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10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Ditch That Textbook

Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day. Teacher grades and provides comments that night (if not completely swamped [.].

#17: Microsoft One Note: Useful Tips and Tricks for the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Dr. Tom Grissom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Let’s learn about One Note with Dr. Tom Grissom. But perhaps to understand why I’m a Microsoft One Note fan, I’d like to tell you a story from several months a go. This past fall, I ran into my former student, Miller, at an away football game.

Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs

EdNews Daily

Written by: Robyn D. Shulman. Quiet people have the loudest minds,”- Stephen Hawking. About two weeks ago, via LinkedIn, I shared Josh Steimle’s book review of Susan Cain ’s bestseller, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Within 48 hours, the update had over 43,000 views, and over 130 people shared it. He’s too shy.” Spread Awareness. Let them think.

TOP TIPS for Classroom Management in the Digital Age


Classroom Management in the Digital Age: Effective Practices for Technology-Rich Learning Spaces (2016) by Heather Dowd and Patrick Green Cross-posted from Learning Light Bulbs by Nate Gildart Get your own copy of Classroom Management in the Digital Age! The nature of classrooms has. The focus is teaching in the 1:1 environment, or in environments where kids are connected. see p.5 for an example.

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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 Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Jennifer Gonzalez From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Technology moves so quickly! Do you know what to try next? Well, today’s guest and edtech expert Jennifer Gonzalez @ cultofpedagogy gives us some amazing tools to try for Five Idea Friday. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Full Bio.

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3 Untapped Social Media Resources Worth A Second Look

The Web20Classroom

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information as adults and as educators, there are still many untapped resources to learn from and share with and grow, especially through social media. Being a connected educator doesn’t mean sticking to one favorite platform and having that singular lens to learn from. They just updated their social media data for 2016. Of All U.S Social Media

Digital citizenship lessons from a 9-year-old with 18,000 Twitter followers

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This post by Alan November, written exclusively for eSchool Media, is part of a series of upcoming articles by this notable education thought leader. Check back later this month for the next must-read post!]. Olivia Van Ledtje might only be nine years old, but already she has a global following. Learn from the best innovations in education!

What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia

NPR Learning and Tech

Replacing "alternative facts" with a footnoted, neutral point of view. Some professors say students work harder knowing their research will have a broad audience. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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.

Dave Burgess Talks Student Engagement #MondayMotivation #tlap

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Great teachers attract their students to today’s topic of learning like a 3-year old boy to a mud puddle. Hooking students into a lesson is part of our essential craft of teaching. Listen Now. In today’s show, Dave and I discuss: Some of the craziest things Dave has done to engage students. Thanks, Dave.

Without Mentioning It, Google Silently Released a Pretty Awesome Video Editor

My Paperless Classroom

Are you looking for a simple video editing tool to use with your students for that once and done classroom project? Google Slides just might be the perfect fit. The post Without Mentioning It, Google Silently Released a Pretty Awesome Video Editor appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. EdTech Innovations Google Education Google Slides

The traditional classroom works so why change it?

eSchool News

The traditional classroom works, so why change it? This is something anyone involved in leading educational change hears at some stage. The traditional classroom, where direct instruction is the primary method of teaching, does work. It has worked for decades. It has educated people who have then changed civilization in all areas; the sciences, politics, health, industry…everywhere.

Despite family and work commitments, student veterans outpace classmates

The Hechinger Report

Veterans in College Source: National Veteran Education Success Tracker. Despite often having to juggle schoolwork with jobs and families, veterans attending college under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are finishing at rates slightly higher than their classmates, a new report shows. The Topic: Student veteran graduation rates. The report says 53.6 percent of students overall.

100 things I wish someone had told me about teaching

Ditch That Textbook

As a brand new teacher, I was trapped out on an island. Isolated. Stuck in a “silo,” so to speak. I had a lot to learn. Sadly, I had a hard time learning from others. I felt like I had to do it all. Plus, I was the only teacher in my content area in the [.]. Uncategorized creative teaching edtech educational technology inspiration new teacher teaching ideas

“Not as much as you pretend.”

The Principal of Change

Working with groups, I often hear this question when talking about parents and their lack of willingness for their students to use technology. What about the parents that do not want their students using technology in the classroom?”. In my last session, what I had said was that these parents who do not want their children using technology, are “not as much as you pretend.” Absolutely.

Teachers in one district urged to learn in their pajamas

eSchool News

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these [teachers] from the swift completion of their [PD]. You may be thinking of mail couriers, but this motto is also one used by an innovative technology and instructional coach in Iowa, who sees bad weather as a great opportunity to learn in a fun way. Our days are very valuable…we didn’t want that to go to waste.

Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices #DLDay

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #19: 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Researcher Laura Pasquini From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Leaders don’t play king of the hill, they make a bigger hill. Today is Digital Learning Day. This is a day for leaders and learners to level up digital learning. For no organization, group, or community can survive on status quo. Listen Now.

