October, 2017

Creating Learning Centers in a Blended Literacy Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Written with Shaelynn Farnsworth , post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines.

Announcing the New Members of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship network of forward-thinking leaders of our nation’s school districts, is honored to welcome 13 districts into the 2017-2018 cohort, bringing the League’s membership to 93 districts in 33 states. The League seeks districts who are developing and sharing promising innovations that advance excellent, equitable learning opportunities for students. This year is no different.

Email Challenge – Taking Control of my Inbox #Productivity #InboxZero @boomerang


For the past year, I have been doing research with some of my colleagues on productivity strategies. A group of us formed a PLC, and we are continuing our work this year.

5 Gadgets that are Positioned to Reshape our Classrooms


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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.

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Learning by Design: How Design Tech High School Uses Research

Digital Promise

How I’m Using @Boomerang to Optimize my Email Workflow #Productivity #InboxZero


It must have been early 2013 when I was introduced to Mailbox. Those of you who were fellow fans of the app know that it was discontinued in 2016 to the heartbreak of many. Why was Mailbox so revolutionary for me?

Dismantling the fear of “What if students see something bad online?”

Ditch That Textbook

In a recent workshop I was leading with teachers, the inevitable question came up. We were looking at Google Maps Street View, discussing how it can give students a first-person view of places all over the world — and let them “walk around” independently. Then came that inevitable question: “How do you make sure that […]. Teaching censoring the Internet digital safety internet filters online protection online safety privacy

Why Teachers Should Talk about Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Tom Rademacher on episode 179 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Add At Least One C

Teacher Tech

Does Your Lesson Have At Least One C? In planning activities for our students, the first place to start is to ensure that the activity has at least one C, and that C is not clipart. Collaborate The first thing I plan for when designing a lesson is “How will my students collaborate.”


Should K-12 schools teach financial literacy? The answer is yes-here’s how

eSchool News

Financial literacy, and the role of K-12 schools in promoting it, is getting lots of attention these days.

How Lifelong Readers Are Helping Communities Thrive

Digital Promise

It’s a well-known fact: A child who develops a love of books and reading will recognize a lifetime of benefits. 1-4, 25-26) While children who visit the library to immerse in their favorite books may not realize it at the time, they’re building the skill of thoughtful reading—the foundation of critical thinking, academic success, and, eventually, a happy and productive adult life. (1,

8 Math and Science Simulation Resources For Any Classroom

The Web20Classroom

"Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in." Sally Ride I was a Middle School Science and Math teacher.

Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens

NPR Learning and Tech

A new national survey of parents suggests mobile device use by children under 8 has increased tenfold in the last 6 years. Image credit: Ryan Johnson for NPR

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Are you studying Mars? Why not let students go live there?

How We Hire Employees Who Embody 21st Century Skills

Education Elements

At Education Elements, we are proud that our team members model the 21st Century skills we encourage in the classrooms we serve. Our consultants think big, seek collaboration, and enjoy solving the unique challenges each of our districts face. As we continue to see the positive impact of our work, school and district leaders commonly ask us one thing about our team - what does Education Elements look for in a hire? Personalized Learning

5 ways educational games improve learning, according to teachers

eSchool News

When teachers used digital educational games in the classroom, students raised test scores by more than half a letter grade in only three weeks, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University and partners at Legends of Learning , a research-driven educational game platform.

New Cyberlearning Community Report: Five Great Reasons to Read It

Digital Promise

Over the past five years, I’ve led the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF uses the term “cyberlearning” for its portfolio of research projects that investigate emerging technology and emerging learning sciences. The projects seek bold new designs for learning, contrasting with today’s typical laptop- or tablet-based apps.

Personalized learning…is it all a matter of time?

The Christensen Institute

Sometimes I worry that the call to personalize learning is actually code for asking leaders and teachers to do more than they’ve ever been asked to do—but without additional resources to do it. And by resources, I mostly mean time. This is especially true for traditional systems that may be aiming to adopt new approaches to teaching and learning but less willing to do away with legacy structures.

