Sat.Aug 27, 2016 - Fri.Sep 02, 2016

3 Ways Teachers Can Say to Parents, “We Want To Be On the Same Team”

The CoolCatTeacher

Setting Up Your Classroom to Win From Day One From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As a teacher, I want to have a great relationship with my students and their parents. But there are things I can unknowingly do to sabotage (or improve) that relationship.

How to create beautiful online courses: colors


Have you ever bought something not because you really needed it, not because it offered much value to you, but simply because it had a nice packaging? Don’t be ashamed if you did; you’re not the only one. It’s not your fault. It’s your brain’s.

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50 Minute Periods Are Killing Teacher Creativity

Catlin Tucker

“I’d love to do [ fill in the blank with some creative idea or activity ], but I just don’t have time. My classes are only 50 minutes.” ” I hear this lament frequently when I lead professional development.

Fun Videos from BoomWriter That You’ll Relate to

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of my new favorite online writing tools is BoomWriter. It is a free group writing website for teachers where their students can develop and enhance their writing, reading, vocabulary, and peer assessment skills through three collaborative tools.

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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.

Introducing the Research@Work Video Series

Digital Promise

Educators and educational product developers understand the value of using research to inform their work, but it can be overwhelming to find the most relevant and promising research findings.

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A great website to use when teaching dialogue.


Today I taught an English lesson which focused on dialogue between characters. I wanted to motivate the students and found an excellent website to do so. First, I paired the students up and they did some hot-seating in character. Next the students got their ipads and loaded .

16 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

I repost this article every September because I get so many requests for mouse resources for those youngest keyboarders. Enjoy! One of the most important pre-keyboarding skills is how to use the mouse.

A Glitch in the EdReform Matrix: The 2016 EdNext Poll on Blended Learning

Doug Levin

Last year at this time, I had some words about the treatment of technology in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform.

20 easy ways to collaborate globally with your class now

Ditch That Textbook

The world is our classroom’s playground. We can see and talk to practically anyone around the world (with an Internet connection) for free. Video calls and collaborative digital tools let us connect in powerful ways.

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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.

How To Use ‘Kahoot!’ To Gamify Learning.


Kahoot! is a really fun and motivating app for learning. Games and quizzes which incorporate videos, images and diagrams can be created by the teacher and then students can compete against each other. Pupils can also create games for their peers.

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13 Tips for New Tech Teachers You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are thirteen of the top tips for teachers new to technology, according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher. 169 Real-World Ways to Put Tech into Your Class–NOW. 6 Tech Best Practices for New Teachers. New to technology?

Goal: Have a Conversation with Your Leadership

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ” – Henry Ford.

A Digital Promise for Professional Development in Adult Education

Digital Promise

Just over a decade ago, June Rall, Director of the Institute for Professional Development of Adult Educators (IPDAE), was working as an executive in a major U.S. apparel company. She was at the pinnacle of corporate success, yet something was missing.

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.

Targeting nonconsumption: the path to profitability and prosperity

The Christensen Institute

In an earlier blog , I defined the term nonconsumption and wrote about the significant potential for companies that develop a business model targeted at that segment of a population.

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Lesson Plans

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

Promotional Post: An amazing platform which uses virtual reality to participate in lectures, interact with other students, view galleries, and visit various locations around the world.


ENGAGE is a new free to use education and presentation platform that seeks to transform how people share ideas and teach lessons to each other globally by harnessing the power of virtual reality technologies such as the Oculus Rift & HTC Vive.

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Making Ed-Tech a Habit Through Student Rewards

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In my last post , I discussed the importance of finding a cue, or an emotional trigger, to encourage the use of ed-tech as a habit. Equally important is the necessity to incorporate psychological rewards to inspire the feedback loop necessary to foster new habits.

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.

In search of real answers to the EpiPen controversy

The Christensen Institute

Since the controversy surrounding the EpiPen price hike first hit the news a week ago, the public outrage and criticism of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer, and the rest of the healthcare industry has only intensified.

Need an LMS next year? Here are three to consider

Ask a Tech Teacher

An LMS — Learning Management System — is a digital tool that tracks a wide variety of student-teacher interactions such as homework, grading, sharing of resources, parent communication, assessments, and more. It allows teachers to create, distribute and track class materials anywhere, on any device. That means it’s accessible from school or home, with any platform (including Macs, PCs, Chromebooks, and tablets).

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Experiment & Iterate: How to Implement Effective Education Technology

Digital Promise

“When you see them light up because they see they have the power to learn,” you know you have the right match between ed-tech and your learners, says Adult Education Director Jon Engel from Community Action, Inc., (CAI) CAI) of central Texas.

Voodoo Doughnuts: How to create a buzzworthy class

Ditch That Textbook

After a presentation in Portland, Oregon, in May, I was waiting to board a plane to head back home. Everyone was crowded into the boarding area with their luggage, food and other items. One person stood out to me, though. She was holding this pink box.

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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.

Kiddom: An Intuitive Gradebook for the Intuitive Educator | w/ @KiddomApp


Kiddom is a complete gradebook system for teachers looking for additional features in their day to day classroom assessments. The post Kiddom: An Intuitive Gradebook for the Intuitive Educator | w/ @KiddomApp appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network.

Be Inspired This Saturday at the EduPassions Web Conference!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Tomorrow, on Saturday, Sept. 3rd, join Sarah Thomas ( @SarahdaTeechur ), Shelly Sanchez Terrell ( @ShellTerrell ), and 20+ inspiring educators around the world for the EduPassions free web conference. The presenters will be sharing their edumovements, projects, lesson ideas, and tips in 5 to 15 minute live video presentations. It is easy to attend.

A Glitch in the EdReform Matrix: The 2016 EdNext Poll on Blended Learning

Doug Levin

Last year at this time, I had some words about the treatment of technology in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform.

Ensuring Access and Opportunity; Supporting At Home Connectivity

Tom Murray

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. According to a report released by the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband internet while at home. The research indicates that almost one-third of households whose incomes fall below $50,000 and with children ages 6 to 17 do not have a high-speed internet connection.

EdTech at School

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