Sat.Oct 17, 2015 - Fri.Oct 23, 2015

Why Minecraft in Schools is the Modern Marvel: 5 Epic Ideas

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode #180 History, literature, and math teachers are desperate for easy ideas to engage kids. We want kids to be excited about our subject, and we want to use technology. But we don’t want anything really hard. What can we do?

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Let Students Learn From Failure

Ask a Tech Teacher

Too often, students–and teachers–believe learning comes from success when in truth, it’s as likely to be the product of failure. Knowing what doesn’t work is a powerful weapon as we struggle to think critically about the myriad issues along our path to college and/or career.

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The 7 C’s of Meaningful Learning Begin with Citizenship

Teacher Reboot Camp

ICEIndiana 2015 Keynote Selfie Shelly Sanchez Terrell. Literacy has always been defined by the technology. Before the printing press, your ability to orally recite something meant [you were] literate.” – Nichole Pinkard. Thousands of years ago we communicated with images, drawings, and symbols.

Phonics Strategies for Young Learners Using the iPad

iTeach with iPads

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.-Kate Kate DiCamillo. I am sorry for my low profile lately…for the last 10 weeks, I have been taking statistics for my doctoral program and it has owned me!

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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.

Social Media in Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

The Tool We Should All Be Using to Improve Education In the 1970’s the parking lot would be full of parents ready to see the school play. Or Christmas pageant. Or spelling bee. Students performed, and parents came. The school auditorium was the place where students showed off their work.

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In Support of Teachers: First State Micro-credential Initiative

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The iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program was announced Thursday, Oct. 15, by ACTEM and the Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team. What if schools and teachers had support for professional learning that met their needs and was on their own terms? This is the kind of support iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program is designed to provide. ILearnMaine was announced at the ACTEM Conference (Maine’s education technology conference) on Thursday, October 15.

Ed-Tech is Important, but People Are a Key Ingredient to Startup Success

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When it comes to innovation, much attention is paid to the latest start-up to get funding or the hottest technology. But the human element is crticical to making innovation a success. Startups need to keep that in mind. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Secrets for Coping with Stress at Work

The CoolCatTeacher

Inspiration for People Working in High Stress Environments Stress at work is real. Particularly in high-stress jobs like teaching. While study brain research, four E’s jump out. Our secret for coping with stress at work will lie in understanding executive functions and emotions.

Keyboarding Success Requires More than Drills

Ask a Tech Teacher

Drills have backstopped keyboarding since I was in high school. I still remember. Over and over I typed those until my fingers could find the keys with no help from my brain. It worked for thousands of us. So why don’t drills work for the new generation of typists.

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.

Personalized Learning 3.0 — Creating Personalized 'Bicycles for the Mind'

The Journal

On the way to Personalized Learning 3.0, we may well need to “pass through” Personalized Learning 1.0. But we mustn’t tarry! Educational automation is not an interesting goal!

Agency in My Diverse Classroom: Part II

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 8. Driving Question: How Can Teachers Design Opportunities for Student Agency to Grow? I'm a strong advocate for project-based learning (PBL). It saturates my classroom work.

How to Use Diigo’s New Outlining Tool: Social Bookmarking Made Easy

The CoolCatTeacher

Productivity Tools for Students and Researchers Social bookmarking is the modern student’s research tool. As I share in Reinventing Writing , research and pre-writing helps a student start strong. But how? Here’s your answer: Diigo has a fantastic new outlining tool!

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Everything Schools Should Know About Windows 10 Education Edition

Ask a Tech Teacher

For the first time ever, Windows is upgrading the existing Windows platform for free. If you use a current version of Windows, you’ll notice a little icon in the lower right tooltray that encourages you to upgrade.

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.

The 7 C’s of Meaningful Learning Begin with Citizenship

Teacher Reboot Camp

ICEIndiana 2015 Keynote Selfie Shelly Sanchez Terrell. Literacy has always been defined by the technology. Before the printing press, your ability to orally recite something meant [you were] literate.” – Nichole Pinkard. Thousands of years ago we communicated with images, drawings, and symbols.

Agency in My Diverse Classroom: Part I

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 7. Driving Question: How do I create an environment to promote personal student agency in a class of diverse learners? This school year is shaping up to be an interesting one. I studied my class on paper before the school year started. I looked at assessment data gathered from the previous year's teachers. I've spent the first weeks getting to know my 5th grade kids face-to-face. I've got a wide range of students.

Kid President: Kids Inspiring Kids to Change the World

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 181 Kid President is a cute kid. His short videos pack a powerful message. His brother-in-law Brad Montague helps craft his message. Take a behind the scenes look at the viral sensation sweeping through classrooms today. Important Takeaways.

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Dear Otto: Evaluating Faculty Websites

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

EdTech at School

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

Reaching The Community With Periscope

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am on the road a lot. Traveling the country, working with teachers and districts to improve the way they use technology and bridge the gaps in the way they communicate with their communities.

10 Questions Student Teachers Must Ask Their Mentors

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. When I was student teaching, my supervising professor and mentor teacher were truly invested in my success.

How to Pick the Perfect Color and Use it Anywhere

The CoolCatTeacher

Practical Graphic Design Tips Anyone Can Use Graphic designers need to understand color. But there are some basics we all need to know. We should remember: a little bit of color theory, how to pick colors, and how to use them.

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6 Tips for Building Tape Grids to Support Learning by @SamPatue


I like big grids and I cannot lie. The great thing about grids is they help students understand the space they are navigating robots through. I set up a small group to work with the bee bots. This grid had 15 cm squares and was 20 squares by 20 squares. The construction took about an hour. Bee Bot.

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.

The Will and Courage to Lead

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of weeks I have been either keynoting conferences or facilitating workshops focusing on digital leadership and learning. I relish the fact of being able to talk about creating schools that work for kids and leadership in the digital age.

4 Ways to Prepare for a Successful Student Teaching Experience

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Student teaching is one of the most exciting and unnerving undergraduate experiences.

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Incredible FREE PD! K12Online Conference 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Connected Educator Month! The K12Online Conference 2015 is a fantastic resource. You’ve got another week to experience it LIVE. Even afterwards, all of the work is still there. You don’t want to miss out! Join in! K12Online is never really over … it’s all online and archived.

How to Tear Down and Setup Your Podcasting Studio (Part 1)


In The Beginning… After 8 wonderful years in our home, we have decided to move closer to my new school district. This couldn’t be more exciting a time for my family and I.

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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.