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6 Ways in which edtech shapes teacher training programs


The global edtech market will see a rise in global spending of $342b by 2025. For teachers, that means edtech is here to stay, as more and more schools and universities are moving towards partial or complete digitization. However, things are not as rosy as they seem.

Classroom tech: Should I use it? 10 considerations

Ditch That Textbook

Classroom tech CAN be transformational. But when should we use it? And what does that look like? Here are some ideas.When schools provide technology for students, many teachers find themselves asking, "What am I going to do with all these devices?" One might think the "Should I use classroom tech? And how?" is a one-time, "yes/no" […]. The post Classroom tech: Should I use it? 10 considerations appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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The Best Edtech for Students Is Backed by Research. Here’s What to Look For.


In almost any school in the country today, you can find an app or program that claims to change education as we know it. Yet schools are littered with products that have not changed anything beyond teachers’ desktop screens.

Essential Technology For Project-Based Learning


Here are digital classroom tools to help support project-based learning

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.

Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Rebekah Dyer helps us understand how to reach all learners From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As students with learning differences are put into general classroom spaces, many teachers have misconceptions about including these special students in their classrooms.

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Multimedia content personalizes learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Josemaría Carazo Abolafia, is an educational researcher and teacher who lives in Spain–and doesn’t own a car! He has a Masters in Ed from Penn State University (any Nittany Lion fans out there?) and is working on his EdD.

The 9 elements of Digital Citizenship your students need to know


With the rise of the Internet, we have become more and more present in the online world. This has come with its own sets regulations which we have to abide by.

How Parents Can Help Kids with Math: 5 Tips that Work

The CoolCatTeacher

Math teacher Jon Orr shares tips for parents From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Parents can encourage math success just like reading success. Parents can help kids with math!

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Co-designing Powerful Innovations with Teachers and Families

Digital Promise

In order to build a safe and useful house, we rely on the knowledge and experience of many: architects help design spaces that are functional and aesthetically pleasing, engineers ensure the designs are structurally sound, and contractors coordinate construction so that plumbers, electricians, and many others work in coordination.

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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.

What You Might Have Missed in January

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of January: #WorldReadAloudDay February 5. Ways to Use AI-Powered Quillionz to Assess Student Understanding. 5 Ways Edtech Enhances Social Studies Lessons. 100th Day of School — Make it about Learning. How to Talk to a Tech Teacher (humorous).

Flipping Formatives and Structures in your New Personalized Learning Classroom

Education Elements

As we count down to this year's Education Elements Summit, we asked presenters from last year's Summit to share more of their innovative thinking with us.

Student Leadership Through a Student-Led Podcast

The CoolCatTeacher

Hans Appel with the Award Winning Culture Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Award-Winning Culture is a student podcast led by teacher Hans Appel.

3 Ways To Encourage Creativity

The Web20Classroom

A while back I was having a conversation with a colleague about creativity in learning. We debated back and forth about what creativity looked like and could you really teach creativity. All this stemmed from a comment I made about me not being creative.

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.

Random Acts of Kindness Day is Coming. How Will You Celebrate?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ll never forget the day years ago when I stood in a donut shop, half asleep, bed head, with a monster sugar deficit. As I got to the front of the line, the man before me said, “I’ll pay for hers, too.” ” I didn’t know him.

Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past two years, I have been blessed to partner with District 205 in Elmhurst, IL.

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The Power of Reflection and Conversation #pln365

The CoolCatTeacher

Paul O'Neill talks about Twitter-powered PD From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Sharing and reflecting make us better educators. Today the founder of #pln365 gives us a transparent look into his journey and encourages us to take one of our own.

When Empowered Teachers Drive Their Own Development

Education Elements

There’s a school in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, TX that brings a one-size-fits-one approach to every learner in their community, including their teachers.

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.

A market-creation story: Aravind Eye Care

The Christensen Institute

Of the estimated 39 million blind people in the world today, nearly a third live in India. An estimated 75% of blindness in India is preventable, but too many lack access to the eye care they need.

Investigating Animals with Young Children and the iPad

iTeach with iPads

Children are naturally inquisitive about animals and nature. When I was teaching kindergarten, my students would always be excited to tell me about a new pet, or a recent trip to the zoo or the aquarium. In fact, the first words of many children are dog, bunny, or cat.

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Tech Tools for School Counselors

The CoolCatTeacher

Steve Sharp talks about tools schoolcounselors can use. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter School counselors are unique. They have unique needs as they help guide students and perform duties at their school.

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Drive Deeper Thinking in Math: Designing an Error Analysis Station

Catlin Tucker

Too many students view mistakes as a bad thing to be avoided. The truth is that mistakes are inevitable. We need to start treating these moments as opportunities to learn instead of something to be ashamed of.

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.

The inextricable link between market-creating innovation and sustainable infrastructure

The Christensen Institute

On the surface, transferring resources to poor countries makes sense. Unfortunately, it’s not always a sustainable strategy. Resources are a community or an organization’s most tangible assets. They include things such as products, equipment, buildings, and even people.

Reflections on School Leadership Inspired by the GOATs

Education Elements

In a world hyper-focused on influencers and celebrities, it is no surprise that professional athletes are often a top feature of our news or social media feeds.

Design for humans

Dangerously Irrelevant

A Washington Post article on the recent Iowa Democratic caucus fiasco states: Every aspect of election administration should be designed around all the ways that we, as humans, fail, and all the ways technology fails us.

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Affiliates Are Bringing CUE to the Masses


I first became involved with CUE only a few short years ago. At the time, I was still teaching in my special day class (special education classroom) and had seen a post on social media that CUE Los Angeles was having their affiliate board nominations.

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.