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A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. You don’t have to be a fan of technology, but you do need to understand that it’s a catalyst for some exciting pedagogical changes.

12 ways to really make Genius Hour work in your class

Ditch That Textbook

Lots of schools and classrooms are making innovation a priority and changing how day-to-day school is done. Don Wettrick’s students take it to a whole new level. Don teaches “Innovation Class,” where students take on a project that connects with their passions.

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Tools to work with, annotate, create and convert PDF files

Educational Technology Guy

PDF , or Portable Document Format, files are ubiquitous these days. The format is a great way to share files since every operating system, including mobile devices, has free software available to read the files.

3 Untapped Social Media Resources For Students

The Web20Classroom

Last week I laid out 3 Untapped Social Media Resources for Teachers. This week we take a look at how to leverage social networks for students. My sister is a senior in high school. Whenever we spend time together I ask her about “what the kids are into these days?”

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.

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We should rethink our definition of ‘wasting time’

Ditch That Textbook

On Sunday, I was cleaning the kitchen. On hands and knees scrubbing the floor, to be more specific. Yep, I’m that guy, and that’s OK with me, You know what they say: happy wife, happy life!) All of a sudden, mid-scrub, I thought, “Where are my kids and what are they up to?” ” I have [.]. Teaching creative teaching genius hour homework passion-driven learning video games youtube

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From Classic to FANTASTIC- New Google Sites


Classic sites was an “acquired taste” for myself, students, and attendees. Anytime I presented a session on classic sites, I would give myself a pep talk about how classic sites was not for the faint of heart and only for those that wanted a challenge.

Creating a Student Centered Library Where Kids Love to Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #23 A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Micki Uppena From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Librarian Micki Uppena has a student centered library.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

Students in Montclair State University’s dual certification program work on an assignment during class. Photo: Jackie Mader. BLOOMFIELD, N.J. When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special education students and general education students.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

11 Things to Start with in Google Classroom

Teacher Tech

11 Things to Start With in Google Classroom In a nutshell, Google Classroom is Google Drive Management. It allows you […]. The post 11 Things to Start with in Google Classroom appeared first on Teacher Tech. Beginner Classroom Google classroom google

10 Meditation Apps For The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 10 Meditation Apps For The Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Technology Whole Child Experienced Teacher General

Poverty and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Superintendent Anael Alston Shares His Thoughts in Episode #24 for Thought Leader Thursday From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Anael Alston @ DrAAlston talks about common misconceptions that educators have about students in poverty.

Managing Workflow with Google Sites and Google Classroom

Tomorrow's Learners

Many teachers battle with the decision of whether to use Google Sites or Google Classroom. In my opinion, it is not a question of either or, it is a question of how we can use them both to manage workflow efficiently and in a way that will transform the learning for our students.

How to Create Awesome Infographics for Your Students

My Paperless Classroom

It’s easy to find infographics on any topic with a simple Google search. Do you know what would make you an even cooler teacher? Your own infographics! The post How to Create Awesome Infographics for Your Students appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial Infographic

Students’ worry: education technology might predict failure before they have a chance to succeed

The Hechinger Report

A high-tech program designed to predict which students are at risk of failure might sound like a way to extend a helping hand. Some students don’t see it that way. They worry that the data will be used to label them before they have a chance to make their own impression on a teacher.

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT #22 | An Interview with Librarian Chad Lehman From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Guess what? Great maker spaces often have arts and crafts too!

Using @Flipgrid in Online #APCalculus to Allow Students to Verbalize Their Thinking Process #mathchat #flipclass


One of my biggest goals in teaching my section of Online AP Calculus this year has been finding ways to continue to hear my students “talk.” I want to hear how they are thinking through the process of solving problems.

Are schools really made for learning?


How to teach more efficiently? and How to learn more efficiently? are two questions that puzzle educational professionals and students from the dawn of education.

The Ultimate Google Cardboard and Expeditions Resource Guide

Shake Up Learning

The post The Ultimate Google Cardboard and Expeditions Resource Guide appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The Best Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions Resources for Teachers!

Which Colleges Might Give You The Best Bang For Your Buck?

NPR Learning and Tech

A recent study looked at colleges across the country and which ones were able to graduate low-income students into high earning jobs. Image credit: Jon Marchione for NPR

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Similar students, different results: a look at where black college students do best, and worst

The Hechinger Report

. It seems it really does matter what college you go to, especially if you’re black.

How To Set Google Doc Sharing Permissions For Student Privacy

TeachThought - Learn better.

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9 must-read blogs for innovative teachers

eSchool News

Social media’s popularity means educators have a number of avenues to develop their professional learning networks and learn from one another. Blogging gives educators a platform to share best practices, pose questions to their peers, and explore new ideas about teaching and learning.

Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class

NPR Learning and Tech

In a study, automated text messages to parents reduced absences and the number of F's earned by high school students. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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Virtual Reality in the School Community


When consumer ready hardware became available for photographing and filming in 360° we looked for a way introduce Virtual Reality into the school community. The Ricoh Theta S provided us with technology capable of accurately capturing 360° video at a reasonable level of quality.

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Is Artificial Intelligence the best sidekick for teachers?


I have a riddle for you: What do Sancho Panza, Dr. Watson, Robin and Artificial Intelligence all have in common? Well, they all came to existence thanks to the creative minds of people, right? OK, what else? The real answer to this question is that they are all sidekicks.

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The key to deep learning? Listen more, risk more, learn more

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This post by Alan November, written exclusively for eSchool Media, is part of a series of upcoming articles by this notable education thought leader. Check back later this month for the next must-read post!].

Just What IS A Charter School, Anyway?

NPR Learning and Tech

The Trump administration has indicated that charter schools are a major part of its education agenda. Many Americans, though, aren't sure how they work. Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings


Navigating the ups and downs of the teenage years has never been easy, as young adults manage a lot of changes that are hormonal, physical, social and emotional. Teens could use help during this period; according to a recent study , the prevalence of depression in adolescents has increased in the last decade.

Singapore: World Class Education Embraces EdTech and Skills Based Learning


Small Country Embraces Education Technology at a National Level In a little-known city state in South East Asia lies the world’s top performing primary and secondary school students in maths and. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Virtual inclusion helps this district commit to all students–no matter what

eSchool News

Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all education. Today, forward-thinking school leaders know that leveraging powerful learning technology can help all students excel and learn to work collaboratively with peers–even if that student is homebound due to chronic illness.

13 Ways to Use Canva in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

No one disagrees with the importance of the visual in communicating. The problem usually is creating it. Most teachers aren’t adept at matching colors, picking fonts and font sizes, and then laying everything out artistically.

Universities gone innovating

The Christensen Institute

Simmons College in Boston made headlines this week with the news that two online graduate degree programs it launched less than five years ago are on track to generate more tuition revenue than its 30 other graduate programs combined and nearly as much as its undergraduate offerings.