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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.

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Technology’s Impact on Adult Learners and their Children

Digital Promise

The Critical Importance of Family Literacy. Only 36 percent of our nation’s fourth-graders are proficient in reading. This result earned the U.S. a ranking on reading achievement of only 17 out of 34 countries by the Program for International Student Assessment. Even though the U.S. spends more per student than other countries on K-12 education, that spending is not translating into better performance.

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.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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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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.

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?

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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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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 ).

Great Books To Inspire English Language Learners

NPR Learning and Tech

Way too many students who are English language learners are reading below grade level. Here are five culturally relevant books that might spark their curiosity. Image credit: Mayra Linares/NPR


EdTech at School

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

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.

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.

Understanding G-Suite File and Folder Sharing Settings

My Paperless Classroom

By understanding Document Sharing settings in G-Suite, you can create dynamic projects without the worry of having others edit your documents. The post Understanding G-Suite File and Folder Sharing Settings appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Google Education Google

The Classroom Where Fake News Fails

NPR Learning and Tech

Fake news is everywhere, and many Americans in this digital age struggle to sort fact from fiction. The fix: Teach them when they're young. Image credit: Hanna Barczyk for NPR

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.

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.

#9: Virginia heading for dramatic high school overhaul

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This story, originally published on April 6th of this year, was our #9 most popular story of the year. The countdown continues tomorrow with #8, so be sure to check back!]. Virginia high school is going to look different for the freshmen who enroll in 2018.

A Video Walkthrough of All of the Question Types in Google Forms

My Paperless Classroom

In this video, we will learn about all of the Google Forms Question Types and see how they look from both the teacher and student point of view. The post A Video Walkthrough of All of the Question Types in Google Forms appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network.

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This Mostly White City Wants To Leave Its Mostly Black School District

NPR Learning and Tech

Schools in Jefferson County, Ala., have been under a desegregation order for decades. Now that a majority white city wants to secede, a federal judge must decide if it's segregation all over again


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.