The Most Popular Post in 2009.

The Web20Classroom

As 2009 comes to a close I wanted to take a look back and see what post did people visit the most. Each week after an Edchat (held on Twitter each Tuesday at 7pm EST) I do a post where I attempt to summarize the discussion and add some thoughts of my own. On Nov 18 we discussed how to motivate teachers to use more technology in the classroom. So here, in all it''s glory (or lack there of) is the most popular post of 2009 on my blog.

The Edublog Awards

The Web20Classroom

Here are my nominations: Best Teacher Blog- Philly Teacher - Mary Beth Hertz is a Computer Science Teacher in an elementary school in West Philadelphia. Her posts are resourceful and inspirational to all that read. Best Resource Sharing Blog- NCS-Tech - If there is one place I can always count on to get a new tool or idea to use with my teachers it is Kevin Jarrett''s blog. This post by Bud Hunt really spoke to me this year.

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Research Shows Technology Strategies That Positively Impact Student Learning


December 1, 2009 During the second week of the Teaching With Technology course, I learned the most from the research studies we read such as Michael S. I was particularly intrigued by the West Virginia Basic Skills/Computer Education study by Dale Mann (1999) which Schacter referred to.

MI Learning Portal on iTunesU K-12

The Electric Educator

Note: the following post was published in the Fall 2009 Edition of the MACUL Journal While some teachers are battling to keep iPods out of the classroom, I’m encouraging my students to use them as learning tools. I am proud to have been one of those 10 educators.

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research.

Top 10 Social Networking Guidelines for Educators Who Wish to Keep Their Career Intact


I put this together about two months ago at the request of some educational technology professionals I know who were curious about boundaries when it comes to what to post and do on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. I tweaked it just this week to present to a group of elementary (K-5) teachers. Would you want to discuss those things in person with your boss, students, students’ parents, or co-workers?

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

With insights on everything from Minecraft, to digital inking, to common mistakes made with technology and SEL, Michelle gives us an important overview of two things often not discussed together. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson.

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Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Barrow Oral History Project: An Update

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Back in 2009, the 5th grade classes, teachers, and I worked on an oral history project to try to capture some of the stories of Barrow’s history. Each student worked with a partner to interview a guest from Barrow’s past.

Technology: the savior of education?

iLearn Technology

In 2009, I left teaching. I loved the freedom of writing my own curriculum every day, and getting to know my students. I had a great time helping other teachers learn how to use technology, and coming up with ideas for how they could integrate it into their classrooms.

Technology for the Sake of Technology: Consider the Why and the How

Reading By Example

For many reasons, technology is very tempting to embed into classrooms without a lot of thought behind our intentions. But does it lead to learning? It depends not on what a teacher is using, but how it is used and why it might be needed.

Foreign Language Classes are Becoming More Scarce

Digital Promise

Of all the skills that a person could have in today’s globalized world, few serve individuals – and the larger society – as well as knowing how to speak another language. Knowledge of foreign languages is also vital to America’s national security and diplomacy.

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Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in). The goal, though, is for you to develop your own sense of hope.”

Thriving–not surviving-with support from a virtual mentor

The Cornerstone Blog

My good friend Lisa Dabbs is on the Truth for Teachers podcast today sharing why she’s so passionate about new teacher mentoring, and how you can get involved (as a mentor or mentee) in her free New Teacher Mentoring Project. She then spent 14 years as an elementary school principal.

How This Educator Bridges Creativity And Teaching Through Project-Based Learning

EdNews Daily

As you will see below, her love of teaching, personalized education and connecting to students to the real-world shines through. I have a dual certification in elementary and middle school ages. This training has enabled me to work students of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? 2009).

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National KidWind Challenge Champions Announced in Windy City


A total of 21 high school and 40 middle school teams competed for the chance to win the grand prize of $750, the second place prize of $500, and the third place prize of $250. o Third Place – The Birds from Darlington Elementary-Middle School in Darlington, Wis.

TenMarks Shutdown Leaves Teachers Wanting, Competitors Circling


Any time a program is changed or phased out, it can be disruptive to classroom activities, administrators tell EdSurge. Programs like Ascend Math and Mathletics have entire web pages devoted to marketing their tools to outgoing TenMarks customers.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book. An Introduction to Self-determined Learning (Heutagogy): Stewart Hase. to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0

Hindsight: How I *WISH* I had Supported Our Technology Rollout

Tech Helpful

According to wikipedia, the first iPad was released on April 3, 2010 ( [link] ). Simon Sinek originally published his book Start with the Why in 2009. Oh to have read that book then! It is our nature to look for recipes that have the ingredients we already have in the kitchen.

