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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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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?”

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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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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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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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.

13 Changes in Tech-in-Ed in Just Three Years

Ask a Tech Teacher

School’s back and it’s more important than ever to integrate technology into your curriculum. Consider these thirteen changes to technology-in-education since 2013: Windows has updated their platform—again. IPads have been joined by Chromebooks as a common classroom digital device.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

9/11… We Remember

Ask a Tech Teacher

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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 […].


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.


Dangerously Irrelevant

Check out the new hashtag, #principalsinaction. This is a great way for principals to share what they’re doing in schools. If you’re a school administrator, follow the hashtag to get ideas from your peers. And, of course, also share out your own awesomeness! Related Posts.

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.

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.

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

Remember to Cry with Your Students on Patriot Day

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. On the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I showed the video below to my junior high students. At the tender age of 12, most had very little understanding of 9/11. During the video, I had tears in my eyes.

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Connecting Creativity series (aka my team is fun)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here’s the first promo video for Erin Olson’s and Leslie Pralle Keehn’s Connecting Creativity series. We can be serious about our work and still have fun! Happy viewing! No related posts. Tech Integration Erin Olson Leslie Pralle Keehn literacy plaea social studies tech integration

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EdTech at School

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

Go where the bus can’t: 10 virtual field trip ideas

Ditch That Textbook

Field trips are complicated. Messy. Full of lots of work — and lots of paperwork. Thankfully, these days, you don’t need a bus, a bunch of permission slips and an adequate number of chaperones to take students to a magical learning experience. They’re out there for the taking, they’re free, and sometimes they’re instantly available [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology google maps mapping street view treks virtual field trips

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.

Guest post: Share the story of your classroom with parents


I can recite the names of all my elementary school teachers as easily as I can go through the letters in the alphabet. My parents, on the other hand, don’t remember a single one of my educators. And I certainly don’t blame them! They met with my teachers twice per year: back-to-school night and parent-teacher night. They checked the boxes and moved on.

5 Amazing Tips for New Teachers

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. This infographic puts a little different spin on our 4 Lessons New Teachers Never Learned. blog post. Still, we see valuable connective tissue between our post and these 5 Effective Tips for New Teachers. Here are some tips within the tips. The infographic suggests that new teachers learn from colleagues. This is sound advice, […]. The post 5 Amazing Tips for New Teachers appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Infographics Strategy #ntchat

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.

Turning Classroom Tech Into More Than an Expensive Paperweight

EdTech Magazine

By Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D. Technology alone will not improve outcomes for students. Classroom Leadership Management

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!

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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