Sat.Oct 22, 2016 - Fri.Oct 28, 2016

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. In my district , across the League, and across the U.S., the answer is coming back: “Heck Yeah!”. In June, I began working formally with the Alliance for Excellent Education as Lead for Future Ready Librarians.

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.


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

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. Today, teachers want to call out student strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments and areas of improvement, as aligned with the standards that their school mission is built on. That requires a detailed picture of what students have learned. The problem is: This is time-consuming.

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). Corresponding to these activities were three types of knowledge: theoretical, the end goal being truth; poietical, the end goal being production; and practical, the end goal being action ( ).

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.

13 Digital Tools to Empower Active Use

Tom Murray

Today’s digital world is littered with drill and kill technology, much of it no different than a digital version of the worksheets of years past. Simply digitizing past practice serves little instructional purpose and ultimately leads to low levels of learning. These types of practices have lead to a number of studies that have indicated that purchasing more technology does not increase student learning.

More Trending

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. Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts. What a Teacher Can Do About Cyberbullying. 120+ Digital Citizenship Links on 22 Topics. Dear Otto: Should I stick with age limits on websites?

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. This will be her first post of two, regarding claiming her identity as an entrepreneur after teaching in New York City public schools. I never had any intention of becoming a startup CEO.

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. It’s a celebration that marks the culmination of many months of hard work and preparation from district and school leaders, IT directors, teachers, and the entire community. Digital Promise Professional Learning Managers (PLMs) work with each school prior to rollout to help them plan the event and encourage teamwork.

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 curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” ” – Carl Jung. Goal: Try at least one getting to know you activity with your students. Below are suggestions to get you started.

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).

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. If you’re looking for professional experts to appear in your classroom, here’s what’s coming up: -->. October 18 • 11:00am | 10:00am CT. Audience: All Grades.

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. Elements of games are showing up more and [.]. Teaching cognitive science edtech educational technology gamification video games

Video 178

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.

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. Here are some they found: Finally, I asked the pupils to post the results on Google Classroom, so the learning was shared: What other things could you hunt Google for in a lesson? Leave your ideas in a comment below.

Google 171

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.

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.

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

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. An example is the way we teach math content in elementary and middle schools.

The two main barriers against deep learning


When I was in high school poetry was my least preferred subject. And I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the favorite student of my poetry teacher either. The reason for this was very simple: I didn’t have the necessary affinity towards poetry and I always had a hard time understanding and learning poems. Although I tried many times to memorize poems for the sake of my grades, I never truly succeeded. After just a few days, all was forgotten and I couldn’t even recite two consecutive verses.

LMS 224

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.

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? Since we’ve hunted for app developers twice–once for our Communication APPtitude iPad apps and then four years later when we wanted to develop web-based apps–we’ve learned a few things along the way. First, networking leads you in the right direction.

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.

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? Have a look at my video tutorial to find out how to use it: Here is an example of one that a pupil in my class made for their topic work on coasts: Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that’s simple, beautiful and fun.

iPad 151

Supporting Students with Autism in the Classroom: What Teachers Need to Know

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Students with autism often present unique challenges to schools, and teachers can often find it difficult to meet their needs effectively. Internationally, around 1 in 68 children are now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social communication and behavioral challenges.

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!

How One Simple Tool Exposes Teacher Bias

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. How One Simple Tool Exposes Teacher Bias An excerpt from Hacking Engagement: 50 Tips & Tools To Engage Teachers and Learners Daily Listen to “69: How to Easily Uncover Your Biases” on Spreaker. The Problem: Teachers accidentally alienate certain students As a rookie teacher, I thought I had it all figured out. For some odd […]. The post How One Simple Tool Exposes Teacher Bias appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured #BFC530 edchat

Tools 135

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. This particular week a mother asked me if I would move to her seat a few rows in front so that she could sit with her daughter. Was this a slight inconvenience for me?

My Article For The TES: How To… Plan Engaging Maths Lessons.


I recently wrote an article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) about 5 simple ways to engage students in maths lessons. Click here to view the full article. Tagged: edtech , education , math teachers , maths , maths lessons , teachers , teaching , teaching ideas , teaching strategies. education edtech math teachers maths maths lessons teachers teaching teaching ideas teaching strategies

How To 133

2016 Fall CUE Overview


T his weekend brings another fabulous CUE event to educators interested in educational technology, the CUE 2016 Fall Conference. Held at the American Canyon High School in beautiful Napa Valley, this sold out conference will bring the latest and greatest in educational innovation to Northern California. For those not able to attend, there are some opportunities to participate virtually.

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.

Underselling Open: The Problem with Cost Framing

Iterating Toward Openness

There seems to be an emerging concern among those who work in open education that we need to be careful not to “oversell” open. I understand the sentiment and appreciate the concern. However, I think the field is in far more danger from its systematic “underselling” of open. This has been worrying me for quite a while now, and I’ve been as guilty of it as anyone else. The problem begins with the context in which we talk about open.

OER 113

50 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 50 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher appeared first on TeachThought. Our Most Popular Technology General google New Teacher

Google 113

Why every class should be cross-curricular

eSchool News

As a teacher, I love when my students ask questions, but the one that used to break my heart was, “Will this be on the test?”. I’m thrilled to tell you I rarely hear that anymore and no, it’s not because today I’m teaching more adults than children. Trust me: adult learners can ask that question just as much—if not more—than their children. The reason this question comes up so infrequently in my classrooms today is because of a very genuine change in the design of my pedagogy.

Data 111