Thu.Nov 08, 2018

Ghanaian chocolates: for Ghanaians, by Ghanaians, in Ghana

The Christensen Institute

The West African country of Ghana supplies roughly a quarter of the world’s cocoa beans, a critical input in the $100 billion global chocolate industry.

101 Google lesson ideas in a FREE ebook!

Ditch That Textbook

G Suite (formerly Google Apps) is such a versatile set of tools to use in the classroom. You can type. You can design. You can crunch numbers. You can gather data. The sky’s the limit, and these are just the beginning. The beauty of G Suite is that it can be used to create tons […

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From radios to electric vehicles, targeting “nonconsumers” pays off

The Christensen Institute

Too often, companies focus on grabbing market share away from competitors, rather than searching for untapped demand. That untapped demand is what we call nonconsumption—when people are unable to purchase or use a product or service, and literally can’t consume it.

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Great Video For ELLs Explaining How The Congress Is Supposed To Work

Larry Ferlazzo

skeeze / Pixabay. Voice of America Learning English just published this excellent video – perfect for English Language Learners – about the United States Congress.

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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.

The limitations of networks to expand opportunity

The Christensen Institute

Lately I’ve been writing a lot about networks. Students’ access to new networks is the topic of a book my husband and I published this summer called Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations that Expand Students’ Networks.

Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

I have been sharing the below thought for years, and it is a crucial part of having empathy as an educator, as discussed in “ The Innovator’s Mindset “: The key to this question is not thinking like you but thinking about your students and their point of view.

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Homework Did NOT Prepare My Daughter for College! by @MarciaMentor

Teacher Tech

Homework ? College Prep Guest Blog Post By Marcia Carrillo @MarciaMentor “I give homework to my students to prepare them for college” is a common statement made by teachers that I work with and throughout the country. According to Bill Gates’ Blog, ( 2 million American students started college in the fall and “Based on the […]. The post Homework Did NOT Prepare My Daughter for College! by @MarciaMentor appeared first on Teacher Tech. DOK Homework homework


“Boardthing” Looks Like A Nice Padlet-Like Tool

Larry Ferlazzo

OpenClipart-Vectors / Pixabay. Ana Cristina Pratas has a nice blog called CristinaSkyBox, and she recently blogge d about a new-to-me tool called Boardthing. It’s free, let’s you create notes on an online bulletin board, and you can also easily add images.

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K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:56. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented. No longer just a haven for dusty books and stern shushes, the library is now a place for digital resources and makerspaces and flexible learning. They’re alive with activity and are agents for collaboration and creativity. Librarians are IT help desk masters , teachers of digital literacy and makerspace experts.

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature. These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Reverse Dictionary


Sometimes, you try to think of a word but you can’t say it. Here is a website that will help you find the words that you’ve been thinking about all day long


Pins Of The Week

Larry Ferlazzo

I’m fairly active on Pinterest and, in fact, have curated 15,000 resources there that I haven’t shared on this blog.

7 Mindsets Teaches Students Social and Emotional Learning Skills


Students can get great in-depth instruction and practice in SEL skills needed for life

A Look Back: “Ofrecer autonomía es clave para desarrollar la motivación”

Larry Ferlazzo

This blog has gained many new readers over the past year. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a daily “A Look Back” where I share a best post from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.


Data, Access, and Innovation


Highlights from SETDA’s Education Forum

How the Georgia governor’s race could influence college access there

The Hechinger Report

In Georgia, the governor has a high degree of influence over spending for higher education. The outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal, shown here speaking in Atlanta in April, 2017, signed a bill early this year that offered some need-based aid for low-income students. Photo: DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM.

Why Aren’t Schools Using the Apps They Pay For?


With thousands of education apps available today, it can seem like students' success is in the palm of their hands. But easy to forget is that technology is not in itself a solution. For it to work as intended, it must be paired with other critical elements: professional development for teachers, thoughtful implementation and consistent engagement. A new report that analyzes 1.48 million hours of technology usage by 390,000 students across 48 U.S. school districts underscores this point.

