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4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12

The Journal

Five years from now K–12 classrooms will look dramatically different than they do today because of the four trends identified in this week’s blog post. You can take that prediction to the bank

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Adapting, Balancing, and Collaborating in Mentor Public Schools

Digital Promise

Mentor Public Schools is a suburban district 20 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio, which serves 7,650 preK-12 students across 42 square miles. The district provides opportunities to its students through its emphasis on the fundamental ABCs – adapting, balancing, and collaborating – which they will highlight at the spring 2017 League of Innovative Schools meeting in late April. Adapting to create innovative environments.


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20+ Ideas and Resources for Learning with Poetry

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost. April is National Poetry month. Poetry is a great way to inspire your learners to be creative and imaginative with a topic. You can introduce a topic with a poem or have your students write poems where they explore various topics. Writing poetry can be difficult for students; therefore, you might want to get your learners to start writing haikus, limericks, or shape poems.

Unlocking Hidden Potential through Recruitment

EdNews Daily

Written by: Brittany Bir, COO, 42USA. 42, a non-profit, tuition-free, computer programming school is not only disrupting the traditional education model, but also the traditional admissions process. By ignoring their academic or financial standing and thus allowing them to distinguish themselves by their talent and motivation, each candidate is placed on a level playing field. This allows these individuals to transform their destiny and start anew, like a blank page.

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.

Wunderlist: Helping Students Stay Organized

Catlin Tucker

I work with teenagers so organization (or the lack thereof) is always an issue. In a blended learning model where online and offline tasks are blended together, students frequently struggle to keep track of everything. In an effort to support my organizationally challenged students, I regularly introduce strategies and technology tools that I hope will help. Enter: Wunderlist! Wunderlist is a free app that allows the user to: compile and share “to do” lists. create folders.

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11 Apps to Learn with Poetry

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” ” – Rita Dove. April is National Poetry month. Poetry is a great way to inspire your learners to be creative and imaginative with a topic. Writing poetry can be difficult for students, but the engaging apps below will help your students create and learn with poems. For more ideas and activities, see the slide presentation, Learning with Poetry , and the bookmarks below for more ideas and resources.

How to Build an Online Professional Learning Community Through Respect

EdNews Daily

Learn about building online professional learning communities with Merry Cora, 51Talk Teaching Specialist. Interview conducted by Kerry Gallagher. This teacher interview features Merry Cora, a 51Talk kids’ specialist. In this piece, she shares her experience working for 51Talk, and how she built an online professional learning community through respect and politeness. Cora also provides tips for new 51Talk teachers. Working at 51Talk.

Create Online Tests, Questionnaires & Quizzes Using This Brilliant Website.


Typeform is a fantastic website and app – perfect for creating online quizzes, tests and feedback forms. Is it easy to make quizzes? Have a look at my video tutorial to see how simple it is to use: How can Typeform be used in the classroom? Lesson reflections. Lesson assessment tests. End of unit assessments. Lesson starter quizzes (great for assessing prior knowledge). Unit evaluations. Formal tests. Surveys. Questionnaires. Data analysis. Maths lessons on data handling.

Developing Natural Curiosity

Battelle for Kids

As we move into the latter half of this decade, it becomes more evident that 21st Century Skills must be deeply embedded in the authentic experiences we design for our learners. It wasn’t that long ago when we were introduced to P21 and their concepts of 21st Century Skills in education. P21 Blog

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).

27 Websites for Poetry Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world. According to the Academy of American Poets , the goals are: Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets. Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways. Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum.

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Google’s buried treasure: 18 hidden tricks and tools

Ditch That Textbook

Google is a behemoth. With all of its tools and apps and programs and initiatives, there’s no way to keep tabs on everything. As such, it’s easy for newer Google tools — and even some that have been around for a while — to slip through the cracks. The problem with that: there are some [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology g suite for education gafe google apps for education technology integration

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Reading to Your Child: The Difference it Makes

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So what happens to children when they participate in shared reading? Does it make a difference to their learning? If so, what aspects of their learning are affected? Shared Reading for Language Development.

EdTech Acronyms Explained


The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. In fact, this list will be up to date for a few hours and then more acronyms and terms will come along! But have a look and get familiar with what they stand for: 1:1 – One to one (usually talking about the ratio of devices in a class per child). API – Application Programming Interface. AUP – Acceptable Use Policy.

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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.

8 Websites For Financial Literacy Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

I published this about a year and a half ago, but with April’s focus on financial literacy, it’s time to repost. When kids read that America’s $18 trillion+ debt is accepted by many experts as ‘business as usual’, I wonder how that news will affect their future personal finance decisions. Do they understand the consequences of unbalanced budgets? The quandary of infinite wants vs. finite dollars? Or do they think money grows on some fiscal tree that always blooms?

