Sat.Apr 18, 2015 - Fri.Apr 24, 2015

10 Ways to Stay Motivated at School

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ll admit something, I dread April and May. With every fiber of my being. Can I admit this to you? Will you judge me? Why can’t we all just skip the last two months of the year? It is easy to see why so many people jump at the chance to leave the classroom when they can.

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Learning to Speak 'Tech' as a Non-Technical Co-Founder

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Let''s face it, ed folks and tech folks don''t always speak the same language. But is it important to learn to speak ''tech''? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Product Development ProfessorWord Team aboutus lessonslearned professorword

The Maker Mentality Takes on Many Forms

User Generated Education

Those who follow my blog know that I have jumped into and am loving the current emphasis on the Maker Movement and Maker Education. As I was flying back from a recent conference, I noticed a film on the screen embedded in the plane seat in front of me.

Shakespeare Soundtrack Project

Catlin Tucker

In my last blog post “Don’t Just Read Shakespeare, Perform It!” ” , I encouraged other teachers to have students perform Shakespeare’s plays instead of simply reading them.

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.

10 Terrible Traits of Lousy Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

There is a short, three letter hop from leading to misleading. Having a position of leadership is a paramount calling in life. You have a lot of responsibilities. It is hard to be a leader. The truth is, as flawed humans, most of us who lead in anything have a very short step to being a misleader.

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10 Space Websites That Will Launch Your Class Study

Ask a Tech Teacher

Space units are always exciting. Part of it’s the history, but a lot is that space is our final frontier, a wild untamed land that man knows so little about. I have a list of over 20 websites I use to support this theme for K-8. Here are 10 of my favorites: 100,000 Stars.

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Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone: How far can we extend Extended Learning Opportunities?

The Christensen Institute

This is the fourth post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation.

4 Ways to Backup Your Files and Stop Playing Russian Roulette With Your Data

The CoolCatTeacher

Some of you are living on the edge of financial ruin. Not because you’re not a good money manager – you are. Not because you’re bad with people – you’re good with them too.

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12 mindsets for creating innovative classrooms

Ditch That Textbook

College football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” ” In the classroom, the same is true.

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.

Let's Celebrate Great Things in Education!

Tom Murray

Much of the great work being done in our schools every day by teachers, administrators, school staff, parents and students is unknown to the general public.

Write! Camera! Common Core Math!

Battelle for Kids

April 23, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 5, Number 12. Driving Question: Can Writing and Film Making Enrich Students'' Common Core Math Learning? I remember early in my teaching career William Zinnser''s Writing to Learn: How to Write-and Think-Clearly about Any Subject at All. I remember distinctly the section encouraging teachers to encourage students to write about math. What I didn''t know then as where his ideas would take me over an 18 year teaching career. P21 Blogazine

Differentiating Instruction with Technology: A Framework for Success

The CoolCatTeacher

An edWeb Webinar from the Amazing Resources Community will feature Vicki Davis presenting on April 23, 2015 at 4:00pm EST. This free webinar will include: Tips for making technology use routine and transparent. Ensuring technology is accessible for the task at hand.

Busting fear and defeating rejection in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Jia Jiang had big plans. Growing up in China, he wanted to be the next Bill Gates — an entrepreneur who changed the world. As a 14-year-old, he saw Bill Gates speak live in Beijing and was inspired. So he eventually moved to the United States and pursued the American dream.

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.

5 Keys to Effective Digital Learning Implementation

Tom Murray

Each year, billions of dollars are spent on educational technology in the United States.

Seeing Wanda: The Sounds and Sights of Math Reasoning

Battelle for Kids

April 21, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 5, Number 11. As the bell rang following recess, I saw a group of twenty-five fifth graders running excitedly into Wanda''s well-decorated math class. When Wanda walked in the students were all seated, eagerly waiting for the lesson to start.

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What Makes a World-Class Teacher? #gesf

The CoolCatTeacher

Global Teacher Prize finalists Nancie Atwell, Stephen Ritz, Jacque Kahura, and Naomi Volain sat down with Vicki at The Global Education & Skills Forum to talk about their passions in education. Nancie Atwell is the winner of this prestigious prize.

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Use Your iPad to create Digital Portfolios with your K-3rd Graders with Seesaw | @SeesawEDU


Jeff sits down with Carl and Zack from Seesaw to discuss how students are creating digital portfolios in grades K-3 using their iPads and digital creativity.

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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.

#98: Email Basx

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teach students using whichever email program is installed at school, but warn students that theirs will be different. Also warn parents they will have to guide students to the correct spots on their particular version. This will avoid confusion when students go home and try to email homework.

Will You Break the Code of Silence

A Principal's Reflections

In education we are sometimes our worst enemy when it comes to sharing our successes. Our profession is much too humble.

20 Top Pinterest Tips [Link]

The CoolCatTeacher

20 Top Pinterest Tips. Vicki Davis on Edutopia. February 23, 2015. Are you Pinteresting? Well, lots of educators are. The PEW Research Center has found that 28 percent of online users are using Pinterest (compared to only 23 percent using Twitter). Women dominate Pinterest with 42 percent of women online using the site. With over 80 percent of teachers being women (PDF, 1.5MB), it makes sense that teachers are all over Pinterest sharing ideas for lesson plans, centers, and resources.

Invite Your Students to Give You Feedback by Asking These 7 Questions

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I was fortunate to have incredible mentors as a pre-service teacher, and as I was finishing my final student teaching placement, one of them taught something no one else ever has: the importance of student feedback. As I recall, we were wrapping up our study of J.R.R.

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EdTech at School

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

Students Learn to Write by Teaching This Robot

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith A new robot-powered app exemplifies learning through teaching. Classroom Digital Content Mobile Apps Mobility STEM

Snuffing out our own progress

Dangerously Irrelevant

I just left this comment at Tony Tepedino’s blog in response to his statement that we have to stop pretending that academic rigor can only occur in a traditional classroom setting: I have seen innovative, project-based learning environments killed – by OTHER TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOL!!!!

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8 Top Tips for Highly Effective Professional Development [Link]

The CoolCatTeacher

8 Top Tips for Highly Effective Professional Development. Vicki Davis on Edutopia. April 15, 2015. Highly effective classrooms can result from highly effective professional development. Recent research ( Butler et al., 2004 ) has shown that effective professional development includes creating classroom content, modeling techniques for teachers to use in their classrooms, and feedback on lessons ( Harris, Graham, and Adkins, 2015 ).

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Summer Keyboarding Class for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Interested in a summer keyboarding program for yourself or your students? Click the link. Or read on for more detail: Teachers: Here’s a poster for your classroom: Summer KeyboardingOnlineFlier [link]. Have students mention your name when they sign up.

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.