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

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. The proliferation of technology in the world is making it much more difficult to engage our students. This is not to say that meaningful, impactful changes are not evident in schools across the globe.

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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.


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Inspiring Edtech Quotes


I recently compiled a list of quotes about educational technology that have really inspired me. I used the website Canva to make the graphic ( click here for my video tutorial on how to use it). Have you got any favourite quotes about edtech? Share them by commenting below. Tagged: canva , edtech , education , educational technology , inspiration , inspiring quotes , learning , quotes , teaching , tech , tech tool , technology.

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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. How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving. Common Core Reading–What if Students Don’t Like Reading. I need reading resources for ELL/ESL. 17 Story Sites for First and Second Grade.

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.

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. I did not receive any support, technology, or professional development from my school or district and was forced to figure it out on my own.

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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 There are many positives with these schemes however there also problems that can arise. Below I have listed 10 pros and cons of BYOD: PROS: 1) The devices are excellent learning tools which bring a lot to the classroom.

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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. Given that my experience is limited to middle school and high school students through my test-prep company and my critical-reading web app, SmartyReader , I’ll highlight my own insights in hopes of sparking a larger discussion of how the K-12 classroom will look in 2025.

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. The Supreme Court is the apex of one of three branches in the American government: The Legislative (the House and the Senate) passes laws. The Executive (the President) executes the laws.

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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.” I bought a little thing here and a little thing there. Then, I had to buy stuff to organize my “things” and take time to clean out my closet and give away lots of those “things.”

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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).

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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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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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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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. Robin’s students designed a remote underwater vehicle (ROV) that went to Antarctica. She was intimidated when she started thinking about it. But she learned it with the kids as she went.

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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.

Educators Commit to the Journey

Digital Promise

Last month, our Verizon Innovative Learning Schools initiative held its second annual project-wide summer convening. For these events, Digital Promise and Verizon Innovative Learning collaborate to bring together learning coaches, storytellers, school administrators, district staff, and teachers from each school. Every attendee from each school, regardless of their role in the project, is on the same journey with us.

Can Social Media Save Kids’ Lives?


Cyberbullying and self-harm prevention solutions based on real time data from social media trends across the country. The post Can Social Media Save Kids’ Lives? appeared first on Blog. Marketing cyberbullying EdTech Update online student safety parental controls

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. But other times, summer offers an endless vista of time, perfect for a part-time job that provides a nest egg for a special project.

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. Mustapha recalls, "We were always afraid. There was always war where we lived." The family decided to leave in search of safety in Europe. Like many child refugees, Mustapha doesn't go to school.


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.

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. Now as the founder of an ed-tech startup Listenwise ( new name !), I think about PD very differently.

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Can Social Media Save Kids’ Lives?


Cyberbullying and self-harm prevention solutions based on real time data from social media trends across the country. The post Can Social Media Save Kids’ Lives? appeared first on Blog. Marketing cyberbullying EdTech Update online student safety parental controls

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. 3 Creative Tech Tools to Teach Writing. 84 Math Websites for K-8. Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe? 16 Great Research Websites for Kids. A few new resources available: New lesson plans.

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.

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!

5 Free Tools to Help Students Learn Real World Financial Skills

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Aside from “Home Economics 101,” most students don’t have a chance to beef up their financial skills. As a result, they’re often unprepared to leave the insular environment of academia and transition into fiscally independent adulthood. Becoming financially literate early in life is fundamentally important to your financial well-being as an adult. I was pinching […].

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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. The majority of research centered around cyberbullying & teen emotional distress occurs after the fact, relying on student anecdotes and surveys. By contrast, we are able to gather information in real time.

Constant Learning and Creative Response: Charting the Course in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

At Education Elements we try to walk the walk of personalized learning. We strive to make our workshops interactive, upbeat, and fun. We create space for spirited large and small group discussion, and we honor time for quiet individual processing and reflection. We believe teachers should be designers of their classrooms. We want school teams to build connections at our workshops. We help districts visualize their personalized learning journey.

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.

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.

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. The North Carolina State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction have stepped to center stage with a statewide global education initiative.

In the Age of 'No-Excuses' Schools: A Case for Compassion and Better Social-Emotional Learning


Take a minute to ruminate on your own K-12 academic experience. Was it a pleasant experience that left you with a love for lifelong learning? Or was it an exercise in drudgery that left you wishing every Monday was Friday? I used to see this imbalance every day. When I was a first-year teacher to thirty 6th graders, I was excited and fully expecting the students to share my enthusiasm—but my students were there for safety, a hot meal, to see friends, and to have shelter for the day.

Part 3: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 25 STEM and PBL Competitions

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this third post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.