Mon.Apr 17, 2017

5 Habits to Start Now to Help Your Classroom Thrive in the Fall

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Want to prepare to have an amazing fall now? Would you rather have a summer to just spend some time healing up and getting yourself back together?

#APCalculus Cram Video – Tips & Tricks for the #APCalc Exam #flipclass


I wanted to share a massive review video that I created with some of my final tips & tricks for AP Calculus test takers! This video is *not* meant for one sitting.

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Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

A special needs conversation with Jennifer Cronk on episode 56 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Empowering special needs students with technologies is one of the greatest ways to motivate and ignite their learning.

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Stop Taking Grading Home

Catlin Tucker

In January I wrote a blog post titled “ New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom.” ” I’m here to update everyone. Since January, I have not brought a single stack of digital papers home to grade! It’s been amazing!

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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Win an Acer Spin 11 Chromebook

Teacher Tech

The new Acer Spin 11 Chromebook is designed for students at school. It has a rugged design, obviously runs Google Chrome, is touchscreen, has 2 cameras, runs Android apps, integrates with Google Keep, and comes with a stylus.

Favorite Sites for Free Clipart and Photos

Learning in Hand

I use a lot of visuals in my work. I prefer to use my own photographs and to draw my own illustrations. When it's not practical or possible to use my own work, I rely on a handful of websites that provide copyright friendly images.


Teachers as Product Managers

P21 Blogazine

During a conversation with a stranger on a flight home, I started describing what I later realized was the rationale for the P21 Framework of 21st Century Learning in the context of a Software As a Service (SaaS) Product. I’m a geek I know, but in my defense, the stranger was a Product Manager and the analogy worked. P21 Blog

Schools Will Soon Have To Put In Writing If They 'Lunch Shame'

NPR Learning and Tech

Advocates hope the recent law out of N.M., banning school staff from shaming kids for not having lunch money, helps to shape policies the USDA is requiring school districts write by July 1. Image credit: Baerbel Schmidt/Getty Images

Reinventing the Right Curriculum Is Impossible — But Necessary!

The Journal

Fixing the curriculum means replacing its current focus on English, math, history, science, etc. with content relevant to a future where 65% of today’s students will have jobs that don’t yet exist! This week’s guest blog by Jonathan Grudin explores making that "impossible" fix … possible


Collaboration is an Essential Skill for Students – Embrace its Challenges

Indiana Jen

When I am asked “What is the most important skill for students to learn these days” I always answer “The ability to effectively collaborate.” ” This answer often surprises people; as an ed tech director, they assume I am going to talk about programming.


What is the experience our students tell others about their time in school?

The Principal of Change

The following is an excerpt from Jeff Bezos (CEO and founder of Amazon) and the annual letter to his shareholders : “Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?”. That’s a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I’ve been reminding people that it’s Day 1 for a couple of decades.

“Education was the only way for me to help my family”

The Hechinger Report

Dear Gov. Edwards, Sen. Morrish, and Rep.

Rogue approaches to scholarly communication

Bryan Alexander

This week I’m participating in the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) conference in the Washington, DC area. I was active in the first OSI meeting last year, and am looking forward to this one. Hopefully I’ll tweet events and reflections ( #OSI2017 ).

OPINION: The biggest tech trendsetter you know just may be – your local teacher

The Hechinger Report

As more teachers reinvent their classrooms as blended, personalized learning environments, something else is happening – the nation’s 3.6 million-strong K-12 teaching workforce is becoming a consumer-electronics force capable of shaping new technology trends.

Coming This Summer: ISTE’s Refresh of Its Standards for Teachers

EdTech Magazine

By Mike Patterson Stay tuned for more information at annual conference in June. Classroom Curriculum

If universities did more to help poor students, maybe 40 percent wouldn’t drop out before college even begins

The Hechinger Report

In an open letter she read out at a rally last week, New Orleans high school senior Karriem Bennett (justifiably) protested the amount in TOPS financial aid Tulane University told her she’d likely receive next year: a measly $2. But if the Louisiana legislature fully funds the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, the state merit scholarship program, Bennett would be eligible for $5,567.

App of the Week: Better parent-teacher communication

eSchool News

note : App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education , which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly.

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Why STEAM Education Is Important for both our Teachers and Students

My Paperless Classroom

As a parent or an educator, you may have heard the term' STEAM' being used to describe a new way of learning. What is it though, and what does it mean for students today? Here's exactly what STEAM means for the future of learning. What is STEAM? If you've heard of STEM learning, then STEAM […].

