April, 2016

So, When During the School Day Should Teachers Create Curriculum?

The Journal

OER – Open Education Resources – are being touted by the Department of Education as the key to future of K-12 curriculum. While there is no question that OER are a component of the new digital curriculum, in this blog, we answer the question raised in the blog post’s title

OER 234

Classroom Furniture: Does it impede or improve learning?

Catlin Tucker

My first year teaching I remember spending the week before school setting up my new classroom. I hung pictures, organized my desk, and set up all of the desks and chairs into neat rows. I believed that putting students in rows facing the front of the room would make them easier to manage. I also believed that an effective classroom was a quiet classroom. Everyone was supposed to be quiet except for me. Oh, how things have changed! As I prepare for next year and the launch of N.E.W.


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

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

Ditch That Textbook

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

What is an Adequate Learning Device?

More Verbs

We have seen it happen too often. Too many schools are selecting a device for their students based mostly on either the ease of management by the tech lead or the one-time purchase price or both. We don’t believe that ease of management or one-time cost are the right prime criteria for selecting a device in schools, especially if your goal shifts from ensuring that every child has access to a device to ensuring that every child has quality learning experiences. But should those criteria be?

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

31Websites for Poetry Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world. According to the Academy of American Poets , the goals are: Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets. Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways. Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum.

iPad 198

More Trending

Blended Learning: A Common Sense, Teacher-Friendly Definition

The Journal

The term “blended learning” accurately describes the pedagogical practices that are taking place in 1-to-1 classrooms. This week’s screed (aka blog post) describes the following unfortunate fact: the term “blended learning” is being used by some to mean “adaptive, personalized learning.” Join us in keeping “blended learning” to mean the teacher-friendly, common-sense definition

Design Your Own Digital Choice Board

Catlin Tucker

This week I had the pleasure of training a group of elementary teachers on blended learning strategies. As a group, they wanted to focus on: Differentiation. Student choice. Assessment. One of the strategies we discussed with the potential to weave these three areas of focus together is a choice board.

14 copyright essentials teachers and students must know

Ditch That Textbook

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. That line is the copyright line, deciding how teachers and students can respect [.]. Ed Tech copyright creative commons edtech educational technology licensing media public domain video youtube

Video 207

23 Earth Day Activities, Resources, Web Sites, & Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.”- ”- Lady Bird Johnson. Earth Day is April 22nd and serves as an important reminder of how each of us needs to do our part to care for the planet we call home. Teachers can help their students begin to care about their impact on the environment and take action to minimize their impact on the Earth by making them aware of environmental issues.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research

More Verbs

Maine is lucky in that we have both the Maine Learning Technology Initiative ( MLTI ) and NetworkMaine. Both have helped close the Digital Access Divide for Maine’s schools.

5 Tech Tools to Inspire Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

Reading is defined as “ the action or skill of absorbing written or printed matter silently or aloud.” Sounds dry, maybe even boring, but once a child learns to read, they get much more than an understanding of words, sentences, paragraphs, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. They get an escape from reality, exercise for their brains, a closeness to like-minded souls, answers to problems–and reading can even predict success in school.

Tools 175

What Is the Teacher’s Role in the 1-to-1 Classroom?

The Journal

On the one hand, the role of the teacher in a 1-to-1 classroom is relatively unchanged from what a teacher has always done. Now for “the but”: but on the other hand, 1-to-1 introduces a huge change in what teachers have always done! This week’s blog post discusses this critically important and timely dilemma

Station Rotation Model in Action (Video)

Catlin Tucker

In a previous blog post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I described many of the reasons I use the Station Rotation Model in my secondary classroom. I highlighted the benefits of working directly with small groups of students, using technology and station design to differentiate instruction, and maximizing the limited technology available in our low-tech classroom.

Video 261

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

15 ways to use Snapchat in classes and schools

Ditch That Textbook

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. CNN is reporting news content, and The Food Network is providing an extension to its programming. They’re providing content that’s interesting. They’re [.]. Ed Tech digital citizenship edtech educational technology snapchat social media student engagement

Word Clouds Revisited! 35+ Activities, Web Tools & Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” ” – Maya Angelo. In November, I spent the month training teachers around Venezuela to integrate technology in the classroom. One of the most practical and favorite training sessions was introducing teachers and professors to teaching with word clouds.

Tools 178

Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research

More Verbs

Maine is lucky in that we have both the Maine Learning Technology Initiative ( MLTI ) and NetworkMaine. Both have helped close the Digital Access Divide for Maine’s schools.

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. Vista Unified School District. Vista Unified School District’s (VUSD) mission is “to inspire each and every student to persevere as critical-thinking individuals who collaborate to solve real-world problems.”

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

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?”. As I ponder my own path, let me take you on a journey of thoughts. Dancing with Snakes. The Indonesian pop star, Irma Bule died at age 29 of a cobra bite she got while performing. She performed with pythons.

Career Exploration Project

Catlin Tucker

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” ” Kids are repeatedly asked this question by adults. In kindergarten, my son’s class was asked to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up. They created the self-portraits pictured below. As my son worked on his self-portrait, I reflected on how little exposure most students have to the work world.

iPhone 259

Use Google Drawings for brain-friendly visual notetaking

Ditch That Textbook

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. A powerful way to take advantage of that is visual notetaking — recording ideas using both images and text. [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps google drawings sketchnoting visual notetaking

Google 192

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. Assistant Professor at the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University) was kind enough to provide me a review copy and permission to blog about the findings.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Goal: Craft a Message for Your Passion Project

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” ” – Ferdinand Foch. Goal: Introduce a project or event you created based on your passion and vision. Accomplish this goal: Create a short video or graphic introducing us to a project you are passionate about.

7 Tips for Using Social Media for Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

Tell me if this sounds familiar: With the 2016 New Year, you resolved to build your Professional Learning Network –finally, to stop living in the 20th century where your world revolved around a sticks-and-bricks building, a landline phone, and the mailbox. You joined all the big social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, blogging–just for starters).

How to Fight Bullying By Teaching Kids To Be Kind

The CoolCatTeacher

Make Your School A Better Place From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Perhaps meanness in school happens because we don’t teach students what to do. The #tbk ( to be kind) movement is spreading like wildfire among many schools. The Schmucker Middle School National Junior Honor Society is encouraging the entire school to be kind. They heard about the program when their principal told them about Lake Bradley High School in Florida.

How To 234

10 Music Albums For The Classroom.


I’m always looking for new music to play while my students are independently working. I find that if music is quietly played in the background, it creates a calm and ambient ‘working’ atmosphere. Below are 10 albums that I think are great: 1) Keith Kenniff – Branches. 2) Zero 7 – Simple Things. 3) Air – Moon Safari (Remove ‘Sexy Boy’). 4) Agnes Obel – Philharmonics. 5) The Theory of Everything Soundtrack – Johann Johannsson.

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Snapchat 101 for teachers — What you need to know

Ditch That Textbook

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

The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

Tom Murray

** This blog was originally posted at futureready.org/netp. In December of 2015, on the same day that President Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). First released in 1996 and updated every five years since, the NETP is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States.

Goal: Why I Teach

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! If your actions in the classroom inspire children to achieve more, question more, and dream more, you are indeed worthy of the title “Teacher.” – Robert John Meehan. Goal: Share with a community of teachers why you teach. Accomplish this goal: We are revisiting this goal from 2013 , due to a new project by Teacher 2 Teacher where teachers share why they teach, using the hashtag, #WhyITeach.