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5 Creative “Googley” Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating

The CoolCatTeacher

Evan Mosier on Episode 345 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Evan Mosier from Iowa teaches us some awesome Googley ideas to start our school year with excitement and creativity. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses.

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Wikispaces has closed. What are your alternatives?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Wikispaces, one of education’s standout collaborative websites, closed at the end of June 2018. Thousands of teachers have used the free Wikispaces platform to share materials with students and colleagues, to run online classrooms, or as the virtual arm of a blended course.

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EdTechTeacher Interview with Seesaw Ambassador Cara Pavek


Many teachers innately understand that technology should functionally improve students’ learning experiences in order to be considered worthwhile. Conversely, some teachers struggle to discover authentic ways to utilize technology in the elementary classroom.

What Can We Teach Our Students About The World Of Professional Entertainment?


In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we welcome author, director, and producer Doug Keith on the program to talk about how we can teach our students the art of writing long form not just in a single storyline, but across multiple projects.

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.

4 Ways to Differentiate the Self Editing Process in Google Docs By Avra Robinson & Rosey McQuillan


Differentiating instruction is giving students multiple options for taking in information, for making sense of ideas, and for expressing what they learn. In other words, a differentiated classroom provides different avenues for students to acquire content, process ideas, and demonstrate their understanding (Tomlinson, 2001).

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40+ ideas for creating with G Suite

Ditch That Textbook

Creating while learning gives students a way to show their understanding. Students can apply their knowledge while putting their personal spin on it. G Suite has many of options to get your students creating with technology. In a recent Twitter chat moderated educators shared more than 40 ideas for getting students creating with G Suite. […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Teaching blended learning creative teaching g suite Google Apps google apps for education

Join the League of Extraordinary Bloggers


Helping students build cultural awareness becomes a choose your own adventure style game when you join the League of Extraordinary Bloggers. Travel through Asia as you and four other agents work together to catch the criminal mastermind The FOX.

Back to School with Applied Digital Skills


“TBH.” “143.” Turnt.” “V.” BOL.”. Who will keep track of my streaks?”. If the new technology apps and terminology that your students and teens use are like a foreign language to you, then you’re not alone. Many teachers in the classroom did not grow up in the digital age.

Prelude, Percolation, and Preparation

Iterating Toward Openness

As a general rule, I don’t believe that colleges and universities understand why students are willing to go tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt to attend them. My experience has been that individual faculty are even less likely to understand these reasons than the leaders of their institutions.

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.

ClassMax Helps Teachers Organize Classroom, Keep Track of Students


ClassMax Affordable classroom management system tracks student data Pros: All-in-one tool for seating charts, progress tracking, behavior, and more. Cons: Teachers will likely still need to use district systems for attendance and grading outside of ClassMax.

MetaMetrics: Lexile and Quantile Growth Planner Supporting College and Career Readiness


In this interview with MetaMetrics, we take a look at a fantastic new system that helps students become college and career ready by understanding and leveraging their knowledge of their Lexile numbers. The post MetaMetrics: Lexile and Quantile Growth Planner Supporting College and Career Readiness appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network. ISTE 2018 ISTE

6 Good Web Tools Teachers Can Use to Create Presentations

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

As a teacher chances are you have already created a presentation of some sort or presented in front of an audience (e.g., in a conference, at school…etc). And as you know, presenting is a skill more

The Inaccessibility of Making, Tinkering & Coding — Part 2


Gamified Coding…Still Not Enough Braeden has done “hour of code” for the past two years at school and aside from “coding minecraft” which he found kind of trivial compared to actual minecraft, it just wasn’t his thing. I even bought a BB8 sphero, which he had no interest in “coding” but only wanted to control via […]. The post The Inaccessibility of Making, Tinkering & Coding — Part 2 appeared first on OnCUE. Inspire access EduityEDU equity

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.

New and Enhanced Education Data Products From MDR Provide Organizations With More Ways to Successfully Connect With Schools




Feeling Excited about Buncee 3.0 — A one stop shop for student creation and creativity to soar


What I’ve always loved most about Buncee is that I can create “one-stop creation experiences” for students when making assignments.

My 3 Student Expectations This Year For My Digital Heroes and a Free Handout!


I recently finished two weeks of intense teacher training. I enjoyed what my district coach had to say when it came to classroom rules. She only has one expectation, which is be respectful and that covers pretty much everything when you think about it. I took this idea and decided on 3 expectations.

4 great ways to address home-school communications

eSchool News

The need for a strong partnership between schools and families is extremely important, but it can be challenging to figure out the best way to handle home-school communication.

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.

Some Very Good Apps to Help Students Learn Spelling

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Spelling is a learned activity that requires formal/informal teaching and practice. You may pick up the oral part of a target language relatively easily (depending on your cognitive capacities,read more

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. The big ed-tech news this week is, of course, that Betsy DeVos is considering allowing schools to use federal funds to arm teachers and staff. I’ve put all the stories in the “yes, guns are ed-tech” section below.


6 reasons we broke free from traditional PD

eSchool News

For years, professional development (PD) has been out of touch with what we as educators already know to be best practice, and how we are asking teachers to think about their classrooms.

Buncee and Newsela: Revolutionizing Reading Comprehension and Creativity in the Classroom


Buncee and Newsela are hands down, my favorite ed-tech tools. With so many excellent tools to choose from and limited funds, these are two I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase on my own. Because they have transformed my classroom.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.