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Free Webinar: 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers), Monica Burns (Class Tech Tips), and I will be hosting a free webinar with Kids Discover Online on October 3 from 4:30-5:30 pm Eastern Time. In this webinar, we’ll cover: What is inquiry-based learning? What research points to the need for inquiry-based learning? Simple ways to get started with inquiry-based learning in the classroom. The sponsor of this webinar is Kids Discover Online.

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How to Engage Kids in Distance Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter The last few weeks of school can be the hardest – even in a face to face classroom. Today, Mary Howard, a sixth-grade science teacher in New York, talks about how we can engage kids in distance learning. These are not easy times to teach but they are important times to teach. I’m here with you as you work to engage your students. We have to persist and finish well.

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5 Ways to Teach Digital Citizenship (and the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship)

The CoolCatTeacher

What are the essential things we need to teach students about digital citizenship? How can we simply help them understand using examples and research (because we know lecture doesn’t work so well on this topic.) All of the nine topics that I like to teach begin with P: passwords, property, photographs, permissions, privacy, professionalism, permanence, and protection. I wrote about these in Reinventing Writing and in other articles.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

The CoolCatTeacher

In this blog post, I’ll share the vocabulary I use for teaching programming, how I teach with Metaverse, and some new features that help us manage our classroom as students program in AR and share with each other. This is because Metaverse is simple and easy to use. Getting Started in Metaverse: Use this Metaverse Studio tour video to get started whenever you’re ready. If you want a longer teacher PD session, Luis recorded a Metaverse PD Webinar 2 weeks ago.

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.” We’ll also be hosting a free webinar where I give you a behind-the-scenes look at how I set up my Learning Management System on November 30 at 4:30 EST. Register here. In the final analysis, don’t think that blending doesn’t apply to your classroom. Students needed one place to turn in work.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!


6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design Back to school is always an exciting time filled with rich opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network. Because of the extremely busy time of year, this post will be short and to the point. You''ll have to be sure to check that out and submit your photos or video. I feel so lucky to have a career that I enjoy.

Free STEM Curriculum Distance Learning Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

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. Below are some free resources to inspire students to enhance their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) skills and also for Social and Emotional Learning. Learn how to use the amazing Immersive Reader that makes learning accessible to all.

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Why Teachers and Students Need to Learn about Their Brains in the Digital Age

EdNews Daily

When it comes to literacy, for example, Maryanne Wolfe, in a recent article in The Guardian , explained that “skim reading” is replacing deep, analytical, reflective reading. Skim reading means that our brains scan for words and we don’t take the time to return to an earlier part of the text to refresh our recollection or rethink and reevaluate our take on the subject. There seems to be evidence that reading on a screen promotes this “light” version of reading.

Why Artificial Intelligence Belongs in ALL K-12 Classrooms

Mindspark Learning

We’re debunking common myths or roadblocks and giving every K-12 teacher, regardless of subject area or grade level, the top five reasons as to why AI should be on your radar! AI is too complicated - Leave it to the Silicon Valley tech experts.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

It is back to school time 2020 for many of us in the United States and beyond. For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment. I hope pou find this first article helpful and that you return for continued postings in this series.

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Why Artificial Intelligence Belongs in ALL K-12 Classrooms

Mindspark Learning

We’re debunking common myths or roadblocks and giving every K-12 teacher, regardless of subject area or grade level, the top five reasons as to why AI should be on your radar! AI is too complicated - Leave it to the Silicon Valley tech experts.

Naheed Kurji, Co-founder and CEO, Cyclica on how the startup raised CAD$40 million to build an AI-augmented drug discovery platform


Bookmark( 0 ) Please login to bookmark. Register Naheed Kurji is a co-founder and the President and CEO of Cyclica , a Toronto-based venture-backed biotechnology company. If there’s ever a time to push the boundaries of discomfort, it’s now, when the whole world has turned upside down.

PR Campaign Tips: 10 Harmful Myths You Need to Avoid


A solid PR campaign has the power to bolster your brand. If PR can do so much for a brand, why don’t more brands use public relations to begin with? The truth comes down to misinformation. We’d like to take this opportunity to set the record straight -- to debunk some of the most popular myths about public relations. There are many choices when it comes to PR, and at all price points. How to Pick the Right B2B PR Agency For You.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

For a time when we are physically social distancing, it has been beautiful to see how people are coming together to take care of our nation’s children. I want to start a conversation about what you all are finding to be working in the hopes that others can benefit from your experience. Much of what I’ve heard has been about ST Math , but many of these strategies are applicable to any program or situation.

