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5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. Most schools have physical buildings. For purposes of this article, we’ll call these “the bricks.” ” Also, schools also have online spaces where students work and collaborate. We’ll call these, “the clicks.”

Motivate Learners This Holiday Season with a Digital Calendar

Teacher Reboot Camp

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” ” – Mary Anne Radmacher. December is right around the corner and one way to celebrate the holidays with your students is by creating a digital calendar of activities.

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Equity Is Not Just About Access. It’s About Success.

Digital Promise

In November 2016, over 250 school district leaders, researchers, thought leaders, and other partners came to Baltimore, Maryland to learn from one of the nation’s most forward-thinking school districts, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). This League of Innovative Schools meeting was focused on equity, and showcased how BCPS is making strides toward providing access and opportunity for all students.

Here’s How A Student In My Class Uses Tech To Build Her Vocabulary.


Recently, I was amazed to see a huge improvement in a one of my student’s vocabulary when writing a setting description: She explained that her dad has started emailing her vocabulary lists and then she uses the app Notability to write the meanings in her first language, Thai. I find that by doing it this way, I remember all of the words better. Here is an example of the notes she makes: What a brilliant way to remember new words! How do you widen your pupils’ vocabulary?

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

My ideal 21st century classroom. What’s yours?

Ditch That Textbook

I know. We’re already many years into the 21st Century. And I know there’s a chance that the term “21st Century” might rub you the wrong way. But we’re here, and teaching and learning look very different. At least they have the potential to. When I started teaching in 2004, there was one computer in [.]. Ed Tech 21st century classroom 4 c's creative teaching global collaboration service learning student-centered instruction

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Finding Reasons To Be Thankful

Education Elements

Normally, this is the time of year when people write lists about what makes them thankful. In the wake of the election I have seen less of those and more lists about what is making people feel scared. And that makes sense -- I’m scared too. I am pretty sure for many of us 2016 will go down as a pretty bad year, full of numerous high-profile shootings, deaths of some pretty awesome people , and a divisive election. Yet there still remain so many things for which I am grateful.

Turn gamification on its head!


It is great to create quizzes and tests for your class, but why not flip this? Ask your students to make one themselves. Recently my class used the brilliant website Kahoot! to create maths word problems. Here is an example a pupil in my class made: When they were complete, we played the games that had been created: It was great because the students led the game themselves; it certainly engaged and empowered them! Have a go! Let me know how you get on by commenting below.

A free online conference to inspire and equip you

Ditch That Textbook

I’m excited to tell you about a great conference you can attend in your pajamas from the comfort of your own couch! In December, you can take part in the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit. It’s an online conference that features nine presentations from educators who are doing amazing things in technology, pedagogy, inquiry and more. [.]. DTT Digital Summit ditch that textbook digital summit ditchsummit online learning professional development

STEAM Learning in Action

EdNews Daily

The need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is critical, especially because there will be more than 3 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018. But administrators and policy makers now recognize the benefits of integrating arts education into STEM subjects.

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.

10 Tech Recipes For a Stress-Free Teacher Life

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 10 Tech Recipes For a Stress-Free Teacher Life by Antonio Tooley Today’s teachers have their work cut out for them because not only are they fighting for the attention of students whose attention spans are getting increasingly shorter, but they also have to grade papers, create lesson plans, check homework, and keep track of how their […]. The post 10 Tech Recipes For a Stress-Free Teacher Life appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

What is a digital classroom?


A digital classroom is one which mostly or indeed wholly relies on electronic devices and software. Image courtesy of . Is it always a good thing? I feel that the balance needs to be right. We are not yet at the stage where we can ditch the pen and paper however we need to be mindful that we are teaching children whose digital futures are uncertain – we simply don’t know where technology will go. “If

Flipping Out For Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

During a professional development session a while back I thought I killed someone. He didn’t respond when his name was called. He didn’t respond I tapped his shoulder. Finally, he responded when I shook him a bit harder. Lucky for me (and him) he was just asleep. But it was a wake up call to me and the way I approached delivering Professional Development. It also got me thinking about how much boring time educators spend in meetings and “PD” when they could be doing something more authentic.

WriteWell for Google Docs: Google Add-Ons and Chrome Extensions for Research, Writing, and Feedback (Part 1)


Google Add-Ons and Extensions provide an excellent array of research, writing and feedback tools perfect for laptop, desktop, and Chromebook users. In this multi-part series, you’ll learn some of the best Google Drive Add-Ons and Chrome Extensions for use in middle school and high school English & Language Arts, History & Social Studies, World Languages, and Science classrooms.

