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20 great podcasts for educators (and how to get them)

Ditch That Textbook

Podcasts are learning on the go: in the car, while working out or as you garden. Here are some great ones for educators. Icons via Podcasts are my lifeblood for generating new ideas, processing the ideas I already have and entertainment.

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.

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Using @PearDeck w/Embedded @Flipgrid Question to Develop Deeper Connections – Modeling Optimization Problems #edtech #mathchat


If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I recently tweeted that one of my new goals is to use Pear Deck to create student-paced activities with questions that ramp up in difficulty to help students discover new ideas & promote higher-order thinking skills.

7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Marina Umaschi Bers on episode 202 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Children as young as four can start coding, but not in ways you might think.

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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Inspiration: Ideas for Using @SutoriApp #edtech #reflection


Sutori is a great tool to help students document their work throughout a project, to create a final presentation, or to create a timeline of events. Sutori will help students tell their story and process in a visually appealing format.

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Sam Patterson on episode 201 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms.

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education

Digital Promise

Thanks to the successes of campaigns like the Hour of Code and this week’s Computer Science Education Week, educators, policymakers, and families around the country are realizing the value of coding and computer science in K-12 education.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

This is part four of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Way back in 2012, I chose “ The Platforming of Education ” as one of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” ” Re-reading that article now makes me cringe.

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.

OPINION: Want to help college students with special needs to succeed? First, stop saying ‘disadvantage’

The Hechinger Report

When most people think about diversity, they tend to mainly consider race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and nationality. I would like to believe that as a society most people agree that strengths accompany such diversity.

Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

Enrique Cachafeiro on episode 204 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Several virtual reality options are available for classrooms.

5 Resources Connecting STEM, the Arts, and the World

Discovery Education

The world has changed dramatically since the National Science Foundation coined the term STEM in 2001 (though they originally called it SMET). We are light years ahead of 2001 where dial-up modems were all the rage!


The Elements Of A Digital Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Elements Of A Digital Classroom by TeachThought Staff What makes up a classroom? Is it the space? A room, for example? Is it the purpose? Can a regular meeting space in a garden be a ‘horticulture classroom’? Is it the people?

Organic Chemistry Game Helps Students Master Tricky Conformations


Learn chemistry chair conformations through a tactile puzzle game. Techlearning News App of the Day

How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

The Hechinger Report

City Year member Shawn Wiyninger greets a student at Webster High School. Photo: Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger Report. Turning around struggling high schools is the toughest work in education reform. Research found that a $3.5

5 Lies I Used to Believe About Teaching But I Don’t Anymore

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki Davis on episode 205 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When I first started teaching, I used to believe some things about the profession that I just don’t believe any more.

5 Questions: What to Ask Providers When Shopping for Blended Learning Solutions

Where Learning Clicks

Introducing change is difficult, and shopping for blended learning technology poses specific issues. Here are some things to consider before buying. The post 5 Questions: What to Ask Providers When Shopping for Blended Learning Solutions appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. EdTech

40 Most Popular Ed-Tech Tools in K-12 Identified in New Analysis

Marketplace K-12

The study showed that half of the time schools access ed-tech tools is for operational purposes (such as using online gradebooks) and for research and data gathering. The post 40 Most Popular Ed-Tech Tools in K-12 Identified in New Analysis appeared first on Market Brief.

Personalization: How A Change in Classroom Delivery Can Change the Outcome

Education Elements

School was never hard for me, it just wasn’t engaging enough for us millennials. It felt prehistoric and bland, so I often doodled and wrote poetry. I was an average student until sports became my incentive to achieve academically. This wasn’t due to lack of knowledge, but moreso a lack of interest. However, things changed once I got to college. College was the first time I was in charge of my educational path. It was a time I felt connected to school and empowered as a learner.

OPINION: Can ‘risk-share’ financial aid models reverse some ‘alarming data’ on student completion rates?

The Hechinger Report

In 2015 and 2016, 3.9 million college students dropped out of college with debt, Jill Barshay wrote in The Hechinger Report. Data from College Scorecard of the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.

8 Web Tools for Creating Multimedia Timelines

Teacher Reboot Camp

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” ” - Robert Penn Warren. As the New Year approaches we often reflect on the past year to set new goals.

Magik Play: A beautiful blend of digital and physical play

iLearn Technology

What it is: Magik Play sent me a Starter Kit to review, and boy am I glad they did! The Magik Play is a beautiful blend of digital and physical.

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Finally, a guide to parent engagement that works every time

eSchool News

Parent engagement in their child’s education is key to successful growth, but consistently engaging parents is at the top of the list of teacher frustration.

A Handy Visual on What Blended Learning Is All About

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

December 5, 2017 Blended learning is a pedagogical approach to learning and teaching that marries digitality with classroom learning activities. It is both a mode of instruction and learning that more. Repost

Extending school far beyond the classroom walls

The Hechinger Report

James Lawrence, a 2017 graduate of the Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine, holds wooden duck decoys he made for an art credit his senior year. Photo courtesy of Susan Johnson. James Lawrence planned to open his own welding business after his 2017 graduation from the Robert W.

How To Teach Empathy

TeachThought - Learn better.

How To Teach Empathy by Terry Heick Right near the core of education, just past tolerance and just short of affectionate connectivity, is the idea of empathy. University of California at Berkley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life explains empathy.

Metaverse for Augmented Reality: Program and Breakout in Augmented Reality

The CoolCatTeacher

A sponsored review of a tool I'm using to teach programming From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality is here. Finally! When Google Docs came out, I stopped everything and let all of my classes experience it.

6 tips for making educational travel attainable for all students

eSchool News

Setting up a structure for fundraising to support your students who want to travel is crucial regardless of their family income. Educational travel can be made attainable for all students if you create a plan and stick with it. Carrie A.

Help Your Students Spread Thanks This Holiday Season

Where Learning Clicks

The holidays are often a time to reflect, offer gratitude, and spend time with loved ones. During this time, though, stress levels run high with shopping, meal prep, holiday travel, and more.

Rural students are the least likely to go to college

The Hechinger Report

Dustin Gordon grew up thinking he would work the land. He’s from Sharpsburg, Iowa, population 89, where agriculture is the lifeblood of the region. He says most of his friends from high school have gone into farming. And I was kind of the one exception,” he says.

Innovators Worth Watching: Minerva

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. Slowly but surely, traditional higher education is wading into the waters of online learning. In one recent survey , a full 42% of faculty had given it a try, up from 30% just four years ago.

Google Slides: Creating Feedback Slides

Teacher Tech

Push Feedback to Student Slides A relatively new feature in Google Slides is the ability to link slides. What this means is if you have 2 Google Slides presentations you can connect the two slides. Create a slide in presentation A, copy the slide and paste it into Presentation B. You will be prompted upon […]. The post Google Slides: Creating Feedback Slides appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Google Slides google slides

4 ways to improve STEM professional development

eSchool News

In Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS), all 10 of our elementary schools have a STEM lab. As early as kindergarten, students begin engaging in hands-on learning and exploring STEM careers.