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Freedom to Learn

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I was painfully bored during my K-12 education. I looked forward to college anticipating that it would be different – more engaging, more interesting, more innovative. I was wrong.

Critical Knowledge: 4 Domains More Important Than Academics

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How One Teacher Founded A Whole New High School

EdNews Daily

Scott Heister, an engineering and physics teacher, began mentoring his high school’s FIRST Robotics Competition team in his home state of Michigan 19 years ago.

Digital Leadership with Students and Social Media featuring Jennifer Casa-Todd

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 124 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Jennifer Casa-Todd @JCasaTodd opens our minds to social media leadership with students.

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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We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

The Christensen Institute

A recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years : teachers will not be replaced by machines. The chart compares a wide array of professions based on required education levels, average annual wages, and likelihood of automation. Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero.

A Terrible Thing Happened on Awards Day: Here’s What I’m Doing About It with Amber Teaman

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 126 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Amber Teaman @8amber8 , principal, shares something that happened at her school this year relating to wards day and what she and her team are doing about it.

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What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?


It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. It got part of the way there, digitizing at least 25 million books from major university libraries. But the promised library of everything hasn’t come into being.

DEBT WITHOUT DEGREE: The human cost of college debt that becomes “purgatory”

The Hechinger Report

After a 20-minute walk, and a 10-minute wait in the rain, DeAngelo Bowie catches the bus to get to work. Bowie, 24, dropped out of Georgia State after financial problems derailed him from his dream of becoming a history teacher. Photo: Chad Rhym/

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.

Grade Interviews

Catlin Tucker

Over the last two years, I’ve moved further and further away from traditional grading. I’ve blogged about grading for mastery of skills instead of the accumulation of points and ditching my traditional grade book in favor of an ongoing assessment document.

Go Slow with Google Classroom Workshop

Teacher Tech

Google Classroom Workshop One of the best ways to learn Google Classroom is to experience it as a student. The student experience is different than the teacher experience. My Go Slow workshops take place online through Google Classroom.

Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Edtech Apps that work From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Owl Eyes is a new, simple-but-powerful, and FREE web-app for reading classic books with your students. Literature teachers are sure to be excited!

3 Modes Of Thinking: Lateral, Divergent & Convergent Thought

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In the arduous task of health behavior change, it’s the thought that counts.

The Christensen Institute

Chronic diseases account for seven in ten deaths in the United States, with heart disease, obesity, cancer and type 2 diabetes numbering among the most common. That list is likely to grow as the population ages, and scientific advances continue to transform terminal conditions into ones people can live with (if often uncomfortably) for months or years.

Using the iPad Camera with Young Students

iTeach with iPads

One of the questions I get asked most often regarding the use of iPad devices in early childhood classrooms is “How do I get started?” ” If you’ve not used the iPad with young children before, it can seem a bit overwhelming.

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Discovering Better Ways to Learn as an Adult


If you’d met Ulrich Boser while he was still in school, you might not have tagged him as a guy who would one day write a book about learning. Early in his life, at least, learning was a struggle. School was tough for me from the very start—I repeated kindergarten,” Boser tells me ruefully.

Fake News Lesson Plan Ideas with Jennifer Carey

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 123 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Jennifer Carey @TeacherJenCarey gives us ways to teach information literacy. She gives us tips for developing savvy in our students.

Moodle: The Unsung Hero of LMS Options

Ask a Tech Teacher

A Learning Management System (what is often called an LMS) has become foundational to blending technology into education experiences.

Updates abound: New features for Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Formative and Kahoot!

Ditch That Textbook

This year is no exception. In fact, just yesterday (the day before I publish this post), Flipgrid threw a HUGE bash at their Minneapolis headquarters to release the all new Flipgrid and a slew of new features. It’s a good time to be in education, folks. Technology makes all sorts of meaningful, engaging education accessible [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology flipgrid formative google classroom kahoot

27 Ideas For Students That Finish Their Work Early

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Capitalizing on convenience: Will Amazon pick up where retail clinics left off?

The Christensen Institute

Last month, rumors spread of Amazon’s potential move into the pharmacy industry, resulting in speculation from many, including myself, on the potential impact. In my recent blog , I highlighted the fact that mail order pharmacies have been around for decades, so Amazon would have to set itself apart from the crowd in order to find success.

Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 127 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey , co-author of the Google Cardboard Book , shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. Sponsor: Owl Eyes.

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Focusing on Mastery Over Marks

The Principal of Change

I came across this interesting article on, titled, “ Goodbye to Grades? Mastery-Based Learning Is Becoming the New Standard “, and thought it was great that an outside education site was talking about changes in education in mostly a positive way.

Resources For Educators To Use In The Wake Of Charlottesville

NPR Learning and Tech

Teaching tolerance in a time of upheaval. Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

OPINION: We mustn’t make preschool less fun for the 4-year-olds who need more help

The Hechinger Report

Rita’s Catholic School in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. Which kind of preschool is more beneficial for young children: academic or play-based? Recent research has breathed new life into a debate that has been around for decades.

How Did ‘Copyright Piracy’ Language Get Into ESSA, the K-12 Law?

Marketplace K-12

One of the more curious pieces of language included in the Every Student Succeeds Act warns about the "harms of copyright piracy." How did it end up in the sweeping education law? The post How Did ‘Copyright Piracy’ Language Get Into ESSA, the K-12 Law? appeared first on Market Brief.

5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery with Sarah Reed

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 125 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Sarah Reed @KYTOY15 had her students going on a pirate voyage before Teaching Like a Pirate became the fad.

Google Classroom: Invisible Feedback

Teacher Tech

Waste Your Time with Invisible Feedback Feedback is one of the most effective elements for student learning. The best feedback is feedback that is specific, gives students something to respond to and is not only timely but while they are still working on the assignment rather than after the assignment. In a perfect world, I would […]. The post Google Classroom: Invisible Feedback appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Classroom Google Grading

Surviving higher education: 7 top tips

Learning with 'e's

Image from Pixabay Here are top 7 survival tips for working in higher education (or for that matter, any profession). When I first started work, one wise old colleague told me that wherever I went, I should always carry a piece of paper around with me. It didn't matter what was on the paper.

An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM

The Hechinger Report

Tahiv McGee, who graduated from North Star this spring and will attend Pomona College this fall, explains the research study he worked on at Rutgers-Newark. Photo: Stuart Miller. NEWARK, N.J.

'Schoolifying' Minecraft Without Ruining It

NPR Learning and Tech

Microsoft is trying to help more teachers use the hugely popular game in the classroom without alienating the initial enthusiasts. Image credit: Martin Gee for NPR

Things Change and Things Stay the Same

The Principal of Change

When I first saw this tweet, it literally made me laugh out loud: A lot has changed since I started teaching in 1999. This was seemingly my biggest dilemma with technology at the time. It used to be that people wouldn’t admit that they met their partner online and they would make up a story.

Digital Assignments – Include a Parent Corner

Teacher Tech

Include Reflection Questions for Parents Typically when I create an assignment I create it for my students. My students know how the class is run and there are of course elements that are done in class and not reflected in the digital things I create. The instructions are intended for an audience of my students. […]. The post Digital Assignments – Include a Parent Corner appeared first on Teacher Tech. Classroom Google Intermediate Lesson Design classroom google lesson planning