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Bring Your Textbook to Life! 18 Ideas

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ” – John Locke. Your textbook is just another tool in your teacher’s instructional kit. The problem is that for many of us it becomes a crutch when we first begin lesson planning. The textbook can be very useful for planning curriculums and lessons. It is a framework and guide that provides us a general overview of what should be covered within our classes.

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10 sites for students with free time on their hands

Ditch That Textbook

As a teacher, there’s always been a question that I wanted to have an answer to. “I’m done. What do I do now?” ” Early in my teaching career, my answer was, “If you’re done, you’re done.” ” That was my veiled answer for, “I don’t know what you should do next.” ” If you’re ever stuck without [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology free time students technology integration

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Virtual Reality in education brings the future closer


Out of all the trends in e-learning right now, I have to say that I have a soft spot for Virtual Reality, or VR. The things that it allows you to do and/or see are astonishing. For example, who wouldn’t like to go and visit Mars without leaving the room? Or go inside one of Dali’s paintings ? Or jump off a building without getting hurt? Ok, maybe not everyone would like the last one, but you get the idea.

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18 must-try apps for the new academic year.


I am currently on the last day of my summer holiday and have started thinking about new technology I can use in the upcoming year. I have found 18 apps / websites that I am definitely going to try. Image courtesy of 1) Evernote. I am looking forward to exploring this free app / website in lessons.

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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.

Goal: Share Your Failure Story

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ” – Henry Ford. Goal: Share your failure story with another teacher, a new teacher or share your failure story in a blog post. Some of the most rewarding reflections from 30 Goals’ teachers are the heartfelt ones where we share our fears and failures.

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7 Great Websites to Teach Habitats

Ask a Tech Teacher

Whether you teach habitats in second grade or Middle School, understanding how animals survive in their corner of the world is critical to a well-rounded perspective on life on planet Earth. Animals evolve or disappear based on their ability to adapt to the environment. Here are eight resources to encourage discovery of the amazing and varied worlds that surround Earth’s animals: Build a Habitat .

Best Google Education Apps for Teachers

EdNews Daily

Written by Kate Durocher. We live in a world where the influence of technology cannot be ignored. In health, everyday communication and education, tech plays a huge role in shaping and creating the narrative. While technology continues to grow and improve, why not embrace the benefits it offers? The effect of technology on education is one of the clearest examples of how tech can better lives.

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Against the Flow Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Change is uncomfortable for virtually everyone. I am the first person who will say that the process is not easy or absent of difficult challenges. The challenge of change becomes even more difficult when the main adversary is always right in front of us – our mindset. Our complex brains often work against our best intentions at times. This is Maslow’s hierarchy at play in a nutshell. Instead of taking risks, we revert back to playing it safe. As fear takes hold we forget everything and run.

Why You Shouldn’t Babysit Kids with Tablets! (And What to Do Instead)

The CoolCatTeacher

Advice about Tablets and Young Children: What Works and Warnings from an Expert. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You’ve seen it. Young children engrossed in tablet devices. But how much is too much? Today’s expert, Diane Levin, gives technology guidance to the parents and teachers of young children. Check out Tiggly. Parents and teachers need to interact with students. Kids need the real world.

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).

Haiku Deck Just Got Better: Welcome Haiku Deck Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re like me–and 20% of US schools–when you think of ‘online slideshow tool’, you think of Haiku Deck. And now, your favorite tool just got better. Haiku Deck Classroom offers an easy way for educators to add and manage student accounts, integrate with Google Classroom and other CMS systems, sign in through Google, share projects to a classroom gallery, and more.

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Why are some educators still reluctant to using technology in the classroom?


Technology seems to be involved nowadays in most aspects of education and many schools are adopting it quite well, whether it’s adopting BYOD initiatives, blended learning, flipped classrooms , creating content using authoring tools, or using a learning platform. It’s amazing how the amount of technology available today makes learning more interactive and easier. You would think that most educators by now are quite familiar with these practices and use them regularly in their classrooms.

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Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Find innovative games that teach critical thinking and math skills. Help your students learn to write a better lab report.

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How to Unleash Student Intrinsic Motivation from Day One

The CoolCatTeacher

Global Teacher Prize Finalist Mike Soskil Shares His Secrets From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You can unleash a student intrinsic motivation from the first day of school. First, you start the school year with authentic connections. Second, you create a culture of learning. In today’s episode, Mike Soskil, award-winning science teacher and Global Teacher prize finalist, shares his ideas for starting school.

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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.

