Fri.Sep 07, 2018

5 Ideas for A Positive Cultural Impact

The CoolCatTeacher

Aaron Polansky on episode 355 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Polansky gives us five exciting ways to have a positive cultural impact in your school now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Tech Ed Resources for Your Classroom: Survival Kits

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

Disrupting ‘Who You Know’ to bolster students’ life opportunities

The Christensen Institute

My freshman year at Yale, I took an introduction to international relations class with the late, great Professor H. Bradford Westerfield. The course was notable for Westerfield’s informative, entertaining, and occasionally sweeping statements, including this one: “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.”. In a course on international relations, one might wonder why a noted professor would repeat this line several times—both consecutively and across sessions of the course.

The Purpose of Content

A Principal's Reflections

When I think back to my days as a learner, the content seemed to be at the forefront of every class. Whether it was disseminated during a lecture in college, through direct instruction in K-12, or at times consumed from a textbook or encyclopedia, it was everywhere.

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.

15+ must have resources for teaching digital citizenship

Ditch That Textbook

Our students are living their lives online. They can share everything and anything with the world with just a tap of a button. It seems like every day we are hearing about the latest popular app among teens and kids. And with it comes a new way to connect. It’s nearly impossible to keep up. With technology […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Teaching digital citizenship digital citizenship ideas digital citizenship resources teaching digital citizenship

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Experts Weigh in on Key Considerations for K–12 1:1 Programs

EdTech Magazine

Experts Weigh in on Key Considerations for K–12 1:1 Programs. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 09/07/2018 - 14:15.

Tear Down That Wall? Why Data Walls May Cause More Harm Than Good.


At Inkster Preparatory Academy outside Detroit, students track their scores on the high-stakes NWEA Map test on the walls of their classrooms. Their names aren’t on the board—instead they have their own code—but at a glance they can see how well their peers are doing. The practice is known as “data walls,” and is designed to serve as a motivational tool. Students are told that “everyone is working to move their number” even higher, says Demetria Tumpkin, a second grade teacher at the school.

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11 Reasons Not to Go to Fall CUE


If you are reading this blog post, you probably know that Fall CUE, “the biggest little conference on the West Coast,” is coming up in just a few weeks. It will take place October 13 and 14 at American Canyon High School. You might be thinking about going, but this event may not be for […].

Kinesthetic Lessons in Empathy and Digital Citizenship


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.

Maxine Waters chastises for-profit colleges and DeVos Leadership

The Hechinger Report

Maxine Waters, D-Calif., speaks at the 2018 California Democrats State Convention. She recently said many politicians who are considered good legislators help for-profit colleges. AP Photo/Denis Poroy.

Easy-to-Use Platform Allows Students to Share Work, Provide Peer Review


Peergrade Feedback tool with great rubrics might work best for older students Pros: Simple features and stellar built-in rubrics help students easily access each other's assignments and offer feedback. Cons: The tool is designed for higher ed and might not offer enough structure for younger students.

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What Putting Teachers in Charge of Personalized Learning Can Look Like


This story about personalized learning was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Sign up for the Hechinger newsletter. The idea was never to disregard the individual student.

5 apps you’ve quite possibly overlooked

eSchool News

Apps can be a valuable resource when students have access to mobile devices and can, with a teacher’s guidance, engage with digital resources.

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.

Here Is A Good Tool for Creating Interactive Content

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Metaverse is an excellent platform that allows you to create interactive learning experiences using the power of AR technology. The process is simple and easy and no coding knowledge is more

5 tips to engage students in courageous conversations

eSchool News

For the past six years, I’ve taught high school students in Washington D.C. about race, class, and gender in an elective course I created on social justice and Holocaust and genocide education.

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Second Annual “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids” Contest to Encourage Fiscally Fit Habits Among Youth


– Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Launches Second Annual Pledge Contest Awarding $10,000 to a Winning School, Plus $1,000 for a Charity of their Choice – – Standards-Aligned Resources for Educators and Families to Help K-6 Grade Students Become Financially Empowered Adults – Silver Spring, Md.

#CelebrateWithDE – International Dot Day

Discovery Education

To Do you work with any students who doubt their abilities? We all do! September 15th is International Dot Day – a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration – and we celebrate it with the author of the powerful book The Dot. This tale of a little girl who doubts her ability to create art is a very effective entry into experimentation with belief and boundaries. Learn. Use the incredibly robust virtual field trip to explore The Dot with your students.

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.

Today's Newsletter: The Good News About Social Media in Schools


It’s the most wonderful time of the year on Facebook. In my feed alone, hundreds of freshly scrubbed, smiling kids scroll by, some holding signs of their upcoming grade year. Many of these kids I have never met, but know who they are thanks to my connections to their parents. Creepy?

Crowd-sourced Tips for Using Google Forms in Teaching

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is a very good Google Forms resource we discovered through @Google For Education. This is basically a presentation comprising 52 slides each of these slides features a Google Forms more

More on Breathing


Breathing is an important tool that SLPs can employ in a variety of client populations. For our students with self-regulation difficulties, having tools they can use anywhere without disruption of the current situation they are in can be very important (see Zones ).

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 mammoth review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. I’ve probably missed a few of those stories this week as I am on vacation. But look how dutiful I am, still writing this list of shitty things that keep happening despite all the warnings I give. National) Education Politics.

EdTech at School

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

Stay in Your Lane

Reading By Example

Our school is in a transition period with new staff members. I’m grateful for the people we’ve hired. With this type of change, people both in and out of school are sometimes unsure about who handles which duties. Who do I speak with when we need to whitelist emails for our digital collaboration project?” a school partner asked me. I don’t know what a whitelist is, so I encouraged them to speak with our IT department. We can get ensnared in these tasks if we are not careful.