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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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

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.”.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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!

From Skills to Learning: A New Leadership Direction for P21

Battelle for Kids

March 26, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 4, Number 10. Spring is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. In this spirit, we are excited to share P21''s expanded vision and direction for the global conversation on 21st century learning. Over the past several months, our members and staff embarked on a collaborative effort to build on our successes over the past decade and set our vision for the future. We are very excited to share where we''ve landed.

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.

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.


For My Prince and Princess on Father's Day

Tom Murray

In two days, my little boy will be one. In a blink of an eye, he’s gone from a sweet newborn baby, to a crazy babbling toddler on the verge of taking steps of his own. My princess, now four, talks about her wedding day, what she wants to be when she grows up, and her favorite app of the day.


Learn about the Edcamp Movement: The Definitive Podcast | @EdcampUSA #edcamp


In todays podcast, Edcamp Foundation executive director Hadley Ferguson teaches us how to start our very own edcamps in our schools and our communities.

Instagram: Document and Share Grammar Gaffes

Catlin Tucker

Last week while out to dinner with my family, I stumbled across a sign with a blatant grammar error. I froze in front of the sign eyes wide and mouth agape. My initial reaction was one of disappointment because my students were not there to witness and correct this real life grammar gaffe!

EdTech at School

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

The invisible currency in education reform: social capital

The Christensen Institute

This is the first in a series of blog posts on the intersection of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. Who you know matters. It matters when you go out to get a job; it matters when you are looking for reliable information; it matters when you are trying to learn from others’ successes and mistakes. Indeed, your network even appears to matter when it comes to lifelong earnings.

This One's for You, Grandpa!

Tom Murray

I can remember bouncing on your lap when I was about three. I remember the silly gifts you’d give, your incredible sense of humor, your amazing model of how to be a father and grandfather, and how to this day, I consider you the most brilliant man I’ve ever known.

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Why should educators apply for Google, Apple, and Microsoft Educator programs? By @MattHarrisEdD


Are corporate certification programs, like the Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, or Microsoft Innovative Educator, valuable in Educational Technology? Presentation Videos Video video

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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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.