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Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A well-designed classroom boosts student learning by as much as 16% (Barrett, Zhang, Davies, & Barrett 2015), but overdecorating is a distraction.

Every Schools' Obligation

A Principal's Reflections

Just because today’s students have grown up in a technology-rich world does not mean that they know how to effectively and responsibly utilize technology.

A framework for creating wildly engaging lessons

Ditch That Textbook

As a teacher, I’ve always been looking for that secret sauce for creating lessons that students love. You know, those lessons that they’ll think of and talk about long after the bell rings. Those special lessons that help them remember a tricky concept they might not get otherwise.


Motivating students to become more self-directed


Teachers continually face the challenge of keeping their students engaged and motivated. And let’s face it. Digital learning has lost a bit of the so-called “personal teaching touch” because most of the learning, teaching and exams are done online and there’s less physical interaction. In traditional learning, teachers can directly monitor student progress and class standing, and address any concerns if there are any.

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.

Reaching Hard to Reach Students with Passion and Tough Love with Ron Clark

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 202 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching hard to reach students can be so frustrating. Master teacher and motivator Ron Clark shares his secrets for reaching kids and staying motivated to teach.

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Literacy Startup Unveils Andre Agassi Investment at Electronics Conference

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

What happens when two experienced entrepreneurs find themselves navigating the unfamiliar waters of the K-12 ed-tech marketplace. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email earlychildhood edtech edtech entrepreneurship literacy startup

Preparing Young Students for Home Row Keyboarding: An Unplugged Approach

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve long been intrigued by the physical keyboards teachers and homeschoolers use to introduce keyboarding to the youngest typists. I occasionally get questions from readers about them, but never have a good answer.

The 1 Habit That Can Make You Healthier and Happier: Retrospective Journaling

The CoolCatTeacher

Productivity Habits that Make a Difference From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I used to start my day with this feeling of drowning. Overwhelmed by everything I had to do and a to-do list that was overwhelming, sometimes I felt like I had no hope.

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A Natural and Experiential Cycle of Learning

User Generated Education

Given this era of learning where information is abundant and easily accessible, it is even more important than ever to help learners understand the learning process.

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.

Shifting A Paradigm: A Rural District Blends Learning In Personalized Math

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 6. Driving Question: What if a small school math teacher adopts blended learning as the instructional framework to personalize mathematics instruction?

KidzType–the Keyboard Practice Site You’ve Been Waiting For

Ask a Tech Teacher

One question I get urgently and often is how to teach students to keyboard. With so much of student performance based on their knowledge of using computers and keyboards, it’s become the tip of the sword in preparing students for learning.

A LOOK INSIDE a Digital Shop Class: Game Based Learning, Design Thinking and …

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 200 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Digital shop class! Igniting wonder! You can write on the desks. You can write on the walls; there are no grades! Learning is a game where students level up and earn experience points.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

The Layers of ESSA: Educational Technology in Title IV – 21st Century Schools, Part A.

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.

Pass That Exam! 14 Test Prep Strategies

Teacher Reboot Camp

“… these tests are unable to measure all of what it is that makes you the valued person who you are.” – Principal Len Christie. Exam time is stressful for students and teachers.

The Four P's—The Future of Edtech


We're happy to share this post by Julie Davis, Technology Coordinator at Chatanooga Christian School (CCS). Julie first published this piece on her blog, Thoughts on All Things Edutechie Oriented.

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Historical Inquiry: 20+ Creative Ways History Teachers Can use Primary Sources

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 201 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Historical inquiry helps make history class exciting. History teachers can use primary sources in creative, exciting ways to make history come alive.

2 Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans

Ask a Tech Teacher

I have two lesson plans, both aligned with Common Core, to help you plan Martin Luther King Day. 4th grade. Students interpret the words of Dr Martin Luther King in their own words in a visual organizer. Great project that gets students thinking about the impact of words on history.

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.

New Ed-Tech Event Valuable for Education Entrepreneurs

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The National Education Week conference, is a new, surprisingly intimate ed-tech gathering that has a lot to offer to startups. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email accelerator conference edtech investment investors

Interactive Map: Integrating Technology in Early Literacy


A new interactive map called Integrating Technology in Early Literacy was released by New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Click to view full map.

Successful Online ELL Support for an International Ballet Student


Contributor: Mike Gray Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 10:15am. The following is a story that Mike wrote to show how important an online education can be to a young student who needs a non-traditional path to education, especially through the use of online ELL (English language learner) support.

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3 Apps to Build Solid Study Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s not enough to share information with students. Unless they have an eidetic memory, much of what they see/hear/taste/smell never reaches long term memory. For that, students require study.

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EdTech at School

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

Is this what Iowa parents really want?

Dangerously Irrelevant

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Web Filtering Anywhere


By Tom Walker. Web filtering is an effective tool to ensure online student safety. Recent innovations have allowed web filtering to improve from a rather stationary service, to a mobile and easy-to-use necessity.

What You Don’t Know About Homework Research

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. In recent months, I’ve had dozens of conversations with educators and parents about the impact of traditional homework on learning. These discussions included a wide array of opinions, which I’ve distilled here. Popular opinions about homework Homework takes too much time from family activities Most of it is worksheets or workbooks that kids hate Homework doesn’t […]. The post What You Don’t Know About Homework Research appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

U.S K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part I)

Doug Levin

What should the federal role be in promoting access to and use of technology for K-12 education (AKA ‘educational technology policy’)?

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.

New Year’s Resolution: Know Your Students, Be the Change

Voyager Sopris Learning

The holiday divinity and fudge are just about gone, and the heart-warming Christmas movies seem to have been replaced by weight-loss commercials. I’ve made more than my share of New Year’s resolutions, and rarely have I stuck to the calorie-counting, mile-running regimens that I have planned.

Digital Tools: The Power to Empower

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 5. Driving Question: How Can Teachers Empower Students By Blending Technology Into Every Lesson? Have you ever had students create a presentation with images or clip art they found on the Web? What about music? Video clips from YouTube?

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10 Epic Tools Busy Teachers Need to Be Aware of


Robert A. Heinlein once said, “Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” And he was right. Our desire to do nothing is a moving force to create the variety of devices to make our lives less hectic.

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