May, 2016

Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try

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Taking Control Of Your Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

Recently I was talking to a teacher friend of mine. He is what I would consider a very good teacher. He is engaging in the classroom, works very hard to meet the needs of all his students and regularly reflects on his teaching to understand his strengths and weaknesses.

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7 big Google changes and how they help educators

Ditch That Textbook

Tens of millions of students and teachers worldwide use Google tools in the classroom. Students are creating and collaborating, researching and sharing. Teachers are managing more efficient digital classes and offering more engaging, thought-provoking learning opportunities.

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5 Leadership Strategies Every School Leader Must Consider

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane.

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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Connecting the Education Community with Research on Learning

Digital Promise

When designing a program or product, many education leaders and ed-tech developers want to start with the best knowledge available on how students learn. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

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8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape


As technology advances and the disadvantages are dealt with, elearning is becoming ever more competitive. The post 8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial

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80% of Students See Grade Rise With New Note Taking Technology


University of Nevada Students Navigate a More Successful Note Taking Strategy The need for more support and time to record and absorb lecture and study information was initially observed in my work. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

The CoolCatTeacher

and a Link to a Free Resource with More Tips From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. So many of these tools are new to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Here’s what I’m using all the time in my classroom right now.

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.

How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software Online forms might not be the first thing that comes to mind as a helpful classroom tool. 10 years ago the idea would have seemed absurd. But today? Online form tools can save hours, paper, and your budget.

Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. The number of American teachers using games in classrooms–particularly with younger students–has doubled over the past six years, according to a large survey released last week that measures national ed-tech use. In 2015, 47 percent of K-12 teachers and almost two-thirds of K-5 teachers reported using game-based learning environments in their classes, up from 23 percent of K-12 teachers in 2010.

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5 Ways Teachers Are Opening Up the World to Special Education Through Technology

The Journal

Teachers who work with special needs students are finding that technology can not only broaden their students' experiences but engage them in learning, help them retain information, improve their socialization and boost their self-esteem

Approaching Marginalized Populations from an Asset Rather Than a Deficit Model of Education

User Generated Education

Too often marginalized populations (e.g., some populations of people of color, students from lower economic communities) are approached with a deficit model.

6 Bad Reasons Teachers Assign Homework and Why Each One Sucks

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I’ve ranted about the deleterious effects of traditional homework, in the past. Many education stakeholders, parents and educators alike, agree with me. Yet the crazy assignments continue to invade children’s homes daily.

Ending the School Year with Epic Ideas and Intrigue

The CoolCatTeacher

End the School Year Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Your legacy moment as a teacher is the last day of school. In today’s high-energy show Dave Burgess will get us all motivated to end the school year well.

5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad

eSchool News

You don’t need power tools and 3D printers to start a makerspace. Instead, get creative. Where others see trash, I see treasure.

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Project-based learning at scale

Dangerously Irrelevant

Most schools that dive deep into project-based learning tend to be smaller charter or magnet schools that have the ability to hire new educators and create new schedules and instructional paradigms from scratch.

Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 2: Digital Differentiation

Ditch That Textbook

When students and educators start smashing Google Apps together, creative activities start to emerge that aren’t possible with a single app. We’re exploring “GAFE Smashing” in a series of posts. In our last post, we saw two creative examples of “dynamic docs” — ways to use Google Docs in conjunction with other apps. The result [.]. Ed Tech differentiation edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps youtube

Blended Learning Success: Positively Impacting Every Student


Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top ten problem-solving tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Tech Tip #108: Got a Tech Problem? Google It! What to do when your Computers Don’t Work. 25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update. How to Teach Students to Solve Problems. I Can Solve That Problem…. Let Students Learn From Failure. Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind. Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day. #81: 81: Problem Solving Board. 5 Ways to Cure Technophobia in the Classroom.

The 7 Questions I ask myself EVERY day

The CoolCatTeacher

Living an Examined Life of Loveliness From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tracy left me a comment on the 36 Edtech Tools blog post I posted this week. She asked about the seven questions I ask myself every day. So, I’ll share them with you.

4 Reasons Teachers Should Assign Seats

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I can already hear groans coming from many educators, especially those, like me, who believe we need to move away from the factory model. But, here it is….we we should assign seats. Before I go any further, I am not advocating rows upon rows of seats.

TeachThought: A Diagram Of Pedagogy in the 21st Century

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The post TeachThought: A Diagram Of Pedagogy in the 21st Century appeared first on TeachThought. The Future Of Learning General Terry Heick Veteran Teacher

Great resources on Digital Equity from CoSN (free)

Educational Technology Guy

As schools go more and more digital with systems, curriculum, assignments and more, they face the need to provide equity in digital access for their students. Student devices are part of it, but so is internet access at home.

Well-Deserved Recognition for a School That Transforms Students into Confident, Enthusiastic Learners


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 9:30am In this post of Learning Outside the Lines, we are proud to spotlight the winner of Fuel Education’s 2016 Transformation Award.

The NEW Become a Google Certified Trainer E-Course is Here!

Shake Up Learning

The post The NEW Become a Google Certified Trainer E-Course is Here! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Ready to Get Google Certified? It’s finally here! My new e-course: Become a Google Certified Trainer is open for enrollment!

STEM can be fun, just do this.

The CoolCatTeacher

8 Ideas for Fun STEM Learning with Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. STEM lessons can be fun. Whether it is origami jumping frogs or making a boat out of cement, Mandy Casto has eight high-energy ideas for making STEM fun.


Martellus Bennett-More Than an Athlete

EdNews Daily

I am so excited to share this TED Talk given by athlete and creative genius, Martellus Bennett. On a personal note, my huband plays basketball with him. This video is as authentic as it gets and is an inspiration for all kids. Please listen and share with your classroom if appropriate.

40 Of The Best Learning Apps For Elementary Students

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Innovation academies help build shared understanding, capacity, and commitment

Dangerously Irrelevant

This year I’ve had the incredible privilege of working with the Johnston (IA), Emmetsburg (IA), and Prior Lake-Savage (MN) school districts in an Innovation Academy format. I thought that I’d share what that work has looked like in Johnston as we’ve progressed through the school months.

What Does Google Spaces Mean for Education

As of it's release on May 16, 2016, Google Spaces is not yet available for Google Apps for Education accounts. But since gaining access to it with my personal Google account, I can't help but think how this might impact the classroom.

An unknown future? Prepare students with these timeless skills

Ditch That Textbook

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that 65 percent of today’s schoolchildren will be employed in jobs that don’t exist today.

How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

The Hechinger Report

Ron Smith (left), a middle school network superintendent in Oakland, speaks to Jaime Aquino of New Leaders during a “learning walk” at a local middle school. Photo: Jackie Mader. OAKLAND, Calif. —