Sun.Aug 16, 2015

Back to School: 4 Ways to Get Ready and Save Money

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Staples Now is the time. I start back to school. So does my son. Lots of you will soon too. How do we get totally ready? Start by making a list. But sometimes I don’t know everything that is out there.

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When Vision Isn't Enough

A Principal's Reflections

There is often a great deal of emphasis on establishing a vision when beginning the change process and rightfully so. Great leaders understand the importance of a shared vision and the need to articulate lofty goals and resulting outcomes.

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How One Simple Tool Makes Teachers Crave More Student Data

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane.

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Back to School with Socrative


A conversation with Avra, Beth, and Brenda Socrative ( [link] ) is a FREE student response system that can be used on any device. During this Hangout on Air, Beth Holland , Avra Robinson , and Brenda Doucette will walk through the features of Socrative 3.0

5 ways games make kids smarter

eSchool News

Games are challenging but they’re also fun. That’s a formula worth emulating. Ninety seven percent of kids spend an average of ten hours a week playing video games. It’s hard work, but they keep coming back.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning. by Terry Heick. As teachers, we’re all trying to better understand how people learn–not now they’re taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies–only not really strategies. Learning actions, or cognitive actions.

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5 Interactive Tools to Embed in ThingLink Video

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

In the final week of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge we asked participants to create a lesson to Engage Students with ThingLink for Video.

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Helping students use smartphones responsibly

eSchool News

Rules for responsible smartphone use can vary by age and student. For many tweens heading into middle school, the transition from elementary school won’t be marked only by new teachers, class schedules and locker assignments but also by a gleaming new phone.

Guiding Assessment: The Ultimate 21st Century Instructional Model

Battelle for Kids

August 13, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 7. Let's start with an assessment. A simple agree or disagree. Circle A (agree) or D (disagree). A D It is important that teachers formatively assess students in the middle of lessons 2. A D Test Prep is a valuable teaching tool. A D Feedback to students is the most important part of the assessment process. A D Assessment is an important instructional tool. A D Accountability is the most important reason for assessing student work.

PDF my Google Drive Folder

Teacher Tech

Tweet In response to a tweet asking how to print a folder of student work in Google Drive I wrote a script that will list all the files in a folder in your Google Drive and create a PDF. The advantage to this is you can download all of the PDF’s at once to your […].

New TV series focuses on social-emotional learning

eSchool News

HMH, WGBH partner to create TV, cross-platform learning series.

Teaching and Tech Tweet Wrap for Week Ending 08-15-15


Inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets posted on Twitter over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers. This week … two pieces that discuss learning by doing, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

App of the Week: Build your own inventions

eSchool News

note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review. Inventioneers. What’s It Like? Kids can either create their own inventions or build inventions to accomplish a given task.

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10 #BacktoSchool Tips for Students to Keep in Mind When Using Social Media

The Innovative Educator

Traditionally as students come back to school, it is important to establish a positive classroom culture. Today, more and more districts are following the lead of places like New York City where schools are empowered to support students in the responsible use of cell phones and social media.

Hobsons, Gallup partner for strengths-based PD courses

eSchool News

New PD program’s strengths-based culture aims to improve teacher engagement, student success. Hobsons and Gallup have announced plans to launch on-site and online professional development courses to help teachers identify their strengths and apply them in their teaching.

Teach Climate Change Through Positive Action


Middle school science teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Joshua Sneideman and energy education specialist Erin Twamley share seven ways that teachers and schools can involve students in climate change studies. Included: Project ideas.

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Maybe Not Tomorrow, but When?

The Principal of Change

I just read a great post by Alice Keeler , titled “ In the Real World “, where she discusses the irony of the idea that schools need to prepare students for the “real world”, yet many of the things that happen in our schools do not necessarily mirror the current realities of the world we live in at the moment.

Crafting a History Skills Scope & Sequence


If you could design your ideal social studies curriculum for middle school, what would it look like? After surveying area high schools, Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters decide to focus on skills development. Here's their draft scope & sequence for grades 6-8. Future of History Lesson Planning Common Core grade 7 grade 8 grades 6 history curriculum history scope and sequence Jody Passanisi sequence Shara Peters skills teaching history skills using technology in history class

6 New EdTech Tools for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

August 16, 2015 Educational Web Tools is a section we created in this blog a year ago where we periodically feature new releases in the world of educational technology. The purpose is to more. educational web tools

Have Awesome Be Your Ritual #KidsDeserveIt

Adam Welcome

Lately I've been thinking about my daily rituals as a Principal. I typically arrive at school around 630am each morning and after dropping my briefcase, my rituals begin.

A Great Augmented Reality App for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

August 16, 2015 Junaio is a great Augmented Reality app to add to the list of the best AR apps for teachers. Junaio enables you to easily access augmented content on images and objects more. iPad augmented reality apps

E-learning’s Promise and Failure

Knowledge Avatars

Since the early days of computers, many of us dreamed of how computers were going to revolutionize education. We didn’t know exactly how it was going to work, but we knew that the “personal” computer made it possible to individualize education. In learning, one size does not fit all, so individualized education is the “holy grail” of education!