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Overcoming 3 challenges of introducing blended learning in the classroom


Throughout the world, many public schools still rely heavily on text-based core curriculum. Introducing blended learning experiences in core subjects presents many opportunities over traditional print-heavy classrooms. These opportunities include more up-to-date, interactive, and engaging content, data capture at the task level that is connected across the curriculum, more standardized instruction delivery, and improvement of teacher and student technology skills.

How teachers address cell phones in class

Ask a Tech Teacher

I teach online grad school classes in how to integrate tech into education. One topic I always ask students is how they manage cell phone usage in their classes. Protocols for these mobile devices have little in common today with how they were addressed a decade ago. In 2009, a National Center for Education Statistics survey showed that about 90% of schools prohibited cell phones during school hours. Now, in 2019, that’s dropped to about a third.

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Why Education Entrepreneurs Need To Move With Education—Not Disrupt It

EdNews Daily

Edtech investments reached an incredibly high number in 2018, with $1.45 billion raised—the same amount that hit the market in 2015. However, raising venture capital, regardless of the industry, is not a guaranteed measure of success in any business. Various entrepreneurs are moving away from working with investors because expectations that come along with money don’t always match the entrepreneur’s vision.

So, Apparently, There are No Verbs Without Nouns

More Verbs

As I mentioned in my previous post , I finally have the opportunity to help shape an entire district toward More Verbs, Fewer Nouns. We were, with the Superintendent’s direction and blessing, going from a previous Tech Director who focused on techie things (Nouns) to my becoming Tech Director focused on learning and teaching (Verbs). But that’s easier said than done!

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Keeping parents in the loop with edtech


Using edtech can help teachers access tests, set objectives, and create lesson plans for students. Technology isn’t just helpful for teachers, though. Technology in a school can play a significant role to keep parents up to date and informed about their children’s education. All parents and carers want is for their children to receive the best education possible.

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Technology Sparks Growth Mindset and Innovation in the Classroom

Digital Promise

“Polk County is one of the counties you don’t think about very much,” said Nakia , a student at Chilhowee Middle School in Benton, Tennessee, a small rural town of fewer than 2,000 people. “We’d We’d look at another school that has technology, and we’re like, ‘Wow … I wish we had those possibilities.’”.

20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. In this blog post and episode, I share some of the ways I believe nurture creativity in students. Sponsor: The U.S.

7 Recommended Hands-On STEM Learning Products

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” ” – Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann (1996). On this blog I’ve shared thousands of web tools, apps, and resources that are free or offer a freemium option for teachers. However, I’ve been asked by several educators what recommendations I have for STEM labs, makerspaces, and technology classes. Below are six products that engage students, promote hands-on learning, and spark creativity.

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169 Tech Tip #100 Top Ten Internet 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. Today’s tip: Top Ten Internet Shortkeys. Category: Internet. Sub-category: Keyboarding.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

3 Great Resources To Close The Adult Literacy Gap

Digital Promise

Adult education providers encounter a variety of challenges related to closing digital literacy gaps. In the U.S., an estimated 36 million adults struggle with basic math, language, and digital literacy skills needed to find well-paying jobs and navigate public and social systems. To tackle those barriers, the recent ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Education showcased new tools and resources to support learners in developing digital literacy. Bringing the Internet to Remote Learners.

Create a TikTok-style experience with Google Slides

Ditch That Textbook

The TikTok video app is taking the world by storm. It has 500 million active users worldwide, and 41 percent of them are between 16 and 24 years old. And who knows how many that are YOUNGER than 16 that use it anyway?) Kids and adults are excitedly shooting, uploading and sharing videos on TikTok. […]. Ed Tech G Suite Google Slides Student engagement Templates tiktok in the classroom tiktok lesson plans tiktok slide template tiktok teaching ideas

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Don't Forget Closure

A Principal's Reflections

There are many pedagogical techniques that run the gambit when it comes to instruction and learning. In a previous post, I discussed the importance of opening lessons with a bang, using an anticipatory set. Whether you call it a set, hook, or bell ringer is not the issue. What is, though, is the value the strategy has as part of a comprehensive lesson. Here’s why: The anticipatory set is used to prepare learners for the lesson or task by setting their minds for instruction or learning.

What You Might Have Missed in October

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of October: Halloween Projects, Websites, Apps, Books, and a Costume. 9 Good Collections of Videos for Education. Videos: Why, How, Options. Digital Assistants in the Classroom. Help Students Select the Right Summer School. Resources for Digital Citizenship Week. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Student Retention Through Project Based Learning

EdNews Daily

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about the men and women who are creating today’s EdTech companies. By Kenna McHugh. Bob Lenz became CEO of Buck Institute for Education PBLWorks in 2015. Before taking on his role at PBLWorks, his familiarity with Project Based Learning (PBL) matured as the co-founder of Envision Education and served as its CEO and Chief of Innovation.

