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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. Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

During the last four years of using flipped classroom techniques, I’ve come to rely on what is called the “in-flip” — I show the videos in class and interact with students to help them do in-class activities with what they’ve learned. How Does Edpuzzle Work?

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

While I use it for my video tutorials, I also have my students make their own screencasts to help me assess their progress. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work. They’re explaining their code and how it works.

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. For purposes of this article, we’ll call these “the bricks.” In the final analysis, don’t think that blending doesn’t apply to your classroom. iPad).

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: See Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers. How does that work?

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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.

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Best of the Best: Apple and Google Educator Programs


How about without your iPad? Both Apple and Google products have become indispensable to many teachers. And both companies have designed programs for educators who want to make the best use of technology in their jobs. Articles How To Apple apple distinguished educator collaboration google Professional DevelopmentCan you imagine life without Google?

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How to Interest the Next Generation of Great Minds to Work in STEM Fields

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Sara Stringer, has a great article that will help demystify this topic: . Scientific research thrives off the exploration of chemistry and biology, in addition to climatic initiatives such as sustainable and nuclear power.

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How to use Sphero the Robot in STEM and Beyond – From Courtney Pepe


However, this past year my school received a robot grant that provided ten robots for us from the company Sphero. Sphero emphasizes the power of play in education and has a variety of lessons that are aligned to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards on their website.

iPads Did Not Revolutionize Campus Teaching (But a Few Colleges Give Every Student One)


When Apple released its first iPad seven years ago, the company thought one area it would revolutionize was education. So when Hiram College announced last month that it would provide every student and professor an iPad starting this fall, it made us wonder what the state of Apple’s sector-creating tablet on campuses is these days. (It Students will be able to capture video and write about their experiences when they’re studying abroad or working on research projects.”

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.

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Technology Integration in a 21st Century Science Classroom


Students gather around the lab table helping one of the group members focus in on a specimen on a flat panel screen from a USB camera connected to the microscope. Another group of students is using a remote sensor that is strapped to a matchbox car traveling through banked turns and loops. The sensor remotely sends data, such as acceleration, angular velocity, and altitude to a spreadsheet on the student Chromebook in real time. How do we accomplish this in our classrooms?

Free STEM Curriculum Distance Learning Resources

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Distance learning is a crazy time for many, but we can celebrate the way various companies are offering very cool and engaging tools, resources, and activities for free. Learn how to use the amazing Immersive Reader that makes learning accessible to all.

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End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence

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19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! There are few breaks to update/fix/maintain the tech tools that allow us to pursue our trade. Adding new publications or items efriends would like to know about?

Top 4 reasons why 1:1 programs fail


There is among K-12 schools a veritable on-rush to put a device in the hands of every student; a laudable and necessary ambition. Once we have that I’m committed to the learning. I’m not going to allow tech companies be our 21st century publishers that pigeon hole my students learning.

8 Ways to Use Technology to Engage Students in Distance Learning


Fortunately, technology has advanced enough in the past decade to offer some promise of effective learning in the distance setting. . Here are some great ways to engage the kids better, ease them into difficult-to-grasp concepts, and support continued learning through technology.

Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Help your students learn to write a better lab report. The goal of learning is not to all learn to do something the same way.

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3 Apps That Encourage Students to Read

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” 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.

Empathy, Strategy, and Edupreneurship: Fostering a Culture of Innovation – From Beth


Even though the topics of these conversations ranged from iPads to learning commons to student data, at some point, I came to the same revelation: what is the problem that we’re trying to solve? It represents one more thing to do or one more thing to learn.

What Problems Has Edtech Solved, and What New Ones Did It Create?


But with that comes greater risks to personal privacy and potential for misuse. Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning Jessie Woolley-Wilson (CEO, DreamBox Learning): In the past, educators were focused on how to get more devices in the classroom.

