Sat.Aug 08, 2015 - Fri.Aug 14, 2015

7 Assessment Tips and Tools to Know What Your Students Are Really Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode with Garnet Hillman. How do we know our students have really mastered the standards we are supposed to teach? Assessment coach Garnett Hillman helps us understand how our assessments need to change. (We

Team Building Activities That Support Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM

User Generated Education

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When Education Leadership Fails You #Edchat

Teacher Reboot Camp

“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.” ” – Albert Einstein. Educators connecting online can transform your life. I’ve shared this many times as a connected educator evangelist.

8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first day of class can be daunting. Students are curious about the new faces around them, intimidated–even frightened by the prospect of so many people they know nothing about. As a teacher, you might feel the same way.

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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.

6 Keys to the Flipped Classroom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Have you considered creating a flipped classroom? No, this doesn’t mean turning your room upside down. The flipped classroom is about implementing 21st-century digital learning strategies and engaging learners outside of the classroom.

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Goal: Share Your Edtech Success Story

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.”-David ”-David Warlick.

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Tech Ed Resources–Organize Your Class

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.

8 lessons ANY educator can learn from the science classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Today’s guest post is written by Matt Johnson, a third grade teacher at Boiling Springs Elementary School in Boiling Springs, S.C. Follow him on Twitter at @MattJohnson10 and at his website,

The School Design “Oops!”

Battelle for Kids

August 10, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 4. Driving Question: How can school leaders design truly transformative models of teaching and learning? Transformative learning doesn't have to be a function of fortune. Schools can be designed to transform lives." (1)

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.

Goal: Introduce Us to Your School

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” ” – Scott Hayden. Our newest goal for 2015 is from Hayfa Majdoub from Tunisia !

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6 Things to Consider at the Start of the Writing Process

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. It’s 5:15 am on a Tuesday morning, and my day is beginning in its usual fashion–quietly. Everyone else is still asleep. I relish this part of my day.

Can Crowdfunding Pay for Teacher Professional Development?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A Philadelphia principal tries to use crowdfunding to pay for teacher professional development that the district budget won't cover. Will it work? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email crowdfunding funding


5 digital sources of thought-provoking art for classrooms

Ditch That Textbook

Today’s guest post is written by Alisa Gross. She has been the editor of two education blogs, The C4E College Teaching and Learning Blog, and the Acclaim Blog. She holds advanced degrees in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London, and Johns Hopkins University.

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.

Goal: Give Yourself a Pep Talk

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “Instead of saying, ‘I have a lot of problems that I am dealing with,’ you should say, ‘I am a very courageous person, and I always find ways to triumph in all my circumstances in life.’

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14 Things Teachers Should Never Do on the First Day of School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. It’s the first day of school. Your only chance to make a first impression. Your students will be intrigued, energized, and excited about you and your class. Or they’ll dread coming back. Rarely, is there anything in between.

An Evolution in Mobile

A Principal's Reflections

As some of you may recall, I was part of the Board of Advisors of a start-up named Beeonics. The company was a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) app building company, where schools, like the one I used to be Principal of at New Milford High School in NJ, could build their very own app.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

Rhonda Broussard is the founder and president of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools , a charter management organization. In 2014, she traveled to and explored the education systems of Finland and New Zealand as an Eisenhower Fellow (full disclosure: I was also a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow).

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.

Embracing the Maker Movement

Battelle for Kids

August 11, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 5. Driving Question: How does 'making" inspire student engagement and interest? As a child growing up in the 70s, I spent my free tiem outside building forts, fairy houses and sandcastles. When the weather forced me inside, my friends and I entertained ourselves by making things: doll clothes, furniture, and a multitude of crafts. My own children, as well as the students at my school, have had very different childhood experiences.

How Should Learners Influence Classroom Design?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane “Researchers and designers of learning environments often debate whether the learner should adapt to the learning environment, or whether the learning environment should adapt to them. Arguably, this is the wrong question.

Principles for school districts’ social media policies

Dangerously Irrelevant

My newest article is out. This one is about some general guidelines and principles for school districts to consider as they formulate their social media policies. A segment is below. You can read the full article online or in AASA’s School Administrator magazine. Consider your tone. Districts everywhere are doing everything they can to put digital tools into the hands of students and staff because of the powerful learning opportunities that they enable.

An Introduction to Screencasting in the Classroom | Featuring @TechsmithEDU


Jeff sits down with Jason Valade from Techsmith Education to discuss how easy it is for teachers to be Screencasting in the Classroom for their students. In this video, Jason shows several great reasons for creating screencasts for the classroom.

EdTech at School

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

Google Spotlights 20 Student Science Fair Finalists

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith 20 teens and their brightest STEM concepts come to life in the latest Google Science Fair. . Classroom STEM

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26 Ways Educators Use Twitter

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Maybe you’ve heard about the power of Twitter for education, but you aren’t quite sure how it works. Fedena, a School Management Software company, shares 26 ways educators use Twitter, in this nifty, alphabetized infographic. Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics For more powerful Twitter strategies, check out our social media library. Meanwhile, share […]. The post 26 Ways Educators Use Twitter appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Curriculum Companions Start August 17th

Ask a Tech Teacher

Start date for the 2015-16 school year: August, 17, 2015. Curriculum Companion Wikis (K-5 only) follow a tech professional as s/he teaches each lesson in the SL K-5 curriculum textbooks.

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How can we infuse Coding into our Science Classes? | @Hopscotch #csk8


I have talked with some teachers recently about using programming to model systems. This is great and super duper common core thinking as a way to demonstrate understanding. Using Scratch or the Ipad programming app, Hopscotch students can create presentations, animations, and interactive games.

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.

Coding Schools Are at the Center of an Education Revolution

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith Students learn to love code at Flatiron School, a new kind of institution that’s thriving within a niche carved by a ravenous IT marketplace. Classroom Cloud Cloud Computing Curriculum Digital Content Internet STEM Web development

This Four Step Photo Walk Helps Writers Capture Setting

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. WNY Young Writer’s Studio fellows recently took a stroll through Kenmore, New York in search of images that reminded them of the settings they were crafting for their own stories.

Now Take Notes on Drive Videos with – From Beth Holland


This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. allows students to take notes while watching videos. This tool is fantastic in a flipped, blended, or online classroom as students can have their typed notes automatically time-stamped to the video. Because