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Innovator’s Mindset: Teaching Students to be Problem Finders

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 215 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Why are we giving kids problems to solve? Why don’t we help them learn to find their own problems?

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Inspiration Stations: A Creative Spin on the Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

This year, I’ve focused on using the Station Rotation Model to: create smaller learning communities within our larger class. spend more time working in small groups with students. more effectively differentiate instruction. make the most of our limited technology.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

"While they’re here, we’re the ones that they’re counting on. We’re the ones that provide their reinforcement, the safe place, the continuity. When they go home, they may not have that.” ” - Amy Creeden, principal and Race to the Top lead.

Digital Literacy–What is it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

‘Digital literacy’ is one of those buzz words floated by experts as being granular to 21st century students. It’s everywhere, on everyone’s tongue, but figuring out what it means can be daunting.

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.

8 Types of Blended Learning According to Research

The CoolCatTeacher

Design Your Classroom for Maximum Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Blended learning happens when you mix the face to face classroom with online learning. While flipped classroom is a form of blended learning, it is not the only one.

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Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

“While they’re here, we’re the ones that they’re counting on. We’re the ones that provide their reinforcement, the safe place, the continuity. When they go home, they may not have that.”. – Amy Creeden, principal and Race to the Top lead. The majority of K-12 students in the U.S.

3 Fresh Art and Music Apps for the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Fifty years ago, Albert Einstein warned ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ ’ The ability to solve problems by thinking creatively is more important than knowing how they were solved in the past.

Teaching Languages: Great Tools, Tips and Techniques

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 216 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Carla Arena is an accomplished language teacher from Brazil. As an expert on teaching languages, she shares her tips and tricks for engaging learners in the language classroom.

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Three Lessons Ed-Tech Startups Can Learn From Innovator Sal Khan

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I recently watched an interview with Sal Khan, founder of the extremely successful ed-tech non-profit Khan Academy, and he touched upon three ideas that should resonate with ed-tech startups. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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.

20+ resources for engaging game-based learning

Ditch That Textbook

Our society thrives on games. They’re everywhere, from our social lives to our work lives to our school lives. People kill time on the bus, in a doctor’s waiting room and even in the bathroom (eww … but true!) playing games on their smartphones and tablets.

5 Ways Digital Tools Are Transforming the Education Space

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Sheninger K–12 thought leader Eric Sheninger offers guidance on how to manage an arsenal of digital tools in the classroom. Classroom Leadership Management Online Learning Software

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Guiding Rubrics To Grow Communicators

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 6. Driving Question: How can grade-appropriate rubrics foster communication? When it comes time to assess student performances as communicators, teacher adopters of Project-Based-Learning in the MIndQuest21 PBL model, follow McTighe and Wiggen's advice to start at the end.

Making Personal Connections through Online Learning


Contributor: Kristen Trostel Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:15am My favorite part about teaching, both online and in traditional brick-and-mortar schools, is the students. They all have such unique stories, with different life experiences, and diverse perspectives on the world.

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.

The NEW Google Forms: 9 classroom uses

Ditch That Textbook

For years, educators have been using Google Forms to gather data, assess learning and create fun techy learning experiences. Recently, Google Forms got a facelift, and even more recently, it added some new features.

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19 Valentine Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are some fun Valentine sites to fill those few minutes betwixt and between lessons, projects, bathroom breaks, lunch, and everything else: Dress up the heart. ‘I I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu. Line up the hearts. Valentine games and puzzles. Valentine Day games and stories.

It All Adds Up! 25+ Math Resources, Apps, & Tools

Teacher Reboot Camp

“It isn’t that they cannot see the solution. It is that they cannot see the problem.” ” – GK Chesterton. Math doesn’t live inside of a book. That is the wrong way to teach math. Math is useful for solving problems, and necessary to figure out the world around us. We can get our students to learn math in engaging ways by making sure each lesson gets to use the math for real-world learning.

Transforming the classroom with augmented learning


Learning has evolved to a point where augmented reality (AR) is a possibility. It’s evolved to a point where the environment adapts to learners needs and as I like to say it the learning process is as interactive and as immersive as ever. What is augmented learning? Augmented learning, by principle, works by providing learners with a whole new dimension of content delivery.

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.

Parental Control Quick Guide: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online


The web holds a wealth of information – including content that may be inappropriate or dangerous for young audiences. A request for personal details, cheap ticket offers to a sporting event, or suggestion to meet “in person” ? These are all red flags of online culture to watch out for.

100 Meaningful Ideas for Educators to Tweet About


Want to be part of the edu Twitterverse but unsure where to start or how to fit in? We've collected 100 ways for any educator to start tweeting. These prompts range from big and insightful to specific queries you can throw at other teachers and admins turning to Twitter to exchange ideas.

Keep the Focus on the Learning on Digital Learning Day

Voyager Sopris Learning

For those of us who have been around for a while, Digital Learning Day (or DLDay), happening February 17, has special significance. I fall into the “around for a while” category because I had both a TRS-80 and an Apple II. How cool is that?

Classroom Debate: Using Soft Skills to Tackle Hard Content

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 5. Driving Question: How can debate support the goal of any 21st Century classroom? In 1997, a shy, fearful young student walked into my 10th grade English class with her head down and no eyes on her future.

EdTech at School

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

Put on Your Cowboy Boots, You’re Going on a Personalized Learning Field Trip

Education Elements

Put on your cowboy boots, it's about to get personalized in Nashville, TN. After an inspirational tour of personalized learning hotspots in Music City, your friends at Education Elements have put together the ultimate PL day-trip.

New Resource for Educators Who Are Learning (and/or Loving) Social Media


What’s up you tweeting, liking, sharing, and upvoting educators? We’ve always been quite vocal about our love of edu communities on social media. Not only have we learned immensely from these groups, but we’ve found new friends, followers, users, and mentors along the way.

Robots as Coaches?

Fidelis Education

University of Michigan and IBM launch a new project that will in essence replace an advisor’s role with technology: “ Called Project Sapphire , the multiyear partnership combines IBM’s resources with scientists and students at the University of Michigan’s Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Dear Otto: How do I Make Keyboarding Collaborative?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

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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.