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Why Summer Jobs Don't Pay Off Anymore

NPR Learning and Tech

Minimum wage flat, college tuition up, students broke: Summer jobs just doesn't have the purchasing power they used to, especially when you look at the cost of college


12 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections With Educators

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Since we cannot experience everything, other people’s experiences, and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. ‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people (undated).” ” – Karen Stephenson. We are able to gather resources, ideas, lesson plans, support and solutions to problems from educators worldwide.

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Engagement from Technology Use Is Different Than Engagement from Learning

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Patnoudes The nature of the work students are doing will always trump the novel engagement, due to the presence of technology in the classroom. Classroom Curriculum Hardware Leadership Management STEM

11 Things Students Need to Know to Be Successful

The CoolCatTeacher

Truths for Future-Holders So We Can Hold a Brighter One From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. All software is useless if we don’t invest in the greatest software in the world… the human brain. The software within our children is the most important software being created. We can’t program it. We can’t carve it. It can’t last.

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 Benefits of Digital Reading Devices for Boys

Fractus Learning

Boys love anything with a screen! What’s on the screen engages them, rewards them and keeps them coming back for more. Screens = pleasure. What boys don’t love, especially 9- to 14-year-old boys, is reading and carrying books around with them. Reading books = pain. The logical conclusion: encourage boys to read on digital devices (ebook readers, iPads, smartphones). Why Boys Lose Out. Tweet.

Redesigning Your Classroom? Here’s One Must Have Book To Set You Apart!


 I’m so excited to announce the release of our NEW book! It is time for the desks to lose and the children to win. Bring hope, joy, and positive energy back into the daily work of the classroom. Explore how learning space design can positively impact classroom learning, the culture of a school, healthy communities, and systems and structures that make education meaningful. Daniel H.

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Pokémon Go

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 21, 2016 Pokémon Go is a cultural phenomenon that has gained so much in popularity over the last few weeks. This is basically an augmented reality game that you can play through your more. Pokémon Go


What Does Amazon Inspire Mean for Education?

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan A new digital resource platform gives teachers easy access to content and provides Amazon an open door to the education technology marketplace. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Internet

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.

Researchers develop preschool STEM education curriculum

eSchool News

In an effort to address the national need to guide more students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers are developing curriculum which introduces STEM principles during the formative preschool years. Supported by a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Lessons focus on the problem solving process, not concepts and theories.


How to Place an Image-based Quiz in Your Blog

Free Technology for Teachers

A couple of weeks ago I published a tutorial on how to create an image-based quiz on Formative. The image-based quizzes that you create in Formative can be embedded into your classroom blog where your students can then answer the questions in the quiz. Applications for Education I am a proponent of using classroom blogs as online hubs for digital activities like image-based quizzes.

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

The CoolCatTeacher

Simple Updates to Your Classroom Procedures and Workflow sponsored by EdTech Software From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Technologies can transform; even simple technologies can make a significant impact. Here are eleven of the technologies that often affect classroom procedures and workflow. Try Shelfit from EdTech Software. 1. Design Your Web Browser.

Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities


It’s no secret that kids learn better when teachers provide learning activities that keep them engaged. Teachers work tirelessly to plan engaging lessons that capture and keep the interests of their students, thereby making content more accessible. However, teachers continue to feel the daunting pressure to compete for their students’ attention amidst the ever-evolving and rapidly-hanging mass media, social media, and entertainment industry, as these elements do a stellar job of keeping students highly engaged outside of the classroom. Nonetheless, students also want to enjoy learning. Kahoot!

A History Lesson: When Math Was Taboo

NPR Learning and Tech

When Houman Harouni's students asked why they have to study math, he looked to ancient history for answers

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This district’s blended learning program is putting struggling readers back on track

eSchool News

In Neshaminy School District, northeast of Philadelphia, nearly 20 percent of our struggling K–2 students spend 30 minutes a day, five days a week in small-group reading intervention. Our blended model starts with an engaging digital curriculum, one-to-one instruction, and small-group work. Teaching students to decode . Next page: Students learn better standing and having fun.

Google Apps Terminology - A Short Explanation of Common Terms

Free Technology for Teachers

Earlier this week I received an email from someone who was looking for clarification on the differences between Google Apps for Education, Google Drive, and Google Docs. That request for clarification isn't uncommon. Here's how I typically try to explain the differences between Google Apps for Education, Google Drive, and Google Docs. Google Classroom is only available to GAFE users.

A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 21, 2016 Below is a curated collection of some of the best YouTube channels created by teachers for teachers. This is a work we have published a few months ago and is meant to provide more. YouTube Channels for Teachers

The Power of You

A Principal's Reflections

Make no mistake about it; the job of any type of educator is tough these days. It is a rewarding profession in that we have the opportunity to make a positive difference each day, but for all our efforts, thanks and appreciation are tough to come by at times. The fact that many countries don’t value the honorable work that is done in classrooms and schools is a tough pill to swallow.

