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15 Ideas and Tons of Resources to Try with Learners in 2017

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ~ Bill Gates. Throughout the year, I’ve shared many activities and resources to engage your learners with technology. Below are more than 15 ideas to try with your learners in 2017. Try picking one or two that you think would really motivate your learners to be more creative, problem solve, and think critically.

How TED Talks Make Tough Conversations Easy

The Web20Classroom

We've all been there. We are sitting in a group of peers or strangers ready to discuss a topic but no one wants to take the lead and get things going. You need that one focal point for everyone to rally around to get things moving.

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10 Two-Minute Videos That Pave the Way to PBL in Your Classroom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Years ago, I decided to convert my boring traditional middle school classroom into a vibrant, student-centered, project-based learning environment. This was a monstrous undertaking that added a lot of stress to an already stress-filled job.

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Blended Family Engagement

A Principal's Reflections

To this day I still remember the article that I read about Twitter in the Staten Island Advance one cold Sunday in March of 2009.

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.

Guest Post: 6 Ways ‘WriteReader’ Empowers Teachers and Students.


WriteReader is a web based literacy platform that enables students aged 3 to 10 to create their own books while learning how to read and write. It empowers teachers to instil creativity in students by encouraging them to create, share and publish books whenever and wherever they want.

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The best gift

Dangerously Irrelevant

The best gift that we can give our students is the gift of self-actualization.

“Learn to live with ambiguity.”

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

am·bi·gu·i·ty. uncertainty or inexactness of meaning in language. synonyms: vagueness, obscurity, abstruseness, doubtfulness, uncertainty; • a lack of decisiveness or commitment resulting from a failure to make a choice between alternatives. Ambiguity has potential to be a catalyst to new learning.

Guest Blog Post: Immerse Yourself In Virtual Reality.


Immersive VR Education have recently won their fifth International award for their educational experience, Apollo 11 VR. The company have taken out Best Educational Experience at the Proto Awards held in Hollywood over the weekend, after being nominated for five awards.

Farewell, Lecture?


A selection of this post appears in the Winter, 2016 issue of OnCUE as our 5 Trends to Love/5 Trends to Lose series. This is in the Lose list. To read the full text of “Farewell, Lecture?” ” follow this link. link]. “Farewell, Lecture?”

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.

Ditch That Textbook’s Best of 2016

Ditch That Textbook

The end of 2016. The education scene has seen a continued push in several big areas. Google Apps (now called G Suite), the maker movement and design thinking didn’t start in 2016, but they’ve grown bigger and bigger in 2016. 3D printing, drones, virtual reality and augmented reality have slowly crept into classrooms all [.]. Ed Tech best of 2015 edtech educational technology g suite gafe google apps for education

Fighting FAKE NEWS: Recommended Reading and Resources for Teachers

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

FAKE NEWS! It's time for all of us to step up our efforts to fight fake news. Yes, all of us , not just social science teachers and librarians. I've created a reading and resource list to help battle fake news at our school. Feel free to share these resources with your teachers!

Top Posts of 2016, According To You [Year In Review]

The Jose Vilson

As the year closes, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for reading. You’ve made me a better writer, a better teacher, and, sometimes, a better failure. I’m glad that I get to fail in public for an occupation and a hobby. I win often , but I fail at life too.

Blogs: Do They Serve Any Real Purpose?

My Island View

This year I made a few changes to my WordPress Blog site. I removed all of the ads that WordPress placed on it and I now use my name as the domain name to more easily traffic readers to the site. As I did these things at a minimal cost, I questioned whether or not it was worth the effort.

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.

We Ask Our Kids What They Learned Each Day. Why Don’t We Ask Ourselves?


I love my family’s dinner routine. We cook, we eat, and most importantly we talk. Our kids are young, but we still ask our preschooler what he learned each day. And I imagine that topic will endure as our boys progress into elementary school and beyond. But as adults, my husband and I don’t ask or think about the answer to that same question. We talk about whether we had good days or bad days, but not about what we learned or how we grew.

Why Seeing Hidden Figures is Important

As a student in school, I didn’t have a Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan or Mary Jackson to look up to.

Why I Never Let A Statue Tell Me How Nice I Am [2016 In Review]

The Jose Vilson

One of the few tracks I put on when I hop on a train, a plane, or any automobile is A Tribe Called Quest’s “Award Tour.”

Blogs: Do They Serve Any Real Purpose?

My Island View

This year I made a few changes to my WordPress Blog site. I removed all of the ads that WordPress placed on it and I now use my name as the domain name to more easily traffic readers to the site. As I did these things at a minimal cost, I questioned whether or not it was worth the effort.

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.

5 Simple Techniques to Help Your Students Learn More Effectively


These Tips can Help Students Learn Faster and Retain More Student achievement and accountability mandates through high stakes testing have caused educators to analyze teaching and learning strategies. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

Lesson Ideas for #Chromebook Classrooms: Flipped Book Reviews

The Electric Educator

Note: this lesson idea is an excerpt from my book, The Chromebook Classroom. If you find this lesson helpful, you will enjoy the 40+ lessons from the book! Pick up a copy on Amazon or at !

The New Google SITES: Recommended Tutorials for Teachers

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

The new Google Sites arrived for everyone in November (Finally!). And according to many early adopters, Sites is a cinch to use.

The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology

Hack Education

My latest book is now available for purchase. The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology is the latest in my “monsters of ed-tech” series – a sequel to The Monsters of Education Technology (2014) and The Revenge of the Monsters of Education Technology (2015).

EdTech at School

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

How Technology Helped Reluctant Students Learn to Embrace Reading


Learn how this Teacher Used the EPIC! Reader App to Get Challenged Students on Board with Reading For years, educators have heard how technology was going to change teaching. But for most teachers, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

4 Ways to Empower the Intrapreneurs of K-12 and Ignite Innovation

Education Elements

In the 1980s, the organizational leadership world was introduced to the concept of the intrapreneur. Simply put, intrapreneurship is a working style that emphasizes innovation and risk-taking – traits we associate with entrepreneurs. The difference is that intrapreneurs use these skills within, and for the benefit of, an established organization. I consider myself a serial intrapreneur because I constantly look for ways to encourage innovation at every company I am in.

When Teachers and Technology Let Students Be Masters of Their Own Learning


Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. In our fourth year-end personal statement roundup, we’ve again asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. They have to frame their thoughts as a response to some of the finest college application essay prompts, inspired by the very same ones that high school seniors are feverishly working on now!

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

NPR Learning and Tech

When educators are buried under problems beyond their control — here's a solution: Get mindful. Image credit: Vivian Shih for NPR

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.

What’s Happening In The Brain When Your Imagination Is Active?


Imagination is often associated with childhood, but that doesn’t mean the process is simple. Conjuring images that one has never seen before is more complex than it seems, requiring the brain to reconfigure images it can readily identify in new ways.

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10 Google Apps Tricks to Learn for 2017

Teacher Tech

10 Google Apps Tricks to Learn for 2017 1. Force a Copy When I create templates I like to share the templates in a way that prompts the user to create a copy. Notice if you go to that it does not take you directly to the document but rather asks you to copy it […]. The post 10 Google Apps Tricks to Learn for 2017 appeared first on Teacher Tech. Docs Drive Google drive google

Sharing Our Love of Books Using An Old-School Payphone @CallingIshmael #edchat


When I first saw the Call Me Ishmael Kickstarter project , I was immediately hooked! What a fantastic idea – a phone that helps you discover great books. I talked to my school and the admin was very supportive of the idea. So, we purchased a phone for this school year :).