Sat.Jan 10, 2015 - Fri.Jan 16, 2015

The Research Behind the TED Talk: Angela Duckworth on Grit

Digital Promise

Angela Duckworth, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was teaching 7th grade math in New York City public schools when she quickly noticed that her best students were not necessarily her smartest students.

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Teach Students How to Manage YouTube Comments

Catlin Tucker

When students share their ideas and work online, they are taking a risk. As soon as they share a YouTube video or post a comment online, they open themselves up to possible ridicule and unkind remarks. I wish I could protect my students from the Internet, but I can’t.

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The Drivers of a Successful BYOD Initiative

A Principal's Reflections

Technology seems to be more accessible that ever before. It is common to walk into a typical household these days and see a variety of devices being charged.

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

User Generated Education

I’ve posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes. This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.

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.

Luck Matters When You're an Ed-Tech Entrepreneur

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Don''t underestimate how much luck matters. You''re not going to get anywhere without hard work, but sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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How to easily record video of your classes online (step-by-step)

Ditch That Textbook

The walls that kept classes from learning together are slowly starting to topple. In the past, students were often confined to the classes they could take on campus. Teachers were often confined to teaching students face-to-face.

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Suggestive Data From a Pilot of a Computer-Supported, Collaborative Text Editor for Kids

The Journal

A study looking at the use of a collabrified text editor by fourth- and fifth-graders showed a small but positive effect in favor of the group using the collabrified text editor, with an interesting condition: The low SES students benefited more from working collaboratively than did the high SES students. VERY suggestive, indeed!

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Tips and Resources for Using Chromebooks offline

Educational Technology Guy

Here are some resources and tips for using Chromebooks even without an internet connection. This is great for students who don''t have internet at home, as well as a back up plan if your school network goes down.

Digital Promise Supports Efforts to Protect Student Data Privacy

Digital Promise

Today the White House announced a new legislative proposal to protect student data privacy. Digital Promise issued the following statement on these new measures: Digital Promise supports the efforts announced today by the White House to protect student data privacy while ensuring all teachers and students have access to the best technologies for improving the opportunity to learn.

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.

My one word: Giving students a big voice in class

Ditch That Textbook

I usually make my best professional goals in the summer. It’s the perfect time. I’m coming off several conferences in the summer that energize me and give me great ideas. The school year is starting fresh, which is ideal for implementing new ideas.

Building Vocabulary with iPads

iTeach with iPads

One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.-Evelyn Evelyn Waugh. In working with young children all day, I find that my vocabulary sometimes is lacking when having adult conversation.

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Google Drive and Docs, Sheets and Slides Resources for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Google Drive and Docs, Sheets and Slides File storage, Word processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations and more Google Drive and Docs, Sheets and Slides now support Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) files!

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3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. Teachers were transforming their instruction. Students were excited about learning. Something else that was immediate and dramatic: the gap between students who had Internet access at home, and those who didn’t.

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.

Ideas for Using @Buncee – Interactive Storybooks, Oral Assessments, and Interactive Worksheets #langchat #edtech


One of my favorite tools to use with teachers this year has been Buncee. It meets so many needs and is an extremely easy tool to use – for students and teachers. To get started, I suggest watching this 3 min video overview of Buncee.

Part 1… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As you might know I am active and write about PBL, Tech Integration, 21st Century Classroom Transformation, but I also have always enjoyed work in the STEM (STEAM) areas!

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Google Classroom resources for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Google Classroom new resource for teachers to manage classes, assignments, student work, and to communicate with students. link] (sign in with your account)(you must request an invite first - see above link) Open to all soon.

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

Look closely at your next cell phone or Internet bill. Tucked under monthly plan charges, taxes, and payments received is an often overlook line item titled “Federal Universal Service Fee.” ” This rarely noticed charge helps fund a variety of programs that enable families, libraries, and schools to stay connected. One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate.

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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.

ConnectED: A Superintendent’s View on the Future of Integrated Technology

EdTech Magazine

By Alberto M. Carvalho Boost student achievement through technology integration. Classroom Digital Content Funding Hardware Management Networking

Take the ThingLink Science Creative Challenge

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to facilitate the ThingLink Teacher Challenge , a self-paced professional learning opportunity designed to help educators embrace ThingLink as a tool for teaching and learning and to help participants build their PLN''s.

Lucidchart - create lots of different diagrams for lots of uses

Educational Technology Guy

Lucidchart is a diagram creation web app that has a lot of great features and uses. It is built on HTML5 and works on any browser and device.

12 Ways To Use Padlet In Your Classroom Tomorrow!


Let me introduce you to one of my new go-to tech tools: Padlet. It’s free, it’s easy-to-use, and it’s awesome. Oh, and did I mention… no signup needed? Padlet is essentially a digital poster that can be individually or collaboratively created. Simply visit the website and click “Create” to get started building your “wall” today.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Challenges and Successes in Online Communities of Practice

EdTech Magazine

By Ann Ware CoSN offers access to collaborative learning environments for K–12 education leaders. Internet Management

The Power of Tablets in the Classroom and Why K-12 Schools Love Them


It’s not a mystery that mobile technology is here to stay. It has opened up a world of possibility for communication, learning and assisting users in many creative ways.

Edmodo launches a new Resources page for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Edmodo has just redesigned their Edmodo Discover section. In here, teachers can find lesson plans, videos, activities, and other resources that have been shared by other educators.

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Confronting Fears - #BYOD for Students

The Innovative Educator

While most adults understand the benefits of students having cell phones in school to stay in touch with parents for safety purposes, when it comes to classroom use, some have fears.

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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.