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Goal: Set Aside Time for Yourself

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “A field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.” ” – Ovid. Goal: For 1 week, dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to rest and relaxation. Accomplish this goal: Part of avoiding burnout is dedicating time to ourselves unrelated to teaching. I’ve struggled with this many times throughout my life, because I am passionate about what I do.

3 Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Reading and Writing

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters with Dr. Linda H. Mason From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Improve reading skills by helping students learn how to set their own goals. Dr. Linda Mason helps us understand how to help students become better readers with goal setting, self-regulating, and self-assessment strategies. Linda shares lots of practical research-based advice on helping struggling readers.


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3 Ways Ed-Tech Can Cultivate a Growth Mindset

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Ever since Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success came out in 2006, terms like fixed and growth mindsets have become staple buzzwords in education. However, according to Dweck, parents and teachers often misuse growth mindset research , failing to instill the mentality most conducive to students’ success. Dweck explains how a growth mindset has been conflated with another buzzword: grit.

10 Reasons to Screencast in Your Class and 7 Best-in-class Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

A screencast is a video recording of what’s happening on your computer monitor, often with annotations and/or narration. It can be simple or sophisticated, anything from a whiteboard presentation to a slideshow to a movie-like video. With Common Core’s emphasis on understanding and explaining tasks, screencasts are a great way for both students and teachers to share the required steps in completing a math problem, collaborate on close reading, or pursue any other literacy activity.

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.

Top Hashtags to Get The Skinny on What’s Happening in Edtech

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The hashtag, that ubiquitous pound sign followed by a keyword, are part of the language of social media.”- ”- Neil Patel, Forbes. Technology is vastly changing the way we communicate and learn. I find it fascinating and love seeing how educators use technology in innovative ways to transform their instructional practice and provide students with access to the world.

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Global Citizens, Changemakers

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 6, Number 7. Driving Question : How can students discover their role in the world as global learners? Global Citizens". Changemakers". This is how I refer to students in my 5th grade classroom. This was our path for learning. My goal this year was to open up the world to my students in a whole new way, having them recognize who they are and, equally important, what their role in the world is as global learners.

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-8 Tech Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

Goal: Design a Badge

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” ” – Thomas J. Peters. Goal: Design a badge for your students or another colleague. Get your copy of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers or Learning to Go !​. Accomplish this goal: For the past 4 years, I integrated badges into my courses and trainings to motivate, engage, add some fun to the curriculum, and build a community.

11 Things Students Need to Know to Be Successful

The CoolCatTeacher

Truths for Future-Holders So We Can Hold a Brighter One From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. All software is useless if we don’t invest in the greatest software in the world… the human brain. The software within our children is the most important software being created. We can’t program it. We can’t carve it. But what we put into their minds, determines the future for all of us. But what should that be?

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).

Pokemon GO and how it can inspire augmented reality in the classroom.


Pokemon GO is a new phenomenon in the gaming world. Children and adults are roaming the streets looking for characters to ‘catch’. The key to the game is it’s use of augmented reality (AR). But what is AR? AR is the layering of information on top of real world views. So basically, you look through the video recorder on your device and the AR app recognizes things and places. When it matches – text, images or videos pop up. How can AR be used effectively in the classroom?

Critical Conversations

A Principal's Reflections

We are in the midst of disruptive change that is engulfing our society. The second we get a grasp on a new technology there is an update, new version, or something entirely different. It is an exciting, yet terrifying time as many of us just try to keep up. This is the new normal in our world and advancements in virtually every field and profession will continue at an exponential rate. As educators you don’t need to like technology, but you do have to accept it.

My Learning Journey Around the World

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 6, Number 8. Driving Question: How can personal experiences with inquiry develop deeper learning about global education? My home country of Australia is a melting pot of cultures. That nation's global perspective started me on my 21st Century professional educator's journey and made it personally enriching. Now, from my place in the U.S, also a great melting pot, I can trace my learning journey in global educations.

A Getting Started Guide to Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

How Model Teachers Model Digital Citizenship From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A one time assembly about digital citizenship is not enough. So, Susan Bearden believes digital citizenship should be reinforced daily with kids. In light of how much work we have to do in schools, this whole-school approach brings out so many questions! How do you bring everyone together to understand digital citizenship?

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.

