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5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 even if you’re not there #notatiste17

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Peggy George in episode 105 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Peggy George @pgeorge was one of the most photographed people last year at ISTE 2016, however – SHE WASN’T THERE.

Online or Overseas: 4 Important Tips To Keep in Mind When Teaching ESL Students from China

EdNews Daily

From hours spent in class, to lesson structure and break times, formal education in China is worlds apart from that in America. The chasm is not only caused by physical miles involved, but also the native variable cultures and traditions between the two countries.

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6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment

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Knowledge vs. Access to Knowledge

The Principal of Change

I ask you a question. You are unsure of the answer, so you google it, tweet out if anyone has an answer, or use a plethora of resources that are at your fingertips. You find an answer and I call you resourceful. . I ask the student the same question, and they use your same approach you just did.

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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3 innovative tips for tackling school culture

The Christensen Institute

On the heels of a series of PR nightmares facing Uber’s executives, headlines and speculation about what’s next for the company abound. Some investors have continued to defend the company’s evidently toxic culture, suggesting that once successful entrepreneurs have built a successful product or service, they then can afford to worry about factors like company norms. Others, like Freda Kapor Klein have been less willing to let the company off the hook.

The History of the Pedometer (and the Problems with Learning Analytics)

Hack Education

These were my remarks as a guest speaker in Donna Murdoch's class “Online Teaching and Learning – Applying Adult Learning Principles” this evening. I was asked to speak about learning analytics, but like I said in my keynote last week at NMC , ed-tech is boring.

New study reveals where low-income students are doing best

The Hechinger Report

When it comes to educating students from low-income families, according to a new study, one state leads the pack. And it’s one you might not expect. Texas cities were top performers on a new measure that compares how well schools and cities across the country are teaching their poorest students.

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Unified Classroom Makes a Teacher’s Life Easier #iste17 @MyPowerSchool

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Hardeep Gulati from PowerSchool in episode 106 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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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.

Project Based Learning is a Roller Coaster

Catlin Tucker

One of the most challenging aspects of this school year has been using project-based learning to integrate curriculum. Projects are a beast! It feels like I am boarding a roller coaster each time we begin a new project.

Four reasons why the Oxfam report on inequality in Nigeria missed the point

The Christensen Institute

Oxfam’s May 17th report titled Inequality in Nigeria: exploring the drivers , rightly identifies several factors impacting Nigeria’s state of poverty and economic inequality, some of which include the public sector’s misuse of resources and a widening gap between the rich and the poor. The report garnered much attention from Nigerian based news outlets, such as Punch and ThisDay , and international media houses, such as Newsweek and NPR.

Make #ISTE2017 Awesome! Go On An Epic Conference Selfie Adventure

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” ” – Marc Riboud. Today is National Selfie Day. To celebrate I am sending you on a mission to create memorable conference experiences this year and go on an an Epic Selfie Conference Adventure.

DeVos Appoints CEO Of A Student Loan Company To Head Federal Aid Agency

NPR Learning and Tech

Plus school district secession, student borrower complaints, and more. Image credit: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg/Getty Images

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of #iste17

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Terry Freedman in episode 104 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

The Biggest Shift in Education


The 2016-2017 school year is officially over for us! We are so beyond ready for summer. For weeks we’ve been fighting the “fidget spinner battle” and that combined with trying to keep students engaged during the last week of school got our wheels turning.

A lesson, focused on character description, using an excellent app


I recently did a lesson which had a focus on character description.

Why ‘Unlearning’ Old Habits Is An Essential Step For Innovation


Teachers are increasingly being asked to embrace new ideas and styles of teaching, but schools don’t always give their educators time or the mental space to absorb and apply those concepts. That’s why the idea of “unlearning” was worth exploring for Beaver Country Day School , a private 6-12 school in Massachusetts, which serves as something of a lab for unlearning in practice. For head of school Peter Hutton, unlearning means “new ways to think in the face of established practices.”.

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume


A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back on these generational generalizations, noting that assumptions regarding their attitudes, hobbies, and abilities are hurting them academically. One of the biggest misconceptions students at last week’s New Media Consortium’s Summer Conference (NMC) brought up was the idea that millennials are digital natives.

Blended Learning Hype or Taking Us to New Heights?

The CoolCatTeacher

A global search for education blog post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. No, blended learning is NOT hype, at least not in my experience.

