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Leveling Up: How Digital Game-Based Learning Is Altering Education

EdNews Daily

At the turn of the 21st century, public interest in games as learning tools took hold. In the eyes of digital game-based learning proponents, the general public and today’s teachers finally understood something that students and educational researchers knew all along. Since the advent of digital games, ongoing research has supported their effectiveness in education. Definitions. to modern times.


Free Masterclass: 15 Best G Suite Tools for Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

Note: G Suite is the new name for Google Drive From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. If you only used 15 tools in Google Docs and Apps, what would they be? Don’t be overwhelmed with all the choices.  I can help. In this free masterclass, I’m going to share my 15 Best G suite tools for Schools  and how to use them in the classroom.

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5 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Everybody in Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Five stories to help us remember some important things about working with children From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jasmine walked into the room with her feet shuffling. At this instant, she was tired. In addition to cross country, she’d been going to cheer practice and One Act Play. You’ve never asked anything like this. “Mrs.

Leadership Lessons From A Dancing Guy

The Web20Classroom

The work I do allows me to travel all across the US and the globe talking to various groups of people about all aspects of education. One of my favorite things to talk about is leadership. For example, I will work with groups of Principals or Superintendents to talk about what technology leadership looks like or how they can grow their leadership through the use of technology tools. Leadership

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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The Need for More Play in School

A Principal's Reflections

As I kid I loved play. Countless hours were spent building forts in the woods, creating sand castles at the beach, riding bikes, playing Atari (then Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, etc.) or just running around for no apparent reason. Kids love play and it is a central component of their social and emotional development. They love walking the neighborhood engaged in Pokemon Go. Why you ask?


The High School Graduation Rate Reaches A Record High — Again

NPR Learning and Tech

Students of color, low-income students, students with disabilities and English learners have all made gains


We Grow by Embracing Our Teaching Mistakes


Last year, Amber Chandler reluctantly admits to herself, her lesson plan for teaching "The Most Dangerous Game" wasn't stellar. Instead of tossing it, she decides to figure out what went wrong. Honest reflection, she's convinced, is the only way teachers grow.

140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher’s lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she’d found on Twitter that had her students raving. She thought Twitter made no sense. All without having to post even one tweet.

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.

Survey: Parents prefer texting and mobile communication from schools

eSchool News

Determining the right mix of traditional and digital tools to best engage with parents and district stakeholders remains a primary challenge for district communications, according to a new report. large part of a school district’s ability to implement successful initiatives or pass bonds lies in its communications and its ability to connect with community members.

“Blogging is your job.”

The Principal of Change

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” ” John Dewey. In a conversation with a principal yesterday, she asked me how I keep up with blogging.  I then proceeded to ask her if her door is “always open”, to which she replied “yes” My response? You have to close it sometimes. Make appointments with yourself. Keep them.

Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video

Ditch That Textbook

Once, it was so handy to carry one of those disposable film cameras around in our pockets. Once, we were so thankful for our point-and-shoot digital cameras because they made instant photography so much easier. Today, so many of us carry cameras around in our pockets. We pull them out at a moment’s notice. Many [.]. Ed Tech cameras cell phones edtech educational technology mobile learning photos

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The global extreme poverty rate has reduced to less than 10 percent…so what?

The Christensen Institute

In October 2015, for the first time ever, the World Bank estimated that the global rate of people living in extreme poverty (calculated as people living on less than $1.90 per day) fell to just under than ten percent. Consider this—in 1990, there were approximately 5.2 billion people on the planet, 37 percent of whom were living in extreme poverty. Image via Washington Post. How to move forward.

Top Tips for Fast Formative Assessment that Works

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You’re teaching your heart out. All of a sudden, you look in their eyes and wonder if they understand. But in due time, you decide enough of them know the material and it is time for a test. After they take the test, you start grading. When it happened to me, I felt like quitting. felt like a failure. Steven W.

High school program trains the next generation of IT leaders

eSchool News

Tucked away in a corner of Laurel High School in a couple of storage rooms turned into computer labs, Michael Hines is training the next generation of information technology workers. In one room, three students sketch out programming code on a piece of paper. In the next, four students huddle around a smartboard and configure a computer network to connect Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally


Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. Hess was a middle school social studies teacher and early tech adopter in his classroom. This is basic decoding work.

Teaching With Your Mouth Shut


When someone asks you what do you for a living and your answer is “teaching,” people generally assume you’re in a position of power. Why wouldn’t they? When we think of teachers, we picture them standing in front of their students, giving instructions and maintaining order. Teachers dictate rules, answer questions, have command over their material, and captivate their students with brilliant insights and advanced knowledge. When you’re a teacher, students take you seriously. They admire and respect you. (Or, you hope they do!). Why Teaching Fails. What is wrong with teaching through telling?

Tech & Learning's Stellar Service Awards 2016


Tech & Learning's Stellar Service Awards are upon us and we need your help! We are asking you, the reader, to vote for this year's winners between now and October 28th. Below, we've listed all the ca. Techlearning Resources Contests

Practical Steps to Foster 21st Century Skills With Your Young Students


Unleash Student Creativity and Develop Writing Skills With the Fun WriteReader Web App As an educator, I’m always looking for tools to support students reading and writing skills. It’s. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Check out how these educators are using project-based learning

eSchool News

Project-based learning has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, mainly due to its ability to help students connect their classroom lessons with real-world applications and careers. Maybe you’re new to project-based learning (PBL) and need some resources to move it into your classroom, or maybe you’re looking for some fresh PBL approaches. Next page: Six more PBL resources.

