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MLTI is a Massive Failure: What We Can Do

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On Friday, October 14, 2016, Maine’s Governor Paul LePage announced that he believes the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has been a massive failure.

How to Teach Mouse Skills to Pre-Keyboarders

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many students enter kindergarten with a basic knowledge of digital devices like iPads and smartphones, but this rarely includes the use of a mouse. This little piece of hardware is strictly for desktop devices and maybe add-ons for laptops.

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Guest Post: Top Websites To Use When Teaching Writing.


It’s that time of the year again when I go through my bookmarks and Diigo lists and try to choose websites I like when teaching writing: this prepares me well for the upcoming school year. Most of the time, I end up adding even more sites to the existing lists!

Halloween Wars: An Interdisciplinary Lesson with a STEM, STEAM, Maker Education Focus

User Generated Education

For Halloween 2016, I did a version of Halloween Wars (a Food Network show) with my two classes of gifted elementary learners. I am sharing this lesson through my blog post as it reinforces how I approach lesson planning and teaching. Background Information.

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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.

Implementation Issues are Research Worthy, Too!

The Journal

Consistent with our blog’s theme of "Reinventing Curricula," we feel that research itself needs reinvention! Straight cognitive research isn’t enough if our goal is to design "effective, scalable and sustainable [educational] policies and programs."

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Online Writing Is Really Engaging With Night Zookeeper


Recently I was contacted on Twitter by the owner of Night Zookeeper to try out his website with my class. Night Zookeeper is a ‘digital learning tool that inspires writing through competition’ My students had a go and it really is brilliant!

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Networking Plays a Crucial Role in Startup Progress and Beyond

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The ed-tech startup journey is a continuum, and the relationships we've built along the way make our whole community stronger. The post Networking Plays a Crucial Role in Startup Progress and Beyond appeared first on Market Brief.

Return of the virtual reality hype cycle (what’s different this time?)

The Christensen Institute

With headlines like “ Virtual Reality Learns How to Get Into Classroom ,” which the Wall Street Journal ran this February, the hype cycle around VR’s potential in education has returned.

169 Tech Tips–Two Great Chromebook Shortkeys

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

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.

5 Tech Tools That Are Great For Adaptive Learning.


Adaptive learning is where teaching methods and materials change to match each student’s pace. How could a teacher possible manage that for a whole class?

Should parents also know how to use e-learning platforms?


All parents want their children to receive the best education possible, and for many kids in today’s world, this means being taught through an e-learning platform.

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Rapid-cycle innovation should be the holy grail of education

The Christensen Institute

One of the core ideas of the Christensen Institute’s research on innovation is that technologies improve over time to better meet the needs of the people they serve.

The Power of Symbols–What does the word ‘Turkey’ mean?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last year, I did a poll on the meaning of the word ‘turkey’ This was to demonstrate how powerful symbols are to your students and do so with an authentic use of technology to support discussion on math, language standards, and the holidays. As a summation to your discussion with students on symbols, idiomatic expressions, geography, farms, or another topic, post this on your Smartscreen.

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.

Guest Post: Mysimpleshow, The Free Video Creation Tool for Educators and E-Learning.


Educators looking for a new online teaching and learning tool – we found it! It’s called Mysimpleshow , and it’s free. is an ‘explainer video-making tool’ that lets users create informative and engaging videos.

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5 Takeaways From Our #PLroadtrip to iNACOL 2016

Education Elements

On Friday morning I looked around the Las Vegas airport on my way back from the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in San Antonio and realized I looked just as tired as the people who had spent the last several days drinking and gambling. I noted one key difference though: tired as I looked, inside I was excited and full of inspirational ideas while the others in the airport, well, they were just plain tired.

The Top 4 Reasons Why Teachers Should be Using Google Classroom


This fall, as part of our #ETTchat series , Communications Editor James Daley will be chatting with our EdTechTeacher instructors about some of their favorite tools, apps, and strategies for the classroom.

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Subscriber Special: November

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. November 1st-15th: when you spend $25 or more on Structured Learning , get a free copy of the. Hour of Code bundle. Click to view slideshow. When you spend $50 or more on Structured Learning , get a free copy of the. Hour of Code Bundle and the STEM Bundle. Click to view slideshow. Here’s what you do: Go to the Structured Learning website. Make your purchase as usual.

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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.

4 Simple Ways to Help Students Drive Their Own Learning

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. How to Move Teachers to the Passenger Seat and Give Kids the Wheel by Connie Hamilton Education is about creating lifelong learners. Sure, we understand this goal but how to accomplish it is often easier said than done.

Blending Online and Field Learning To Inspire Young Girls in Science

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed, Dr. Mikki McComb-Cobza. Ocean First Education. Today, there have been major strides in efforts to increase the use of technology in classroom teaching.

Stick with it until it becomes transparent

Ditch That Textbook

I remember when my grandma started using FaceTime for the first time. She’s in her 90s now and lives in Florida with my grandpa. She’s the communicator of the two. He likes to listen and interject a comment occasionally while she does the talking.)

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Liberating Americans trapped under high deductibles

The Christensen Institute

Health plan deductibles are on the rise in a big way. Deductibles, or the amount of money members must pay out-of-pocket before their health plans kick in, have soared a whopping 63% over the last five years.

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!

Standing Up for Students: A Conversation with Melissa Tomlinson @BadassTeachersA @NJEA


Welcome to a the Jersey Educator Podcast, a show created by NJEA members. for NJEA members. Whether you are a teacher, an education support professional, or a New Jersey Student Education Association member, this show will serve as a platform to help YOU bring out the best in your students.

Is MLTI Impacting Student Learning?

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When a district (or a state) expends large sums of money on education technology, it is fair to expect that there would be a return on the investment, especially in improved student learning. There are those that think, for example, that Maine should stop paying for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) since, after 15 years, there has been no improvement in test scores. There is , however, evidence that MLTI is positively impacting learning. In some places. Under certain circumstances.

10 Google Classroom time savers for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

If you and your students are using Google Apps in the classroom, Google Classroom can save you tons of time and effort. It helps you assign, collect, grade and return work seamlessly. But, like anything else, there are tricks that can help you do the same work in less time. They make you more efficient [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency gafe Google Apps google classroom time management

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Teaching Computational Thinking is the First Step to Bridging STEM Skills Gap

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Educators already instill in their students many concepts of computer science. Classroom Curriculum STEM

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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.