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The Poverty of Overcommitment: You Have to Say No So You Can Say Yes Sometimes

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 18 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This past Monday, Kip and I sat down with my calendar.

Technology and Writing: A Conversation with Vicki Davis

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vicki Davis is a teacher, author, podcaster, tweeter, blogger, international presenter, and so much more. I admire her podcasts and posts so was honored when she invited me to chat with her on her podcast, the 10-Minute Teacher.

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Personalize with Purpose: Meeting Learners Where They Are

Digital Promise

“We cannot teach students well if we do not know them well. At its heart, personalized learning requires profound shifts in our thinking about education and schooling.” Personalized learning is not a new concept.

Self-Paced Lessons with Nearpod

Catlin Tucker

“How do you keep students engaged and on task?” ” I am frequently asked this question when I train teachers on blended learning models. The concern implied in this question is that if I am not working directly with students that they will immediately be off task or disruptive.

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.

5 Ideas to Help You Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 23 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We know plants need fertilizer, sun, and the proper temperature to grow. As humans, we need proper conditions to grow as well.

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Mysimpleshow Keeps Getting Better

Ask a Tech Teacher

mysimpleshow, digital tool of choice in the explainer video market, has done it again. They’ve come out with a great change that will make their explainer videos even easier to use in a classroom.

Will It Work With Adults Too?

Digital Promise

Education publishers have developed a huge collection of high quality online lessons and courses for the K-12 audience of teachers and students. On the other hand, adult education has suffered from a lack of good tech curriculum to serve the 36 million U.S. adults struggling with low literacy. Because of the relatively small adult education budgets and disparate group of local providers, publishers have avoided developing new adult-only products.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran on episode 236 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Bridging Connections to Empower Learners

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was working from home, which is a rarity for me these days. I huddled in my home office and focused my attention on email, writing a blog post, tweaking some presentations, and updating the digital handouts that all participants get during one of my keynotes or workshops.

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.

100 Years of “New Technologies”: Teaching a Foreign Language with Technology from 1918 to 2018


Image Source In 1918, Yale professor Charles C. Clarke described the phonograph (later known as the gramophone and, since the 1940s, as the record player) as a “talking machine… not worth the trouble. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

