Sat.Jan 24, 2015 - Fri.Jan 30, 2015

Personalized Learning Isn’t Enough. How Do We Create Learners?

Digital Promise

We hear a lot about 'personalized learning' – the importance of reaching every student at their level, including their interests and passions, and giving them choices. This isn’t really a new concept.

What a Classroom Looks Like for Teachers and Students After Flipping

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Flipping your classroom is not just about the videos. The flipped classroom really revolves around increased face-to-face interaction between students and teachers. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

Catlin Tucker

Interested in more technology tips to help you teach the Common Core? My book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology will be published in June 2015 by Corwin. Just in time for summer reading! I’m always on the look out for great resources to support reading.

Leading Schools of the Future

A Principal's Reflections

Portions of this post are adapted from the Future Ready Schools website with permission. Advances in technology continue to impact society in amazing ways.

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.

Inside One District’s Virtual Snow Days

Digital Promise

Each year, students at Owsley County Schools miss nearly a month of school because of snow and ice. The time away from class takes a real toll on student learning, says Jason Hall, an elementary school teacher in the rural Kentucky district. “As educators, we always worry about summer dip,” Hall says, explaining how students tend to forget things over the long break.

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Why teachers can’t deliver real personalized learning in today’s schools

The Christensen Institute

This week I watched a speech by long-time education leader Howard Fuller in which he describes the education reforms that low-income families most need. In that speech, he tells a story that is emblematic of the challenges that many students from such backgrounds face as they try to navigate their K–12 education. I was at a school on a Monday, and a father I think had brought his little daughter in and … her mother had been sent to Taycheedah over the weekend.

When they ask for creative, just not computer creative

Ditch That Textbook

It hit me a couple days ago. It hit me on a day when things were going really well in all of my classes. I was finding new ways to give my students choice, from choosing vocabulary for their lists in Spanish class to helping pick activities for lesson plans that week. Recently, I decided [.].

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Critical Skills Students need for the Future

Educational Technology Guy

Two years ago, I wrote an article entitled " 10 Important Skills Students Need for the Future ". Basically, they need critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills. This weekend, I found this on Twitter.

What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like-Part 2

The Web20Classroom

If you haven''t had a chance, check out Part One of this series. Last week we looked at the first four qualities that Tom Whitby and I layout in our book The Relevant Educator and believe all Relevant, Connected educators posses.

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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.

Are you ever too old to disrupt? What Penn Foster has been up to

The Christensen Institute

You might be surprised to hear that more than 20,000 students graduated in 2014 with high school diplomas from a 125-year-old school based in Scranton, Pa. Penn Foster is a private company that operates a private online high school, career academy, and institution of higher education.

Why branding shouldn’t be a dirty word in education

Ditch That Textbook

I’m a teacher, and for the last two years, I’ve been trying to promote my own personal brand. I know that by writing this, many in the education world will instantly equate me with a sleazy used car salesman peddling worn-out sedans. I’ve seen several blog articles and posts on social media calling out such educators [.]. Ed Tech branding connected educator sharing social media twitter

Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #8 - Checklists

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge fan and user of Evernote , and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I''m starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

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Strong Networks: The Backbone for Modern Learning

EdTech Magazine

By Steve Zurier School districts recognize they need a solid network infrastructure to support ambitious plans for technology in the classroom. . Networking Routers Switches Wireless

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.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. K12, Inc. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007.

Friday 5 — 1.30.2015

Perry Hewitt

Snapchat aims to become a force in mobile news with this week’s launch of Snapchat Discover. Here are some tips on how to use it. If you’re like 82% of people, you have forgotten a password for a website.

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Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #9 - Searching your notes

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge fan and user of Evernote , and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I''m starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Investors Find Fresh Opportunities in Coding Education

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith Angel investors are giving CodeHS a chance to spread its programming wings to more schools. Classroom Internet STEM

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.

Why Twitter Will Never Connect All Educators.

My Island View

If there is one thing I truly understand about educators it is that they are slow to change. It might be from decades of people jumping in with the “latest and greatest” answer to a better way to do things in education, or some legislative mandate to fix it all through legislation, only to find it to fizzle out and fall way short when actually implemented.

Personalize Classroom Learning - Free Online Event

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Join me and Simple K 12 for a f ree online event on January 31st designed to help educators personalize learning. I will be kicking off the event with two back to back webin ars, starting at 10:00 AM EDT.

Edcamp comes to CT - twice this year! Join in, share, learn.

Educational Technology Guy

Edcamps are the "unconference". They are free, attendee led and driven, places to share and learn. Edcamp is a great series of free, unconferences for educators. It is a great method of professional development, being run by teachers, for teachers.

Google Joins Ed Tech Giants in Signing Student-Data Privacy Pledge

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith President Obama is taking student-data privacy seriously, and companies are taking notice. Big Data Business Intelligence Classroom Internet Online Learning

EdTech at School

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

Green Screen Technology Powers Amazing App


Versatile, easy-to-use movie maker with great results. Techlearning Resources App of the Day

Bloom is Brilliant

Iterating Toward Openness

Rereading Ben Bloom’s 1968 “ Learning for Mastery ” I am once again impressed and humbled by his ability to cut straight to the absolute core of the issue. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard these points made more clearly or more persuasively. Absolutely inspiring. If students are normally distributed with respect to aptitude for some subject (mathematics, science, literature, history, etc.)

Suggestions for apps/extensions to Block on Chromebooks and Google Apps

Educational Technology Guy

There are some apps and extensions that are better blocked in the Google Apps Admin Console to prevent some issues. Here is a list that I recommend blocking. In the Admin Console, go to Device Management > Chrome > User Settings and then Allowed Apps and Extensions.

Busting Myths About WAN Optimization

EdTech Magazine

By Joel Snyder Learn what performance, visibility and control can bring to networks. . Data Center Network Optimization Networking Wide Area Networks

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.