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4 Ready to Go tips for Project Based Learning and Maker Spaces

The CoolCatTeacher

Nicholas Provenzano gets us started From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How do you get started with project-based learning (PBL) and Maker spaces?

Why buying a mattress is like choosing a college

The Christensen Institute

On the face of it, comparing buying a mattress to choosing a college might feel apocryphal. Insulting even. College encompasses a series of experiences—from the classroom to extracurricular activities and social opportunities—that, in the best of scenarios, are transformative.

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20 digital bell ringer activities to kickstart class

Ditch That Textbook

Quality bell ringers are crucial — quick activities to get students going at the beginning of class, when the bell has just rung. For these first five or ten minutes of class (OK, probably more the five than the ten), we have our students’ most attention. It’s the most focused they’ll likely be for us all […]. The post 20 digital bell ringer activities to kickstart class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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5 reasons why impact investments and market-creating innovations go hand-in-hand

The Christensen Institute

It has never been easier for investors to support causes that matter to them. Hunger to do good has resulted in the growth of impact investments, conscious capitalism, and social entrepreneurship movements.

GameSalad Turns Game Players Into Game Makers!

GameSalad lets students build their own web & mobile video games! Students learn anywhere with our Chromebook friendly creation tools and step-by-step tutorials. Our PBL lessons teach the fundamentals of Computer Science & Game Design as students create.

Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples


By Tom Driscoll ( @TomDriscollEDU ). I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. We capped off our PBL workshop by designing project sketches that the teachers would implement later this school year.

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Employers Pay for Job Referrals. Now Job Seekers Can, Too.


Getting hired can feel like a game of chance, but it’s actually one of strategy. And one of the best ways to improve the odds of landing a particular job is to ask an employee at the company to recommend you as a top candidate.

5 Steps to take for successful PD for teachers


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How to Structure an Effective Coaching Conversation


Teachers hate meetings, they just do. If you ask a teacher how a meeting went, they’d likely respond with, “it could’ve been an email.” We’ve all been there. I’m even guilty of giving that response. My theory as to why teachers hate meetings is because meetings take time.

8 things to ask about your first makerspace

eSchool News

You wouldn’t just randomly choose a tool from your toolbox and feel confident it was the right one to cut a board or attach a hinge. Same goes for a school makerspace. Like everything in ed tech, it’s not enough to have a bunch of shiny gadgets in your makerspace.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Innovative Learning: Letting high schoolers design the future of space food

The Hechinger Report

Ava Liepins and Owen Ford, sixth graders at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, Massachusetts, demonstrate their drone-programming skills at the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries conference. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report.

Ridiculously Amazing Schools: Creating a Culture Where Everyone Thrives

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Ridiculously Amazing Schools, by Tracey Smith and Jeff Waller, republished here with permission.]. CHAPTER 5: NURTURE. NURTURE. NATURE HOLDS THE ANSWERS. Like humans, plants are continually exposed to toxins.


Zenbo, the Social Robot Teaches Cyber Safety


A cross-disciplinary collaboration at the University of Delaware has developed a teaching tool to deliver cybersecurity training in classrooms—Zenbo, the social robot

Designing Data to be Actionable

MIND Research Institute

It seems to me that the value of data is in how it’s used. At MIND Research Institute, we use data to drive decisions on a daily basis. Internally, we monitor student success data and make program adjustments in response to that data.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Higher Ed Faculty: Your Students Need To Know Their Grades and Get Feedback


Can Your Students See all of Their Grades and the Feedback You've Provided (you did provide feedback, right)? Are You Sure? If you are a teacher in higher education and you regularly provide feedback. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

Helpful Resources to Teach Kids Coding

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

On the occasion of Computer Science Education Week, we are sharing with you this updated collection of helpful resources to help you introduce and teach kids and young learns everything they need more

Board Games for Kids: The Ultimate List


If there’s one thing every parent knows, it’s that there are only so many times you can play Monopoly during family game night. This list of more than 50 board games for kids (and adults!) will help you cut down on screen time, and turn your next game night from this: to this: […].

Parchment Merges with Credentials Solutions to Take On Transcripts and Certifications


The world of credentials and school transcript providers has gotten smaller after the merger of two companies that facilitate more than 18.5 million academic records exchanges a year. Steering this deal is Brentwood Associates, which acquired a controlling stake in Credential Solutions in 2018.

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.

Win the White House: How to Run a Presidential Campaign


Win the White House is an iCivics game available on the web and as an iOS or Android app that places students in control of a run for the U.S. presidency

Infusing Narrative into Nonfiction Writing


If we want students to be better writers and communicators, we need to teach them real world writing. Liz Prather’s Story Matters is exactly the guide teachers need to blend narrative, argumentative and information writing, says English/history teacher Michelle Voelker.


The Lamp Lighter in the Ivory Tower: Academic Labour, Political Clout, and Technological Innovation (1 of 2)

Lamp Lighters The streets of many cities were once brightened by candles placed atop poles, roughly twelve feet tall. Gas and then oil eventually replaced candles.

How School Boards See and Assess Input on Classroom Technology

EdTech Magazine

When Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia needed to replace its 20-year-old core network three years ago, IT Services Director AJ Phillips had to convince school board members to support purchasing a new network infrastructure. The school board didn’t understand why the district’s network performed poorly, so Phillips had to get creative in her explanation.

EdTech at School

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

Hands-On Archaeology: Digs for Youngsters


Help middle graders connect past and present using the easy-to-understand lessons in Hands-On Archaeology. Teacher educator Linda Biondi says the authors show us how giving kids opportunities to ‘dig’ in and out of class can build team skills and cross-curricular learning.

Product Spotlight: Fortigate Fortinet 60E Gives Schools High-Level Security

EdTech Magazine

Common security concerns for K–12 districts, particularly the frequent targeting for cyberattacks, are generally not balanced by increased budgets for defensive technology or talent. And although smaller facilities have become front-line targets, many regional and satellite schools must make do with shared IT resources and personnel.

Meeting the Demands of Today’s Digital Classrooms

Education Superhighway

To ensure today’s digital classrooms have sufficient broadband to support 1:1 initiatives, heavy streaming, cloud-based services and remote instruction, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) adopted connectivity goal to expand high-speed Internet access for all K-12 schools in America.

CoSN's CETL® Certification Program

EdTech Magazine

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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.