Sat.Dec 19, 2015 - Fri.Dec 25, 2015

Courage to Be an Outlier Educator

User Generated Education

Today, during a podcast interview, I was asked what it takes to be an educational thought leader. My responses was, “courage.” ” In this test driven, accountability-laden era of education, it takes courage to be an educator driven by authentic, constructivist , and student-centered values and practices. Courage: Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.

Crowdfunding Campaigns: Lessons Learned from an Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Apply this advice from the front lines of a successful crowdfunding campaign to your new venture. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life lessonslearned


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Dear Parents: Should We Stop Mocking the Common Core?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Dear Parents, I get it. You’re frustrated. You want to help your child with his or her school work. It’s supposed to make sense. After all, if an adult can’t grasp it, how is an 8-year-old supposed to? So when it doesn’t make sense and you can’t help, something must clearly be wrong. And since the only […]. The post Dear Parents: Should We Stop Mocking the Common Core? appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Issues Opinion You Vote: B or I Common Core math

Listen to Ask a Tech Teacher on EduTalk Radio

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many thanks to Larry Jacobs for inviting me to join him on EduTalk Radio, to talk about my recent Editor’s Choice Award from SmartBrief Education. We had a great time talking about technology in education, blending games like Minecraft into curriculum, and using technology to meet students where they want to learn. Here’s the link: [link]. …and here’s a summary of some of the conversation: Minecraft. Kids are baptized in technology.

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.

Turn today’s classrooms into #InclusiveSpaces

A Principal's Reflections

Students spend an average of 12,000 hours in the classroom in their lifetime, and these hours are important. Not only does time spent in the classroom impact student learning, but studies show that the physical layout of those classrooms (variables including use of light, color and wall space) have a significant impact on student behavior, motivation and achievement.

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How Metacognition Makes Students Better Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. In her new book, Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School, Starr Sackstein suggests an array of ways to give students a voice in the assessment process, while eliminating traditional grades. One way to “hack” assessment, according to Starr, is to teach students to reflect on their own learning. See exactly […]. The post How Metacognition Makes Students Better Learners appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Happy Holiday!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ll be taking a week (or so) off–until after the New Year–to edit/format my website, work on writing projects with a deadline, prioritize life, and wish my two adult military children could come home to visit. I may drop in on you-all as you enjoy your holidays, but mostly I’ll be regenerating. I wish you a wonderful season, safe and filled with family. See you shortly! More Holiday Websites: 19 Holiday Websites For Your Students. Holidays. 16 Holiday Projects.

Learning Together – Looking Ahead for Professional Learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 11. 2015 was an incredible year in education. As we close out 2015, I can't help but reflect on all the amazing 21st century learning we saw and shared over the course of the year on the Blogazine, through our Exemplar Program, and in conversations with educators around the country and through our webinars on edWeb as part of P21's Partners in 21st Century Learning community.

A Look Back at Digital Promise’s 2015

Digital Promise

As we close 2015, I invite you to join me in reflecting on the year's events, our accomplishments and in looking forward to the year ahead. As you know, Digital Promise is committed to closing the Digital Learning Gap -- ensuring that all learners have equitable access to technology, acquire the skills to fully participate in a connected world, and feel empowered to achieve their life and work goals.

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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).

Top 5 Tips for Engaging Online and Blended Learners


Contributor: Andrea Ritchie Monday, December 28, 2015 - 1:15pm One of the advantages of working with so many clients around the nation is the ability to see the diverse ways in which different schools create blended and online learning programs. The true beauty of a virtual education is that one size doesn't have to fit all. At the same time, however, there are many tried and true principles that work universally in setting up students for success in their online courses.

Improving Learning With Metacognition: Part 2

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Improving Learning With Metacognition: Part 2 by Starr Sackstein Overcoming Pushback Students will not like reflection at first; they will see it as additional work that doesn’t feel like it’s helping. Like most new things, students won’t appreciate it until they see the growth later on. Be prepared for various complaints. Why do I need […]. The post Improving Learning With Metacognition: Part 2 appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Crafting a compelling digital story


Everything we do today is somehow digital-based. We often get news updates from the internet. We share photos on social media. Trending topics are discussed on Twitter. Bloggers opine and fill the minds of avid readers. Photographers publish their photographs online so the world can see their works of art. Teachers are even more keen on digitizing their learning content.

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What’s Really in the Bag? Part II

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 10. Yesterday, Kate shared thoughts on the episodic, unconnected, mandate-directed professional development commonly provided today's educators. Kate introduced a response: the Proactive Professional Learning Experience (PPLE). In this post, Kate describes the elements of the PPLE cycle of professional learning.). Driving Question: What does the proactive cycle for professional learning look like in practice? Around and around she goes. Where she stops nobody knows".

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.

Classroom World Tour


While many contend the world is getting smaller and that as we grow older it continues to shrink, seeing how kids interact with a wider world tells me otherwise. I work at a tiny school, in a small rural community and it is all too rare for our kids to experience the world outside of […]. The post Classroom World Tour appeared first on OnCUE. Connected Educator diversity Google Google Forms Google Hangout Personal Learning Network (PLN) Tour Builder

Real Project Based Learning… Santa Believes in PBL… Do You?

