Sat.Jul 04, 2015 - Fri.Jul 10, 2015

3 Ways Monsters and Minecraft Can Drive Great Teaching and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

A New Every Classroom Matters Episode. In this episode, Minecraft EDU creator Joel Levin talks with Vicki about Minecraft in schools. Want your school to use Minecraft? This is THE episode to share ! Get those kids excited about learning ! You can use Minecraft! Important Takeaways for Listeners.

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How School Administrators’ Roles Change in the Digital Age

Digital Promise

Jane is the associate superintendent for instruction at Lincoln Public Schools , Neb., a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools.

8 Characteristics of a Successful K-12 Technology Department

Ask a Tech Teacher

The EdTech Trends You Might Be Missing

Doug Levin

Most mornings, over a cup of coffee, I do my daily reading of news about trends and issues related to education and technology – a practice I have more or less followed for at least the past 20 years.

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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.

Think It Up: New Site to Fund Student Passion Projects, Receives $10 million pledge from Staples

The CoolCatTeacher

A Great Way to Fund Your Makerspace or Student Projects Students can change the future. You can be part of it. Today, Staples pledged $10 million to Think It Up. Think It Up is a nonprofit supported by the Entertainment Industry,, and Staples.

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#100: How to Web 2.0 Accessorize Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Web 2.0 is the most exciting thing to happen to education since the schoolhouse. It is a limitless classroom, allowing students access to anything they can define.

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12 Professional Learning Curriculum Buckets for Teaching and Learning with Tech

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As we think about our teachers becoming highly skilled at using technology in the classroom, we could certainly generate a very long list of skills, approaches, tools, apps, strategies, and other competences we’d like them to get good at.

Why Wolfram Alpha has a place in math and two more game-changing ideas for schools.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 156: Alan November shares 3 essential elements for excellent education Students who self-assess are the best? That’s what Alan November says. Research shows that students who self-assess their work become top students. What does this mean? Any school can improve with these three things.

Simple K12: PD in Your PJs – Free Membership Giveaway!

Catlin Tucker

I work in a district with next to no funding for professional development. As a result, I’ve had to aggressively pursue my own learning to stay current with the changes happening in education.

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.

Get Your Summer Started with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

New to Ask a Tech Teacher? Here’s what you do: Subscribe to the site. We publish 5-6 articles a week on a wide variety of tech-in-ed topics. Don’t miss out on the latest about: Grade-level specific (K-12) tools and information. Subject-specific tools and information.

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7 questions after Governor Branstad’s school funding veto

Dangerously Irrelevant

A few folks know that I was one of the three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. It was an interesting process (e.g., just two 30-minute interviews is apparently all that it takes) but I did feel that I was able to present my best self.

Is It OK for Schools to Ignore Their Students’ Strengths?

The CoolCatTeacher

A new Every Classroom Matters Episode. In this episode, Dr. Brad Johnson joins Vicki to talk about improving teacher talents, proven ways to engage students and student leadership.

5 Reasons to Allow Texting in Class

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Are your students texting in class? Of course they are. A better question is, are you allowing your students to send text messages? If not, why? The picture above is what happens in most classes.

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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.

Rethinking Professional Development to be Proficiency-Based

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It is interesting to collaborate with other districts and education initiatives, and hear frustrations about how much they have invested in professional development – how many sessions they have provided – and how it has resulted in very little change in practice.

5 Benefits of Adding Gamification to Classrooms


While many teachers embraced the idea of brin g ing technology in to the classroom, several other teachers frowned upon the thought of even more technology to disrupt classroom code. Are using new and inventive ways that bad for this new generation?

5 minutes about transforming schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

Bob Greenberg has been videoing some amazing thinkers for his Brainwaves YouTube channel. People like Mitch Resnick , Alan Kay , Jerome Bruner , Nicholas Negroponte , Noam Chomsky , and Eric Mazur.

15 Summer Reading Ideas to Add to Your Bucket List

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Several weeks ago, I invited Brilliant or Insane readers to join me in brainstorming a bunch of tips that could entice kids to fall in love with reading this summer.


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.

Happy July 4th!

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s America’s birthday and I’m celebrating. What I write today will be… anything I want–gibberish, a short story, guest articles on crazy topics. I have no idea. My son’s in Kuwait protecting America’s distant shores.

LIVE: Lego Education is one of the BEST Hands-On Curriculum-Based Resources Worldwide | @Lego_Education


For the last 35 years I have been a MAJOR fan of Lego. My house is filled with millions of plastic bricks, video games, and other LEGO products. Last year, I had the privilege of sitting down with Lego Education to learn how Lego is creating awesome products for STEM Education.

That bonus you didn’t get at work (aka Iowa education reform in 2015)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Imagine that your bosses come up to you one day and say something like this… Hey, I know that we’re a year and a half late on this but we’re trying to take care of you. It looks like the company’s profits are solid but we’re just not sure right now.

Can Teachers Take the Monster Out of Twitter?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Twitter is an absolute monster. It’s scarier than Frankenstein, Dracula, or any other horror film character–according to many parents, that is. You don’t think Twitter is scary?

EdTech at School

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

Becoming A No Bullying Champion

Battelle for Kids

July 8, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 5. Driving Question: When and where do new teachers learn about the bully's? Learning is Impaired when Children are Scared.". When three-year-old munchkins, barely out of training pants are already showing their muscle through inappropriate and aggressive behavior- it's time to pay attention.

LIVE: An ISTE 2015 Interview with Richard Byrne and Glenn Robbins


This years ISTE Conference kicked off with a bang. I had the pleasure of sitting down with two of my edu heroes Richard Byrne and Glenn Robbins. You may know Richard from his very popular website Free Tech For Teachers.

What Makes for a Successful Ed Tech Department

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Mike Daugherty, a district Ed Tech Director in Ohio, reflects on the characteristics of a successful ed tech department: Handling the technology needs of a public school system can be a daunting task at times. Online testing, BYOD, 1:1 computing, and assistive technology are only a handful of the variety of technical challenges that flow through the department every day. In my experience, truly successful technology teams possess the eight key characteristics outlined below.

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6 Ways to Turn Students into Lifelong Readers

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Today’s students don’t read. Teachers and policymakers hear this almost everyday. Many shrug and say, “they’re too distracted by electronic devices to read.” Still, we must turn students into lifelong readers. This infographic from Chronicle Books shares 6 ways to encourage reading, 5 reading apps and other valuable information about the benefits of reading. 6 ways […] The post 6 Ways to Turn Students into Lifelong Readers appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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.