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Rock these creative Google Slides templates in class (GTT034)

Ditch That Textbook

It’s nice to have some ideas to help kickstart our creative thinking when it comes to using Google Slides in non-traditional ways. That’s where Ryan O’Donnell can help.

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15 Free Web Tools and Apps to Amplify Your Audio Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Thoughts need words. Words need a voice.” ” – Sharon M. Draper. In my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions , I share several tips for integrating technology to allow every student to share their ideas and creativity.

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The community college “segregation machine”

The Hechinger Report

Anthony Rodriguez and Juneba Sulaiman both passed a college-level statistics class last summer after a placement exam indicated they weren’t ready for college-level math. Photo: Meredith Kolodner/The Hechinger Report.

Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Schools continue to make investments in technology to engage students better, improve outcomes, and prepare all learners for the new world of work. We are beginning to see more and more innovative uses of technology not just to personalize, but also to make the learning process more personal.

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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Disrupting opportunity gaps will hinge on networks

The Christensen Institute

Last week, Stanford researcher Raj Chetty came out with yet another new study on the jagged landscape of opportunity facing America. Analyzing the relationship between young people’s exposure to innovation and the likelihood that they would go on to become inventors, the study highlights an alarming rate of what the authors dub “lost Einsteins”: young people who show promising potential but who, due to lack of exposure to innovation, appear far less likely to pursue careers as inventors.

OPINION: Is this tax plan a dream-crusher for higher ed’s food service workers, maintenance staff and housekeepers?

The Hechinger Report

The United States Capitol. Photo: Kathleen Kordek. University presidents are often asked: “What keeps you up at night?”. Among the various issues that I worry about, the most frequent relate to the well-being of our students and our employees.

6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom by Irena Nayfeld Teachers juggle a lot. There is literacy, math, science, social and emotional development, learning standards, the needs of each child, materials to make activities engaging, safe, and educational…the list goes on.

6 Key Considerations When Measuring Technology’s ROI Discussed at #TLTechLive

The Innovative Educator

If you are responsible for integrating technology into schools, then you must be prepared to discuss the return on investment stakeholders can expect to see.

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.

10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Avatars

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Identity will be the most valuable commodity for citizens in the future, and it will exist primarily online.” ” – Eric Schmidt. One of the first steps for participating in any social network or online community is creating a digital image of ourselves, an avatar.

How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact research in U.S. K-12 Schools.

Third indication U.S. educational system is deteriorating

The Hechinger Report

Reading comprehension skills are slipping among fourth-graders, according to the Progress in International Reading Skills Literacy Study. Jill Barshay/The Hechinger Report. Is the U.S. educational system beginning to decay?

Why we have a love-hate relationship with Microsoft Excel

The Christensen Institute

I’ve worked with Clayton Christensen, co-founder of the Christensen Institute and architect of Disruptive Innovation, for many years, and discussed everything from business strategy to the elliptical orbits of planets around the sun. Over the last few years one idea has come up time and time again: data are not discovered but created. And I see this struggle in how some people feel about Microsoft Excel.

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GEMS Education, Major Global Schools Provider, Says It Has Secured $1.25 Billion Loan

Marketplace K-12

The global private school provider says it has invested $1 billion in its schools and personnel since fiscal year 2014. The post GEMS Education, Major Global Schools Provider, Says It Has Secured $1.25 Billion Loan appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Foundations/Philanthropy International / Global Markets Investment / Venture Capital

8 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Animated Character Videos

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” – Walt Disney. Students love creating short films where they create the dialogue and animate the characters.

What the net neutrality vote could mean for schools, students

eSchool News

Education and library services leaders say they are carefully watching a vote scheduled by the Federal Communications Commission in the hopes that the internet will remain an open and level playing field for their students, faculty, patrons and those in the pursuit of knowledge and information.

OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

The Hechinger Report

Across the nation and the globe, our economy is shifting. While automation may not replace your job , there’s a good chance it’ll change it. The disruption that comes with automation has created new and different types of employment.

3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

Joe Fatheree on episode 207 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do.

