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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

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.

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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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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Teacher Created Texts in Book Creator

iTeach with iPads

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.-Benjamin Benjamin Franklin. Writer…this is not an adjective I would use to describe myself, but is something I sure am doing a lot of these days.

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Rotten Journalism: 4 Ways Time Magazine Misrepresents Teachers

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Wait just a second, Time Magazine. Maybe you thought the dust had settled. Perhaps you believe six months is enough time served.

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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Worlds Day 1: Sock Monkeys

Dangerously Irrelevant

Hey guys! So today has been crazy and it is currently only 11:11 (make a wish!) I’m sitting upstairs in Union Station, away from the pit area so that I can blog. We can’t have wifi or hot spots in the pit area OR the arena because it will interfere with the robots and the game.

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.

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.

Reflector2 - Wireless mirroring and streaming for iOS, Android and Chromebooks

Educational Technology Guy

Reflector2 is a wireless streaming product that works with iOS, Android and even Chromebooks that allows teachers and students to share their iPads, Android tablets and Chromebooks to the big screen wirelessly, from anywhere in the room.

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.

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.

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.

How Cloud-Based Learning is Changing Education

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Technology cannot replace teachers, but teachers who use technology and cloud-based learning will replace those who do not.

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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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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Wonder - new search tool with expert guidance for searching the web

Educational Technology Guy

Wonder is a new search tool that goes beyond just searching the internet. Wonder has built a research network of librarians and experienced researchers to help students search the web for high-quality sources, and to encourage curiosity in online learning.

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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.

7 Ways to AutoRap: The App That Turns Speech into a Fresh New Beat

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. This week, my husband stumbled upon an app that turns audio recorded speech into rap music. Then, he went about the business of sharing it with my teenage daughters, who have taken to recording me without my knowledge.

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.

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.

Tips for Troubleshooting Chromebooks and some typical issues

Educational Technology Guy

Here is some info about the Chromebooks and steps to take for issues/errors encountered. NOTE: Java does not work on Chromebooks. Java is a major security hazard and Chromebooks are very secure. Most of the Java based sites are moving to HTML5 which works on Chromebooks. Remember, if this is the first time you are using that Chromebook, you have to click "add user" and add your user account info. In some cases, someone has changed the keyboard settings.

EdTech at School

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

One Question Every Teacher Must Ask Before the End of April

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The last few months of the school year are often the most stressful. Some teachers are overwhelmed by testing at this time of year. Others are overwhelmed by end of the year concerts, assemblies, performances, and installations. Many are overwhelmed by their emotions as well.

Day 2: The Feeling of Greatness Has Returned

Dangerously Irrelevant

Hey guys (and gals!) As the day began, we did A LOT of exciting things. But…before we begin, lets talk about the bad things that happened first: 1. We lost two of our matches today due to physical problems/changes on the robot and just because we were against a better alliance team.

5 Keys to Effective Digital Learning Implementation

Tom Murray

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

Guest Post - How to Create Stunning Visual Aids for your Lessons

Educational Technology Guy

It is a challenge to seize children’s attention and not to let it go. Some teachers experience great difficulties in keeping students engaged and involved in the educational process due to objective reasons. Luckily, there exist some tricks to help resourceful teachers, one of them being visual aids.

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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.

How to Buy a Thesis: A Surprisingly Legal and Easy Road to a Degree

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. How to Buy a Thesis: A Surprisingly Legal and Easy Road to a Degree by Johannes C. Zeller Finals are coming up and, as sure as the sky is blue, they will stir a flood of complaints to your Facebook newsfeed, from stressed-out college students.

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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.

Worlds Day 1 Part 2: Sock Monkeys

Dangerously Irrelevant

As the day continued, they started matches. If you were watching on the live stream, you would have seen us in action! If not: You will see photos at the bottom and I will start to explain. The pit area is set up and ready to go! We will take some video tomorrow of what will be happening and why.