Sat.Nov 07, 2015 - Fri.Nov 13, 2015

Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code: Kindergarten. Start kindergartners with problem solving. If they love Legos, they’ll love coding. BotLogic –great for Kindergarten and youngers. Code –learn to code, for students.

Top Education Tweets of the Week: November 7, 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Topics on Twitter This week’s top education tweets of the week have lots of interesting nuggets for us busy teachers. But one topic is flying around: flipping kids. No, not flipping them off. Not flipping your classroom — flipping a child like you flip a house.

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Cross Curricular Maker Education Activity That Addresses Common Core Standards

User Generated Education

My primary job is that of educating pre and in-service teachers with a bit of teaching elementary students along the way. I often say that there is not enough time during the school day and the school year to teach isolated and singular content area topics.

The Challenge of Change is Not You

A Principal's Reflections

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.

19 Thanksgiving Sites and Apps For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Need a few websites and apps to fill in sponge time? Here are Thanksgiving sites that will keep students busy and still teach them: Canadian Thanksgiving. Online/Offline Thanksgiving activities. Plimoth Plantation –a field trip of a Pilgrim’s life. Included on this real-life site is a video of the Pilgrim’s crossing to the New World. Primary Games Thanksgiving Apps. Starfall–Silly Turkey. Thanksgiving Coloring Book App. Thanksgiving edu-websites–CybraryMan. Thanksgiving Games.

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Being in the Vanguard on Ed-Tech Innovation Presents Startup Challenges

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

We've been on the forefront of ed-tech efforts around the sharing and creation of videos for teachers. But being a leader in the space also means being the first to grapple with new difficulties. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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Accelerating Change in Adult Education

Digital Promise

Patti is the Director of Adult Learning Initiatives at Digital Promise and has over 20 years experience developing products for adults. You can follow her on Twitter @patticonstan.

A Holiday Flier in Publisher

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is the only project that’s easier than the holiday card in Publisher. There’s no folding and the templates are bright, colorful and exciting for kids as young as second grade: –from 55 Technology Projects for the Digital Classroom. Click here for a list of holiday websites and apps.

Top Blog Posts for Teachers This Week

The CoolCatTeacher

News and Trends: November 8, 2018 As I hinted in yesterday’s summary of the week’s top tweets , teachers are talking about flipping kids. An offhand comment by my friend Kevin Honeycutt seems to be growing into a larger conversation.

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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.

10 creative alternatives to research reports and papers

Ditch That Textbook

In high school and college, I suffered through quite a few research reports and papers. I gathered data, cited sources, followed MLA style and double spaced. I turned in my papers. Then I never did anything else with them.

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How Do We Make Writing? Five Ways to Hack Your Writing Workshop

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. In a different life, I was an English teacher. In fact, I spent the first half of my twenty-four year career in education writing beside middle and high school kids. Writing workshop was my passion, and Nancie Atwell was my hero (well, she still is).

Today we Honor Veterans

Ask a Tech Teacher

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. Holidays News


7 Books to Help Add Purpose and Meaning to Life

The CoolCatTeacher

Leaders are Readers and Readers are Leaders You want to have purpose and meaning in your life, and certainly there are lots of people who have advice. How do you tell truth from fiction? How do you know who to believe?

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.

From Reluctant to Reader: One Student's Transformation

Voyager Sopris Learning

How many more times do we have to hear from NAEP ( National Assessment of Educational Progress ) that 30 to 40 percent of middle and high school students are struggling and/or can’t read? It’s a catch-22.

Do we gain by debating the merits of blended learning?

The Christensen Institute

On Monday, I had the opportunity to take part in a spirited debate about blended learning at the iNACOL Symposium in Orlando. The debate focused on blended-learning research and what it tells us about blended learning’s effectiveness. Below is my take on how we should interrogate the efficacy of blended learning in a manner that actually helps practitioners solve their most acute problems. Does blended learning work?

A Holiday Card in Publisher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Greeting cards are easy enough for second graders–even early readers. Using MS Publisher, pick a template, add a picture to personalize, add their name–and they’re done. It takes about 15 minutes.

Three Ways to Show Genuine Gratitude this Thanksgiving

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Sometimes, administrators stop into my sessions to thank the staff that I support for their hard work and contributions to our learning. Most of the time, this is appreciated by everyone in the room.

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.

10 illustrations that show why Google SafeSearch should be used with Creative Commons


Google SafeSearch is a powerful setting focused on reducing the inappropriate content from both search and image search results. But with so much new content uploaded every day, it’s nearly impossible to filter out all – or even a majority – of the “bad stuff”.

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Things I wonder after reading Governor Terry Branstad’s recent comments on teacher leadership

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are a few things I wonder after reading Governor Terry Branstad’s recent comments on the teacher leadership program here in Iowa… (I also left these as a comment to the article).

Tech Tip #121: Chromebooks Caps Lock

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: Where’s the caps lock on Chromebooks? There’s a ‘search’ button where that key is on my normal keyboard. On Chromebooks, caps lock is a shortkey: Alt+Search.

The Perils of Popularity

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. No one gets out of middle or high school unscathed, popular or not. I guess I should begin there. And now that I’ve survived three tours of duty, I know from experience that this tough truth pains parents as much as it troubles their children.


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.

Gmail Hacks for Ultimate Teacher Efficiency


We know that lots of our users rely on Gmail to organize their day. It’s their main method of communication and their go-to project management tool. That’s why we thought we’d share a few hacks for getting the most out of our fave email client. Google Tips EdTechUpdate

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Join me for a Master Class at BLC in July!

Catlin Tucker

I’ll be leading a master class titled “Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology” at Alan November’s BLC Conference in Boston in July. Space is limited, so visit the BLC16 Pre-conference Master Class page to register!

20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

TeachThought - Learn better.

20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture It’s an age-old saying, “Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach. The post 20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture appeared first on TeachThought.

Time’s up: Full-time virtual charter schools must become transparent together

The Christensen Institute

A new three-party National Study of Online Charter Schools by the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University and Mathematic Policy Research found that students enrolled in full-time virtual charter schools made, on average, far less progress than their counterparts in traditional schools.

EdTech at School

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