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Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

The CoolCatTeacher

Inside Virtual Reality and Predictions for the Future From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I donned my Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at about 10:30 p.m. After what seemed like five minutes, I took off the headset — to find it was 12:30 a.m.!

Beginning the School Year With Connections: 2018

User Generated Education

I have written before about the beginning of the school year, Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content. I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between each other and with me. I want students to learn about one another in a personal way.

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Student Agency is More Than Voice and Choice

A Principal's Reflections

Educators and schools across the globe have embraced the concept of student agency. It is a relatively simple concept in theory, but much more difficult to implement in practice.

In the Presence of a Hero…and How it Challenged Me as an Educator

Tom Murray

This post is dedicated to my new friend, Scott. Thank you, Scott, for challenging me to be a better educator, and more importantly, a better person. Recently, I had an experience that I can’t stop thinking about.

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.

And All Of A Sudden, I’m So Good At Math

The Jose Vilson

The school day before the math state exam, we went over any number of topics: linear relationships, scientific notation, the slope-intercept form of a linear equation. In each instance, I had a few sample problems carefully planned out for whole class review. Yes, I had a lesson plan for the session this time.] Then, I prompted students to ask about "confusing" problems for us to review together. They picked one about frequency tables. I knew the answer.

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Toss the Smartboard. Here's The Best #BacktoSchool Teaching Tool: @ClassroomScreen

The Innovative Educator

ClassroomScreen which I will be using at all future learning events. ClassroomScreen basically allows me to ditch my former toolbox of presentation tools as it combines them into one nice, simple place.

OPINION: What white students still need to understand about white supremacy, a year after Charlottesville

The Hechinger Report

Demonstrators carry Confederate and Nazi flags during the Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. Photo: © Emily Molli/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press. On the first day of the fall semester last year, I made a mistake.

Six Strategies to Help Introverts Thrive at School and Feel Understood


In every classroom, teachers try to engage students who have a variety of temperaments: extroverts, introverts and ambiverts. They work with children who crave sensory stimulation and with those who are highly sensitive to noise and visual distraction.

A Reminder for Those Tough Moments with Students

The Principal of Change

Early in my teaching career, I remember many nights where I would come home and cry. Non-stop crying. It wasn’t because of how exhausting the work was (because it was), but it was often because of an adverse interaction with a student that day.

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.

How We Can Cultivate Integrity in Middle School


Adolescents need ongoing opportunities to think deeply about what honesty and integrity mean to them and to help them align their choices with their beliefs. Debbie Silver shares ways to counter cultural and classroom messages that might make kids feel it's okay to cheat.

A quick trick to lessen anxiety during the first weeks of school

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Most teachers I know have moments of anxiety during the first weeks of school. That’s partly because of the sheer volume of things that need to be done to set yourself up for success and get systems in place.

5 of The Best Audio Recording Apps for Teachers Using Android

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

After featuring some of the best iPad apps for audio recording, here is another similar list for Android users. These are apps you can use on your Android-operated devices to record a wide more. Android audio recording apps Your toolbelt for professional learning


