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4 Key Factors for Fantastic Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Practical Advice from Research to Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Too many times the research is completely disconnected from the classroom. But in today’s show, we talk about some very practical issues for teachers. First of all, we talk about the characteristics that make effective formative assessment. We can do that.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

EdNews Daily

Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama. The conversation regarding higher education has never been more heated. Costs for students and parents continue to rise, while downturns in the economy threaten many smaller colleges’ financial viability, prompting questions about their continued relevance and how they can best thrive in the 21st century. And students are changing. In 2015, it was named the No.

Schools are supposed to help students master the dominant information landscape of their time

Dangerously Irrelevant

Our new information landscape is digital bits in the ether instead of ink dots on paper. There is no foreseeable future in which we go back to analog. One of schools’ primary tasks is to help students master the dominant information landscape of their time. Schools are knowledge institutions preparing students to do knowledge work. We are hobbling our own children’s life success. Related Posts.

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

NPR Learning and Tech

Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work

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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STEAM Learning in Action

EdNews Daily

The need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is critical, especially because there will be more than 3 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018. But administrators and policy makers now recognize the benefits of integrating arts education into STEM subjects. And U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. About STEAM. STEAM’s Impact in the Classroom.

Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

NPR Learning and Tech

It's the most common learning disability, yet it's still hard to answer the question: What is it? An NPR reporter who has dyslexia talks with other people — young and old — in search of answers

Teaching Online AP Calculus – Trimester 1 Recap & #EdTech Tool Favs


My students and I have officially made it through the first trimester of Online AP Calculus AB! This has been my first experience designing and teaching a fully online course. Honestly, I could not have anticipated it going as well as it has so far. Teaching an online course is time intensive and I’m still trying to figure out how to balance the workload myself. But, my students are doing an amazing job, and I am so, so proud of them! As well, I am enjoying the challenge to figure out ways to keep the collaboration and personalization alive in an online environment! FlipClass Uncategorized

How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

Author information. Terry Heick. Director at TeachThought. Founder & Director of TeachThought, humanist, technologist, futurist, failed philosopher, macro thinker extraordinaire. Twitter | Facebook | Google+ |. The post How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Technology Terry Heick Elementary School General Veteran Teacher

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.

What Does Supportive Teacher Centered Professional Development Look Like?

The CoolCatTeacher

Research Spotlight with Dr. Matthew Kraft From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When a teacher first starts teaching, we know that their learning improves dramatically. Learning to be a good teacher will happen in just about any school during those first few years. But, over time there are schools where teachers keep learning. Get the Bloomz App.

Truth, truthiness, triangulation and the librarian way: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world


We were guaranteed a free press,  We were not guaranteed a neutral or a true press. We can celebrate the journalistic freedom to publish without interference from the state.  We can also celebrate our freedom to share multiple stories through multiple lenses. But it has always been up to the reader or viewer to make the reliability and credibility decisions. New literacy is complicated. Fake news.

The 4 most common mistakes districts make in professional development

eSchool News

Across the globe, teachers are continually asked to integrate technology into their curriculums to keep up with future-ready skills and in turn they complain that they need more professional development. District administrators then tend to incorporate four common mistakes in professional development programming. The 4 Most Common Mistakes in Tech-Based Professional Development. 1.

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Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings

Ditch That Textbook

Infographics are everywhere. first started noticing them on the front page of USA Today as a journalism major in college. As Pinterest became more popular, the long, tall infographics have begun popping up everywhere. There’s a reason you see infographics all over social media and beyond: They’re eye-catching. They summarize information succinctly. They’re very visual, [.].

A shocking number of young people can’t separate fact from fiction online

The Herchinger Report

  Photo: Getty Images. The overwhelming majority of young people are unable to sift through online information and separate fact, fiction and opinion, according to a new study from Stanford University. Among the hair-raising findings: 93 percent of college students tested were unable to flag a lobbyist’s website as a biased source of information. Younger students fared poorly, too.

5 Tips to Strengthen Your School’s Identity

A Principal's Reflections

There are many lessons we can learn from the business world and adapt in ways that align with education. Take the concept of branding. Since the advent of media organizations across the globe have worked tirelessly to build a positive brand presence that resonates with potential consumers. If this goal is met the likelihood increases that a consumer will purchase their product.

Minecraft Education Edition

My Paperless Classroom

Welcome to the TeacherCast Podcast. In this episode, Jeff sits down with Microsoft Innovative Educator Steve Isaacs, and Minecraft Education Manager Neal Manegold to discuss how Minecraft Education Education is shifting the way our students are learning in classrooms around the world. Welcome to the TeacherCast Podcast. Microsoft Education Microsoft Minecraft

Here’s what you need to know about Betsy DeVos, likely Education Secretary

eSchool News

With his nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education, President-elect Donald Trump seems to be making good on his campaign promise to promote school choice. Trump has proposed a $20 million fund to support school choice for students, namely through charters and vouchers. Polarizing Issue; A Potentially Polarizing Nomination. Under her leadership, we will reform the U.S.

New Google Sites + Google Classroom

Teacher Tech

New Google Sites + Google Classroom New Google Sites is finally out! This is a great option for creating a class website and sharing resources. Since New Sites is essentially a new product it does not have all the features of Classic Google Sites, but be assured more features are coming. What I particularly like […]. The post New Google Sites + Google Classroom appeared first on Teacher Tech.


