February, 2015

Goal: Be Someone’s Champion

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” ” – Rita F. Pierson.

Educators as Lead Learners

User Generated Education

I have discussed educators as model learners before: The educator’s role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0.

Six Ways to Use TED Talks Effectively in Your Classroom Through Video

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

TED talks don''t necessarily prepare students for the next standardized test, but they are perfect to get them thinking critically. Here are some examples of great TED Talks that inspire, provide professional development, and teach. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

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Looking at Teacher Accountability Through a New Lens

A Principal's Reflections

In case you haven’t noticed the education profession has been under attack as of late. The brunt of these attacks has been aimed at the very professionals who are tasked with positively impacting the lives of children each and every day – our teachers.

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.

Building Rapport with Students: 10 Reasons to Greet Them at the Door

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. via midatlantic.coastguard.dodlive.mil The topic of building rapport with students came up in a Voxer conversation, rekindling interest in this excellent post from B or I contributor Reed Gillespie. Share your own rapport-building strategies in our comment section.

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Welcome to the 30 Goals for Teachers! Cycle 6: Inspire Forward

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward! “How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” ” – Anthony Robbins. Each year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a reflection or status update on our Facebook community , Twitter ( #30GoalsEdu ), or Instagram.com/30goals.

Educator as Lead Learner: Learning LittleBits

User Generated Education

I have discussed educators as model learners before: The educator’s role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0.

Five Steps to Turning Your Ideas Into an Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Thinking of launching your own edtech startup? Here are some easy steps to help you start generating startup ideas. I''ll also share how we came up with the idea for ProfessorWord. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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What can you do on a Chromebook? Pretty much everything.

Educational Technology Guy

Chromebooks are getting more and more popular in education, the workplace and at home. They are very useful and capable, but I still hear "but they are only a web browser" "they can''t do much" etc. when in reality, they can do pretty much everything.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Students Assessing Teachers: 10 Critical Questions

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The thing about evaluation is that it seeks to judge. The thinking, practice, and work of those under review are often reduced to labels or numbers. Evaluators distinguish those who are proficient from those who are not. So much context is lost.

A new resource for school administrators: Digital Leadership Daily

Dangerously Irrelevant

As part of my never-ending quest to help school administrators with the complex transitions and transformations that accompany digital learning tools and environments, I am unveiling a new resource today… Digital Leadership Daily.

10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes

Ditch That Textbook

At one point, creating a PowerPoint presentation to show to the class was cutting-edge classroom technology. Those days are gone, and now, online presentations enable so much more for students.

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7 Authentic Assessment Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

Assessments have become a critical piece to education reform. To prepare students well for college and career means they must deeply learn the material and its application to their lives and future learning.That means assessing student knowledge authentically and accountably.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

How to Survive (And Thrive) as an Introverted Ed-Tech Entrepreneur

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I''m an introvert. I do my best work when I''ve had time to reflect and work alone. In fact, too much external stimuli overwhelms me. So how am I also an entrepreneur? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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The Anatomy of a Solution: How a Developer and a CBO Are Making a Difference in Adult Education

Digital Promise

Albina Herrera works long days as a bus driver for the Hays School District in Kyle, Texas, a rapidly growing suburb of Austin. She speaks English well, but since coming to this country from Mexico, she never learned how to write the language.

The Danger of Prescriptive Grading

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Over the past several decades legislatures have enacted countless laws that have strangled teachers’ creativity, flexibility, and ability to respond to the needs of their students.

The achievement gap v. the relevance gap

Dangerously Irrelevant

David Perkins said: What did you learn during your first twelve years of education that matters in your life today? … The achievement gap asks, “Are students achieving X?” whereas the relevance gap asks, “Is X going to matter to the lives learners are likely to live?”.

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Thesis Statement Throwdown!

Catlin Tucker

Every English teacher has experienced the frustration of introducing a writing skill, like how to write a thesis statement, over and over again without it “sticking.”

17 Websites to Manage Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

These are clever approaches to keeping order among avid learners: Bouncy Balls –balls bounce based on level of noise in the classroom. Calmness Counter –how noisy is your classroom? Let students see. Class Dojo— class behavior mgmt. Class Badges. Doodle—schedule meetings, polls.

Five Tips for Ed-Tech Startups Entering Business Plan Competitions

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Spring is a popular time of year for education business plan competitions. Here''s some advice on how to give your ed-tech startup a chance at the prize. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom

Digital Promise

For today’s students to effectively compete in the global workforce, they must develop the skills, understandings, and mindsets necessary to prepare them for the careers and challenges of tomorrow.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Celebrate Digital Learning Day & Get Your School #FutureReady with @All4Ed & @OfficeofEdTech! #DLDay


Future Ready Schools Preparing Students for Success I''m honored to be a part of this year''s annual Digital Learning Day held in Washington D.C. on March 13, 2015 with inspiring educators from around the country.

Why would students feel valued at school?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data… Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school?

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g(Math) - insert graphs and math expressions in Google Forms and Docs

Educational Technology Guy

g(Math) is a Google Forms and Google Docs Add-on that allows you to insert graphs and mathematical expressions into your Google Forms and Google Docs.

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22 Ways to Add Rigor to Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Let’s start by clearing up a misconception: Rigor isn’t unfriendly. Adding it to your class doesn’t mean you become boring, a techie, or overseer of a fun-free zone.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

How Teachers Cost Students College Scholarships

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Grades shouldn’t be used to sort students. Yet, we continue to use them to do just that. Recently it was brought to my attention that a mere hundredth of a point in class potentially cost a student acceptance into his top-choice college.


Creativity and Inspiration with iPads in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.-Brad Brad Henry. I would love to say today’s post is about an awesome lesson I taught, or an amazing activity I had my kids do.

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How to Begin Your Ed-Tech Startup Journey Today

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are plenty of things you can do today to help down the road, if and when you decide to launch your own ed-tech startup. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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