10 Options for Polls and Forms in Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Collecting class data, asking for feedback on activities, and pushing out quizzes used to be laboriously accomplished by passing out paper documents, collecting them as they dribbled in, and then collating the data into a spreadsheet where you could sort and shake to come up with the useful information. These days, all of those tasks are accomplished much more easily with one of the many free/fee webtools designed to create and curate information. Uses include but are not limited to: volunteer sign ups. feedback on events. class enrollments. donations and payments. consent forms for school activities. polls and surveys on upcoming or past events. data on parents and students. collection of student projects. sign-ups for student class presentations. signups for afterschool activities or summer classes. registrations for a Professional Development workshop. quizzes that are automatically evaluated providing students with their score and you with metrics. Besides the ease of use and their digital nature, students love forms because they are anonymous. This means when forms are used to collect feedback, input, and projects, students can participate at their own pace, as quietly as they’d like, with only the teacher being aware of their identity. Form options may be purpose-built one-size-fits-all tools that supplement a lesson like: MS Forms. Google Forms. JotForm. Survey Monkey. Poll Daddy. They can also be tools that are easily integrated into warm-ups, exit tickets, and/or formative assessments such as these popular examples: Socrative. TodaysMeet. Kahoot. Pear Deck. Office Mix. Here’s a quick overview of each: Google Forms. Among teachers I know who always look for ways to save money, Google Forms is a runaway favorite. Besides being an integrated part of Google Apps and GSuite, which means easy log-in and access, it is intuitive to use, flexible in function, collaborative in operation, and professional in appearance. Its look can be adapted to school colors and images and completed forms can be shared as a link or embed. Google Forms integrates well with Google Apps for Education, Google Classroom, and many LMSs such as Blackboard. Using one of many available templates, a customized form can be completed in under five minutes. Responses are collected to a Google Spreadsheet that can be private or shared with participants and can be sorted and analyzed like any other spreadsheet. For those with a Google account, it is free, online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. For more on Google Forms, here’s my review. JotForm. For many, JotForm is the gold standard for forms creation whether on PCs, Macs, or mobile devices. It offers what seems to be an endless supply of professional-looking templates that can be used to sign up volunteers, get feedback on events, enroll people into classes, ask for donations, collect payments, and much much more. Its drag-and-drop interface makes building forms intuitive, quick, and easy. As with Google Forms, new questions can be dependent upon the user’s response to prior questions. Completed forms are shared via a link, social media, or integrated into DropBox, Google Docs, and other popular platforms. It is free with a pro version, online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. For more, here’s my review. Kahoot. Kahoot is a web tool that gamifies the delivery of quizzes and surveys — even homework — using a gameshow format to turn what is traditionally considered an onerous activity into one students love. Learning games are created with a simple drag and drop methodology and pushed out to devices with a code students enter to join (no Kahoot account required by students). Alternatively, the teacher can show questions on the class screen, with or without a time limit, and students respond through any device with a web browser. Questions can include text, pictures, and videos. It is free, online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. MS Forms. As part of Office 365 work and school accounts, teachers can use MS Forms to quickly create surveys, polls, quizzes, homework, exit tickets, sign-ups, and more from scratch or with templates. Answers are collected in real time and automatically displayed to a chart or exported to Excel where teachers can analyze answers. It works on all platforms but it only with Office 365 Education accounts. This is a challenge for students who will be unable to create a form from their personal or Home Microsoft account. For those who qualify, it is free, online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. MS Office Mix. Office Mix is one of the many amazing add-ons now available through PowerPoint (2013 and newer). It turns your existing PowerPoint program into a fully-featured lesson planner. Using the traditional slide decks you love, you collect resources required for a lesson plan into a slideshow or a video. Those resources can include video, narration, audio, screen captures, screencasts, photo albums, charts, tables, annotated notes, images, interactive quizzes — and polls — offering a convenient approach to adding formative assessments, exit tickets, checking knowledge, or a summative quiz. Mix provides a wide variety of quizzes that are easily and quickly embedded into the slideshow. For those with PowerPoint 2013 and later, it is free, online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. Pear Deck. Pear Deck is an interactive slidedeck that integrates polls, surveys, and quizzes engagingly into lesson planning seamlessly, painlessly, and intuitively. Teachers sign in with their Google or Google classroom account, the latter giving them the ability to import the class roster. Students join the presentation with a teacher-provided class code. Once in, students see the same slides the teacher displays on the class screen including interactive assessments pushed out as multiple choice, drag-the-drop, short answer, drawing, or number. From their dashboard, teachers can monitor who responds and how, display results anonymously on the class screen, and analyze data. It is free (with a premium upgrade), online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. PollDaddy. Polldaddy is one of the original online polling tools and provides everything required to push out a poll to a learning community. Because it offers less customization than others, it is easier to use which is appealing to many. Completed polls can be embedded in blogs and websites (a nice option for WordPress bloggers), emailed, or accessed via a direct link which makes them perfect for most classrooms. It is freemium, online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. The free version does limit the number of poll emails that can be sent and includes PollDaddy branding. For those who want more than the basic plan, PollDaddy offers a 10% discount on annual and monthly subscriptions for education organizations. Socrative. Socrative is one of the most well known (and widely used) student response systems, and for good reason. It is a robust intuitive tool that makes forms and surveys easy to create for teachers and a snap to join for students (no login required — just a class code). Questions can be prepared in advance or posed on the fly in a variety of formats such as T/F, Multiple Choice, Exit Ticket, and Space Race. Happily, there’s no limit to how many questions can be included. Answers are logged in real time and can be displayed on the screen anonymously. It is free with a Pro option, online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. Survey Monkey. Survey Monkey is one of the most popular online survey tools and probably the one you’ve heard of though lots of educators don’t think of it when considering a classroom tool for forms and polling. But they should. Survey Monkey offers most of the same characteristics as other survey tools in their category with the excellent addition for teachers of a wide variety of education-themed templates such as course feedback, project research, parent information, parent engagement, and curriculum planning. It is free, online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. Education discounts are available upon request. TodaysMeet. Like Socrative, TodaysMeet is a long-time favorite for surveys, polls, quizzes, exit tickets, backchannels, and more in the classroom. Students join with a code from anywhere — school, home, another classroom. No account is required by teachers, but with an account, they can keep track of all of their chatrooms, restrict access, open rooms for a longer or shorter period as desired, and moderate comments. The TodaysMeet Room can be embedded into blogs and websites or accessed directly from the website. It is free with a Premium option, online, and available on all platforms and all digital devices. Each of these offers different characteristics which you’ll want to evaluate before making a selection. What you don’t need to consider is that online forms offer significant benefits for educators in collecting and sharing information that serves the needs of students and teachers. More on classroom management: Sown To Grow: Easily Blend Goal-setting and Reflection into Classwork. 10 Classroom Management Tips You Don’t Want to Miss. OneNote–the all-in-one digital notetaking, classroom app for educators. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 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. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. Classroom management Teacher resources Web Tools assessments google apps MS Office

