Sat.Aug 15, 2015 - Fri.Aug 21, 2015

Successful Parent Teacher Communication Tips

The CoolCatTeacher

3 Important Times We Have to Talk Students need parent teacher communication. We need to work together to help kids. There are three essential times for parent teacher communication. The Global Search for Education has a monthly question.

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Don’t Waste the First Day of School

Catlin Tucker

The first day of school is an opportunity. It’s a chance to let students know what they can expect from you and your class. Will the class be teacher centered or student centered? Will they work in isolation or in collaborative groups? Will they be challenged or not?

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Teach Digital Citizenship: 20+ Tips & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Enjoyed these resources? Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. “The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.” ” – John Naisbitt.

5 Tools To Shake up the New Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

One thing we can all agree on is that there are tons of free tech tools available that enrich learning. I can’t keep up with them. I belong to several Tech Teacher forums, FB groups, G+ Communities, and every day I find more great tools I can’t wait to use in my classroom.

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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.

Want kids to love school? Stop telling them they stink and find their strength.

The CoolCatTeacher

The Teacher as a Talent Scout Good schools don’t just teach you subjects. Good schools teach you about yourself. A focus on strengths is the secret to a better school. We want students to be leaders, but we never let them lead. Let’s change that! Here’s how.

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20 Ways to Transform Learning with Technology

Teacher Reboot Camp

Enjoyed these resources? Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. This year try integrating technology to get students researching, exploring, creating and moving. Hover over the infopic below to discover lessons, free apps, and resources! Challenge: Try one of these ideas to transform the learning in your classroom! If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99

6 Ways to Make Students Love You on the First Day of School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. One of our most popular posts, “14 Things Teachers Should Never Do on the First Day of School,” sparked plenty of discussion here on Brilliant or Insane and on our social networks. Even though most agreed with our “Not to-do list,” many longed for the positive spin?


10 Ways to Build Powerful Parent Partnerships from Day One

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode on Building Parent-Teacher Relationships sponsored by Bloomz. First-rate teachers value parents. Jumpstart positive parent partnerships from day one. Show parents how much they matter.

10 ways to hook kids on learning from teachers of the year

Ditch That Textbook

It’s said that surrounding yourself with great people will help you become a greater person. As an educator who’s always trying to improve, when a teacher of the year speaks, I listen. They’re usually brimming with enthusiasm, wisdom and great practical ideas.

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.

Let’s Hang! 10+ Ways to Spark Collaboration with Google Hangouts

Teacher Reboot Camp

“It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.” ” – Milton Olson. Google has many free incredible apps and tools that work on any device to support and promote collaboration. I have found great success integrating Google Drive with Google Hangouts.

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Become a reading warrior

Dangerously Irrelevant

Pernille Ripp said: I declare myself a reading warrior, and I believe you should as well. No more reading logs to check whether kids are reading. No more levels used to stop children from self-selecting books they actually want to read. No more timed standardized tests to check for comprehension.

Back to School: 4 Ways to Get Ready and Save Money

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Staples Now is the time. I start back to school. So does my son. Lots of you will soon too. How do we get totally ready? Start by making a list. But sometimes I don’t know everything that is out there.

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There Are No Silver Bullets in Ed Tech

The Journal

Over the past 20 years, boosters of several new technologies have promised to “revolutionize education.” In this week’s post, we review the various predictions about laptops, interactive whiteboards, iPads and Chromebooks. Ah, techies and their penchant for hyperbole

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.

Learn Why Swivl Is the Perfect Tool For Your Flipped Classroom | @GoSwivl


One of the hottest devices being showcased this year at the ISTE conference was Swivl. Swivl is a complete video solution that provides presenters the ability to capture video during their lessons and create self-directed learning experiences for their students. About Swivl.

Empowering Students and Teachers with Blended Learning

Battelle for Kids

August 20, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 9. Driving Question: How might the work of district leaders transform daily instruction? Whenever I told people that I am a blended learning coach, I'd often get a quizzical look. "A A what? What's a blended learning coach?" Just as frequently, I'd also get the question: "What exactly is blended learning, anyway?"

Three Thoughts on the Treatment of EdTech in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Doug Levin

Since at least 2007, Education Next has commissioned an annual public opinion poll to help inform the K-12 education policy discussion in DC and the states, as well as to suggest lines of inquiry for further research.

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How One Simple Tool Makes Teachers Crave More Student Data

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane.

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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.


Ask a Tech Teacher

When kids read that America’s $18 trillion+ debt is accepted by many experts as ‘business as usual’, I wonder how that news will affect their own personal finance decisions. Do they understand the consequences of unbalanced budgets?

Part 1: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have often reflected on the idea of formative assessment. In my reflection I have come up with several main ideas. First, this is a practice that has always been a part of good teaching.

Personalization in Lumen’s “Next Gen” OER Courseware Pilot

Iterating Toward Openness

For almost three years Lumen Learning has been helping faculty, departments, and entire degree programs adopt OER in place of expensive commercial textbooks.

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Motivating Struggling Adolescent Readers: Try Relevance and Success

Voyager Sopris Learning

By Louisa Moats, Ed.D. Motivation, according to a recent textbook on adolescent literacy* , is “a feeling of interest or enthusiasm that makes a student want to complete a task or improve his or her skills.”

EdTech at School

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

Tech Tip #111: Quick Internet Fix

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 Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: The internet website is quirky. Stuff I know should work doesn’t. Is there any quick way to fix that without having to reboot?

New resource: Personalized Learning Playbook

The Christensen Institute

Education Elements, an education consulting company, is one of the pioneers in blended learning. Through its experience working with K–12 schools to create blended-learning programs, it has been at the forefront of developing some of the tools, models, and expertise for making blended learning work. Given the company’s vast experience and impressive results , it was exciting to read CEO and Founder Anthony Kim’s new book, Personalized Learning Playbook.

Happy 9th birthday! (a few thoughts on blogging and online learning)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Today is Dangerously Irrelevant’s 9th birthday. That’s a long time in blogging years (sometimes I feel ancient even though I’m not that old yet). Most of the educators whose amazing voices inspired me in those early days are no longer blogging.

4 Ways Photomath Will Ruin Math Class This Year

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If you are a math teacher, you’ve likely heard of Photomath. The smartphone app, which debuted in early 2015, allows a student to take a photograph of a mathematical equation and then provides not only the solution to that equation, but the steps to solve it.

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.