Sat.Sep 26, 2015 - Fri.Oct 02, 2015

Epic Sketchnoting Resources: How to Get Started Teaching Sketchnoting

The CoolCatTeacher

Useful Pedagogies and Tools for Educators Sketchnoting is not just an attractive way to take notes, it can improve retention and learning. These sketchnoting resources will get you started with your students. You don’t have to have a ton of talent, just a little know-how.

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129 Digital Citizenship Links on 22 Topics

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a long list of websites to address Digital Citizenship topics you teach in your classroom: Avatars. to promote digital privacy. Avatar 1–a monster. Avatar 2–Lego you. Avatar 3–animal. MadMen yourself. Tellagami–a video avatar. Vokis.

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Making Professional Learning Count

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the Director of Educator Micro-credentials. You can reach her on Twitter: @JenCohKab.

A Lesson for Ed-Tech Startups in Vocabulary Words

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Research shows an adult needs to know 65,000 to 75,000 words to read and write well. That can be pretty overwhelming for a teacher of vocabulary. Ed-tech startups can also get overwhelmed when thinking about their future markets. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

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.

Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. Raised by an “alcoholic and an outlaw” father, Kevin Honeycutt grew up in poverty. He says childhood had many “midnight runs.” ” His Dad would let the kids pack their belongings in one trash bag each. Kevin was always the new kid.

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Citizen Science, Crowdsourcing, Gamification and Cryptocurrency, Oh My!

Doug Levin

Leadership is a Choice

A Principal's Reflections

I remember back to my days as an elementary student. Boy did I have a warped sense of what leadership really was. Back then at recess leaders (on the playground that is) were perceived as those who had the most athletic ability.

How to Get More Volunteers and Donors for Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. Beth Kanter is a leading social media expert for nonprofits. She gives advice on how schools should manage their Facebook, Twitter, and social media efforts. Most schools need more volunteers and donors (or at least positive press).

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Office Hours–Questions? Let’s Talk

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you are using the SL K-5 Technology Curriculum , you’ll love this new free service. Starting Sunday, Structured Learning will offer online, virtual Office Hours.

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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.

20 Tools, Apps, & Tips for Engaging Assessment

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I encourage teachers to reflect on the way they assess their students for Goal 17: Re-evaluate Value. Assessment shouldn’t make students feel like quitting. Instead, assessment should help students celebrate the learning they’ve grasped and reflect on their journey achieving that learning.

Should We Coach Teachers on Teaching to the Test?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

How should teacher-educators, mentors, and coaches prepare their teachers for today's world of testing? While there's a lot of attention paid to progressive education concepts, the reality is that teachers are going to have to prepare students for high-stakes testing.

Improving the Education of Kids in Poverty and Other Helpful News

The CoolCatTeacher

Hot Research, Trends, and Teacher Resources Today I’m going to be experimenting again with a news feature that I ran a few years back. I’ll summarize some of interesting research, trends, and helpful resources.

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Subscriber Special: October

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. This month: 25% Discount off Tech Curriculum Upgrade. If you want to upgrade from an earlier digital version of the SL Technology Curriculum , you are eligible for 25% off that upgrade.

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.

What’s So Special About 21st Century Learning?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 16. The power of educators is that they take on learners from every walk of life, and every challenge imaginable. The promise of 21st century learning is that it can give students the skills they need to succeed in life. This month's posts brought some powerful stories of educators immersing special needs students in the same kinds of personalized, engaging learning experiences as their classmates.

iPad Mania: 20 ideas for sparking interest in class with iPads

Ditch That Textbook

When Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad, it was a marvel that had the potential to make big change. It was visually stunning. It was tactile. It shortened some work from minutes to seconds. The iPad’s possibilities in education were seen quickly and have developed over time.

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Connecting Your Students with the World: Book Review [Book]

The CoolCatTeacher

Connecting Your Students with the World: Book Review by Billy Krakower, Paula Naugle, Jerry Blumengarten (Eye on Education, 2015). Overwhelmed teachers who want to collaborate globally are going to love Connecting Your Students with the World. This book designed especially for grades K-8 classrooms. I’m excited to review this book. My favorite thing: The book organizes by month! You’ll see all the opportunities by month with links and information about the project.

5 Ways to Make Homework Meaningful and Manageable

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I’ll admit it: I love summer, but I love the start of the new school year even more. I think my kids do too, although they’re hesitant to admit it.

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.

Guest Editorial: To Integrate Or Not? Why Is This Still a Question?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 14. Driving Question: Why is the integration of children with special needs still a question? We actually know why the integration of students with special needs into regular education classrooms is still a question.

Blended Learning Event Hosted by Simple K12

Catlin Tucker

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, October 14th I’ll be doing an extended Q&A about blended learning and my bestselling book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12.

6 Wearable Technologies That Are Most Helpful In The Classroom


Take a quick look at the world around us; the TVs are slimmer than ever before, the mobile phones have gone smarter and tablets are here to replace those big desktop computers. Everything has come under one single finger-touch of the user.

More resources for blended teachers

The Christensen Institute

As teachers move into blended-learning environments, there is a dearth of resources to support them in the transition. As I wrote a few weeks ago, this is a significant challenge for the blended-learning field. Fortunately, resources are beginning to emerge to fill the void. This week I wanted to highlight one such resource, the Blended Master Teacher Project by Better Lesson.

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.

Creating Mindful Schools for All

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 15. Driving Question: What if a school taught all students as mindful learners? When I was discussing posts for this issue, I heard over and over a recurring theme from the exemplar classroom teachers and principals who were writing to this month's theme. When asked what had been their biggest challenge in introducing 21st Century practices such as project-based learning, it was "worrying that my special needs students" could participate.

Is it Possible to Practice Active Listening on Twitter?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If I teach my own children and the students that I work with only one thing in my lifetime, I hope it’s this: people tend to gravitate toward those who actively listen. Listeners help speakers feel safe expressing their ideas.

Creating PD Certs and Anonymous User Feedback Surveys using autoCrat


The Setup. One of the first tasks I was asked to accomplish upon starting my new positing of Technology Integration Coordinator was to create a series of PD courses for the new school year. My mission was simple.

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Making The Most Of Social Media In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Social media often gets a bad wrap when spoken in the same breath as education and learning.

EdTech at School

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