The PROs and CONs of competency-based education


In a previous post I talked about competency-based learning and how this might be the ultimate approach to education. I recommend you having a read of the entire post, but I also know that time is money, so I’ll give you the TL;DR version below: Competency-based education shift the focus from time to mastery of competencies/skills. Students attend courses, do assignments, get credits and eventually graduate based on what they know, not on how much time it took them to gain that knowledge.

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Bribing children to take our tests

Dangerously Irrelevant

It’s standardized testing season again in American schools. And that means it’s also time for many schools to bribe and punish their children into submission because those tests are ones they don’t want to take. Over the past couple of decades, the political stakes attached to standardized testing have accelerated greatly. So too have teachers’ and administrators’ concerns about their schools’ scores.

The BrandED Conversation

A Principal's Reflections

“ People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ” – Maya Angelou When I was asked a while back to write a book for Jossey-Bass, I was relatively non-committal. I had just finished back-to-back projects that resulted in Digital Leadership and Uncommon Learning, which took up a great deal of my time. In my mind I needed a break from writing and on top of that really had no clue what to write about.

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.

Subscriber Special: April

Ask a Tech Teacher

April 6th- 15th. a Two-fer. Sign up for Summer PD; get a friend in for free. Classes available: Tech-infused Teacher. Tech-infused Class (sequel to Tech-infused Teacher). Teach Writing with Tech. 20 Webtools in 20 Days. Here’s what you do: Sign up for any of these four classes between April 6th-15th. Under ‘special instructions’, include the Coupon Code #twofer2017.

5 Ways to Get a Laugh in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Celebrating Episode 50 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today I’ll tell some crazy stories about the lengths I’ll go to get a laugh in my classroom. These 5 ways are how I introduce a little laughter into my classroom and still get a lot done. We’re celebrating 50 episodes of the 10-Minute Teacher! Thanks for your support and sharing the show!!! Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

Introducing the Ask an Educator Podcast

Digital Promise

Ask an Educator shines a spotlight on educators across the country and provides a platform for them to share their unique stories of teaching in today’s classrooms. We will feature teachers from different schools, grades, and subject areas to learn why teaching is important and meaningful work for them. In each episode, we will learn about their professional learning goals and how micro-credentials play a role in helping to reach them.

What is an EdCamp?


Edcamps are organic, participant-driven professional learning experiences for educators across the country and worldwide! I recently attended one in Bangkok. It was an excellent experience and I gained a lot of knowledge, ideas and resources from fellow educators. I would say the key difference between an Edcamp and a typical educational conference is that they are unstructured and the sessions are based on sharing expertise.

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!

15 Easter Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. The date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. This year, it’s April 16, 2017. Here are some websites your students will love: Easter color-me (for Kindergarten/first grade). Easter Color Me to print or import to drawing program. Easter games II. Easter games III. Easter games IV. Easter poems and songs (to play online). Easter Puppies –video. Easter puzzles and games.

How Vulnerability Can Make Your Classroom a Safer Place

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Michelle Cotrell-Williams on episode #46 of the 10-minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Michelle Cottrell-Williams @WakeHistory applies Brene Brown’s research on vulnerability to make her classroom a safer place. Motivate yourself to be more authentic with your students as we talk about vulnerability, shame, and guilt in the classroom. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

How student posture can affect their learning outcomes


Sit still! a frequent, despairing instruction from so many teachers, and yet occupational therapists tell us that it is a surprisingly tricky task for children. In fact, compared with the 1980s — when kids played outside more, merry go rounds and play gyms were more common, and parents had less fears of their children playing outdoors — only one in twelve of today’s children have normal core strength and balance.

P21 on the Road and Conversations on the Skills for Today

Battelle for Kids

In a span of 24 hours I had the opportunity to speak at education conferences separated by 2,000 miles but united by a vision of 21st century teaching and learning. P21 Blog

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.

What You Might Have Missed in March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of March: What to do when Computers are Down? How to Run a Parent Class. How to Teach STEM Every Day. 7 Tips to Differentiate with Tech. Always Know Which Virtual Speakers Are Available for Your Classes. How to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Class. 12 Tips on Hard-to-teach Classes. Summer Professional Development from Ask a Tech Teacher. I do have Summer Learning courses available online.

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 49 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Sylvia Martinez @smartinez co-author of Invent to Learn talks about tinkering today. Some teachers have a misconception that kids just pick up and play with materials and learn, but it is a little bit more nuanced than that. Sylvia does a fantastic job of helping us understand the drawbacks, possibilities, and essential nature of tinkering in the classroom.

How Is Open Pedagogy Different?

Iterating Toward Openness

I feel like words should mean something. Especially the word “open.” ” Specifically, I’m deeply concerned about the way many have begun using “open” in the context of “open pedagogy,” because I can’t tell what it means.

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