50 Tips and Tools to Engage Teachers and Learners Daily shares 5 surefire ways […]. Featured Inspiration edchat

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Two Graphing Tools for Google Docs

Free Technology for Teachers

The question that I often hear from mathematics teachers about Google Documents is, "are there any features for me?" The answer is, "yes, but they don't always jump out at you." Google Docs does have a built-in equation editor that you can access from the insert drop-down menu. To create graphs in Google Docs you'll want to grab either the g(Math) or the Wizkids CAS Add-ons for Google Docs.

App of the Week: Free STEM lessons for every subject

eSchool News

note : App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education , which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review. CK-12. What’s It Like? Price : Free. Grades : K-12. Rating : 4/5.


12 tips for using Google Apps with young students

Ditch That Textbook

There’s a common misconception with students and Google Apps: sometimes, they’re just too young to use them yet. Not so, says Christine Pinto. She teaches kindergarteners and previously taught four-year-olds in a transitional class. Regardless of their age, her students use Google Apps. No, more specifically, her students thrive with Google Apps. They create. They take pictures. [.].

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

2 Guys Show with Patrick O'Shea

Two Guys and Some iPads

Welcome to the 45th episode of the 2 Guys Show! We are excited to welcome Professor Patrick O'Shea as our special guest. Patrick is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at Appalachian State University. He is interested in education uses of augmented reality and virtual worlds. Patrick O'Shea You can follow Patrick on Twitter @PatrickOSheaphd or on his podcast the Versatilist.

Disruptive Innovation

A Principal's Reflections

Education is ripe for disruptive change leading to innovative practices that improve learning outcomes for our students. What might have worked in the past will not necessarily have the same impact today, as the world has changed dramatically in a short period of time. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to see firsthand some powerful examples of disruptive innovation in action. Think differently.

8 attributes of successful market-creating innovations

The Christensen Institute

Innovators or companies that target nonconsumption have the potential to develop businesses that can create enormous wealth for their shareholders and can also have transformative developmental impacts. In 1998, Mo Ibrahim decided to start a wireless telecommunications company in Malawi, Zambia, Sierra Leone, and Congo, some of the poorest countries in the world. billion.

3 ways to make classrooms more interactive

eSchool News

Key points: Educators know that interactive instructional approaches are more likely to engage students, but they must integrate technology in meaningful ways. Gamifying lessons can help students focus while increasing engagement. Turn lectures into back-and-forth conversations between teachers and students. Consider peer instruction. So how can educators use technology in a more meaningful way?

3 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Student Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Research on classroom design with Peter Barrett From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Peter Barrett gives us an overview of his classroom design research in today’s show. Peter and his co-authors found a 16% impact of classroom design on the learning of 3766 primary school students in the UK. This personalization aspect impacts all teachers!

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8 Tips for Teachers Using Google Cardboard in School

Class Tech Tips

Earlier this summer I shared a post on 5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard (read it here). It’s been super popular and I wanted to share eight tips for teachers who are using Google Cardboard in school this year. Android Apps ELA - Reading/Writing iPad Apps

Best Google Education Apps for Teachers

EdNews Daily

Written by Kate Durocher. We live in a world where the influence of technology cannot be ignored. In health, everyday communication and education, tech plays a huge role in shaping and creating the narrative. While technology continues to grow and improve, why not embrace the benefits it offers? The effect of technology on education is one of the clearest examples of how tech can better lives.

5 canvas ideas that get students involved


As a summer intern at Nureva, I was introduced to the Nureva™ Span™ system a little over a month ago. I was fascinated when I saw the system for the first time the day I came in for my interview. I can tell you first hand that navigating the wall is natural from the very first interaction. Below are 5 great examples of what can be achieved with the Span system in an education environment.

How teacher voice can improve professional development

eSchool News

One common faculty complaint of professional development is that it doesn’t lead to improvement. Four years ago that was certainly the way many educators felt here in the Farmington Public Schools in central Connecticut. Even though providing engaging professional development is a hard challenge, we were committed to finding ways to make PD more responsive and relevant.

A Realistic View for Self-Directed Learning

Education Elements

A virtual discussion with questions by Anthony Kim and responses from Scott Johns. Anthony Kim] Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could walk into a classroom and every student was engaged, motivated, and directing their own learning? If teachers in this classroom were coaching and challenging students individually and dynamically pulling students together to collaborate and to expand their reach in critical thinking and problem-solving? know it would be tough. So what is the path to preparing our students to be self-directed learners? Personalized Learning self directed learning

How to Get Started Using Google Forms for Classroom Quizzes

Free Technology for Teachers

Google Forms can be a powerful tool for creating and delivering quizzes to your students. It also has a bunch of great features for gathering feedback from students in a survey format. To take advantage of any of the features of Google Forms, you have to know how to get started. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers.

