Sat.Aug 29, 2015 - Fri.Sep 04, 2015

5 Big Classroom Problems You Can Solve with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. In this episode, technology guru Jennifer Gonzalez shares ideas for increasing engagement and making teaching easier with technology. If you’re using Makerspace and genius hour, learn how to build an online toolkit for your students. Important Takeaways.

Is “Have a Growth Mindset” the New “Just Say No”

User Generated Education

I’ve been interested in the ideas surrounding the growth mindset prior to it being coined as such by Carol Dweck. As part of my studying Education Psychology as part of my Doctoral studies, I delved into studying attribution theory.

Back to School: Tips for Implementing New Technology

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Many teachers find themselves in a bittersweet situation at the start of the new school year. Often, their school has used the summer break to launch new technology initiatives. What can teachers do to make this transition go smoothly? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

Here We Go Again

iTeach with iPads

How do you restart something that had never been turned off? Veronica Rossi, Under the Never Sky. It doesn’t matter how long I have taught, I always have trouble adjusting expectations with a new class.

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.

5 Great Ways to Make Your Classroom a Healthier, Happier Place

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Staples Little moments can make a big difference. As teachers, we need to protect our health. We also are charged with protecting the children in our care. Let’s talk about some small things that can make a big difference in the lives of children (and teachers.).

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Using Ed-Tech for Personalized, Adaptive, and Differentiated Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As education transforms through the use of technology, the language describing these new methods can be confusing. But it adds up to helping teachers personalize learning for students. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

How to Write a Novel with 140 Characters

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m a teacher, have been for 35 years. I teach a lesson to my Middle School students that uses Twitter to improve writing skills. There’s a lot this popular social media tool can bring to the education world: it’s non-intimidating. Anyone can get through 140 characters.

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Examining Your Beliefs About Digital Youth

User Generated Education

This weekend I attended a conference presentation entitled, Cultural Imposition: When Digital Immigrant Therapists See Digital Native Clients (yep, I know there is some push back against the terms of digital natives and digital immigrants). It’s focus was understanding digital youth as a unique culture. It got me thinking, though, about the assumptions that adults who work with and teach youth make about their digital use and behaviors.

The Life of Dead Fish

Battelle for Kids

August 31, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 14. Driving Question: How does a nation transfrom all schools for deeper learning? Being an innovator in education is much like being a freshwater fish dumped into the ocean. Some fish are stronger than others. But, eventually, they all succumb to the salinity of the salt water and die.

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.

Four Reasons Ed-Tech Tools Must Work With Teacher Systems

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You might not know their technical names, but if these digital tools are working well, school and classroom ed-tech applications will run smoother. Are yours working? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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How to Prepare Students for PARCC/SBACC Tests

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is a reprint of an article I posted last Spring.

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How to get and use free images the RIGHT way in class

Ditch That Textbook

Creating posters has been a staple of so many classrooms of different ages. Usually, it entails gathering some important supplies before starting — posterboard, glue, markers, etc.

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Can Your Students Write the Opposing Argument to This Gun Control Essay?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Will you teach students the art of persuasion this year? Can they argue against something they believe in? As a longtime writing teacher, I found it useful to challenge students to argue against something they favor.

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.

Is There an Uncrossable Chasm Between Research and the Classroom? Part 2

The Journal

CCSS and NGSS are driving curricula and pedagogical change. Coding those new curricular materials, imbued with the best research, in HTML5 will enable those materials to run on virtually every BYOD computing device in the classroom. You read that right: every computing device

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Tech Ed Resources for Your Classroom: Survival Kits

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.

20 Google Apps activities for classroom innovation

Ditch That Textbook

Google Apps for Education has made new ideas and activities possible in classrooms all over the world. They’ve allowed for creation and collaboration in ways that weren’t possible in the past.

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Learn Why Edsby Is A Great Learning Management System For Your School | @Edsby


Jeff sits down with Scott Welch, Vice President of Sales from Edsby to discuss how teachers, students AND parents are using Edsby in their schools.

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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.

The best new blended resource for teachers

The Christensen Institute

At the Christensen Institute, we often receive requests from school districts to provide professional development for their teachers. Although our resources are fantastic for giving district and school leadership teams a set of theory-based frameworks for planning and implementing a blended-learning program, we don’t have much to offer individual teachers in terms of practical strategies to help them run a blended classroom on a daily basis.

6 Prompts That Can Help Kids Write Like Their Favorite Authors

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. “I’m I’m getting a little bit concerned about my daughter,” a mother I know recently confided. She spends hours in her room working on a novel that she’s convinced she will publish one day.” I looked at her for a moment, waiting for her to realize what she just said.

Get Your Brag On

A Principal's Reflections

That’s right folks; I just stated that you need to brag more. However, it might not be in the context that you think. Bragging has been notoriously frowned upon by society for ages. The Free Dictionary defines bragging as to talk or write about oneself in a proud or self-impressed way.

Subscriber Special: September

Ask a Tech Teacher

This special on site licenses has been extended a month. When September ends, prices increase for the first time since we’ve offered multi-user licenses. Let me step back. What are site licenses ?

EdTech at School

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

How independent schools can ward off disruption

The Christensen Institute

Anna Gu, formerly a research assistant at the Clayton Christensen Institute, and I coauthored this piece. The prospect of disruption looms on the horizon for many of America’s independent schools. They face difficulties not unlike those of the country’s higher education system, where the increasingly burdensome cost of the postsecondary experience is causing the traditional college business model to break at its seams at the same time that disruptive entrants are gaining traction.

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September is National Preparedness Month - Here are some great resources!

Educational Technology Guy

It's National Preparedness Month , and start of the Hurricaine Season. With all of the crazy weather we have seen, it's good to be prepared.

Spark Creativity! Remix! 15+ Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.” ” – Austin Kleon. Millions have shared their art, images, music, and creations on the Internet. Additionally, many libraries and organizations have released historical images and content into the public domain. Get students to engage with this content and learn hands-on by remixing the content into videos, presentations, podcasts, poster projects, or digital stories!



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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.