September, 2015

Epic Sketchnoting Resources: How to Get Started Teaching Sketchnoting

The CoolCatTeacher

Useful Pedagogies and Tools for Educators Sketchnoting is not just an attractive way to take notes, it can improve retention and learning. These sketchnoting resources will get you started with your students. You don’t have to have a ton of talent, just a little know-how.

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Is “Have a Growth Mindset” the New “Just Say No”

User Generated Education

I’ve been interested in the ideas surrounding the growth mindset prior to it being coined as such by Carol Dweck. As part of my studying Education Psychology as part of my Doctoral studies, I delved into studying attribution theory.

Goal: Rethink Classroom Management

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “I am the decisive element in the classroom … In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized. – Dr. Haim Ginott.

New OECD Report Slams Computers — and Actually Says Why They Can Hurt Learning

The Journal

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development just released a detailed study of the use of computers in the classrooms in 70 countries. It was no surprise that he study did not find improvement in student achievement due to computer use.

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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.

Back to School: Tips for Implementing New Technology

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Many teachers find themselves in a bittersweet situation at the start of the new school year. Often, their school has used the summer break to launch new technology initiatives. What can teachers do to make this transition go smoothly? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

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Celebrate Awesome Girls with Kid President! #kpawesomegirls

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends to Help You Teach Kid President is cool. He is now looking for awesome girls to celebrate. His video is endearing (and funny) but rings true. Girls often don’t think they’re awesome.

Learning at school? What’s wrong with this picture?

User Generated Education

What does learning look like in school environments? What is wrong with the following pictures? Mohamed, a self-assured kid with thick-framed glasses and a serious expression, had just started at MacArthur High School a few weeks ago. The Irving, Tex.,

40 Ways to Engage Them in the First 5 Minutes

Teacher Reboot Camp

Enjoyed these resources? Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. One of the best ways I engaged my students were with prompts written on the board. Each day, my students would walk in the door and see the area with the prompt, challenge, or mission and knew they had to complete it in the first 5 minutes or complete it for homework. I would change it up so they would practice writing, listening, critical thinking, and more!

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Schooling the Terrible Teacher: 10 Things Parents Should Never Do

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If you’re the parent of school-aged children, you’re probably still well acquainted with 4:00 am. This is when you once fed your hungry babies and nursed them through bouts of whooping cough, ear infections, and tummy aches that shook you out of your dreamless half-sleep.


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.

Using Ed-Tech for Personalized, Adaptive, and Differentiated Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As education transforms through the use of technology, the language describing these new methods can be confusing. But it adds up to helping teachers personalize learning for students. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

How to go Paperless in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every Earth Day, someone in your school, maybe the parent group, raises the question of WHY NOT a paperless classroom? Everyone nods their heads, agrees this is a revolutionary idea, and moves on as Earth Day passes. Really, though: Why not?

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Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results

The CoolCatTeacher

Technology Research and News A recent Wall Street Journal Article is attracting attention. It found (gasp) using computers doesn’t give you better test scores. Technology in classrooms means little.

Creating the Classroom Conditions for the Best Day Ever

User Generated Education

Lately, I have become a little obsessed with idea of the best day ever.

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.

Every Child In: Children with Special Needs Learning the 21st Century Way

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 4. This post begins a four part series from Katherine Smith Elementary School, a P21 Exemplar. In this series, you will read about how a school's policy and practice are connected so that all students with special needs are included as 21st century learners.

5 Myths About English Language Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 5 Myths About English Language Learners By Jason R. Levine 1 – ELLs need to study grammar. Studying a language to develop a conscious understanding of grammar remains the norm. Unfortunately, so does not learning the language to fluency.

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Great Feedback for Teachers Is Hard to Find

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

We got 420 applications while recruiting new instructional coaches for our team. Very few of them knew how to provide constructive feedback for teachers. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email assessment coaching feedback recruitment teachers

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4 Inexpensive (or Free) Google Apps That Help Students Collaborate

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Bringing technology into the classroom can feel like an uphill battle.

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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.

5 Big Classroom Problems You Can Solve with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. In this episode, technology guru Jennifer Gonzalez shares ideas for increasing engagement and making teaching easier with technology. If you’re using Makerspace and genius hour, learn how to build an online toolkit for your students. Important Takeaways.

33 Websites to Support Math Automaticity in K-5

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s along list of websites that focus on math automaticity for the K-5 classroom. I’ve broken it down by grade level, but you can decide if your second graders are precocious enough to try the websites for grades 3-5: K. K Math Skills. Math Videos (not practice, but fun to watch).

Full PBL Inclusion: Ensuring Deeper Learning for My Special Education Students (Part 2 of 4)

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 5. Driving Question: How can children with special needs in a Special Day Class (SCD) fit in a Project Based Learning (PBL) school? Three years ago, I joined the reinvention team at Katherine Smith Elementary School. My transition was huge.

Can Your Students Write the Opposing Argument to This Gun Control Essay?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Will you teach students the art of persuasion this year? Can they argue against something they believe in? As a longtime writing teacher, I found it useful to challenge students to argue against something they favor.

EdTech at School

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

Schools Buying Ed-Tech Tools, Then Failing to Use Them

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

New research on how schools are using the ed-tech software and technology they purchase shows schools are not maximizing their investments. Often educators aren't even using the products in the classroom. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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Which Device Can Support Different Learning Styles?

The Web20Classroom

One of the strongest arguments for classroom technology is the ability it gives teachers to easily adapt curricula for different abilities and learning styles.

If You Don’t Know these 22 Things About Computer Security, You’re Headed for Trouble

The CoolCatTeacher

Friendly Technology for Beginners We bank online. We buy things on our computers. But what do we know about computer security? Everything from our wills to our accounting software is on our home computers.

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Making Professional Learning Count

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the Director of Educator Micro-credentials. You can reach her on Twitter: @JenCohKab.

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.

10 sources of free interactive content for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Years ago, textbooks served a different purpose. Information was at a premium, and textbooks filled the void. They were chock full of it — a one-stop shop for the curious student. Today, things have changed. We don’t have a lack of places to learn new things.

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Appreciating Terrific Teachers: 10 Things Parents Can Do to Show Their Support

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. October typically marks the end of the back-to-school honeymoon in our home, and this year, the transition has been easier than ever. My daughter Laura is a freshman in college this year, and my daughter Nina is a high school sophomore.


In the Spotlight: Pre-Identification Systems for 21st Century Learners with Special Needs

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 6. Driving Question: How can special educators use the 4Cs to ensure students are identified quickly and appropriately and services are aligned? My first year at Katherine Smith Elementary School as a specialist was tough. Our entire team was new to one another.

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