February, 2016

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?

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Join Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team!

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The Learning Through Technology Team at the Maine Department of Education is looking for a high energy, entrepreneurial-thinking, collaborative educator who would like to work with us. Are you making great things happen in your classroom, school, district, or region?

Inspiration Stations: A Creative Spin on the Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

This year, I’ve focused on using the Station Rotation Model to: create smaller learning communities within our larger class. spend more time working in small groups with students. more effectively differentiate instruction. make the most of our limited technology.

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.

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.

League of Innovative Schools Members Named 2016 “Leaders to Learn From”

Digital Promise

Sara is the Director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. You can reach her on Twitter at @sschappy. Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools serve as examples of how forward-thinking leadership can transform learning.

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6 Ways Awesome Administrators Help New Teachers Face the First Year with a Smile

The CoolCatTeacher

Leadership and Support of the New Teaching Professional From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The first year is the toughest. Pretty much every teacher will tell you that. It is when the students will try you.

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.

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Differentiate Reading with Rewordify

Catlin Tucker

In an earlier post titled How Challenging Is that Online Text ? , I shared the Readability tool that can help educators determine how hard an online text is to see if it is a good match for their students.

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.

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.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

"While they’re here, we’re the ones that they’re counting on. We’re the ones that provide their reinforcement, the safe place, the continuity. When they go home, they may not have that.” ” - Amy Creeden, principal and Race to the Top lead.

Only Truly 1-to-1 is Truly Transformative

The Journal

The dominant pedagogy in classrooms today is still direct instruction, the pedagogy underlying so-called computer-based, “personalized learning” environments.

How Any Teacher Can Use Lee Sheldon’s Multiplayer Classroom Model

The CoolCatTeacher

Powerful Pedagogies for Every Teaching Professional From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Star Trek script writer and professional game author Lee Sheldon has designed his entire college course as a game.

Communication With Parents: More Than A Grade

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 9. Driving Question: What if I do more than share grades with parents? I recently met with two parents and their son. It was a conference to discuss how he was doing in class and what they could do at home to help.

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.

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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Digital Literacy–What is it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

‘Digital literacy’ is one of those buzz words floated by experts as being granular to 21st century students. It’s everywhere, on everyone’s tongue, but figuring out what it means can be daunting.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

“While they’re here, we’re the ones that they’re counting on. We’re the ones that provide their reinforcement, the safe place, the continuity. When they go home, they may not have that.”. – Amy Creeden, principal and Race to the Top lead. The majority of K-12 students in the U.S.

Chromebooks: Things we Love, Things We Love Not So Much

The Journal

Reportedly some 30,000 Chromebooks come online in K-12 each day. There are positive and negative aspects to that, though, as far as we can tell, the Chromebook invasion is mostly a good thing for education

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.

8 Types of Blended Learning According to Research

The CoolCatTeacher

Design Your Classroom for Maximum Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Blended learning happens when you mix the face to face classroom with online learning. While flipped classroom is a form of blended learning, it is not the only one.

Learning Targets and Student-Led Conferences More Pathways to Communication

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 7. Driving Question: How does a 21st century classroom communicate student outcomes?

Three Lessons Ed-Tech Startups Can Learn From Innovator Sal Khan

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I recently watched an interview with Sal Khan, founder of the extremely successful ed-tech non-profit Khan Academy, and he touched upon three ideas that should resonate with ed-tech startups. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

Poetry Notebooks with Book Creator

iTeach with iPads

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Plutarch. Each Friday, we take a break from our Writing Workshop activities and work in our poetry notebooks. Young children love poems and songs. Every week, we have a designated poem that goes with our unit.

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EdTech at School

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

3 Whiteboard Apps for Teachers and Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Whiteboards have long been a de rigeur staple in classrooms, occupying pride-of-place at the front of the room. Despite the popularity of hi-tech Smartscreens, the simple whiteboard remains the favored method of sharing information during class time.

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Top 3 EdTech Predictions for 2016 and Beyond


The year is well under way and we have been anxiously watching the Internet to see the latest edtech predictions for 2016. Based on the numerous articles we’ve read, we’ve compiled our top 3 list edtech predictions for 2016. Coding.

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Make Every Monday #MatteringMonday and Help Kids Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

Start the School Week of With What Matters: Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mondays are hard for (almost) everyone. What if we started the week with reminding students how much they and their work matters?

What Makes for Good Learning Experiences?

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The more we try to to help build the talents of every student and help every learner succeed in school, the more we have to be deliberate about creating good learning experiences in our classrooms.

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.