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Tips for Successful Digital Parenting

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Weston Kieschnick on the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How much time on devices is too much time? Should kids put up their smartphones and talk to each other and parents sometimes?

MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?


I took one of the very first MOOCs, and back then the videos, assignments, and certificates were all free. That was in 2011. Unfortunately, this experience can’t be replicated in 2017. As MOOC providers focussed on finding a business model, they started putting certain aspects of the experience behind a paywall, hoping to get more people to pay. MOOCs went from free to free to audit (nevermind that the concept of auditing a class is completely foreign in most parts of the world).

5 Tips for incorporating blended learning into your classroom


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10 Good Music Apps for High School Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

April 20, 2017 For those of you asking about music apps to use with high school students, the visual below features some good options to start with. These are all apps that have been featured more. Apps for high school students iPad music apps my freebies

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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.

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Teacher Voices: Kate Bartlett

Learning with 'e's

This is a continuation of my series of interviews with former students who are now teachers. The interview on this page features Kate Bartlett , a teacher at a primary school in Cornwall. You can follow her on Twitter as MissBartlettNQT. 1) What made you decide to become a teacher?

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This Islamic School Teaches How To Be Muslim, And American

NPR Learning and Tech

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness. Image credit: Neha Rashid /NPR

Has neuroscience changed teaching?

My Paperless Classroom

The insights that neuroscience can bring to many aspects of life can be revolutionary. Whether it is in legal issues, working practice or leadership, understanding the way our minds work can offer incredible opportunities for growth.

Higher Education in the Disinformation Age

Hack Education

This was what I said this evening at a panel at the University of Mary Washington as part of its Presidential Inauguration Week. The panel was titled "Higher Education in the Disinformation Age: Can America's public liberal arts universities restore critical thinking and civility in public discourse?"

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.

When Students Study What They Can Still Change

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post When Students Study What They Can Still Change appeared first on TeachThought. Learning

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Chrome Extensions Can Boost and Celebrate Literacy Among K–12 Students

EdTech Magazine

By Noah Geisel Leveraging a popular web browser can help teachers explore and track new ways of reading. Internet Mobile Apps Mobility Software Web Browsers

Word Silhouette Project with iPad


I love providing students with the chance to express themselves and dig deeper into what makes them special people. In this project, we are taking an old concept and redefining it with technology. Using multiple applications to create a dynamic perspective of student identity.

Real talk: This is what successful blended learning actually looks like

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This story is Part 2 of our April series on Blended Learning. Click here to read Part 1 on what makes a blended learning initiative fail. Check back every Thursday this month for the next installment!].

Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door


Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. Advocates praise their accessible low-prices and ability to meet students on digital devices. But skeptics hold that the quality of digital course materials don’t stand up to that of the Pearson’s and McGraw Hill’s of the world. But the polarizing camps might be coming together.


Bursting Through Those Baby Blues: Tips for Getting Through Those Post-Pregnancy Emotions

Fractus Learning

When I met our baby girl for the very first time it was pure euphoria. Her sweet face, that little cry; I could barely let the nurse take her in to be weighed. I was over […]. Baby Parents Psychology Resources baby coping depression health and wellbeing parents

It’s Time To Treat Homework Like Any Other Lesson

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post It’s Time To Treat Homework Like Any Other Lesson appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching


Why some schools are restricting student access to 3D printers

eSchool News

A number of factors, including lack of guidance and management issues, lead educators to restrict students’ access to 3D printers, according to a survey from Y Soft Corporation , an enterprise office solution provider.

Parents Guide to Selecting The Best Educational Apps for Kids

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

April 20, 2017 Living in a digitally focused world brings with it a number of serious concerns especially for patents and one of these concerns is kids interaction with technology. Too much more. apple guide for parents

Safety Management Categories: Profanity & Hate Speech

Gaggle Speaks

With this Gaggle Speaks post, we’re launching a new series specifically about our Safety Management categories. When Safety Representatives discover inappropriate content in student communications and files, they categorize them so that school and district emergency contacts can easily discern why they’re inappropriate. The Profanity & Hate Speech category is for terminology that students use inappropriately or with hurtful intent, whether in conversation with others or privately.

Why I’m Excited About 360 Video in Education

Class Tech Tips

If you’re a regular follower of you know that I’ve been really excited about virtual reality this year. One of my favorite types of resources are the 360 videos that transport students to new places.

6 Great Apps for Teaching Kids About Important Health Topics


Tech Offers so Many Great New Tools for Teaching About Health Topics Health education is one of the most important parts of schooling, but current techniques and curriculum tend to be a bit outdated. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

A Rich Resource for Teaching and Learning U.S. History


Stellar collection of U.S. history content, lesson plans, best practices. Techlearning Resources Site of the Week

A New Google Earth Feature to Introduce Students to The World's Cultures

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

April 20, 2017 A few days ago we shared with you a quick review of some of the best features in the new Google Earth. Today, we want to particularly highlight one of these new features more. Google Earth

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Schoolzilla ‘File Configuration Error’ Exposes Data for More Than 1.3M Students, Staff


BIG DATA SLIP: Earlier this month, security researcher Chris Vickery uncovered a flaw in Schoolzilla’s data configuration settings through which personal information from the company’s data warehousing tools was backed up to a publicly accessible location on Amazon S3.

“The use of Sway is the most powerful activity that enables students to do more in a short amount of time.” – Amna Manzoor, Dubai

Daily Edventures

Amna Manzoor. Innovation Coordinator and ICT Teacher Post 16. Pristine Private School. Dubai, UAE. AmnaInnovatist. Amna Manzoor is on a mission to connect her students to the world globally.

To Reduce the Stress of Parent-Teacher Meetings, Try This.

Turning Learning On Its Head


Annotating Financial Context Automatically with Bloomberg Lens


Despite the fact that the web is a powerful tool for annotation , many news stories and blog posts lack relevant context that would be useful for readers. Especially as a site ages, it can be hard to know how information has changed over time. Most of us at ProfHacker like

Teaching Writing in MS: A Plan for the New Teacher


Anna Roseboro’s Teaching Writing in the Middle School can serve as a practical handbook to support the work of beginning English Language Arts teachers. Literacy coach Cynthia McKenzie says those new teachers will find many helpful ideas in the year-long guide. Book Reviews Writing Anna J.

Meet Our Ambassadors: Jeff Richardson

Graphite Blog

The Common Sense Ambassadors are an exceptional group of Common Sense Certified education leaders who share their passion and inspiration about our mission with others. Today we're spotlighting Ambassador Jeff Richardson. What do you do? I am an instructional technology coach serving Berry and Simmons Middle Schools in Hoover, Alabama.

Using Teacher Portfolios for Evaluation and PD


In Handbook on Teacher Portfolios, longtime education researchers Tucker, Stronge, and Gareis present a comprehensive case for using teacher portfolios for teacher evaluation and professional learning. Highly recommended by writing project director Diana Grady.

Deepen Math Thinking with Percussive Dance


Malke Rosenfeld's Math on the Move is about changing student mindsets about mathematics through whole body movement. Linda Biondi finds it packed with K-8 classroom tested activities, coaching tips, video clips and more to have students “dancing in the aisles”!