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What One Teacher Did When He Realized His Kids Weren’t Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

How an Award Winning Teacher Went from Failure to Fantastic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When he started teaching, high school Spanish teacher, Matt Miller had a dirty secret: His students couldn’t speak Spanis h.

The Need to Refocus (Vigorously!) on Learning

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The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) was not designed to be primarily an equity of access to technology program (although that was part of it). And it wasn’t designed to be primarily a program by which students could develop technology skills (although that was part of it).

Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology, and currently serves as Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships. One of my many high school memories is learning the Pythagorean Theorem.

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A Principal's Reflections

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." - Ronald Reagan Lately I have really been focused on what true leadership actually is.

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.

Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge

The CoolCatTeacher

Advice From a Student Assessment Researcher About What is Fair and Unfair in Today's Grading Systems From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Maximizing collaboration in the classroom


Long gone are the days when, in a classroom setting, only teachers did the talking and students did the learning. While things did not flip entirely (although teachers could learn a thing or two from the younger generations), students today are encouraged to speak their minds about what they learn.

10 research-based insights on how the brain learns

Ditch That Textbook

I remember struggling with social studies classes in high school and college. The content fascinated me. I loved hearing the stories of conflicts and resolutions. Wars and strategies. Politics and leverage. Power and influence.

3 Ways to Get Back Up When Teaching Knocks You Down

The CoolCatTeacher

Advice from a National Award Winning Teacher Who Has Had Tough Times Too From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. According to a recent Gallup poll, sixty-nine percent of teachers are not engaged in their work in the United States.

Revision Assistant–the Most Comprehensive Virtual Writing Assistant Available for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

English teachers know the key to writing is rewriting, but getting students to do that has always been a challenge. That is, until I found Turnitin’s Revision Assistant. Revision Assistant makes rewriting easy to understand, self-directed, and believe it or not–more fun.

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.

Learnings from a Traumatic Professional Development Experience

The Journal

This week’s blog post is about how CN un-traumatized ES after his professional development "experience." Without CN, he presided over a 50-minute session on how to use our Collabrify Apps in the K-12 classroom, at a one-day professional development event at a regional high school.

Engaging Students with Humor

Teacher Reboot Camp

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. – Dr. Seuss. April Fool’s Day is almost here! Spice up a lesson plan, activity or project with humor. Humor is a great way to ease the anxiety of learning and can make learning difficult or stressful topics engaging and fun.

How Innovative Educators Plug into Global Ideas

The CoolCatTeacher

The Innovator's Mindset series with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. George Couros said he would argue to his death that Twitter was useless when he started with it. But, now he sees. Should every teacher be connecting online?

Five Steps to Powerful Virtual Coaching for Teachers

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When you provide feedback to a teacher by coaching them virtually, new strategies come into play. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Teacher Evaluation Video creation eduCanon

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.

3 minutes: Redesigning lessons with trudacot [VIDEO]

Dangerously Irrelevant

I’m finally posting the video from my Redesigning lessons with trudacot presentation at ISTE last year. 3 minutes. Happy viewing! Want to learn more about the trudacot discussion protocol? No related posts. Tech Integration

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What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

Amy Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer at Education Elements. Education Elements is a corporate partner of Digital Promise. If there is one thing I know about school districts, it is that each is unique with its own strengths, challenges, goals, political context and quirky qualities.

Catching Up or Getting Ahead with Online Summer School Programs


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 3:00pm Many young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer break.

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11 Easter Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. This year, it’s March 31st. Here are some websites your students will love: Easter color-me (for Kindergarten/first grade).

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.

Blended learning up close—really close

The Christensen Institute

One of the miracles of modern microscopes is that they allow us to see things so up close that they look nearly unrecognizable. Take the following image: Picture: FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY/BARCROFT.

6 Learning Management Systems For Your Consideration


Learning management systems (LMS) has made it easier for educators and learners to manage their tasks. These educational tools assist both teachers and students in executing their day-to-day job.

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How Will You Measure The Success Of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Many educators know Clayton Christensen for his work on Disrupting Class. Fewer may know his philosophical work, How Will You Measure Your Life ? I first encountered his ideas in an essay published in The Harvard Business Review in 2010.

Dear Otto: How do I teach vocabulary?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. . I discuss teaching vocabulary a lot on this blog.

EdTech at School

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

The case for integrating teacher preparation into K–12 schools

The Christensen Institute

One well-known philosophy for improving teaching in K–12 schools is to define clear and rigorous standards for teacher licensure and teacher preparation programs—and then hold teachers and programs to those standards.

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What Is The Teachers Role in Assistive Technology by @HEJames


Ed-tech serves great purpose in the worlds of education and technology. It offers so many ways to adapt educational modes to the needs of learners. Teachers can use virtual reality to take their students to far-off places and try new things without having to leave the classroom.

20 locations to tour virtually with Google Maps Street View

Ditch That Textbook

Ever wish you could take your class to impressive landmarks around the country or world? Google Maps Street View makes many of those visits possible virtually — and for free. Street View is an immersive panoramic image experience through Google Maps. It lets you feel like you’re right on the street of many locations around [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps google maps street view virtual field trips

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LRM Transforms Teaching & Learning [via Edvocate]

Fidelis Education

By Matthew Lynch via Edvocate. Behind every successful adult is at least one person who pushed him or her to greatness.

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.

STEM For One, STEM For All

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 9. This two part post describes the critical features that have made this P21 Exemplar School one of the best STEM Schools in the nation. It serves a diverse population, but also models what it takes to transform a school into a deeper learning community for all students.

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Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology, and currently serves as Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships. One of my many high school memories is learning the Pythagorean Theorem.

How Wearables and Virtual Reality are Finding a Place in the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

By Jessica Leigh Brown Educators are discovering wearable devices that can transform surfaces into interactive media spaces. Mobility Wearables