August, 2015

Successful Parent Teacher Communication Tips

The CoolCatTeacher

3 Important Times We Have to Talk Students need parent teacher communication. We need to work together to help kids. There are three essential times for parent teacher communication. The Global Search for Education has a monthly question.

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

User Generated Education

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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Want kids to love school? Stop telling them they stink and find their strength.

The CoolCatTeacher

The Teacher as a Talent Scout Good schools don’t just teach you subjects. Good schools teach you about yourself. A focus on strengths is the secret to a better school. We want students to be leaders, but we never let them lead. Let’s change that! Here’s how.

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.

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?

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.

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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.

8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first day of class can be daunting. Students are curious about the new faces around them, intimidated–even frightened by the prospect of so many people they know nothing about. As a teacher, you might feel the same way.

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A New Model for Coding in Schools

Digital Promise

Erica is the communications manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @EricaLawton. “It happened one fateful rainy day” sounds more like the start of a romantic comedy than that of an ed-tech transformation. But in South Fayette Township School District , Pa.,

10 Ways to Build Powerful Parent Partnerships from Day One

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode on Building Parent-Teacher Relationships sponsored by Bloomz. First-rate teachers value parents. Jumpstart positive parent partnerships from day one. Show parents how much they matter.

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?

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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.

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

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Goal: Inspire Them to Inspire

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” ” – Bob Talbert. Our newest goal for 2015 is from Maria Theologidou from Greece ! Goal: Inspire them to inspire.

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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.

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Here We Go Again

iTeach with iPads

How do you restart something that had never been turned off? Veronica Rossi, Under the Never Sky. It doesn’t matter how long I have taught, I always have trouble adjusting expectations with a new class.

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.

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

The School Design “Oops!”

Battelle for Kids

August 10, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 4. Driving Question: How can school leaders design truly transformative models of teaching and learning? Transformative learning doesn't have to be a function of fortune. Schools can be designed to transform lives." (1)

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


Teach Digital Citizenship: 20+ Tips & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Enjoyed these resources? Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. “The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.” ” – John Naisbitt.

EdTech at School

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

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.

Rethink funding for quality learning

The Christensen Institute

This post was first published on WISE In 2008, in the book Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson made the bold prediction that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses in America would be online.

7 Things Every Educator Needs to Know About Online Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. Online learning is growing. How do online classrooms differ from the face to face classroom? What about the student/teacher relationship? Jade Ballek is a principal of an online K12 school in Canada.

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.

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.