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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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.

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.

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.

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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Words Mean More to Students When They're Personal

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You can't memorize your way to a better vocabulary. Contextual learning is the key to word learning. But is context enough? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned Product Development ProfessorWord Research aboutus professorword

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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EduGems: Edtech Updates, Google Tools, & More

Teacher Reboot Camp

Vol 1:1, click here to read the other EduGems issues ! The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger. I’m so thankful you read my blog. You may not know that I regularly share my education discoveries, resources, education technology updates, free apps, web tools, and tips on Twitter (@ShellTerrell). I do this every day and will be sharing these education finds on my blog in case you missed them on Twitter.

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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.

35 Things Every Teacher Should Do Before the School Year Ends

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The school year is filled with testing, report cards, and many other hurdles that make it exceedingly difficult. Don’t allow another year to pass without some completely out-of-the-box behavior.

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The 3 Things Digital Classrooms Really Need

The Web20Classroom

My first experience with technology in the classroom was the good ol' Apple IIe and endless hours playing Oregon Trail and Math Blaster. That evolved to an after school coding club in high school where I learned how to make a square and a flower using BASIC.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EduGems: STEM, Google Guide, Coding & More

Teacher Reboot Camp

Vol 1:2, click here to read the other EduGem issues ! These are today’s finds! Discover a Google Hangouts for Teachers guide, Chrome extensions, STEM resources, infographics, creativity activities, web tools to teach history, coding resources, and more in this second edition. I also regularly share these incredible resources on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. Scroll for the sections- Google, STEM, and Resources. If you’re on Twitter, follow these educators!

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8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Calling Out Kids for Their Bad Behavior

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. So, that one student’s bad behavior has finally sent you reeling. You’ve suppressed your frustration long enough. It’s time to call him out. You may be fully aware that calling kids out in front of their peers shames them. Maybe at least in this case, that’s why you do it.

Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

Educational Technology Guy

Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

EdTech at School

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

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.

Test prep works

Dangerously Irrelevant

Sarah Blaine said: ten years into private practice, I don’t draw on my two months of intensive bar test prep to advise my clients or manage my work. I don’t rely on essay formulas to craft my briefs, and of course I have never encountered an MBE-style multiple choice question.

4 Tech Tools for Photo Documentation

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I fell in love with photography the year we took our kids to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

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MolView - free 3D visualization of molecules and compounds

Educational Technology Guy

MolView is a free web based tool that allows you to visualize 3D models of molecules and compounds. It's easy to use and fun. It includes databases with compounds, proteins and spectral data, as well as change and manipulate the models.

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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.

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.

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.

Schools, baseball teams, and casinos

Dangerously Irrelevant

Ramona Shelburne said: [Baseball] franchises that remain static will eventually regress and deteriorate. People, too. So the antidote is to be proactive. Change before you’re forced to. Keep putting yourself in the best positions to succeed. When things break the wrong way, break new ground.