Tue.Feb 06, 2018

Should schools ban spiral notebooks?

The Christensen Institute

From the first-hand experiences of millions of students and teachers worldwide, it’s clear that paper notebooks are a deterrent to quality education. For generations, students have used them in class to scribble or doodle, pass messages to their friends, or construct wads, planes, and spitball projectiles. Given the numerous ways students can use their notebooks to derail learning, it’s a wonder that most schools still permit them in class, right? Hold on a sec.

Following the lessons of learning science in schools isn’t convenient

The Hechinger Report

Source: CSA Images/Printstock Collection via Getty Images. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today!

Nick Foles Just Gave Teachers A Gift Of A Great SEL Lesson

Larry Ferlazzo

Check out this quote from Eagles quarterback Nick Foles: “I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles said. “In In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it’s a highlight. It’s all the good things.

10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify and Screencasting for Formative Assessment (a sponsored post) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Screencasting is a useful assessment tool.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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Spot Check Assignments with Google Classroom (Video Overview)

The Electric Educator

Research projects strike fear into the heart of most students. These big projects also strike fear into the hearts of teachers because they require a lot of planning and take FOREVER to grade! Grading complex, long term assignments is overwhelming because there is so much to do all at once.

Quizlet Raises $20 Million to Bring More Artificial Intelligence to Its Study Tools


Big numbers are nothing new to Quizlet , one of the most widely-used digital study tools in the United States. The San Francisco-based developer behind the platform claims more than 30 million monthly users, including 1 in 2 high schoolers, and 1 in 3 college students, in the United States. And according to one website tracker , it is among the most visited sites in the country (besting LinkedIn and Spotify). But there’s another number that also has the company excited.

What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids

NPR Learning and Tech

Many of these experts are also parents, and their work informs their approach to making rules with their kids about phones, TV and other media. Image credit: Raymond Biesinger for NPR


Why College Is Not an Employment Agency


A new book makes “ The Case Against Education.” It’s decidedly not something to give to a high-school junior looking to get into college. The author, Bryan Cantor, a professor of economics at George Mason University, draws a picture of college as a bleak and miserable place, a Dickensian ordeal, peopled with distracted students, taught by mediocre faculty who, apart from mathematics, science and English, have nothing worth teaching their bored and listless students.

Learner-Centred Innovation – New Book From @KatieMartinEDU

The Principal of Change

I am truly excited to announce that the second book from IMpress , a subsidiary of Dave Burgess Consulting , “Learner-Centred Innovation”, is now available on Amazon. This book is by one of my favorite writers and someone I look to as a thought leader in education, Katie Martin.

Online Poster Maker – Free, Simple, No Account Required

Nick's Picks for Educational Technology

Online Poster Maker – Free, Simple, No Account Required Free Online Poster Maker – DesignCap DesignCap.com Designing digital posters can provide a quick, creative, and engaging way for students to show what they know.

What’s So Different About High Tech High Anyway?


Walking onto a High Tech High campus is like entering a workshop. Our tour guide, sophomore Caroline Egler, pointed out classrooms that supposedly housed physics or humanities or biology, but most students weren’t in those rooms.

A Student’s Guide to Using Google Sheets

Teacher Tech

A Student’s Guide to Using Google Sheets Using a spreadsheet is a life skill. In the real world, successful people use spreadsheets. I have created a Google Doc with 4 essential skills that if students can do just these 4 things they can use spreadsheets for assignments. Provide this guide to students along with the […]. The post A Student’s Guide to Using Google Sheets appeared first on Teacher Tech. Beginner Google Sheets

K-12 Dealmaking: ACT Invests in Smart Sparrow; LivingTree, PeopleAdmin Make Acquisitions

Marketplace K-12

In this week’s dealmaking news, assessment developer ACT invested adaptive learning company Smart Sparrow. Also, K-12 engagement platform LivingTree acquired fundraising platform Edbacker and PeopleAdmin acquired Performance Matters. The post K-12 Dealmaking: ACT Invests in Smart Sparrow; LivingTree, PeopleAdmin Make Acquisitions appeared first on Market Brief.

Student Safety and Restorative Justice

Gaggle Speaks

Zero-tolerance behavioral policies spread throughout the United States in the mid-1990s, after the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 required states to expel for one year any student who brought a firearm to school, or lose all federal funding. Similar policies have since extended to drug-related incidents and physical confrontations.

