Sat.Apr 25, 2015 - Fri.May 01, 2015

5 Tips to Triumph over Test Prep

The CoolCatTeacher

This post written by Angela Watson. Maintaining balance is impossible without a clearly defined vision for why you teach. No matter how others may choose to evaluate your work, you can’t define your own success as a teacher according to whether students pass a standardized test.

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Want to Code on an IPad? Here are 3 Great Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding has become the poster child for a tech-infused classroom. Over 15 million kids participated in Hour of Code this past December. So many teachers took students to’s curriculum offerings, the website crashed. So what is ‘coding’?

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Let’s Change the Conversation About Education (Technology)

Digital Promise

Sara Schapiro is the director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Jason Tomassini is the communications director at Digital Promise. You can view the full-size version of the image above here.

Gmail: Undo a Sent Email

Catlin Tucker

Are you using Gmail with students, parents, or co-workers? If so, it’s helpful to know how to undo a sent email. This is an easy tip that allows you to “take back” an email even after you click “Send.”

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.

Stay Positive: 7 Ways to Cancel the Noise of Negativity

The CoolCatTeacher

She sounded like a banshee with a stubbed toe. The wail from the cubicle across from mine, as I sat down to try to write this blog post on a layover in Minneapolis, is worse than any caterwauling I’ve ever heard before. I can’t tell if she’s speaking in tongues or lost hers.

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Five Tools and Tips for Working With Students Remotely

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Connecting with students digitally can be a challenge. Here's a short list of tools and tips to make you a more effective online communicator with students. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email edtech onlinelearning tipsandtricks

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This Evening’s Homework Requires the Use of the Internet

Doug Levin

A new study conducted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation , the Family Online Safety Institute , and myCollegeOptions (with data collected in March 2015) suggests that the use of technology and the internet is commonplace in the American high school experience: 98.5%

Productivity: How the Mud Puddle Principle Can Shape Your Habits

The CoolCatTeacher

I love this blog post from Principal Ben Gilpin. He describes what happened when he threw a baseball mitt and glove in his car before leaving town on a family trip. Ben says. “We were preparing to embark on our road trip, I was packing different odds and ends for the car ride.

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Can telemedicine make the leap?

The Christensen Institute

Technological change is engulfing more and more components of everyday life. For Silicon Valley’s visionaries, the inefficiencies in today’s health care system make it a perfect candidate for a connectivity revolution.

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.

The Top 10 Ed-Tech Tools Suggested by Teacher Experts

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are lots of great ed-tech tools out there, but which ones should you use in your classroom? To narrow down the choices we asked teaches who are ed-tech experts for their best recommendations. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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Summer PD–Questions We’ve Gotten

Ask a Tech Teacher

In response to extensive interest from readers, Ask a Tech Teacher will be offering Summer PD : June 22nd through July 11th. 3 weeks, 12 Activities, 29 webinars, lots of resources and hands-on help. You can read more here and here.

Let Your Work Do The Talking

A Principal's Reflections

Let me start off by saying that this post has been brewing for a while. Maybe it is just the way I feel, but I am thinking that this is not the case. It seems like adults at times are the worse examples for our youth. Take sports for example.

A SAMR deep dive: Deconstructing SAMR with examples

Ditch That Textbook

When I first learned of the SAMR tech integration model, it was like fireworks went off in the background. I was at a technology conference. I had been using technology in the classroom for a few years but had no framework for implementing it well.

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’re an Iowan, wear pink tomorrow

Dangerously Irrelevant

Tomorrow is #PinkApril30 , so named because of the unfilled teaching positions and educator pink slips that Iowa school districts will have next year because their operational funding won’t be enough to keep up with inflation despite our state’s strong economy and full reserves.

Tech Tip #102: Doc Saved Over? Try This

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: My youngers often save a blank document over their MS Word file. Instead of ‘file>open’, they use the menu command ‘file>save-as’ and then they lose all their work. Is there any way to retrieve the file?

'Mobile-First' Is Everywhere — Except in K-12

The Journal

The biggest technology companies in the world are racing to position themselves as “mobile-first" because people are using mobile devices all the time, everywhere. Going mobile-first is in — except in K-12 education

10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Pre-assessment is a powerful instructional tool. Conducted prior to new learning experiences, the process empowers students as much as it empowers teachers. I became acquainted with pre-assessment during the early years as a classroom teacher.

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.

Introducing Star Wars in the Classroom to Create AWESOME Lesson for your Students | #TechEducator


The TechEducator is visited by THE FORCE! Join us as we talk about STAR WARS in the Classroom and how you can bring the Jedi's into your lesson plans! Today the TechEducator Podcast discusses Star Wars in the Classroom!

Chromebook Inventory Tool - must have for GAFE Admins

Educational Technology Guy

Chromebooks are beyond popular in schools and the Google Admin Console provides a lot of great features and information. But, one thing that is missing is a way to get a full inventory of all of your Chromebooks, with information such as OS version, MAC Address, SN and more.

If you run an education system based on standardization and conformity

Dangerously Irrelevant

Sir Ken Robinson said: Politicians often scratch their heads over [persistent educational] problems. Sometimes, they punish schools for not making the grade. Sometimes, they fund remedial programs to get them back on track. But the problems persist and in many ways they’re getting worse.

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A college diploma is not like Scotch anymore

The Christensen Institute

This blog was first published on CompetencyWorks. Brand names are powerful. Many have written about the Chivas Regal effect in higher education in the United States. This is the phenomenon in which families, when faced with a choice between a less expensive and more expensive sticker price for tuition, are often willing to pay a premium because they assume that the higher price signifies better quality.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Learning how to Educate our Gifted and Talented Students | Podcast #119


Jeff sits down with Katie McClarty from Pearson Education to discuss Gifted and Talented education. Learn how the Center for College and Career Success can help you and your students. Jeff sits down with Katie McClarty from Pearson Education to discuss Gifted and Talented education.

Technology, Learning, & Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom – from Avra Robinson


This post first appeared on Daily Genius. Providing access to more than just apps, Google Chromebooks are the perfect tool to build the foundation for technology success in young students.

How does losing 1,000+ teaching positions make Iowa schools better?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Patrick Kearney said: I had a Republican legislator [in Iowa] reference me saying that I was “wrong” in my writing on school funding.

We Day Says It All

Battelle for Kids

April 30, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 1. Driving Question: How Can Students Lead the Way in Forming School-Community Partnerships? When it comes to school-community partnerships, We Day says it all. Yesterday was We Day and we missed it- no posts scheduled.


Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.