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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura Dennis on episode 317 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, third grade teacher.

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School is almost out - reflecting on the past year as a teacher

Educational Technology Guy

We are quickly approaching the end of the school year. The weather is getting warmer, students are getting excited, and teachers are exhausted. It is a time for celebration and reflection. One thing I always did around this time of the year when I was a teacher was to reflect on the past year.

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New Educational VR App Teaches Kids About Recycling


The educational potential of VR technology in today’s classroom is still for the most part uncharted waters. What seems certain, however, is that this technology promises to open up some of the most exciting horizons in the education of tomorrow.

Sony’s KOOV Educator Kit for STEAM Learning


STEAM learning has never been as important as it is today. With the rapid evolution of hardware and software technology there is now a huge shift towards artificial intelligence and robotics in every industry.

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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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Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the needs of all students

Ditch That Textbook

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that aides educators in designing lessons that meet the needs of diverse learners. We want to reach ALL of our students in a way that works best for them. But how do we actually go about doing it?

Learnings from Implementing Personalized Learning in Denver Public Schools

Education Elements

In the three-plus years since introducing Personalized Learning (PL) in individual schools within a large public school system, the Imaginarium, Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) innovation lab, has been studying the conditions that help and hinder the implementation of PL at scale. Personalized Learning

Alarm, Inform and Inspire: Using @WeVideo to Create PSAs about the @UN #GlobalGoals for Sustainable Development @GlobalGoalsUN with @BullisHGS


Written with my colleague, Dr. Sara Romeyn , our Director of Humanities and Global Studies. Students in Dr. Romeyn’s trimester elective, Contemporary Global Issues, were recently tasked with the job of investigating one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Carrie Pierce: Discovery and Inquiry-Based Learning in Math

The CoolCatTeacher

Carrie Pierce on episode 313 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Eighth-grade teacher Carrie Pierce uses discovery and inquiry-based learning in her classroom (and no textbooks.) Dig into how she makes math marvelous!

5 Ways Curriculum and Technology Leads Can Better Work Together to Support Students


Writing curriculum is one of the most exciting activities in education. Ok, you’re laughing, aren’t you? I know that most educators may not believe this is true, mainly because of their past experiences developing curriculum.

3 Ways To Differentiate In Project-Based Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

Grow 18: On July 12, 2018 a great opportunity to attend an interactive learning session on how to effectively differentiate in Project-Based Learning. This article is a taste of the deeper exploration and learning about meeting the needs of all learners in a PBL unit.

A Case for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Classrooms

Education Elements

If recent Halloweens have taught us anything aside from the absurd amount of money spent on candy for one day, it's that those involved in child rearing must address cultural sensitivity. The young white boy who wanted to dress as a Polynesian hero named Maui or the young white girl who wanted to dress as Princess Jasmine are caught in the middle of a debate on what is acceptable.

Education Department Launches 'Top-To-Bottom' Review Of Teachers' Grant Program

NPR Learning and Tech

Public school teachers across the country say they've been improperly hit with thousands of dollars in debt when paperwork errors turned their grants into loans that they're now supposed to pay back. Image credit: Stacy Kranitz for NPR

FREE Healthy Lifestyle Program for Schools: fit4Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

Daily Fitness Challenges, a Fun Sweepstakes, and a Way to Link to Parents for Healthy Lifestyle Choices From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We need promote healthy lifestyles for our students.

Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning

The Hechinger Report

Two studies on elementary schools published in June 2018 point to the importance giving teachers and students plenty of time to form relationships. Students may learn more. Photo: Jamie Martines.

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Border Patrol Detains U.S. Citizens In Montana For Speaking Spanish

Larry Ferlazzo

A Border Patrol agent in Montana detained two women who were U.S. citizens because they were speaking Spanish. Read it again – because they were speaking Spanish. They videotaped the encounter.

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It’s 2018 – Do You Know Where Your Personalized Learners Are?

Education Elements

Personalized learning, like so much of what we value most in our schools, should be aligned to the particular educational needs of individual learners – that’s what it’s all about.

ISTE 2018 Cheat Sheet


I have had the opportunity to attend ISTE six times, and each time I attend, I discover new ways to make the most out of this wonderful experience. Each year, ISTE invites dynamic keynote speakers , conference presenters , and a huge exhibitor hall.

Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

Trevor MacKenzie on episode 315 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more.

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Dress codes can’t cover for bad teaching

The Hechinger Report

Students at a charter school near Washington, D.C. Photo: Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images. “In In middle school, I had a dress code and they always dress coded people,” a Washington, D.C,

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On What’s Wrong With Prof. Dev. & How To Fix It

Larry Ferlazzo

Why Is Professional Development So Bad: How Do We Fix It? is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show.

How Helping Students to Ask Better Questions Can Transform Classrooms


Educators and parents have long known that curiosity is at the center of powerful learning. But too often, in the push to meet standards and pressure to stay on pace, that essential truth about learning that sticks gets lost.

5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students


Let's talk about computer science. It's an area where we need more and more people that know what they are doing. To get those people, we are going to have to teach it in schools, and thankfully many schools and states are moving that way.

ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Stephanie Goldman on episode 316 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship.

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We All Need a Champion

The Principal of Change

My dear friend, Jimmy Casas , wrote a fantastic book titled, “ Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. “, meant for leading schools, not school leadership only.

Video: John Lewis Commencement Speech At Boston University

Larry Ferlazzo

I’m adding this to The Best Commencement Speeches. video

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Million Dollar Advice: It’s Worth it When You Want To Change Your District

Education Elements

There are even more ways to tell a story than there are to bake a cake. A recent article in Edsurge told a story about million dollar consultants (us) and some of the districts we support in their efforts to transform teaching and learning through personalization (including Charleston County SC and Fulton County GA).

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Speaking kids’ home language in pre-k could provide a lifelong advantage

The Hechinger Report

Specific compliments for newly gained skills decorate the walls in a Colorado Preschool Program classroom at Eyestone Elementary School in the Poudre School District. Photo: Lillian Mongeau.

Google Science Journal: A lab in your pocket


Sometimes an app truly demonstrates the power of mobile. Google’s Science Journal app transforms your mobile device into a little science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data and record observations from the world around them.

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A Letter From An Inner City Classroom (and This Teacher Is Your Brother)

The Jose Vilson

To Whom It May Concern, Recently, you invited me into your space to discuss what it means to be an educator of color doing this work. The term "work" is almost as ubiquitous as the word "equity," and in both instances fraught with ambiguity.

As '13 Reasons Why' Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide

NPR Learning and Tech

About 1 in 5 teens may have contemplated suicide. But new research suggests that schools as a whole can make a difference. Image credit: Fahmida Azim for NPR


STEM Sims Let Kids Explore Topics From Algebra to Zoology


ExploreLearning Gizmos Vast array of science and math simulations impresses Pros: Gizmos are simple to use, cover nearly every topic in math and science, and come with an array of supportive resources and assessments.


With enrollment sliding, liberal arts colleges struggle to make a case for themselves

The Hechinger Report

Sweet Briar College in Virginia. The liberal arts college was saved from closing only by the intervention of alumni and others. Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

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Books for Keeps: It’s Time for Summer Reading!

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I am so excited to share that this was the very first year our school was served by an amazing program called Books for Keeps. This non-profit group was founded by Melaney Smith and gives 12 new books to every student in 12 of our 14 elementary schools in Clarke County.