Sat.Jun 06, 2015 - Fri.Jun 12, 2015

5 Simple Steps to Plan a Summer Sabbatical

The CoolCatTeacher

Secrets to Living an Excellent Life In the end, you are not a renewable resource. You can burn yourself so far down, you have nothing left to burn. Do things that will renew you. Take a day. Take a week. But take a sabbatical. Everyone you know will thank you. Sabbatical comes from the term “sabbath.”

The Need For Digital Literacy

A Principal's Reflections

The following post is cross-posted at edu@scholastic. With 1:1 technology initiatives and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs increasingly being implemented in schools across the globe, the need for digital literacy education has become more important than ever.

Audio Projects for Digital Learners: 30+ Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! “Radio is the most intimate and socially personal medium in the world.” ” – Harry von Zell. One of the safest ways to integrate technology is to get students to record their thoughts, ideas, or learning with web tools and mobile apps. Students can create podcasts, host radio shows, broadcast the news, make a radio drama, post reviews, add sports commentary, deliver announcements, animate a pet or object, and much more!

Curating Content with @appoLearning

The Web20Classroom

Curation, as many of you know, is near and dear to my heart. Heck I even wrote a book on the subject!) And especially now, for teachers, its becoming increasingly important as more and more digital devices begin to enter the classroom.

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.

ECM150: Education Webinars: The Good, the Bad and the Fabulous

The CoolCatTeacher

How Webinars Work with Peggy George There are so many ways to learn. Webinars are an online learning tool that educators love. In her role as moderator of Classroom 2.0 webinars, Peggy George has experience leading some of the most popular webinars on the planet.

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Creating Digital Books: 15+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. – Vladimir Nabakov. During one of my teaching internships, my mentor had us create books we read to children from the Boys and Girls Club. I still have my construction paper book with my poor drawings.

Startup Shortcuts: Create Free Videos About Your Product, Part Two

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In my previous post, we reviewed the first half of how to make a free intro/demo video for your product with software you probably already have. Today, we're tackling part two. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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ECM #149 OER: Teaching Without Traditional Textbooks

The CoolCatTeacher

Award Winning Science Teacher Amy Pace Shares How She Uses OER Textbooks Amy Pace is a Presidential Award winning science teacher. She is using “free” OER textbooks for all her courses. OER stands for Open Education Resources which are often curated by experts via grants and other means.

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Debunking 10 Big Myths About Gifted Kids

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Here are myths about gifted kids and some realities, based on years of classroom observation and interaction with teachers who work with them. Myth 1. Gifted kids learn easily.

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.

Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

After twelve years of teaching K-8, I know as sure as I know August comes earlier every year that kids will try harder if its fun. The challenge for us as teachers: How do we make a the geeky side of technology ‘fun’? The answer is keyboard shortcuts–aka shortkeys.

Summer Is the Time for Ed-Tech Startup Strategizing

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Students and teachers are looking forward to summer break and so are we. We're taking this time to do strategic planning and make important decisions for the future of this startup. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email edtech strategicplanning

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Looking Up: How Nature Can Help Us

The CoolCatTeacher

Secrets to Living an Excellent Life I was whirling out of control. Up through the leaves, up towards the clouds, even into space towards the cottage cheese moon. My mind soared as my eyes looked skyward. The creek was bobbing with human flesh.

If Reading Were Like Math

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane “To me, math is numbers: it’s concrete; it’s black-and-white. I don’t understand why you need to bring this conceptual thing into math — at least not at this age.”

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.

EduGems: Anti-Test Art, Messy Learning, 250+ STEM Ideas

Teacher Reboot Camp

Vol 1:4, click here to read the other EduGems issues ! This EduGems issue includes messy learning, creating digital books, 250+ STEM ideas, autism apps, and more! I also regularly share these incredible resources on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. If you’re on Twitter, follow these educators! Challenge: Try one of these ideas, resources, tips, or tools.

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If you’re good, you get to watch a movie. If not, you have to read.

Dangerously Irrelevant

Jennifer Bradley said: The fourth grade classes also held an end of the school year movie and party. Students were allowed to choose between 4 classrooms with 4 different movies, but there was a catch. They had to pay for admission and snacks, and admission cost 10 ‘good behavior’ tickets.

Top Ten Reasons to sign up for Summer PD

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you haven’t yet made the decision to join me at Summer PD for three-weeks of high-intensity tech integration, here are the Top Ten Reasons for signing up: 10. Tech in ed is a change agent. You like change.

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Focal Points for Feedback: Who Should Choose?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane We devote a lot of space to the exploration of feedback and its influence on learners. This is for good reason, too: it’s likely that quality feedback does more to improve learning and performance than anything else that happens inside of schools.

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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.

Digging into Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the Director of the Educator Micro-credentials initiative at Digital Promise. Educators across the nation are constantly searching for new ways to prepare their students for the rigor of college and career.

How to teach essay writing: 10 tools for educators

Ditch That Textbook

Today’s post is written by Robert Morris, an online tutor and freelance writer from NYC. Follow him on Google+! As an educator, you have a great responsibility to teach your students how to write essays. This can be difficult since many of them are indifferent towards the topics you present.

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50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom – Free Giveaway!

Catlin Tucker

My school is FINALLY a Google Apps for Education (GAfE) School! I’m beyond thrilled. Last year, I could not use Google Classroom because only GAfE schools had access to Google’s new online platform.

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9 Things Every Teacher Should Do Over Summer Break

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Summer break is not just for teacher vacations. Sure, you need to unwind and recharge your batteries, but working to hone your craft is also good medicine for making the next school year your best one yet.


EdTech at School

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

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

High school senior at Newton North High School in Newton, MA, Yishai Barth, feels strongly about the importance of Universal Design Language (UDL). He explains his specific learning needs and calls on all educators to see life from his and millions of other students’ perspective.


Tom Murray

You may have seen my friend, Eric Sheninger's recent post, "Finally, an SIS Worth Switching For". Eric and I are both on Alma's Advisory Board and like him, I'm excited about this platform. As an SIS, it's the best-in-class.

Help Wanted: Write Curriculum to Support Collaborative Learning Using Technology

The Journal

If collabrified apps are truly going to make a difference in the classroom, then teachers need curriculum that shows them how to use such technology.

The Top 5 Ways to Use Facebook in Your Classroom


Tweet. You will find most of today’s young generation on Facebook. Even though it’s a social media website, if you use it in your classroom for various activities, you will have no trouble engaging your students.

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.

Differentiate with Tech–Starts June 8th

Ask a Tech Teacher

How to Make Differentiation Fast and Easy with Tech. Starts Monday! Last chance to sign up. This Ask a Tech Teacher online class is only offered for college credit. Online education summer

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Finally, an SIS Worth Switching For

Tom Murray

I’ve recently discovered an exciting new company called Alma, which has built a groundbreaking new Holistic Student Engagement Platform (an SIS/LMS hybrid) that I believe in so much that I’ve joined their Advisory Board.

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Five Types of Digital Content Data You Can Use in Personalized Learning Pathways

Education Elements

Data-driven decision making is a foundation of personalized learning. From the grouping of students, to strategic assignment of content, to keeping track of each student’s personalized learning paths, data is essential for making every decision along the way.