Who else is collecting data about your children?


Digital footprints are not exclusive to online shoppers or avid social media users; everyone has one, including your 5-year-old child. Any online activity contributes to their “digital portrait”, making them vulnerable targets to advertisers and internet predators. Taking Precautions. However, “age limits” did not stop persistent pre-teens from joining social media and gaming sites.

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Characters Come to Life in the Point and Play Maker Box for Creative Kids!


Get Qurious is an interactive play-based experience for children ages 4-9. The Maker Box takes the classic Three Little Pigs story and brings it to life with its engaging, interactive app, story cards, pretend play masks, sticker book, and puzzle. I always get excited when a company I agree to work with tells me that my product is on the way for my review. I fell in love with the concept.

Can ‘Sober High’ schools keep teenagers off drugs?

The Hechinger Report

Matt Langley on a break from class. Bikes and boards are always available to help students with stress and anxiety. Photo: Austin Haeberle. Skinny and teeming with nervous energy, Matt Langley grew up with an outlook that was anything but upbeat. “I I guess I was never comfortable in my own skin,” he says. Everything that came out of my mouth, I would second-guess.”. That was in January 2016.

Profiles in Success: Pickerington Schools Move From Traditional to "Tradigital" Math Classrooms

MIND Research Institute

Pickerington Schools in Ohio has over 10,000 students and a notable 96.5% graduation rate. This high-achieving district takes pride in prioritizing student engagement and enthusiasm for learning. ST Math has really helped us move away from the teacher-led classroom to the student-driven. Brian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology, Pickerington Local School District.

Survey Says 86 Percent of Schools Expect to Spend More on Digital Curriculum

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Investment in digital is rising, and schools need to prepare teachers and students for its adoption. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Online Learning

Cool new Google Slides video functionality!


You’ll want to share these tips with both teachers and students. Google Slides recently added some new functionality for working with video. Slides has become my go-to presentation platform for the easy ability to collaborate and build with others and for its portability. Here’s a review of what’s new: Thing #1 : You can bring videos in from your Google Drive.

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The top 10 teaching takeaways from TCEA

eSchool News

Editor’s note : What was your favorite TCEA 2017 moment or memory? What did you learn, and what new ideas did you take home with you? Share it with us by leaving a comment at the bottom of this story, or tweet to @eSchoolNews on Twitter. We’re sharing our favorite TCEA sessions here, with a few from past TCEAs thrown in for nostalgia’s sake. 20 lessons that incorporate the 4Cs.

From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Driven”

The Principal of Change

In my last post, “Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings” , I was reminded of how powerful comments are on a blog, and why blogging is a hugely powerful tool for not only sharing your learning, but learning from others. To be honest, one thing that I feel guilty about is not responding to comments on my blog, but I love reading them. For example, in an English exam, I can ask. I disagree.

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Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk and focus on the need to improve student agency in our schools and rightfully so (see my post on this topic HERE ). Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. For sustainable change and innovative practices to take hold let’s evaluate the level of educator agency in our schools.

The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice

NPR Learning and Tech

Denver's innovative approach to school choice gets high marks from many parents and pundits. The program also raises questions about the limitations of choice in narrowing access and equity gaps. Image credit: Courtesy of Tanya Streicher

Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market


It’s terribly confusing, but perhaps no coincidence, that three of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft—each boast a “Classroom” tool aimed at K-12 educators and students. After all, what better way to secure a foothold in the market than impressing one’s brand to future consumers at a young age? Even more confounding is all three Classrooms offer functionalities that one might find in a learning or device management system. So what’s what—and what should educators and administrators know when choosing between the big three? Google Google Classroom.

Why Every Ed-Tech CEO Should Talk to Teachers

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

If you're running an ed-tech business, it's imperative to speak with educators to find out how your product will be used and what modifications might be needed. The post Why Every Ed-Tech CEO Should Talk to Teachers appeared first on Market Brief.

DeVos praises virtual schools, but new research points to problems

The Hechinger Report

. It was the best of times and the worst of times for virtual schools, which allow students to go to school without ever stepping into a school building. Meanwhile, an important study published last week in Education Researcher added to the growing pile of research that reveals that online-only schools tend to attract and harm the most vulnerable students. The study’s findings are not unexpected.

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10 Great Tools for Creating High-Quality Educational Podcasts


Have you Ever Considered Implementing Podcasts as a Part of in Your Teaching Methods? In 2004, Ben Hammersley was the first person to use the word podcasting in an article for the Guardian. He used. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

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Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the 'Learning Revolution'


British author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson is known for several accomplishments, from his books to his professorships to his TED talks. But in 2006, he gained recognition for something that no other TED speaker in history has done. It was back then that he delivered a TED talk on the topic of whether schools kill students’ creativity —and today, that video has been viewed over 43 million times, currently holding the title of “most popular TED talk of all time.”. So, why then is personalized learning a non-negotiable? Why Problems Arise When Kids Go To School. Sir Ken Robinson. And why?