Sat.May 16, 2015 - Fri.May 22, 2015

Episode 146: Mind Hacking: Missing Skills We’re Not Teaching Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Sir John Hargrave on the Every Classroom Matters Show Sir John Hargrave has taken the research on the mind and related it to current self-help practices to help us learn what works. In today’s episode, we learn about essential thought patterns we should understand to be successful educators.

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Teachers As Researchers: The Power of Mindset

Digital Promise

Serena Hicks is an English and language arts teacher and professional development facilitator in West Ada School District , in Meridian, Idaho. Change is hard! In my experience, I’ve noticed that teachers are more likely to make positive changes when they get to decide when and how to change.

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Free Range Teaching

Catlin Tucker

I was listening to NPR last month when they did a story on free range parenting. The story covered the debate about the pros and cons of this approach, which values self-reliance and independence.

Making MAKEing More Inclusive

User Generated Education

The maker movement and maker education, in my perspective, are such great initiatives – really in line with what student-centric education should be in this era of formal and informal learning.

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.

Episode 145: 5 Essential Digital Notetaking Methods

The CoolCatTeacher

Tom Grissom on The Every Classroom Matters Show Whether it is digital notetaking or notetaking, many of us agree that most students are not effectively using this technique to remember, retain, and process new information.

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How to Compare and Contrast Authentically

Ask a Tech Teacher

To students, knowing how to ‘compare and contrast’ sounds academic, not real world, but we teachers know most of life is choosing between options. The better adults are at this skill, the more they thrive in the world.

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Are Schools Helpless, Hapless When it Comes to IT Privacy and Security?

Doug Levin

Advocates would have us believe that school districts are incapable of making responsible decisions about technology-related privacy and security issues affecting students.

End of Year Roundup

iTeach with iPads

It’s May…teach yourself. Jen Hatmaker. Image by Jen Hatmaker. People, truer words have never been spoken. The countdown is on here and we are doing a serious blitzkrieg to the finish line with 10 days of school remaining. Correction, 8 full days and 2 half days.

10 useful tools for assessment with tech

Ditch That Textbook

We’re down to the final days of the school year at my school, and many students and teachers have turned their thoughts to assessment. Final exams. Final projects. End-of-course assessments. Quick review sessions. Plenty of options exist to gauge student understanding by using tech tools.

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.

5 Must-have tools for Ed Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s summer, time for teachers to recharge their cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually end up at voice mail.

Top Tips to Create an Organized, Blended Learning Space for Students!


Click Above to Register Now I am honored to share some of my most useful tips for setting up a brain-friendly learning space that encourages student collaboration and hands-on learning.

3 Ways Teachers Are Using Social Media to Engage Students

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 3 Ways Teachers Are Using Social Media to Engage Students by Brittni Brown The battle between teachers and social media accounts for student attention has been one in which teachers seem quite likely to lose.

A Hot New, Free Resource From the Feds: A Guide for Educational Software Developers

The Journal

The U.S. Department of Educational Technology has just published an excellent resource for educational software developers.

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.

21st Century School — How Technology Is Changing Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

The technological advances of the past two decades have changed the world, and education is no exception. Today’s students have access to far more knowledge than their parents once found in encyclopedias and on maps.

Don’t Stop. Make Whole School a Whole Community Approach

Battelle for Kids

May 18, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 8. Driving Question: Whole School or Whole Community? We've spoken in the education community for a while now about whole school reform – which new initiatives and changes should not be restricted to a classroom or section of the school, but be implemented school-wide. This approach encompasses the decisions and actions that take place in the school environment and plays back into all school policies, functions, and pedagogy.

Option 3: Actually USE the smartphones

Dangerously Irrelevant

Murphy & Beland’s recent study is making the rounds online, particularly among those who are eager to find reasons to ban learning technologies in classrooms.

Deposits and withdrawals at the Relationship Bank and Trust

Ditch That Textbook

On the first day of school every year, I open lots of new accounts at the Relationship Bank and Trust. When a new student enters my classroom door, a new account is active. With some students I’ve seen in the halls or already know, their accounts already have a balance.

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.

#101: Don’t Print Homework–Email it!

Ask a Tech Teacher

By third grade, students can email their homework to you rather than turn in all those pesky hard copies. No more lost work, no more dog-ate-their-homework, no more blaming their mom. They can use their own account or a parents. Once they learn how, it is automatic–and they love doing it this way.

More than One Metric Matters in EdTech

Education Elements

When it comes to edtech I agree with the recent Forbes magazine article that student outcomes matter. Making a difference for students is why I first became an educator, then a school leader, and why I work in an edtech start-up.

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A Time and Place For Buy-In

A Principal's Reflections

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t stand the term “buy-in” when it comes to change. It is one of these phrases that has outlived its usefulness, if in fact sustainable change leading to transformation is the ultimate goal.

How Can I Create and Implement Podcasting In My Classroom? | #PodcastPD @EduPodNet


In this weeks episode, the TechEducators discuss Podcasting from all corners. Learn how to create, use, and distribute podcasts in your classroom today! The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology.

EdTech at School

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

The Future of Libraries - what does it look like?

Educational Technology Guy

Libraries, like schools, are changing with technology. The typical library full of books will be going away and be replaced with a space for accessing digital resources and getting help finding resources. Many libraries are struggling to change and even attract visitors.

Taking an advanced course should not be synonymous with copious amounts of homework

Dangerously Irrelevant

High school student Carolyn Walworth said: It is time to rethink the way we teach students. It is time to reevaluate and enforce our homework policy.

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Three Problems with Directive Feedback and One Powerful Solution

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Much has been written about the power of criteria-specific feedback, and I’ve witnessed what happens when teachers take the emphasis off of grades and devote more time and energy to improving the quality of the feedback that they provide to students.

Create a Branded Short Link using Pretty Links Plugin for #WordPress


Pretty Link is come in both the free and premium varieties and can be found on the WordPress repository. Pretty Link allows you to input a URL of your choice and then mask it with a self branded custom URL of your choice. TC Blog Plugins Podcasting Tips and Tricks wordpress


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.