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Back to School Savings with #Teacher Appreciation Event at #Staples

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Staples Back to school already? Yes it is! I go back to school August 10, so I’ll so be hitting Staples for their Teacher Appreciation event August 2-9. Hopefully, you’ve all already joined the Staples Teacher Rewards Program.

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Vocabulary Strategies for Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When it comes to vocabulary instruction, most of the commonly-used instructional techniques, particularly at the middle school and high school levels, tend to favor visual learners. But what about all the auditory and kinesthetic learners? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

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Ed Talk: Connect to an Authentic Audience

Catlin Tucker

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of delivering an Ed Talk at the California Teacher’s Summit. My talk was focused on the importance of helping students find their voices and connect with an authentic audience. The California Teachers’ Summit was for teachers by teachers.

A New Model for Coding in Schools

Digital Promise

Erica is the communications manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @EricaLawton. “It happened one fateful rainy day” sounds more like the start of a romantic comedy than that of an ed-tech transformation. But in South Fayette Township School District , Pa.,

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.

Leading With Video

A Principal's Reflections

There is no denying the power of video in society. In a 2014 Forbes article , Richard Tiland makes some significant points when it comes to video and leadership. For example: The use of video is so ubiquitous in our everyday lives; it has become part of our subconscious.

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Tech Tip #109: Five Second Back-up

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I’m paranoid of losing lesson plans, report card comments, and other school work. I back up, but is that enough? A: Truth, I am the most paranoid person I know about technology.

Back to School Like A Boss! 10 Survival Tips!

Teacher Reboot Camp

When starting with a new group of learners, I am hardly able to sleep the night before. Next week, I begin a new course and trust me I’m pretty nervous. However, I welcome the excitement, because I know as a teacher, I have the important mission of guiding the learning journeys of many. According to Teachers Count, the average teacher impacts 3000 students within a lifetime. How many will you impact this year? What kind of impact will your students have on others and the world?

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How Big is My Dinosaur?

Battelle for Kids

August 3, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 1. Driving Question: How can a 2nd grade teacher team design a new way of learning for their students?

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"


Avoiding “The Cemetery Effect” a collaborative post via Thomas Murray and Erin Klein - click here to download Erin's FREE 18 page eBook with images, templates, printables, and more - This first segment reads from the Voice of Thomas Murray : State and District Digital Learning Director for the Alliance of Excellent Education , Washington D.C.

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.

6 Sites + 12 + 6 About Coin Counting

Ask a Tech Teacher

Second graders (sometimes first graders) learn about money. The only way to really ‘get it’ is repetition. Here’s a list of websites to provide redundancy for each type of learner: Coin Counting. Counting Money. Money—counting. Piggy Bank. H.I.P. Pocket Change. Cash Out. For a longer list that includes concepts like ‘economics’, try these: Coins and Counting Money. Brain Pop Learn about Money. Cashtivity. Coin games —from US Mint. Count Money. Face on money.

Teaching the Emoji Generation: 12+ Activities & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the Mobile Learning category ! Although an emoticon may look like a smile, a frown or any number of facial expressions, it doesn’t represent a face, as many internet users assume. It’s actually intended to convey a feeling (“I’m happy,” or “just joking”).” – Lauren Collister. Our students humanize their digital experience with text speak, emoji, and selfies.

Reframing Negative Experiences: 6 Questions that Help Kids Learn from Failure

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane When students reflect in order to reframe negative experiences, they find themselves better able to learn from failure and eventually move beyond them.

It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that you don’t spend it wisely

Dangerously Irrelevant

Like Kansas with its poor , Governor Terry Branstad wants Iowa schools to be more accountable for their spending of state dollars.

EdTech at School

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

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-8 Keyboard Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

Overview. K-8 Keyboard Curriculum (four options plus one)–teacher handbook, student workbooks, companion videos–and help for homeschoolers. 2-Volume Ultimate Guide to Keyboarding. K-5 (237 pages) and Middle School (80 pages), 100 images, 7 assessments. K-5–print/digital; Middle School–digital delivery only. Aligned with Student workbooks and student videos (free with licensed set of student workbooks). Doesn’t include: Student workbooks or videos. __.

Let’s Get to Know You! 20+ Icebreakers for Kids

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato. The beginning of the school year is a great time to lay the foundations for transforming your young learner classes into peer communities. As part of their development, children need to learn how to play and disagree with each other respectfully.

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I Gave Every Single Student an A and Then.

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane I Gave Every Single Student an A and Then. By Phil Hanney Last Year, I took advice from a Brilliant or Insane blog post and gave every single student in all of my classes an A. It was one of the most liberating experiences I have ever had.

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Are You A Follower of Craig Yen? If So… We Want To Hear From YOU! | @CraigYen


Are you an educator? Are you on Twitter? Do you know Craig yen??? Of course… if the answer to 1 and 2 are yes… the answer to 3 MUST be YES! The Setup. On August 1, the world participated in EdCamp Global.

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.

PBL Is Not Your Grandmother’s (Or Yours Either) Project

Battelle for Kids

August 5, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 3. Driving Question: How do parents and educators tell the difference between obsolete 20th Century instruction and new 21st Century instruction? Introduction of the letters "P-B-L" to many educators brings a highly predictable shrug. "So So what else is new?" they ask. We've been doing projects since time started."

3 tips on incorporating special education into your blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

This week I had the pleasure of participating in a discussion with the National Center for Learning Disabilities on how special education teachers and advocates can champion and inform the rise of personalized and blended learning in K–12 systems across the country.

10 Things Veteran Teachers Want First Year Teachers to Know

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Shortly after posting 10 Tough Truths About Your First Year of Teaching, friends of mine began reaching out to share their own tough truths and a bit of hope as well. You need to tell new teachers how it gets better,” one of them suggested.


Dell Education Announces brand new Teaching and Learning Academy! | @DellEDU


Jeff sits down with Jon Phillips, Managing Director, Strategy of Worldwide Education at Dell Education to discuss their global strategy for educational professional development.

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.

Dear Governor Branstad, we need both

Dangerously Irrelevant

Governor Terry Branstad, from the Des Moines Register : “We gave all this across-the-board money with no accountability and Iowa kind of stagnated while other states put a focus on things that increase their standards that improve their student achievement.”

An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

Iterating Toward Openness

Last week I enjoyed some quiet vacation time – sans wifi – on a lake in rural Tennessee with my family. This break gave me some time to think, worry, and write.

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Beyond Assessment: 3 Other Uses for Socrative – From Beth Holland


This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers and featured as a #TechTipTuesday. Socrative is a free student response system that works on any device. With its built-in quick questions and quiz options, it is an incredible resource for formative and summative assessments.

TechEducator Podcast Episode 100! | What Have We Learned… so far?


Welcome to the 100th episode of the TechEducator Podcast. Our show started in February of 2013 with an idea to create a demonstration based round table video/audio show. Sam Patterson, Jeff Herb, Jon Samuelson and myself created the first TechEducator Podcast.

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.