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10 ways to make lessons more hands-on

Ditch That Textbook

I’ve seen it in my own life. I bought an old zero-turn radius lawn mower and learned how to drive it on the fly. I’ve tinkered with broken items around the house until I fixed them. I’ve seen it in the classroom.

The Technology Trap: Can You Personalize Learning Without Devices?

Education Elements

I was lying to myself and didn’t even realize it. After completing numerous 5K and 10K runs, I was considering taking my running to the next level by training for my first half marathon. I would visit the specialty running store and look longingly at the glass case of GPS smart watches. “If If I only had one, I’d run more,” I’d say to myself. “I I would have up-to-the-second data and an increased desire to run. Everything would be easier.” I took the plunge and made the purchase.

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The opposite of boredom is not entertainment

Dangerously Irrelevant

George Couros recently wrote about an article in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Ed. Magazine titled Bored Out of Their Minds. He included a quote but I would have picked a different one: But the biggest shift we need,” Rose believes, is much more elemental. “We

5 Useful Accelerated Learning Techniques.


Learning something new can be both exciting and excruciating. The excitement with which we begin something dwindles over a period of time, making the task at hand seem unachievable. Be it learning a new language or a new craft, acquiring new skills need not always be a complicated affair.

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.

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Better Decisions, Better Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

The only thing that might be harder than embracing change is making tough decisions. A hallmark of great leadership is creating the conditions to arrive at consensus when major decisions will impact the entire school or district.

Print Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides

Learning in Hand

Post-it and other brands of sticky notes are put to good use everyday by teachers and students. The Post-it website has a page filled with resources for teachers and a really cool iOS app for digitizing, sorting, and sharing square sticky notes.

Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems


Teachers intuitively know that giving feedback on student work is an important part of the learning process.

Having Just One Black Teacher Can Keep Black Kids In School

NPR Learning and Tech

According to a recent study, having a role model at school who looks like you can have large and long-lasting effects. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Act Like You’re New

The Principal of Change

I had the tremendous honour to work with the Sage Creek School staff in Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently. I work with schools all of the time, but this was extra special in that this staff is starting a brand new school that will not even open until the 2017-2018 school year.

Sub shortage leaves schools scrambling when teachers call in sick

The Hechinger Report

Niagara Falls High School’s veteran secretary Teresa Kurilovitch takes the first stab at solving the day’s substitute teacher shortage, a task that can be a logistical nightmare. Photo: Tara García Mathewson. NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — It’s 7 a.m.

Why Gen Z needs librarians now more than ever

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note : This story is Part 2 of our month-long series on “What it means to teach Gen Z.” Click here to read Part 1 on Gen Z and parents. Check back every Monday in April to read the next installment!].

Designing for accessibility in e-learning


Equality and equity are two sensitive concepts. Dramatic debates can spring instantaneously based on them. At one point or another the well-known phrase from the famous novel “Animal farm” might creep into those debates. All animals are created equal but some animals are more equal than others.

5 Things Every Digital Citizen Should Know #digcit

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Alice Chen on Episode 55 of the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Alice Chen @wondertechedu teaches us about digital citizenship. She discusses five things every digital citizen should know.

Here's the Fine Print On The Country's Biggest-Ever Free College Plan

NPR Learning and Tech

Freedom's just another word for. a full-ride scholarship, with strings attached. New York's vast new scholarship program has brought praise, and some nitpicking. Image credit: Mary Altaffer/AP


Wellness programs aren’t well at all, Maslow can tell us why

The Christensen Institute

The workplace wellness industry is booming. In the next five years, industry revenue is forecasted to grow almost 8% annually to reach well over $11 billion. This industry expansion is a product of employers attempting to contain healthcare costs among their employees, with programs and services including health risk assessments, nutrition and weight management, smoking cessation, and fitness services.

3 Trends Influencing eLearning In 2017

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 3 Trends Influencing eLearning In 2017 appeared first on TeachThought. Trends & Shifts

How can we address the 4 Cs of education online?


