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7 Things Every Educator Needs to Know About Online Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. Online learning is growing. How do online classrooms differ from the face to face classroom? What about the student/teacher relationship? Jade Ballek is a principal of an online K12 school in Canada.

30 Great Research Websites for Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are quick, safe spots to send students for research: BrainPop. Citation Machine. CoolKidFacts –kid-friendly videos, pictures, info, and quizzes–all 100% suitable for children. CyberSleuth Kids. Dictionary. Digital Vaults –research a topic, curate resources.

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What Happens When Students Work at Their Own Pace

Digital Promise

Jason is the communications director at Digital Promise. You can reach him on Twitter @jtomassini. We hear a lot about the need for students to “learn at their own pace.”

Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook

Catlin Tucker

For the last two years, I’ve been increasingly frustrated with the traditional approach to assessing students and reporting grades. I want my students to value learning, not the accumulation of points.

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.

Goal: Test the Power of Hashtags

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “[The hashtag] it served as a way to carry on a conversation with a diverse audience.”- ”- The Huffington Post. Venezuela, Jan. Goal: Initiate or support a hashtag movement.

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Rethink funding for quality learning

The Christensen Institute

This post was first published on WISE In 2008, in the book Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson made the bold prediction that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses in America would be online.

Teaching and Learning with the Future in Mind

Battelle for Kids

August 27, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 13. In my recent article in the Future of Education MediaPlanet supplement , I talked about how the 21st century is the time when we have to stop envisioning education as existing exclusively within classroom walls, and instead focus on all the myriad learning experiences a child has throughout life that prepare him or her for the real world.

A Model to Solve a Few Professional Learning Challenges | #digilead

A Principal's Reflections

This past April I was fortunate enough to have been asked to speak at the Moanalua High School Professional Development Conference in Honolulu, HI. It was an incredible opportunity to get back to Hawaii for a professional event as opposed to a vacation.

Tech Tip #112: How to Open 2 Gmail Accounts at Once

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 Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I have a home Gmail account and a school one. How do I open both at once so I can keep track of what my kids/home business/etc is doing while at my teaching job?

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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 Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project Based Learning


Collaborative Project Based Learning with Analytics - click here to try Ignite Teaching - I firmly believe each teacher must start integrating technology at the point where he or she is most comfortable. I'm often asked, "How I do it all." My answer is simple: I start small.

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Blended Learning in a First Grade Classroom

Battelle for Kids

August 25, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 12. Driving Question: How can an experienced teacher reimagine and redesign her teaching by creating her own blended learning model? During this past school year, my first grade students and I entered into a new realm of teaching and learning. We created a 1:1 blended learning environment. I use the word "we" because it was a path that we traveled together. I must admit that I had my reservations in September.

Goal: From the Heart to the Mind

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “Emotion helps us screen, organize and prioritize the information that bombards us. It influences what information we find salient, relevant, convincing or memorable.” ” – Bandes & Salerno.

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10 Things First Year Teachers Need Veteran Teachers to Know

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The new year is upon us here in New York State, and as is often the case in August, I’m spending much time facilitating orientation sessions for first year teachers.

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.

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Ask a Tech Teacher

If you subscribe to Ask a Tech Teacher, you are eligible for specials on tech ed books and ebooks every month. Here are some of the specials subscribers have received: 25 lesson plans for $21. Discount on tech ed resources like 98 Tech Tips. Free tech ed resources like 19 Posters. There’s one coming up in a week–be sure to subscribe so you are eligible. Not only do you get great deals on tech ed resources, you get great free content.

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Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby


If you’re a teacher, chances are you were taught how to teach. You likely didn’t get training on how to be an IT guru. Which is why it’s so wonderful that some teachers are doing as much as they are when it comes to figuring out technology in their classrooms.

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Rediscovering @CK12Foundation Flexbooks And More!

The Web20Classroom

A while back there was a push to move away from traditional textbooks and move to something more flexible and nimble. Still true today!) Something that could adapt with the ever changing knowledge base educators and students could pull from along with being more personal.

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4 Back to School Habits that Cultivate Community

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The beginning of a new school year is rich with opportunities to cultivate community and build a solid foundation for interdependent learning. Rather than focusing on rules and consequences, why not devote time at the beginning of the year to building these four habits instead?

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.

Some of my leadership beliefs

Dangerously Irrelevant

[I have some new job responsibilities this year. I decided to send this out to some of the new folks with whom I’m working.]. Since I get to work with you more this year than in the past, I thought I would share a few of my leadership beliefs… Intentionality.

5 Tips for Classroom Greenscreen Success


Greenscreen technology is an inexpensive technology to support, once you already have devices in your classroom. Teachers can get started with classroom greenscreen effects without spending anything on an app and very little on supplies.

#ETTChat with Kyle Pearce


Here at EdTechTeacher, we take pride in the fact that all of our Instructors and Presenters have been experienced classroom teachers as well as dynamic speakers. Not only do they have a wide array of knowledge in their field, but they also possess insights into the future of education.

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5 Ways to Help Students Make a Smooth Transition Back to School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. My daughter Nina is a night owl. She loves to stay up late, reading, gaming, chatting with her sister and friends, or catching up on her favorite television shows. And I don’t stop her, when she has no reason to rise early the next day.


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!

Think Before You Flip Your Classroom This Year

The Web20Classroom

For a while now I've been saying something provocative about Flipped Learning. It's the worst idea in the history of teaching." I own that. I've said it. I say it that way to get educators attention. Because I like to have a conversation about it.

Is Your Classroom Celebrating International Podcasting Day? | @IntlPodcastDay #PodcastPD


It’s a new school year and classrooms are beginning to buzz with the noises associated with a new school year. With each passing day, more teachers will be reading handbooks, lecturing on class rules, and asking students what they did over the summer.

Coordinate Back-to-School with Choice Eliminator and Google Forms – From Kate Wilson


This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. Google Forms can be one of the best tools in the classroom for data collection and assessment as well as a great resources for teachers to use in order to get information from parents.

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Why Extracurricular Activities Are Crucial to Learning

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. With summer in full swing, many parents are still be looking for ways to keep their child occupied and on the path to success. Extracurricular activities, regardless of the student’s age, are a great way to do this. Rather than just plopping them down in front of the T.V.,

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.