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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.

It Takes A Village to Support Education Innovation

Digital Promise

Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and other community stakeholders to support transformative teaching and learning in their region. Together, these partners collaborate outside of the traditional silos of sector and institution to form a network that is uniquely poised to design, implement, iterate on, and disseminate breakthrough learning practices and tools.


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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. In this class, his students have created apps, designed new products and created [.]. Teaching 20 percent time dan pink don wettrick genius hour passion-driven learning pbl project-based learning

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! Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.)

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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.

Hyperdocs & Self-Paced Learning

Catlin Tucker

When I began using the Station Rotation Model with students, I made a habit of printing directions for offline stations and typing directions for my online stations. I used Google Docs for my online directions because it was easy to mix text and images then share that document directly with students. My goal was to create instructions that were so detailed and clear that my students would not need to interrupt my teacher-led station to ask questions.

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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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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. In addition to a rich maker space, Micki takes us on a journey into a 21st century library where kids love to learn. She also shares with us the free, inexpensive things she’s used to make her maker space awesome! Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

3 Augmented Reality Apps to Take Your Lessons to the Next Level

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher guest blogger, Steven Wesley, has some great suggestions for using augmented reality: Day by day, technology is becoming more and more present in our lives. As the time goes by, we tend to rely on technology more and more. A good example would be the kids nowadays. They are becoming tech-savvy from a very young age. Twenty years ago, kids were outside playing games from football to hide-and-seek, today’s kids are becoming too attached to their gadgets.

Visuals Play a Key Role in Ed-Tech Learning Products

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Have you ever sat through a boring lecture where the professor seemed to drone on and on? What about a PowerPoint presentation that was all words and no visuals? I’ll bet it was hard to pay attention and focus. You might have had trouble remembering what the lecture was about, too. Visuals are incredibly important… The post Visuals Play a Key Role in Ed-Tech Learning Products appeared first on Market Brief.

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).

Overcoming "Otherism": Thoughts on Race and Cultural Differences in the Classroom

Education Elements

My mother’s first language is Spanish. As the daughter of an immigrant, I grew up living a life nuanced in foreign customs and cultures. Not that these nuances felt foreign to me: it was just “life” in my home. Plus, I had the privilege of living in communities that saw my family as vibrant, exciting and beautiful — not foreign or unwanted. It is because of my mixed background that I have always been intrigued by the different value sets that drive us.

Teacher PD: Purposeful Tinkering and Application

User Generated Education

As a preface to this post, my belief is that deep learning does not occur through sit and get. Deep learning occurs through experiential, authentic, interactive, collaborative instructional processes. If deep learning is desired for teacher professional development, then it should reflect best practices for teaching and learning. Professional learning must focus on creating safe and productive spaces for teachers to begin planning and experimenting with the concepts that have been shared.

169 Tech Tip #119–What to do when Computers are Down?

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #119–What to do when Computers are Down? Category: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT. Sub-category: Problem-solving, teaching. Here are six suggestions: discuss digital citizenship.

5 Ways to Be Technology’s Master and Not Its Slave #productivity

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Aaron Sams shares productivity secrets on episode #25 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aren’t you tired of being overwhelmed by technology? Do you really need the latest thing to be more productive? Or is the latest thing killing you one wasted moment at a time. Today is a wake up call where we discuss five ways to take back control of your technology.

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.

SEMrush Free Trial

EdNews Daily

SEMRush Free Trial-Look at all of this information… And this is just a sliver of the amount you get with SEMrush…Click here to get your SEMRush Free Trial for two weeks or read below for more information and stay tuned for our upcoming interview with the founders! If you found this article and coupon without having to do much work, you can thank SEMrush for it. I’ve been using their tool for the past five years (on and off) and couldn’t be more pleased with their services.

The Digital Natives We Teach Are Creating A Number Of New Challenges.


