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17 Websites to Manage Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

These are clever approaches to keeping order among avid learners: Bouncy Balls –balls bounce based on level of noise in the classroom. Calmness Counter –how noisy is your classroom? Let students see. Class Dojo— class behavior mgmt. Class Badges. Doodle—schedule meetings, polls.

Educator as Lead Learner: Learning LittleBits

User Generated Education

I have discussed educators as model learners before: The educator’s role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0.

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Six Ways to Use TED Talks Effectively in Your Classroom Through Video

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

TED talks don''t necessarily prepare students for the next standardized test, but they are perfect to get them thinking critically. Here are some examples of great TED Talks that inspire, provide professional development, and teach. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

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Looking at Teacher Accountability Through a New Lens

A Principal's Reflections

In case you haven’t noticed the education profession has been under attack as of late. The brunt of these attacks has been aimed at the very professionals who are tasked with positively impacting the lives of children each and every day – our teachers.

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.

22 Ways to Add Rigor to Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Let’s start by clearing up a misconception: Rigor isn’t unfriendly. Adding it to your class doesn’t mean you become boring, a techie, or overseer of a fun-free zone.

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Create Original Theme Memes in 5 Easy Steps

Catlin Tucker

Yesterday, I stumbled onto the KQED YouTube video about making memes. I love memes! A meme is a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied–often with slight variations–and spread rapidly by Internet users. I decided I wanted to find a way to incorporate memes in my English class.

How to Begin Your Ed-Tech Startup Journey Today

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are plenty of things you can do today to help down the road, if and when you decide to launch your own ed-tech startup. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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6 Ways to Make Classroom Typing Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

When you teach typing, the goal isn’t speed and accuracy. The goal is that students type well enough that it doesn’t disrupt their thinking. Let me say that again: The goal of keyboarding is students type well enough that it doesn’t disrupt their thinking.

The 11 Barriers to Technology Adoption

The Journal

Based on more than 30 years of working with schools in the U.S. and our recent 7 years working with schools in Singapore, we have come up with a list of 11 barriers that need to be addressed if technology is going to have an impact beyond the isolated classroom

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.

Building an Authentic Culture of Professional Learning

Digital Promise

Many sectors, including education, acknowledge that learning does not end when formal training does. In particular, key innovations of the last two decades have opened new possibilities for ongoing learning. As a result, where we learn and where we receive credit for that learning are not necessarily the same place. While this affords learners unprecedented freedom, it also can make it difficult to effectively recognize that learning.

5 Best Online Presentation Tools for the Classroom


Are you being efficient with the way you do your presentations? These 5 presentation tools are my most used and favorite ways to help my students. Friends of TeacherCast Presentation Tools

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#53: Colonization Trifold Brochure in Publisher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Create a trifold brochure in Publisher to go along with colonization or another unit of inquiry in the classroom. This project focuses on research and is more involved than #51 History Trifold. Students add lots of detail and lots of research on different colonization topics.

The Danger of Prescriptive Grading

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Over the past several decades legislatures have enacted countless laws that have strangled teachers’ creativity, flexibility, and ability to respond to the needs of their 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.

g(Math) - insert graphs and math expressions in Google Forms and Docs

Educational Technology Guy

g(Math) is a Google Forms and Google Docs Add-on that allows you to insert graphs and mathematical expressions into your Google Forms and Google Docs.

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Micro-school parents, students build one-room schoolhouses of today

The Christensen Institute

The one-room schoolhouse calls to mind pastoral scenes from an older, more rural America, but many of its ideals are once again becoming the schooling reality for a handful of students in some of our most tech-forward cities today. These students attend micro-schools—small, independently-run education options for families that want personalization for their children but cannot or do not want to homeschool them.

Summer PD–What are you looking for?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every summer, Ask a Tech Teacher offers summer training. Summer Online Classes. We also offer online Summer PD on a variety of topics from specific skills (how to use Google Forms, how to use Tellagami–that sort) to overarching concepts (how to differentiate, how to scaffold learning, how to build a curriculum map). This is where we need your… Help! In the form below, please vote for all choices that fit your interests.

6 reasons you should ditch your edtech

Ditch That Textbook

Technology in education is transformational. Revolutionary. Today’s technology in our pockets can do what cost us thousands of dollars in equipment in the past. It can connects us to people and places and events virtually anywhere in the world.

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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.

CK-12 has over 100,000 teacher created digital textbooks available for free

Educational Technology Guy

CK-12 , a great resource for free e-textbook and curricular resources, has just announced that there are now over 100,000 teacher-created digital textbooks available online on their site. These new "Flexbooks" were created by the 30,000 schools that are using CK-12''s free digital resources.

Learn all about App Smashing and Apple Distinguished Educators with @JCorippo


Learn how you can become an Apple Distinguished Educator today! Jon Corippo discusses his tips and tricks to making a great ADE video. The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology.

Make it Quick: A 3-Step Approach for Over-the-Shoulder Feedback

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Conferences are intended to foster growth. Here, the student and the teacher come together one on one in order to move their work and their learning forward. Definitions of quality are considered, and criteria specific feedback is provided.

Why would students feel valued at school?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data… Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school?

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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.

10 ways to find global connections for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Taking classes global is one of my favorite ways that technology redefines what education can do. It boggles the mind to think that a classroom, individual or place can be thousands of miles away but close enough virtually to engage in face-to-face conversation.

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My Top 12 Favorite Channels on the new YouTube Kids App


There are so many great educational channels on the new YouTube Kids app that we couldn''t stop at just 10. A TeacherCast App Review. App Reviews Editorial app review blog YouTube

PowToon Edu - create awesome presentations and animated videos

Educational Technology Guy

PowToon is a free web app that lets you create presentations and animated videos. PowToon Edu is a free Chrome app extension that does the same on Chromebooks and Chrome browsers. There is also an education page.

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Some students need our help

Dangerously Irrelevant

An inner city high school. 95% of the student population receives free or reduced lunch. A dozen amazing students and an inspiring teacher. And a donor that promises to help them achieve a trip of a lifetime.

EdTech at School

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