Sat.Jun 13, 2015 - Fri.Jun 19, 2015

When Students Plan a Conference, Amazing Things Happen

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM151: Eric Walters and his students Isabella and Tylor tell all The first online student technology conference was held this past January 2015 led by Eric Walters and his students. They are furiously planning the 2016 event (you can join in).

Five Formative Assessment Tools Recommended by Teacher Experts

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You just asked a question to your class of 30 students. One student provides the correct answer, but how do you know everyone in the class grasped the concept? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

If technology doesn’t disrupt the very notion of the textbook first, its future is surely digital.

3 Great Special Needs Digital Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

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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.

ECM 91: Understanding the Anxieties Around Educating Special Needs Kids

The CoolCatTeacher

Gary Dietz Helps Us Empathize: the Special Needs Episode We Should All Hear Gary Dietz is the father of a special needs child. After his child was born, Gary realized that Dads are often an ignored caregiver for helping special needs kids.

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Many Roads to Travel: Empowering Student Learning Outside the Walls

Battelle for Kids

June 15, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 7. Driving Question: How Do Teachers Empower Students With Learning Outside School? Over the past two years, I've been afforded the opportunity to serve as an instructional coach with teachers at a high school in Northwest Georgia.

Video Projects to Engage Learners: 20+ Tools & Tips

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! Humans are incredibly visual and powerful, moving images help us find meaning… [and] video helps capture and contextualize the world around us.” – Dan Patterson. Some of the most popular apps and social networks (Periscope, Meerkat, Vine, Instagram, Youtube, etc.) make it easy for anyone to quickly produce, publish, and share their videos. Chances are your students have already produced their own videos and shared them with the world.

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7 Awesome Ways to Be a Teacherpreneur and Inspire your Students to Be Exceptional [Link]

The CoolCatTeacher

7 Awesome Ways to Be a Teacherpreneur and Inspire your Students to Be Exceptional. Edutopia. June 10, 2015. It has been some time since I first coined the word “ teacherpreneur ” here as it relates to the classroom teacher, but the word is becoming commonplace. ISTE sponsored a series on teacherpreneurship over on Edutopia. Look on the left side of the post. ) I think there are 7 ways that any teacher can be a teacherpreneur that are guaranteed to help students be more awesome.

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What does this say about us as learners?

Dangerously Irrelevant

A 2nd grade teacher told me – without any seeming embarrassment – that her students knew more about their iPads than she did. I thought in my head, ‘Really? They’re 7…’. As educators, shouldn’t we be embarrassed if we’re getting outlearned by 7-year-olds? (or

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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.

3 Ways to Support Teachers as the Educational Landscape Evolves

Catlin Tucker

In 1964, Bob Dylan sang, “The times they are a changin’ ” This is as true today as it was then. Technology is playing a major role in the changes happening now. This can be exciting or scary depending on your perspective.

The Perfect Headset via @iThinkWrite for Your Blended Classroom!


ThinkWrite Headsets: Build with Students in Mind I was so excited when a great friend of mine suggested I try these headsets for my classroom. She knew I was trying many creative strategies with my students to personalize instruction within our classroom.

Activating Authentic Student Learning Outside the Walls

Battelle for Kids

June 18, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 9. Driving Question: How do we activate authentic learning outside of the classroom? Over the years I have heard many people say that teachers should be facilitators of learning.

Robot alligators

Dangerously Irrelevant

I spent this morning at the Maker Tech Camp at Edwards Elementary here in Ames. Teresa Green is an innovative teacher who received a grant from the district last year to purchase various ‘maker’ resources. Since then she has been busy putting them and her students to work!

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.

Excellence Should Not Be Isolated

A Principal's Reflections

Through social media many of us regularly share examples of excellence in classrooms, schools, and districts across the world. Twitter and other tools provide me for one with a daily and continuous dose of inspiration.

Faceoff: What Digital Device Should My School Buy?

Ask a Tech Teacher

In the not so distant past, two types of computers battled for supremacy in the classroom: Macs or PCs. Both were desktops and both did the same things, but in hugely different ways.

Learn How To Do Some AMAZING Things with your WordPress Website | Featuring @Suzette_Franck


Tweet. Educational Podcasting Today is a weekly podcast that celebrates podcasters and podcasting. It’s mission is to help educators learn how to create podcasts and amazing WordPress websites for their podcasts. For more information, please visit Show Topics.

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Innovation, 3D roller coasters, and questioning the status quo

Dangerously Irrelevant

Below are my notes from Day 1 of our Northwest Iowa TICL conference … Session schedule. Session resources. ticl2015. Tony Vincent , Learning In Hand , @tonyvincent. Question the Status Quo. Entrepreneurs are curious, creative, and fearless about experimentation – Hal Gregersen.

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.

Report: Is it Game Over for Gamification?

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith A preview of the upcoming K–12 NMC Horizon report gives classroom gamification the axe. Classroom Game-based Learning

Last Chance to Join Summer PD

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last chance–class starts Monday, June 22nd! Summer PD. Three spots left for Weekend Hangouts. Summer Keyboarding. Filling up so sign up now. More on Summer PD: Top Ten Reasons to sign up for Summer PD. Summer PD–Questions We’ve Gotten. 11 Take-aways from Summer PD.

What App Am I Programming With? | by @SamPatue


Tweet. With so many options for programming and coding on tablets, I am in a constant cycle of learning, evaluating, and deciding how I will use an app in class.

When students develop learning objectives based on the standards

Dangerously Irrelevant

Steve Carroll said: When we transitioned to Common Core we did an unpacking the standards process.

EdTech at School

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

Who Assesses What Outside School Walls?

Battelle for Kids

June 16, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 8. Driving Question: Who is responsible for assessing what for outside-the-walls learning experiences? I've got it. They want me to do my law project at their office and be an intern too!"

Part 1: Forty Educational Websites For Your Summer 2015 Toolkit

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post and the summer of 2015… at least in the USA. I have a real treat for you in the coming weeks. I will be sharing some of those websites I feel should be in every teacher’s toolbox! I have forty… maybe more… and I am sending out ten new ones in each post.

Calling All Podcasters! Announcing the #ISTE15 Podcasters Meet Up! #PodcastPD


Tweet. Calling All Podcasters! Calling All Podcasters! The ISTE Conference is fast approaching and I am thrilled to announce an amazing opportunity for those of you who are podcast creators or podcast listeners.

Day 2 of TICL and other awesomeness

Dangerously Irrelevant

Below are my notes from Day 2 of our Northwest Iowa TICL conference … Session schedule. Session resources. ticl2015. Tony Vincent , Learning In Hand , @tonyvincent. Powerful Projects ( see all of Tony’s resources ).

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.

Privacy push must not prevent personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Julia Freeland, a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, and I coauthored this piece. We can all remember getting tests back with a big grade at the top and”‘x’s” marked next to the problems we got wrong. If we were lucky, a teacher, tutor or parent was willing to go over those mistakes with us and fill in the gaps where we had struggled.

Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Teachers who are eager to assess the development of critical content knowledge or skills during the learning experience often rely on exit tickets for quick perspective.

The Technology Behind 1:1 Programs and Google Play for Education [#Infographic]

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan Aiming to achieve low student-to-device ratios and leverage educational apps in the classroom, schools draw upon several technologies. . Classroom Cloud Digital Content Hardware Mobility Notebooks PCs Tablets