Using Kahoot! and others the way your brain craves

Ditch That Textbook

We use tech tools like Kahoot! in the classroom all the time. When we pair them with brain science strategies, they can be even more powerful. Sketch by Matt Miller)Sure, you might think. I use Kahoot! and G Suite and others in the classroom all the time.

Automatic Course Syllabus Maker


Here’s a quick link to a simple tool that you might find useful as you prepare your courses for next semester: Caleb McDaniel’s “Generic Syllabus Maker.”

Ditch Summit: a FREE, inspiring online conference for teachers

Teacher Tech

Guest blog post by Matt Miller The holiday break is a perfect time to lock the classroom door, recharge and refocus. Put on the pajama pants. Get a mug of hot cocoa, tea or coffee. It’s also perfect for taking some time for yourself. After a busy semester of school, break can be a time […]. The post Ditch Summit: a FREE, inspiring online conference for teachers appeared first on Teacher Tech. Blog Entries Guest Post

TEACHER VOICE: How students in one Massachusetts town learned to love coding

The Hechinger Report

Boy using a tablet. Photo: Jamel Toppin/Mint Images/ZUMA Wire. PLYMOUTH, Mass. When I was 8 years old, my father began teaching me a programming language called BASIC, using an Epson QX10 computer.

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WiFi as a Service: A Game-Changer for Businesses in 2018

SecurEdge Networks Mobility Blog

The traditional piecemeal approach to providing WiFi doesn’t meet the challenges of tomorrow, or even today for that matter. As businesses take on the challenge of WiFi planning for 2018, more and more of them will look to a turnkey subscription-based model of purchasing the hardware, software, and managed services necessary to deploy an enterprise-grade wireless network. Healthcare Hospitality K-12 Education Higher Education Retail Industrial Strategy SMB WiFi as a Service

WeWork bets on bootcamp to beat the skills gap

The Christensen Institute

WeWork has been on a dizzying shopping spree. The co-working office space provider has made some splashy real estate purchases in Manhattan, has ventured into residential offerings as WeLive, is running a gym, and just recently barged into the social network space by acquiring Meetup.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Voglesang on episode 209 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom.

Keeping Students Engaged During Winter Break

Where Learning Clicks

Winter break is fast upon us, and as the weather cools, our students are looking forward to free time away from the classroom. Summertime brings on the phenomenon known as the summer slide where students can lose much of what they’ve learned in the previous school year.

More charter schools means fewer early education options, new research shows

The Hechinger Report

Instructor Alexis Hollingsworth, 21, uses build-and-learn and colored pattern blocks to teach a 4-year-old class about shapes in Beary Cherry Tree, an early learning center in Metairie, Louisiana. Photo: Della Hasselle.

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Moving From Obstacle to Advantage

The Principal of Change

In the same week, I heard the following obstacles shared by two different organizations that were significantly different in the number of students they served: School District 1 – We are so small that we don’t have the resources that we need to do the things that we want.

Does Preschool Pay Off? Tulsa Says Yes

NPR Learning and Tech

Tulsa, Okla., has been the focus of much debate over the long-term benefits of preschool. The most recent findings by Georgetown University researchers are another strong endorsement for early ed. Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR


This “open” innovation may indicate the future of learning

eSchool News

My hometown of Gastonia is a quiet place. Scant traffic. Nice neighbors. Folks still offer you a sweet tea when you visit. By most accounts it’s a sleepy southern town, with roots in textiles and major manufacturers producing Wix air filters and Freightliner trucks.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Student Group Work


How do your students react when you ask them to work together in groups? Cheers or groans? Teacherpreneur and author Patrice Palmer shares strategies to plan ahead and avoid group project pitfalls and to help students see the benefits of working with each other.

Undocumented high schoolers work long hours, putting college further out of reach

The Hechinger Report

“I had moments last semester when I didn’t want to study anymore. I thought: I’ll just work my job and get paid, and that’s it,” said Zuleima Dominguez, a student at Hunter College. Photo: Meredith Kolodner/The Hechinger Report. Ranferi Avilez is meeting friends for a late lunch.


The Weaponization of Education Data

Hack Education