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ECM 148: What Every Teacher Can Learn from a Title I School

The CoolCatTeacher

Secrets from a Top Title I School in Indiana with Principal Jayson Snyder How does an improving Title I school do it? What are the improvement secrets?

The Maker Movement In Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Eduporium ‘s Andy Larmand is the newest contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher. He graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism.

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Learning: It’s All About the Connections

User Generated Education

I’ve written about connections before in It’s All About Connection. Today, though, I was thinking about all of the connections important for learning.

9 brand new education podcasts for summer learning

Ditch That Textbook

Finding that special something to capture the attention of your learners can be the difference between a ho-hum, easily forgettable day and an energetic learning experience. That goes for children, adolescents AND adults!)

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!

50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom [Video]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher YouTube Channel Looking for new ideas for using technology in the classroom? Trying to figure out what’s next? Well, recently I had to record a video just in case the weather wasn’t so great in Pittsburg, Kansas for my virtual keynote.

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Startup Shortcuts: Create Free Videos About Your Product

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When developing your ed-tech startup, there are times you'll need to create a video, either for pitching to a business plan competition or as a demo for your product. Here's how to make a basic video with software you probably already have. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

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A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat

Doug Levin

A chilling, must-read study report just released (May 2015) by the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), “ Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary Records in College Admissions ” should serve as a clarion call to advocates and policymakers to broaden their focus on what exactly is at issue with respect to student data privacy and how we must move forward as a sector to address it. Indeed, the issue at hand is th e apparently widespread practice of sharing by school districts of individual student’s disciplinary records with colleges as part of the admissions process and how admissions officers at those colleges then use that data to either deny admissions to students or impose burdensome conditions upon those who are admitted. While more high-quality research is surely necessary to shed better light on these practices, these findings are alarming enough to demand urgent action. Consider these key findings: 73% of college and universities collect high school disciplinary information as part of the admissions process. 89% of colleges and universities that collect high school disciplinary information use it to inform their admissions decision making, including to deny admissions. If an applicant is denied admission because of a disciplinary violation, only 65% of schools notify that applicant of the reason for denial. 75% of colleges have an appeals process in place if an applicant is rejected because of a disciplinary violation, but only 44% formally notify the applicant of the process. 50% of high schools disclose disciplinary information about their students to colleges in at least some cases. The guidance counselor is the only person to review disclosed information to colleges in 41% of the cases where the high school chooses to disclose disciplinary information. According to the study authors, schools and school districts define misbehaviors differently and attach different sanctions to similar behaviors – and significant disparities in suspensions and expulsions are well-documented (particularly affecting African American students and students with disabilities). Perhaps most concerning of all: According to the study authors, there are no empirical data linking high school disciplinary infractions to safety on college campuses, presumably the rationale for requesting high school disciplinary data by colleges and universities in the first place. Only 25% of colleges that collect disciplinary information have formal written policies to guide their use of it. Only 37% of high schools maintain formal, written policies regarding disclosure of student disciplinary records to colleges. According to the study authors, more than 3 million children per year are suspended from school and an additional 100,000 are expelled. Quite simply, this practice must cease. School districts must adopt policies that clarify what information they are allowed to share as part of the college admissions process and, for their part, colleges and universities should be barred from using high school disciplinary records in admissions. Student data privacy advocates should note well that this is neither an issue created by educational technology, nor associated with any technology company – and is allowable under current FERPA privacy protections. As I have argued before , school district practice represents the weakest link in protecting student data privacy and security. A singular focus by advocates on legislating company practice simply doesn’t serve to fully address the issue. If the findings of this study doesn’t put an exclamation point to that assertion, I’m not sure what possibly could. The post A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat appeared first on Doug Levin | EdTech Strategies. Blog Equity Privacy Research Insights Center for Community Alternatives college admissions data quality discipline expulsion FERPA privacy research suspension

8 Questions to Ask Yourself BEFORE You Plan Your Summer Calendar

The CoolCatTeacher

Live a Better Life It seems that there is a pivotal way that the uber-productive should travel: through time. What about holding still in one place and letting time travel through you? What about letting your body stay still and letting your mind wander?

