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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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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.

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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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Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

Whenever I’m asked the question, “How do we fix education?” ” I find myself emphasizing the importance of creating smaller learning communities within the context of the larger classroom.

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

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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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.

15 Take-aways from Online Grad School Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

MTI 562 (the Tech-infused Teacher ) and MTI 563 (the Differentiated Teacher ) just ended.

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.

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

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.

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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Tech Tip #107: 6 Tips to Avoid Email Phishing

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 week, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I got an email that looks legitimate, but I’m not sure. How do I check? A: You’re right to take a step back. ‘Phishing’ is an attempt to steal your personal information by posing as a trusted source (a friend, your bank–like that).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

Excellence in 21st Century Schooling: Part 1

Battelle for Kids

July 20, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 10. Driving Question: What if we made a new approach to school reform? Almost all educational reforms from the past half-century eventually have flowed through the classroom. This pattern isn't likely to be altered dramatically in the foreseeable future. In essence, we really can't have any legitimate reform for excellence in our schools without carefully considering what happens in the classroom.

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EdTech at School

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