Sat.Jan 09, 2016 - Fri.Jan 15, 2016

Free-form Station Rotation Lesson

Catlin Tucker

As I planned my lesson for today, I identified three specific tasks I wanted my students to complete over the course of our 90 minute block period. I knew they would work at different rates, and I wanted them to have the flexibility to move through each task at their own pace. Below were the tasks I had planned: Station #1: In-class flip with a grammar video about using semicolons followed by a collaborative practice activity.

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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. In my years of teaching, I’ve found [.]. Teaching creative different ditch framework hands-on innovative tech-laden


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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. Then I ran into Dr. William Morgan on one of the education forums I frequent and was thrilled that he knows a lot about them and was willing to share his expertise to kick-off a mini-seminar in classroom keyboarding.

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. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Here’s a quick list of the most valuable classroom decoration and design resources. Classroom Design Resources.

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.

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

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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. Teachers are struggling to find ways to teach keyboarding that transfers those skills to real-life situations (like testing). Online typing sites mean well, but can’t be used in a vacuum.

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. As such, one of the major responsibilities of an educator in this era of education is to make the learning process overt and intentional so learners develop skills for becoming more effective learners. To do so, though, educators need to explore and deeply understand the processes and cycles of learning.

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.

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? What does happen when a lone math teacher in a small community in a vast rural area realizes that the traditional math approach just wasn't working?" That was a question I had to ask myself.

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).

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. While most people surely love a good layer cake, the layers of provisions governing the new educational technology program in Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are nothing if not overly complicated.

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. Common Core aligned. 7-page booklet includes a sample, step-by-step projects, a rubric for assessment, and additional resources to enrich teaching. 5th grade.

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. Teachers want to help students pass exams due to the high stakes, but also would like the curriculum to focus on meaningful learning. Research has shown standardized test scores do not reflect many students true knowledge and skills.

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.

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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.

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. It is a common misconception that today’s learners can seamlessly transition from the routine use of devices for personal reasons to using them for learning, research, and enhanced productivity.

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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. That includes note-taking and review in a variety of formats to touch the varied approaches to learning. Here are three apps I find helpful with students. They are flexible, scalable, and as a group, address a variety of learning approaches students use.

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Blended Learning: It Is The Questions That Matter

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 4. Driving Question: How does a teacher's question quality make blended learning deep? Whenever I look at the many pop terms that include "learning", I wonder about their meaning. When teachers I currently coach in Project-Based-Learning asked me about another "learning" term, "blended learning", I had to think about my answer. I knew blended learning from colleagues at a virtual learning school.

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. I especially LOVED the advice he has about what we should remember before we start complaining!

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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.

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. Schools are starting to abandon inconvenient web filtering hardware in favor of flexible cloud-based solutions which better provide for 1:1 program safety measures. And now, we can protect our students anytime, anywhere. Web Filtering At School.

Did You Miss These Posts Over the Holidays?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are five activities to get you ready for the demands of a new school year: 10 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer. End-of-Year Tips: 18 Steps To A Speedier Computer. End of Year Tips: Update Your Online Presence. 4 Collaborative Projects Students Will Love. Try them out–post a comment if you need help. I’ll be here. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

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. Jinny is a ballet student who has been accepted to an elite ballet boarding school in Florida.

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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. I couldn’t do it all, so why do anything. One little habit has changed everything. If you want to change your life, change your habits.

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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!

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

Subscriber Special: January

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. This month: If you donate to my blog drive, I’ll send you FREE. The 18-page two-lesson plan bundle to blend your class into Martin Luther King Day January 18, 2016. We’re close, but not there yet. To those who have donated–Thank You! I sang your praises from the roof of our building and sent a special appreciation prayer your way.

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’)? What are the types of programs and policies that Congress could enact that would benefit students given: (1) a limited federal role in (and national budget for) education, and (2) continual and rapid advances in technological capabilities, tools, and services that are or could be applied to benefit student learning (both in and out of schools)?

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. Kids are building things to improve their community. Does this sound like a dream? It’s happening right now in Kevin Jarrett’s classroom.

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.

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. This year, rather than set some lofty goals that I will most likely fail to achieve, I plan to stop trying to find who or what is to blame for the problems with education today.

How Do You Backup Your Data

Ask a Tech Teacher

Probably, of all computer functions, backing up data is the most critical and the most likely to make you tear your hair out. Hard drives crash, files get corrupted, your computer is lost or stolen, a virus and malware forces you to reformat (which can lose all of your data), what you thought you saved you didn’t–I could go on. There are dozens of reasons why you should–really–backup your data.

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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? As soon as students go to the Web or even print resources, chances are the content they pick is protected by copyright.

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