Ed. Design Studio Names CEO, Selects New Ed-Tech Cohort

Marketplace K-12

The Education Design Studio Inc. , a hybrid incubator and seed fund established in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, recently named Rita Ferrandino as its new chief executive officer. Rita Ferrandino. The organization also chose a cohort of seven early-stage ventures to go through its program. See also: ‘Ed. Breaking Down the Impact of New Ed.

Promethean and EdTechTeam - A deeper partnership to impact education


Chris Craft Director of Technology EdTechTeam If you’ve been to a GAFESummit in the last year, you’ve no doubt seen representatives from ClassFlow , the latest software innovation from edtech leader Promethean , in the sponsor space. We here at EdTechTeam are thrilled to announce that Promethean has decided to become a Diamond Sponsor of our events! If you’re wondering what that means, read on.

$1.7M from Gates Foundation aims to improve computer learning

eSchool News

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.7 million grant to Highlander Institute to expand Fuse RI and the EdTechRI Testbed. Fuse RI was launched in 2014 to to help educators blend technology and traditional classroom teaching. Fuse RI is the brainchild of Shawn Rubin, Highlander Institute’s chief education officer. McClatchy News STEM

Tech-Savvy Seniors: Myth or Present-Day Reality?

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I don’t cover enough in Ask a Tech Teacher is how seniors handle the onslaught of technology in their lives. Thankfully,   Beata GREEN,  Director of HeadChannel Ltd. London-based bespoke software development company, has experience in this area and was willing to share her ideas. As new tech is mostly created by young developers, it is usually tailored to the younger generation.

TurboNote - Take & Share Notes While Watching Videos

Free Technology for Teachers

TurboNote is a great Chrome extension that enables you to take notes while watching a video in the same web browser window. Unlike some similar extensions, TurboNote isn't limited to working with YouTube videos. TurboNote can be used on Vimeo, Netflix, and Facebook videos. With the TurboNote extension installed you can take notes while watching any video.

New Resource Drills Down on Blended Learning, ‘Personalized’ Ed. Practices

Marketplace K-12

Big, broad terms like “blended learning” and “personalized learning” permeate pretty much every corner of the K-12 landscape these days. A new online resource aims to make those often-abstract concepts a lot more concrete by showing district officials and other audiences what those strategies actually look like in practice. What Is Personalized Learning?

Hitting the Jackpot in Our Friends

MIND Research Institute

If we are lucky (and I am) we have friends who understand us, and respect and support our personal and professional goals. Some friends go above and beyond and provide direct help. I’ve experienced this with my friends’ support of the nonprofit organization I work for, MIND Research Institute. Sure I’ll volunteer for your charity event. again.” Sure, I’ll help. Let me introduce you!”.

Schools earn national privacy designation

eSchool News

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) revealed the inaugural set of schools to earn the new Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal. These schools—representing small, large, urban, and suburban communities—have built a culture of trust and transparency. Data Security, including performing regular audits of data privacy and security practices and publicly detailing these measures.

Errors in Innovation and Call-Out Culture of Edtech

This exchange happened at a SMART Global Summit two years ago… Setting: SMART Exec surrounded by teachers brought in to give feedback on SMART Amp. Exec: So what do you think about Amp? Would you take this back to your school district as a recommendation? Me: Absolutely not. There’s nothing that this product does that can’t be accomplished with google apps. Let’s do better.

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How to Impose Time Limits on Google Forms

Free Technology for Teachers

Google Forms is a great tool for creating and delivering online quizzes and surveys. Like with any quiz or survey, you may find yourself needing to impose a time limit for responses. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to impose a time limit on a Google Form. You can find fifteen more Google Forms tutorials in the playlist embedded below.

Research On Tulsa's Head Start Program Finds Lasting Gains

NPR Learning and Tech

Deborah Phillips at Georgetown University has spent more than a decade studying preschool programs in Oklahoma. Her latest research found strong gains in some areas, but slow progress in others

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6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches. Embrace not knowing.

Students Find STEM Solution for Food Crisis

EdTech Magazine

By Alexander Slagg A unique program at Schurz High School in Chicago is helping students learn how to use technology to tackle a looming global problem. Classroom Collaboration Digital Content Gadgets Hardware