Sun.Nov 11, 2018

Project Pals: The Perfect PBL Software for Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

PBL Software Review From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Project Pals is a powerful new tool that lets students organize projects.

TEACHER VOICE: Why that chatty student driving you nuts could become president of the United States

The Hechinger Report

. As a middle school teacher, I often see my colleagues taking pains to keep students quiet during class. After all, the rhythm of the traditional classroom doesn’t leave much room for chatting among students, and socializing in class is often viewed as a proxy for poor behavior or inattentiveness.

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4 Skills and Traits Great Schools Teach That Will Always be Essential

The Principal of Change

My New BAM! Radio Show Is On How To Differentiate Instruction for ELLs

Larry Ferlazzo

How Can We Best Differentiate Instruction for ELLs is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show. Tonya Ward Singer, Valentina Gonzalez, and Jenny Vo join me in the conversation, and they have also all contributed written commentaries to my Education Week Teacher column. By the way, the BAM!

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.

Two new documentaries showcase a long and winding road to college

The Hechinger Report

Enoch Jemmott, right, is a New York City public high school senior struggling with his own college applications while helping his peers in the film “Personal Statement.” Source: VIMEO. BROOKLYN, N.Y.

“Fixed-Fights,” Self-Efficacy & Student Motivation

Larry Ferlazzo

geralt / Pixabay. In my nineteen year community organizing career prior to becoming a public school teacher, one tool we used to encourage people to do something they had never done before — participate in public life — was develop what we called “fixed-fights.”

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Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. Photo: Chris Berdik.

New World War I Teaching & Learning Resources

Larry Ferlazzo

bmewett / Pixabay. Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About World War I : Breaking News English: Lesson on World War 1 is for ELLs. 100th anniversary of the end of WWI is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe. social studies

Acer Invites Schools to Participate in Chrome Tablet Seed Program


K-12 schools can test Acer's tablet running Chrome OS, with no obligation to purchase

Video: “What Happens When You Procrastinate Too Much”

Larry Ferlazzo

nile / Pixabay. I’m considering adding this new video from Science Insider to the lesson on do on procrastination. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Students About The Dangers Of Procrastination. teacher resources video

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Titus Learning Shortlisted for 2019 Bett Awards


Titus Learning has been included in two categories

Ed Tech Digest

Larry Ferlazzo

Five years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech.

Follett Unveils ‘Classroom Ready Collections’


“Classroom Ready Collections” include lesson plans, activities, videos, interactives, and worksheets that are searchable and discoverable within Follett Destiny

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A Look Back: “The Endless Loop Of Negative Attention”

Larry Ferlazzo

This blog has gained many new readers over the past year. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a daily “A Look Back” where I share a best post from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.

Presentation Trick Innovative Educators Will Love

The Innovative Educator

Here’s a trick that will come in handy for innovative educators who have times when it becomes helpful to have lots of tabs easily accessible.

This Week In Web 2.0

Larry Ferlazzo

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2018 – So Far ).

An Important Critical Thinking Cheat Sheet for Teachers and Educators

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Critical thinking is a disruptive cognitive process that explores alternative ways of thinking about something with the purpose of uncovering silent and untold meanings. Critical thinkers more

Resources On Terrible Camp Fire Near Here & How To Help Victims

Larry Ferlazzo

skeeze / Pixabay. Our area of Northern California is becoming the site of regular and terrible wildfires.

itslearning Introduces New E-book on Closing the Equity Gap in Education


“Technology + Curriculum = Equity” uses the example of the Houston Independent School District to explain how technology and curriculum can improve learning equity

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Larry Ferlazzo

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2018 – So Far ): ‘We’re Bringing Education Back’: Takeaways From The Election is from NPR.

Sphero Seeks Top Global Educators


Sphero Heroes ambassador program application is now open

Academic Tech News and Tools from Across the Web, w/e 11-10-18


Informative, inspiring, or just plain interesting education and digital technology content from across the web, posted on Twitter over the past week and collected here to share with our blog readers. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

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PAST EVENT: Tech & Learning Leadership Summit @ Chicago


School district leaders gathered before the ISTE conference to discuss ways they can encourage better collaboration between their technology & curriculum department leaders

How to Be Heard Worldwide from Your Classroom


Whatever you know, sharing it outside school walls can inform policymakers, journalists, the public, other teachers, researchers, and professors – who can use your classroom discoveries to better serve students. Educator and writer Jenny Grant Rankin shows how.



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What is COPPA?

eSchool News

The Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act, more commonly known as COPPA, is a law dealing with how websites, apps, and other online operators collect data and personal information from kids under the age of 13.

Here Is A Great Google Tool for Creating VR Experiences in Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Tour Creator is a new tool released by Google a few days ago which allows you to create your own VR tours. Students can use it to create rich 360 experiences using their own 360 photos or images more

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The Global Read Aloud

eSchool News

This week’s #BloggerMondays share is the wonderful blog of Pernille Ripp , creator of The Global Read Aloud and a relentless advocate for creating environments that instill a passion for reading for students. Ripp’s focus, however, goes well beyond developing readers.