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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.

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.


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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 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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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

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. Rather, they come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old patterns and processes.

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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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

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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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.

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 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.


8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

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? Have you ever taken a few steps back and asked yourself how the tech tools you’re using daily at school are helping to further that mission? Honestly. Are the tools you’ve spent money on ones that are going to help you fulfill those goals?

4 Reasons Gifted Programs are Irrelevant

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Some things I’ve heard in 17 years of working in gifted education: “What do I need to do to get my kid into the gifted program in your school?” “You You know how important it is in this community to have your child labeled gifted.” “I I need my child in the gifted class because I don’t want […]. The post 4 Reasons Gifted Programs are Irrelevant appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Issues edchat

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.

When innovating, having the right team matters

The Christensen Institute

To transform any vision in an organization into a concrete, high-impact initiative, having the right people at the table in the right team structure is critical. Educators innovating in schools too often start without putting the people doing the work in a team where they have the right levers and channels at their disposal to be successful.

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.