Mon.Feb 25, 2019

Empatico: A Breakthrough Way to Promote Empathy (And It’s Free)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Empatico is a free platform, targeted to students aged 7-11, that helps classrooms connect in powerful ways.

How Guatemalan Students in Omaha Are Breaking Language Barriers

Digital Promise

Being the new kid in school is always tough. Making new friends, getting to know new teachers, and learning new hallways can be challenging and scary for any student.

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How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian S. Friedlander talks about Amazon Alexa on Episode 447 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Brian S. Friedlander talks about the Amazon Alexa devices and why so many teachers are excited about them.

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Kid-created Games That Teach

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s discouraging to all stakeholders that annually, about 1.2 million students fail to graduate from high school. And “Pathways to Prosperity” reports that just 56% of college attendees complete a degree.

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.

5 Strategies to Help Superintendents Lead Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

5 Strategies to Help Superintendents Lead Digital Transformation. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 02/25/2019 - 11:12. David Schuler, superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Illinois and the 2018 Superintendent of the Year, joined Chris Gaines, Mehlville (Mo.)

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Exploring Learner Profiles: Resources, Examples, and Questions to Consider


While next-generation assessments and instructional data can help educators gain a deeper understanding of students, the sheer amount of information available can prove challenging.

Are We Preparing Students for the Creative Work of the Future?


Experts have predicted that artificial intelligence will replace nearly half the world’s workforce within the next fifteen years. They often follow that warning with the reassurance that leaving the automated tasks to machines will free up human labor for more creative projects.

Chromebook Accessibility Features


Accessibility features are an essential part of any operating system. They’re vital for people with disabilities, but most users can use them in some capacity. In this YouTube playlist, see what can be found in the operating system on your Chromebook.

9 Top YouTube Channels to Boost Classroom Lessons


Video can be a powerful tool for classroom learning, and it's safe to say that teachers have never had more videos at their fingertips than they do today

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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.

Executive Functioning and the Role it Plays with Students


In the first post of her three-part series, special education teacher Sarah Kesty will discuss executive functioning and how it effects students in the classroom.

Makerspaces A to Z: G.O.A.T.


What are our metrics as educators, in terms of makerspaces

Dear Liberal Arts Major: STEM Companies Need Your Skills to Grow


Jennifer Wolochow majored in philosophy and religion at Stanford, hoping to become a high school teacher. “I I just really enjoyed learning about why people believe different things around the world and how that informs their actions everyday,” she said. But instead of a classroom, Wolochow now works on the Silicon Valley campus of a company that’s using technology to make learning more accessible to people throughout the world.

What Should Tech Coaches Be Doing During Large Professional Development Conferences?


In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff welcomes Tech Coaches Susan Vincentz and Claudio Zavala Jr to discuss the role of the Tech Coach at professional development conferences, the creation and impimention of online learning modules, and our favorite Chrome Extensions.

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.

Chief Privacy Officers: The Unicorns of K-12 Education


Last month, the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) published a report arguing schools and districts should go the way of other industries and hire a Chief Privacy Officer to oversee their organization’s privacy policies and practices. Page by page, the report explains what a CPO is, why the role is necessary and even provides a two-page sample job description districts can use to begin the hiring process for a CPO.

Introducing Edji: A Free online reading platform that lets teachers easily deliver any content to their students for live annotation.


Are your students struggling to learn reading comprehension? Learn how EDJI is transforming classrooms around the world with their innovative system that is engaging students and creating life long readers. The post Introducing Edji: A Free online reading platform that lets teachers easily deliver any content to their students for live annotation. appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network. The TeacherCast Podcast

Most Mississippians can’t pass U.S. citizenship exam. Is American history education the problem?

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. Subscribe today! Nearly 70 percent of Mississippi residents are unable to pass the U.S.

Can Edtech Behind Bars Help Keep People Out?


A shockingly high rate of recidivism stands out as one of the worst problems facing America’s criminal justice system. A recent federal study that tracked over 400,000 prisoners after their release found that over half were put behind bars again within five years. Proper educational programming behind bars offers some promise to buck that trend.

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.

Scholastic Announces Digital Programs for Personalized PreK–6 Literacy Instruction


Scholastic has announced a suite of digital solutions designed to support PreK–6 literacy instruction


New study casts doubts on effectiveness of personalized learning program in New Jersey

The Hechinger Report

A classroom using the Teach to One math program. Photo: Nichole Dobo. In the fall of 2015, five schools in the industrial port city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, dumped their usual math curriculum and started teaching their middle school students through a computerized system called “Teach to One.”

50+ School Safety Tips for 2019


What worries parents and teachers the most? If you took a survey, a huge majority would claim school safety as a top contender. Turn on the news or check social media on any given day. You’ll quickly notice that school safety is one of society’s biggest concerns right now.

OPINION: Four ways to end the Ph.D’s ‘culture of snobbism and hierarchy’

The Hechinger Report

My profession’s core challenge — transforming Ph.D. programs, especially in the humanities, to address twenty-first century needs — remains a matter of concern. We initiate prospective faculty members into a culture of snobbism and hierarchy.

EdTech at School

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

Lightbot Simplifies Complex Programming Concepts


Lightbot is a puzzler that teaches kids concepts used in computer programming


Google Sheets: Check and Strike

Teacher Tech

Check Off and Strikethrough a Name I was asked if it is possible to have a list item strike out in a Google Sheets spreadsheet when a checkbox is checked. Yes you can. Insert Checkboxes In a spreadsheet highlight a range of cells or click on the column indicator and use the Insert menu to […]. The post Google Sheets: Check and Strike appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google Sheets G Suite google sheets spreadsheets

Student achievement begins with the family

eSchool News

At Wichita Falls Independent School District in Texas, we believe every student deserves to begin their academic career at the same starting line. It’s an issue of fairness and equity, certainly, but it’s also a practical matter.

Teaching Students to Love Their Individuality


Wanting to fit in is not a new phenomena in the middle grades, writes Valentina Gonzalez. Most adolescents experience the urge to be more like their peers. The sooner kids realize how valuable their identity is – how it's their special power – the better off they will be.


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.

4 Good Apps for Developing Speed Reading

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Speed reading is a skill developed through purposeful practice. You can be a voracious reader with hundreds of read books under your belt and still not be a speed reader. However, speed more


Polar Bears International: The Bear Facts


International Polar Bear Day is February 27th


Cutting Edge versus Bleeding Edge Technology Adoption

Tech Helpful

As a rule, I definitely wouldn't consider myself a "BANDWAGON" technology adopter- those are the ones that are using new resources blazing the trail for educators like myself that would rather consider technology use after others can give me feedback and suggestions. Why am I that way?