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Announcing the New Members of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship network of forward-thinking leaders of our nation’s school districts, is honored to welcome 13 districts into the 2017-2018 cohort, bringing the League’s membership to 93 districts in 33 states. The League seeks districts who are developing and sharing promising innovations that advance excellent, equitable learning opportunities for students. This year is no different.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Are you studying Mars? Why not let students go live there? Jeff Gearhart is working with teachers in traditional subjects to let students immerse in the subject in Minecraft. In today’s show, learn about Minecraft EDU and how it is being used to teach. Join a delightful, fun world of immersive teaching. Book Creator for Chrome.


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Integrate Technology Effectively! Tip: Use Templates

Teacher Reboot Camp

Integrating technology isn’t an easy process. My technology knowledge continues to grow even with over a decade of experience, research, and professional development dedicated to education technology. Being a full-time educator and a mom to a newborn means I highly value my time. Therefore, I’m always searching for quicker and more effective ways to enhance the learning in my classroom. One way I save time is by adapting templates and lesson plans shared by others.

Stress, The Silent Killer In Education

EdNews Daily

Written by Dr. Jared Scherz, TeacherCoach. When I was eleven, I went on a rock climbing expedition in Boulder Colorado. I paced nervously before the first climb, as the instructors readied the equipment. From a sharp reprimand, I was jolted out of my nervous daydream. Don’t step on the rope.” ” the instructor shouted. Befuddled by this command, I wondered how a rope that was nearly as thick as my leg, could be effected by a barely 80-pound kid.

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.

When Reading Gets Harder

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. For years, we’ve thought that the answer to boosting adolescent reading comprehension lay in building students’ vocabulary. Teens often struggle with the jargon and advanced terminology they encounter as they move into middle and high school, so educators have designed curricula and interventions that explicitly teach these complex words.

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Integrate Technology Effectively! Tip: Inspire with Student Examples

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” – Steve Ballmer. Students own their learning and acquire important digital skills when given the opportunity to create, produce, and problem-solve with technology.

Classroom video calls. You can do this. Here’s how

Ditch That Textbook

Christian talked about how the flood waters were up to his waist in his house. His classmate described how his dogs cowered under the bed during the hurricane. An articulate fifth grader with tight braids laid out her family’s plan to stock up on food in case of the worst. We got to visit with these […]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology facetime global connections google hangouts skype video calls

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New Cyberlearning Community Report: Five Great Reasons to Read It

Digital Promise

Over the past five years, I’ve led the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF uses the term “cyberlearning” for its portfolio of research projects that investigate emerging technology and emerging learning sciences. The projects seek bold new designs for learning, contrasting with today’s typical laptop- or tablet-based apps.

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The Curiosity Challenge… full STEAM ahead!


My school is encouraging inquisitive learners and has taken on a project inspired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT. It has huge links with our new STEAM curriculum and will guide the students through this new approach. The project is called the ‘Curiosity Challenge’ Have a look at what it entails in the video below: How did it go? My year 6 team decided to link it to our topic: World War 2. Firstly the children were given a stimulus to kick-off the project.

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).

Integrate Technology Effectively! Tip: Brainstorm

Teacher Reboot Camp

Brainstorming is an important process students need to learn to do when innovating, creating, and problem-solving with technology. Brainstorming helps students come up with ideas, organizes ideas, and provides a roadmap for projects. We need to expose students to various types of brainstorming techniques, such as concept mapping, storyboarding, sketchnoting, sketch outlines, audio recording thoughts, etc., so they discover which techniques work best for them.

What is WittyWe and Why You Want to Use it

Ask a Tech Teacher

There seems to be a limitless supply of online education content. In fact, my email box and social media explodes with them. But often, these offerings are too basic, a lite version of a paid program that isn’t terribly robust, confusing, or created by people who don’t really understand how to blend technology and education. As a busy teacher, I want resources that are clear, easy-to-use, accessible by all types of students, scalable, and fun. I found that.

Partnering Literacy and Technology to Improve One School

Digital Promise

Video Courtesy of Redwood City School District. We have made great strides to level the technology playing field in education, but unfortunately the digital divide still exists between those who have the tools to research, learn and collaborate online at home, and those who don’t. 1 Further, there’s a second level digital divide 2 that’s emerging in the classroom.

A Student-Centered BYOT Policy Template For Schools

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Student-Centered Universal BYOT Policy Template For Schools by TeachThought Staff ed note: This content has been updated and republished from a previous post BYOT–which stands for Bring Your Own Technology–is a natural response to need for progressive learning tools in the 21st century classroom. There are a variety of factors that contribute here, including […]. The post A Student-Centered BYOT Policy Template For Schools appeared first on TeachThought.

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.

Interview with Kimberly Sanchez: Argument in the Digital Age

Teacher Reboot Camp

Each mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom , shares an example of the Mission in Action by a teacher I admire. When I was writing the Mission: Debate the Issues, Don’t Diss People , I asked my younger sister, Kimberly Sanchez, to share her school’s project, The Great Debate. The Great Debate was an interdisciplinary project organized by the senior teachers at the high school.

