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Top 10 Education Tweets of the School Year So Far – Fall 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

The top 10 education tweets of the 2015 school year so far include lots of sketchtnotes. Sketchnotes! Educators love them. SAMR, growth mindset, new tools, blogging, and back to school were hot topics for my PLN.

Reflecting on the Making Process

User Generated Education

My background is in experiential education. One of the strategies used in experiential education is debriefing or reflecting on the experience. In other words, learning from direct experience is not left to chance.

The Power of a Goal-Minded Teacher

Teacher Reboot Camp

There are moments, days, and even years when teaching overwhelms us. We have a grand mission to transform the world even if currently society, nor policy takes great care of its teachers. At the beginning of civilization, teachers were revered. Cicero once said, “What greater gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?” ” How do you keep your fire, your joy, your sanity, and peace of mind throughout out your teaching career?

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Six Ways You Can Tame Sunday Night Stress

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. It started my first year of teaching, and although things have improved dramatically over the last two decades, I’ve never completely overcome Sunday night stress. I deal with it far more often than I’d like to, and I know that many of my teacher friends do too.


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.

10 Ways to Build Team Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Empower Awesome Learning Every Day We are team classroom. Learning can be a solo venture. It can also be a team sport. No bystanders. When you build team classroom, you unleash a giant. Your class can learn more, grasp more, and move faster.

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The (Native) App is Dead; Long Live the (Web) App

The Journal

On 28 October 2014, the W3C approved a standard version of HTML5, a programming language for the web. For K-12 at least, HTML5 is totally disruptive – in a GOOD way!

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8 Ways Teachers Can Elevate Their Voices

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. This year, I have the honor of joining a wildly talented bunch of educators as New York Educator Voice fellow.

4 Writing Tips to Help the Writing Process

The CoolCatTeacher

Make Writing Essays Easier My student cried when I showed her how to voice type in Google. Then, instead of 90 words in one class period, she typed 500. She edited it. She turned it in early. Tears of joy happen when the right tool is taught to the right student.

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Using Research in Ed Tech: What Does “Research-Based” Really Mean?

Digital Promise

Aubrey is the Research Director at Digital Promise and Sandra is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. In a recent Digital Promise study , a majority of ed tech product developers told us their products are “research-based.” ” Yet, many school leaders are skeptical of these claims. It can be difficult to find details about research study findings in companies’ marketing materials, or to interpret how the developer applied these findings.

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.

6 Tech Best Practices for New Teachers

Ask a Tech Teacher

A study released last year by the National Council on Teacher Quality found that nearly half of the nation’s teacher training programs failed to insure that their candidates were STEM-capable. That means new teachers must learn how to teach science, technology, engineering and math on-the-job.

Uncommon Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The world today is changing at a fast pace. We are seeing advances in technology at a frenetic rate, which is having a powerful impact on our learners. It is not that our students are actually learning differently per se, but the environment in which they are learning is dramatically different.

What I Learned from The Worst Day of my Teaching Career

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. My ears were still ringing. The tears were still fresh. The day itself was ok, but at 3:04, I got a phone call that I try to forget. I can’t tell you any more than it was horrible. The worst accusations. No inquiries to what happened.

Draw, choose, write or say: Fantastic formative assessments

Ditch That Textbook

Formative assessment can be drudgery. When students are doing the same quizzes and the same practice questions all day long, it can be less than stimulating. Or formative assessment can be fantastic.

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.

5 Image Apps for your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Any child knows that a picture communicates differently than text. It’s not just quicker, it shares more detail more effectively. In seconds, our brain grasps a wide selection of data from the picture’s color, layout, design and draws conclusions.

It’s late 2015 and we’re still overblocking the Internet

Dangerously Irrelevant

It’s late 2015, we’re still overblocking the Internet, and the blame is on us as administrators… I read a post recently that stressed yet again how access to the wide range of the Internet is an equity issue.

Study Tips: Teaching Kids to Be Excellent Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode #177: Judy Fishel. Guilty. We tell students “be a good student.” ” “Study hard.” ” “Work hard.” ” But are we guilty of not telling them HOW to be a good student? WHAT study tips actually work?

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Hack Learning Audiobooks Give Problem Solving a Voice

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The new Hacking Education audiobook has arrived, giving problem solving a voice. Now, you can hack learning while driving, jogging, walking your dog, waiting in a doctor’s office, or from the comforts of home.

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.

10 ways to help students become “future ready”

Ditch That Textbook

Educators have a daunting task. It’s our job to help students prepare for a workforce that we can’t describe. Today, people have jobs that we couldn’t dream of several years ago. For example … managing social media for companies arranging work-from-home or telecommuting optimizing websites for search engines People all over the world are doing [.]. Teaching communication future ready global connections job skills workforce

Competency-based and blended learning: Friends or foes?

The Christensen Institute

Last week, I presented a webinar for the Michigan-based EdTech Specialists’ webinar series on blended learning and competency-based education.

Connect with Students: Getting and Staying In Touch with Every Student

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. How can we connect with our students every single day? Teacher Jennie Magiera reflects honestly about how she killed creativity but brought it back from the dead. She shares how a simple Google form changed everything about the relationship with her students.

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The Power of a Goal-Minded Teacher

Teacher Reboot Camp

There are moments, days, and even years when teaching overwhelms us. We have a grand mission to transform the world even if currently society, nor policy takes great care of its teachers. At the beginning of civilization, teachers were revered.

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EdTech at School

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

Some shout-outs this year

Dangerously Irrelevant

A few shout-outs that this blog has gotten this year… Onalytica calculated Dangerously Irrelevant to be the 5th-most influential educational technology and e-learning blog in the world. EdTech magazine named Dangerously Irrelevant as one of its ‘must read’ K-12 IT blogs for 2015.

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Tech Tip #116: How to Take Screenshots

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I need to take a screenshot with my Chromebook. Here’s the shortkey: Hold down the Ctrl key and press the Window Switcher key. The screenshot is placed on the clipboard and in the download folder.

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Teach Writing Skills: Using Powerful Prompts to Inspire Students to Write

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 178 with John Spencer. Writing should be exciting. You can teach writing skills with powerful multimedia based prompts and ideas, a global audience, and easy to use tools. John Spencer has the data to show that kids write more using this method. Important Takeaways.

Enhance the Classroom Experience using Video Conferencing


The face of education is steadily changing.

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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.

Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

The Christensen Institute

When I, along with Jason Hwang and Clayton Christensen, founded what has become the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation , we didn’t know what the experience would yield. We wanted to create a place where we didn’t just write nice books that sat on people’s shelves and gathered dust, but a place that created and shaped meaningful dialogues that would produce systematic change. Over the past several years, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to do just that.

Game-Based Learning Thrives, Despite Report of its Decline

EdTech Magazine

By Tommy Peterson Many K–12 educators remain enthusiastic about game-based learning despite a report that adoption has stalled. Classroom Game-based Learning STEM

Surfacing Assumptions about Student Voice

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 1. Driving Question: How can we make students feel like they have a voice? We recently heard a colleague ask, "How can we make students feel like they have a voice?" This is a great question. There is just one problem: the word "feel." It sounds like we want students to have the sensation that they have a voice, but not necessarily have one. The use of feel with voice is common and not limited to students.

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