Lauded as the 21st century’s “critical skills”, communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity have become buzzwords among educators, and it is quite easy to see why. Rote learning, memorization, mnemonics are aspects of what what I call one-directional learning.

Greatest lesson: Teacher buy-in is overrated

eSchool News

One of the greatest lessons my 30 years of experience in education has taught me is that teacher buy-in is, sometimes, overrated. There, I said it. Now, before you stop reading, note my use of the word “sometimes.” As a former school administrator, I realize there is a time and place for buy-in.

What We Know About Tablets and How Your Child Learns to Read

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. A recent US survey commissioned by the children’s books publisher Scholastic found that 65% of 6-11 year olds prefer to read print books even when e-books are available on tablets. In the UK, a National Literacy Survey found that children who read stories both on tablets and in print are more likely to have above-average vocabulary than those who read in printed books alone.

New Systems, Old Thinking

The Principal of Change

I often separate people that save their files into two categories; desktop people and super-sub folder people. Desktop people save everything on their desktop. They have a picture in the background, but no one has seen it this decade.

OPINION — Many community college students say schools aren’t giving them the help they need to navigate financial aid, study shows

The Hechinger Report

Bronx Community College Photo by Ryan Brenizer. Forty-seven percent of community college students say that financial problems could cause them to leave school.

5 reasons why blended learning programs fail-and how to save them

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This story is Part 1 of our April series on Blended Learning. Check back every Thursday this month for the next installment!]. Too often, educators who are considering investing in blended learning pull back after hearing horror stories of good programs gone bad.

Maker Learning Research Webinar: Creative Learning in Makerspaces

Digital Promise

As maker-centered learning gains traction in schools around the country, district leaders in the League of Innovative Schools are pioneering best practices for implementing new programs. What does research have to say about maker learning? How do we measure and show the impact of these programs?

Bring In a Google Doc into a Spreadsheet

Teacher Tech

If you have some Google text documents that you would like in a spreadsheet here is your solution! Simply copy the URL of each Google text document into a list. This will merge them all together into a spreadsheet. Because “the answer is always a spreadsheet.” ” Or maybe, just for fun. Bring In a Doc […]. The post Bring In a Google Doc into a Spreadsheet appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Apps Script Docs Google Sheets google sheets spreadsheets

OPINION: The simple steps that encourage young learners to break equity barriers

The Hechinger Report

Rita’s Catholic School in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. The class of 2028 will, no doubt, have a maze of postsecondary options to help them unlock their dreams and ambitions.

Aurasma and Augmented Reality in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Dr. Tim Green on episode 52 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Tim Green @theedtechdoctor , Instructional Design Expert, talks today about augmented reality.

The Fundamental Theorems of Culinary Math

MIND Research Institute

What does math taste like? I was fortunate enough to work alongside Chef Hari Pulapaka during a taste of math event at MIND Research Institute's Deeper Learning Symposium. He walked me through the different ways that flavors balance each other out.

7 resources for much-needed information literacy skills

eSchool News

Fake information is everywhere online. After all, everyone has a Facebook friend who elicits eye rolls when he or she shares a sensational news article that is fake or from a heavily-biased site promoting an agenda.

What Would Happen If Learning in School Became More Like Working at a Startup?


At its most basic level, a startup is a learning machine—one that helps its founders understand and serve the real world in a manner that enables itself to continuously gather information and grow. If it doesn’t learn and adjust, a startup ends. Successful students, like startups, are those who are resilient, constantly absorbing new information and challenging their assumptions.

Poor whites just realized they need education equity as much as black folk

The Hechinger Report

Poor and working-class whites have been getting more attention than resources lately — just like black folk have for generations. The time couldn’t be better to push an equity agenda. “My

Output or compliance?

The Principal of Change

This article from the New York Times, “ I’m Not Texting, I’m Taking Notes “, is pretty interesting.

Distributive Leadership: 5 Ways Principal Coaches Can Help Principals Execute

Insight Education Group

Principal coaches are a critical and essential support to principals. One trap that we have found in our work with district leaders in the US and abroad for the last 17 years is that the principal coach can sometimes fall into becoming a second principal in a building.