Wed.Feb 19, 2020

How to Know You Make a Difference #LoveTeaching

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this heartwarming episode, Christie shares one of the stories of how she knows she is making a difference. She also shares encouragement for the days when teachers fall short.

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10 Great Virtual Reality Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

The potential impact of Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom can’t be overstated. It has become the most exciting education device in a decade, enticing students to become engaged in pretty much any topic that includes a VR overlay.

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Why I #LoveTeaching – Vicki Davis

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As part of #LoveTeaching week, I recorded some thoughts on why I love teaching. But I also have to share some of my heart about teaching, our future, and all of the amazing things our profession does for the future.

5 Ways to Boost Middle School Science with Challenge Based Learning

Digital Promise

Science teachers are often encouraged to let go of some control to allow students to have a significant degree of choice and autonomy over their learning. But how can educators give up this control while being intentional about learning taking place in their classrooms?

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

20 free Google Slides and PowerPoint themes for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

This post is by Paula Martínez, the creator of Slides Mania. Paula has a 9 to 5 job that has nothing to do with design or creativity or education! Making presentation templates has become a fun hobby that allows her to express her creativity. This led to SlidesMania being born. You can connect with Paula […]. The post 20 free Google Slides and PowerPoint themes for teachers appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Google Slides Templates

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Dear teacher overwhelmed by technology …

Ditch That Textbook

It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the apps and sites and digital tools. Here are some tips to getting control and moving forward. New apps. New websites. New digital tools. Tech companies keep creating new stuff for us to use. They add new updates to the stuff we're already using. It's helpful. Until it isn't. Teaching is […]. The post Dear teacher overwhelmed by technology … appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Ed Tech Teaching

I Have Found My People – at the National Leadership Institutes!

Education Elements

“I found my people!” This is like church!” “I I feel so energized!” “Can Can we do this in our district?” These are just a few of the exclamations we heard at our National Leadership Institutes in 2019.

Don’t discount the power of students’ acquaintances to expand supports and horizons

The Christensen Institute

Ask people who helped them get where they are today, and oftentimes they will point to deep, caring relationships with family members and mentors who unleashed their potential.

Black college presidents matter; we should lead from the top

The Hechinger Report

On February 12, Darryll Pines, the longstanding dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, was appointed president of the entire university.

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.

Home Visits Are Effective. Here’s Why They Still Make Some Teachers Uneasy.


“Sit near the door. Make sure your car has plenty of gas. Park so you can get out. Don’t wear something that can be a choking hazard like a lanyard.”

The feds want transparency on foreign gifts to U.S. universities. Here are the foreign universities that get U.S. money

The Hechinger Report

Students on the campus of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. The university is among institutions around the world that have shared more than a quarter of a billion dollars in grants from the U.S. government since the 2017 budget year. Photo: Scott Peterson/Getty Images.

New Certification Rewards Education Products Backed by Research


In an effort to help educators, parents and other education technology consumers make better choices about the products they use, Digital Promise spent the last year developing a “research-based design” product certification.

3 Questions to Consider to Help Get Out of a Rut

The Principal of Change

Ever read a sentence or two, and it just stopped you in your tracks? . This quote from Seth Godin’s blog did just that for me: “Ruts don’t dig themselves. Most of the time, we’re in a rut because that’s precisely where we put ourselves.” ” Yup.

EdTech at School

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

How This Teacher Brings Census Data to Life in the Classroom


Steve Kahlfeldt wants his students to grasp how the census impacts them right now, not in some far-off future.

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Top 20 Sites and Apps for Creating Timelines


Digital tools for K-12 students that are ideal for creating timelines

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Diary of a Small College’s Fight For Survival


An experimental college in Vermont is among the many small colleges fighting for survival. Last summer we interviewed the new president of Goddard College , Bernard Bull, about his plans to turn it around. Things weren’t pretty.

How to Create an Effective Coaching Calendar


Instructional coaching can be chaotic. You have weekly teacher meetings, classroom visits, required paperwork and some of you may also have “other duties as assigned” on your campuses. We know that time management is a crucial skill for being a successful instructional coach.

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.

A Movie Microcosm on Culture

Adjusting Course

When I was in high school (and probably part of college) my friends and I had this thing. And when I say “thing” I mean contest. The contest involved a ritual we would follow before going to the movies. First, we'd stop at a gas station to load up on an obscene amount of food.

Encouraging Community

Kyle Pace

Hey Google, “Define community.” ” I feel like we are at a time in education where now more than ever, we need to be encouraging each other to find belonging in a professional community.

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OPINION: Five lessons on how states can invest in high-quality child care and early education

The Hechinger Report

Louisiana and Mississippi are fundamentally changing their thinking about the early years and serving their youngest learners as they face similar challenges, including poverty and educational struggles.

Massachusetts District Chooses Discovery Education Experience


Massachusetts’ Andover Public Schools (APS) announce the selection of Discovery Education Experience to support child-centered learning in K-12 classrooms districtwide

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.

6 Research-Backed Study Techniques


Study Wisely. Use Techniques that are Proven. Being in academia is no easy task. Whether you’re a student or an educator, managing your time to study or plan classes can be difficult. Developing time. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

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Puget Sound Organizations Partner to Deliver Free Technology Education for Refugees


Coding Dojo today announces a partnership with Jewish Family Service and Community Credit Lab to provide free computer programming education for local refugees

5 Important Google Classroom Features for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is a useful visual we published awhile ago featuring some of the new features added to Google Classroom during the second half of this year. To stay updated of the latest releases in more

Abre to Hold App Development Workshop Session at TechOlympics


Education management platform provider will be showcasing its non-traditional method of open-source product development at this year’s TechOlympics

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.