Forget ‘Sage on the Stage,’ and ‘Guide on the Side.’ The Challenges Of Teaching In the Trump Era


College professors don’t always talk to each other about the intricacies of their teaching practices, and it often seems a mystery to scholars what goes on in other people’s courses. Bonni Stachowiak has created a forum to spread those stories and techniques with her long-running podcast, Teaching in Higher Ed.

Handle Criticism Effectively

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 32 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You can tell a lot about a person by how they handle criticism.

5 Ways to Use JotForm Cards With Your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the fastest growing technologies in education is forms–to gather information, curate data, test students, and much more. There are lots of platforms available but for many, JotForm is the gold standard whether on PCs, Macs, or mobile devices.

iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Tony Vincent on episode 247 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? Want to help a student with a unique character spell their name?

Here’s how 4 schools are supporting wireless internet needs

eSchool News

As wireless internet needs become more important for students and instructors, many schools are bolstering their connectivity to ensure smooth learning experiences.

Tech Engages Today’s Students, But Teachers Need Support

EdTech Magazine

Tech Engages Today’s Students, But Teachers Need Support. meghan.bogardu…. Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:13. This generation of students is beyond tech-savvy and could be described as tech-innate. Since this group has grown up in a high-tech society, they think spatially and in 4D, which is different than past generations.

NextGen Schools: Measuring the Success of Innovative Practices


As long as there has been public education, there have been efforts to improve and reform it. With the current educational landscape being rapidly improved by technology, keeping up with the latest. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

Instant Plagiarism Check Add-on for Google Docs from Unicheck

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Unicheck, well-known in the educational circles for their technological breakthroughs and innovations, has created a Google Docs plagiarism checker add-on that enables users to check their texts.read more. google docs

Should Your School Adopt @MicrosoftEDU as your Instructional Technology Platform?



Technology Tidbits

Storyline is a cool site for learning how to code/program Alexa (Amazon's smart speaker device), that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog. Storyline is very simple to use and features a drag-n-drop interface for selecting actions and commands.

Expanded Support to Sustain Net Neutrality 


With the FCC plan to eliminate net neutrality heading toward becoming a formal regulation, opponents are now moving on two fronts. First, 21 states and the District of Columbia filed suit in federal court to block the FCC’s turnabout.

Projector Screen Store

Technology Tidbits

Projector Screen Store is a great site for educators or parents looking to find screens, projectors, cables, and more for home or their classroom. Also, this is an ideal place to find good deals and other resources such as: how to build a home theater or how a green screen works.

Mass Group Google Doc Editing During Class

Cycles of Learning

Not a new idea at all, but I am always blown away by how productive class is when I assign a writing assignment and spend the class editing and providing feedback to all docs simultaneously.

4 Models of blended learning to implement in the classroom


We can all agree that the phrase “blended learning” is well and truly a part of the modern-day discourse on education; so much so that academics have begun to curate a universal definition, as well as identify sub-themes and genres of the concept.

Voicegram Is A Two-Way Audio Chatbot That’s Useful For ELLs

Larry Ferlazzo

I’ve been a longtime fan of using chatbots with English Language Learners (see The Best Online “Chatbots” For Practicing English , as well as The Best “When I Say Jump” Online Sites For Practicing English).

It’s Time to Vote for the 2018 Barrow Peace Prize: Who Will Win?

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our 2nd graders have been hard at work learning about 4 civil rights leaders and preparing a project that has become known as the Barrow Peace Prize.

Bob Marley Was Born On This Day In 1945 – Here Are Related Resources

Larry Ferlazzo

Bob Marley was born on February 6th. You might be interested in two related “Best” lists: The Best Websites For Learning About Bob Marley. The Best Sites Remembering Bob Marley Thirty Years After His Death.

7 Great Web Tools to Help Teachers Annotate Web Pages

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Annotating is a great way to capture and record your thoughts as you interact with a reading material which can be a text document, a web page, a PDF, an image or even a video. It offers you a deeper.read more. web annotating tools

Two Good Tools To Help Students Learn About Taking Responsibility

Larry Ferlazzo

I have a pretty good lesson in one of my motivation books on helping students learn about taking responsibility. You can find some components of it at The Best Resources For Helping Students (& The Rest Of Us) Learn The Concept Of Not Blaming Others.