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40 Ways to Engage Them in the First 5 Minutes

Teacher Reboot Camp

Enjoyed these resources? Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. One of the best ways I engaged my students were with prompts written on the board. Each day, my students would walk in the door and see the area with the prompt, challenge, or mission and knew they had to complete it in the first 5 minutes or complete it for homework. I would change it up so they would practice writing, listening, critical thinking, and more!

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Learning at school? What’s wrong with this picture?

User Generated Education

What does learning look like in school environments? What is wrong with the following pictures? Mohamed, a self-assured kid with thick-framed glasses and a serious expression, had just started at MacArthur High School a few weeks ago. The Irving, Tex.,

Great Feedback for Teachers Is Hard to Find

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

We got 420 applications while recruiting new instructional coaches for our team. Very few of them knew how to provide constructive feedback for teachers. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email assessment coaching feedback recruitment teachers

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Schooling the Terrible Teacher: 10 Things Parents Should Never Do

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If you’re the parent of school-aged children, you’re probably still well acquainted with 4:00 am. This is when you once fed your hungry babies and nursed them through bouts of whooping cough, ear infections, and tummy aches that shook you out of your dreamless half-sleep.


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.

4 Inexpensive (or Free) Google Apps That Help Students Collaborate

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Bringing technology into the classroom can feel like an uphill battle.

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Schools Buying Ed-Tech Tools, Then Failing to Use Them

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

New research on how schools are using the ed-tech software and technology they purchase shows schools are not maximizing their investments. Often educators aren't even using the products in the classroom. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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8 Ways to Tame an Angry Parent

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I remember the first time I confronted an angry parent.

16 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

I repost this article every September because I get so many requests for mouse resources for those youngest keyboarders. Enjoy! One of the most important pre-keyboarding skills is how to use the mouse.

All Hands on Deck: Young Children With Needs and Project-Based Learning (Part 4 of 4)

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 7. Driving Question: How do we support ALL students to ensure meaningful participation in early grade projects?

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.

Heading Back To School With @appoLearning

The Web20Classroom

Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to check out and learn more about appoLearning. You might remember I wrote about my experience in finding and curating content there. And then how easy it was to create a collection of high quality resources to share.

Thinking Critically About Rape Culture: 10 Questions All Teachers Should Consider

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, one American is sexually assaulted every 107 seconds. Sixty-eight percent of sexual assaults are never reported to the police, and 98% of perpetrators will never spend a day in prison.

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Flip Your Back-to-School Night

Catlin Tucker

Back-to-School Night is the one evening each year when I have the opportunity to connect face-to-face with my students’ parents. Unfortunately, not all parents can attend Back-to-School Night. Some of my parents work at night or they are at home with their other children.

Where to find the perfect virtual guest for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Explorers. Researchers. Archaeologists. Scientists. Lawmakers. Even celebrities and athletes. They’re the great guest speakers that many of us would love to invite to talk to our classes.

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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.

Can we answer this question satisfactorily for our students?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Paul Sinanis, middle school student, said: I don’t understand the point of school. What’s the point? Everything that I am interested in and connects to my world doesn’t ever come up in school, so what’s the point? via [link]. Related Posts.

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rosterSync for Admins and Teachers - sync your SIS to Google Classroom

Educational Technology Guy

rosterSync is a great new, free tool from New Visions Cloud Lab , the same people behind the Chromebook Inventory Tool. rosterSync has two versions: Super Admin and Teacher.

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Why Personalize

A Principal's Reflections

How we best learn has been a hot topic for many years. As most would agree experiences that are relevant, practical to our needs, meaningful, and applicable drive learning.

How To "Amp Up" Your Traditional Lesson Planning in Today's Classrooms


If We Expect Students to Collaborate, Are WE Leading By Example? Any observer can see the vast amount of student collaboration transpiring online from teachers sharing their classroom practices via Twitter chats, class blogs or websites, Instagram, Periscope and more.

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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.

Transform, not reform

Dangerously Irrelevant

Greg Whitby said: more businesses are moving away from improving old models to responding to the changing needs of consumers (and employees) within the context of a rapidly changing world.

5 Ways to Involve Parents in Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

In fifteen years of teaching K-8, I have learned that one factor provides a reliable barometer for student success: Parent involvement. In fact, it’s crucial.

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What’s Your Hurry? 3 Reasons Slow Math is Best

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. As both a teacher and administrator, I often heard from parents whose children were exceptionally good at math. “My My daughter already knows how to multiply four-digit numbers, so third grade math is too easy for her. She needs to be accelerated.” There’s lots of research to support acceleration as a strategy for gifted learners. The […]. The post What’s Your Hurry? 3 Reasons Slow Math is Best appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

The Classroom Video Manifesto: Resources, ideas and more

Ditch That Textbook

Every day, millions of hours of YouTube videos are watched by its 1 billion users. Every minute, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. It’s no surprise that video engages students in our classrooms.

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EdTech at School

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

Creating, making, and doing in Northwest Iowa [VIDEO]

Dangerously Irrelevant

My team’s most recent video about the maker experiences that we’re facilitating in our Northwest region of Iowa. Happy viewing! Related Posts. Live blogging Oskaloosa High School’s experiences at the FIRST Championships. When all students bring home is a piece of paper.

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3 Lesson Plans to Teach Architecture in First Grade

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great lesson plan with three activities well-suited to the discussion of architecture and design in 1st grade: Review. Students complete three projects in two weeks to aid understanding of architecture, design, and three-dimensional thinking.

21st century connection: a multi-sensory approach to attention deficit disorder

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 8. Driving Question: How can we connect the learner with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder into 21st Century Deeper Learning? If we could listen to what was happening inside the head of a learner with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this is what we might hear: "The teacher is talking to me, but I can't follow all of what she is saying. Stop – blah, blah, blah - and pay attention!"

Stop treating teachers like commodities

The Christensen Institute

Research clearly shows that teachers are the most important school-level factor influencing student achievement. So why does our education system often treat them as commodities? Commodities are products that do not have meaningful points of differentiation in the markets in which they are purchased. In other words, in the eyes of customers, products from provider A are not meaningfully different from products made by provider B.

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.

Time to find other employment

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dean Shareski said: In the past decade, most everyone with access has experienced what it’s like to learn from anyone, anywhere at any time. In everyday life, this is no longer an event to behold but the way we learn.

Top Fourteen Articles for Back to School

Ask a Tech Teacher

To help you adjust, here are the Top Ten articles on putting technology into your back-to-school plans: How to Prepare Students for PARCC Tests. 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School. 5 Tools To Shake up the New Year. 3 Apps to Help Brainstorm Next Year’s Lessons.

Skype Connects Classrooms With Field Trips Around the World

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith Skype's video chats have developed into an innovative tool for global classroom collaboration. Classroom Collaboration Digital Content Internet Management Online Video Unified Communications