Sat.Feb 21, 2015 - Fri.Feb 27, 2015

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

All Kids Have Worth

User Generated Education

All kids have worth. Some, though, want to prove to us that they have none. Our job as caring educators is to prove them wrong. This post was sparked by a blog post by.

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Why You Should Give @Canva A Try

The Web20Classroom

I will be completely honest with you. I don''t have a designing bone in my body. When it comes to drawing, art, graphic design or anything like that I am the last person you want on your project. And it''s been that way my whole life. I just wasn''t born with that sort of creativity.

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.

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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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

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.

Social Media in Education Resources and Guides

Educational Technology Guy

Social Media is an incredible resource for education. Educators can learn, share, connect and more with educators from around the world. They can collaborate and communicate with students, parents, and colleagues. There are many different social media networks, and lots of ways to use them.

Twenty Creative Ways to Check for Understanding

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Fist to five, tickets out the door, and think/pair/share are some of the more common ways I watch teachers check for understanding. This is important work, and when we choose our strategies purposefully, the results better inform our practice.

Nostalgic for factual recall

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two quotes from today’s article in The Des Moines Register , Iowa Poll: Common Core not so radioactive for Iowans : Ah, the good old days.

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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EdTech at School

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

Thinklink for Education - create interactive images

Educational Technology Guy

Thinklink is an online, free, app that allows you to create interactive images. It works on all modern browsers, iOS, and Android. You can upload photos and images, create image collages, and more and then add tags with information and links.

Document Learning Made Visible with the Super Note App

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. This year, I’ve spent a good deal of time coaching students and teachers to make learning visible within and beyond their classrooms. This may sound easy, but it isn’t.

Workshop responses: Incorporating students’ learning interests and passions

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are some data from a workshop I did with 80 educators… What would this look like in your school? What could / should it look like? Here are some more positive comments from the participants: We enjoy celebrating out of class interests and talents.

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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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.

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.

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.

#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.