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10 Things Google Classroom Makes Easier

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 208 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google Classroom makes sharing Google Docs, Presentations, and Spreadsheets easier.

Keyboarding and the Scientific Method

Ask a Tech Teacher

Convincing students–and teachers–of the importance of keyboarding can be daunting. Youngers find it painful (trying to find those 26 alphabet keys) and olders think their hunt-and-peck approach is just fine.

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Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

Digital Promise

Gabe is the Program Manager for the Adult Learning Initiative at Digital Promise. You can reach him on Twitter at @marvelousreal. “Libraries are safe places. That’s why I come here to learn,” says Christine, a student at one of Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) Learning Circles.

Choosing Ed-Tech Tools by Balancing Data and Teacher Intuition

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Most ed-tech startups don't have scientific data on outcomes yet, so teacher feedback should play a critical role when choosing products. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 210 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement.

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8 ways this middle school innovates for its students

Ditch That Textbook

Some schools are really ditching that “textbook” view of education and finding creative ways to reach their students and meet their needs. I was fortunate to visit one of those recently.

Digital Reading Resources for Early Literacy

iTeach with iPads

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing-Isaac D’Israeli. As a kindergarten teacher, my day is spent immersing my students in literacy activities. Regardless of the subject we are learning, literacy is a big part of it.

7 Productivity Secrets for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 206 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Productivity expert Dr. Frank Buck teaches us how to select the productivity tools to stay organized. Learn these seven productivity secrets to getting organized.

What are Good Tech Goals for Students?

Ask a Tech Teacher

A frequent question from readers revolves around technology goals for students. It’s tempting to phrase goals like: 4th graders can create a chart in a spreadsheet . or: 80% of 5th graders can complete ten skills in MS Word (or Google Docs). But that’s not what technology is about.

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.

Is Blended Learning the Same as Technology-Rich Instruction?


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 10:45am There’s a lot of confusion around blended learning and technology-rich instruction. Many schools think that because they use computers in the classroom they are a blended school.

Nine Strategies to Help Startups Improve Writing Productivity

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Writing is a very important part of the startup life. Here are some lessons for writing better business plans, startup competition applications, cold emails, and PowerPoint presentations. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Reconnecting Your Students to the Lessons of Nature

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 209 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We need to take kids out into nature! Far too many children are growing up not seeing the beauty of nature and not learning to respect the danger.

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What’s Groundhog Day??

Ask a Tech Teacher

Groundhog Day is February 2nd. Watch this Youtube and come away in the know: Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

The Magical Ms. H and the Comeback Kid: One Student's Empowerment

Voyager Sopris Learning

How One Teacher is Working Her Magic to Help Struggling Students Reclaim Their Education, Part 1 of 2. Things are moving fast these days in this magical universe. It’s been raining pink glitter ever since I published my first blog post. I’ve been moving quickly from dream to idea to plan to action.

Admins: 25 Questions to Ask Your Teachers About EdTech


We’ve learned (many) things from the educators who use our product. This includes understanding the gap that sometimes crops up between administrators/IT professionals with purchasing power and the teachers who use the edtech products procured by these individuals.

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Would You Want to Be a Student in Your Own Classroom?

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 207 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers go into professional development and they complain. This is boring! There’s nothing here I can use! I don’t have time to learn anything new!

Tech Tip #122: Chromebook Delete Key

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: Not only does my Chromebook not have Caps Lock (which I’ve now fixed), but there’s no ‘delete’ key. . Use the shortkey, Alt+Backspace. More on Chromebooks: Chromebooks Caps Lock. Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?

EdTech at School

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

7 Lessons Learned From Implementing Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Lauren Acree is the Policy and Personalized Learning Lead at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. When I was a teacher, I valued every day in my classroom.

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Cyberbullying Prevention for the Classroom


Online harassment continues to increase each year. As cyberbullying rates reach an all time high among young adults, what are parents and teachers to do? Yes, Anti-Bullying Laws do exist and cyberbullying is ILLEGAL! Laws vary by state, but cover the necessities.

Mattering Secret #1: “I See You”

The CoolCatTeacher

Mattering Mondays with Angela Maiers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How can you help kids know that they matter and are important? Success in life and the world begins not just with self-esteem but with kids knowing that they matter.

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Engaging classes vs. test prep: Can we have both?

Ditch That Textbook

Teachers are so buried in requirements, paperwork and other demands on their classroom time. To make matters worse, high-stakes tests can sap the joy out of teaching very quickly.

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.

The Best Admin Twitter Chats to Catch Up On


This week our team has been churning out additional admin and IT-related content to better connect with our users and friends in admin roles. We're also aiming to make this a learning opportunity on our end.

Blended Learning- Genuises at Work

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 11. Driving Question: What if elementary students took over our school's technology program? "Hi, Hi, I'm a Genius ," smiles Eling. Eling is not boastfully talking about her IQ, but a leadership job she holds at Katherine Smith Elementary School. The Katherine Smith Geniuses, inspired by the support you get in the back of any Apple Store, are a group of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are in charge of the over 600 devices on our blended learning campus.

The Great EdTech Debate: Google Sites vs Google Classroom vs Blogger


As we move from the world of paper through the world of digital into the world of virtual, we are more and more faced with making the right decisions that not only will be helpful to our students, but will make our teaching lives easier.

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In the News: On IMS OneRoster and the Need for Interoperability

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. “ New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major Ed-Tech Headache.” Education Week. 27 January 2016. “Over the long term, the [best] solution is adopting an open standard that works.

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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.