Report finds ‘significant’ decreases in state’s achievement gap

The Hechinger Report

Mississippi schools saw increases in proficiency rates on state tests in math and reading for students in grades 3-8 over the course of six school years, with “significant decreases” in achievement gaps between racial/ethnic and economic subgroups, according to a new report.

How Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Foster Digital Citizenship & Safety

Gaggle Speaks

Did you notice any peculiar trends on Instagram recently? In efforts to foster a safer, kinder community, tens of thousands of Instagrammers came together a few weeks ago for the Worldwide InstaMeet 15 to share their stories and spread kindness in the world. Instagram also announced enhancements to their app to promote a safer environment. They’re adding a screen over images and videos with sensitive material, warning users of potentially inappropriate content.

School sees massive literacy boost thanks to new assessment attitude

eSchool News

At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, 82 percent of Morgen Owings Elementary School’s students were working below grade level. Now, six months later, just 40 percent are working below grade level. We have work to do, but shifting our mindset regarding assessment has made a huge impact.

Flashback to 2000: Classroom Tech That Doesn’t Exist Anymore


Since the turn of the 21st century, technology has progressed rapidly, leading to new opportunities and a fair share of distractions in the classroom. The post Flashback to 2000: Classroom Tech That Doesn’t Exist Anymore appeared first on Edudemic. Articles Featured For Students Trends

This is what Gen Z-designed curriculum looks like for the future

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note : This story is Part 3 of our month-long series on “What it means to teach Gen Z.” Click here to read Part 1 on Gen Z and parents , and click here to read Part 2 on Gen Z and librarians. Check back every Monday in April to read the next installment!].

Why an Education Can Help You Live Longer by @Sarah_Daren

My Paperless Classroom

Americans are living longer nowadays for a number of reasons, but many studies show a strong correlation between life expectancy and education. In fact, the average life expectancy in America these days is higher than any other period in history and is projected to soar by 2050.

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Rogue approaches to scholarly communication

Bryan Alexander

This week I’m participating in the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) conference in the Washington, DC area. I was active in the first OSI meeting last year, and am looking forward to this one. Hopefully I’ll tweet events and reflections ( #OSI2017 ).

Science 360: How Ice Core Drills Work


Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with a deeper look into the scientific tools that help climate scientists uncover valuable climate data. Techlearning Resources Site of the Week

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Illuminate Education Shines Light on Growing Need for Better Data Sharing


Interoperability, defined dryly, is the seamless, secure and controlled exchange of data between different applications and technologies. The term is a mouthful, yet the concept enables many conveniences we take for granted. It allows, for instance, pharmacists to verify and prepare your medications after your doctor’s visit. It allows companies to pay employees via direct deposit, and for you to pay others via mobile apps or online banking services.

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So Far in 2017, Pace of Investment Into Ed Tech Bouncing Back

Marketplace K-12

The number of ed-tech deals rose from 100 late last year to 131 in the first quarter of 2017, with a value of $545 million, a new analysis shows. The post So Far in 2017, Pace of Investment Into Ed Tech Bouncing Back appeared first on Market Brief.

Supermute Twitter


I’ve been talking a lot about Twitter lately here on ProfHacker, but it’s still one of my favorite places to be online. However, sometimes, I don’t want to see certain things in my timeline.

6 Best Financial Literacy Smartphone Apps for Students


April is Financial Literacy Awareness Month Today children of all ages have access smartphones or tablets, and this reality makes mobile apps one of the best avenues for teaching kids and young. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Q&A: Richard Culatta Aims to Use Government Experience as New ISTE CEO

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Former Department of Education official brings innovation experience to the job. Classroom Leadership Management

The Five Best STEM Books for Children By H. Davis

My Paperless Classroom

What’s the most important trait you’d like for your child to develop? If you’re like most parents and educators, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. Generally speaking, almost all parents want clever, thoughtful children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure educators are exceeding […]. The post The Five Best STEM Books for Children By H. Davis appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial STEM Education


Math Teachers Need Better Professional Development. Here’s a Personalized Approach.


When I was serving 18,000 students as the K-12 Math Curriculum Coordinator for the Parkway School District in suburban St. Louis, I wore many hats—arguably too many for any one person. One of the most difficult challenges I faced was supporting our 400 K-8 math teachers with substantive professional learning. I wasn’t alone.