Math Problems that Unlock Student Thinking

The CoolCatTeacher

Robert Kaplinsky, Open Middle Math pioneer, talks about effective math teaching From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Filled with dread, some math teachers have a problem. As they give problems to students to work their students become problems. Behavior problems. Boredom problems. Sometimes the problem is that students aren’t excited by the problems. However, math can be exciting.

Guest post: 4 Powerful Visual Strategies For Teachers


No one can deny the importance of visuals in content creation, digital learning, and promotions. Visuals play a huge role in conveying a message much more effectively to its audience. No matter what your field of expertise, this is one area that you cannot choose to ignore. Marketers pay attention to it, website developers can’t afford to ignore it, so how can teachers not incorporate it in their daily routine?

Learning Styles: Fact or Fiction? What This Decades-Old Theory Can Teach Us


Do you know whether you’re a visual, auditory, reading/writing, or kinaesthetic learner? What about your students? If you’ve been in the educational field long enough, you’ve probably come across Fleming’s learning styles theory. For over forty years, researchers have sought to classify how different students learn and what teachers can do to support them.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Developing Leadership Skills through Games

EdNews Daily

By Paul Bonea. Leadership games, activities and other team building efforts can be a great way to build relationships between students. Not only that, but they’re also good opportunities for students to experience real, goal-oriented teamwork, navigate social relationships in “high-stakes” situations, negotiate social power and more. The real challenge to leadership games is to keep them light and fun, and prevent them from becoming another “forced activity” they have to do at school.

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Why Kids Need Life Skills (including how to cook!)

The CoolCatTeacher

Andrea Moore on episode 583 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Students need life skills. Some schools are adding in courses to help students cook, care for their families, manage their money and more life skills. Others have always had these courses. Today we interview a teacher, Andrea Moore, who started her career as a literature teacher but teaches many practical things to her students every day. Sponsor: The U.S.

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What We Learn About Building Team Habits from Ripples and Basketball Movies

Education Elements

The start of a new school year often brings with it discussions about new vision statements, improvement plans, yearlong initiatives and sweeping changes in the name of increasing student success. Yet in our work with school districts across the country, we’ve learned that it’s the smaller, individual leadership practices and team habits that lead to larger systems changes. Team Habits

4 ways to power up your classroom this fall

Ditch That Textbook

Remember the joy you felt when laid the last domino in a match, played the final card in the deck, and finally reached level 4 in your Super Mario Brothers world? Well, that feeling is not just a coincidence. That is game-design in it’s purest form — leveraging choice, strategy, skill, and a little luck […]. Gamification Guest Blog games in the classroom gamification learning games power up classroom

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

The Right Facility Manager Will Help Enhance the Learning Experience

EdNews Daily

By Dan Ringo. When you think of a competent and successful school district facility manager (FM), there are a few qualities that immediately spring to mind. For example, a facility manager should be a skilled and experienced maintenance person with a strong knowledge of industry standards for operational elements like safety, energy efficiency, sustainability and construction. Most FMs aren’t economists, mathematicians, or accountants.

The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments

The CoolCatTeacher

Michael Rousell, PhD talks about his research into life change From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Have you ever had a moment when your life changed? Perhaps it was a comment or it was a moment and although it may not have seemed to be anything to others around you, you experienced a seismic shift in how you viewed yourself. Dr. Michael Rousell studies these moments and relates them to neuroscience.

Making Pay Parity Non-Negotiable at Education Elements

Education Elements

We all experience the world in different ways. I know that, as a white person, my experiences are different than those of a person of color – in ways both big and small – such as a feeling of belonging and safety, or the knowledge that I am implicitly trusted by others. As a woman, my experiences are different than those of a man; yes, sometimes physical doors are opened for me, but I also know my male friends have metaphorical ones often opened for them.

4 ways to power up your classroom this fall

Ditch That Textbook

[callout]This post is written by Cate Tolnai, a co-founder of BUOY Consultants, a partnership agency serving schools, districts, and companies with implementation strategy and services. Her recent co-authored publication, Power Up Your Classroom: Reimagine Learning Through Gameplay, (ISTE, 2019) presents frameworks for learning engagement and instructional design. You can connect with Cate on Twitter at […].

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

STEAM Up Learning with 50 Fabulous Resources!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“… all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on this most complex world.” ” – Deborah Meier. I had an amazing time sharing with Texas teachers at the TCCA Conference ! Below are the slides and resources for my first presentation, STEAM Up the Learning !

5 Ways to Empower Girls

The CoolCatTeacher

Lynn Colón shares insight on empowering girls in schools today From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Lynn Colón, co-author of Empowering Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More , helps us understand what schools need to be doing to intentionally empower their female students to achieve more. Lynn shares some of her journey and the nuances of understanding girls today.

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Why Struggle Is Essential for the Brain — and Our Lives


As parents and teachers, we do just about everything we can to make sure that children don’t struggle. It turns out we are making a terrible mistake. Research shows that struggling is absolutely critical to mastery and that the highest achieving people in the world are those who have struggled the most. The more I communicate this message to parents and teachers the more stories I hear of complete personal transformation.