Mon.Dec 09, 2019

Tools for Designing Awesome Graphics

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! I started this blog 10 years ago, which was shortly after using Twitter and other social media tools to connect with educators.

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Have Santa Call Your Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa.

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Demonstrating the Impact of Powerful Learning: HP Teaching Fellows and Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

If you’ve ever found yourself in Baltimore and walked into Katie Dell’s classroom, you would see students personalizing their learning experience by choosing from an array of activities that are designed to help them work toward their learning goals.

Guest post: Educational Toys for Your Kids to Shape their Future


Kids learn and use so much information in their daily lives. What we have learned is that much of the information they retain is from playing with toys. Of course, in this case, toys are not just play things and more for educational purposes.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Google Classroom: SHORTCUT to To-do

Teacher Tech

Get to the To-do List Faster One of the advantages to using an online platform like Google Classroom is it is faster to review student work. However, it is not faster if you do not know they have work to review. To-Do in the Menu In the upper left of Google Classroom is a 3 […].

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To All Educators… I Believe In You… A Special Letter From Santa 2019

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a very magical entry… one that has been a traditional post each holiday season.

Building coding skills with playful learning in grades K-2

eSchool News

Teaching computer coding skills and concepts in the primary grades may sound like a challenge, but now there are hands-on activities and age-appropriate software that engage young students in this type of learning.

The Case For Applying Cognitive Psychology in Your Classroom


Everyone has a vested interest in education.

Let Students Lead


Computer Science Education Week is this week, sparking excitement in an ever-growing educational conversation about the importance of coding in K-12 curriculum.


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.

Making Research Books More ‘Discoverable’ Online.


If a dissertation rolls off the presses, and no one reads it, does it make a difference? It’s a quandary no freshly minted PhD wants to ponder. Yet the longform research typical to disciplines like English, history and sociology can be difficult to share and find online.

STUDENT VOICE: Despite suiting many families’ needs, California community colleges remain an undervalued option

The Hechinger Report

Like many students who choose community college, I factored cost into my decision. In 2008, my family was heavily invested in real estate just before the market crashed. That investment collapsed, leading to a lot of debt. But I grew up in an area of Orange County, California, where most high-school seniors are pushed to continue their education by going to a California State University, a University of California campus or one of many private institutions.

Decorate a Christmas Tree with Google Slides


This is a great way for students to be creative and to work on their writing skills by describing or writing about their holiday traditions, plans, or memories

One district’s mission to uphold student safety

eSchool News

School violence is a stark reminder of the reality our students live in today. As headlines keep rolling in, and as lawmakers are urged to act in the interest of student safety, many school leaders are left wondering how to keep their buildings and students secure.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Digital Equity: Urban, Suburban, Rural Districts Weigh In at #TLTechLive Leadership Summit


Leaders from urban, suburban, and rural districts were challenged to consider what digital equity looked like and discuss pain points and solutions


Using Sketchnotes and Doodles in ELA Lessons


A recent study found drawing can improve our memory more than re-writing or visualizing because it activates more areas of the brain. With this in mind, Megan Kelly set out to incorporate sketchnotes into her English class without it becoming “Language Arts and Crafts.”.

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Bloomz Offers New Ways to Fund School Communication


School communication and parental engagement app Bloomz announces the winners of its new Bloomz grant program, along with a new Classroom Sponsorship program

What Do Students Think About Cyberbullying?

Graphite Blog

Anytime someone is mean online, does that count as cyberbullying? And how is cyberbullying different from what we might call, for lack of a better term, regular old in-person bullying?

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Virtual High School Teaches Cybersecurity


Byte-Sized Security curriculum for grades 9-12 now available


Why K–12 Students Need to Be Taught to Guard Their Data Online

EdTech Magazine

A recent McAfee survey of 1,000 college students and recent graduates ages 18 to 25 revealed some startling statistics on how little this tech-savvy cohort knows about data security. As many as 80 percent of students surveyed said either they or a friend or family member had been affected by a cyberattack. Despite that, 43 percent said they believed that they wouldn’t ever be a victim of a cybercrime. The consequence? Shockingly poor data hygiene.

YR Media: Teen News Site Offers Articles, Podcasts, Videos and More on Edgy Topics


Students can build skills by thinking critically about the content they consume on YR Media

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How Schools and Universities Can Thwart Cyberattackers

EdTech Magazine

In July, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for almost a month after cyberattacks infiltrated four school districts’ IT systems , reported the Center for Digital Education. . Authorities cut off phone and internet services at schools as the districts attempted damage control. Edwards activated Louisiana’s Emergency Support Function 17 , a cyber incident response team created in 2017.

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.

Library of Congress: Stringed Instruments


What better way to acknowledge Violin Day (12/13) than to access the collection of stringed musical instruments housed at the Library of Congress? The photographs, construction details, recordings, articles, and related resources will be music to your ears

With a Virtual Reality Assist, Video Games Get K–12 Students Moving

EdTech Magazine

An often-heard lament from parents and teachers is that kids these days don’t get enough exercise, tethered as many are to their handheld electronic devices and video games. . Help is on the way, however, from an unlikely source. Ironically, the tech that could get kids moving is the same thing that promotes their sedentary state: video games. . Video Games as Physical Education.

#TwistedTropes 25. Schindler's shopping list

Learning with 'e's

Image from Wikimedia Commons Oskar Schindler was an industrialist, playboy and philanthropist during the Nazi occupation of Europe. Schindler's 'list' refers to his quiet defiance of Hitler's murderous regime when he saved several hundred of his Jewish employees from the Nazi death camps.

Fact or Fallacy: Why Esports Are Here to Stay in K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

With a $1 billion market, esports programs at K–12 schools and colleges or universities offer innovative ways to reach students in a tech-rich era. A growing number of K–12 schools are establishing esports programs , and universities are offering top players thousands of dollars in scholarships, but misconceptions persist about competitive video gaming in an educational setting. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Want to start an esports program at a K–12 school? Get tips at

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.