For safer schools, we need more hugs, not more guns

The Hechinger Report

“In less than 18 years, we have already seen more deaths related to school shootings than in the whole 20th century,” said Antonis Katsiyannis, Clemson University researcher and the lead author of a 2018 study on school shootings. Schools that choose to focus on these pillars reap the rewards.

Teaching to the student, not the test

The Hechinger Report

Most days in Nancy Barile’s English course at Revere High School, a visitor might begin to wonder when the real class is going to start. Three years ago a student who wasn’t completing his work dared Barile to watch the zombie show, saying he’d study if she did.

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Organizing the Edtech Toolbox

Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at Milford Public Schools, MA, talked about why they wrangled their technology and how having a defined edtech toolbox improved teaching and learning overall. Teachers aren’t able to come home from a conference anymore and download the latest app.

New Book: The Chromebook Classroom

The Electric Educator

I'm excited to announce the launch of the book and provide readers of my blog an opportunity to download a free excerpt! The Chromebook launched in 2009, and it was horrible! Google rapidly responded to user feedback and continued to improve the device.

In April, I will do Poetry.


I adore how words make me feel and think And speak for me when anxiety shuts me down. When strung together in poetic ways, Words reflect who we are and show us who we’re meant to be. I want my students to feel their power and surrender to the possibility.

Let’s Make Our Mark and See Where It Goes for Dot Day 2015

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

How do you and your students want to make your mark on the world this school year? International Dot Day, which is September 15ish, is the perfect time to make connections with other schools, spark creativity and collaboration, and see where it takes you for the rest of the year.

Building Teens Into Strong Readers — By Letting Them Teach


Two afternoons a week, Mikala Tardy walks six blocks from Eastern High School to Payne Elementary School, not far from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and makes her way to a classroom, where she’ll be tutoring second- and third-graders who are full of energy after the school day.

Cursive Mandatory? So 1700s!

The Thinking Stick

A few weeks ago a Bill was introduced here in the State of Washington that would make teaching cursive writing mandatory in elementary schools. Know how to compose an email to a variety of audiences. I have been talking about this since before 2009.

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How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

The Hechinger Report

On top of that, there’s a daily lunch break that comes with time for kids to get outside and move around. Teacher Travis Olsen has an exercise bike in the back of his seventh-grade science classroom that kids are welcome to use whenever they feel the need. APPLETON, Wisc.

3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry-based learning. The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Research-Based Solutions to Address Math Anxiety

MIND Research Institute

Headlines about math anxiety never seem to stop making the rounds on my newsfeed: Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. High anxiety: How worrying about math hurts your brain – TIME Magazine. 2009).

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published a study on the trends in Advanced Placement course offerings in public schools from 2000 to 2012. The data shows that from 2008 to 2012, the percentage of public schools offering AP courses declined from 79 percent to 74 percent, a backslide from the eight percent increase in schools offering AP courses eight years prior.

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Powerful Mindsets: The 4 C's through Breakout EDU


I want learning to be engaging and thought provoking. In my mind, games tend to have a limit to the depth of knowledge it could render. Nevertheless, I placed it on my list of things to present to Teachers. How is it helping you move forward? How so?”

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

In these classrooms, teachers face a seemingly impossible task -- providing effective instruction to all the unique students under their care. In one survey, a large majority (80 percent) of math teachers reported that free instructional content from Khan Academy helped them challenge their most advanced students, and a smaller but still significant majority (66 percent) reported that it gave them extra capacity to help their most struggling students make the gains they needed.

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Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

But in those early days, Fair had no idea how to handle her students with disabilities, whose educational challenges ranged from learning deficits to behavioral disturbance disorders. She was left to figure it out on the job.

Are teachers losing their grip on the middle class?

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story is part of Map to the Middle Class , a Hechinger Report series exploring the middle-class jobs of the future and how to prepare young people for them. . Because our kids are so young, we’re going to just stay put for a while.”

4Cs Series: Creativity


No one would argue with this but it doesn’t really help teachers understand how to instill something in our students that we may never have had in us. One of the biggest changes to education in the past fifteen years is the access to information.

Finding Inspiration within the League of Innovative Schools


Committed to reimagining learning to better meet the needs of all students, this cohort of visionary districts has a shared set of best practices for bringing purposeful technology into the classroom to transform learning.

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How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests

The Hechinger Report

But bright spots across the state could provide lessons for how California might do better in the future. Wiseburn’s superintendent, Tom Johnstone, says the scores are the result of a combination of efforts, but he’s especially proud of how the district revamped the way math is taught.

When Schools Forgo Grades: An Experiment In Internal Motivation


Because grades are often required, and easy to understand, they have become the focus for many parents, teachers and students. The problem is that grades are often subjective, arbitrary and can be demotivating to students. Teachers wanted to help students develop intrinsic motivation.