Sat.Apr 02, 2016 - Fri.Apr 08, 2016

How to Fight Bullying By Teaching Kids To Be Kind

The CoolCatTeacher

Make Your School A Better Place From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Perhaps meanness in school happens because we don’t teach students what to do. The #tbk ( to be kind) movement is spreading like wildfire among many schools.

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Micro learning and the short attention span


“ The attention span of a goldfish is longer than a human’s. ” ” Seriously. The goldfish has an attention span of 9 seconds, while humans only go to the limit of 8 seconds. Keep that in mind next time you create e-learning courses for kids.

So, When During the School Day Should Teachers Create Curriculum?

The Journal

OER – Open Education Resources – are being touted by the Department of Education as the key to future of K-12 curriculum. While there is no question that OER are a component of the new digital curriculum, in this blog, we answer the question raised in the blog post’s title

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Classroom Furniture: Does it impede or improve learning?

Catlin Tucker

My first year teaching I remember spending the week before school setting up my new classroom. I hung pictures, organized my desk, and set up all of the desks and chairs into neat rows. I believed that putting students in rows facing the front of the room would make them easier to manage.

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.

The Journey from “Just Awful” to Great Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Taking the Leap of Faith with 39-year Veteran Teacher Lou Zulli From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Great teachers are always great. Right? Wrong. Most of us start off teaching by making mistakes — LOTS OF THEM. Lou Zulli is a pro.

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Documenting Learning

User Generated Education

As I’ve discussed in numerous posts, I am an experiential educator. I believe in and promote learning-by-doing and hands-on learning. I approach experiential learning from a cycle of learning which includes reflecting on and analysis of things done through learning-by-doing.

Change Needed Today to Prepare for Tomorrow

A Principal's Reflections

There is always a great deal of talk about what schools need to do now. The problem though is that most of the talk is not followed with action. Then there are those who want to act, but do not have the adequate support to do so. Herein lies the issue with all the change talk, rhetoric, and opinions.

How Innovative Educators Observe, Reflect, and Share

The CoolCatTeacher

The Innovator's Mindset with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Many teachers say they don’t have time to connect. I live and breathe that feeling.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

You lower your hands to the ground and feel the texture of the rubber track against your fingertips. You slowly inhale the clean smell of fresh-cut grass and feel the wind gently pull the hair away from your face. The referee stands to your left, ready to count down to the beginning of the race.

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.


Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 17. Driving question: Why are kids so excited to spend their Saturday mornings at our school? Imagine fifty students waking their parents up early Saturday morning to be at school by 8:00 am. No TV cartoons!

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3 Comic Creators That Will Wow Your Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Comics are a robust medium for sharing empathy and perspective in a story. It’s equally appropriate for fiction and nonfiction and does a solid job of reinforcing Common Core standards related to writing in a fun, agile way that appeals to students.

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23 Earth Day Activities, Resources, Web Sites, & Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.”- ”- Lady Bird Johnson. Earth Day is April 22nd and serves as an important reminder of how each of us needs to do our part to care for the planet we call home. Teachers can help their students begin to care about their impact on the environment and take action to minimize their impact on the Earth by making them aware of environmental issues.

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

This post was co-authored by Center for Teaching Quality CEO Barnett Berry. . Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. But considerable evidence indicates that formal professional development often misses the mark. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth. . In short, the current approach to American teachers’ professional development is falling short.

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.

Wainhouse Research Presents New Findings on LRM

Fidelis Education

By Alan Greenberg. Ending the Expectation of Average while Getting Back to Basics. Many educational technological tools have been designed to solve a specific functional requirement, whether meant to support institution, educator / learner, or classroom needs.

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Ten MS Word Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top MS Word tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: #109: MS Word Skills Assessment for Grades 3-8. Dear Otto: How do I set the default font on MS Word. Tech Tip #37: My MS Word Toolbar Disappeared. Tech Tip #20: How to Add an MS Word Link. MS Word for Grades 2-5. #45:

Snapchat 101 for teachers — What you need to know

Ditch That Textbook

In my first conversation about Snapchat with another educator, I didn’t have a very open mind. “Let’s Snapchat each other to talk about it more!” ” she said. I politely declined. I didn’t want anything to do with it. Snapchat had gained a reputation as a place where kids go to swap inappropriate pictures. Today, it [.]. Ed Tech digital citizenship edtech educational technology safety security snapchat social media student-teacher connections

Being a Blended and Online Learning Mentor: The Key to Success


Contributor: Ashley Shorter Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 9:15am A mentor is by definition someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced, often younger, person, i.e., a trusted counselor or guide.

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.

Wainhouse Research Presents New Findings on LRM

Fidelis Education

By Alan Greenberg. Ending the Expectation of Average while Getting Back to Basics. Many educational technological tools have been designed to solve a specific functional requirement, whether meant to support institution, educator / learner, or classroom needs.

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10 Ways to Wrap Up the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s the end of school. Everyone’s tired, including you. What you want for these last few weeks are activities that keep the learning going, but in a different way. You want to shake things up so students are excited and motivated and feel interested again.

14 copyright essentials teachers and students must know

Ditch That Textbook

Students and teachers toe a very fuzzy ethical line every day — many without even realizing it. Some end up on the safe side of the line, but others cross the line and cross ethical boundaries — and sometimes costly legal ones.

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You're Not Average

Voyager Sopris Learning

And neither are your students. Pause for a moment before you continue reading. Think about your friends, your family, your students. Think about yourself. Is anyone average? Of course not. All of us are typical in some ways and not-so-typical in others. Moreover, this typicality is situational.

EdTech at School

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

What Your LMS Procurement Checklist is Overlooking


I’m feeling good. In the last week I’ve connected with several schools who are just nailing their learning management system procurement. Why is that a reason to be in a good mood, you ask? Listen, not everyone gets this right.

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Subscriber Special: April

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. April 1st through May 15th: 10% Discount ( use code SUMMERPD ) on any of our Summer Learning online classes: The Tech-infused Teacher.

Flipping Your School's Professional Development

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Here's why flipping professional development for teachers makes sense. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights eduCanon differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning personalized professionaldevelopment realtimemonitoring screencasting teachertraining teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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Disrupting Traditional High School in a High Tech World

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 16. Driving question: How Can A New High School Design Ready Students To Succeed in the Global Workforce? Changes to the higher education and workplace have been occurring at warp speed.

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.