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A Fast Way to Read the News: Newsmap

The CoolCatTeacher

A 2 Minute Productivity Tip No time to read the news? Newsmap helps. Here are tips and a quick tour. A Fast Way to Read the News: Newsmap. Newsmap isn’t new — but perfect for a five-minute glance at the news.

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How to go Paperless in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every Earth Day, someone in your school, maybe the parent group, raises the question of WHY NOT a paperless classroom? Everyone nods their heads, agrees this is a revolutionary idea, and moves on as Earth Day passes. Really, though: Why not?

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3 Websites Where You Can Find Complex Informational Texts

Catlin Tucker

As many teachers shift to the Common Core Standards, they are attempting to incorporate more complex texts and more informational/nonfiction texts into their curriculum. If you are asking yourself, “What is a complex text for my students?”

Every Child In: Children with Special Needs Learning the 21st Century Way

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 4. This post begins a four part series from Katherine Smith Elementary School, a P21 Exemplar. In this series, you will read about how a school's policy and practice are connected so that all students with special needs are included as 21st century learners.

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.

Students Who Make Apps

The CoolCatTeacher

Hosting a Shark Tank with Kids Students can program apps. They can pitch their ideas. They can handle defending their dreams. Students can code. Students can create. Those who think students can’t do these things either haven’t tried or have a limited view of themselves as educators.

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A Substitute-Teacher Culture Leaves Students Floundering

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

High teacher turnover can create a culture of substitute and long-term substitute teachers in a school, with negative impacts on student achievement. Is mentorship and high-quality professional development the answer? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email


Full PBL Inclusion: Ensuring Deeper Learning for My Special Education Students (Part 2 of 4)

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 5. Driving Question: How can children with special needs in a Special Day Class (SCD) fit in a Project Based Learning (PBL) school? Three years ago, I joined the reinvention team at Katherine Smith Elementary School. My transition was huge.

Design Empowers Learning

A Principal's Reflections

All one has to do is look around and see the amazing changes that are taking place in workspaces across the world. I have always been enamored with what Google and Pixar have done to improve working conditions for their employees.

9/11… We Remember

Ask a Tech Teacher

America, we love you. Holidays 9-11


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.

The Uber-izing of K-12 Is Underway

The Journal

Charter schools, vouchers and now venture capital! Uber is the model: Squeeze out cost relentlessly, use software and everything will be wonderful! Where do teachers fit into this model

PBL, Special Needs, and the Secondary Classroom

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 3. Driving Question: How can we secondary teachers design PBL instruction so that ALL learners succeed? Manor!New!Tech!High!School!(MNTHS) School!(MNTHS) MNTHS) in Manor, TX is a Project Based Learning (PBL) public school that first opened in August 2007.

5 Myths About English Language Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 5 Myths About English Language Learners By Jason R. Levine 1 – ELLs need to study grammar. Studying a language to develop a conscious understanding of grammar remains the norm. Unfortunately, so does not learning the language to fluency.

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Happy Labor Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September (this year, September 2nd). It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times.

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.

10 sources of free interactive content for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Years ago, textbooks served a different purpose. Information was at a premium, and textbooks filled the void. They were chock full of it — a one-stop shop for the curious student. Today, things have changed. We don’t have a lack of places to learn new things.

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Which Device Can Support Different Learning Styles?

The Web20Classroom

One of the strongest arguments for classroom technology is the ability it gives teachers to easily adapt curricula for different abilities and learning styles.

Remembering 9/11 14 years later

Educational Technology Guy

I was in EMS for 22 years before retiring due to a back injury. One of my most memorable experiences was responding to New York City as a Paramedic in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I will never forget that experience.

A Guide To Help Your Students Conquer Their Fear of Math | By Kate Summers


As a child, who was not scared of math? Or as an adult, how many have you encountered that said, “I wanted to be an engineer, but I was afraid of Mathematics”? Not all of us are born with affinity for numbers, calculations, problem solving, etc.

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.

Back to School with Canva


A conversation with Lisa Johnson and Kate Wilson Canva is both a web based tool and app that allows you to create graphics easily. It brings the power of image creation to students and educators within a simple interface.

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Reinforcing the standardized model of low-level learning and schooling

Dangerously Irrelevant

I’m sitting in a workshop today about early literacy supports. The presenters are personable, the resources aren’t horrible, the intent is good, and there are 45+ well-meaning educators in the room learning, talking, and thinking about early literacy success for students.

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Welcome Back to School! Here are some great resources to get the year started right!

Educational Technology Guy

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to relax and recharge. My wife's district started back on August 24th, some other schools around here started last week, and many start today. The beginning of the year is always a little crazy for all teachers.

How to Make Assessment Meaningful this School Year | By @EduSight


Last year, I attended EdCamp Los Altos. My goal was to really listen to what the educators had to say, and to try to understand what problems they faced every day. Boy did the EdCamp deliver!

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

21st Century Learning with Explain Everything – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe


This guest post from Courtney Pepe ( @iPadQueen2012 ) first appeared on Daily Genius. What does assessment look like in 21st Century education? With the rise of the Common Core and the PARCC tests, there is no question that we are living in an era of accountability.

Charting the future of competency-based education policy

The Christensen Institute

A few weeks ago, during a webinar hosted by the Northeast College and Career Readiness Research Alliance , New Hampshire’s Deputy Commissioner of Education Paul Leather outlined his state’s strategy in order to continue to develop competency-based education approaches. Leather is a leader in the world of competency-based education policy and his current efforts mark an important harbinger of how these policies must evolve over time.

It’s Time for Teachers to Stop Apologizing

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Photo Credit: p/95iJuo It happens every fall. Many first year teachers become newlyweds and begin having children. Veteran teachers in the prime of their careers–those who worked hard to find a balance between work and family–are suddenly responsible for their elderly parents’ care. Someone gets sick. Someone takes a different job. School begins, schedules change. Life […].


What to Look For in Your Reading App


Disappointed with your current reading app? Want to shift to something better? Maybe you want to but you don’t exactly have a stellar knowledge of apps. Don’t know the first clue on what to look for, what’s good, bad or better.

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EdTech at School

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