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Happy 12th birthday, Dangerously Irrelevant!

Dangerously Irrelevant

Today is this blog’s 12th birthday. I’ve been at this since 2006 and every time I write here my heart sings (2,218 posts and counting!). But… lately I’ve been quiet in this space.

Four Actions to Make Your First Year As a Superintendent Count

Education Elements

Let’s just be clear: there is a very short honeymoon period for a new superintendent. From day one, people have expectations of you as the new superintendent. They want you to be exactly the same or completely different than your predecessor.


In the Presence of a Hero…and How it Challenged Me as an Educator

Tom Murray

This post is dedicated to my new friend, Scott. Thank you, Scott, for challenging me to be a better educator, and more importantly, a better person. Recently, I had an experience that I can’t stop thinking about.

Beginning the School Year With Connections: 2018

User Generated Education

I have written before about the beginning of the school year, Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content. I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between each other and with me. I want students to learn about one another in a personal way.

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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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Revive Your Creativity

iTeach with iPads

When I was in elementary school, I played outside almost every day with my next door neighbor. We created elaborate play schemes, including an outdoor “kitchen”, complete with mud pies. We also had fun reenacting one of our favorite books, Harriet the Spy.

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Vote for Digital Promise in the 2019 SXSW EDU PanelPicker!

Digital Promise

At Digital Promise, we believe in the power of storytelling to help move from vision to reality.

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10 ways to make good Google Classroom assignments better

Ditch That Textbook

If you’ve used Google Classroom for long (or even if you’re just beginning to use it), you’re likely to see that there’s not a lot to it. Google Classroom was created to help teachers teach and learners learn so that tech stays out of their way to do it. Less tech, more teach. And Google […]. Ed Tech g suite Google Apps google apps for education google classroom googleedu

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Math Success with No Textbook

The CoolCatTeacher

Mandi Tolen on Episode 338 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mandi Tolen shares how she teaches math, engages students and teachers to standards with NO TEXTBOOK.

Transforming the System to Fit the Student

Education Elements

Transformational leadership is about using your actions to elevate others and put them on their path to greatness. Terina Allen. The superintendent holds a lonely, yet transcendent position in public education. The position tends to isolate the leader because of the growing divisions in our society.

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Project Inspiration: Using @SutoriApp in Math Class – Video Walkthrough


I wanted to share a video I created where I walk through two assignments that I had my AP Calculus AB students do this past year, both using Sutori.

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Timeless Learning: Progressive Education Based in How Humans Have Always Learned

Digital Promise

What does learning look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? How does a five-year-old learn? A 13-year-old? A 17-year-old? And… if a child had never seen or heard of a school, what would his or her learning experiences be as they move from age four to age 18?

Try the Connected Kahoot!

Ditch That Textbook

Kahoot is a favorite among students and teachers alike. It’s a fun way to jazz up assessments with gameshow style quizzes. But what if we took our Kahoot beyond the walls of our classroom? What if we used Skype or Google Hangouts to connect multiple classes and all played together at the same time? Steve […]. DTT podcast #DitchPod creative teaching edtech kahoot skype student engagement

Trade The Cow

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes, we start the school year and things from year’s past are dragging us down. We kick off Season 4 of the 10-Minute Teacher with a Motivational Monday story from Will Rogers — “Trade the Cow.”

We Call Them Leaders Because They Go First

Education Elements

If Blockbuster was still around today, and you had to take out your life savings and invest in that company or Netflix, which one would you choose? The answer is obvious. But what about five years ago? Ten years ago?

Gawande’s listening. But can he disrupt healthcare?

The Christensen Institute

Image: Atul Gawande | Wikimedia Commons: Amar Karodkar. Buffet, Bezos and Dimon have found their man. Five months after the respective chiefs of Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and J.P. Morgan Chase jointly founded a venture to reduce the cost of healthcare in the U.S.,

Children Understand Far More About Other Minds than Long Believed

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking.

