Sat.Jun 27, 2015 - Fri.Jul 03, 2015

Many Education Games Are Worksheets with Points. 6 ways to find better learning games.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 155: EdGaming expert Kae Novak tells us how to find good learning games for kids. Stop telling kids that every game is fun. They’re not. Some stink. Some rock. The word “game” doesn’t make learning great. Games shouldn’t be worksheets with points.

Go on an Epic Selfie Conference Adventure

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers and Goal: Go on an Epic Selfie Adventure. Selfie- a picture taken of oneself shared via social media. Each year, I present at various face-to-face and virtual conferences around the world.

Beyond Fiction: Expanding What Counts as Meaningful Student Reading

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Why don't we value reading non-fiction in the same way we value reading fiction? We need a more flexible interpretation of what constitutes "good reading material." Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned ProfessorWord aboutus professorword

Otus–Exciting Free LMS You Want to Meet

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve been on the hunt for a good– scratch that : excellent –Learning Management System for several months.

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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.

Why I hired a brand manager

The CoolCatTeacher

A Peek Into the Business Model of an Education Influencer with 100,000 Twitter Followers Teaching all day is exhausting. Could you imagine coming home and having hundreds of emails to handle? Well, that is what happened to me. My friends always ask me how I do it all!

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5 thoughts from ISTE weekend

Dangerously Irrelevant

Five thoughts from the first couple of days here at the 2015 ISTE Conference… If “it’s not about the technology, it’s about the learning,” then why are we centering so many of our sessions on the tools?

Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle

Catlin Tucker

The flipped classroom model is a blended learning strategy I use to present my vocabulary , writing, and grammar instruction online.

How to Actually Use Your 3D Printer: 17 Tips I learned my first year [Link]

The CoolCatTeacher

How to Actually Use Your 3D Printer: 17 Tips I learned my first year. Vicki Davis’ Edutopia Blog. June 29, 2015. I named my 3D printer Bob Marley. He just jammed and smoked at first. But after persistence, we jammed in a good way. In this blog post, I share 17 tips for using a 3D printer. I learned these tips the hard way. If you read this post, you can save time. Read: Year One with a 3D Printer: 17 Tips. 3d Printer.

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A Teaching Miracle in English 12

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane A Teaching Miracle in English 12 By Matt Biers-Ariel I teach high school English. On the last day of the semester, a student asked about his grade. For someone doing well, I love to be the bearer of good news. But there was nothing happy to report to this young man.

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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.

3 minutes with the ISTE Board

Dangerously Irrelevant

Yesterday I gave a 3-minute video presentation to the ISTE Board on What’s the next big thing in educational technology? Happy viewing! Related Posts. 5 thoughts from ISTE weekend. Connected Educator Month launches today. The one question I’m asking at ISTE 2013.

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The Philosophy Behind Maker Success

A Principal's Reflections

For many students school has become an irritating experience grounded in boring lessons and learning activities.

How to Build Your PLN

Ask a Tech Teacher

When a colleague tells you she heard about a new tech tool from someone in her PLN, do you first wonder what she’s talking about–not the tool but the three-letter acronym? Or maybe you think, ‘Of course [Amanda] has a PLN. She’s a geek.’

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The Problem with Professional Development Planning and How Design Thinking Solves It

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Here’s the problem with professional development planning: it fails, and when it does, we’re often unpleasantly surprised. When professional development planning fails, everyone looks for someone to blame. As if the plan was supposed to work out perfectly.


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.

3 kinds of ISTE sessions

Dangerously Irrelevant

Not including the more informal networking events, there generally are 3 kinds of ISTE sessions: Tools, tools, tools! These sessions focus on software, apps, extensions, productivity and efficiency, how-to tips, etc. Little emphasis on learning, heavy emphasis on how to use the tools.

Improving Minority Teacher Quality and Retention Through Support

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Thurgood Marshall College's program to help improve minority teacher quality and retention surrounds teachers with experienced educators of color. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email conference professionaldevelopment

Let’s Focus on the Learning

More Verbs

As you move through the state and talk with educators about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, too often the conversations have focused on laptops and tablets and folks wondering if we could find devices that were less expensive.

Realize Your Professional Vision with Reflective Journaling

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Do you remember why you became a teacher? What vision guided your dreams back then, and when was the last time you stopped teaching long enough to look back on the road you’ve traveled? Are you on the right path? Have you lost your way?

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.

Three Questions for Every School District About Their Student Data Security Practices

Doug Levin

For those who care about the privacy of student information, it is equally important to address issues of IT security – for even the best privacy policies and laws are meaningless if student data is left exposed to unauthorized personnel on school computers or out on the internet.

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Tech extends networks beyond neighborhoods

The Christensen Institute

This post is part of the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation.

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LIVE: Using The Right Tool In Your Digital Classroom | #ISTE2015 Panel Discussion


Are you hearing the buzz about GAFE (Google Apps for Education) and Apple tools and wondering which direction to go?

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4C the Success of Your Next Professional Learning Initiative

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane I began meeting with strategic planning groups last week, in anticipation of the summer and the year ahead. I’m excited to be working with a handful of schools I’ve never had experience with before, as these first conversations are always filled with possibility.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Teaching and Learning Digital: No More Same Old, Same Old.

Battelle for Kids

June 30, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 2. Driving Question: What if we rethink teacher's professional preparation? Twenty-four years ago, I stepped through the doors of my first fourth grade classroom. I was a young, dedicated, new teacher, ready, I thought, for the opportunities and challenges of my new classroom and hoping to bring some of my experiences and interests to my students. I walked through the door with my personal computer, the heaviest, biggest portable computer you can imagine.

ISTE 2015: 6 Tech Trends on Education's Horizon, 2015–2020

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The influence of 3D printing, adaptive learning technologies and wearable technologies in the classroom is growing. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Distance Learning Game-based Learning Leadership Management

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LIVE: Remind Launches New Chat Features To Help Teacher and Student Communication


For the last 4 years, I have witnessed Remind transform from a startup into a mega power player in the edtech world. Used by more than 25 MILLION educators, students and parents, Remind is “ a safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents.

The 3 Secrets That Online Courses Can Teach Traditional Schools

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane When I first started learning to code using courses, I stayed up nights finishing lessons and working on building an app. I had no looming deadline for when I needed to learn the information. There was no test in this course.

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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.

What Is It About Me That You Can’t Teach?

Battelle for Kids

June 24, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 12. Driving Question: What if all new teachers started with high expectations for children of color and poverty? What? I recently visited an urban school mixed with black, brown and white children. A majority qualified for free and reduced lunch.

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A Cloud Solution for Teachers Craving More Mobility at School

EdTech Magazine

By Tommy Peterson Districts deploy tools and strategies to deliver cloud-based services to teachers and students. Cloud Hardware Networking Software

@PodcastingToday Launches a NEW APP Designed to Teach You #PodcastPD and #WordPress | @crescerance


Dear Podcasters and Web Designers. TeacherCast is PROUD and EXCITED to announce the launching of our second mobile app. Available today across all platforms, the official Educational Podcasting Today app is your one stop shop for all things Educational Podcasting and WordPress.

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