August, 2015

Back to School Like A Boss! 10 Survival Tips!

Teacher Reboot Camp

When starting with a new group of learners, I am hardly able to sleep the night before. Next week, I begin a new course and trust me I’m pretty nervous. However, I welcome the excitement, because I know as a teacher, I have the important mission of guiding the learning journeys of many. According to Teachers Count, the average teacher impacts 3000 students within a lifetime. How many will you impact this year? What kind of impact will your students have on others and the world?

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30 Great Research Websites for Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are quick, safe spots to send students for research: BrainPop. Citation Machine. CoolKidFacts –kid-friendly videos, pictures, info, and quizzes–all 100% suitable for children. CyberSleuth Kids. Dictionary. Digital Vaults –research a topic, curate resources. Encyclopedia Interactica –visual encyclopedias. Fact Monster. Fun Brain. How Stuff Works. I Know That! Info Please. Insta-Grok. Internet Library. Internet Public Library (IPL). Kid Rex. KidsConnect–Kids research.


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Team Building Activities That Support Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM

User Generated Education

Working as a productive and sensitive member of a team is looked upon by STEM-based companies as being a requirement to being an effective and contributing employee: As technology takes over more of the fact-based, rules-based, left-brain skills—knowledge-worker skills—employees who excel at human relationships are emerging as the new “it” men and women.

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Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook

Catlin Tucker

For the last two years, I’ve been increasingly frustrated with the traditional approach to assessing students and reporting grades. I want my students to value learning, not the accumulation of points. Unfortunately, I feel like school is akin to a Pacman game where students are myopically focused on gobbling up points and, as a result, miss the point of learning entirely. Redesigning My Gradebook.

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.

Vocabulary Strategies for Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When it comes to vocabulary instruction, most of the commonly-used instructional techniques, particularly at the middle school and high school levels, tend to favor visual learners. But what about all the auditory and kinesthetic learners? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email ProfessorWord Research Startup Life aboutus professorword

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20 Ways to Transform Learning with Technology

Teacher Reboot Camp

Enjoyed these resources? Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. This year try integrating technology to get students researching, exploring, creating and moving. Hover over the infopic below to discover lessons, free apps, and resources! Challenge: Try one of these ideas to transform the learning in your classroom! If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99

5 Tools To Shake up the New Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

One thing we can all agree on is that there are tons of free tech tools available that enrich learning. I can’t keep up with them. I belong to several Tech Teacher forums, FB groups, G+ Communities, and every day I find more great tools I can’t wait to use in my classroom. Like many of you, this summer I attended several professional development conferences (ISTE, Teachers Pay Teachers, WordPress, Summer PD)–that bumped my total up to about a gazillion.

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6 Ways to Make Students Love You on the First Day of School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. One of our most popular posts, “14 Things Teachers Should Never Do on the First Day of School,” sparked plenty of discussion here on Brilliant or Insane and on our social networks. Even though most agreed with our “Not to-do list,” many longed for the positive spin? Okay, this makes sense,” one reader allowed, “but I’m a […]. The post 6 Ways to Make Students Love You on the First Day of School appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.


Don’t Waste the First Day of School

Catlin Tucker

The first day of school is an opportunity. It’s a chance to let students know what they can expect from you and your class. Will the class be teacher centered or student centered? Will they work in isolation or in collaborative groups? Will they be challenged or not? Unfortunately, many teachers spend the first day of school reading their syllabus to their students and explaining all of the classroom norms and rules.

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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).

Recruiting Real Educators: Good or Bad for the Ed-Tech Startup Model?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Digital ed-tech companies can be attractive to investors because they don't rely on a significant amount of human capital. But we're betting a business model relying on humans, but using technology to grow, can be just as attractive. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email edtech hiring investment recruitment scale

Back to School Savings with #Teacher Appreciation Event at #Staples

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Staples Back to school already? Yes it is! I go back to school August 10, so I’ll so be hitting Staples for their Teacher Appreciation event August 2-9. Hopefully, you’ve all already joined the Staples Teacher Rewards Program. If so, you’ll get 40% back in Teacher Rewards for school supplies, teaching, art supplies, cleaning supplies and more when you buy in your Staples store. Go to to download the coupon.

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Teaching the Emoji Generation: 12+ Activities & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the Mobile Learning category ! Although an emoticon may look like a smile, a frown or any number of facial expressions, it doesn’t represent a face, as many internet users assume. It’s actually intended to convey a feeling (“I’m happy,” or “just joking”).” – Lauren Collister. Our students humanize their digital experience with text speak, emoji, and selfies.

Tech Ed Resources–Organize Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

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.

