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Annotate PDFs with Kami

Catlin Tucker

Last week, my students began reading excerpts from The Sixth Extinction to complement our Environmental Unit. I shared the PDF version because our library only had a few copies of the book. When my students asked me how I wanted them to annotate the text, I said they could make annotative notes in digital notebooks since I wasn’t aware of a free tool that would allow them to easily annotate a PDF.

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. Proper approach coupled with the right attitude can help you cross hurdles with much ease.


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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. Giving others a say and allowing for critical conversation is a sign of strength, not weakness. As change is a process, not an event, discussions, feedback, and reflection can and should take time in order to make the best decision possible.

Exploring ‘Explore’: How Google works for you and your students

Ditch That Textbook

I can only imagine the hours of time spent tinkering on Google Apps. Slide design. Looking up citation information. Fumbling with creating charts from data. If we can eliminate some of the mindless procedural stuff, we can spend quality time on learning. Google’s got your back. Within the last year, they created the Explore tool. [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology explore tool g suite Google Apps google docs google sheets google slides

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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.

The Quizlet Advantage

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed, Written by: Michael Snead, recently named ‘Teacher of the Year’ at Barton Middle School in Buda, Texas. All across the education field, teachers are always trying to find ways for students to be successful in school. In a normal classroom, you typically have students that are from all walks of life: rich, poor, special ed, hardworking, students giving no effort, and even more in between.

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10 Great Websites For Creating Graphs and Charts


Graphing is an important skill for children to learn. It is imperative that they can graph by hand. But when it is not the main focus of a lesson, why not let your students use a tech tool and take the hard work away? This certainly allows for more focus on analysis of data and discussion, instead of chart construction. Here are 10 excellent websites that make graphing in the classroom easy: 1) Plotvar. A simple but effective website to create a range of different graphs. 2) Infogram.

Bring Weather into Your Lesson Plan with Earth Networks and WeatherSTEM

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the hottest topics in schools and an area of greatest need is STEM resources. Earth Networks has developed creative and compelling STEM curricula on a variety of weather topics. Any school with a weather unit or an onsite weather station will appreciate this site. I asked them to drop in and explain their education programs to the AATT community: Why Teach STEM? In the world of education, only a few things remain constant. The weather is not one of them.

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Toy Take Apart and Hacking

User Generated Education

Toy take apart and hacking is a high engagement activity that works for kids of all ages, including adults who haven’t lost their sense of kid, and both genders. I have done it multiple times during my summer maker camp for elementary level kids, my gifted students, and at conferences as part of teacher professional development. Here is a description of this activity from the tinkering studio at the Exploratorium: Do you ever wonder what’s inside your toys?

Ramping Up Research on Education Innovation Clusters

Digital Promise

In the 1800s, an English economist named Alfred Marshall was thinking about the grouping of industries in specific regions. He noticed the development of the pottery industry in Staffordshire, the chair-making industry in Buckinghamshire, and the cutlery industry in Sheffield. Through these and other observations, Marshall developed a framework for what he called “ economic agglomeration.”

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).

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. Students absorb information from the teacher (one direction) and then are required to regurgitate that information back to the teacher in the form of tests, essays and homework (also one direction).

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Understanding By Design — What’s That Even Mean?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Created by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, Understanding by Design (UbD) is a lesson planning approach that visualizes the end result (what students should understand) to better select learning activities (the path that will get students there). Tens of thousands of educators use it for unit and course planning; hundreds of districts and schools use it as the basis for their curricula.

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. Students finally getting verb conjugation in Spanish after rearranging cards with word parts on [.]. Teaching creative teaching design thinking ditch framework experiential learning hands-on learning

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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? At the fall 2016 meeting of the League of Innovative Schools, a group of leaders convened to address these questions together.

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.

8 Tips for Better Classroom Procedures (in a STEAM Lab)

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 54 of the 10-Minute Teacher with Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today I am sharing some of the classroom procedures that make my computer lab hum. I’ve got some wordless ways for knowing who needs help and how I reboot my classroom as just a few tips. I hope these help some of you who may be struggling with flow. And guess when the best time to try new procedures is?

