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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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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.

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?

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.

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.

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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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.

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.


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.

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.

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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.

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

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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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.

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.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

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.

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.

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’)?

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.

EdTech at School

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