How to Engage More Girls in Coding

EdNews Daily

When Sheena Vaidyanathan teaches computer science to middle school students, she draws upon her experience as an art teacher. Tapping into students’ creativity is one of the keys to engaging more girls in what continues to be a male-dominated discipline. By Dennis Pierce.

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5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs

EdNews Daily

The fascination over the differences between extroverts and introverts, how they communicate, and what they need, is by far, one of the most compelling topics over the past decade. There is no better time to recognize and make accommodating adjustments in both ecosystems.

How to Bring Authenticity to Learning that Happens in School


This article was originally published on and is republished here with permission. It has been kicking around K-12 education for decades but has yet to be widely adopted. Imagine, for instance, a classroom art teacher who wants to mount an exhibition of student artwork.

How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star

The Daring Librarian

How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star - Branding Tips & Tricks First thing I gotta say, I don’t know that I really love the term Library Rockstars because I think ALL Teachers and Librarians are rock stars or has an inner rock star waiting to come out.

How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust


Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, frightening, and even discouraging, especially when no one else around you seems to think the system is broken. Skills need to be modeled. I’m happy to help.

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

Our top hiring criteria — in addition to having the skills to do the job — is, are you a great writer? As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. To my knowledge: zero.


Recommended Read: Schooling Beyond Measure by Alfie Kohn (Heinemann, 2015)

Reading By Example

However, I have this idea where we would just reprint some of your more salient posts from your blog and your articles for Education Week. This article should be required reading for any school or district committees revisiting their grading system. Words to live by.

There is Always Room for Student Creativity! (Even in A Google Doc)


It allows students the opportunity collaborate in live time from any device, and from any location, in addition to constantly making learning visible. Strong, powerful, and coherent text is always important- don’t get me wrong- but there are always ways to increase and promote student creativity within Google Docs. #1 It is time to spice things up a little in your Google Docs and think outside the box! Want to learn more about how to use G Suite tools in the classroom?

I’m a 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker!

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I’m beyond excited to finally announce that I’m a 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. This has been a very hard secret to keep for so long. I’m taking time to read each person’s profile and be inspired with each and every story.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. I didn’t feel it necessary to extend this series any longer.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. I didn’t feel it necessary to extend this series any longer.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment


SB 6, if passed into law, would give local school districts in Texas more discretionary control over how they spend state monies designated for instructional materials. More information than you might ever want to know about the bill can be found on the Texas Legislature website.

Going Beyond the Hour of Code

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on The Advocate from the Computer Science Teachers Association. has created a great compilation of resources for how students can continue learning. If you want to spend less time, try some different Hour of Code tutorials.

If we don’t engage online, we cede mindshare to others who will

Dangerously Irrelevant

[ Every week a ‘Monday Morning Message (MMM)’ email goes out to all doctoral students from a faculty or staff member in the CU Denver School of Education and Human Development. In this MMM, I want to follow up on some of the ideas that I articulated in my previous message. . I had an opportunity recently to participate in a gathering of CU Denver faculty and staff at which we discussed and debated the merits of including our digital work in our tenure and promotion portfolios.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education


(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. ” Still, there’s plenty to be hopeful about.

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is. Would these arguments actually inspire someone to want to use the internet? What would you add to this list?

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Policy Watch: Educators Can Teach Lawmakers What Our Students Need

EdNews Daily

It’s no secret to educators that students are not meeting literacy benchmarks. The good news is that everyone—legislators, governors, educators, and families—understands the gravity of the situation and wants to improve it. All they have to do is tap them.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

As the importance and benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) have become more widely recognized, many teachers have struggled to combine this type of learning with their required curriculum. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

Effective Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

EdNews Daily

Students with dyslexia can be highly intelligent, highly verbal, exhibit above-average listening comprehension skills or vocabulary, so their reading difficulties tend to be unexpected. a student may not have been taught to decode). Self Advocacy and Resources for Students.

Before assigning homework, ensure that students have a home

The Hechinger Report

We had to wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning because our school was far away. Sometimes we had to go to school late, because we had to wait for the bathroom. I could not go to recess because of this.”. Escalating homelessness can’t be chalked up to mass laziness.

Lesson Plan for Letter-Writing Campaign Protesting TOPS Cuts

The Hechinger Report

NOTE: While this lesson plan was written to address funding cuts in Louisiana’s college scholarship program, it may be adapted to efforts to ensure access to postsecondary institutions outside the Bayou State. Understand how to qualify for a TOPS scholarship.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. In many cases, school leaders need to justify why the district should invest in the first place. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

Everyone has been to school and has their own image of what a classroom should look like. First, of course, superintendents and school leaders need to be clear on the why. When everyone in the school and community can explain it, they are more likely to support it.


A New Curriculum Helps Students With Disabilities Transition to Life After High School


I watched proudly as he used his self-determination skills to choose a major and enroll at a college that was an eight-hour drive from home. I thought he was well-prepared for the transition to life after high school, but soon realized I was wrong. While this failure felt terrible at the time, it ended up being the driving force behind the creation of a new high school transition program for students with mild to moderate disabilities. He wanted to go it alone.

Technology Resources For Early Childhood Learning

The Web20Classroom

As a Dad and an educator I am constantly looking for the best resources to provide for them at home to supplement the learning they are doing in their schools. I want Chesney to love learning, be an explorer and tinker with things but also be a fluent user of technology.

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Research from School Library Journal indicates that maker activities at elementary and middle schools increased by 4 percent from 2014 to 2017. Thomas School Dedicates Space to Bolster STEM Learning. In Virginia, Leaders Want STEM to Inspire Underrepresented Students.

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Can Federal ‘School Safety’ Funds Be Used for Surveillance Tech? Congress Is Looking Into It.


On the heels of news that the Education Department would consider if schools can use federal funds to arm teachers with guns, Congress is asking if the same block grant that could go toward firearms can also be used to purchase surveillance technologies such as security cameras and metal detectors. The block grant came under close examination in late August when a district in Texas asked if the funds could be used to buy firearms. said in the Times article.

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. ” Instead, librarians can help families learn how to maintain a healthy balance and become good digital citizens.

Why Young Children Should Learn Engineering

First, Keith said educators need to make sure they understand what engineering actually is. The engineering process involves several steps, though, from asking questions to determining if what the students built solves the problem.

Ideas for Student Civic Action in a Time of Social Uncertainty

Educator Innovator

I’m very pleased to share my New York Times Learning Network blog post with the Educator Innovator blog. If you want to do the full monte but with more explicit lessons, you can obtain a full Mikva Challenge project curriculum for a fee. One way to begin?

Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching

A critical topic for schools, communities, and most importantly, our students, is what teachers do in the classroom to nurture ALL students, create a sense of belonging, and keep educational standards high. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Are they prepared to adapt to other systems?

Critical Thinking Skills to Help Students Better Evaluate Scientific Claims


In fact, she works to equip seniors at Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, Florida with the skills to accurately evaluate those topics on their own. But teaching students those critical thinking skills only as they’re about to depart for college can be too little too late. “It’s

Trade Shows: When to Go and What to Do When You Get There

In a new edWeb series Making the Most Out of Trade Shows , industry veterans discussed key factors in deciding when and where to go and how to make sure events support your company’s overall plan. For these meetings, have essential information ready to share.