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.

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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Leaders Don't Boss

A Principal's Reflections

"Leaders care about why things get done. Bosses just want things to get done. Bosses maintain order for the sake of order. Leaders introduce order for the sake of progress." - Akshay Kapur Do you work for a boss or with a leader? Are you a boss or a leader?

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.

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 websupport@epe.org.

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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.

Save Your Seat: #STEAM & Arts Online Conference (8 PD Hours 15+ Sessions)

Kleinspiration

A Title Doesn't Make You a Leader

A Principal's Reflections

I pondered just sending out the title of this post as a tweet – short, sweet (well not so much), and to the point. Instead of just throwing out a sound bite into the social media abyss a detailed explanation is in order. Now here’s why.

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.

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 websupport@epe.org.

Let’s be honest about annual testing

Dangerously Irrelevant

Let’s be honest: students and parents obtain no tangible benefit from large-scale annual testing. Kids and families give up numerous days of learning time – both for the tests themselves and for the test prep sessions whose sole purpose is to get ready for the tests – and for what?

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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The Power of the iPad in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

Technology won’t replace teachers, but teachers who don’t teach with technology will be replaced. unknown. Last week, our school iPads were replaced. We were very excited to exchange our iPad 2’s for the new iPad Air.

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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.

Top Tips to Create an Organized, Blended Learning Space for Students!

Kleinspiration

Click Above to Register Now I am honored to share some of my most useful tips for setting up a brain-friendly learning space that encourages student collaboration and hands-on 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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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 websupport@epe.org.

Asking students to work in complete isolation

Dangerously Irrelevant

Joe Bower said: I would never ask students to complete anything that is worth doing in complete isolation from their peers, parents, books, or the Internet. I’ve worked hard to encourage my students to see collaboration as a critical characteristic of learning.

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.

10 innovative Google lessons from the EduOnAir Conference

Ditch That Textbook

Technology isn’t the genius in education, but it can be the catalyst for amazing things. It was a given that the Education on Air Conference, put on by Google for Education, would produce a long list of great ideas and tools that can be leveraged for impressive learning experiences.

20 Free Online Resources to Upgrade Your Studying Process

Educational Technology Guy

Guest Post by Julie Petersen. Julie is a tutor and a blogger, who features the latest career and educational trends in her articles. At present time she is working on her first ebook dedicated to online learning.

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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.

EdTech at School

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

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 websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned Product Development ProfessorWord Research aboutus professorword

Most educational games teach skills, not thinking

Dangerously Irrelevant

Jordan Shapiro said: The majority of [learning] games fail because they attempt to teach skills rather than thinking. They focus on retention rather than understanding.

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.

10 useful tools for assessment with tech

Ditch That Textbook

We’re down to the final days of the school year at my school, and many students and teachers have turned their thoughts to assessment. Final exams. Final projects. End-of-course assessments. Quick review sessions. Plenty of options exist to gauge student understanding by using tech tools.

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.

Chromebook Inventory Tool - must have for GAFE Admins

Educational Technology Guy

Chromebooks are beyond popular in schools and the Google Admin Console provides a lot of great features and information. But, one thing that is missing is a way to get a full inventory of all of your Chromebooks, with information such as OS version, MAC Address, SN and more.

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.

Startup Bets Parents Are Willing to Outsource Child's Play

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Startup Tinkergarten is aiming to re-connect young children with the outdoors and thinks parents want help with that. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. earlychildhood edtech kathyhirshpasek naeyc play startup tinkergarten

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