Sat.May 19, 2018

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On What’s Wrong With Prof. Dev. & How To Fix It

Larry Ferlazzo

Why Is Professional Development So Bad: How Do We Fix It? is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show.

Google Science Journal: A lab in your pocket


Sometimes an app truly demonstrates the power of mobile. Google’s Science Journal app transforms your mobile device into a little science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data and record observations from the world around them.

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Quote Of The Day: The Consequences Of Calling People “Animals”

Larry Ferlazzo

The Real Risk of Trump’s Dehumanization of Immigrants is a very thoughtful examination of President Trump’s recent comments. It’s written by Vann R. Newkirk. Here’s how it ends: social studies

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Technology Tidbits

Peergrade is an all-in-one peer assessment platform. The way this works is an educator creates an assignment and rubric while students upload their work to Peergrade. Peergrade then automatically and distributes that work to other students.

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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Santa Fe High School & Illusion Of An American “Can Do” Spirit

Larry Ferlazzo

Heartbreaking moment as Santa Fe High School student is asked if she thought a shooting ‘would not happen’ at her school: “It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too.”

Do We Need New Regulations to Govern the Use of EdTech?

Doug Levin

Largely unexamined in the large-scale shift to digital learning in education are the accompanying ethical considerations. Indeed, the issues and tradeoffs that school leaders and teachers face in using technology in schools and for education — whether free or for a fee — are more complex than they have ever been. As Lisa Petrides and I write in a new op-ed for The Hechinger Report (“ What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Natural Disasters

Larry Ferlazzo

This is the fourteenth post in a weekly series I’m creating that will highlight the Best “Best” lists in a particular topic I have posted over the years. You can see all those lists at the bottom of this post. These are lists I’ve also recently reviewed and revised, so they are up-to-date.

DeVos Bypasses NYC Public Schools; For-Profit College Enforcement; NC Teachers Walk

NPR Learning and Tech

A school shooting in Texas, plus a new government report on university-hired consultants and student borrowers, in our weekly roundup of education news. Image credit: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2010 Enokson , Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio. Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.


Technology Tidbits

*Be sure to check out their latest updates!!! Answerables iPad app available here !!! Answerables is a wonderful new innovative site/game that is perfect for Game Based Learning (or more accurate Game Based Learning meets Learning Management System).

Research Studies Of The Week

Larry Ferlazzo

I often write about research studies from various fields and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I think are especially significant, and will continue to do so. However, so many studies are published that it’s hard to keep up.

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Technology Tidbits

NameCoach is a wonderful web service that educators are using to learn student's names and pronounce them correctly. This is especially useful w/ commencement/graduation ceremonies on the horizon.

“We Could Live Without These Education Buzz Words”

Larry Ferlazzo

We Could Live Without These Education Buzz Words is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column. In it, Rita Platt, Dr. Douglas Reeves, Jennifer Borgioli, Melissa Eddington, Mike Janatovich, Mandi White and Tara Dale share their buzz word nominations.

Google's Tour Creator

Technology Tidbits

I'm a little late to the party but recently Google just announced their new Tour Creator for creating virtual field trips. This is done right from the browser and interacts w/ Google Maps while users select points anywhere in the world and get a 360 panoramic view.

Reliable Measures for Student Success


Indian education system has been infamous for the emphasis it lays on academic scores. Student success is often placed on examination scores, and performance in class tests.

Why Celebrating Our Students Is Worth It

Reading By Example

I know I am not alone in this, but I absolutely love the idea of intentionally spending time on building community in our classrooms. When we think about engagement, all too often our minds go to students being engaged in a particular subject or activity, when engagement is so much more. In a time where discipline issues, students facing trauma, and larger class sizes seem to be plaguing nearly every educator I know, it is all the more important to be able to celebrate each other.

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3 Easy Ways To Use google Classroom with Students with Visual Impairment

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In yesterday’s post we featured a number of interesting Android educational apps for students with special needs and today we want to draw your attention to this helpful accessibility more. Repost

Music for Armed Forces Day 2018

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May. Holidays


9 Good Android Apps for Students with Special Needs

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Below is a collection of some good Android apps curated specifically for students with special needs. The apps cover different areas including dyslexia, autism, and visual impairment. We have more. Repost