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What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

The popularity of standards-based grading and instruction is growing. It’s because the one-size-fits-all concept of a single grade representing the fullness of the students’ work is flawed.

A Fuller Framework for Making in Maker Education

User Generated Education

Background Information. I recently learned, for the first time, about Aristotle’s belief that there were three basic activities of humans: theoria (thinking), poiesis (making), and praxis (doing).

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How Librarians Hold the Key to Future Ready Schools

Digital Promise

Do you see librarians as part of the future? Courtesy Mark Ray Mark Ray is the Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools. I posed that question in my recent TEDx talk during the 2016 Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools meeting in San Diego.

The Challenging Journey From Teacher to Startup CEO

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Today’s guest post is written by Melissa Corto of Education Modified , a company that provides educators with research-based, job-embedded professional development to increase collaboration and improve the outcomes for students with special needs.

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.

Classroom Experts on Tap–from Nepris

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you haven’t met Nepris before, here’s the abbreviated introduction: Nepris is an amazing source of experts available to meet virtually with your class. It’s like Skype but easier, less work, and more comprehensive. Check out my review here for more details.

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Behind the Scenes at a Middle School Technology Rollout Event

Digital Promise

Device rollout is a huge event for every school in the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative , especially those in their first year of the program.

A great lesson idea: Go on a Google Hunt!


Recently, as part of our maths unit on shape, my class went on a Google hunt! My class were studying quadrilaterals and after teaching them the definition of each one, they had to find real life examples on Google.

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10 Digital Citizenship Articles You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top digital citizenship resources according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: 19 Topics to Teach in Digital Citizenship–and How. Teach Digital Citizenship with … Minecraft. How to Teach 3rd Graders About Digital Citizenship. How the Internet Neighborhood is Like Any Other Community.

50 people and hashtags you MUST check out on Twitter

Ditch That Textbook

Getting connected professionally on Twitter was the single most important, most powerful thing I ever did as an educator. The most important. I’m not overstating that. And I can remember exactly when it happened.

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.

For Startups, Finding the Right App Developer Can Be Tricky

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

So you’ve got an app idea. Now you need an app developer that can make that vision a reality. How do you find a software developer who understands what you’re reaching for and what you want the app to do?

Two tips for the next Secretary General of the UN

The Christensen Institute

Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan | Flickr: UNHCR. Ban Ki-moon will end his tenure as the United Nations Secretary General on December 31st, 2016, paving the way for former Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Guerres to begin his term.

169 Tech Tips–8 Tips for Chromebooks

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to so many daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #94–8 Tips for Chromebooks in Class. Be clear what the Chromebook can and can’t do. Then you won’t expect the impossible. It is sturdy–reinforced hinges, water-proof keyboard (waterproof everything), able to survive a drop from desk-height–but still teach students to handle it with care. Chromebooks are platform agnostic. It doesn’t matter if students create documents in Macs or PC. Once they load it to their cloud storage, they can view it and/or share it. Taking screenshots is easy. Review this early and often with students. Get students used to the most fundamental Chromebook shortkeys. They’re much faster. Here’s a big list of ones they’ll find useful. The Chromebook operating system (Chrome OS) is Linux-based. I won’t bore you with what that means. Just be clear that you’re not working with an OS X or Windows operating system. That will inform a lot of the stuff you do along the way. Chromebooks will operate more efficiently on the Chrome browser than IE or Firefox. Who you buy your Chromebook from will affect how much Cloud storage each user gets. More on Chromebooks: 18 Pluses, 5 Differences, and 9 Tips about Chromebooks in Your Classroom. Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe? Faceoff: What Digital Device Should My School Buy? Sign up for a new tip each week or buy the entire 169 Real-world Ways to Put Tech into Your Classroom. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Classroom management chromebooks

How video games can help students in class, at home

Ditch That Textbook

Games are a daily part of our existence for most of us. We play video games on our phones, our tablets, our computers, or TVs … almost everywhere. We take part in games through rewards programs, accumulating points with our favorite restaurants, hotels and stores to redeem.

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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.

Check out this great app / website, perfect for creating exciting presentations.


Haiku Deck is a great website and app, great for creating presentations. It’s available as an app from the Apple Appstore or on the website itself. My students used their iPads and it was really effective. How does it work?

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Together Everyone Achieves More

A Principal's Reflections

I am typically in an aisle seat when flying. The more I fly the more I notice how picky people are when it comes to their seats. Every now and again I get asked if I would be willing to move my seat to accommodate a family member who, for whatever reasons, were reserved elsewhere on the plane.

The chasm between math research and classroom practice

Dangerously Irrelevant

Steve Leinwand and Steve Fleischmann said: In mathematics instruction, a chasm exists between research and practice. For evidence of this gap, look no further than the mismatch between what research says about developing students’ conceptual mathematics understanding and what we actually do.

Thanksgiving Ideas and Resources to Gobble Up!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron. Thanksgiving is an important event that teaches us about collaboration and acceptance between two vastly different cultures and this is definitely an important history our students can benefit from. Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to teach students about what it means to be a good citizen and humanitarian. The Thanksgiving story helps students learn about the importance of celebrating and accepting our differences.

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.

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

The Los Angeles Unified School District is back in the news for its use of technology, this time for its online credit-recovery courses.

The Path to Full Tech Integration: From the First Conversation to Powerful Learner Use

Digital Promise

Technology has changed the classroom, but it doesn’t always change the student experience. More schools are using digital resources than ever, but too often these advances are simply used to make procedures more efficient for the instructor — while students are stuck in the same routine they’ve known for decades. A routine that, for many, is not tremendously engaging. Student engagement is key at any level, but it is all the more critical with adult learners.

Why I am Loving Instead of Hating the Beginning of This School Year

Education Elements

This year marks my 17th in the classroom, and I have had the best first few weeks of my entire teaching career. For your reference, I am in the same classroom, I have the same team teacher, I have the same demographic of students, I am teaching the same classes (mostly 12th grade English), so.what is different? When it comes to what learning looks and feels like in my class, everything is different. Since dipping my toes in the pool of personalized learning. Personalized Learning Teachers

Goal: Make It About the Relationships

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

New regulation for teacher preparation

The Christensen Institute

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released its final rules for regulating teacher preparation.

Education, Politics, and Music: An Interview with the Jersey Jazzman, Mark Weber | @jerseyjazzman


Welcome to a the Jersey Educator Podcast, a show created by NJEA members … for NJEA members. Whether you are a teacher, an education support professional, or a New Jersey Student Education Association member, this show will serve as a platform to help YOU bring out the best in your students.

3 Questions That Drive Virtual School Excellence

Education Elements

Virtual schools in the K-12 environment have been a popular topic for discussion for many years. Recently I have noticed an increased level of interest by online charter school leaders, district- or state-run virtual schools, and program leaders in regards to how they can improve their virtual schools. Almost ironically, I also find myself having frequent conversations about virtual school opportunities with brick-and-mortar school leaders.

Three Ways To Reclaim Your Joy As A Teacher

The Jose Vilson

This weekend, I had the joy and pleasure of keynoting the ECET2MA2016 conference in Cambridge, MA. Weird wasn’t even the word. I was a Yankee fan in the middle of Red Sox town and had a Macbook in a Microsoft building.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.