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4 Ways to Teach With Play

The CoolCatTeacher

(and captivate your bored students) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach.

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Leadership Transformed

A Principal's Reflections

For every education professional, adversity is a constant reality: lack of time, not enough resources, outdated facilities, resistant staff, and a slew of mandates/directives, to name a few.

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The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning

User Generated Education

For the past several decades, I have had my feet in both elementary education and teacher training and development. Regardless of age, grade level, and setting, I include hands-on and experiential learning as a integral part of my instruction.

Technology’s Impact on Adult Learners and their Children

Digital Promise

The Critical Importance of Family Literacy. Only 36 percent of our nation’s fourth-graders are proficient in reading. This result earned the U.S. a ranking on reading achievement of only 17 out of 34 countries by the Program for International Student Assessment. Even though the U.S. spends more per student than other countries on K-12 education, that spending is not translating into better performance.

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.

The One Present I Wish Parents Would Give My Students

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The gifts that change your life are the ones you didn’t know you wanted in the first place. I can tell the kids who get this kind of gift. They are different. Let me tell you how.

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Introducing: The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

Ditch That Textbook

I love listening to podcasts. They’re kind like personalized radio. I can pick shows that I like and listen to them whenever I want. Podcasts have been a driving force for me in becoming a better educator. I’ve listened to hours of them while driving, exercising or cutting the grass.

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How a school LMS encourages parent involvement


There are people who believe that they are only responsible for educating their children until they start some organized form of education: preschool, kindergarten, primary, and so on. Like most of you probably, I don’t agree with that.

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How to Keep Kids Safe

The CoolCatTeacher

(and prevent problems online) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Welcome to episode 296 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast.

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Grit in the Classroom

EdNews Daily

Guest Article by: Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D. Grit has been celebrated and critiqued by many in academic circles and the academic press, but the conversation has remained largely focused on the work and opinions of researchers.

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.

A Primer on Maker Learning: Authenticity

Digital Promise

This post is part of a series in which we frame maker learning in terms of three core values – Agency , Authenticity, and Audience – as the key components to creating the highest quality making experiences for learning. Authenticity is key to effective maker learning. It is also a complex idea that can play out in many different ways. Here are three examples: Social Authenticity.

Four Important Steps When Going From Teacher to Ed-Tech Entrepreneur

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The notion that teachers can thrive as entrepreneurs is just rising to the surface, despite the ed-tech startup industry’s rapid growth. So, what can other teacherpreneurs do to get to this place faster?

The 4 Biggest K–12 Education Tech Trends in 2016

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Here’s a look at back at some of the year’s most impactful and buzzworthy ed tech trends. Access Points Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Networking STEM

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Is the emphasis in your school on punishment and compliance or autonomy and dignity?

Dangerously Irrelevant

When I was in high school, we didn’t have an ‘open campus.’ ’ We were supposed to stay at school and eat our lunches in the cafeteria. Many of us would drive off anyway, hoping that we could make it back in time for our next class.

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.

All I Want for Christmas is the Butterfly Effect

Education Elements

Dear Santa, I hope that you noticed how good I was this year! I even learned how to make more friends at school this year! We had these special days at the beginning of the school year where our teacher talked about bullying. My teacher talked to me about why I was mean to the other kids sometimes and I told her I just get mad at them because they are smarter than me. It makes me angry that I can’t get good grades too.

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The Maker Movement: Learning How To Bring Maker Spaces Into Your Classrooms featuring @Mrnavas | @NJEA @MakerDepot


Learn how you can get your students involved in STEM Education and the Maker Movement in this great podcast featuring a fantastic New Jersey Educator.

The Global Audience Project


For some reason I never gave a second thought to the novelty of interacting with people on the screen from across the world. It always seemed to be normal. Two years ago I had three kids in my room while I was testing a Google Hangout with Kory Graham ( @Korytellers ).

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

Northport, N.Y., High School seniors (left to right) Hayley Striegel, Olivia Poplawski, Cheri Zheng-Fredericks and Julie Pignataro look for ways to verify information they’ve encountered on social media. Photo: Janis Shachter.

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.

Understanding G-Suite File and Folder Sharing Settings

My Paperless Classroom

By understanding Document Sharing settings in G-Suite, you can create dynamic projects without the worry of having others edit your documents. The post Understanding G-Suite File and Folder Sharing Settings appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Google Education Google

3 Questions to Ask When Reviewing Education Technology Programs

MIND Research Institute

“How will a student know what to do?” Betty asked, staring at the game displayed on the iPad in front of her. I responded, “Just like many other games, they’ll try something and see how it works. ST Math is about problem solving.

If You Do Any of These 4 Activities in Your Classroom, You're Already Personalizing Learning


As educators, we are tasked with the weighty responsibility of helping prepare students to be successful in life. And as wide a swath as life may cut, students must be prepared for whatever challenge it unfolds. Despite many state standardized tests following the cookie-cutter approach of one-size-fits-all testing, educators every day are personalizing learning to meet the needs of individual students, meeting them at the intersection of their learning styles and the resources available to them.

More universities and colleges reach out to boost their home communities

The Hechinger Report

INDIANAPOLIS — Trudging in from the cold and dark after long days at work, students settle in on stackable chairs around folding tables in a room austere but for a whiteboard and a lonely plastic Christmas tree. Some wearily set down their books and wolf down fast food for their dinners.

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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!

A Video Walkthrough of All of the Question Types in Google Forms

My Paperless Classroom

In this video, we will learn about all of the Google Forms Question Types and see how they look from both the teacher and student point of view. The post A Video Walkthrough of All of the Question Types in Google Forms appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network.

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Google Chrome Extensions: A Big Ol List

Teacher Tech

Alice’s List of Chrome Extensions I went through my Chrome extensions and made a list of them. I opened all of the extensions in the Chrome Web Store in a single window and then used the OneTab Chrome extension to collapse them into a list. link]. The post Google Chrome Extensions: A Big Ol List appeared first on Teacher Tech. Beginner Chrome Apps Google Chrome extension google

What Does a 'Modern Classroom' Look Like—and What Should Educators Leave Behind?


Want to hear the full panel? Check out the latest episode of the EdSurge On Air podcast here. The classroom. Since the 1950s, the setup of your average second, sixth or tenth grade classroom hasn’t changed all that much. Desks lined up, students facing forward, teacher up at the front giving a lecture. The same can be said for higher education oftentimes, as well. What gives?

Veterans continue to battle for their military training to count as college credit

The Hechinger Report

Photo: U.S. Military Academy. CHICAGO — Steve Mayou was dumbfounded when he was told he’d have to take courses in introductory physics and basic math on his path to a bachelor’s degree in sustainable building science and technology.

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.