Sat.May 02, 2015 - Fri.May 08, 2015

10 Top Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas (and a Way to Save Money on Them)

The CoolCatTeacher

I have a thing for office supplies! I think it comes from being a teacher. This week (May 3-9) is Teacher Appreciation Week. Now, I can share my favorite productivity tips and tools (as always) along with how to get them for yourself at your local Staples store.

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Becoming a Lifelong Maker: Start Young

User Generated Education

I was recently asked what is was about my childhood that led to me being an adult who makes and who advocates that everyone should make in one form or another. I believe there were several childhood experiences that contributed to me becoming a lifelong maker.

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Last Day of School: Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Catlin Tucker

The end of the school year typically blows by in a blur of exams. I’m often left wishing I had done more to get my students reflecting on the year. Not this year! This year, I am going to have my students write themselves a letter to be delivered in the future.

A Title Doesn't Make You a Leader

A Principal's Reflections

I pondered just sending out the title of this post as a tweet – short, sweet (well not so much), and to the point. Instead of just throwing out a sound bite into the social media abyss a detailed explanation is in order. Now here’s why.

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.

Leaning In, Leaning Down, Putting Yourself Out There

The CoolCatTeacher

The Struggle to "Go For It" with No Regrets on the Family Front I loved Sheryl Sandberg’s TED speech upon which a movement began. But I am sitting here reflecting upon it and how I feel about my decisions to put family first. I wrote this post in 2014 but didn’t publish it.

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Educators Can Ease Racial Trauma Experienced by Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As educators, we can help students navigate racial trauma by providing safe spaces for honest conversations about their stressful experiences related to race. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Educators Teaching Learners; Educators Teaching Educators; Learners Teaching Learners; Learners Teaching Educators

User Generated Education

Google has an initiative entitled Googlers Teaching Googlers: Googler to Googler places employees from across departments into teaching roles. Classes taught Googler to Googler—everything from kickboxing to parenting— are initiated and designed by employees.

31 Sites on American History

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is for both younger and older students so check these out–pick the ones that work for you: America’s Story. America–Colonies. American Indians. Civil War I video. Civil War II video. Civil War—reconstruction—video. Colonial America–life. Growth of the USA. Historic speeches. Jamestown Adventure Game. Vernon. Native American Conflicts. Oregon Trail—all about . Oregon Trail—virtual tour. Patriot Spy –Deliver a covert message to Paul Revere. Picturing America. RR—inventing. Timelines.

Real World Projects and Partnerships

Battelle for Kids

May 5, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 3. Driving Question: How can projects and partnerships help all students discover the real work world? Understanding is not a precursor to application, analysis, evaluating, and creating but a result of it". -R. Richard and K. Morrison. "In In the real world."

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.

Exhibiting Your Startup at an Expo: The Ultimate Packing List

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Are you preparing to present your ed-tech startup or your education project at an expo? Don't forget to bring these things. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned ProfessorWord aboutus lessonslearned professorword

8 ways technology is revolutionizing education (with examples)

Ditch That Textbook

With new technology, today’s classrooms have tools that can make learning happen that was impossible in recent years. Now, students can create impressive products as class projects that would have required lots of equipment or money in the past.

#79: Excel Turns Data Into Information

Ask a Tech Teacher

Sometimes, it takes a picture to really show what you’re trying to say. It doesn’t have to be drawn with pencils or paint brushes. Sometimes, it’s a graph or a chart, formatted to clarify important points. That’s called Excel. Words and numbers are always black and white and the same size.

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Let’s be honest about annual testing

Dangerously Irrelevant

Let’s be honest: students and parents obtain no tangible benefit from large-scale annual testing. Kids and families give up numerous days of learning time – both for the tests themselves and for the test prep sessions whose sole purpose is to get ready for the tests – and for what?

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.

4 Ways to Leverage Tablets Beyond the Classroom

Tom Murray

Routers on school buses to bring wifi to the poorest parts of the community. District wifi maps indicating free business hotspots throughout the community. Wifi kiosks in low income housing.

It’s An Elephant!

Education Elements

As a Senior Consultant at Education Elements I have the pleasure of visiting more than 100 schools and districts each year some are just starting to think about innovation and others have completely re-imagined the thing we call school.

