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How to Safely Connect Six-Year-Olds to the World

The CoolCatTeacher

Kathy Cassidy shares her secrets for blogging, sharing and keeping kids safe online From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Six-year-olds can blog. Canadian first-grade teacher Kathy Cassidy has long shown us the way as she has been blogging with six and seven-year-olds successfully for many years. She shares her secrets of keeping kids safe , helping them build a portfolio and the workflow for helping kids become independent bloggers.

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10 tips to use Google Classroom effectively and efficiently

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Google Classroom streamlines the management of student work — announcing, assigning, collecting, grading, giving feedback and returning. It has certainly saved many teachers hours of work. Without a solid workflow and some strategy, grading digital work can be cumbersome. Google Classroom does make working with student work more efficient — but only if you understand how [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency gafe google apps for education google classroom

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Doing Things at School That Can’t Be Done At Home

User Generated Education

Many kids and teens are spending a lot of their time doing solitary screen-related activities. This most often occurs at home with their own devices. We are also living in an age where practically any and all content can be found via the Internet. The educator is no longer the gatekeeper to information. Internet resources can present and teach content better than a lecturing educator.

52 Resources for Read Across America Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many people in the United States, particularly students, parents and teachers, join forces on Read Across America Day, annually held on March 2. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss. Here are some great reading websites for students K-5: Aesop Fables—no ads. Aesop’s Fables. Audio stories. Childhood Stories. Classic Fairy Tales. Fables—Aesop—nicely done. Fairy Tales and Fables. Interactive storybook collection. Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Letting Students Lead the Learning

Catlin Tucker

According to a Gallup Student Poll (2015) of public school children, 47% report being “disengaged” at school. Unfortunately, this statistic doesn’t shock me. Too many classrooms are not set up with the intention of engaging students. Student engagement is “ the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught.”

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The Maker Educator Workshop

User Generated Education

I am doing full day workshops on The Maker Educator both at ISTE 2016 and EduTECH in Australia. What follows is both the description-goals and an overview of the workshop’s learning activities. Workshop Description, Goals, and Outline. Description. Being a maker educator requires developing a new mindset; a new set of skills and roles.

Parent Questions About Edtech

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love hearing a parent’s perspective on technology in their classrooms so I reached out to efriend, Joe Peters for his thoughts. Joe’s not only a parent, but a freelance journalist and tech enthusiast, so he knew exactly how to get his ideas across on the printed page. You won’t want to miss this article: Parents are aware that classrooms nowadays are much different than when they went to school a generation ago. Students are no longer confined to their seats all day.

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The Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Top Blog Posts of February 2016

The CoolCatTeacher

What has teachers talking? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When looking at the top posts of the over 3,500 blog posts here, a theme jumps forward for February 2016. Hope, stress, encouragement, growth, and trying to improve education. I see struggle and persistence all over the pieces that you are sharing this month. Yes, teaching is hard. But teaching is worth it, my dear friends.

Motivating Students: Focus on 6 Strategies

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There are many children who seem undermotivated, disengaged, and underachieving. Many educators are frustrated by such students; some educators as they struggle with finding ways to engage those students, and some because they believe it is up to those students to be motivated or not.

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.

Gamification in the classroom: small changes and big results


Games are fun; learning is not. Kids could play games for hours on end, without asking for food and holding their bladder for as much as they can. When it comes to doing homework or studying, on the other hand, things cannot be more different: their attention span gets smaller than a goldfish' and all physiological needs become the most important things ever. Learning needs to become more like games if we want schools to better equip our kids for the unknown future.

How to Interest the Next Generation of Great Minds to Work in STEM Fields

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve had a lot of questions in the last few months about STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) in the classroom. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Sara Stringer, has a great article that will help demystify this topic: . STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and covers an immense range of subject areas.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Makers

Digital Promise

Karen Cator is President & CEO of Digital Promise. You can follow her on Twitter at @kcator. Right now, in your city or town — in your state and region — people are making things. They’re part of the Maker Movement, a revolution that’s unleashing digital design tools (like 3D modeling software) and production devices (like 3D printers), and letting citizens design and make almost anything they can dream.

