June, 2017

Aligning the 10 building blocks for future ready schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion.

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Ditch That Textbook

If you haven’t heard of Flipgrid yet then you will soon be seeing it everywhere. I had my first experience with Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) on March 2nd in a #Ditchbook chat.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. jackiegerstein and Barbara Bray @bbray27. Crossed posted at [link]. If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building.

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16 Things They Don’t Tell You About Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Motivational Monday - episode 91 podcast and blog simul-post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You know, there are some things that I’d really like to tell you as a teacher, some things I wish that somebody had told me. Teaching is Hard.

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.

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10 Books on Personalized Learning for School Leaders

Education Elements

If you’re like us, as you wind down another hectic school year, you’re imagining yourself on a beach with a few good reads. But what books will make the cut? Education Elements put together a few of our favorites on personalized and blended learning just for you. You’ll start the 2017-18 school year refreshed and full of great ideas to continue to move forward with personalized learning at your school and across your district. Personalized Learning Leaders

Challenges in Curation: Successfully Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Start the Facebook live broadcast. Check. Get the app loaded to take audience questions. Check. Start live-tweeting the discussion. Check. Welcome your panelists and attendees to your SXSWedu panel. Check. The best laid plans can fail when you overlook the simplest of details.

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5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 even if you’re not there #notatiste17

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Peggy George in episode 105 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Peggy George @pgeorge was one of the most photographed people last year at ISTE 2016, however – SHE WASN’T THERE.

Online or Overseas: 4 Important Tips To Keep in Mind When Teaching ESL Students from China

EdNews Daily

From hours spent in class, to lesson structure and break times, formal education in China is worlds apart from that in America. The chasm is not only caused by physical miles involved, but also the native variable cultures and traditions between the two countries.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Cardboard Creations: A Maker Education Camp

User Generated Education

This post discusses my Cardboard Creations Maker Education Camp that was taught to fifteen 5 to 12 year old learners for five days, 2.5 hours each morning during Summer, 2017. It is split into three sections: Rational for Using No Tech, Minimal Cost Materials. Some Pedagogical Perspectives.

12 Curriculum Planning Tips For Any Grade Level Or Content Area

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 12 Curriculum Planning Tips For Any Grade Level Or Content Area appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Terry Heick General Veteran Teacher

How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea


Untangling education research can often feel overwhelming, which may be why many research-based practices take a long time to show up in real classrooms. It could also be one reason John Hattie’s work and book, Visible Learning , appeals to so many educators.

15 building blocks to a meaningful #ISTE17 (or any conference)

Ditch That Textbook

When you go to a conference — even for a single day — you’re investing hours of your life into the experience. And if that’s the case, it’s always best when you get a good return on the time investment.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Jon Corippo on episode 92 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Jon Corippo @jcorippo talks about one of his favorite tools, Quizizz.

10 Companies Hiring Teachers Over the Summer

EdNews Daily

Summer is here. School is out. If you are a teacher looking for a summer gig, or unique ways to make extra money over your break, please find 10 companies hiring now. Some of these jobs are remote, too. You will also find a good variety specific for educators.

25 Focus Areas For Implementing Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In 2015 we published the first edition of our Personalized Learning Implementation Framework (aka PL Framework) based on lessons learned from working with schools and districts over the previous five years. At that time I shared how the PL Implementation Framework was inspired by my Grandma Rose’s love of bingo and the idea that, much like on a bingo board, there are many ways to “win” on the PL Framework.

Get Things Done: 24 Google Doc Tips For Productivity

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post Get Things Done: 24 Google Doc Tips For Productivity appeared first on TeachThought. Google

You Are Not A Number

The Principal of Change

Thanks to @mrbalcom for creating this image. <rant> <rant> I recently said the above statement at a conference in Nebraska, after asking teachers, “Have you heard of the term ‘data driven’?”, ”, to which they responded with audible groans.

How Making Kindness a Priority Benefits Students


He goes by Ice, but Tanapat Treyanurak is known among his peers at Hamilton College for his disarming warmth. He grew up in a village in Thailand, where he lived with two older brothers, his mother and father, and his grandmother.

ISTE 2017 Schedule #iste17

The CoolCatTeacher

Hope to see you there! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. ISTE 2017 starts this weekend. If you’re going – enjoy.

What You Should Know About Teaching Online: A Chat with Kelly from 51Talk

EdNews Daily

This is the 8th interview in our thought-leadership series with 51Talk. Quite often, when we look at job reviews from different places online, we tend to forget that there are many reasons behind each review-including good, bad and personal.

The Histories of Personalized Learning

Hack Education

I delivered this talk today at the OEB MidSummit conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. I recognize that the theme of this conference is “shaping the future of learning” but I want to talk a little bit about the past.

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious appeared first on TeachThought. Inquiry Student Engagement Terry Heick Experienced Teacher

10 Crucial Characteristics of Great Leaders

The Principal of Change

Leadership is not an easy endeavor. When you think you are doing well, things can easily go sideways, or even backward. Because leadership is ultimately about how we deal with other people, we shouldn’t be surprised that the process is complicated.

How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring


Countless schools across the nation strive to make character a feature of education.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Dr. Kimberly Tyson and Dr. Angela Peery on episode 94 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

#Productivity Hacks — #InboxZero, Part 2: @NewtonMailApp vs @SparkMailApp – Pros/Cons/Wishlist


Last week, I wrote a post: #Productivity Hacks – #InboxZero with @Newtonmailapp: First Impressions. In that post, I shared that I had been using Spark for nearly a year, but was running into some stability issues with the App. So, I decided to trial Newton. In this post, I wanted to share some things I love about each app, some things that I don’t love so much, and some things I hope might be on the roadmap for each app. Newton Pros.

QR codes on the streets of China

Dangerously Irrelevant

The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Experienced Teacher General

Encouraging Summer Reading with Authentic Experiences

Reading By Example

It’s June. Many are itching to call it a year. The local swimming pool is open, and it’s much more inviting than that next page in the textbook –> for the students as well as the teachers.

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Teaching IoT (Internet of Things) in our Courses and Classrooms


Forecasts for the growth of the Internet of Things (a.k.a. IoT or IoE, as in the Internet of Everything) suggest tens of billions of devices will be connected as spending grows to exceed a trillion. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

Blended Learning Hype or Taking Us to New Heights?

The CoolCatTeacher

A global search for education blog post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. No, blended learning is NOT hype, at least not in my experience.

Knowledge vs. Access to Knowledge

The Principal of Change

I ask you a question. You are unsure of the answer, so you google it, tweet out if anyone has an answer, or use a plethora of resources that are at your fingertips. You find an answer and I call you resourceful. . I ask the student the same question, and they use your same approach you just did.