Subscriber Special: May

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. This month: 10% Discount on Full Package. Summer Tech PD. CODE: SUMMERPD. We polled everyone we could think of to come up with a great collection of targeted learning for you this summer. How’s this sound? Sound good? Click to purchase. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A CUE Rock Star?


Jon Corippo, Andy Losik, and Gregg Goins join the TechEducators to discuss CUE Rock Star Camps! The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. For more information, please visit ([link].

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.

Personalized Learning Advocates Seek to Opt Out

Doug Levin

A timely new report, “ A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning ,” by Anne Hyslop and Sara Mead of Bellwether Education Partners argues that federal policymakers ought to rethink accountability provisions in a new ESEA in light of innovations in personalized learning – a concept that the authors themselves (to their credit) describe as “ complicated to explain ” (p. 11), “ conflated with other, related efforts ” (p.13), and for which “ most approaches are nascent, relatively uncommon, and lack evidence ” (p. 14). Color me unpersuaded in terms of both the diagnosis of the policy issue at hand and the proposed remedies. I’m inclined to be sympathetic. Really, I am. Despite the diversity of this great nation, there is a stultifying sameness to the American educational experience, constrained as it is by a panoply of laws and regulations, by the training and certification programs that produce professional educators and education leaders, and by parent and community expectations. In the main, public education has worked pretty ok for some people, but not at all for some and still others leave school woefully unprepared for the dramatic shifts underway in the economy and society. I certainly believe that we need to pursue and even nurture new models for the organization of schools and learning (in and out of school) that work better for more families and that it would be healthy and appropriate for multiple models to co-exist in harmony in a system of increased choices. I do not believe, however, that just because technology may allow us to reorganize labor and work within schools and build more personalized, customized pathways for students that (a) the goals we maintain for public education have somehow been obviated (or that personalized learning is now the goal vs. student achievement and attainment); (b) that personalized learning will be the one best model for all students and families or their preference – at least anytime in the foreseeable future; and (c) that this obviates the need for external accountability for the use of public tax dollars and to protect the interests of those who are at-risk or who have been historically underserved. In fact, it seems eminently sensible (to me, at least) for the federal government to hold the standards-based, grade-based line on accountability provisions while ensuring the eligibility of these programs for other federal dollars and supporting R&D to build a pre-competitive evidence base for personalized learning. Loose on means, tight on ends, right? The personalized learning community has made important critiques of our education system and is working hard to try to remedy the ills they’ve identified. The work deserves our support, but not at the risk of doing harm to those they have set out to serve. The fox must earn our trust before he can guard the hen house and even still it’s probably not an idea I’d support. Accountability Blog Personalized Learning

The U.S. has more memorizers

Dangerously Irrelevant

Jo Boaler said: data from the 13 million students who took PISA [math] tests showed that the lowest-achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy – those who thought of math as a set of methods to remember and who approached math by trying to memorize steps.

Skills of the future: Pushing the conversation forward

Ditch That Textbook

We have no idea what the future holds for today’s students. We don’t know what their workforce will look like. As educators, it’s still our job to prepare them for that future. Now, we have a little more guidance.

Ways for Teachers to Supplement Their Income

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger. I’ve been very blessed to be able to train teachers and teach students in over 20 countries. In 2009, I began my journey as a connected educator and learned how to use social media and web tools to share my knowledge and materials. In the process, I also discovered how to supplement my income. The clickable Thinglink image below provides resources and tips.

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The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

7 Key Skills for Employability

Educational Technology Guy

Last month, I published a post entitled "Important Skills Students Need for the Future that we need to help them learn" in which I described what I, and other research, felt were the most important skills for students to learn to succeed in the future.

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The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

Dangerously Irrelevant

In most online courses and/or ‘adaptive learning systems’ … Students do low-level work at times that are convenient. Students do low-level work from places that are convenient. Students do low-level work on their own, unique path. Students do low-level work at their own, unique pace.

En Plen D’Air

Battelle for Kids

April 28, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 1. Driving Question: How can today's schools deepen local partnerships in the community? There is an old French school of painting, called En plen d'air , which—when translated literally— means "in the open air." This means of artistic expression, made popular by Monet and his fellow impressionists, stresses the importance of actually being outside, of interacting with the world in which one is painting, if one wants to best represent real, natural life.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.