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50+ back to school ideas, activities and icebreakers

Ditch That Textbook

The first day of school is met with excitement as students reconnect with old friends, share about their summer and look ahead to another year. As teachers, we work hard to make that first day a positive experience for our students. And we want to keep that excitement and engagement going as we head into […]. DitchBook Twitter chat back to school back to school activities back to school ideas creativity first day of school student engagement teaching

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

The CoolCatTeacher

Inside Virtual Reality and Predictions for the Future From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I donned my Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at about 10:30 p.m. After what seemed like five minutes, I took off the headset — to find it was 12:30 a.m.!

Evergreen Leadership

Education Elements

Through my career, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of exceptional leaders in the private sector, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and in the public sector, including Ted Mitchell, Former CEO of Newschools Venture Fund.


Vote Early and Often for Our SxSWedu Sessions

P21 Blogazine

Once again, the P21 network of Exemplar schools and member organizations is eager to represent at SxSWedu in Austin next March. P21 Blog


SXSW EDU 2019 PanelPicker

The Christensen Institute

The SXSW EDU PanelPicker is back again! This year, learn more about the proposed SXSWEDU 2019 panels featuring the latest research from Thomas Arnett, Julia Freeland Fisher, Alana Dunagan, and Richard Price. Discover what our team is bringing to the K-12 and higher education conversation.

12 curation ideas for students AND teachers with Wakelet

Ditch That Textbook

How do you get the most out of social media without letting things get lost in the shuffle? Being an educator on social media can be both inspiring and overwhelming. There are so many great ideas and resources out there to use that it can be hard to keep up with it all. It can […]. Ed Tech curation edtech educational technology productivity

9 Updates for Google Classroom (and 3 more to come)


When Google Classroom launched in 2014 it was immediately a valuable tool to save educators time and increase connection with students. Since then Google has continued to make updates to Classroom , bringing new features and improvements.

How to Make the Most of the First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As the 2018-2019 school year begins, I can’t help but think back to my years in the classroom and the days and weeks leading up to a new school year. The feeling of getting back in my classroom after recharging during summer break, the excitement of unpacking book boxes, decorating the walls, and way too many trips to Target for those must-have new supplies. The moment that made it feel most real was getting my class list, picturing the faces that would soon fill the empty desks.

What Is Bloom’s Taxonomy? A Definition For Teachers

TeachThought - Learn better.

What Is Bloom’s Taxonomy? A Definition For Teachers by TeachThought Staff In one sentence, Bloom’s Taxonomy is a hierarchical ordering of cognitive skills that can, among countless other uses, help teachers teach and students learn.

Let’s retire the ‘gifted-and-talented’ label

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year the Fordham Institute wrote about the challenge of the gifted gap in our nation’s schools. Put simply, gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds too often are not identified as gifted, which causes them to lose out on access to a variety of gifted-and-talented programs at their local schools that could accelerate their development and social and economic opportunities.

A HyperDoc Is Not A WebQuest!


TODAY on EduSlam we release the first short video in our two week series: . A HyperDoc is NOT a Webquest. To watch the video which will be released today but disappear on Sept 4th, Sign-up HERE. __.

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The invisible signs to look for on the first day of school

The Hechinger Report

Last week, when many students were beginning the new academic year in some public schools in the United States, my family and I took a cruise to Cuba. My 7-year-old-son Roby could barely wait to get off the ship to enjoy the sights and sounds of Havana. This was not his first vacation abroad.

A Reminder for Those Tough Moments with Students

The Principal of Change

Early in my teaching career, I remember many nights where I would come home and cry. Non-stop crying. It wasn’t because of how exhausting the work was (because it was), but it was often because of an adverse interaction with a student that day.

Toss the Smartboard. Here's The Best #BacktoSchool Teaching Tool: @ClassroomScreen


ClassroomScreen which I will be using at all future learning events. ClassroomScreen basically allows me to ditch my former toolbox of presentation tools as it combines them into one nice, simple place.

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Eliminating global poverty starts with investment in innovators

The Christensen Institute

Image: People using lights powered by Off-Grid:Electric’s solar service, mPower | Flickr: Power Africa. If the U.S.

Provocations to Excite Learning!


TODAY on EduSlam we release our next short video in our two-week series: . Provocations to Excite Learning with Trevor MacKenzie. To watch the video that was released today, but will disappear on Sept 4. Sign-up HERE.