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

Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM

The CoolCatTeacher

Getting kids engaged and excited about learning in the STEM Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Robin Ellwood moved from lecture to hands-on STEM with her eighth graders and shows us how.

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The Process of Change

A Principal's Reflections

There is always a great deal of discussion about change in education in order to better prepare students for success. The stakes have become higher as changes in a globally connected world are far outpacing those in our schools.

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Educators Commit to the Journey

Digital Promise

Last month, our Verizon Innovative Learning Schools initiative held its second annual project-wide summer convening.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new products. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves.

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.

GET MY NEW BOOK: Do What Matters

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about planning and make your own planner From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m sick and tired of doing “things.” Things” are what happened to me when I was a young Mom on a tight budget. I kept going to WalMart to buy “things.”

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Ten Reading-with-Tech Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top reading-related articles according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: How do I create a classroom library checkout system? 5 Tech Tools to Inspire Reading. 5 Tech Tools That Motivate Every Reader. 3 Digital Tools to Encourage Close Reading. 32 Reading Websites.

A Glimpse of the Future: What the K-12 Classroom Will Look Like in 2025

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

This week I’ll be on a panel discussing the Future Classroom at this year’s STEM Summit hosted by Towson University.

Leadership Coaching and How Students and Teachers Benefit

Digital Promise

Recognizing that transformation, especially digital transformation, is complex and sometimes “messy,” Digital Promise is launching a second cohort of our Leadership Coaching program to support K-12 leaders working towards transforming learning in their districts through technology.

10 Pros And Cons Of A Bring Your Own Device Scheme.


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes have got more and more popular over recent years. They are when students are asked to bring in their own mobile device and use them in their learning. Image courtesy of

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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.

Why is the Supreme Court So Important — and How to Explain That to Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

When you think of the Supreme Court, you think of old people in black robes that dispassionately determine the fate of the country’s laws. That’s all true, but there’s more to maintaining law and order than a podium and a gavel.

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Vendors Must Hone in on Successful Models for Educator PD

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When I was a reporter in public radio, I rarely received professional development. The only training or workshops I attended were those I got a grant for, applying on my own. Not working in education, I didn’t know how much value (and money) is placed on PD.

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Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France. Students can experience new cultures, history, and understand the world in better ways with virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearables. Teachers are using these technologies to send learners on virtual field trips or getting students to keep track of their steps, cardio, and health with fitness bands.

Global Stories to Act On

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 6, Number 5. Thirteen-year old Mustapha and his family were forced to leave their home in Aleppo, Syria last year. The family had faced a difficult decision after the Syrian war began: stay and risk being killed or flee and leave everything behind.


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.

Mobile Learning: Making the Digital Promise Real

Digital Promise

In my work with Cell-Ed and Avasant Foundation, I have seen adult learners study basic literacy, English, citizenship, and workforce skills at all hours of the day and night. Juggling long and often irregular work schedules, they study on the bus, while waiting in lines, and on work breaks between mopping floors, milking cows, picking fruit, and caring for others. The market for mobile education technology is vast and, more important, mostly untapped.

Blended Learning in Action

Catlin Tucker

It’s been four years since Corwin published my bestselling book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12. When I wrote that book, I was working in a low-tech environment trying to figure out how to weave together online and face-to-face learning to create a student-centered classroom.

Differentiate with Tech–Starts July 18th!

Ask a Tech Teacher

How to Make Differentiation Fast and Easy with Tech. Starts Monday! Last chance to sign up. This Ask a Tech Teacher online class is only offered for college credit. Online education summer

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Is Your EdTech Enhancing Your School's Mission?


If your school has a mission and vision, now is the time to scurry to your school website or unearth the handbook they gave you on your first day and see what it is. Got it?

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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.

Sparking Student Financial Empowerment through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Financial literacy is a skill that is important for every high school graduate to have. Students need to be able to understand the consequences and impact of their financial decisions — a skill that is critical in our economically integrated world. Teachers, parents, and students alike believe high school curriculums should offer students the opportunity to manage their own finances in order to develop financial literacy skills.

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Can Social Media Save Kids’ Lives?


The following is taken from our new whitepaper Can social media save kids’ lives? We analyzed over a half million social media posts from over 300 school districts in 2016 to amass the data included in this paper.

Five Great Summer Jobs For Teachers That Involve Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Sometimes, for teachers, summer is so busy we can’t breathe. Between enrichment to summer seminars to watching kids who are out of school, there isn’t a free moment.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: A 21st Century Characteristic

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 6, Number 4. In this issue, we share four posts from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Education Division, TEACHUNICEF, about its special work in global education. Read more of the what, the why and the how of their work to engage U.S. classrooms in this mission and how that work can benefit your students in 21st Century classrooms. Driving Question: How do we develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for students to become global citizens?

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EdTech at School

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

Teachers Want to See More Virtual Reality in Their Classrooms [#Infographic]

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan Survey data from this year shows that educators think immersive learning experiences can improve student outcomes. Classroom Curriculum Hardware

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Positive Behavior Supports Creating Meaningful Life Options for People with ASD

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on the Indiana Resource Center for Autism website. It is reprinted with permission from the Advocate, the magazine for the National Autism Society of America. . The Problem. When families first receive a diagnosis on the autism spectrum for their son or daughter, it is not long before they are bombarded with literature that focuses on “cure” or “recovery.” For many, this goal becomes the single focus of any programming efforts.

What You Might Have Missed in June

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of June: 12 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills. Website Review: 3 Online Keyboarding Programs Students Will Choose. 9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools. 67 K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions–by Grade Level. How to Create a Curriculum Map.

Empowering Students for the Global Stage

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 6, Number 3. Driving Question : What happens if a state education department leads with a 21st Century global education program? All the World is a stage and we are but players on it. William Shakespeare.- William Shakespeare.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.