Digital natives are individuals who were born during or after the surge of digital technologies (the internet, mobile devices etc.). Because the majority have been surrounded by tech from an early age, they are used to it and are usually very good at it. In addition, because technology changes so quickly, they have adapted to it and are not scared of new innovation; in fact most get very excited about it. What challenges arise from this?

Subscriber Special: March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. March 6th- 15th (ten days only): Get 10% off for early sign-up for Summer Online Professional Development: 20 K8 Tech Curriculum Webtools in 20 Days. Use Coupon Code: SUBSCRIBERSPECIAL. This is priced for a group of five from a school that wants to learn the tools included in their new tech curriculum.

The 10-Minute Teacher Show: Top Ten Shows for February 2017

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT: The 5-day a week show for busy but remarkable teachers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thank you for your support of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast. From the amazing guests to all of you listening and reviewing, thank you all so much for making this dream possible! Hear all of the past episodes of the 10-Minute Teacher Archive. And the top 10 shows for February are: A Song for Teachers by Jim Forde (Episode #11).

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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.

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. Teaching has been around for thousands of years and it changed and adapted many times during the course of history in order to satisfy the human hunger for knowledge. It evolved constantly and eventually became the mass education we all know today.

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Summer Math Loss

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. It’s tough to imagine filling a lazy beach day with fractions, or stretching out in the back seat on a road trip and practicing long division. For many of us, summer and mathematics just don’t seem to mix. But across the socioeconomic spectrum, kids arrive back at school every fall much worse off in mathematics than they finished in the spring.

Ready, Set, Listen, Launch a New Product

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Deep research and development helped startup Listenwise create a unique multiple choice, auto-graded quiz to assess listening skills. The post Ready, Set, Listen, Launch a New Product appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Apps Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Research & Development (R&D) Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Startups

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. Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Anael “Dr. A” Alston is an award-winning educator and serves as Superintendent of Schools of the Hamilton Central School District in Hamilton, NY.

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!

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. The first three are really famous ones, but AI is rather new to this game, so give it a little time, will you? Sancho Panza is Don Quixote’s sidekick.

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Prepositions – an online resource.


I recently did some writing for Scholastic – a resource supporting children with their understanding of prepositions. Click here to view the full piece. Tagged: education , English , ks1 , ks2 , prepositions , teachers. education English ks1 ks2 prepositions teachers

Who uses computers for math drill and practice? [SLIDE]

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thought I’d make a slide out of one my favorite digital equity reports. Anyone have more recent data? Download this slide: jpg.key.pptx. Source: Reich, J. 2013). Shockingly similar digital divide findings from 1998 and 2013. Available from Education Week at. findings_from_1998_and_2013. See also: Economically-disadvantaged students learn to do what the computer tells them. Related Posts.

How to Triumph Amidst the Struggle to Teach #mondaymotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT #21 | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Todd Nesloney From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. To be remarkable teachers, we must learn to rise above our problems and bring our best self to the kids. Have you ever struggled to get out of the car to walk into school on Mondays? I have. As for me, I needed this Monday morning pep talk from Todd Nesloney, author of the book Kids Deserve It! Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

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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.

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. It’s much easier to use text with a few pictures tossed in and leave the artistry for the art teacher.

Finding My Way In Palm Springs


The CUE 2017 National Conference is right around the corner, so I’m here to tell you what you’ll find around the corners at the conference.*. I suggest adding this link to your Use At National list of helpful websites. Behind those friendly blue underlined words lay your one stop shop for all your CUE 2017 National Conference map needs. But, because I’m a nice guy, and because my boss told me to, I’m going to give you some of the highlights and changes from last year.

Teaching Materials For Scholastic: You’re The Teacher Now.


I recently wrote some more material for Scholastic. The purpose was to show teachers how making mistakes and giving answers rather than questions can really engage pupils. Click here for the full article and resources. Tagged: education , teacher resources , teachers , teaching ideas , teaching resources. education teacher resources teachers teaching ideas teaching resources