Wed.Feb 27, 2019

Why Playful Learning Is So Important in the Classroom and the Real World

The CoolCatTeacher

David Gann on episode 449 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter David Gann, Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, shares what his research has shown about playful learning in the business world and classroom.

Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Teachers are constantly engaging with others—students, parents, and colleagues—yet they are the only ones with a complete understanding of their classrooms and practices. As a result, being a teacher can be lonely. I taught at a small school.

Here’s the Easiest Way to Check for Plagiarism

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the biggest problems facing digital natives as they grow into adults is understanding how to maneuver the vastness of the Internet ethically, safely, and to serve their needs. It sounds simple–log on, search, enjoy–but let’s equate this to a shopping mall.

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How Do Children Learn Empathy?

Digital Promise

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Empathy, the ability to understand others and feel compassion for them, is arguably the most defining human quality – setting us apart from smart machines and even other animals.

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.

ICE 2019: Will K–12 Students Be Ready for the Technology of the Future?

EdTech Magazine

ICE 2019: Will K–12 Students Be Ready for the Technology of the Future? eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 02/27/2019 - 16:18. Looking back to 18 years ago, many would have been hard-pressed then to believe the capabilities of the technology available today. “It’s

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PedsAcademy gives kids fun learning opportunities in the hospital

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today!

Augmented Reality – The Art of BYOD in the Classroom


We set out to employ BYOD (bring your own devices) with augmented reality

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ICE 2019: What Does It Take to Start an Esports Team?

EdTech Magazine

ICE 2019: What Does It Take to Start an Esports Team? eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 02/27/2019 - 10:58. All it takes to kick off an esports team in a K–12 school or district is a dedicated internal champion, proponents advised this week at the 2019 Illinois Computing Educators conference. .


Esports Scholarships Are Growing. Do They Leave Some Students Behind?


Maybe you’ve heard of esports? It’s a $900 million industry with nearly 400 million viewers worldwide that is growing by leaps and bounds every year. You may have seen the photos of stadiums packed to the gills with crazed fans or photos of young high school- and college-aged players hoisting sparkling trophies high into the air as they pull in million-dollar prize purses. Although the term “esports” sounds new, the truth is that competitive video gaming has been growing for decades.

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.

OPINION: He started fighting for paid family leave under LBJ — and lived to hear Trump’s take

The Hechinger Report

met Ed Zigler, a Head Start founder and an extraordinary early childhood advocate, in 1993 when I joined the Clinton administration. My job as commissioner for children, youth and families, and later as assistant secretary at the U.S.

$1-Billion Effort to Rethink Computer-Science Education at MIT Sparks Interest—and Protests


Cambridge, MA— MIT is in the midst of a $1-billion effort to reshape how it teaches computer science, in what some say may be a model for other colleges. But the effort has has also drawn protests by some students and professors, who are questioning how well ethics will be integrated into the effort and are criticizing the influence of a controversial donor. Those mixed feelings were on display this week as the university hosted a three-day celebration of its planned College of Computing.

5E Lesson Example: Cellular Respiration w/Crosscutting NGSS Integration


The below lesson is only an outline meant to encourage deeper thinking about the 5E cycle

How an Alternative School Helped One Student Find His Way From Suspension to Graduation


“When I come to school I got hella things on my mind. Sometimes I don’t even sleep at night. I go hungry on purpose, cause I lose my appetite. I get to school and make myself angry. I was raised to live a lie. My older brother raised me, but he was doing drugs. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to talk it out. I hit myself. I may hit my best friend. It’s very confusing. Gang violence, drug violence, drug dealing. When my parents would fight, I wouldn’t eat.

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.

Comparing ESSA State Plans: Similarities and Differences

Where Learning Clicks

After the passage of ESSA, many wondered how it’d affect schools. Now that every state’s plan has been approved, we compare them to see how they differ. The post Comparing ESSA State Plans: Similarities and Differences appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Another Investment, Another Round of Layoffs For Civitas Learning


Private equity firm Francisco Partners quietly announced last week that it led an investment round in Civitas Learning, an Austin, Texas-based education company best known for its predictive analytics software used in higher-ed institutions. Civitas did not disclose financial terms for its deal with Francisco Partners, which also owns Renaissance Learning and a majority stake in Discovery Education.

Create Learning Activities, Inspire the Four C’s


Spiral is a multiuse platform that allows teachers to create interactive learning experiences, pre-planned or on the fly

Preparing Students with Technology Skills

Digital literacy is the ability to understand, use and interact with technology, media and digital resources in real-world situations.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

5 things you don’t know about K-12 virtual learning

eSchool News

Online learning has come a long way since its early champions saw it as a supplement to classroom learning. Skeptics initially questioned the viability of the new model, wondering if it would provide the right levels of support, curriculum, and engagement needed to ensure student success.

How a Tiny Spark Can Ignite Student Writing


K-6 literacy coach and NBCT Paula Bourque brings an extra spark to quick-write activities, expanding the concept to include brief low-pressure assignments designed to ignite passion, creativity, and awareness in students and encourage them to become lifelong writers.



It all started with a little book called The Adventures of Joy Sun Bear : The Blue Amber of Sumatra. Creator and author Blanca Carranza wanted to share the world’s diverse cultures with students around the globe in a fun and engaging way.

Is facial recognition in schools reassuring–or invasive?

eSchool News

In the wake of all-too-common school shootings, school and district leaders are confronted with decisions about how to prevent–or respond to–violent incidents. Some are turning to facial recognition in schools as a way to track visitors and keep schools safe.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

February 28th is Digital Learning Day


Tomorrow is Digital Learning Day 2019.  Join  Join thousands of teachers and students celebrating DLDay in classrooms, libraries, schools, and districts across the country and mark your spot on the official DLDay map, adding to the more than 1,700 events present

3 Good Android Augmented Reality Apps to Use in Your Instruction

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Augmented reality is a relatively new technology with some promising potential for education. The basic premise behind augmented reality is the extension of the physical world to include more

Follett Challenge ’19 Announces Semifinalists, Video Voting Winners


The Follett Challenge again is awarding $200,000 USD in products and services from Follett to the schools/districts that nominated their innovative educational programs

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A Must Know Gmail Feature

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

‘Undo Send’ is one of the excellent features we previously featured in Top Gmail Features for Teachers. Undo Send allows you to cancel a sent email immediately after it has been sent. What’s more


6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.