10 Great Tips for Teaching Geography with Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top geography tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: 14 Ways to use Scribble Maps. Lesson Plans: Where Did I Come From? 149 Websites for K-8 Geography/Geology. Google Street View. Sponge Activities for Geography. A Virtual Tour of America–Via Biplane. The Power of Symbols–What does the word ‘Turkey’ mean? Wonders of Google Earth. 20 Websites to Learn Everything About Landforms. Breathing Earth. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Are You Willing to Be Your True Self This School Year?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. We are just over three weeks from the start of school in Canada. Some districts in the US have already begun their 2016-2017 year, so the start of school is quickly becoming a hot topic. A quick venture onto my Twitter feed shows an abundance of back to school blogs, lists, and articles. With that […]. The post Are You Willing to Be Your True Self This School Year? appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured edchat self

How Educators Can Foster Student Motivation

Digital Promise

Intriguing research shows that popular approaches to motivate students using rewards such as money, gold stars, or points (called “extrinsic motivators”) may in fact lead them to lose interest in learning (1). But when students have intrinsic motives for learning, or learning because they find the activity itself interesting and gratifying, they become more likely to attach meaning to their work, explore new topics, and persist in the face of learning challenges (2,3,4,5).

FREE WEBINAR: Differentiating Instruction with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You are invited to attend my free live webinar, Differentiating Instruction with Technology. This is one of my most popular sessions that I share at conferences. Register Now 01 Days 00 Hours 14 Minutes 03 Seconds Webinar is past! Learn how to build a classroom framework of tech tools so you can reach every child. […].

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.

Tech Ed Resources for Class–Common Core State Standards

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 taking 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.

Make Ed Tech a Habit for Users By Capitalizing on Cues

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business , Charles Duhigg details what he learned about the factors that create and sustain habits. In this series of posts, I’ll discuss how we can incorporate these insights to influence students, teachers, parents, and school systems to adopt ed-tech software and integrate it for good. Duhigg explains that there are three primary psychological processes essential to lasting habits: cues, cravings, and rewards.

Commitments Every Education Leader Must Make for Successful Implementations

Digital Promise

Former educator colleagues have apologized to me for accidentally calling me a “vendor,” knowing that I spent 20 years working alongside them. But I am, in fact, a vendor, and hope that my perspectives — shaped by my work as a teacher, district leader, and entrepreneur — will be helpful to educators wanting to collaborate with companies like mine (ThinkCERCA). It is a seminal moment in education.

[PL Summit Series] Challenges, Not Instructions: Three Tips for Naturally Personalized Learning

Education Elements

“Look out - it works!”. Two of the teachers in our workshop at the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit had just gotten their wheel-launcher to work, and they were bubbling with excitement. When I saw the little wooden wheel fly across the room, I went over to check it out (trying to keep out of the line of fire). Their invention, made from a small electric motor, some laser-cut wooden parts, and rubber bands, was certainly an effective wheel flinging machine!

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!

The Tech-infused Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Several times a year, I teach an online class called the Tech-infused Classroom. Here, we discuss the idea that tech-infusing a class isn’t about replacing activities with technology, rather enhancing and extending learning with the wonderful tech tools now available (think M or R on the SAMR Model).

What Happens to Ed-Tech Business in August?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

This week, the weather is supposed to be perfect for a vacation. Judging by the lack of commuter crowds and number of “out-of-office” messages I’m getting, many people have taken advantage of the hot temperatures and blue skies. I wish I was joining them. However, July and August are busy months for Listenwise. The main selling cycle for U.S. K-12 education—our primary market—closes at the end of June or July. But there are still purchase orders to chase and some lingering deals to close.

FOBISIA Online Maths Tournament


In October, I am running an online maths tournament for the Federation Of British International Schools In Asia (FOBISIA). It will consist of an individual test, group challenge and a video investigation. Please take a look at the website I created for more information: If you are interested, please fill out the registration form on the website!

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Personalize Back-to-School for Families

Education Elements

It’s hard to believe that a new school year is already here! Going back to school is an exciting time for everyone. Students are eager to get new school supplies; parents can get back to their normal routines; and teachers have new rosters, clean classrooms and fresh ideas. It also means that Back-to-School Night is just around corner! Back-to-School Night is a prime opportunity for teachers and parents to begin building relationships and set up engagement opportunities such as.

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.

Happy 10th birthday, Dangerously Irrelevant!

Dangerously Irrelevant

Today is the 10th birthday of Dangerously Irrelevant. I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for an entire decade. It seems like just yesterday that I was at the University of Minnesota and considering whether a blog might be a good idea (it was). Although I still feel young (‘I’m not dead yet!’), I believe that a decade of continuous blogging may make me one of the elders of the edublogosphere (for example, using the word ‘edublogosphere’ most definitely dates me!).

Show Solidarity with Words & Actions

The Jose Vilson

Kaden Pagani, 8, left, and his brother Kingston, 6, carry signs as they march down Broadway toward Frank Ozawa Plaza during a Black Lives Matters protest in Oakland on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Image by Michael Short. “Your Silence will not protect you” Audre Lorde calls for our silence to be transformed into language and action in her 1977 speech. But if our silence will not protect us, then why do we hold on to it for comfort?

Innovative Ways To Improve School:Home Communications

The Web20Classroom

My oldest daughter, Reaghan, is getting ready to be a 2nd grader. Heading back to school with her is one of the busiest times of year. There are lots of meetings, papers to read and fill out, and new things to learn about her school. As a parent, I rely heavily upon the communication efforts of the district and her school. Classes haven’t even started yet and she’s getting many phone calls, letters from her school and the district and lots of other information. We still have 2 weeks to go!