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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 ?

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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. […].

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.

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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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.

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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.

Lessons plans: A technological wonder

The Christensen Institute

When most people picture world-changing technologies, they immediately conjure mental images of automobiles, airplanes, computers, and smartphones. But when the word “technology” is too closely associated with machines and devices, we can easily overlook powerful technologies of a different sort.

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.

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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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.

[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!

The Ford Model T: America was once an emerging market

The Christensen Institute

The United States in the 1900s resembled some emerging markets today. For example, per capita income in the US at that time was about $6,000 in 2009 dollars. For comparison, per capita income in Botswana, a country in Southern Africa, is around $6,000.

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.

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.

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.

12 ways to use Google Cardboard in your class

Ditch That Textbook

Virtual reality used to be the thing of science fiction books and movies. Now, it’s inexpensive, works with the technology we carry in our pockets, and can transform us to real and imaginary places.

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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?

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EdTech at School

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

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.

The Tech-infused Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Several times a year, I teach an online class called the Tech-infused Classroom.

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.

What can a 4th grader teach us about Digital Citizenship? | #StuVoice #DigCit @mbfxc


Digital Citizenship is the teaching of community building online and helping your students understand how to treat one another equally and fairly.

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.