Resources to Celebrate National STEM Day

MIND Research Institute

Today is National STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Day - a big day for our organization and the students, teachers and schools that we serve.


Math Castle

Technology Tidbits

Math Castle is an excellent iOS app for basic Math skills (i.e addition, multiplication, etc.). Math Castle follows a fun fantasy theme, as students try to defend their castle from a dragon by answering equations.

The real state of AR in education today


AR is one of those EdTech products that has received a lot of hype — primarily from AR-based companies themselves.

Storyboard That for Thanksgiving

Technology Tidbits

Storyboard That the excellent learning tool that educators are using in a wide variety of ways (i.e. project based learning, graphic organizers, timelines, storyboard, etc.).

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A Quick Return to My #EdTech Foundations

The Playground Advocate

A good friend of mine asked me to share my five best arguments for why technology should be integrated into the curriculum or a teacher's practice.

A Quick Primer on Using Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

Fractus Learning

In 2001, a former student, Lorin Anderson, and colleagues, revised Bloom’s taxonomy initially published in 1956. The goal: To be more user-friendly for teachers to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in the classroom. The original taxonomy was a […]. Classroom Educators

Tech & Learning Leadership Summit @ Denver


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What’s A Connected Educator, Anyway?


“Well, we’re all connected educators. We’re all online, you know. There’s nothing special about that. What’s the big deal?” That’s the response I get from teachers who are unclear on this radical new thing called being a connected educator.

How Can Schools Empower Girls to Pursue STEM?

Where Learning Clicks

Female representation in STEM continues to be low. Exposure is key when districts and schools want to empower girls to pursue STEM; where can they start? The post How Can Schools Empower Girls to Pursue STEM? appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.


Super Teacher Worksheets for Veterans Day

Technology Tidbits

Super Teacher Worksheets educators everywhere are using for printables, worksheets, puzzles, activities, and much much more. Also, all items are labeled if they are aligned to Common Core Standards and there are even generators/wizards for users to create their very own worksheets/puzzles/etc. Best of all, teachers can use STW for any subject and browse through 1000's of educational resources that can work for them.

A Collection of Some Good Educational Web Tools for Librarians

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is another of our popular visuals we shared in the past. It features a collection of educational web tools handpicked particularly for librarians. Our selection is based primarily on the more

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Leave little to chance with a discovery-driven approach to blended learning

eSchool News

Almost every educator I’ve asked about leading a blended-learning initiative has expressed that building a blended program is a process, not an event.

Book Review: Repositioning Educational Leadership

Ask a Tech Teacher

Repositioning Educational Leadership. by James Lytle et al. The idea of using inquiry to drive change is both inspired common sense and not entirely obvious.

OnEducation Podcast

eSchool News

OnEducation is a source of entertaining and timely conversations about “teachers, teaching, and everything in between” as well as trusted, expert-level opinions on the best software and technology for the classroom.

EdWeek Market Brief Webinar: How ESSA Is Shaping K-12 District Purchasing

Marketplace K-12

How is the Every Student Succeed Act shaping district purchasing? EdWeek Market Brief's webinar on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. EST will break it down for K-12 companies. The post EdWeek Market Brief Webinar: How ESSA Is Shaping K-12 District Purchasing appeared first on Market Brief.

A Comprehensive Look at Responsive Literacy


Responsive Literacy's 400 pages are well worth the read, writes Linda Biondi. Each of the contributing teacher educators present a theoretical framework and practical tools to apply in the classroom and guidance on how to help young students develop a love of literacy. Five stars.

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Open Education Resources for Teachers and Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Open Education Resources (OER) Commons is a platform that provides open access to a wide variety of open educational resources that are either in the public domain or are licensed under more

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10 Model Lessons for Inquiry-based Science


As models for inquiry-based education, the book's science activities offer strategies, tools, and procedures for designing and implementing lessons. Teacher Jeny Randall finds the book has changed the way she teaches science, despite some layout and standards glitches.