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20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today I want to challenge your thinking about your summer. So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. You’ll find the same content in slightly different form so you can read or listen to this content. Blog Post/ Podcast Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! We have to think differently about summer.

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EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

Over the past several years, MIND Research Institute has been endeavoring to change the conversation around edtech evaluations. MIND’s Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson has made the case time and time again that the “one good study” paradigm is insufficient for edtech practitioners to base decisions on, and that a model of repeatable results at scale is one that should be adopted across the education industry. Dietrich, 2004), to name a few.

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11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

The CoolCatTeacher

Simple Updates to Your Classroom Procedures and Workflow sponsored by EdTech Software From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Use this checklist and infographic to make sure you’ve included the edtech essentials in your workflow this year. In Google Chrome, Momentum and Limitless have some cool features to help you focus. Some people like speed dial but most web browsers pull in links to pages people go to often.

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How to Build a Successful Instructional Coaching Program

Insight Education Group

Atul Gawande, an acclaimed surgeon and research scientist, wrote in a 2011 New Yorker article , “Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.”. But before launching a coaching initiative as a principal, you need to have a thoughtful implementation plan in place. How to Build a Plan. An ILT can provide the process and quality control to ensure your coaching program succeeds. Article from Getting Smart).

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How to transition out of teaching and into your next career

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Daphne Williams is a former teacher who became a consultant working for a large educational company and currently works full time as an Instructional Designer. During her speaking engagements for the company at educational conferences, teachers often asked her how she got out of teaching. Listen to the interview in the podcast player or read the abbreviated transcript below. No time to read now? You do not have to sacrifice everything to be a good person.

23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning #iste19 #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

Eric Curts from Ctrl Alt Achieve From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Eric Curts @ ericcurts teaches us twenty-three ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. With ideas for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings for all subjects and ages, you’ll want to scroll down and follow the links in our enhanced show notes. I’m not down to the 40 Hours some teachers get to, but I’m so much more efficient.

Your Support Is Needed! Purchase the Summit All-Access "Library" Pass Today and Receive All the Bonuses #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is an important moment for education , and the Summit has been (and will continue to be) an incredible opportunity to think together about how to move forward in a time when students, parents, teachers, administrators, librarians, and others have found their normal school lives disrupted. It's been great fun, but it's taken 12-hour days since late August to do so. Give the gift of the Summit to a friend or colleague.

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Bonus Package for the Emergency Home Learning Summit - Secret Videos, Gift Pass, MP3s, and PDFs #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

And tomorrow is the last day to purchase the all-access Summit "library" pass at $99, allowing you to be able to watch any of the 300 talks and interviews on your own time and forever. On Thursday the price goes up to $149. In addition to the recordings of the 320 talks, those who purchase the all-access Summit pass receive these bonuses : The " Secret to Success in Life " short interviews from our 25 special interview guests.

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Get Social with Digital Reading

While printed books aren’t going away, today’s kids are wired to think digital first. Combined with increasing ways for teachers, students, and authors to interact online, digital reading is allowing students to connect with content on a deeper level. The first step to effectively using digital reading is for teachers to embrace social reading. Social media interactions: Many authors regularly hold Q&As and talk to their readers through Twitter and Facebook.

3 Apps That Encourage Students to Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

” Sounds dry, maybe even boring, but once a child learns to read, they get much more than an understanding of words, sentences, paragraphs, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. According to Early Moments , reading is associated with the following traits: bonding with you. how to read a book. Lifehack (a popular go-to source on being human) adds these reasons: mental stimulation. If you’re new to this site, you may know it as VocabularySpellingCity.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning


Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. Those days are coming to an end. As a result, more students are turning to used books, rentals, shared copies, illegal downloads, and other online sources. As the financial viability of printed textbooks declines little by little, the demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow. How are RLOs used?

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department. Go to and plan your professional development for 2018. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons. Link to show: We’re talking about five free tech tools to try in social studies lessons!

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What school librarians make (revisited)


Back in November of 2010, I wrote a response to a superintendent’s proposed elimination of school libraries in New York State. Recent ill-informed threats to school librarians and the equity they provide across our country inspired me to update a poem I wrote in the style of Taylor Mali’s response to an ignorant dinner party question regarding What Teachers Make. Because it is not impressive enough to be a librarian. They ask me to be honest.

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. Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs. Are they prepared to adapt to other systems?

Google Certification FAQ – All Your Questions Answered!

Shake Up Learning

In an effort to help more educators reach their goal of becoming a Google Certified Educator Level 1, Level 2, or Google Certified Trainer, I have put together this Google Certification FAQ to answer your most frequently asked questions. I get so many questions about Google Certification that I decided to put together this dedicated post that answers the most frequently asked questions. Subscribe to Shake Up Learning on YouTube to get notified of new videos!).

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Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms. Faria will continue to support schools on the Atlas platform with no changes to the service, its pricing, or customer support, or the planned feature improvements. inches to a maximum height of 51.4

Why teacher-authors don’t give everything away free (& neither should you)

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Sometimes they even add insult to injury by saying, “If you really wanted to help teachers, if you really cared about kids, you wouldn’t charge for this,” as if anyone who wants to make a difference is supposed to do it for free and the only people who deserve to get paid are the people who AREN’T helping others. Sometimes I just ignore the comment, and sometimes I try to educate the person. Want to listen to this post instead of read?


techlearning ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment.

What Librarians Make -- Joyce Valenza Says It All

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

and in response to articles by Dr. Marc Bernstein, Superintendent of the Valley Stream (NY) Central High School District that question the relevance of libraries, Librarian Joyce Valenza says it all about what it means to be a librarian. Here''s the text, from the Neverending Search article : What librarians make. (Or Sometimes, when I am introduced, people refer to me as more than a librarian because I write a blog or speak at an occasional conference.

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - Reinventing the Classroom - Library 2.014 - The Real 1:1 - Reclaim Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 1st A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. Andrew Carnegie The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at [link]. I''ve looked forward to holding an event specifically about Ed Tech in the classroom. Details to join the webinar at [link].

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Creating Products to Show and Share Learning

Learning in Hand

Nowadays students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves. These tools can turn students into teachers and are great for sharing their answers to a project’s driving question. You may want to read the first two posts, Crafting Questions That Drive Projects and Investigating Authentic Questions. As an adult, I continue to enjoy creating things. So does “How can we teach second graders about helpful insects?”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

I plan to be offline tomorrow, January 20, so as to avoid any news about the Trump Inauguration. Trump is illegitimate because he refuses to divest from his business interests and as such will be in violation of the Constitution the minute he takes the oath of office. So I can’t watch or listen to the news tomorrow, as it’s a dark day for democracy – one of the darkest in my lifetime and perhaps even in this nation’s history.