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17 Web Tools and Apps to Create Interactive Video Lessons and Quizzes

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Videos provide greater engagement than text or images for the simple reason that it combines audio, video and text.” ” – Amit Garg. YouTube is one of the most popular social networks, because students love learning by video. DIY ( Do It Yourself ) videos, How-To videos, Tutorials, game walkthroughs and TED Talks are some of the most viewed videos. People enjoy learning from others who walk them through the process. The content is shorter and dynamic.

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18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

Dangerously Irrelevant

I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super fun to connect with old educator friends and new (including a lot of goofiness with Shelly Terrell while at Flipgrid headquarters). I served as the lunch keynote for TIES on Sunday and then facilitated a lesson redesign workshop that afternoon using our trudacot discussion protocol (thanks, Julie Graber , for joining us!).


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Focusing on the Process: Letting Go of Product Expectations

User Generated Education

I am a process-oriented educator. I focus on how to learn rather than what to learn. I’ve addressed this in Freedom to Learn : In order to facilitate these desired elements of learning, I believe it is important to focus on the process of learning rather than the products of learning.

Crash! Bang! Boom! How to add Google Drawings comic strips to your class

Ditch That Textbook

We (Cori and Matt) are betting that comics are a memorable part of your childhood, whether they were the color comic strips in the Sunday newspaper or comic books. If not, then it was probably animated comics — cartoons! They’re visual. They’re colorful. Adults and children alike flock to animated movies at theaters when they’re […]. Ed Tech comic strips Google Apps google drawings google slides googleedu gsuiteedu metacognition student-centered classroom visual thinking

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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.

A Look at What’s to Come for the League of Innovative Schools in 2018

Digital Promise

In a year when public education faced many challenges, superintendents and district leaders in the League of Innovative Schools persisted in creating cutting-edge, transformative educational opportunities for their students. In 2017, we welcomed 13 new districts to the League. Working with 11 districts, we launched the Competency-based Education Toolkit. We began our work on data interoperability and published a network impact report.

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How to use Padlet as a collaborative edtech tool


I love using Padlet with my class – completely free and easy to set up / use. It is basically an online ‘wall’ which all of the class can simultaneously contribute to. Have a look at my video walk-through: Have a go! Let me know what you think Tagged: collaborative technology , edtech , education , padlet , teaching ideas , teaching with technology , tutorial. education collaborative technology edtech padlet teaching ideas teaching with technology tutorial

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Do You Code for Health? 4 Ideas for Computer Science Education Week (and one request)

Battelle for Kids

Technology is one of the many ways we can promote indoor physical activity. Especially on snowy, icy and rainy days. If you’ve seen our resource STEM and Wellness: A Powerful Equation for Equity, finding intentional linkages between technology and physical activity can ensure children stay active and have exposure to essential 21st Century skills. P21 Blog

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Educator and Student Voice: Following a School District’s Edtech Pilot Journey

Digital Promise

When considering the benefits to using edtech, an eighth grade student at Elizabeth Forward School District said, “When we started in first and second grade, everything was on paper and it was just a lot more difficult because if you forgot something, you can’t go back to school and get it. But, everything is now on iPads, and using technology is just a lot easier and it helps me study more, too.”.

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End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: 19 Steps to a Speedier Computer. There are two ‘speed’ problems that arise when using computers: the computer itself is slow, for lots of reasons.

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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).

Ten Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Career

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Jared Scherz, TeacherCoach. No matter what field you are in, take a look at these situations below as they apply to every field, including teaching. Russel is a mid-level executive with an international beer company. His friends are envious of this ‘dream job,’ yet he fantasizes about a flood of suds on the factory floor. Michele is a COO of a mid-sized family company and earns an excellent salary.

Supersize learning with Google Sites (GTT035)

Ditch That Textbook

In the not-too-distant past, if we wanted to get information out to the masses, it was expensive. Website development was costly and slow. If we wanted to spread our message through traditional mediums, we needed a publisher, a TV programming director or somewhere to advertise. Nowadays, the middlemen have been eliminated, and we can create […]. Google Teacher Tribe edtech educational technology g suite edu google edu google sites google teacher tribe gttribe portfolios

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The journey to student-centered learning


This post was originally published on October 31, on Education Technology. All aboard!” shouts the Railway-Conductor-Head-teacher and all the traveler-students get in the train. It’s going to be a looong journey — typically lasting 14 years, 18, or even more. The traveler-students must be on time, get in the right rail-car, sit in the designated place, present with regularity their passes, and wait for the next train stop in order to make an upgrade to their traveler status.

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End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: Update Your Online Presence.

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.