The many, many years of formal professional development I’ve attended over many, many years in K12 education in no way equals the professional development opportunities I found for myself in the last few years across my online communities of practice and through open structure conferences that offered me choices and flexibility. allows us to pull all of this goodness together for ourselves and for the learning communities we serve. Way back in 2016 I wrote a post about, Curating with Communities. It’s definitely time for a revisit. A recent winner of the ISTE Seal of Alignment Report , is a professional learning networker’s dream, packed with features offering local relevance as well as the potential for global connections. The ISTE Report shared the importance of educators retooling their own learning experiences: Technology has made our world more interconnected than ever, which is why students must learn how to use digital tools in appropriate ways. Before we can develop students’ digital literacy, we must first equip teachers with the tools they need to create authentic learning experiences in their classrooms. Designed to connect educators in active, collaborative environments, the Participate platform offers a realm of options that include opportunities to build and join communities, develop or be part of existing professional development courses (many with the option of microcredentials), the ability to collaboratively curate resources in collections, opportunities to participate in Twitter chats and much more. Participate’s Jennifer Williams shares that the goal is to be the glue , pulling together the array of possible professional development options–edCamps, Twitter chats, workshops, conferences, PLN sharing, and more–into one uniform experience. The tabs on the redesigned dashboard represent the realm of learning opportunities. . Let’s take a deeper dive into a few of those opportunities. Collections. Librarians and classroom teacher partners will appreciate the updated Collections feature. Searchable or browsable by tags, grade level and subject area, Collections allow users to collaboratively curate, organize and share resources–apps, lesson plans, handouts, websites, documents, presentations, videos, etc. Collections support flipped and personal learning, the creation of learning playlists, safari challenges, the sharing of professional development materials, and planning with our PLNs , our grade-level and departmental teams. Jennifer Williams shared this comparison and summary of the updates relating to interface, sharing, privacy, tagging, subscribing and collaborating : Updated interface for more intuitive curation. Expanded permissions capabilities. Now you can control who is a contributor, commenter or viewer. Easily add more than one collaborator at a time to a collection. Subscribe to any public collection so you can see when comments or new resources are added. Quickly find what you need though new search, filter and sort functionality. Communities. Communities are ecosystems for specific learning communities, offering a variety of entry points for communication and collaboration. From your Dashboard, your Communities appear front and center. You can search or browse for Communities of Practice that align with your interests and choose to “Join a New Community.” CoPs are organized by category, topic or interest. Community home pages share a description of the Community’s goals and any announcements. The Learn tab leads members to both formal and informal learning opportunities. The Resource tab leads to community-specific resource collections. Connect leads to community members’ profiles and the opportunity to send them messages. The Discussions feature allows the members of a Community to create, monitor and contribute to ongoing, searchable threaded conversations around a question or topic. It’s a great tool for planning, brainstorming and crowdsourcing solutions, allowing users to share media and attachments and upvote favorite responses. Chats. Participate’s Chats categorize educational chats into buckets allowing you to find just the right chat by subject or type. You can search the huge chat list, check out what’s trending or chats recommended to match your interest. Find a rich calendar of live chat options on the top of the page. Librarians will not only want to discover the right Twitter chats for their own professional interests, we will also want to locate and recommend chats to serve the needs of our partner educators and administrators. One of my favorite Participate Chats features is the ease of archiving transcripts immediately and automatically organized the familiar into Questions and Answers semantics. Participate eliminates the extraneous noise of confusion of the live chat, amplifying the content of interest. You can revisit past chats at your own pace and a handy menu item allows you to discover and easily follow participants you find inspiring. This is a great tool for veteran Twitter users as well as newbies who have not yet recognized or have summarily dismissed the power of chat for educational discourse. Courses. Courses are opportunities for interactive, peer-mentored/peer-reviewed, inquiry-driven learning experience offering the opportunity to create and share learning products, apply nationally recognized rubrics, reflect on learning, and to earn microcredentials or badges to add to your professional growth portfolio. You can continue to revisit resources to use and apply in your practice. The Marketplace allows you to shop for available courses. Some are free and some require a modest enrollment fee. Among the free courses are. Transform our World Partnerships for the (Sustainable Development) Goals. Designing PD on Participate. I asked Brad Spirrison to give you, and one of my classes, a little tour around the updated Participate,com platform. When the school year begins, suggest you’ll want to connect your learning community with this serious toolbelt for professional growth. Quick links: Participate on twitter @participate. Participate on Facebook. Participate on Instagram. Participate on YouTube. collaboration collection communities of practice curation participation Participate

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.

Check out These Apps- They Are Free Today

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

After a long break, we are back to you with another Apps Gone Free post featuring what we think are some useful iPad apps to help you in your instruction. The apps we selected for you today more. Apps gone free

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