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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3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

FREE WEBINAR ON INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry-based learning. Join me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns next Tuesday, October 3 for a special webinar on 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning. Go to and get started for free. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Where are they going to look to for teachers?

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.

A Professional Development Alternative

My Island View

As with all education conferences it is easy to identify what trends in education have been most popular over the last year by the number of sessions being offered on any given subject. I was delighted to see that there were several sessions on Professional Development, which is what I believe to be a key in improving our education system. I was pleased to hear that in the summary of these sessions that they would address the problems with professional development.

An Update on What You Need to Know about ESSA

Due to the rapid transition from NCLB to ESSA, it is important for educators and vendors to be aware of the key differences between the two. Steve Rowley, CEO of Acumen Partners, with Michael Campbell, Vice President of Acumen Partners, presented the latest updates on ESSA in the webinar, “ Making Sense of ESSA: What You Need to Know ,” co-hosted by and MCH Strategic Data. Each state must be aware of how to accurately track their benchmarks.

There’s No Such Thing As Being Bad at Math: How Neuroscience Is Changing the Equation


It’s common to hear well educated adults declare themselves “not a math person,” sometimes proudly. Indeed, people of all ages believe that mathematical ability is something you are either born with or not, rather than something to be mastered with focused effort. What’s more, it’s harmful to kids as they have their first experiences learning math; the attitude that “I can’t learn math” quickly becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. To some young people, that is exciting.

What Makes Professional Development Work?

There are a vast plethora of people who could be the best teachers ever, yet they don’t want to be in the profession. It is not easy for teachers to thrive and to grow when teacher professional development is irrelevant, generic, and unsustainable. This approach can enable administrators to differentiate to meet the needs of all their teachers. 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. 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?

What’s New


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

Are You Still There? How a ‘Netflix’ Model For Advising Lost Its Luster


The “Netflix for education” analogy has become somewhat of a cliché for edtech companies using student data to recommend anything from courses to textbooks. The pitch is simple: Why waste time choosing, or leave it to chance of whether a human advisor will understand your unique situation, when an algorithm can tell what you want based on your academic history? At first, Degree Compass was met with fanfare and praise—and data to back it up. percent to 33.8

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. Manheim Central School District (PA) Superintendent Dr. Peter Aiken said they partnered with a company to educate their staff about email threats. Filter information coming into buildings and to school email addresses.

Micro-Credentials: Taking PD to the next level

The Thinking Stick

If we know this is the best type of professional development, and we have research that shows time and time again that the traditional PD model adopted by schools; the one-off PD day, the yearly conference, the after-school two-hour session, do not lead to improved teaching or changes in student performance. It’s that embedded approach that allows for the change to happen. Meet the mentors and learn more about the micro-credentials in this webinar.

#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?


Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? How many MOOCs have you signed up for and how many have you taken?” was the question first posed to the #DLNchat community by Aneesa Davenport, social media and analytics manager for EdSurge. Every space to engage fits that bill.


mLevel’s Top 3 Learning and Development Lessons Of 2017


As a team, we’ve all expanded our knowledge over the last year, from how to make business more efficient, to learning new technologies, to hosting company-wide brainstorming sessions, to expanding our internship programs. At mLevel, we deliver an innovative platform to help others learn better, retain more information, and perform better on the job. Most of all, I think customers want to see training produce real results as soon as possible.

Wednesday's "Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning" Mini-Conference - New Sessions Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

DATE: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 COST: Free REGISTRATION: To register for the mini-conference, join There is no cost to join, but there is a membership approval process in order to eliminate spammers. Those who are already members of do not need to do anything. To make sure your computer or mobile is configured for Zoom, please visit We all need to commit to making them a better user experience.

The Emergency Home Learning Summit Final Week - 24 Amazing Interviews Start Tomorrow

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

the interviews will be available to watch free for five days (or until the summit ends on the night of the 25th). But you can own access to the full library by buying the Summit all-access pass, which is $99, a $50 savings from the price after the 25th.

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. This Ultimate Guide to Podcasting is broken down in several categories listed below. The information in each of these sections is intended to give the reader a taste of what is possible while also providing links to full articles or podcasts on the topic.

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.

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!).