Sat.Oct 10, 2015 - Fri.Oct 16, 2015

Why Parent Involvement Matters: The Research

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode #179. Parent involvement matters! We know it but do we realize we’re talking up to a full point of a student’s GPA? Let’s look at some well-known research showing what kind of parent involvement matters most.

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5 Best Practices for Digital Portfolios

Ask a Tech Teacher

Digital portfolios have become a critical part of today’s classroom.

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Announcing the 2015 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

In 2015, it’s no longer a new story that technology is being used in the classroom. It’s a part of everyone’s daily lives and it’s no surprise that it’s becoming a part of students’ lives as well.

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Originally published at [link]. Perfect Storm : an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Useful Tools for Teachers Padlet is a versatile, easy to use tool for every teacher’s toolkit. Let’s dive into Padlet and Learn the Basics. At the bottom of this post, I have a Padlet that is temporarily open for you to post and share your favorite edtech tools.

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10+ Halloween Apps to Spook The Learning Out of ‘Em

Teacher Reboot Camp

“There is magic, but you have to be the magician. You have to make the magic happen.” – Sidney Sheldon, Are You Afraid of the Dark? Halloween is one of the most fun holidays.

The Mindset of the Maker Educator: Presentation Materials

User Generated Education

During Connected Educators’ Month I did a virtual presentation on The Mindset of the Maker Education.

Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It’s Hard

The CoolCatTeacher

The Cellist of the Schoolyard In 1992, thirty-seven-year-old Vedran Smailovic was principal cellist of the Sarajevo Opera. Because of the fighting, Sarajevo was being called “the capital of hell.” ” On May 27, a long line waited in front of one of the last bakeries in town.

3 Organizational Apps to Start the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

Whether you teach science or PE, there are hundreds of apps to help you do it better. The response to this tidal wave of information has been confusion. As each teacher downloads their favorites, students spend as much time learning the app as applying it academically.

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.

10 Google Apps tips EVERY teacher should know

Ditch That Textbook

Most of us have worked for years with Microsoft Office before Google Apps was unveiled.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Digital Innovation in Learning Awards!

Digital Promise

Karen Cator is President & CEO at Digital Promise and can be reached on Twitter at @kcator. Betsy Corcoran is Co-Founder & CEO of EdSurge and can be reached on Twitter at @betsy_. For two years now, October has been an inspiring month for us.

School Ambassadors: Tour Guides or Agents of Learning?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 6. Driving Question: How might a student leadership opportunity lead to the development of meaningful student agency? Hello, my name is Tatyana. Welcome to Katherine Smith School," greets a school ambassador.

Tech Tip 117: How to Use an Internet Start Page

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents and teachers about their 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!

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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 Challenging Is That Online Text?

Catlin Tucker

I grab a lot of texts online to use with students. I often wonder, “How challenging is this text? Will my students have trouble reading this text?” ” In the past, I’d rely on Google’s Advanced Search option that allowed me to search by reading level.

'Modeled Sustained Silent Reading' Is Spreading Like Wildfire Internationally

The Journal

Without question, children need to develop reading fluency. Commonsensically, having kids read lots and lots should help in developing such fluency. Well, the data from U.S.

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Startup Shortcuts: Tips to Improve Cold-Emailing Response Rates

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

More tips and tricks to address common startup challenges. This one focuses on strategies for getting the most out of your emailing efforts. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Do Not Feed Bugs to Students

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 4. Driving Question: What is needed to create sufficient student agency? Shoichi Uchiyama is a famous, world expert Japanese chef that is obsessed in entomophagy cuisine. In other words, he is an expert on eating bugs. This can include hornet larvae and silkworm pupae to boiled spiders and cockroach soup. According to some nutritionists, bugs are a high source of protein and nutrients.supposedly good for you!


EdTech at School

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

The 30 Second Assessment

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I know a few teachers this year who are committed to assessing students without testing them. That’s right: they’re not only ditching grades, they’re trying to ditch the tests that produce them too.

Educators are the True Rockstars

A Principal's Reflections

" To recruit the brightest and best, teaching needs to be a high status occupation " - Lord Adonis It is interesting how our culture works, especially here in the United States. We idolize those who entertain us such as actors, actresses, rockstars, and professional athletes to name a few.

Turn any exisiting PC or Mac into fully functional Chromebook - for free!

Educational Technology Guy

Neverware, a startup that has developed a software product, CloudReady , in partnership with Google, which turns almost any computer from the last 8 years into a full-fledged Chromebook.

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with the entire leadership team of District 59 in Arlington Heights, Illinois for SEVEN days. Yes, seven entire days with every central office administrator, every building administrator, and many of their teacher leaders.

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.

Ten Ways New Teachers Burn Themselves Out

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Although teacher attrition rates appear to have stabilized in recent years, the fact remains that nearly half of new teachers leave the profession before celebrating their fifth year anniversaries.

A window into the future of learning

The Christensen Institute

Last week, Michael Horn stepped down as Executive Director of our education team. Although he will continue to publish and build our research agenda in K–12 and higher education, this week marks an important inflection point at an organization that Michael built quite literally with his bare hands. Moving forward, I’ll have the incredible honor of continuing to develop the body of knowledge that the Clayton Christensen Institute brings to the world of education.

Sphero SPRK Hard Fun, Learning with Robots by @SamPatue


Dear reader, I should have been the first one out there with this review, please accept my apology for the lateness of this review. In August my favorite robot maker relaunched Sphero SPRK, with a new app and a special SPRK edition robot, optimized for education. Let’s take a look.

Student Voice And Choice In Language Learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 5. Driving Question: How can student voice and choice enrich language learning? Recent articles in publications like The Atlantic and The Hill highlight what many describe as a dismal state of language learning in the United States. Both pieces speak to the largely ineffective outcomes of language study, since so few language learners achieve a meaningful level of proficiency, even after years of study.

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.