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Did you know that Santa believes in Project Based Learning? It’s true… in fact I have worked quite hard at finding evidence that supports this conclusion. I decided to use some of the essential elements of PBL from the Buck Institute (BIE)… note that last summer these essentials were updated to the Gold Standards. As you might know , BIE is the premiere organization promoting and providing professional development on PBL for the United States and internationally.

What It Means To Teach

TeachThought - Learn better.

What It Means To ‘Teach’ by Terry Heick What does it mean to “teach”? I’ve been meaning to write this post for weeks, but a dozen side projects have kept. The post What It Means To Teach appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Terry Heick New Teacher General Definitions

A Bit About The “End” of No Child Left Behind

The Jose Vilson

I’m not a fan. I do think we need to have a nation education reform. I do believe that there should be as much federal oversight as possible in the name of equity. I just happen to disagree vehemently with the folks who’ve been doing education reform on the state and federal level. This ping-pong politic where we think we’re making a dent by giving education back to the states makes me nervous, even in “blue states” like New York.

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.

An Educational View of Star Wars Episode VII “The Force Awakens”


Download. Listen in a New Window. iTunes. Stitcher. SoundCloud. Leave a Review. Clammr It. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Follow @TeacherCast. Leave a VoiceMail. The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. For more information, please visit In this weeks episode, we discuss Star Wars Episode VII “The Force Awakens” from all angles and hypothesize what is to come in Episode VII.

9 classroom organization tips for the new year

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I’ve invited Calloway House to the blog today to share some ideas for starting the new year by thinking about what works (and what doesn’t) for organization in your classroom. Calloway House is a trusted educational supply resource for teachers and schools with a wide range of classroom supplies and organizational products. The company has compensated me for helping to spread the word about their wonderful resources. It’s tough to think about returning back to the classroom already.

What Minecraft Can Teach You About Pedagogy

TeachThought - Learn better.

What Minecraft Can Teach You About Pedagogy by TeachThought Staff Minecraft is a simple, clumsy-looking little game full of blocky graphics and unclear terms of play. It is essentially a. The post What Minecraft Can Teach You About Pedagogy appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Experienced Teacher General video games

Time for a Quick Midyear STEM Checkup


The midpoint of the school year is a great time for STEM educators to do a quick program checkup, says curriculum expert Anne Jolly. She offers five STEM progress indicators that can help teachers identify examples of success and any needed adjustments. STEM By Design STEM Mid-Year Review STEM adjustments STEM gut check STEM lesson planning STEM midyear assessment STEM team building


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!

Preparing for the Job Search in the Digital Age: By @Trvshlvrd_RR


As 2015 comes to an end, we will continue on into the 16 th year of the century, and a number of us will soon be collecting our diplomas and venturing out into the world to start this next chapter of our lives. Houses, cars, families… a majority of the things we hold closest to ours hearts are all excavated within what seems to be a mere sliver of time. Within these components of our lives is perhaps the most valuable of them all, your career.

A Biological Bloom’s Taxonomy

Iterating Toward Openness

Last week I read a really incredible paper published as OA in Nature titled, The global landscape of cognition: hierarchical aggregation as an organizational principle of human cortical networks and functions. In addition to breaking some terrific new methodological ground, the paper provides a first glimpse at what we might call a “Biological Bloom’s Taxonomy.”

5 Ways To Support Students With Sensory Processing Disorders

TeachThought - Learn better.

5 Ways To Support Students With Sensory Processing Disorders by Rebecca Dean Sensory processing disorder is characterized by difficulties in accurately processing a range of sensory information, such as touch, sound, The post 5 Ways To Support Students With Sensory Processing Disorders appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Elementary School New Teacher special ed

Four Social Media Strategies for Principals


Principals can use social media to improve communication, provide information during school safety situations, increase collaboration, and enhance professional development. Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn argue, in fact, that social media is a leadership essential today. Articles Leadership Barbara R. Blackburn Facebook Flickr Linkedin PLN principal Ronald Williamson social media twitter wiki

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.

10 Online Tools That will Make Your Students Better Researchers By @anttooley


Writing a research paper does not actually take long at all. Your students can do a 10-page paper in one day if they really knuckle down and get going. The most annoying things about this academic assignment are at the beginning and the end of the process: the research and the bibliography. Your students will seldom find all the information they need in one database.

Editor’s Picks 2015, No. seven: Flipped learning is changing the face of special ed

eSchool News

Flipped learning and one-to-one are a powerful combo for some populations. note : This year the editors selected ten stories we believe either highlighted an important issue in 2015 and/or signaled the beginning of an escalating trend or issue for 2016 (look for No. 1 on Dec.

Google Classroom: What do Kids do First?

Teacher Tech

I was asked on Twitter what the very first activity 6th graders might do when introducing Google Classroom. There is no “right” answer to this question. Here is my suggestion. We Do Not Teach Tech We do not teach tech, we teach content with tech. While I would structure the first activities to acclimate the […]. Classroom Google classroom google