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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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 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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

In an era of inequity, more and more college financial aid is going to the rich

The Hechinger Report

Maya Portillo at the New York City lab where she studies how children from different socioeconomic backgrounds develop language skills.

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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

The healthcare goal is changing and CVS is skating to score

The Christensen Institute

Hockey’s all-time leading goal-scorer, Wayne Gretzky, advised aspiring goal scorers to “skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is.” By acquiring leading insurer Aetna , CVS is leaving little doubt that it intends to do just that. CVS is positioning itself to skate to where future profits lie in healthcare’s not so distant future: chronic disease and population health management. Other healthcare companies would be wise to follow that lead.

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.

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.

Two more ed tech organizations come out swinging for net neutrality

Bryan Alexander

What does the impending FCC shift away from net neutrality mean for education and technology? Yesterday I posted my interview with EDUCAUSE’s policy director. Jarret Cummings explained that organization’s position in favor of net neutrality.

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.

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.

Library of Congress introduces three new apps (and a reminder of some older goodies)


Just a couple of weeks ago, the Library of Congress announced the launch of three new apps for Web and mobile, developed by educational organizations that were supported by an LOC grant for app development.

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.