Before you start bashing the Millennials…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Older generations love to bash the Millennials. But in many ways we are the problem. Here are a few quotes from Huffington Post’s recent article, Generation Screwed : Mention “millennial” to anyone over 40 and the word “entitlement” will come back at you within seconds, our own intergenerational game of Marco Polo. This is what it feels like to be young now. Not only are we screwed, but we have to listen to lectures about our laziness and our participation trophies from the people who screwed us.

5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns

The CoolCatTeacher

Ramona Persaud on episode 211 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters , talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns. Check out the free resource: Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better from Angela Watson. Save time. Teach better. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Learning Walks

A Principal's Reflections

Successful change and consistent improvement rely on many interconnected factors. I mention this, as it is important to note that it isn’t one particular action or person that ultimately moves an idea or initiative into something that positively impacts school culture. This applies to the success that my staff and I were able to be a part of during our digital transformation a few years back.

Holiday Gifts for Teachers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Holiday gifts for teachers are a challenge. If your child has many teachers, it’s difficult to find a personalized gift for each that is both affordable and valued. For me, as a teacher, I am always happy with a gift certificate that works anywhere, but there are time-proven ways to get more creative than a gift that sounds like “Money.”. When I chat with teacher friends, here are the most popular holiday gifts they’ve gotten over the years.

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.

6 Things you may not know about MOOCs


Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and is typically offered as a “taster” introductory course by major universities via online platforms. The idea is to give a broad overview of the subject and introduce the university’s academics, in the hopes it may inspire some learners to continue their studies further, and enrol for an actual credit-earning course.

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Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks

The CoolCatTeacher

Tim Betts on episode 210 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Videos are the modern essay. If you can’t create them, you can’t start a movement, can’t sell a product, or promote an idea. Of all the things I teach, helping kids tell digital stories through video is probably one of the most important. Today’s guest is a perfect guide for those of us who want to make videos with students.

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Learning Transformed #LT8keys Holiday Giveaway

Tom Murray

Friends, Regardless of which holiday(s) you may celebrate, we can all agree that the holiday season is more about giving than receiving. Whether it’s a gift during one of Hanukkah’s eight holy nights, presents under the tree Christmas morning, giving in celebration of Kwanzaa, etc., this time of year is filled with giving hearts and love for others.

Happy Holiday!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ll be taking a few weeks off–until after the New Year–to edit/format my website, work on writing projects with a deadline, prioritize life, and wish my two adult military children could come home to visit. I may drop in on you-all as you enjoy your holidays, but mostly I’ll be regenerating. I wish you a wonderful season, safe and filled with family. See you shortly! Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

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!

Eight Areas to Consider as Part of Your Automation Strategy

Digital Promise

Paul Stockford, Chief Analyst, Saddletree Research, mentioned in a recent blog post that “the contact center industry will be all about automation” in 2018. Does your organization have a strategy and plans in place for automation innovation? Verint’s Customer Advisory Board (CAB) met earlier this month and the agenda included a session on automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Chuck Poole on episode 213 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher or an unforgettable coach. He also gives us links to some free cards he shares with students and parents. Get inspired by some fantastic advice on reaching students. Today’s episode is sponsored by, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids.

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A simple, global connection tool


What do third graders in Pakistan and Arkansas have in common? They’re about to find out. I’m excited to introduce Empatico , a free, online tool that recently launched with the bold vision of enabling more than one million students to discover how their peers around the world live. Along the way, students will explore similarities and differences with curiosity and kindness, while practicing communication and leadership skills needed to succeed in an interdependent world.

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9 Ways to Find the Right Edtech Tool

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” ” – Heidi-Hayes Jacobs. The message of my education technology keynotes is to get students to show students the possibilities of technology, test their potential , give them a meaningful purpose for using technology, and have them take on the responsibility of bettering their world with their technology use.

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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.

On the Air: Ransomware Attack Leads to Student Data Breach in Texas Districts

Doug Levin

As interviewed by The Texas Standard, the national daily news show of Texas ( Ransomware Attack Leads to Breach Affecting 700 Students in 39 Texas School Districts ). In the News News cybersecurity K-12 Cyber Incident Map ransomware Texas Texas Standard

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a fired employee still wants to attend the office holiday party

The CoolCatTeacher

A reader writes: Our office recently let an employee go for numerous reasons after several warnings. It for was for minor things such as frequent lateness, too many personal calls and emails on company time, and general friction with other coworkers, to more serious things such as a very sharp decline in his work quality, cursing at other coworkers, and admitting to getting high at work.

In the Startup World, Experience and Problem-Solving Skills Are Essential

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A fresh eye in solving problems is essential for entrepreneurs, but valuing experience is also important. The post In the Startup World, Experience and Problem-Solving Skills Are Essential appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Startups