25 Websites on Civics

Ask a Tech Teacher

These are mostly for MS, a mixture of flashcards, games and simulations. Very effective: Argument Wars. Branches of Power. Civics Game Room. Civics games. Congress. Congress for Kids. Court Quest. C-Span –Congress at work in video. Elections—the Game. Electoral College—humourous video.

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.

Passionately Preparing For College, Career AND Life…Outdoors

Battelle for Kids

June 4, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 3. Driving Question: How does a small public high school we extend learning beyond school walls and impact its students' futures with outdoor learning?

A Brief Critique of Mastery/Competency Learning

The Journal

The mastery/competency learning movement is picking up massive amounts of momentum in K-12, but its reliance on an old method of instruction will, in the end, not result in creating students who can solve “uncharted problems” and learn how to learn

ECM 147: App Smashing Definition and Examples

The CoolCatTeacher

Pushing the Limits of Education Technology- Greg Kulowiec App smashing is when you use two or more apps on a device to do something which one could not do alone. App Smashing inventor, Greg Kulowiec shares many examples on today’s show. Listen on iTunes. Listen online.

4 Options for a Class Internet Start Page

Ask a Tech Teacher

The internet is unavoidable in education. Students go there to research, access homework, check grades, and a whole lot more. As a teacher, you do your best to make it a friendly, intuitive, and safe place to visit, but it’s challenging.

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.

Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access

The Christensen Institute

This is the fifth post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. Today’s hig h school students interact with their guidance counselors an average of 38 minutes per year.

Time to Raise Money for an Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I once questioned the idea of outside investment for social enterprises, fearing the investment would poison the impact. Two years later, my views on investment have matured. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email


ECM 148: What Every Teacher Can Learn from a Title I School

The CoolCatTeacher

Secrets from a Top Title I School in Indiana with Principal Jayson Snyder How does an improving Title I school do it? What are the improvement secrets?

Subscribers: Your June Special is Available–Summer Online Keyboarding

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. This month: Summer Keyboarding Online. Description. Summer keyboarding–Online – -a self-managed online keyboarding class you complete in your own time, at your own pace.

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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.

This Is New York, Calling Wyoming

Education Elements

Students in Wendy Daniels 4th grade blended classroom in Evanston, WY join a virtual pen pal session with 5th grade blended students in Middletown, NY. Guest Blog Post by Wendy Daniels, 4th Grade Teacher at North Evanston Elementary School in Evanston, Wyoming.

7 Best Teaching Apps for Kids with Autism


Different applications will enable your child to develop or improve mathematical, functional, social, communication, linguistics and other useful skills. Check out these great apps today! Friends of TeacherCast autism blog


7 New Teacher Mistakes and What You Can Learn from Them

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Running into a former student recently reminded me of the best new teacher mistakes I made. You read right; I said, best mistakes. She trotted up to me as I ate lunch at a picnic table just outside the doors of a school district I work in.

Finally, an SIS Worth Switching For

A Principal's Reflections

I’ve recently discovered an exciting new company called Alma , which has built a groundbreaking new Holistic Student Engagement Platform (an SIS/LMS hybrid) that I believe in so much that I’ve joined their Advisory Board.

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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.

Innocents Abroad: Enabling Learning Outside the School Walls

Battelle for Kids

June 1, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 1. Driving Question: What are benefits for young students' learning outside school walls?

50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom | A Podcast featuring @AliceKeeler


Tweet. The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. For more information, please visit Many great ways to participate in the TechEducator Podcast. Follow us Live on Video: [link].

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21 Qualities for Your Leadership Scorecard?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Good leaders want to improve. Great leaders have a Leadership Scorecard, and they check off the boxes on it every day.


The core of education needs to take into account the people that are in it

Dangerously Irrelevant

Sir Ken Robinson said: [The standards movement is] well intentioned to raise standards, but the mistake it makes is that it fails to recognize that education is not a mechanical impersonal process that can improved by tweaking standards and regularly testing. It’s a human process.

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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.