July, 2016

Mobile Learning: No Longer About the Technology, but About the Learning

The Journal

A transition, quietly but most assuredly, has occurred: Today, in 2016, discussions under the heading "mobile learning" are becoming more about how "all-the-time, everywhere learning" can be supported with "mobile" technology than about mobile devices and apps. That transition has huge pedagogical implications

5 Technology Tools Perfect for ELA Online Learning Stations

Catlin Tucker

I’ve written extensively about the benefits of using the Station Rotation Model with students. English teachers frequently ask me which technology tools I use to design my online learning stations. Below are my 5 favorite technology tools and online resources for designing the online learning stations in my English classroom. #1 1 StudySync. StudySync has freed me from the limitations of our school book room.


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The Process of Change

A Principal's Reflections

There is always a great deal of discussion about change in education in order to better prepare students for success. The stakes have become higher as changes in a globally connected world are far outpacing those in our schools. The proliferation of technology in the world is making it much more difficult to engage our students. This is not to say that meaningful, impactful changes are not evident in schools across the globe.

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Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France. Students can experience new cultures, history, and understand the world in better ways with virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearables. Teachers are using these technologies to send learners on virtual field trips or getting students to keep track of their steps, cardio, and health with fitness bands.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Inspiring Edtech Quotes


I recently compiled a list of quotes about educational technology that have really inspired me. I used the website Canva to make the graphic ( click here for my video tutorial on how to use it). Have you got any favourite quotes about edtech? Share them by commenting below. Tagged: canva , edtech , education , educational technology , inspiration , inspiring quotes , learning , quotes , teaching , tech , tech tool , technology.

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Learner-Centered Design: Powering the Coming Golden Age of Educational Software

The Journal

Learners are not just short users. So, software designed from a User-Centered Design perspective is not always appropriate for those short users! This week’s blog, then, outlines a Learner-Centered Design approach to educational software development that should better meet the unique needs of learners

3 Arguments in Favor of the In-class Flip

Catlin Tucker

Whenever I train teachers on the Flipped Classroom Model, I’m always asked the same questions. “What do you do if your students do not complete the homework?” ” or “What do you do if students do not have access to the internet and/or devices at home?” ” These are valid questions and concerns. Homework completion and online access must be a consideration when teachers decide whether or not the flipped classroom is a viable model.

Cardboard Challenges: No Tech/Low Cost Maker Education

User Generated Education

I believe in the importance of participating in ongoing and continuous reflective practice as an educator. This is my reflection on my Cardboard Challenges Maker Education Camp that was taught to twelve 5 to 10 year old learners for five days, 2.5 hours each morning. My Cardboard Challenges webpage of ideas can be found at [link].

12 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections With Educators

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Since we cannot experience everything, other people’s experiences, and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. ‘I I store my knowledge in my friends’ is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people (undated).” ” – Karen Stephenson. When we connect with other educators and develop Personal/ Professional/ Passionate Learning Networks (PLNs) , we participate in collective, networked learning.

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

Students With a Bigger Purpose Stay Motivated

Digital Promise

Keeping students motivated is a challenge for educators and parents alike. By now you’re probably familiar with popular strategies such as grit and growth mindset , which are effective but not entirely foolproof in their abilities to enhance student motivation. For example, grit has received criticism for romanticizing hardships (1) , while growth mindset is ineffective when implemented incorrectly. One lesser known strategy that can further improve these interventions is purpose for learning.

10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Math teachers: This is for you. Here are some great suggestions from efriend and math afficionado, Matt Kim: Before I was ever a high school math teacher, I was always a hardcore technophile. As long as I can remember, technology has been one of those things that have caught my interest no matter what my current job title was at that time.

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3 Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Reading and Writing

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters with Dr. Linda H. Mason From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Improve reading skills by helping students learn how to set their own goals. Dr. Linda Mason helps us understand how to help students become better readers with goal setting, self-regulating, and self-assessment strategies. Linda shares lots of practical research-based advice on helping struggling readers.

Blended Learning in Action

Catlin Tucker

It’s been four years since Corwin published my bestselling book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12. When I wrote that book, I was working in a low-tech environment trying to figure out how to weave together online and face-to-face learning to create a student-centered classroom. I did not receive any support, technology, or professional development from my school or district and was forced to figure it out on my own.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

4 Reasons Gifted Programs are Irrelevant

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Some things I’ve heard in 17 years of working in gifted education: “What do I need to do to get my kid into the gifted program in your school?” “You You know how important it is in this community to have your child labeled gifted.” “I I need my child in the gifted class because I don’t want […]. The post 4 Reasons Gifted Programs are Irrelevant appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Issues edchat

Learn With QR Codes! 22+ Apps, Web Tools and Activities

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France. QR codes, Quick Response barcodes, inspire curiosity in our learners. QR codes get learners out of their seat scanning to discover what the knowledge they will uncover with their mobile devices. QR codes are mostly attached to websites or text, but we can also attach QR codes to audio, video, games, polls, or multimedia presentations.