9 Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

In October 2006, thirteen-year-old Megan Meier hung herself in her bedroom closet after suffering months of cyberbullying. She believed her tormenters’ horrid insults, never thought she could find a way to stop them, and killed herself. She’s not the only one. In fact, according to the anti-bullying website , 52 percent of young people report being cyberbullied and over half of them don’t report it to their parents.

Researching a Topic with Google Keep

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’ve taught lots of tools for research with Diigo being one of my favorites. Diigo tutorial here.) However, with some recent integration of Google Keep with Google Docs, for this project I have students using Google keep and tagging. I’ve embedded two tutorials below. First, you’ll have the YouTube video. It will just play and not pause. Second, I’ve got the Edpuzzle video.

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Nevada is Leading the Way: Nevada’s Going 1-to-1

The Journal

1-to-1 is no longer a tired notion. 1-to-1 is changing. 1-to-1 is about to. take off! Nevada has just announced its renewed commitment to 1-to-1. Let’s use what we have learned since Maine when 1-to-1 in 2002 to ensure a success in Nevada — and in all the states that will be going 1-to-1 in the near future

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.

Students Learning with Video Projects #EdtechMissions

Teacher Reboot Camp

In today’s #EdtechMissions chat we shared ideas for learning with video projects. We talked about the importance of storyboarding to plan their projects and learning how to edit. Students also need to learn how to properly remix and attribute Creative Commons content into their projects. In my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions , students learn these skills by completing missions to produce a newscast and create a video tutorial.

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What You Might Have Missed in September

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of September: A New Typing Website With a Twist. Building Digital Citizens–the Class. Great list of Top Education Blogs. 20 Websites and 3 Posters to Teach Mouse Skills. 4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom. 7 Tips to Differentiate with Tech. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years.

Dismantling the fear of “What if students see something bad online?”

Ditch That Textbook

In a recent workshop I was leading with teachers, the inevitable question came up. We were looking at Google Maps Street View, discussing how it can give students a first-person view of places all over the world — and let them “walk around” independently. Then came that inevitable question: “How do you make sure that […]. Teaching censoring the Internet digital safety internet filters online protection online safety privacy

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A Startup Partnership With Google to Support Active Student Listening

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When a big partnership opportunity comes along, be ready to evaluate it and dive in. The post A Startup Partnership With Google to Support Active Student Listening appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Business Strategy Sales / Marketing Startups

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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!

This is how we used technology to improve our school’s reading scores

eSchool News

As teachers and administrators, our goal is compliance. However, what we really should be striving to develop are self-sufficient classrooms where students are driving the learning. Ideally, by surpassing compliance goals and student-driven learning, we can get to an even more important goal — critical thinking. But achieving that goal isn’t easy.

Subscriber Special: October

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October 5th-15th: Building Digital Citizens. $10 10 off! with coupon code: BDC10. Usually: $29.97. Now: $19.97. Click here for more information. Subscriber special


A call for more visual learning elements in schools


If the five senses of the human body were to compete for the Most Important Sense Award, I’m sure the eyes would get the trophy. All the other senses would be on a close second place, but vision would triumph. Perhaps it’s the direct connection with the brain, perhaps it’s the high sensitivity of the eyes… No matter the reason, we all perceive sight as a little more important than hearing, smell, taste or touch. Being able to see played a crucial role in the evolution of humankind.

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How to Choose Font Sizes

The CoolCatTeacher

A tutorial video From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Helping students select the right font sizes could be a challenge. My sister is a graphic design professor and taught me a simple way to select font sizes. Graphic design students might find it a bit oversimplified but for high school students it works like a charm. I’ve also included the assignment I give after this assignment for those of you who want to understand how this works.

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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.

Bring Deeper Conversations to the Table

Teacher Tech

Bring Deeper Conversations to the Table Guest Blog Post by John Stevens Table Talk Math Placements will be donating all proceeds to benefit the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The placemats are erasable and reusable. How are you using the Table Talk Math Placemats that just got released? I’d love to hear from you! Pictures and messages […]. The post Bring Deeper Conversations to the Table appeared first on Teacher Tech. Guest Post Math


Reflections on Supporting Refugee Education in Jordan

Digital Promise

As part of HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom initiative, Digital Promise Global is directing a network of Learning Studios designed for student-centered, experiential learning. Through HP’s commitment to refugee education and Digital Promise Global’s commitment to improving learning opportunities for all, the global network of Learning Studios is expanding to include three new sites in both Jordan and Lebanon.

Why constructivist learning can’t always work in traditional classrooms


Constructivist learning is an educational theory based on the psychological theories of Constructivist thinkers such as Jean Piaget. His theory — usually referred to as Developmental Stage Theory — described learning and cognitive development as “a progressive reorganization of mental processes resulting from biological maturation and environmental experience”.

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