From Mozart To Mr. Rogers: Literacy, Music And The Brain

NPR Learning and Tech

A test that can flag struggling readers before they're old enough to read and the power of music to help a child hear language. literacy two-fer from the NPR Ed Team


4 policies driving student performance in Finland and Japan

eSchool News

Teacher preparation in Finland, Japan, Shanghai, and Hong Kong builds deep understanding of the content being taught in elementary schools, as well as of how young students learn and understand that content—two essential components of highly effective teaching–and this is a key element of high student performance, according to a new report. News Professional Development STEM

How Teachers Can See Students’ Identities As Learning Strengths


Time and again both research and anecdotal stories from impactful teachers show that trust and respect are crucial ingredients to high functioning classrooms. But reaching that level of deep understanding with a diverse group of learners requires more than acting professionally or expertise in academic content. GIVING STUDENTS A MEANINGFUL VOICE. Immediately students were more cheerful.

Digital Storytelling Wheel for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 19, 2016 The digital storytelling wheel is a visual we created through Google Drawing based on a chart we have previously published here in EdTech and mLearning. The visual contains a number more. digital storytelling

Why the Metric System Matters - And How It Confounds Americans

Free Technology for Teachers

Why the Metric System Matters is the title of the latest TED-Ed lesson. The lesson explains how measurement systems evolved through history including the historical event that hastened the adoption of the metric system throughout most of the world. The lesson also explains why the United States doesn't use the metric system. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. This is unsurprising given the enormous uptick in online courses and technology tools in K–12 schools nationwide, not to mention the promise that technology holds to dismantle barriers to access and experience that have plagued the education system for years. Software vendors shouldn’t ignore the groundwork for edtech.

Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

The Herchinger Report

In an event that could be called a love fest, Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laid out her education priorities in a rollicking speech at the annual assembly of the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union. Convention coverage. Our staff reporters will provide education coverage from Cleveland and Philadelphia. READ MORE.

District partners with Story2 to improve college admission essays

eSchool News

Perris Union School District in Riverside, Calif., has partnered with Story2 , a company that teaches students to tell their stories out loud and write authentic admission essays, to use the Story2 EssayBuilder Plus platform to improve college access and readiness among its high school students. This partnership arrives just in time for the 2016-2017 College Admissions cycle.

How to Turn off Blue Light on Your iPhone/ Ipad at Night

The CoolCatTeacher

Keep Your Phone from Waking You Up From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Not sleeping? You might need to turn off blue light on your phone. This week, I was interviewing John Medina, author of Brain Rules, for a future episode of Every Classroom Matters. He made the offhand comment, “blue light wreaks havoc with your brain.” You want that.

A Convenient Update to Google Drive File Organization

Free Technology for Teachers

The "make a copy" function in Google Drive is one of the features that I frequently use when teaching multiple sections of a course. Selecting "make a copy" from the "File" menu in Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets allows me to quickly duplicate an item to use in multiple courses. Until this week I always had to go back into My Drive to then place my duplicated files into the folders for each course.

3 Challenges As Hands-On, DIY Culture Moves Into Schools

NPR Learning and Tech

Creative and fun "maker spaces" are popping up in more schools. But administrators and teachers face big hurdles if they want them to be a sustainable part of the curriculum


Three ways to help end the disconnect between pre-k and early elementary education

The Herchinger Report

Alyssa Auck. In the world of early learning policy, the disconnect between pre-K and K-3 policy is a popular topic of discussion. Birth to age 8 represents a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and to shape key academic, social, emotional and cognitive skills. Related: What do we invest in the country’s youngest? Little to nothing. K-12 Opinion

How flexible learning spaces improve active learning

eSchool News

For generations, most high schools have been designed with a cookie-cutter approach “that can be reproduced easily,” said Ashley Smith, who works with the architectural firm Smith Design Group. But that’s certainly not true of the new THINC College & Career Academy in LaGrange, Ga., which Smith helped design. See also: Is this model the future of college and career readiness?

Technological Flat Tire

The Mobile Native

As I write this post, I am sitting at Firestone getting my tire fixed. While waiting, I think to myself that if I didn’t have bad luck, I would have no luck at all. I am on my way to the beach to soak up the sun and celebrate my 15 th anniversary with my wife. The problem is that this is the second flat tire I have gotten in two weeks. Most of you know that technology is a big part of my classroom.

New Focus on Ed. Finance, Data on the Horizon

Marketplace K-12

Baltimore. How districts allocate their funds, how companies can help schools with financial decisionmaking, and the impact of the new federal education law on schools’ budgeting were central themes at the recent Future of Education Finance Summit held here. Combining the three sectors is partly about “pulling education data into the ‘fintech’ world, and making technology something useful for educators for the financial decisions they have to make,” Gartner told about 200 people gathered for the conference. ” ESSA Adds Demand for Financial Data. The post New Focus on Ed.