How & Why to Use @PearDeck’s New @Google Slides Add-on #edtech


A huge thank you to Alice Keeler for the opportunity to write a guest post on her very amazing blog – Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler. In my guest post: Pear Deck + New Google Slides Add-ons , I talk about how I use Pear Deck to: Engage each learner in the classroom; Gauge how students are thinking about bigger picture questions; and. Give each student in the classroom an opportunity to ‘talk.’.

How to Make Your Teaching Something Special

The CoolCatTeacher

Rushton Hurley on episode 166 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

A Great Way To Use Tech To Help Teachers Meaningfully Engage With Families


Strong parent-teacher partnerships are key to student success in the classroom. In fact, parental engagement is very effective at predicting student achievement.

7 must-knows from blended learning’s early adopters

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I.

Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

Digital Promise

Assessment. Evaluation. Judgement. Research reveals that students ubiquitously perceive assessment as something that is “done to them [sic] by someone else — and is out of their control.” …very little of the work we give students in school provides them with a sense that they are making a contribution to anything other than their own educational progress toward graduation. Indeed, once the grade is recorded, a huge amount of student work is thrown away. It has no more value.

One District’s Success with Personalized Learning

Where Learning Clicks

With 32 years of experience at the Burlington Area School District in Wisconsin, Assistant Superintendent Connie Zinnen has seen education revolutionize the term personalized learning. The post One District’s Success with Personalized Learning appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. EdTech

How AI Can Compliment Educators, Not Replace Them

EdNews Daily

Over the last weekend of July, some of the world’s education leaders gathered at the Ed T ech Asia Summit in Ho Chi Minh to discuss where education is headed in the 21st century.


5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Chuck Poole on episode 180 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher or an unforgettable coach.

Tracking the Big Picture: Onpoint for Personalized Learning

Education Elements

We hear all the time “You’ve seen districts implement personalized learning all across the country - give it to us straight - how do we compare?” Whether districts are just getting started and dipping a toe into personalized learning, or are reflecting on several successful years of implementation and searching for ways to go deeper, district leaders want to know how their progress compares to national benchmarks. It isn’t enough to look inward; they need data from the outside too.

This is how we used technology to improve our school’s reading scores

eSchool News

As teachers and administrators, our goal is compliance. However, what we really should be striving to develop are self-sufficient classrooms where students are driving the learning.

Less Work, Deeper Learning

The Principal of Change

The quote above has been sticking in my brain for awhile, and although this is something that I have thought about often, John Spencer puts it into words in a succinct yet compelling way.

Online AP Calculus – Parent Newsletter #edtech @zoom_us @SlackHQ @PearDeck @Flipgrid @SocraticOrg @lucidpress


For my Online AP Calculus course, I send a newsletter home at the end of the first month to explain the various tech tools we use and why we use them. To me, it’s important that parents understand the class format and expectations, and the exciting opportunities for communication and reflection that students will have in the online environment. For those interested in how I have set up my online class or what I communicate home to parents, I have included the newsletter here.

?Inside the Incubators: the Anatomy of a University Innovation Team


More than ever universities today are carving out fresh ways to bypass bureaucracy and drive innovation in higher education—and it’s working. Colleges are pioneering novel forms of credentialing and breakthrough education technologies for non-traditional learners around the globe. They are experimenting with more intensive ways to partner with the K-12 system and with employers, and they are creating new lines of revenue and educational business models.

Incentives 101: Higher ed’s “financially responsible” mess

The Christensen Institute

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report showing that the Department of Education’s primary financial health test failed to predict 60% of last year’s school closures in higher education. What’s behind this profound disconnect? As it turns out, the metric guiding the test, known as the Financial Responsibility Composite Score, hasn’t been updated to keep up with accounting standards in 20 years. But the composite score isn’t just out of date and ineffective.

Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind

The Hechinger Report

In this 2013 photo, Shannan Van Houten, a physician assistant, gives medical care to a patient at Golden Valley Health Center, CareNow, in Modesto, California. Physician assistant is a fast-growing and well-paid profession that is expected to add an estimated 39,700 jobs over the next decade.