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3 Ways Ed-Tech Can Cultivate a Growth Mindset

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Ever since Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success came out in 2006, terms like fixed and growth mindsets have become staple buzzwords in education. However, according to Dweck, parents and teachers often misuse growth mindset research , failing to instill the mentality most conducive to students’ success. Dweck explains how a growth mindset has been conflated with another buzzword: grit.

4 Ways to Use Podcasts in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

As teachers get more creative about differentiating for student needs, we’re turning to tools that use other approaches than writing a report or creating a class play. One I hear more and more about is podcasts. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Emily Southey, has some thoughts on how to integrate podcasts into your lesson planning: In the age of technology, students and teachers alike listen to podcasts in their spare time. They are funny, entertaining, and often educational.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

How to Turn off Blue Light on Your iPhone/ Ipad at Night

The CoolCatTeacher

Keep Your Phone from Waking You Up From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Not sleeping? You might need to turn off blue light on your phone. This week, I was interviewing John Medina, author of Brain Rules, for a future episode of Every Classroom Matters. He made the offhand comment, “blue light wreaks havoc with your brain.”

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A simple way to make a digital copy of pupils’ work.


When the end of the year comes, the books are sent home with the children and presumably put in a box in a dark cupboard! Why not create and store a digital copy? I have found this very effective practise for a number of reasons: It is great to show my new class good examples from the previous year. As a teacher, it is useful to reflect on the key learning that has happened over the year. Capturing work and celebrating it, makes tasks more meaningful for students.

Pittsburgh Schools and Developers Share Tips for Improved Ed-tech Pilots

Digital Promise

Everyone agrees more information is helpful when it comes to choosing the right ed-tech products to support student learning. But is it worth the extra time and effort for schools and product developers to go beyond an informal product pilot and adopt a more rigorous approach to collecting data? For ed-tech pilot participants in the Pittsburgh area, the answer is a resounding “yes.”.

Goal: Set Aside Time for Yourself

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “A field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.” ” – Ovid. Goal: For 1 week, dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to rest and relaxation. Accomplish this goal: Part of avoiding burnout is dedicating time to ourselves unrelated to teaching. I’ve struggled with this many times throughout my life, because I am passionate about what I do.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Making a Global Impact in Education: An Interview with Karl Mehta, CEO of EdCast

EdNews Daily

Robyn Shulman. I was honored to chat with Karl Mehta, the founder and CEO of EdCast Inc. Thousands of new education technology platforms have emerged in the past decade. As education technology continues to grow, it is important to identify services with purpose and meaning. Technology that makes a difference in the world is the focus and mission of EdCast. EdCast is a social knowledge network built in an effort to enhance our ability to collaborate and learn.

How Do Non-Techie Parents Handle the Increasing Focus of Technology in Education?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Parents increasingly find technology a roadblock to tracking student progress in the classrooms. There are too many options, with too few instructions that seem to constantly change. One of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors summed it up like this: Most parents have some concerns about keeping up with the part of the digital revolution that has extended to their child’s classroom. Parents who are not comfortable with technology, or who have no experience with it at all are facing challenges.

11 Things Students Need to Know to Be Successful

The CoolCatTeacher

Truths for Future-Holders So We Can Hold a Brighter One From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. All software is useless if we don’t invest in the greatest software in the world… the human brain. The software within our children is the most important software being created. We can’t program it. We can’t carve it. But what we put into their minds, determines the future for all of us. But what should that be?

Moving schools? Transfer and save all of your old emails and content using ‘Grad Gopher’.


When you move schools your email account is often deactivated shortly after you leave. What happens to all those emails with useful information, contacts and resources that you will need in your next role? They more than likely get deleted. This is when you need Grad Gopher. Grad Gopher allows you to transfer all of your school Gmail account (including Google Docs content) to your personal account. And it’s really easy to use! Create an account on the Grad Gopher website.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

A Glimpse of the Future: What the K-12 Classroom Will Look Like in 2025

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

This week I’ll be on a panel discussing the Future Classroom at this year’s STEM Summit hosted by Towson University. Given that my experience is limited to middle school and high school students through my test-prep company and my critical-reading web app, SmartyReader , I’ll highlight my own insights in hopes of sparking a larger discussion of how the K-12 classroom will look in 2025.

Goal: Interview a Colleague

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! Goal: Interview a teacher or learner from another country. Accomplish this goal: Conduct a video, audio, or written interview with a colleague from another country to gain perspective on an issue. Take this further by publishing your interview. Get your copy of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers or Learning to Go !​.

Thriving SAT Scores: Meet Shaan Patel, Founder of Prep Expert and Shark Tank Winner

EdNews Daily

SAT Scores: A New Number. Have you ever wondered how to achieve higher SAT scores? I had the pleasure to interview Shaan Patel, founder of 2400 Expert SAT Prep (renamed Prep Expert this weekend) and winner on ABC’s Shark Tank. Mark Cuban signed a deal with Shaan just in time for the release of the new SAT. Big changes abound for the new SAT, and many are beneficial for incoming college students.