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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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%

Learn How to Play a Musical Instrument on Your Smart Phone

Ask a Tech Teacher

AATT contributer, Sara Stringer, is looking at digital music tools this month. This is a topic I don’t say enough about so I’m thrilled Sara’s sharing her thoughts with you. There are at least three tools below I’ve never tried.

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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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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.

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.

Auditing Your Classroom Environment: What Does Your Space Reveal About Your Values?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. What we believe about children and teaching and learning is made visible in the way we design our classrooms. Instruction isn’t the only way we influence learning. The choices we make about classroom environment reveal much about the difference we’re trying to make for kids.

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.

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.

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.

The backwards bicycle [VIDEO]

Dangerously Irrelevant

What a backwards bicycle can teach us about learning… Fascinating. Hat tip: Will Richardson. No related posts. Learning and Teaching learning

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How to Provide Student Feedback in the Digital World

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Providing meaningful student feedback is a critical, yet often overlooked, part of teaching and learning in a digital world.

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'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

SmallPDF - free, online PDF Tools - compress, convert, split and more

Educational Technology Guy

PDFs are one of the most popular document formats, mainly because you can view them easily on any device. Sometimes you need to modify them or convert them to other formats depending on your usage.

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EdTech at School

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

When not to extend the school day

Dangerously Irrelevant

Howie Knoff said: I am not in favor of extending the school day (or year) when students need the extra time to learn things they should have learned earlier in the day.

How Independent Learners Thrive in an Evolving World

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. How Independent Learners Thrive in an Evolving World Jovana Čenejac As a teacher, I am continually reconsidering classroom strategies to provide an engaging environment in order to maintain the motivation and enthusiasm of my students.

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.”

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!

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.

Science for life and citizenship, not just for scientists

Dangerously Irrelevant

Arthur Camins said: Despite inducements to change, and a half-century of research-based consensus that students would be well served by more active learning and less lecture and memorization, the latter practices are still ubiquitous.

Writing Manifesto: Writing is Making

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Many writers need to move, and they need their writing to move as well.

Internet Safety and Information - what data do the big companies collect?

Educational Technology Guy

Technology is a wonderful thing. It lets us connect, explore, learn and create. However, there are some drawbacks and everyone is concerned about their data and what the big tech companies collect about them. I'm a huge user and proponent of Google Apps, but I'm also careful with what I put online anywhere. This infographic shows some of the data and information that Google, Facebook and Apple have and collect about their users.