The SA Foodie Experience at #ISTE2017 Tips by a Local!

Teacher Reboot Camp

ISTE is around the corner and taking place in my hometown, San Antonio. Make sure to catch the Periscope videos by my newborn, Savvy, and I as we interview people as official ISTE Media ( @ShellTerrell ).

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Beyond Unpacking: How to personalize a standard

Education Elements

If you’re an educator, my guess is that at some point in your career you’ve been to a workshop focusing on unpacking standards. Unpacking a standard refers to the practice of reviewing what is often a long, clause-ridden statement and breaking it down into component parts to identify what students should know and be able to do. Personalized Learning Curriculum

A Road Map To Becoming A Better Teacher

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Bringing World Class Presentations Into The Classroom With Slidebot


For over 30 years, Microsoft PowerPoint has been the dominant tool of choice for lecturers and teachers wishing to engage their students and impart their knowledge. In recent years, however, this dynamic has started to change.

TOP EPISODE Of Season 1: Jim Forde, “You’re the Teacher”

The CoolCatTeacher

Encore Episode 101: The Best of Season 1 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jim Forde’s episode, “You’re the Teacher” is the top episode of Season 1 of the 10 minute teacher.

Savvy’s Interviews: EduMatch and Edtech with Kids

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today Savvy conducted her pre-ISTE interviews at the Badge Summit. Below, watch the live video interviews. Baby Savvy was excited to catch up with two of our favorite educators. Baby Savvy spoke to Sarah Thomas (@Sarahdateechur) about the newest EduMatch book launching tomorrow. Michelle Baldwin ( @MichelleK107 ) talked about integrating technology with children and why it is important they explore with technology. Baby Savvy will be conducting live interviews for the rest of ISTE.

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Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

Traci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, and junior Ulises Santillano Tlaseca troubleshoot a 3D printing job in the library’s maker space. Photo: Kelsey Aske.

Announcing the Library 2.017 "Makerspaces" Mini-Conference and Call for Proposals.

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our third Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Makerspaces," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 11th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

What Skills Do Google, Pinterest, and Twitter Employees Think Kids Need To Succeed?


Here's the start to an interesting story: a Google program manager, a Twitter engineer, and a Pinterest employee walk into a bar. What are they there to discuss? The skills that K-12 and higher education students should know. But in reality, it’s not a bar. It’s the EdSurge podcast. In today’s day and age, Google, Twitter and Pinterest are three of the largest employers in the United States and internationally.

TOP EPISODE: Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets #spedchat

The CoolCatTeacher

A season 1 encore episode From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The top Wonderful Classroom Wednesday of Season 1 is… Social emotional Learning with Puppets and Special Needs! You loved this episode! Such a heartwarming story and novel idea.

Savvy’s Interviews: Student Voice, UDL, Makerspaces & More

Teacher Reboot Camp

Savvy conducted her pre-ISTE interviews at the Badge Summit and at the famous El Mercado shops at Market Square. Below, watch the live video interviews. Baby Savvy was excited to catch up with two of our favorite educators. Baby Savvy spoke to Rodney Turner (@TechyTurner) about student voice and pivot tables. Barbara Bray ( @BBray27 ) shared her work with Universal Design Learning, digital badges, and makerspaces. Baby Savvy will be conducting live interviews for the rest of ISTE.

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TEACHER VOICE: What if instead of the voucher battle, we gave all of the nation’s children a top STEM education

The Hechinger Report

Former Teacher of the Year Bob Goodman with students. Our students are slipping behind in global competition. This not only puts individual students at a severe disadvantage; it puts our country on a declining trajectory. This trend is particularly problematic in regard to STEM subjects.

Immersive Tech, Virtual Reality Market to Soar Worldwide, New Analysis Predicts

Marketplace K-12

The number of students accessing head-mounted displays of virtual and augmented reality will soar in the coming years, but some companies may struggle to monetize their products. The post Immersive Tech, Virtual Reality Market to Soar Worldwide, New Analysis Predicts appeared first on Market Brief.

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life


Coding curricula is sweeping into classrooms across the country, thanks to programs such as According to the Education Commission of States, about 20 states now require that districts allow students to apply specified computer science courses toward completion of mathematics, science or, as a foreign language. But is coding preoccupying the hearts and minds of students after school hours? This is the question that researchers at the MIT Media Lab are asking.