Visit My New Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Store!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Textbook publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, now offers an education resource website called HMH Marketplace. This is for teachers by teachers, giving educators an attractive, easy-to-maneuver online site where they can find exactly the right lesson plans, rubrics, activities, classroom decor, and more for their unique classroom needs.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

Another week, two more incidents added to the K-12 Cyber Incident Map. One involved a. high school student who incapacitated his own school’s network (and was subsequently arrested by police ) and the other involved a phishing attack against a school district resulting in the theft of $40,000. Be sure to follow @K-12CyberMap to keep apprised of updates to the map and related news.

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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.

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.

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. For each digital citizenship item, she gives classroom examples. Several important topics arise including how to talk to your students about their positive online presence and online professionalism. Listen Now.

3 Writing Webtools You Can Learn This Summer in the AATT Summer Learning Series

Ask a Tech Teacher

This summer, Ask a Tech Teacher is holding five Summer Learning classes : Tech-infused Teacher (Certificate edition for CEUs or grad class for college credit ). Tech-infused Class. Teach Writing with Tech. 20 Webtools in 20 Days (and the Structured Learning curriculum edition ). the Differentiated Teacher. Most award Certificates at completion, for CEUs. The Differentiated Teacher and Tech-infused Teacher can be taken for college credit.

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. Orwell certainly knew his onions. This phrase is so true, beyond the politics surrounding it.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

Another week, two more incidents added to the K-12 Cyber Incident Map. One involved a. high school student who incapacitated his own school’s network (and was subsequently arrested by police ) and the other involved a phishing attack against a school district resulting in the theft of $40,000. Be sure to follow @K-12CyberMap to keep apprised of updates to the map and related news.

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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!

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. Specifically he shares his favorite Augmented Reality (AR) instructional tool, Aurasma. Tim also shares a vision for the future of where augmented reality is probably taking us in education. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

Learn to program games using Python on a Raspberry Pi with Code Angel.


Launched yesterday on Kickstarter, Code Angel is a completely new way to learn to code. Code Angel comes on a Raspberry Pi computer and teaches the principals of computer programming in Python using a series of 12 game development projects. Each Code Angel game project includes the full Python source code, graphics and audio required to build a complete video game.

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The Perfect Couple: Social Emotional Learning & Gold Standard PBL

Battelle for Kids

May I share something personal with you? I have, a few times in my life, found myself in a “PBL relationship” with a seemingly awesome interdisciplinary (read: meticulously planned, artfully scaffolded, student centered) project and watched in dismay as it fizzled. P21 Blog

The 5 components of a future-proofed technology initiative

eSchool News

As students move through different phases of their education, the shape of their learning spaces changes. Young students see brightly-colored bookshelves and reading areas, where middle school students have lab tablets and desktop computers. Just as the atmosphere in the classroom changes to suit the students’ age and learning requirements, the technology in the classroom also has to accommodate the learning requirements of that age group.

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.

Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets #spedchat

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Karen McCallum in episode 53 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Karen McCallum is a special ed elementary teacher in Alberta, Canada. She has specialized in special education and behavior support programming. Today she tells a heartwarming but powerful story about how two puppets are helping transform the social emotional learning of elementary special needs kids. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes.

Interview with Steve Wheeler


I was recently interviewed by one of my university lecturers, Steve Wheeler. Whilst completing my degree, he was very inspirational, giving me invaluable advice about teaching and education. Steve runs an excellent blog and as part of his “celebrating 20 years as a teacher educator”, he interviewed past students – including me. Click here for the full interview. Tagged: education , interview , learning , teachers , teaching. education interview learning teachers teaching

Linked Learning Sets a Standard for Excellence in College and Career Pathways

Battelle for Kids

The US is struggling with a significant gap between employer’s expectations and young adult’s skills sets. P21 Blog