Fri.Jul 27, 2018

Padlet: Time to Take a Selfie Icebreaker

Catlin Tucker

Do you struggle to learn your students’ names at the start of the school year? If so, this is an icebreaker activity you should try! First, teachers create a Padlet wall, title it “Time to Take a Selfie,” and provide a prompt with questions for students to answer.

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How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They are also getting higher grades. What are makerspaces?

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Kiddom Helps Administrators Manage Change

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kiddom is an easy-to-use learning management system that provides educators with an effective alternative to Google Classroom. Its pages are visual and easy-to-understand, enabling teachers to quickly create lesson plans, find targeted resources, and determine how students are doing.

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The 4 C’s of Learning in a Connected Classroom

EdTech Magazine

The 4 C’s of Learning in a Connected Classroom. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:34. K–12 schools transitioning to a connected classroom model should be focusing on four key aspects, or the “four C’s” of learning , to create a successful learning environment, according to a Cisco report on using technology in the classroom. For teachers with the latest smartboard or new Chromebooks for students, installing the technology is not the end of the process, it’s the very beginning.

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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.

Top 10 Tips for Launching Your Makerspace


Makerspaces engage students and encourage critical thinking and collaboration, but getting started can be daunting. Makerspaces engage students and encourage critical thinking and collaboration, but getting started can be daunting.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools


Software & Online 3DBEAR AR INNOVATOR PROGRAM ( product/ ) 3DBear allows students to design and create mixed-reality scenes, then bring their models to life using a 3D printer to create three-dimensional scenes.

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Inundated by Privacy Policies?


Has your inbox been inundated with privacy policies and statements of disclosure for the software or websites you use? If so, you are not alone.

August 2018


FEATURES ISTE TAKEAWAYS By Eileen Belastock Much like training for half marathons, Eileen Belastock trains for conferences. ISTE 2018 in Chicago was her latest “half marathon.” As a director of academic technology, she decided to focus on five areas at ISTE this year.

With the new ‘Aim Higher Act,’ House Democrats want states to make community college free

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Higher Education newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Thursday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today!

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.



For the fifth year, Tech & Learning presents its awards program that honors great products at ISTE 2018. For the fifth year, Tech & Learning presents its awards program that honors great products at ISTE 2018.

K–12 IT Teams Use Artificial Intelligence to Help with Wi-Fi Upkeep

EdTech Magazine

K–12 IT Teams Use Artificial Intelligence to Help with Wi-Fi Upkeep. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:17. K–12 districts are adopting artificial intelligence to help with Wi-Fi upkeep as networks are feeling added pressure from one-to-one device programs and connected modern classrooms take up bandwidth.


Managing Comments in Google Classroom (2018 Update!)


Google Classroom is an under-rated messaging platform for teachers and students. When used effectively, the messaging / commenting capabilities in classroom lead to rich conversations and learning moments between teachers and students.

10 districts with awesome brands

eSchool News

No one is great at everything, but everyone is great at something. These 10 school districts identified why their district is awesome, then structured everything they do around it to produce a noteworthy brand.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Top 5 Takeaways from ISTE 2018


Much like when I train for a half marathon, I train for conferences. I have a specific goal in mind, determine my pacing schedule, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids. Much like when I train for a half marathon, I train for conferences.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via The Hill : “ Betsy DeVos ’s $40 million yacht set adrift by vandals.” ” Don’t worry. Her nine other yachts were unharmed.

Need to Know: Cybersecurity


Chris Wysopal is a hacker who was quoted in a Washington Post column about the state of internet security (or perhaps we should call it Insecurity).

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10 Ways to Enhance Your Literacy Lessons With Buncee


August is a few days away, and you know what that means! Yes, to the joy of parents everywhere, Back to School season is upon us once more. In celebration, we here at Buncee are bringing you ideas and inspiration on ways you can enhance your lessons in literacy with Buncee.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Visual Programming Approach Opens App Design to More Learners


Lightwell No coding required -- visual app design for the rest of us Pros: Novice app designers can create and publish professional-looking apps. Cons: Teachers will need to provide significant planning and design support to ensure student success.

How to Provide HIPAA Compliant WiFi Service

SecurEdge Networks Mobility Blog

Reliable, secure WiFi is a utility. In no other industry is this remarkably more clear perhaps, than in healthcare , where the number of WiFi devices and wireless technology has become an intrinsic part of the day-to-day. WiFi Services WiFi Performance WiFi Design Wireless Network Security

3-Bullet Thursday [Showlio. Lego Wedo. Basecamp]


Interested in generating dynamic, beautifully aesthetic websites DIRECTLY from your dropbox folder? Consider using Showlio for student portfolio generation. Folder organization become website "tabs" and folder content is embedded dynamically on your website.


Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler I took my 90-year-old father and 88-year-old mother out for a drive around their home town of Plymouth yesterday. It was a small treat to celebrate their 67th Wedding Anniversary, and they really enjoyed their outing.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Tech & Learning Leadership Summit: Winds of Change in the Windy City


Nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago, Tech & Learning hosted its annual pre-ISTE Tech & Learning Leadership Summit at the W Chicago—Lakeshore hotel.

Kindergarten Perspectives: Telling a Story on the iPad


One of the most exciting days of the year for my Kindergarten English as a Second Language students is our field trip to Patterson Farm. The field trip to the farm is a fun-filled day for students to experience a new place while learning about content standards and vocabulary. This year I asked some of my students to take their classroom iPads with them on the field trip to document their experience.

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Product Review: Workbench


Workbench is an online project-based learning platform where teachers can create, find, and share STEAM-related projects and curricula. ?


DeVos To Make It Tougher For Defrauded Students To Seek Debt Relief

NPR Learning and Tech

The Trump administration is proposing new rules that make it harder for defrauded students to get relief from the federal government, in an attempt to save taxpayers money. Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

11 Good Tools for History and Social Studies Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

DocsTeach is a great website that provides teachers and students access to thousands of primary sources that include things such as maps, videos, photographs, census records, draft cards, graphs,read more. Primary source documents

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Ed-Tech Boomtowns: Money Flowing to China’s Mega-Cities

Marketplace K-12

The metro hubs of Shanghai and Beijing have seen huge jumps in the amount of investment flowing to ed-tech companies in recent years, according to CB Insights. The post Ed-Tech Boomtowns: Money Flowing to China’s Mega-Cities appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Investment / Venture Capital Mergers and Acquisitions

It’s time to change our learning model

eSchool News

As a 22-year-old first-year teacher, I was introduced to one of the biggest challenges within our schools. While setting up my classroom, my principal came by to deliver a set of fifth-grade textbooks and an analysis of the starting points for each of the 28 students in my class.