Shared Visioning in Action

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I recently started a new job: Policy Director of the Learning Through Technology Team (LTTT) at the Maine Department of Education. It’s essentially the state tech director position, and its largest responsibility is managing the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI – 1to1 in 7th & 8th statewide – since 2002! – and making it easy for districts to buy in at other grades), and supporting schools as they think about how technology can support learning.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

A Whale Of A PBL

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 2. Driving Question: What if 2nd graders learned significant reading content through meaningful project work and shared their learning with others? 2nd graders at Katherine Smith School, a Project Based Learning School, in San Jose, California recently finished a PBL about We read about whales. We thought about whales. We asked questions about whales. We did math problems about whales. We talked and thought about whales and we grouped whales.

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Subscriber Special: March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. This month: Freebies! Posters. Lesson plan for teaching Khan Academy. Articles on Common Core. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Growth Mindset in Education: More Than an Attitude

Voyager Sopris Learning

Among the recent trends in education, few are as notable (for the right reasons) as the growth mindset. This belief is, fortunately, very simple to understand. Mental abilities and other talents can be developed through dedication and hard work. The opposite of the growth mindset is kind of a downer. It’s called the fixed mindset, and it suggests that intelligence, talent, and other abilities are more or less fixed at birth. It doesn’t matter what you do; you aren’t going to get better.

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Building a Shared Vision Part 3: How Will We Get There?

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If you are reading this, I suspect you want to help move your school or district forward, and recognize that a critical first step is developing a shared vision with stakeholders, including your staff and community. This is the third post describing a process to quickly build an effective vision. The first post set up the activity. The second post described how to collaboratively envision a preferred future for students you care about.

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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.


Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 1. Driving Question: What makes a STEM School? What makes a STEM school? That is the question that is most often asked. I have literally sat on so many panels (K12,Higher Ed, political, policy, and industry), participated in meetings from the White House to the schoolhouse, been active in research think tanks and included in numerous case studies to define what STEM is and what makes a STEM school and we are still asking this question.

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The danger in blocking the Internet too much

Ditch That Textbook

It’s the nightmare of students trying to create or do research digitally. It’s the frustration of teachers seeking out the best resources to share with their classes. The over-protective school Internet filter. Many of us deal with them daily. We’ll do a Google search, see the perfect article or site to share with our students [.]. Ed Tech cipa edtech educational technology internet filters internet security privacy student empowerment

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Let’s Leap into Math to Learn Leap Year Calculations!


Contributor: Cindy Bryant Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:45am This past Monday, February 29, was Leap Day. You may think that Leap Day is added to the calendar every four years, creating a Leap Year, but it’s more complex than that and requires a bit of math to calculate. How Do I Calculate Leap Year? As it turns out, February 29 is not added to the calendar every four years.

Building a Shared Vision Part 2: Where Will They Be?

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Creating a shared vision is a critical step in school improvement efforts. This post is the continuation of an effective process for creating such a shared vision. In the previous post, we discussed the background of the process, who to invite, and some of the set up. This portion focuses on how to arrive at the preferred future we have for students we care about. The next post will highligh the last steps in the process.

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Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Don’t Forget to Breathe: Why communication skills are more crucial than ever

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 12. Communication is complex, and tricky these days. And as important to our lives as the air we breathe. Let's look at air for a moment --it is all around us, 24/7, no matter where we are or what we are doing. It is essential for our survival and for our success. In addition air must be of the highest quality - have the right combination of oxygen and hydrogen and little or no pollutants - in order to be most beneficial to us.


The Meaning of Words

A Principal's Reflections

Jargon in education is nothing new. Luckily there are so many resources available to make sense of it as it applies to our professional practice. Just check the Dictionary of Educational Jargon to get some clarity, then have some fun with the Educational Jargon Generator. Words are always flying around in education circles.

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Richards, in her fourth year in the classroom, teaches seventh grade history. Passionate about history, she works hard to master her school’s curriculum and make the most of the resources available to her. Despite her efforts and passion, she has noticed that her students are not nearly as engaged in her lessons as she’d like. How could she get them excited about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire or feudalism in Europe and see its implications for the world around them?

Building a Shared Vision Part 1: Where To Begin?

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Destination Matters. This is true with schools, too. Our destination should be more than just the work we do: taking attendance, direct instruction, providing practice, reviewing and assessing work, providing feedback, etc. Why are we bothering to do this work? For that matter, how do we know this is the right work to do? We can answer those questions if we work with our staff, students, families, and community to create a shared vision.

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.