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Pixar’s 10 rules for teaching and lesson planning

Ditch That Textbook

Looking for some creative rules for teaching? These Pixar storytelling rules can help us unlock our creativity in the classroom. Pixar is one of the best at telling stories. It started with the groundbreaking Toy Story, the first entirely computer-animated feature film.

Different Ways to Show Learning

A Principal's Reflections

For many of us, our preparation to become teachers consisted of courses focusing on classroom management, lesson design, grading, and proven strategies that had withstood the test of time.


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5 Ways to Make Edtech More Inclusive


Better communication with students and more representation within edtech are just some ways we can better serve all special education students with technology, says University of California, Irvine’s Gillian Hayes

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10 Ways to Use Tract for Personalized Project Based Learning in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tract can engage students and get them excited about learning. Every student needs a reason to come to school, and Tract will help you do that.

6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

What You Might Have Missed in October

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of October. National Bullying Prevention Month. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. ow Tech-savvy Teachers Do It. Tract–A new way to learn. Tech to Help With Masks. Digital Citizenship Week–Oct. 18-22–Here’s What You Need.

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How to Prioritize Relationships to Retain Educators For Equity

Education Elements

Hiring is often perceived as a heavy lift; and retaining and engaging great educators is proving to be a challenge. And, while administrators are focused on how to handle the needs and matters for all students, there is a tendency to forget and even overlook the needs of the staff.

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5 Tips for Digital Portfolios

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Digital portfolios are an essential part of the modern student's creation process. In this show Tisha Poncio shares her tips on digital portfolios and classroom teaching.

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Here’s a Preview of November

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in November: Tracts and Genius Hour: A Great Combination. Halloween projects, lesson plans, apps, and a costume. Digital Storytelling. Civics in Schools. College or Career. Google Earth Lesson Plans. Geography Awareness Week.

Is Your Classroom a Psychologically Safe Space?

Catlin Tucker

A friend recommended Adam Grant’s podcast “ Is it safe to speak up at work ?” ” As I listened to this episode, I was thinking about the concept of psychological safety through my educator lens.

White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

Answering the Why? How? What? of lesson planning


At the beginning of the pandemic, if you are a little bit like me, you may have felt there’s no point in teaching in such an unpredictable context. Finding purpose when school moved completely online was an ongoing process of defining the what, how and why of teaching.

Halloween Displays: A Perfect STREAM (Science, Technology, wRiting, Engineering, Art, Math) Lesson

User Generated Education

Wow, wow, wow! My students finished their displays in time for Halloween after spending many, many hours working on them. Now, they are in display cases in the lobby of our elementary school. I am so proud of them and rightfully, they are very proud of themselves, too. They worked so hard on them.

Subscriber Special: November

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. November. Sign up for our newsletter. Then get 10% off your next purchase! First Name. Last Name. Special Interest: Email Format.

Anyone’s Game: K–12 Esports Opportunities Abound for Girls

EdTech Magazine

In recent years, esports has become increasingly popular. Its audience increased by 38 million from 2019 to 2020, and it’s projected to reach more than 576 million by 2024. Female participation in the sport, however, hasn’t quite mirrored that pace. Sixty percent of female gamers in the U.S. and U.K.


2021 Trends in Online Student Demographics’s second annual report on online student demographics explores the characteristics of today’s online students and their insights on college decision-making and the online learning experience amid the challenges of COVID-19.

How to confidently support independent practice in the online classroom


Guided and independent practice look different in the online classroom than in the physical one. This doesn’t mean that practicing what students have learned is any less effective or important. However, some teachers have found it difficult to find a balance between the two.

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Teacher shortages and burnout? Here’s how schools can help, rather than hinder, their most valuable asset.

The Christensen Institute

K–12 schools and districts across the country are experiencing teacher shortages and receiving reports of teacher burnout in record numbers. According to recent RAND Corp.

The Essential Question: Formulating a North Star to Guide Your Technology Integration Plan


This post was originally created and posted on the website TeacherCast Educational Network. The only place to read this as the original content is [link]. For thousands of years, explorers from every continent set sailed on journeys of exploration and adventure.

Level Up Your Team with Tech That Supports K–12 Esports Content Creators

EdTech Magazine

At St. Lucie Public Schools in Florida, students engage in competitive video gaming, known as esports. But behind the team of players, there’s another team of content creators — student journalists, graphic designers, broadcasters and others.

Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

Books I read in October 2021

Dangerously Irrelevant

Books I finished reading (or rereading) in October 2021… Aftershocks , Marko Kloos (sci fi). Kings of Paradise , Richard Nell (fantasy). Kings of Ash , Richard Nell (fantasy). Kings of Heaven , Richard Nell (fantasy). Hope you’re reading something fun too! Related Posts.


The real opportunity of a lifetime: Invest federal funds in families to help students of color thrive

The Christensen Institute

This past summer, Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education, urged Congress to make available $103 billion in discretionary funds as a “down payment” toward improving the funding disparity for high-poverty schools. The request came on the heels of a June 2021 report published by the U.S.

School Leaders Take Note: Teacher Care is a Lot More Than Self-Care


If you get burned in a fire, you first treat the wound, but you also try to put the fire out. In education, we treat the wound and then usher our teachers back into the fire. Excuse the pun but they are more than burned out, they are scorched.

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Why You Should Upgrade Your School Esports Teams

EdTech Magazine

The competitive video gaming industry has taken off in recent years, and more high schools are tapping that enthusiasm to engage students in esports. This team sport is quashing the image of the lone video gamer.

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

5 ways to help special education students manage testing anxiety

eSchool News

Testing anxiety shows itself in different ways for different students. It can range from refusing to do work, crying, hiding in the bathroom, and verbal aggression to physical behavior like flipping tables and desks or hitting school staff.

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It’s ‘unconscionable’: We depend on child care workers to provide high-quality care to our children. But many of those workers can’t afford food and rent

The Hechinger Report

At Aliya Johnson Roberts’ two child care centers in Philadelphia, many employees aren’t done working when they clock out at the end of a long day nurturing and teaching young kids. Instead of heading home, they leave for second jobs, often as home health aides.

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How Project-Based Learning Can Increase Student Engagement


Project-based learning can foster student input, create hands-on opportunities, and lead to more unique learning experiences

Powerful Partnerships for Continued Esports Success and Growth

EdTech Magazine

What once seemed like part of a Ready Player One future schooling scenario has rapidly become a powerful tool for educational success. Scholastic esports, the inclusion of competitive video gaming in our schools, is most definitely on the rise.

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2021 Trends in College Career and Employment Planning

In this second annual report, part of the research series, 624 business leaders shared how their companies and organizations currently recruit and hire college students from both online and campus-based programs.