February, 2016

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

The easy tool educators are using every day From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google.

The NEW Google Forms: 9 classroom uses

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For years, educators have been using Google Forms to gather data, assess learning and create fun techy learning experiences. Recently, Google Forms got a facelift, and even more recently, it added some new features.

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Why Social Media Education Is Needed In Schools

User Generated Education

Social media is an intimate part of a large majority of tweens’ and teens’ lives.

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the director of the educator micro-credentials initiative at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @JenCohKab. Richards, in her fourth year in the classroom, teaches seventh grade history.

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.

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20 ways Snagit can improve life in the classroom

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If you’re like me, you have just a couple of go-to digital tools. For me, those tools make my life easier and I can’t imagine my life without them. For me, Snagit is one of those tools. In fact, I use the full paid version of it for Windows, and it’s one of a few [.].

Doing Things at School That Can’t Be Done At Home

User Generated Education

Many kids and teens are spending a lot of their time doing solitary screen-related activities. This most often occurs at home with their own devices. We are also living in an age where practically any and all content can be found via the Internet.

10 iPhone Apps to Explore Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard

Two Guys and Some iPads

Photo from nytimes.com Cardboard Cardboard puts virtual reality on your iPhone. The Google Cardboard app helps you set up a Cardboard viewer and includes a few experiences to get you started: Explorer: Explore exciting environments. Exhibit: View 3D objects from a museum collection.

Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!

Doug Levin

I’ve established that I am a fan of open educational resources (OER) and think that K-12 educators and policymakers would benefit from thinking more deeply about the ownership of instructional materials.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Using the iPad for Writing in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. -F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve always believed we learn to write by writing. My students have a lot to say, but often have difficulty finding topics to write about.

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Edusketching: A Tool to Help Students Understand Complex Concepts

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 213 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Your recall of information is up to 55% greater with the use of a picture linked to the content, according to edusketch expert and National Board Certified Teacher, Wendy Pillars.

The danger in blocking the Internet too much

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It’s the nightmare of students trying to create or do research digitally. It’s the frustration of teachers seeking out the best resources to share with their classes. The over-protective school Internet filter. Many of us deal with them daily.

Success with Online High School Courses: From Probation to Graduation for More Than 600 Students


Don't Miss the Point: Content-Focused Reading Instruction Is Crucial


While many language skills and comprehension strategies are embedded in daily lessons, teachers know that the overall purpose of each lesson sequence is to understand content related to a theme. The reason for reading a text is clear: The text is worthwhile. It is complex and rich.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

I’ve been engaged in thinking deeply about the promise and opportunity afforded the U.S. K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative.

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Two Students Take the Lead with Technology

Digital Promise

The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative gives students an opportunity to take ownership of their own learning. These schools are using technology to enhance learning in exciting new ways. Classroom lessons are changing and becoming more innovative and personalized.

Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 212 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Many teachers feel like teacher professional development is a waste. Dan Brown shares the three research-based ways to make teacher PD better.

20+ resources for engaging game-based learning

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Our society thrives on games. They’re everywhere, from our social lives to our work lives to our school lives. People kill time on the bus, in a doctor’s waiting room and even in the bathroom (eww … but true!) playing games on their smartphones and tablets.

Envisioning The Future Of Technology In Education

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Keep the Focus on the Learning on Digital Learning Day


For those of us who have been around for a while, Digital Learning Day (or DLDay), happening February 17, has special significance. I fall into the “around for a while” category because I had both a TRS-80 and an Apple II. How cool is that?

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

The glasses have been raised. The speeches made, and press releases issued.

Developers and Adult Ed Programs Collaborate to Make Apps for Low-Skilled Learners

Digital Promise

According to a national report from Tyton Partners on the state of adult education and technology, 86 percent of administrators want technology for their students and are willing to use their resources to get the best products possible.

Innovator’s Mindset: Teaching Students to be Problem Finders

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 215 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Why are we giving kids problems to solve? Why don’t we help them learn to find their own problems?

Sticky note inspiration: What kids REALLY need

Ditch That Textbook

Think back to what got you into education in the first place. A specific content area or a bent toward a certain age level might have helped you find your place in the education world. But I’ll bet it didn’t get you into education all together.

#Relate2016: Sign Up for the Latest!

Fidelis Education

Join Fidelis and EVP of Greenwood Hall, Josh Cage, for a 60-minute interactive webinar on how to start a coaching program. During the last learning and development session of the #Relate2016 series, we presented the top skills needed to be a great coach. During this presentation, we’ll be talking to Josh about what it takes to create an amazing coaching program. We’ll be providing concrete and easy ways to get started… today. When: March 2, 2016, noon-1PM PST.

4 Things Innovative Schools Have In Common

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How to Bring ‘More Beautiful’ Questions Back to School


In the age of information, factual answers are easy to find. Want to know who signed the Declaration of Independence? Google it. Curious about the plot of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous novel, “The Scarlet Letter”? A quick Internet search will easily jog your memory.

Real projects. Real responsibility. Real contributions.

Dangerously Irrelevant

In 2009, the Blue Valley Schools in Kansas launched their Center for Advanced Professional Studies. Unlike traditional trade or vocational schools that historically have prepared students for ‘blue collar’ jobs, the CAPS model immerses students in ‘white collar’ professional settings.

2 Ways to Turn Struggling Students into Life-Long Readers

The CoolCatTeacher

Simple Steps to Ignite a Love of Reading and Writing From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching kids to love reading is a challenge. Pam Allyn , the author of 23 books, is a literacy expert who helps schools, parents, and teachers help kids love reading.

Blended learning can enable teachers to focus on cognitive skills

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can be a powerful tool; not only for helping teachers meet students’ individual learning needs but also helping them foster stronger relationships with students. In this post, I share excerpts from a recent interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher who teaches AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma, a high school that is part of the Summit Public Schools charter network in the San Francisco Bay Area.

16 Ways the 2016 Horizon Report Indicates That Higher Ed is Undergoing a Seismic Shift


“The Only Constant is Change” – Heraclitus Most of us in higher education realize that the winds of change are blowing strong. Some of the gusts may be damaging, but some can also. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

8 Switches To Update Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

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Parental Control Quick Guide: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online


The web holds a wealth of information – including content that may be inappropriate or dangerous for young audiences. A request for personal details, cheap ticket offers to a sporting event, or suggestion to meet “in person” ? These are all red flags of online culture to watch out for.