Sat.Dec 17, 2016 - Fri.Dec 23, 2016

The One Present I Wish Parents Would Give My Students

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The gifts that change your life are the ones you didn’t know you wanted in the first place. I can tell the kids who get this kind of gift. They are different. Let me tell you how.

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The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning

User Generated Education

For the past several decades, I have had my feet in both elementary education and teacher training and development. Regardless of age, grade level, and setting, I include hands-on and experiential learning as a integral part of my instruction.

The 4 Biggest K–12 Education Tech Trends in 2016

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Here’s a look at back at some of the year’s most impactful and buzzworthy ed tech trends. Access Points Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Networking STEM

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How a school LMS encourages parent involvement


There are people who believe that they are only responsible for educating their children until they start some organized form of education: preschool, kindergarten, primary, and so on. Like most of you probably, I don’t agree with that.

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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.

4 Ways to Teach With Play

The CoolCatTeacher

(and captivate your bored students) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach.

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The Next Generation Of Teachers…


At university, I was lucky enough to have some amazing lecturers, including Steve Wheeler. Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chairs the Learning Futures group and leads the Computing and Science education teams.

Leadership Transformed

A Principal's Reflections

For every education professional, adversity is a constant reality: lack of time, not enough resources, outdated facilities, resistant staff, and a slew of mandates/directives, to name a few.

How to Keep Kids Safe

The CoolCatTeacher

(and prevent problems online) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Welcome to episode 296 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast.

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Grit in the Classroom

EdNews Daily

Guest Article by: Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D. Grit has been celebrated and critiqued by many in academic circles and the academic press, but the conversation has remained largely focused on the work and opinions of researchers.

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.

Four Important Steps When Going From Teacher to Ed-Tech Entrepreneur

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The notion that teachers can thrive as entrepreneurs is just rising to the surface, despite the ed-tech startup industry’s rapid growth. So, what can other teacherpreneurs do to get to this place faster?

A Primer on Maker Learning: Authenticity

Digital Promise

This post is part of a series in which we frame maker learning in terms of three core values – Agency , Authenticity, and Audience – as the key components to creating the highest quality making experiences for learning. Authenticity is key to effective maker learning. It is also a complex idea that can play out in many different ways. Here are three examples: Social Authenticity.

Is the emphasis in your school on punishment and compliance or autonomy and dignity?

Dangerously Irrelevant

When I was in high school, we didn’t have an ‘open campus.’ ’ We were supposed to stay at school and eat our lunches in the cafeteria. Many of us would drive off anyway, hoping that we could make it back in time for our next class.

Introducing: The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

Ditch That Textbook

I love listening to podcasts. They’re kind like personalized radio. I can pick shows that I like and listen to them whenever I want. Podcasts have been a driving force for me in becoming a better educator. I’ve listened to hours of them while driving, exercising or cutting the grass.

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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.

All I Want for Christmas is the Butterfly Effect

Education Elements

Dear Santa, I hope that you noticed how good I was this year! I even learned how to make more friends at school this year! We had these special days at the beginning of the school year where our teacher talked about bullying. My teacher talked to me about why I was mean to the other kids sometimes and I told her I just get mad at them because they are smarter than me. It makes me angry that I can’t get good grades too.

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The Maker Movement: Learning How To Bring Maker Spaces Into Your Classrooms featuring @Mrnavas | @NJEA @MakerDepot


Learn how you can get your students involved in STEM Education and the Maker Movement in this great podcast featuring a fantastic New Jersey Educator.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

Northport, N.Y., High School seniors (left to right) Hayley Striegel, Olivia Poplawski, Cheri Zheng-Fredericks and Julie Pignataro look for ways to verify information they’ve encountered on social media. Photo: Janis Shachter.

If You Do Any of These 4 Activities in Your Classroom, You're Already Personalizing Learning


As educators, we are tasked with the weighty responsibility of helping prepare students to be successful in life. And as wide a swath as life may cut, students must be prepared for whatever challenge it unfolds. Despite many state standardized tests following the cookie-cutter approach of one-size-fits-all testing, educators every day are personalizing learning to meet the needs of individual students, meeting them at the intersection of their learning styles and the resources available to them.

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.

3 Questions to Ask When Reviewing Education Technology Programs

MIND Research Institute

“How will a student know what to do?” Betty asked, staring at the game displayed on the iPad in front of her. I responded, “Just like many other games, they’ll try something and see how it works. ST Math is about problem solving.

Openness as a Value

iterating toward openness

Several months ago I received an invitation to contribute a brief Foreword to a book Patrick Blessinger and TJ Bliss were editing. Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education is now available in print and online under a CC BY license.

Google Chrome Extensions: A Big Ol List

Teacher Tech

Alice’s List of Chrome Extensions I went through my Chrome extensions and made a list of them. I opened all of the extensions in the Chrome Web Store in a single window and then used the OneTab Chrome extension to collapse them into a list. link]. The post Google Chrome Extensions: A Big Ol List appeared first on Teacher Tech. Beginner Chrome Apps Google Chrome extension google

What Does a 'Modern Classroom' Look Like—and What Should Educators Leave Behind?


Want to hear the full panel? Check out the latest episode of the EdSurge On Air podcast here. The classroom. Since the 1950s, the setup of your average second, sixth or tenth grade classroom hasn’t changed all that much. Desks lined up, students facing forward, teacher up at the front giving a lecture. The same can be said for higher education oftentimes, as well. What gives?

EdTech at School

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

Becoming National Board Certified (Third Time’s The Charm) [The Standard]

The Jose Vilson

I wrote for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards blog (a.k.a. The Standard) about my experience becoming National Board certified. I got the chance to shout out the folks who originally inspired me to become NBCT, and interweave equity and the future work for educators.

My Christmas Tale: from Sense of Dread to Humbled Holiday Spirit

Fractus Learning

I’m a covert Scrooge. I’ve got humbug , much like ice water, running through my veins. I say ‘covert’ because as a father and one-time elementary school teacher, I appreciate that my own misgivings about the holiday are best kept to myself. But now?

The Global Audience Project


For some reason I never gave a second thought to the novelty of interacting with people on the screen from across the world. It always seemed to be normal. Two years ago I had three kids in my room while I was testing a Google Hangout with Kory Graham ( @Korytellers ).

How Universities Are Bringing the Entrepreneurial Experience Back to Campus


American higher education, particularly in the liberal arts, is currently on the edge of a precipice. Rising tuition costs have put pressure on schools to prepare their students for a financially successful future. Many students are turning to STEM and other vocational fields in hopes of better job prospects. Another career path that’s increasingly popular, but less clear-cut, is entrepreneurship.

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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.