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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Some Excellent Resources for Google for Education for Teachers and Admins

Educational Technology Guy

Google for Education , which includes G Suite for Education , Chromebooks , and content, is one of the most popular, and most updated, platforms for education. Here are some great resources for IT, Teachers, Students and more.

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Explore Like a Pirate: Gamification Tips and Strategies with @MrMatera | #XPLAP


In his new book, Explore Like a Pirate, author and educator Michael Matera helps us unlock our curriculum and engage our students by providing an amazing framework in which we can Gamify our classrooms. In todays episode, we sit down with Mike and Culinary Educator Tisha Richmond to discuss how we can bring Gamification into our classrooms. The post Explore Like a Pirate: Gamification Tips and Strategies with @MrMatera | #XPLAP appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network.

Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say

The Hechinger Report

Teachers Ivonne Kendrick and Milagro Nuñez lead preschool students at Houston Elementary School in a song during a time of “música y movimiento.” Photo: Natalie Gross. WASHINGTON, D.C. — In Ivonne Kendrick’s classroom at Houston Elementary School, 3-year-olds sit cross-legged in a circle, listening to their teacher sing about the fall season. Llega el otoño tras el verano , ” they repeat after her in Spanish.

App Smashing on the iPad: A Guide for the Elementary Classroom


Are you an elementary teacher looking for creative ways to integrate iPads into student learning? App Smashing is a great strategy for increasing the creative potential of the iPad. In this guide, you’ll be introduced to a set of “evergreen” apps for use in powerful app smashing on the iPad. What is App Smashing on the iPad? Why App Smash?

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.

Ed Tech Pilot Framework - excellent resources for all schools

Educational Technology Guy

Digital Promise has released an EdTech Pilot Framework which provides a step-by-step process to help education leaders and technology developers run successful educational technology (ed-tech) pilots. It is very simple to use and read and has links for more information on each step. Here is the link to the original article: [link] One thing to remember - you don't have to do these projects alone. There are plenty of resources available to help you.

7 elements of successful special education programs

eSchool News

Focusing on inclusion, using data, and forming partnerships are among the practices that can help make special education programs successful in schools, according to a new report. Meeting the Needs of Every Student Through Inclusion ,” from the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), details the special education program philosophy behind 10 California charter public schools, how they implement best practices on their campuses, and what policy arrangements have allowed them to succeed.

The tried-and-trued model of personalized learning that’s been around for 100 years

The Hechinger Report

Children play with musical instruments during free time at Redcliffe Children’s Centre, a public nursery school in Bristol, England. Photo: Lillian Mongeau. Personalized learning is all the rage. And for good reason. Our world is rapidly changing, and students need a broader set of skills to lead the future — adaptability, goal-setting, critical thinking, problem-solving, executive functioning, collaboration.

Why Partnerships—Not VC Funding Alone—Will Ensure Continued EdTech Innovation


Analysts and industry experts have lamented the recent slowdown in edtech investment, crystallizing doubts already felt by entrepreneurs and academics. Meanwhile, the pressure on institutions to drive improved outcomes continues, even as higher education is facing fiscal challenges that can leave little room for innovation and creativity.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Resources to find Funding for Schools and Technology

Educational Technology Guy

Schools are always looking for ways to find funding for projects, especially for technology. Here are some great resources that I have used in the past. Edutopia - The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources - Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates! 2.

3D Printing The Future- A Finkel Fellowship Post


My name is Ronalea Freeth, I am a first grade teacher in San Dimas , California. You may walk into my classroom and hear a gentle buzzing of students who finished their math assignment asking to go onto TinkerCAD and continue working on designing a project. A year ago I would not have imagined that we would have a 3D printer in our classroom or that students would be creating and learning using CAD software. Witness something wonky and something right.

Implementing an App in the Classroom in 3 Steps

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Two education experts offer up best practices for utilizing mobile technology. Classroom Digital Content Mobile Apps Mobility

An Epic! Take on the Future of Reading in Classrooms Around the World


Three years ago, Epic! founders Suren Markosian and Kevin Donahue set out to build the Netflix of children’s books. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the company offers an app that lets kids access unlimited books, educational videos, quizzes and audiobooks — and it’s free for educators. If students want to use Epic! at home, they can subscribe for $4.99 per month.

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.