Sat.Jan 16, 2016 - Fri.Jan 22, 2016

Game Mechanics in the Classroom to Engage Learners

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 204 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Game mechanics are elements of gaming that you can design into your lesson plans to engage learners. Teacher Michael Matera shows us how to use them.

Combatting a Culture of Learned Helplessness

Catlin Tucker

I led a training last week on blended learning and asked teachers to brainstorm the biggest challenges they face in the classroom. One answer resonated with me. “Learned helplessness.” ” On my drive home, I kept mentally returning to this phrase.

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Storyboard That–Digital Storyteller, Graphic Oranizer, and more

Ask a Tech Teacher

Storyboard That is a leader among online digital storytelling tools thanks to its comic-based themes, clean layout, vast collection of story pieces, varied strip options, and intuitive drag-and-drop interface.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Ken Eastwood is the superintendent of Middletown City School District , NY, a member of our League of Innovative Schools. In terms of student proficiency, today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We're "detracking" students previously sorted by ability. We're mainstreaming those with special needs. And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English.

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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.

Beginning and Ending Class Like a Pro with Brian Sztabnik

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 203 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The four minutes beginning and ending class matter most according to teacher Brian Sztabnik. Today we talk about how to make the most of those valuable minutes.

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3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date

Ask a Tech Teacher

Keeping parents informed about classroom activities is a challenge. They are busy with work, their children, and whatever personal life they can eke out of the sixteen hours that make up their waking day.

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Disrupting Education in Bold Ways: The Time is Right

A Principal's Reflections

For following is a guest post authored by Dr. Bill Daggett , Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). I believe that this a time when education can change in fundamental ways.

5 Lessons Video Games Can Teach Edtech Developers

The CoolCatTeacher

How Can We Move Education Forward From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. In the movie War Games , the computer asked: “Shall we play a game?” ” Matthew Broderick was the actor who played the high school student.

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Blending Technology into Project Based Learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 9. Project Based Learning + Technology = Deeper Learning. Why are Project Based Learning and technology a winning combination? How can they lead to Deeper Learning? How can I make it happen in my classroom?

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.

How Teachers Learn About New Edtech Products (Round-up)

Ask a Tech Teacher

How do teachers filter out all the social media noise to find the tech products that will transform their classrooms? I’d like to think we troll the online tech-in-ed ezines, review what the experts say and draw conclusions that fit our class environment.

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5 Steps Toward Building Successful Digital Communities Infused With Rigor and Relevance

A Principal's Reflections

A dynamic combination of mindset, behaviors, and skills is required for schools to become places where social media and digital tools are integral and beneficial parts of a rigorous program and where they work symbiotically with active, engaged, and applicable learning.

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The 7 Devices of Transformation in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

What Most People Don't Realize About Change From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m in the airport heading home from Miami Device as I draft this post. I learned so much; I’m exhausted. But some of the biggest things I appreciate are the people.

Blended Learning My Way: PBL, the Standards, Technology and Reflection

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 8. Driving Question: What Does Blended Learning Look and Sound Like In A Classroom? "I I give up. I can't keep up. It's all way too much!" Ever felt like giving up when trying to monitor the managing 28-30 students doing projects at one time?

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.

Tips For Selecting The Best And Most Efficient Web Hosting Provider

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most prospective buyers start by going to the seller’s website before purchasing. An online presence has become a vital importance for not just business owners or service providing companies, but teacher-consultants who offer online classes, mentoring, and lesson plans to fellow educators.

6 easy ways to start flipping your classroom now

Ditch That Textbook

Flipped classroom is definitely a buzzword in education. It has been for years. And rightfully so — the model leverages technology to create an environment that can make a huge difference in many classrooms. Some people see the flipped classroom as something complex or hard to reach.

MAD about Mattering: A New Global Collaborative App Project #steam

The CoolCatTeacher

The Next Step in Global Collaboration From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. MAD about Mattering is a new project that is a dream come true for me! Last year, my students learned to program apps using MAD-Learn and released two apps onto the app store.

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The Core 4 of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In some ways, creating a successful personalized learning classroom is similar to winning a basketball game. To give us direction, my high school basketball coach consistently focused on three key areas, which he called the Big Three: Personalized Learning Teachers Blended Learning EdTech

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.

Dear Otto: I need to convert from PDF to Doc–Does that work?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

Mobile learning: The good and the bad


Everywhere we go, here and there, people always seem to have a mobile device in their hands, be it a smartphone or a tablet. It’s almost a sin not to own a mobile device. Our mobile devices are online 24/7. People in a café now usually ask the staff for the Wi-Fi password, and if there’s no Wi-Fi one can always tap the power of cellular data and stay connected to friends. Now owning a smartphone is like losing half our lives. We panic when our devices reach 10% battery power.

Helping Students Write Beautiful Words

The CoolCatTeacher

or "How I Fell in Love in a Graveyard." From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Writing that people choose to read. That is what I’m after. Is it perfect? Grammatically, often not. Sometimes incomplete sentences. Sometimes an awkward word.

The Social Media Site Teachers Should Be Using (But Probably Aren’t)


Open question: why don't more teachers use Reddit? If you're an avid Redditor, apologies for the assumuption. As far as this author is concerned, Reddit is where it’s at for theories related to all of my true crime binge-watching pleasures.

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.

10 Reasons You Should Start Using Google in the Classroom by @emilyjohnson322


Modern children use digital gadgets daily, and the Internet is high on their list. Thus, creative teachers should get the most out of the digital era and adapt their lessons to include online education as well.

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Inspiration Stations

Catlin Tucker

This year, I’ve focused on using the Station Rotation Model to create smaller learning communities within our larger class, spend more time working in small groups with students, differentiate instruction, and make the most of our limited technology. Bestseller! Available on Amazon.

The 2016 Student Technology Conference

The CoolCatTeacher

A conference run by students [Guest Post] From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Seeing tech in the classroom as “just another thing”

Ditch That Textbook

Jam-packed curriculum. State assessments and required lessons. Field trips and school assemblies. Our lesson plan books are already packed to the gills. Class time is so precious. With all the interruptions and impositions on it, we feel like we have to make the most of every minute, especially when lots of goals and benchmarks ride [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency productivity time management

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.