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Why Your School Should Stick to Core Principles Instead of Market Trends

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In 2017, EdTech industry investments rose to a record-breaking $9.5 Without a doubt, this ever-changing environment can be difficult for school administrators, principals, IT staff and teachers to navigate. The truth is, it can be a hard balance to strike.

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Trashbots: How Some Students Are Helping Educate the World in Robotics


I am lucky enough to work with amazing students every day in my district. This post is about a pair of brothers and their inspiration approach to educating the world in the realm of robotics using a low-cost way that “up-cycles” existing everyday materials to build their creations.

Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018


First, let’s get down to business. Apple and Google continue to up the ante in their quest to win adoption in classrooms. Startups jostle to win market share and sell their wares—or themselves, if their financial runway is getting short. From new curriculum to new ethical challenges, here are the top 10 most popular business stories (in reverse order) based on your clicks. A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works).

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Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

Education programs need to be more comprehensive and ongoing throughout the year. For example, CoSN counts phishing (sending fraudulent emails from seemingly credible accounts) as a top security threat to schools. Filter information coming into buildings and to school email addresses.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop). Since the last edition of a ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News”: I’ve joined efforts to support Net Neutrality protections ; Written further about the prediction made in the book, “Disrupting Class.” Been quoted in an article on ransomware in K-12 education. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 and 29 Combined Edition). Summer.

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Sketchnoting in the Classroom

Kathy Schrock

Way back in 1999, I was asked to be part of a team to craft the goals for the second version of the US DOE National Technology Plan. He told me he knew nothing about the content we were discussing and his company did this same type of visual notetaking for any content area or company.

It's A National Emergency

Adam Welcome

No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core - in my thirteen years there's been so many new programs from the federal level. Yes, when I started teaching the iPad and Chromebook had not yet been invented. Do the people making these decisions that hold public office know what it's like to work in a public school, day after day? That many of our teachers rely on Donors Choose to fund new and innovative ideas for their class.

The TeacherCast Ultimate Guide To Podcasting


Welcome to the TeacherCast Ultimate Guide to Podcasting. This blog post and the majority of the content linked to it are a culmination of recording over 1,000 podcasts over the span of 8 incredible years. The TeacherCast Ultimate Guide To Podcasting. Click To Tweet.

The 2018 EdSurde Annual Special: Surgecoin, EduWands and Other News Not Fit for Print


It used to be that people waited until today to unleash their pranks. But some companies are jumping the gun. Duolingo got a head start with Brewolingo , “craft beers from America's Owliest Brewery to help you get fluent in any language” and which contain “a special blend of Owlcohol and Owlgorithms.” Chegg appears to have borrowed a page from Duolingo’s previous shenanigan for the Osmosis Pillow , which takes “memory foam” to another level.

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100 (Free) Ways To Learn to Speak Another Language

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100 Resources To Learn to Speak Another Language. BBC Greek This option from the BBC is the full package, with videos, games, exercises, and audio to make it all Greek to you. Swahili Lessons Get a short intro to this African language with this collection of videos.

‘Prohibition Will Get You Nowhere’: Writer and Activist Cory Doctorow’s Message to Schools and Educators


It’s not unheard of for an instructor to tee up a YouTube video for a lesson, only to have the content blocked by the school or district’s censorware. And while administrators might have good intentions when they decide to use censorware, censorship is often only effective for those who play by the rules. It’s one reason why writer and activist Cory Doctorow thinks schools and educators should rethink their approach to surveillance and censorship.

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30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

This post is actually intended to supplement the “Cycle of Learning Innovation” model that will be publishing tomorrow (7.7.2015), which means this is less about analysis and context and more about the examples. text to infographics to eCards to podcasts).


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. These solutions will be offered to school librarians in the U.S.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Thanks to those who helped spread the word of its release and for offering feedback. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Why are colleges and universities handing over more than half of their tuition to online program managers? |

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Thanks to those who helped spread the word of its release and for offering feedback. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition). Why are colleges and universities handing over more than half of their tuition to online program managers? |

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