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3 Ways I’ve Seen Bullying Stopped

The CoolCatTeacher

Four and a half years I lived bullying. I cried every day after school when I made it to the respite of my room at home. I often ask myself what I would have done if my bedroom weren’t my solitude? What if I couldn’t get away? Even if bullying “goes away” the scars don’t.

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Digital Activities & Icebreakers for Gen Y

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers . “The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative … productive … learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” ” – Steve Ballmer. Our students’ digital behavior influences our learning, language, rituals, values, routines, customs, and communication.

Three Ways to Help Teachers Use Research

Digital Promise

Kelsey is an Associate at Digital Promise. Teachers are in the business of learning. It makes sense, then, that many consider themselves lifelong learners, and are motivated to find new research-based solutions to improve their practice.

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Be Wary of Putting the Cart Before the Horse

A Principal's Reflections

" Unless you get instructional design right, technology can only increase the speed and certainty of failure " - William Horton As budgets expand or money becomes available at the end of a school year, the knee jerk reaction of many schools is to go all in and spend it as quickly as possible.

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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.

Students Help Design School Supplies for Staples: Let’s Get Students Involved

The CoolCatTeacher

Staples Back to School Council Students should be involved in their education. They can also change their world. I’m excited about filling my son’s locker with items from Staples because they are PRACTICAL. (The

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College Readiness for Underserved Middle School Students Shouldn't Be Forgotten

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Many initiatives geared toward college and career readiness focus on a student's early years and high school, but middle school may be the best time to intervene. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

4 Crucial Lessons New Teachers Never Learned

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane If you are a new teacher, these four lessons just might impact your teaching career more than anything you ever learned in college or in your pre-service days.

When Students Design Their School: If You Give a Kid a LEGO, He's Going to Ask For.


What if students could design their own learning spaces? I've been traveling the country speaking on the power of a student's voice in his or her own educational experience along with the need for transforming learning spaces in today's schools.

7 Skills Students Need for Today’s Classwork

Ask a Tech Teacher

Classrooms are infused with technology. You rarely see a lesson that doesn’t ask for online this or digital that. Students are expected to collaborate and share online as young as kindergarten when they read digital books or draw pictures using iPad apps.

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.

4Q: The quadruple win

Dangerously Irrelevant

Four big questions to ask about a lesson, unit, or activity… Deeper learning. Did it allow students to go beyond factual recall and procedural regurgitation and be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers and problem-solvers? Did it really? [ If not, why not?

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8 Questions Parents Ask Progressive Teachers

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane In a recent Twitter conversation about how useless traditional homework is, someone wondered how parents react to a no-homework policy. This is one of the many questions parents ask progressive teachers that can be confounding and cause stress for educators.

10 Free Tools for Back to School for Teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Astute Hoot, a site, run by educators, that has reading and math strategy animals and accompanying books, hands-on tools, lessons, and graphic organizers, has a free download that has 10 template and sample files for teachers to help them get the new school year started a little easier.

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16 Websites on Natural Disasters

Ask a Tech Teacher

Natural disasters is a related discussion to any number of topics–geography, ecology, Earth Day, even problem solving. Here are 16 websites that bring the power of these natural forces to students: Avalanches. Earthquake simulations. Earthquakes. Earthquakes for Kids. Earthquakes–USGS.

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 Risks of Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Entrepreneurship is often considered a "risky" endeavor. But I think ed-tech startups are often less risky that startups in other industries. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus professorword

The Problem with Starting Small and Going Slow

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane When it comes to facilitating lasting change, educators are often told to start small and go slow. We adjust better to incremental shifts, after all.

Unlocking Research to Improve Learning

Digital Promise

Aubrey is the Research Director at Digital Promise and Sandra is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. Teachers and ed tech developers across the country tell us they are unable to access the research they need to help students learn.

When all students bring home is a piece of paper

Dangerously Irrelevant

Matt Caduff said (about a summer maker camp): When all I bring home is a piece of paper and I picked B instead of C, I don’t have a lot to talk about with my parents and because I picked C and the answer was B I don’t want to talk about it.

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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.

How You Can Encourage Teamwork in Any Elementary Classroom


TeamWork Made Easy - Thanks to ClassDojo ~ It's never about the tool itself. it's how you use it ~ I've used ClassDojo for a number of years in a number of ways. What I love about ClassDojo is they're always evolving. This is a company that truly listens to their users and builds what they need.

10 Great Questions Teachers Ask During Job Interviews

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Summer is interview season for educators. New positions open as teachers shift grade levels or retire and new graduates enter the field eager to find the first classroom that they will call their own.

Mozilla Foundation announces some new, free educational resources

Educational Technology Guy

The Mozilla Foundation is a global nonprofit that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. Their mission is to improve universal web literacy , or the ability to read, write and participate on the Web.

Effective Teaching in This Century: What Research Says: Part 2

Battelle for Kids

July 21, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 11. Driving Question: What happens if the Acquisition Paradigm Shifts? Between this century and the last, there has arisen a dichotomous way of thinking about learning: acquisition versusu participation. Acquisition-based learning assumes that knowledge is objective and external, and can be transferred to learners, who are perceived as receivers of knowledge.

EdTech at School

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

Finding Your Story

iTeach with iPads

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.-Maya Maya Angelou. Well, I’ve been a little busy since my last post.

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We Must Teach Our Kids About Nelson Mandela

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane We must remember to teach our students and children about Nelson Mandela.

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The Single Biggest Roadblock to Innovation in America: Student Loan Debt

The Journal

While educational start-ups are securing record amounts of investment, the percentage of computer science majors going into start-ups of any kind is actually quite small.

The Teachers Guild - Teachers who create new solutions for students and schools

Educational Technology Guy

The Teachers Guild is a really interesting new initiative with the goal to "Bring together teachers, just like you, to collaborate and solve 30 education challenges in three years.

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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.

iPad App Review: iCanConduct is a Great Tool For Teaching Pulse and Rhythm To Young Musicians | @beansinmyears


Jeff sits down with the creators of a great musical app called iCanConduct to learn how it can be used, not only in elementary music classes, but also in upper advanced music classes to teach pulse, rhythm, and beat patterns to your inspiring musicians. . About Beans In My Ears.

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Leveraging Alignment in Service to Engagement: Part II

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane In Part I, I challenged Brilliant or Insane readers to distinguish entertainment from engagement and standardization from alignment. This was my attempt to establish clarity about two forces that have a significant influence on learning and teaching.

Disruptive innovations in higher ed emerging from outside mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Yesterday I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to explore the barriers to and opportunities for innovation. My full written testimony is here. In my remarks, I clarified what disruptive innovation is , as the theory is all too often misunderstood and misapplied. I explained that disruptive innovations carry four rules worth noting.