How to De-Standardize Your Classroom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Dawn Casey-Rowe wants to de-standardize education. But is this problem really hackable? The author of Don’t Sniff the Glue: A Teacher’s Misadventures in Education Reform thinks so. In Episode 52 of the Hack Learning Podcast, Casey-Rowe explains how her business experience helped her learn how to de-standardize her classroom and meet individual learners on their favorite […]. The post How to De-Standardize Your Classroom appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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[PL Summit Series] Strengthen Your Core Four: Videos and Exercises from Middletown, NY

Education Elements

For anyone who attended the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit this May, you had a chance to attend a workshop focusing on the Core Four. While districts across the country are using the Core Four of personalized learning to focus instructional habits as they make the shift to personalized learning, some of them are doing it with a bit more fidelity and spirit than others. So we wanted to share with you some of the passion that went into the Core Four session at the Summit.

Welcoming Friends We Did Not Know

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 6, Number 6. More young people around the world are on the run today than at any time since World War II. Estimates show that 30 million children have been forcibly displaced from their homes. While most of these children and their families remain near their home countries, many flee long distances to safety and a better life. Some of those journeys end in the United States, notably for tens of thousands of unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

5 Steps for a Successful STEAM Lab

The CoolCatTeacher

How to Mix Problems, Passion, and Projects to Excite Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Implementing a STEAM Lab Program can be a challenge. (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.) Today’s guest, Alicia Roberts has navigated this process several times and gives us five steps to make it happen.

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.

Redesigning Your Classroom? Here’s One Must Have Book To Set You Apart!


I’m so excited to announce the release of our NEW book! It is time for the desks to lose and the children to win. Bring hope, joy, and positive energy back into the daily work of the classroom. Explore how learning space design can positively impact classroom learning, the culture of a school, healthy communities, and systems and structures that make education meaningful. In this book you’ll: Find resources for redesigning spaces on a sustainable budget.

Part 5: STEM, STEAM, Makers: 35 Resources For A Makerspace

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this fifth post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.


Teaching Digital Citizenship with Google Classroom

Class Tech Integrate

As the beginning of a new school year approaches, teachers begin to think about introducing the norms & rules of their classroom to a new group of students. Included in these classroom behaviors, are the expectations for technology usage. Digital Citizenship has become a popular term in recent years both inside and outside of the classroom. Frankly, it isn't only our students that need to work on Digital Citizenship skills, but many adults as well.

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

The CoolCatTeacher

Simple Updates to Your Classroom Procedures and Workflow sponsored by EdTech Software From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Technologies can transform; even simple technologies can make a significant impact. Here are eleven of the technologies that often affect classroom procedures and workflow. Use this checklist and infographic to make sure you’ve included the edtech essentials in your workflow this year. Try Shelfit from EdTech Software.

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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 To Make Grading Kids An Enjoyable Process?


Let’s accept it, grading is the most difficult part of teaching. You must have spent many nights in front of a pile of papers with a big cup of coffee to carry you through the night. As if not enough, you have to do plagiarism check or make comments on each paper. As an educator with many years of expertise, I assure grading can be an enjoyable process. You just have to add some variety into your standard teaching routine. Here is how I achieved it: Homework should not always be in written form.

9 Steps to a Future-Ready Education

EdTech Magazine

By Jon Phillips Initiatives are about more than just adopting technology. Investment Management Professional Development

Turning Parents into Partners | Learn Why You Should Check Out @ClassTagMe Today!


Are you ready to shave not just minutes. but HOURS off of your work week? ClassTag provides educators with the perfect platform to form a partnership between teachers and parents. The post Turning Parents into Partners | Learn Why You Should Check Out @ClassTagMe Today! appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Are you ready to shave not just minutes. but HOURS off of your work week?

Microsoft Education Resources, including Office 365

Educational Technology Guy

Microsoft has a lot of Education resources for IT, Educators and Students. Here are some of them that I have found useful. Microsoft for Education Resources CDW-G Microsoft for Education Site: aspx Microsoft for Education Site: [link] Microsoft Partners in Learning: [link] resources to guide school leaders as they transform schools with a vision to empower students to achieve more. includes why go MS, etc.

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.

3 Keys to Building Strong Instructional Leadership Teams

Insight Education Group

As I discussed in my recent article in Getting Smart, Back-to-School Prep for School Leaders , we know from supporting schools and districts across the nation for the last 16 years that some of the greatest levers to improving student achievement lie in the school leader and an effective Instructional Leadership Team (ILT).

What Do Academics Really Think of Adaptive Learning?


In Spring 2016, faculty, support staff and administrators at Oregon State University met to candidly share their experiences with adaptive learning technology. One key theme emerged in their conversations: Institutions are looking for partners—not vendors—when it comes to implementing new solutions.

Why I Love Teaching Middle School History


After many years teaching high school & college students, Lauren Brown re-entered a middle school classroom last fall as a full-time social studies teacher. She describes her delight with young adolescents who greeted history with enthusiasm and deep discussions. Future of History Middle School Students adolescents high school history Lauren Brown middle school social studies teens tweens