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Join Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team!

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The Learning Through Technology Team at the Maine Department of Education is looking for a high energy, entrepreneurial-thinking, collaborative educator who would like to work with us. Are you making great things happen in your classroom, school, district, or region? Consider joining us and make great things happen across Maine! We currently have one opening for a Regional Education Representative: Digital Learning Specialist (and anticipate two more in the coming months).

Why Social Media Education Is Needed In Schools

User Generated Education

Social media is an intimate part of a large majority of tweens’ and teens’ lives. The following graphs about teens’ social media use come from Pew Research’s Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015: For young people, social media is not an add-on nor an extracurricular activity. Social media is like eating, bathing, talking. It is intertwined in everything they do. It is a part of their identity.


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5 lessons to teach with timelines

Ditch That Textbook

Timelines are excellent tools for showing spans of time, but many people forget to use the tools for critical thinking and meaningful lessons. Timelines are great graphic organizers because of their linear, but discrete, nature. Each event is separated on the line itself – and two events can occupy the same time, just on opposite [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology storyboard that timelines visual learning

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Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!

Doug Levin

I’ve established that I am a fan of open educational resources (OER) and think that K-12 educators and policymakers would benefit from thinking more deeply about the ownership of instructional materials. I’ve even offered up ideas on issues the K-12 OER movement needs to confront and work through in the coming years as it struggles with the success of greater adoption.

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Only Truly 1-to-1 is Truly Transformative

The Journal

The dominant pedagogy in classrooms today is still direct instruction, the pedagogy underlying so-called computer-based, “personalized learning” environments. But, we argue in this week’s blog that truly 1-to-1 implementations, which are only now becoming feasible, are the opportunity needed to transform classrooms and support educators in moving to an inquiry pedagogy, a pedagogy that develops students’ critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration

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Communicating With Parents

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 11. Driving Question: How Can We Communicate 21st Century Learning to Parents?What What is the enduring value of narrative? Students in our classrooms have parents who attended elementary and secondary school in the 20th century. Many are struggling to understand what their child does in class or is expected to do for homework.

League of Innovative Schools Members Named 2016 “Leaders to Learn From”

Digital Promise

Sara is the Director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. You can reach her on Twitter at @sschappy. Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools serve as examples of how forward-thinking leadership can transform learning. Since we launched the League in 2011, we’ve been proud to recognize over 70 school districts and their superintendents as they work to solve the challenges facing today’s K-12 schools through innovative strategies.

An Educator’s Guide to Acceptable Risk Taking

The CoolCatTeacher

Nurturing an Innovator's Mindset with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Risk taking is not a bad word. If we want to help students read, write, and learn anything – we have to learn to take risks. But how can we understand what risks are worth taking? How can principals, teachers, and students learn how to take acceptable risks?

8 Reasons for and 8 Against Revisiting Software in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

I recently chatted with a tech coordinator on the East coast who asked about software alternatives to the webtools we were discussing. That surprised me. Usually, teachers want free, easily-accessible-from-anywhere webtools in place of expensive, installed software. When I asked why she had some excellent reasons: No ads. Almost all free online tools and apps include advertising. I understand — someone has to pay the bill — but kids don’t understand how to ignore that glitz.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

5 Ways to Reimagine and Re-energize Your Classroom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Think of methods you use that might be considered old-school — lecture, worksheets, text activities, and traditional homework, to name a few. Now, consider how you might replace any or all of these, in order to create a vibrant, student-centered learning environment. Here are a few places to begin, outlined in this Hack Learning Podcast […]. The post 5 Ways to Reimagine and Re-energize Your Classroom appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Inspiration edchat

The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. While many organizations are trying to seize an opportunity to monetize this space for their own benefit, a pioneer in micro-credentials created a free platform for any educator to use over three years ago.

A Peek in My Week: Games, Mattering, Questions, Laughter & Learning WHEW!

The CoolCatTeacher

Level Up a Little Bit Every Day From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes as you teach others, you end up changing yourself. It is happening so much lately to me. Here’s a peek. Game based keyboarding. My keyboarding classroom is completely game based using ClassCraft (thanks, Shawn Young ) and the kids run to class. They love it. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’m thrilled (they are too.)

