Sat.Mar 21, 2015 - Fri.Mar 27, 2015

Learning Needs a Context

User Generated Education

This is a follow up to a post I wrote, How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn? The purpose of these posts is to encourage educators to examine practices they take for granted, implement without deep reflection of their efficacy.

What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology and the connected world put a fork in the old model of teaching–instructor in front of the class, sage on the stage, students madly taking notes, textbooks opened to the chapter being reviewed, homework as worksheets based on the text, tests regurgitating important facts.

21st Century Leadership: It’s All About the Trust

Battelle for Kids

March 23, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 4, Number 7. Driving Question: How Does Trust Create And Encourage 21st Century Leadership For Learning? Calling all classroom teachers, building managers, or district level administrators, we need you. 21st century learning schools need 21st century learning leaders.

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Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core


Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!

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.

Texthelp Announces Teach for Google - free PD to help educators use Google Edu

Educational Technology Guy

Texthelp, a language and literacy support software company, has just announced Teach for Google , a new, online, professional development resource for educators. It is designed to help educators use Google Apps for Education to increase student achievement.

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How Educators Directly Influence Ed-Tech Investment

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Educators have more control than you might think over how ed-tech startups get funded and progress. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email edconnective educators investment startup startuplife

A culture of teaching and learning often produces great achievement but a culture of achievement rarely results in great teaching and learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

Drew Perkins said: Perhaps the most saddening part of a Culture of Achievement is its low ceiling. While it may be politically and strategically smart to pursue the quick hits of raising test scores, it’s a fool’s bargain that limits the potential of our students in a myriad of ways.

How to Spot Bad Science infographic- all students need to know this

Educational Technology Guy

Science, in this day and age of the internet and "experts" on everything, is sometimes not all that accurate. People can take scientific data and use it in different ways and in bad ways.

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Empowering Girls to Solve for Tomorrow

Digital Promise

Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest challenges classrooms around the U.S. to use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to address a community problem.

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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.

Inspired Learning to Get Results Now at #ModelSchools

A Principal's Reflections

Rigorous and Relevant Adult Learning Fuels Rigorous and Relevant Schools Solving ill-structured problems. Collaborating with peers. Integrating concepts across disciplines. Adapting to unpredictable scenarios. These experiences are hallmarks of what Willard R.

Free ebook: 101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook

Ditch That Textbook

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to save time and ready-to-use ideas to implement in class now. If that sounds right, you’ve come to the right place. I have compiled 101 of my best practical ideas to “Ditch That Textbook” in a free 18-page ebook.

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Google Accessibility Features and Resources

Educational Technology Guy

Last month, I posted an article about some of Google Chrome''s accessibility features and resources. It was mainly about Chrome OS and the Chrome Browser. Google has a great site with resources about all of the accessibility features in all of their products.

It’s been a tough year to feel positive about Iowa education politics

Dangerously Irrelevant

It’s been a tough year to feel positive about Iowa education politics. For example… Our governor wants Iowa schools to return to the top of the NAEP rankings and reclaim their ‘world class’ status but is endorsing a 1.25% budgetary increase that doesn’t even keep up with inflation (while requesting a 9% increase for his own office). As a result, most schools will have to cut people just to keep the lights on and the buses running.

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.

5 Classroom Management Tips That Will Work At Any School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. We published this classroom management piece last year, and it received plenty of attention across our network. It’s now part of our Education Rehash archive: a growing library of posts we revisit, in order to continue the conversation and check for professional growth.

Let the tea steep: Why waiting is OK

Ditch That Textbook

Where I live in Indiana, two beverages are almost always available at get-togethers and pitch-in dinners — tea and lemonade. If only one of them is available, it’s usually tea.


Using Google Drive as a Course Organizer

Educational Technology Guy

I am creating a curriculum for an Aircraft Design course for the high school level. Since it will be shared with many other people, I decided to do the organization in Google Drive, instead of Evernote like I usually do my course organization.

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Be awesome, 7th graders [VIDEO]

Dangerously Irrelevant

The 7th graders at the International School of Brussels had an entire day of technology- and Internet-suffused awesomeness yesterday. I was asked to send them a short kickoff video for their day since they had previously watched my TEDxDesMoines talk. Here’s what I sent them… Related Posts.

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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.

Website Review: Grammarly

Ask a Tech Teacher

George Orwell lamented in his 1946 essay “ Politics and the English Language , that: “Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.”.

Professional Learning that Connects and Empowers Teachers

Tom Murray

As educators, our core business is learning. We fulfill a multitude of additional roles that are also extremely important, yet, at its essence, education is about learning and our schools and school districts must be learning-focused organizations. - easily create online "newspaper" - great for schools and projects

Educational Technology Guy is a free site that allows you to create an online "newspaper". You can set it to automatically collect, organize and publish content from the web, or manually create you paper.

App Security: Yet One More Thing Teachers Are Being Held Accountable For

The Journal

As documented on the front page of the New York Times, teachers are being asked to make decisions about the data privacy and security aspects of the apps they bring into their classrooms.

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EdTech at School

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

Five Ways for High School Seniors to Establish a Digital Footprint

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Over the years, I’ve listened with interest as many have spoken to the importance of helping kids establish and maintain a digital footprint that they can be proud of. I know that some college admissions officers make a study of such things.

Digital Learning Day Ignites the Blended Flame

Tom Murray

As part of the 3rd annual Digital Learning Day, educational leaders from all over country descended upon the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on February 5th.

eGFI - Dream Up the Future - STEM Resource for Students and Teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Engineering - Go For It! this site is produced by the ASEE and is completely devoted to promoting engineering. It has resources for educators and students, as well as lessons and career exploration resources. The site opens with "cards" with different topics on them.

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10 Great Ways of using Microsoft OneNote in Education | @Microsoft_EDU @msonenote


Learn how Microsoft OneNote can help you organize your documents, lessons, photos, and much more. FOR FREE!! The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology.

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.

Five Ways to Make Your Bad Tests Even Worse

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I think nearly everyone can agree that the amount and the quality of testing we subject students to is a little bit crazy right about now.

5 Key Takeaways from #edcampusa

Tom Murray

The energy at the end of the day was infectious. To hear Emily Davis from the US Department of Education speak with such passion about what had occurred at the DOE that day was both encouraging and inspiring.

Prepfactory - free online test prep tips and practice

Educational Technology Guy

PrepFactory is a site that offers students free SAT + ACT instructional videos and practice questions (kind of like Duolingo meets Khan Academy, specifically for test prep).