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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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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.”


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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

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.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

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.

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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

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.

How new technology can boost student creativity in the classroom


My favorite activity as a child was hanging out with my friends, riding bikes and climbing trees. Since not all days were sunny and warm we had to spend some time inside as well. It was always hard to stay inside because there is literally less room to play and often we had to use our creativity to transform parts of our house into the land of “Far far away”.

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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.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

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.

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?

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.

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.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

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.

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

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.

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.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

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.

Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

Fractus Learning

There is a growing population of students using digital tools to support their specific learning needs. One population of these students are the English language learners, ELLs. Almost 5 million students were enrolled as English learners in US public elementary and secondary school during the 2013/14 school year—that’s almost 10% of the total student population. Opportunities for technology are used to meet the needs of personalization and help build a student’s agency.

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.

At Georgia State, black students find comfort and academic success

The Hechinger Report

On a campus blended into downtown Atlanta, Georgia State has raised success rates significantly for black, Latino and low-income students. Photo: Terrell Clark. ATLANTA — Stress is as familiar to college students as fast food and sleep deprivation. It’s always there, perched on their shoulders like a gargoyle. There are times it can become overwhelming. For Georgia State University senior Aly Shields, extra stress swept into her life last year with a harsh suddenness.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Students Need Our Help Detecting Fake News


Given social media’s popularity as a news source, writes media literacy expert Frank Baker, it’s critically important that students gain the insight and the analytical skills to distinguish fact from fiction. Baker highlights the pervasive rise of fake news and shares key resources for teaching and learning. Articles Media Literacy 2016 Presidential election analytical skills fake news Frank Baker Frank W. Baker media literacy media literacy lesson planning Snopes social media

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

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Risk-Taking Mindsets: Montessori Scientists in the Field

Fractus Learning

When people think of “risk-taking”, they usually imagine base-jumpers in flying squirrel suits screaming towards earth or the gambler putting it all on the roll of the dice, or the guy without a helmet barreling past on a Harley. What people don’t picture as the epitome of risk-taking, is being a preschool teacher …but they should. Risky Business. Risk is defined as: a situation involving exposure to danger.

New study shows variety in teachers’ influences on kids’ futures, and how poorly we measure that

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Julienne Schaer. On the first day of school, Taylor Delhagen directs his ninth-grade students to write “tweets” about Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson based on different depictions of events he posted around the room. When children in Classroom A and Classroom B show the same improvement on their math tests, Teachers A and B get the same evaluation score, and the assumption is that both teachers excel at the same things. But that assumption may be entirely wrong.

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

If, When and How to Use Video in the Classroom


Curtis Chandler can’t help but worry a bit about the ‘video-fication’ of our students. Is academic progress being hindered by excessive and ineffective video use? He identifies best practices and several tech tools that can help make sure videos augment learning. Class Apps Video Clips Curtis Chandler EDuzzle learning goals Vialogues video videos in education ViewPure Vizia

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5 of your trickiest teacher co-worker problems solved

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Though each school has it’s own unique dynamics between teachers, I’ve discovered that there are a couple common threads between the typical dilemmas. Read on as I address the five of the most common–and most difficult–teacher co-worker problems. Scenario 1: Your coworkers pop over on a daily basis to say, “So, what are we doing this afternoon?” and expect you to do all the lesson planning and preparation for them.

Rethinking school curriculum for a new world

District Administration

An education thought leader says what we teach now has little relevance to the future Tim Goral In his new book, Education To Better Their World, Marc Prensky—an authority on the connection between learning and technology—says our current education system is wrong for the future, not because we haven’t added technology and 21st century skills, but because we have the wrong ends or goals in mind