Summer PD–What are you looking for?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every summer, Ask a Tech Teacher offers summer training 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. If your favorite isn’t listed, please add it under Comments.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

The Promise of Stories?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 10. Driving Question: What is the enduring value of narrative? If you are like me, the promise of a story perks you up, makes you a little more alert. You expect news. Eudora Welty says that when she was a child listening to the talk of adults around her, she listened not only to stories but also for them. According to Reynolds Price, this appetite is built in. "A


When a Name Change Is the Right Move

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Don't undertake a name change for your company lightly, but if it's the correct strategy, here's how to do it. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

2 Ways to Turn Struggling Students into Life-Long Readers

The CoolCatTeacher

Simple Steps to Ignite a Love of Reading and Writing From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching kids to love reading is a challenge. Pam Allyn , the author of 23 books, is a literacy expert who helps schools, parents, and teachers help kids love reading. On today’s show, she shares two important ways to help struggling students become lifelong readers. This is an excellent listen for teachers, curriculum directors, and parents. Share this one!

Don't Miss the Point: Content-Focused Reading Instruction Is Crucial

Voyager Sopris Learning

While many language skills and comprehension strategies are embedded in daily lessons, teachers know that the overall purpose of each lesson sequence is to understand content related to a theme. The reason for reading a text is clear: The text is worthwhile. It is complex and rich. The topic is inherently interesting—or if it isn’t, yet, it will be once the students know something about it. The reader will be rewarded with understanding, insight, ideas, and new information.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Developers and Adult Ed Programs Collaborate to Make Apps for Low-Skilled Learners

Digital Promise

According to a national report from Tyton Partners on the state of adult education and technology, 86 percent of administrators want technology for their students and are willing to use their resources to get the best products possible. Yet there’s a bit of a dilemma when looking deeper into how adult education sites purchase digital learning tools. Adult learners need technology that is both powerful and simple to use, which requires good design and development.

Crossing the Chasm of GAFE Adoption


In their first and second year using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), many organizations focus evaluation metrics purely on adoption rather than how teachers are using the technology or how the technology is impacting teaching and learning. Chromebook GAFE chromebook management Edtech Update monitoring Chasm Adoption

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David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

I’ve been engaged in thinking deeply about the promise and opportunity afforded the U.S. K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. I’m deeply grateful for the support and collegiality of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over this time, including for allowing me to attend this year’s annual OER meeting.

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What will you leave your students, family when you’re gone?

Ditch That Textbook

Have you ever thought what your funeral will be like? Who will be there? What will people say about you? What will your loved ones remember about you? Thinking about these things can make us feel morbid or sad or frightened. But thinking about our last days can help us envision the impact we’re having [.]. Teaching impact legacy life plan living forward priorities


Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

Digital Promise

Brent Maddin is the Provost at the Relay Graduate School of Education, Director of TeacherSquared, and a member of the Digital Promise Micro-credential Advisory Board. Consider a principal hiring a new teacher. Beyond scanning candidates’ resumes and extrapolating effectiveness from one interview and sample lesson, how can a principal quickly and confidently identify those candidates best prepared to lead their students to success? Or fill a specific need on the faculty?

[Guest Blog Post] Give Girls The Gift of Math And They'll Change The World

Education Elements

I often hear frustration from students that “Math just isn’t for me!” This exclamation is even more troublesome when it comes from middle school girls, because young girls start off strong in math and science but lose interest and confidence as they get older. The Nation’s Report Card revealed in October 2015 that overall U.S. math scores declined for the first time in 25 years, signaling a need for change within the learning process.

In the News: On Successfully Administering Computerized Tests

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Solochek, Jeffrey. Despite fixes, computer testing troubles still likely for Florida schools in 2016.” Tampa Bay Times. 19 February 2016. Yet there’s almost no way to guarantee trouble-free computerized testing on a stage as large as Florida’s, experts said.

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From One to Many: OER-based Degree Programs

Iterating Toward Openness

Several years ago I was speaking about OER at a conference in Virginia. There was a great feeling in the room, and though I hadn’t planned to speak about the topic, I felt prompted to end my remarks by stating that enough OER now existed that an entire degree program could be run on OER.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

League of Innovative Schools Members Named 2016 “Leaders to Learn From”

Digital Promise

Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools serve as examples of how forward-thinking leadership can transform learning. Since we launched the League in 2011, we’ve been proud to recognize over 70 school districts and their superintendents as they work to solve the challenges facing today’s K-12 schools through innovative strategies.

Coding and Collaboration with a Buddy System by @amcolasanti


As the New Year sets in and winter months bring on a chill, I know teachers and parents alike are searching for indoor activities that keep our kids learning and trying new things. The winter break gave me time to reflect on how coding with my students has enhanced their learning experience and expanded the… Friends of TeacherCast

4 Web Tools To Create Newspapers and Flyers for Your Class

Educators Technology

February 26, 2016 Below is a collection of some very good web tools you can use with your students to create educational posters,flyers, brochures, and newspapers.The tools are simple and easy to more. newspaper making tools