Thu.Feb 16, 2017

10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try

Ditch That Textbook

The basic functions of Google Drive and Google Classroom are only the starting point for the innovative and creative uses one can use in the classroom. Alice Keeler, my co-author in our upcoming book Ditch That Homework, proves that again and again.

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Game Based Learning: Make Fast Teaching Games with SMART lab

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored Post by SMART Learning Suite From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Formative assessment and game based learning make a powerful combination in the classroom. I love SMART lab, a new feature of the SMART Learning Suite.

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24 Of The Best PDF Tools For Teachers

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5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

NPR Learning and Tech

In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction. Image credit: Courtesy of Scott Bedley

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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Flipped learning takes a big step forward

eSchool News

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI), a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders introduced its inaugural cadre of enterprise mission partners.

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Stop Praising Student Work. Be Specific Instead.

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Cheap or free hacks to redesign your classroom


Back in my school days classrooms were pretty standard: double desks with a small built-in space for your backpack, the teacher’s desk at the front, a blackboard, a country map, two or three hanging pots with leafy green plants and a waste basket.

“Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings”

The Principal of Change

In a recent discussion, I was asked about “common assessments” in a classroom. The thought here is that no matter what classroom you were in, the assessments would look the same. When I asked them to clarify, I asked outright, “Do you mean that all students will take the same test?”,

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News


As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom. Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can’t determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach media literacy has gained new momentum. The study showed that while students absorb media constantly, they often lack the critical thinking skills needed to tell fake news from the real stuff.

Got an Idea for an Edtech Tool to Support Special Education? NewSchools Ignite Might Fund it!

EdNews Daily

Announcing up to $1.5 Million in New Funding Opportunities for Edtech Entrepreneurs! NewSchools Venture Fund is excited to announce the launch of its next ed tech funding opportunity: the NewSchools Ignite Special Education Challenge.

Google Drive Cheat Sheet for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

February 17, 2017 A huge number of emails we receive from our readers are queries about different features in Google Drive. And while we have extensively covered Google Drive functionalities more. Google Drive Tips

6 EdTech Tools for the Future Classroom

Gaggle Speaks

While we can’t predict what the future holds for EdTech tools, we can make educated guesses as to which resources will see success in years to come. Some of the most impactful technology of the future is already available today, even if it’s not currently in your school or district.

Student Finance Gets a Facelift With CampusLogic’s Acquisition of Cegment


Many students, no matter their economic situation, don’t like fretting about financial aid. As CEO of the student financial aid startup CampusLogic , Gregg Scoresby has heard plenty of these concerns. To alleviate some of their worries, he’s trying to meet students where they’re at—online and on mobile devices—and upgrade the entire student financial aid process while doing so. Since founding the Gilbert, Ariz.-based

Teaching our Children the Truth to Self-Love

Fractus Learning

Often we wonder how can we teach children self-love? I believe that in order to teach self-love, we need to demonstrate what it is. We should walk our talk. Because we teach children with every action we take.

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For Kids: Measure Distance on Google Maps, No Matter How Short, with a simple Google Search

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9 Fun Balance Board Choices for Active Kids

Fractus Learning

A balance board is a fun and active toy kids can enjoy both in and out of the house. But more than that, these boards help kids development important skills. Physical skills like spatial awareness, balance and coordination are developed and practiced with the use of a balance board.

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My Entire Math Book Is DOK 1

Teacher Tech

My Entire Math Book Is DOK 1 I taught High School math for 14 years. In looking back at the curriculum my district used, it was almost entirely DOK 1 and a little DOK 2. In other words, low critical thinking. In response to “when am I ever going to use this” we would assure students […]. The post My Entire Math Book Is DOK 1 appeared first on Teacher Tech. Math math


Here Is A Treasure Trove of Free Printable Worksheets and Lesson Plans for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

February 16, 2017 BusyTeacher is an excellent website that provides a wide variety of educational materials especially curated for language teachers. It has over 17,000 free printable more. teacher websites

Breakout of Your ThingLink 360!

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

We hope you will join our webinar event featuring Dan Gallagher's session on how to facilitate Breakout EDU type learning experiences, powered by ThingLink 360/VR. This session will take place live on February 28th @ 6:00 pm EST. Sign up to receive an archived copy of the recording.

Pt 2: Project Based Learning … 5 More Misconceptions and Resources to Raise the PBL Bar

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome back… I had to come up with five more ideas to reflect on as all of you work on incorporating PBL practice in the classroom. It was wonderful seeing all the retweets with over one thousand reads a day from that last PBL post.

Team Digital Breakout Edu- Canadian Style!


Cross-Post from: Last week I was invited by my friends Kim Pollishuke and Jenn Casa-Todd to play a collaborative, live, on-line game of Digital Breakout EDU via Google Hangouts.

Energizing Ideas for a Flexible ELA Classroom


Ariel Sacks says teachers who read The Flexible ELA Classroom will get to know "an enthusiastic, skilled teacher" effectively applying "many of the best current teaching trends."

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money


This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report. To the other 13 school/district case studies, click here. During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken their positions and were trying to figure out how to meet students’ needs.

Ed-Tech Industry Group Names Bridget Foster as New Leader

Marketplace K-12

The software association's educational technology practice changed leaders for the second time in six months, as it re-focuses from the promise of ed-tech to its impact. The post Ed-Tech Industry Group Names Bridget Foster as New Leader appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Educational Technology/Ed-Tech implementation SIIA

See Game-Based Learning In Action at Pinellas

MIND Research Institute

Something special is going on with math education at Pinellas County Schools (PCS). Local public radio picked up this story: It’s family game night at Davis Elementary School in Clearwater, but there's not a Monopoly board or a Jenga block in sight. Instead, kids and parents are playing math games.

10 Factors To Consider When Choosing A College

TeachThought - Learn better.

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Real-time Assessment Tool a Great Fit for BYOD, 1-to-1


Cleverly designed for teachers, Formative offers a flexible and attractive solution for gathering a variety of student response types and offering individualized feedback. Techlearning Resources Site of the Week

Evolution vs Revolution

iterating toward openness

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S'Cool Tools of the Week: Refugee Libraries Toolkit, 21Teach


This week in S’Cool Tools, we've got two tools for you, chosen by the EdSurge team. If you’d like to be featured in our S’Cool Tools column, click here to leave your very own Teacher Case Study. Refugee Libraries Toolkit Free! Refugee Libraries Toolkit : The Refugee Libraries website self-describes itself as “an attempt to reach across the library community to provide resources to better serve refugee populations.”

Ever Participated in an Online Book Club? It’s Easy and Fun. Come Join the FLN Book Club!


The Flipped Learning Network Launches a Book Club! First up: The Innovator’s Mind Set by George Couros One great way to explore new ideas and get in some PD while also take a bit of a break is. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

A Simple Way to Get Student Feedback Regularly


Longtime readers of ProfHackers might remember that I’m a fan of the simple solution: from putting labels on your stuff to carabiners for my keys to rubber bands around my dry erase markers to a multitool on my keyring to velcro ties around everything to a holster for my smartphone.

Learning Life Science with Picture Books


Bring exploration, fact-gathering and deduction to grades 3-5 life science classes with Stewart and Chesley's "Perfect Pairs." Full of standards-based lessons aligned to fiction/nonfiction picture books. Literacy coach Pam Hamilton eager to share it with teachers.