At Georgia State, black students find comfort and academic success

The Herchinger Report

On a campus blended into downtown Atlanta, Georgia State has raised success rates significantly for black, Latino and low-income students. Photo: Terrell Clark. ATLANTA — Stress is as familiar to college students as fast food and sleep deprivation. It’s always there, perched on their shoulders like a gargoyle. There are times it can become overwhelming. They are there for so much more than that.”.

Just in Time! G Suite Holiday Tools


Santa Tracker Play games with elves in jetpacks, rolling gumballs, sleighs powered by rockets and Google Cardboard on the Android app. Once the 24th arrives, follow Santa in his journey around the world. Play on the web > santatracker Google Play: jXNtC8 2. Google Flights Use Google Flights to book your travel. See and compare flight costs and options for the best deals. Learn more > 3. Holiday Slides Use Google Slides for some holiday fun! Tell stories, share intros, learn about adjectives, and more. See examples by @preimers below.

Hacking G Suite – 4 Creative uses of Google Sheets in the Classroom


Google’s G Suite is a proven platform that allows schools, teachers and students to maximize the potential of a 1:1 classroom environment. Sheets, one of the tools on the G Suite platform, is traditionally viewed as a data collection and organization tool. With a bit of creative perspective, using Google Sheets in the classroom can benefit both teachers and students in a 1:1 environment. OE4VkW.

10 Hour of Code and computer science resources

eSchool News

Every year in December, students and teachers have a chance to participate in nationwide computer science and coding activities during Computer Science Education Week. Computer Science Education Week, running from Dec. 5-11, is sponsored by the Computing in the Core coalition and is organized by Next page: 10 can’t-miss computer science resources).

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The new Google Sites – Features and Limitations

Tomorrow's Learners

Recently Google released the new version of Google Sites. have used the older Google sites extensively over the last couple of years, so I was intrigued to see what the new platform had to offer. Below are my thoughts after having the last week to have a play on the new Google Sites. Features. Easy to use. The old Google Sites took me a while to figure out how to use it effectively. Limitations.

Universities cut services for a big group of their students: those over 25

The Herchinger Report

Amy Nalesnik, a 29-year-old pregnant mother of two, who had to find another place to put them after the day care center at her university shut down. Courtesy of Amy Nalesnik. mother of two, Amy Nalesnik felt her heart drop when she learned the campus day care center she had hoped would watch her kids all day was being evicted. Forty percent of U.S. Education Department data. million to 4.8

4 Ways to Create an Authentic Audience for Students

Class Tech Tips

Over the past year, I’ve had the chance to talk to teachers across the country about the ways they are turning their students into creators. Digital tools make it easier than ever for our student creators to share their work with the world beyond the classroom. ELA - Reading/Writing Teacher Tools

4 Ways to Get Your School Future-Ready

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Make sure your district is geared up for what’s next in education by collaborating to build a strong infrastructure. Leadership Management Networking Training

Going digital? 5 tips for a smooth start

eSchool News

As schools look to modernize teaching and personalize learning, technology is becoming an indispensable tool in the classroom. Though technology alone does not improve learning, it does offer a greater opportunity for students to improve skill proficiencies, test scores, spontaneous collaboration and productivity. Here are five lessons from these best practices: 1. Planning is crucial. 

How Do We Teach Kids to Use Smartphones Safely?

The CoolCatTeacher

Digital Citizenship Spotlight From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Most students use smartphones with unfiltered access to the Internet. Even worse, many students have no filter when they consider what they should share. Schools and parents need to get smart about how they talk to kids about smartphones. How should we talk about them with kids?

New Orleans high school turbocharges restorative justice

The Herchinger Report

Symphony Lee, 17 years old, is a student at the Net. NEW ORLEANS — Fights were keeping 17-year-old Symphony Lee out of high school, and off the graduation track. Once I lose my temper, that’s it,” says Lee, with characteristic bluntness. Lee’s cycle of anger and school absences had seemed impossible to break. “I’d fight on Monday, get suspended, come back the next Monday, get suspended again.

“Telling will never be as effective as experiencing.”

The Principal of Change

In my consulting work with Winnipeg School Division ( #WinnipegSD ), we have developed a program in which we develop “Innovative Teaching and Learning Leads” (ITLLs). The purpose of this program is to focus not only what  innovative teaching and learning  looks like, but also to develop teachers as leaders to support the process within their schools. They are open to new learning.

Clarity, Purpose and Happiness in Hamilton

There was a moment yesterday when the deep funk(Post Trump Stress) that I’ve been drowning in shifted. Minutes after leaving an online meeting with a few friends, I sat down to write what I can only describe as the most morbidly piece of depressive words that I’ve ever put in black and white. Hey yo, I’m just like my country. I’m young, scrappy and hungry. Can you give me $10?”

12 districts honored for their innovative digital curriculum transition strategies

eSchool News

At the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, twelve leading districts were recognized for their vision and innovation in integrating digital curriculum and technology into their teaching and learning process. Attendees at the event included top education executives from around the U.S., These awards share incredible examples of innovative thinking.


How Do I Help My Substitute Teacher Make Progress with My Students?

The CoolCatTeacher

Spotlight on Practical Everyday Teaching Problems From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As a teacher, there are times many of us will substitute for our peers. Substitutes are fantastic professionals who do a tremendous service for schools. If you have some great substitute teachers, treat them well. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes  .