May, 2015

50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom [Video]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher YouTube Channel Looking for new ideas for using technology in the classroom? Trying to figure out what’s next? Well, recently I had to record a video just in case the weather wasn’t so great in Pittsburg, Kansas for my virtual keynote.

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Learning: It’s All About the Connections

User Generated Education

I’ve written about connections before in It’s All About Connection. Today, though, I was thinking about all of the connections important for learning.

Teachers As Researchers: The Power of Mindset

Digital Promise

Serena Hicks is an English and language arts teacher and professional development facilitator in West Ada School District , in Meridian, Idaho. Change is hard! In my experience, I’ve noticed that teachers are more likely to make positive changes when they get to decide when and how to change.

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When is an Educational App Classroom Worthy?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are over 80,000 apps in the Apple store marked as "educational." How do educators and schools distinguish the quality applications from the subpar? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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.

Last Day of School: Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Catlin Tucker

The end of the school year typically blows by in a blur of exams. I’m often left wishing I had done more to get my students reflecting on the year. Not this year! This year, I am going to have my students write themselves a letter to be delivered in the future.

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10 Stress-Busting Secrets of Great Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sail Through the Stress of the Storm If I look through a window pane and see teaching as weather, teaching would be the thunderstorm.

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Becoming a Lifelong Maker: Start Young

User Generated Education

I was recently asked what is was about my childhood that led to me being an adult who makes and who advocates that everyone should make in one form or another. I believe there were several childhood experiences that contributed to me becoming a lifelong maker.

Apply Now: League of Innovative Schools Seeks New Members

Digital Promise

Back in 2011, Digital Promise started the League of Innovative Schools , a network of forward-thinking districts around the country. At that point, efforts to use personal technology and adaptive software to support teaching and learning were relatively scarce.

Ed-Tech Startups Win Big Money at Education Business Plan Competition

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A handful of ed-tech startups won $140,000 from the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition Wednesday. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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.

Teach with Comics! 15+ Tips & Tools

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! At a young age, I was interested in comic books, which was really how I learnt to read. Nicholas Cage. Comics can be powerful learning tools. The mix of art, dialogue, character expressions, and frames engages learners and is brain-friendly.

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This Evening’s Homework Requires the Use of the Internet

Doug Levin

A new study conducted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation , the Family Online Safety Institute , and myCollegeOptions (with data collected in March 2015) suggests that the use of technology and the internet is commonplace in the American high school experience: 98.5%

10 Top Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas (and a Way to Save Money on Them)

The CoolCatTeacher

I have a thing for office supplies! I think it comes from being a teacher. This week (May 3-9) is Teacher Appreciation Week. Now, I can share my favorite productivity tips and tools (as always) along with how to get them for yourself at your local Staples store.

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Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator

User Generated Education

I used to teach a graduate course in professional ethics for the educator. One of the assignments I did is have these inservice educators develop a list of promises to their students. I asked them to make it poster size so they can post these promises in their classrooms.

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.

Lessons We’ve Learned on Education Leadership

Digital Promise

In our work with schools across the country, we see everyday how students benefit from personalized, deeper learning opportunities. Yet, we’ve also found that it’s not enough to simply supply schools with technology tools.

Educators Can Ease Racial Trauma Experienced by Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As educators, we can help students navigate racial trauma by providing safe spaces for honest conversations about their stressful experiences related to race. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Free Range Teaching

Catlin Tucker

I was listening to NPR last month when they did a story on free range parenting. The story covered the debate about the pros and cons of this approach, which values self-reliance and independence.

24 Economics Websites for Middle School

Ask a Tech Teacher

Wide variety from formative to summative, from quizzes to games. See what works for you: 60-seconds Adventures in Economics –videos from Open University. Basic Economic Terms. Basic Economics Jumbled. Be Your Own Boss. BrainPop—money movie. Business and Profit Millionaire Game. Coffeeshop Game.

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.

EPISODE 143: 10 Practical, Entertaining Ways to Teach with Mobile Devices [PODCAST]

The CoolCatTeacher

The Every Classroom Matters Show: Tony Vincent, Expert on Teaching with Mobile Devices Tony Vincent started using mobile devices in the classroom back in the days of Palm Pilots. Since then, he’s become an expert on everything mobile.

Making MAKEing More Inclusive

User Generated Education

The maker movement and maker education, in my perspective, are such great initiatives – really in line with what student-centric education should be in this era of formal and informal learning.

Technology for Adult Learners: A Market Ready for Innovation

Digital Promise

While the main focus for education investment is the K-12 market, millions of American adults too need and want opportunities to learn.

Words Mean More to Students When They're Personal

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You can't memorize your way to a better vocabulary. Contextual learning is the key to word learning. But is context enough? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned Product Development ProfessorWord Research aboutus professorword

EdTech at School

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

iTunes U and You

iTeach with iPads

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King. Thinking critically and intensively is not reserved for older students.

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3 Digital Tools to Encourage Close Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

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Leaning In, Leaning Down, Putting Yourself Out There

The CoolCatTeacher

The Struggle to "Go For It" with No Regrets on the Family Front I loved Sheryl Sandberg’s TED speech upon which a movement began. But I am sitting here reflecting upon it and how I feel about my decisions to put family first. I wrote this post in 2014 but didn’t publish it.

Why Are We Biased Against Games for Learning?

Doug Levin

The topic of games for learning is garnering more widespread attention than it ever has, thanks in no small part to high-profile evangelism from folks as prominent as those at the White House and U.S.

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.