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Avoid Squeaky Wheel Syndrome

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 21 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As I learned in one business in particular when I was just out of college, squeaky wheel syndrome can infect an organization.

4 Ways Teaching Mentors Can Make A Difference Online Or In The Classroom

EdNews Daily

Teaching online or in the classroom can be a challenging profession from many angles. Teachers have an enormous amount of responsibilities the moment they begin in the profession.

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.

Caring and Compassionate Confrontation

User Generated Education

When I was in my Doctoral program, I met Debbie in one of my classes who was the Corporate Education coordinator for the university. She ran workshops for teams from profit and non-profit organizations and corporations.

Keyboarding 101

Ask a Tech Teacher

When students — and adults — think of learning to keyboard, it usually generates images of rote drills where you sweat over a keyboard as you’re graded on speed and accuracy.

5 Ideas to Include Every Child in your Classroom: Inclusion Strategies

The CoolCatTeacher

Toby Karten on episode 240 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can include every child in our classroom with these five important reminders from inclusion expert, Toby Karten. Children are precious and important.

Design Lab Connects Autism Families with Research

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Sitting in a circle, a group of researchers and caregivers of people with autism spectrum disorder weave blue and orange yarn around a circular peg board. One parent describes the challenges she faces in finding the right research and resources to support her child. “I I need respite care, in order to have time to do research into respite care,” she says.

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.

Dealing with digital distraction

The Hechinger Report

Students in a marketing course at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island check their phones before class begins. To tame classroom distraction, their professor uses Flipd, an app that locks students out of their phones during class. Photo: Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. CARSON, Calif. —

What is a Growth Mindset?

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s no secret many parents are frustrated with public schools. Are kids learning to think or just to pass tests? Are they spending classroom time wisely or just doing what’s always been done? Are we developing lifelong learners or simply kids who can’t wait to graduate?

It is OK to be Childlike but not Childish

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 19 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I looked across my classroom today with childlike wonder. My students were doing something difficult. But, they deftly added binary numbers with ease.

A great website for geography lessons


I recently stumbled upon a fantastic website – perfect for teaching geography. It’s called . The site helps you find the antipodes (the other side of the world) of any place on Earth. Have a look at my video walk-through: Let me know how you get on.

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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!

Accelerating Your Startup More Than Once Boosts Learning and Success

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The benefits of a second round through an ed-tech accelerator are exponential. The post Accelerating Your Startup More Than Once Boosts Learning and Success appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur Listenwise Startup Startups

Mobile Learning: 1998, 2008, 2018

The Journal

In its first decade, 1998-2008, "mobile learning" was all about getting devices into the hands of K-12 students and teachers. Palms initially proliferated; then Pocket PCs. In those early days, there was plenty of excitement and energy — for good reason — amongst the early adopters. Why didn’t mobile learning catch on, then

XplorLabs Fire Forensics: A Free STEM Module for Middle School Science

The CoolCatTeacher

A Next Generation Science Standards Aligned Lab Activity (FREE) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. UL Xplorlabs is making the world a safer place through science.

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9 issues about homework and teacher thoughts on each (#LeadLAP)

Ditch That Textbook

Homework is such a difficult topic to discuss. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it. Sometimes, we think we disagree on something and it turns out we’re talking about completely different things.

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.