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Implementing Wearable Technology at Schools Boosts Engagement, Motivation

EdTech Magazine

By Courtney Pepe, Stephanie Talalai These best practices from a New Jersey school for students with disabilities outline four ways wearable tech can head to the classroom. Classroom Digital Content Mobility STEM Wearables

Math Fair Sneak Peek: Math Mystery Theater

MIND Research Institute

What if we could change the perception of math from being an enigma to being a part of our everyday lives? Registration is filling up fast for the third annual Math Fair --a free, family-fun event that will excite young minds as they interact with mathematically-themed activities, games, exhibits and performances. The Audience Solves the Mysteries at Math Mystery Theater.

20+ Apps Your Students Will Scream About This Halloween!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” ” – Arthur Conan Doyle. Halloween is a fun holiday and even though not all kids celebrate they do enjoy themes involving monsters, wizards, zombies, and other spooky creatures. As an educator or parent that has a mobile device you can capitalize on this time to help kids learn while integrating these spooky themes. Here are free apps to help encourage math, literacy, and problem-solving skills. Some of the apps are just fun! Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers  and Learning to Go. Frightful Learning! Horror-fied!

The Importance of 3D Printing in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I don’t cover enough is 3D printing. It’s relatively new on the education landscape and I have yet to reach a comfort level with it. Thankfully, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Lisa Michaels, has lots of knowledge and experience on this topic. One area where 3D printing has yet to make a difference despite the potential of fulfilling many needs is within the educational systems.

6 things schools can do to ensure student data privacy

eSchool News

Student data privacy is quite a different topic from the headlines most people read concerning data breaches. It is not about malicious intruders hacking or stealing credentials to get into a system to steal corporate intellectual property or records to sell on the dark web. Even if being done in the aggregate, there are still concerns of misuse. without parental consent. So who is responsible?

PL Implementation Framework: 1 Year Later

Education Elements

One year ago, my colleague Keara Duggan introduced the concept of a “bingo board” for personalized learning , formally known as our Personalized Learning Implementation Framework. This framework outlines the 25 areas we think are essential for a district to effectively launch, support, sustain, and grow personalized learning. What a difference it made in our work! We’ve found that over and over again, the framework has been so helpful to district leaders at all stages. Personalized Learning Personalized Learning Framework

Teacher Training As 'Part Theater, Part Sport'

NPR Learning and Tech

Relay, an independent teacher prep program, is growing quickly thanks to its hands-on approach. Is this the future of teacher training

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My Paperless Classroom

Heavy books. Blackboard, chalks and dusters. Taking notes by scribbling on notebooks. And the right mix of strict and wonderful teachers. That’s how I fondly remember school! It has been sixteen years since I completed schooling and now I find myself on the other side of the classroom (virtual classroom actually)  beaming proudly at my […]. Editorial

How Do We Integrate STEM Across Subjects?


Some schools are putting all subjects under the STEM umbrella. Can they be true to STEM's engineering focus? Anne Jolly talks to schoolwide-STEM expert Judy Duke, who points to history. Teachers building lessons should always ask: "What problems needed to be solved?".


12 ed-tech tools to try this term

eSchool News

The school year is in full swing, so it’s time to kick things into high gear and push learning to a whole new level. Online technology tools can be an incredible asset in the classroom, enhancing the learning experience for students and making the teaching experience more pleasant and less stressful. Sight Words. Quizalize. The Purdue Online Writing Lab. Boomessays.

Vote Today and Level Up the Summit Experience!


We hope you’ve had a chance to experience an EdTechTeam Summit featuring Google for Education this year. If you haven’t, make sure you visit to find an event near you! We are rolling out new sessions, a new app, new fun Googley experiences and more ways for you to have FUN while learning! View some Twitter Samples of the Fun! Features of the EdTechTeam Events App!

Peter Thiel and the Future (and Funding) of Education Technology

Hack Education

The New York Times reported over the weekend that, despite a growing number of women who’ve come forward in the last week claiming that Donald Trump has groped or assaulted them, billionaire investor Peter Thiel will be making his first donation to the Republican Party candidate’s presidential campaign. While some have scoffed that the size of the donation – $1.25 ” Giving women the right to vote, in other words, was a disaster. Thiel appeared on stage at the Republican Party convention this summer, perhaps the first time that most Americans had heard of the billionaire.

PowerSchool Buys Chalkable, Tops $200 Million in Acquisition Spending


Ever since Pearson sold PowerSchool in June 2015, the two companies have embarked on very different paths. The once venerable publisher axed several high-profile (and profitable) businesses in the Financial Times and The Economist as part of efforts to transform itself into a digital learning business. PowerSchool , meanwhile, has been eagerly buying pieces as it marches to “build a unified classroom” data management system, in the words of company CEO, Hardeep Gulati. Today, the Folsom, Calif.-based states. The sale gives PowerSchool access to Chalkable’s clientele of 1,100 U.S.