April, 2016

10 Cool Ways Teachers Use Social Media to Enhance Learning

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Doing work that matters. All students should be able to be part of that. No longer working for the teacher’s wastebasket, students across the world are connecting and sharing like never before.

15 ways to use Snapchat in classes and schools

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Companies are starting to flock to Snapchat. McDonald’s and Taco Bell are using it to get Snapchatters interested in their products. The NBA and MLS are giving behind-the-scenes footage from their sports worlds.

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The 10 Musts of Classroom Management

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. One of the most important roles of a classroom teacher is that of classroom manager. Learning cannot take place in a poorly managed classroom. Conversely, the best classrooms provide environments where teaching and learning can flourish.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

You lower your hands to the ground and feel the texture of the rubber track against your fingertips. You slowly inhale the clean smell of fresh-cut grass and feel the wind gently pull the hair away from your face. The referee stands to your left, ready to count down to the beginning of the race.

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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14 copyright essentials teachers and students must know

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Students and teachers toe a very fuzzy ethical line every day — many without even realizing it. Some end up on the safe side of the line, but others cross the line and cross ethical boundaries — and sometimes costly legal ones.

Being a Blended and Online Learning Mentor: The Key to Success


Contributor: Ashley Shorter Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 9:15am A mentor is by definition someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced, often younger, person, i.e., a trusted counselor or guide.

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

This post was co-authored by Center for Teaching Quality CEO Barnett Berry. . Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. But considerable evidence indicates that formal professional development often misses the mark. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth. . In short, the current approach to American teachers’ professional development is falling short.

Questions Learners Should Be Addressing Every Day at School

User Generated Education

I believe it is every educator’s responsibility to help insure that learners are addressing the following questions during each school day: What questions am I asking today? What answers am I seeking today? What am I exploring today? What am I making today? What am I finding exciting today?

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.

Study: One-to-One Laptop Programs Improve Student Learning

Doug Levin

Newly published, peer-reviewed research out of Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine suggests that one-to-one laptop programs improve student academic achievement in K-12 classrooms. The primary author of the study ( Binbin Zheng, Ph.D.

All Project-Based Learning is Not Created Equal: What Works?

The CoolCatTeacher

Best Practices in Project-Based Learning with Suzie Boss From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Project-based learning (PBL) works, but not all project-based learning is alike.

Game show classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Quizalize

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As a child, I remember one specific thing I always looked forward to on days when I stayed home sick from school. The Price Is Right. I may have been aching, sick to my stomach or feverish, but as I laid on the couch, I made sure the TV was tuned to that game show [.]. Ed Tech assessment edtech educational technology formative assessment kahoot quizalize quizizz quizlet quizlet live

12 Things That Will Disappear From Classrooms In The Next 12 Years

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The post 12 Things That Will Disappear From Classrooms In The Next 12 Years appeared first on TeachThought. The Future Of Learning General Terry Heick Veteran Teacher

How Two Innovative School Districts Prepare Students for the Future

Digital Promise

San Diego County offers more than enviable weather and beaches. Inside its borders are two of the nation’s best school districts — Cajon Valley Union School District and Vista Unified School District — that are working to provide students with the highest caliber of education possible.

New Research Shows Waterford has Positive Longitudinal Effects for Early Learners


New research shows Waterford curriculum at the preschool level has positive longitudinal effects for children through 4 th grade.

3 Tips to Rock the Google Level 2 EDU Certification


Sylvia Duckworth , Toronto, Canada Google for Education Certified Innovator Want to become a Google for Education Certified Innovator? You'll need Certified Educator Level 2 to do it. Applications Due: May 10th!

When is it Time to Quit Teaching?

The CoolCatTeacher

A hard question we all must consider From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Each year I seek clarity for my teaching career. There are no easy answers here. Know this. The question is serious, “Should I teach another year?”.

Snapchat 101 for teachers — What you need to know

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In my first conversation about Snapchat with another educator, I didn’t have a very open mind. “Let’s Snapchat each other to talk about it more!” ” she said. I politely declined. I didn’t want anything to do with it. Snapchat had gained a reputation as a place where kids go to swap inappropriate pictures. Today, it [.]. Ed Tech digital citizenship edtech educational technology safety security snapchat social media student-teacher connections

What Is Competency-Based Learning?

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

Documenting Learning

User Generated Education

As I’ve discussed in numerous posts, I am an experiential educator. I believe in and promote learning-by-doing and hands-on learning. I approach experiential learning from a cycle of learning which includes reflecting on and analysis of things done through learning-by-doing.

Get coding in your classroom! Enter the Challenge.


We know how important it is to get kids exposed to computer programming, but how? Here are 10 easy ways to get started with coding in the classroom. Pencilcode Draw Pencilcode.net is for everyone and works much like the old Logo program where you write simple commands to make a turtle move on a grid.

2 Simple Ways Improve a Lesson Plan

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Practical Tips for Rigor, Fun, and Retention From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes small changes can take a lesson plan from “OK” to “Yeah!”


Use Google Drawings for brain-friendly visual notetaking

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Our brains like words. But they really love images. The brain works in images. When we talk, our brains change the information we’re receiving into images to encode it and make it available for recall later.

21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary

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FREE eBook: The Complete Guide to Google Certifications

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The post FREE eBook: The Complete Guide to Google Certifications appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Certifications Explained!

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3 Ways to Encourage Parent Involvement in Classroom


Any educator will agree parents are the most important partners in a child’s education. Students, whose parents are involved in learning processes, tend to demonstrate better academic performance and behavioral patterns.

You're Not Average


And neither are your students. Pause for a moment before you continue reading. Think about your friends, your family, your students. Think about yourself. Is anyone average? Of course not. All of us are typical in some ways and not-so-typical in others. Moreover, this typicality is situational.

Where the Masterpiece of Learning Really Starts

The CoolCatTeacher

The art and craft of great teaching From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Paganini was here to play his great work “Napoleon.” His violin glistened. As he broke every string. But one. He looked to his shocked audience and held up his violin.

Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 1: Dynamic Docs

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Google Apps make so many fantastic classroom activities possible. When you smash together multiple Google Apps to create one big activity, those possibilities grow exponentially. Have you ever heard the phrase, “We’re better together”? That’s the way Google Apps are. This idea was discussed by the moderators of the #DitchBook Twitter chat (held Thursdays at [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google classroom google docs

54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students

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Report: Last affordable options for college students are fast disappearing

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The converging trends of falling state investment, rising tuition, and stagnant incomes has finally pushed higher education out of the grasp of low- and middle-income Americans, even at community colleges, a new report contends. The Topic: College affordability.

Health Science Job Security and How to Get There with CTE


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 3:15pm In this blog series, we will delve into four important Career Clusters ® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them.