Reframing Negative Experiences: 6 Questions that Help Kids Learn from Failure

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane When students reflect in order to reframe negative experiences, they find themselves better able to learn from failure and eventually move beyond them. Inviting kids to reframe perceptions that cause them anxiety, grief, or pain is important work that all teachers should be prepared to do.

20 Google Apps activities for classroom innovation

Ditch That Textbook

Google Apps for Education has made new ideas and activities possible in classrooms all over the world. They’ve allowed for creation and collaboration in ways that weren’t possible in the past. One of the best parts about the entire Google Apps suite is that teachers and students can use these versatile tools to create their [.]. Ed Tech creative teaching edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google classroom

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Can Crowdfunding Pay for Teacher Professional Development?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A Philadelphia principal tries to use crowdfunding to pay for teacher professional development that the district budget won't cover. Will it work? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email crowdfunding funding


Teaching and Learning with the Future in Mind

Battelle for Kids

August 27, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 13. In my recent article in the Future of Education MediaPlanet supplement , I talked about how the 21st century is the time when we have to stop envisioning education as existing exclusively within classroom walls, and instead focus on all the myriad learning experiences a child has throughout life that prepare him or her for the real world.

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.

Goal: Test the Power of Hashtags

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “[The hashtag] it served as a way to carry on a conversation with a diverse audience.”- ”- The Huffington Post. Venezuela, Jan. Goal: Initiate or support a hashtag movement. Accomplish this goal by creating your own hashtag on social media, getting your students to create their own hashtag movements, or working as a class to create a class hashtag movement.

Examining Your Beliefs About Digital Youth

User Generated Education

This weekend I attended a conference presentation entitled, Cultural Imposition: When Digital Immigrant Therapists See Digital Native Clients (yep, I know there is some push back against the terms of digital natives and digital immigrants). It’s focus was understanding digital youth as a unique culture. It got me thinking, though, about the assumptions that adults who work with and teach youth make about their digital use and behaviors.

I Gave Every Single Student an A and Then.

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane I Gave Every Single Student an A and Then. By Phil Hanney Last Year, I took advice from a Brilliant or Insane blog post and gave every single student in all of my classes an A. It was one of the most liberating experiences I have ever had. Of course, I talked to […] The post I Gave Every Single Student an A and Then. appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment grades

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12 ways to use Google Classroom’s newest features

Ditch That Textbook

In fall of 2014, Google released Classroom to anxiously awaiting teachers. In a year’s time, those teachers put Classroom to work, with students turning in more than 70 million assignments. Google released a handful of useful updates to Classroom recently and some others in the last few months that let teachers and students do even [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google classroom

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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!

Four Reasons Ed-Tech Tools Must Work With Teacher Systems

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You might not know their technical names, but if these digital tools are working well, school and classroom ed-tech applications will run smoother. Are yours working? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights Start-Up Journey eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments googleclassroom interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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The Life of Dead Fish

Battelle for Kids

August 31, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 14. Driving Question: How does a nation transfrom all schools for deeper learning? Being an innovator in education is much like being a freshwater fish dumped into the ocean. Some fish are stronger than others. But, eventually, they all succumb to the salinity of the salt water and die.

Let’s Get to Know You! 20+ Icebreakers for Kids

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato. The beginning of the school year is a great time to lay the foundations for transforming your young learner classes into peer communities. As part of their development, children need to learn how to play and disagree with each other respectfully.

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Tech Tip #111: Quick Internet Fix

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: The internet website is quirky. Stuff I know should work doesn’t. Is there any quick way to fix that without having to reboot?

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.

10 Things Veteran Teachers Want First Year Teachers to Know

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Shortly after posting 10 Tough Truths About Your First Year of Teaching, friends of mine began reaching out to share their own tough truths and a bit of hope as well. You need to tell new teachers how it gets better,” one of them suggested. You need to leave them with a bit of light.” […] The post 10 Things Veteran Teachers Want First Year Teachers to Know appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Innovation Inspiration #mindset #ntchat


Today’s Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice

User Generated Education

Some of the recurring themes of my conference presentations and blog posts include: Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0. We are living in an age of information abundanc. It is important to facilitate learner agency. The underlying theme of all of my ideas, of all of my blog posts is about setting up the conditions where learners’ choice and voice flourish.

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7 Assessment Tips and Tools to Know What Your Students Are Really Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode with Garnet Hillman. How do we know our students have really mastered the standards we are supposed to teach? Assessment coach Garnett Hillman helps us understand how our assessments need to change. (We We might even learn that we don’t have to grade so much and get better results.) We learn the tools and tips to help us with assessments. Important Takeaways. What are the most common mistakes teachers make when assessing students?