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7 Digital Learning Theories and Models You Should Know

Teacher Reboot Camp

While pursuing our teaching degrees we were introduced to various learning theorists and their insights about how people learn best. Some familiar names, included Piaget, Bandura, Vygotsky, and Gardner. Although understanding these theories is still important, we also need to become familiar with theories, models, and approaches, which provide us insight on how technology, social media, and the Internet impact our learning.

The Effectiveness of Online Learning Depends on Design

Catlin Tucker

As students of all ages spend more time learning online, it’s worth asking, “How effective is online learning?” ” The answer varies dramatically and depends entirely on the design of the online learning experience. For the purpose of this blog, I will use the lens of situated learning theory, introduced by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, to examine the potential effectiveness of online learning.


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Here’s How to Manage the Full Lifecycle of Your Digital Lessons

The Journal

Deeply digital, highly interactive curricula are fast becoming the new normal; such materials are needed in order to take advantage of those newly minted 1-to-1 classrooms. The Collabrify Roadmap Platform at [link] is a free resource designed to take the burden out of creating and using this new generation of curricula

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169 Tech Tip #26: My Mouse Doesn’t Work

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #26: My Mouse Doesn’t Work. Category: Hardware. Q: My mouse stopped working. Do I need a new one? A: Maybe, but try a few things first: Is it plugged in?

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.

12+ Missions Covering Various K12 Content for Meaningful Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Technology is a huge part of our students’ lives. Students all over the world have access to knowledge, resources, and experts to help them learn in rich ways and accomplish great things. The Internet and social media provide learners with a worldwide audience in which to share their ideas, passions, innovations, thoughts, and brilliance.

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Why your students need a podcast: How to do it fast and free

Ditch That Textbook

Podcasts can serve a crucial role in preparing your students for the future and helping their learning to be meaningful. Sound like things you’re looking for? You’re in the right place. Plus, you (and your students) can create them for FREE in very little time. A podcast is kind of like a radio show in […]. Ed Tech creating a class podcast podcasting in the classroom student voice student-created podcasts

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39 Resources for Read Across America Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many people in the United States, particularly students, parents and teachers, join forces on Read Across America Day , annually held on March 2. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Here are some great reading websites for students K-5: Aesop Fables —no ads. Aesop’s Fables. Audio stories. Childhood Stories. Classic Fairy Tales. Fairy Tales and Fables. Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books. Starfall. Stories read by actors. Stories to read for youngsters.

Integrating Technology Meaningfully with Mission Minded Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

For many of our students, technology is just another aspect of their lives. They grew up with the Internet, social media, and mobile devices. Educators have experienced life without the Internet and social media. We realize balance is important to overall wellness. We also understand our students need to be kind and reflect on what they share with others online.

5 Great Questions from One of the Best Bosses My Husband Ever Had

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 48 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kip and I were talking about the best bosses we’ve ever had. Kip shared something that one of his, Mr. Joe Morris Palmer, president and founder of an engineering company, did that really brought out the best in him.

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).

Family, virtual, community: Ideas for finding an audience for your students

Ditch That Textbook

They’re out there, waiting for what your students have to offer. An audience. It could be parents, grandparents and other family. It could be members of your local community who want to cheer them on. It could be people all over the world that want to see student succeed. We all know that students have […]. DitchBook Twitter chat audience for student work authentic audience for the classroom creating an authentic audience global audience for the classroom

From PBL to PBD: Next Steps for Project Based Learning

Battelle for Kids

Project Based Learning (PBL) has reached escape velocity. The small movement that began in the U.S. twenty years ago is rapidly becoming the teaching method of choice (and the hot topic of discussion) in virtually every country. P21 Blog

Making Learning Meaningful with Badges and Missions

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, we hosted the first Twitter chat of The Goal-Minded Teacher: Challenges to Transform Student Learning ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course with guest experts Dr. Will Deyamport ( @IamDrWill ) and Noah Geisel ( @SenorG ). Below is the archive of the Twitter chat with our participants and experts sharing tips and resources about student motivation with digital badges and missions. You can still join the free course. Our focus for the upcoming week is integrating technology effectively.

International Blog Delurking Week–Get Involved!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Believe it or not, there is an International Blog Delurking Week that traditionally takes place in the first full week of January. It’s an opportunity for bloggers to find out who quietly reads their blog without commenting. As Melissa the founder of this event says: “…there is a huge discrepancy between the number of readers in actuality and the number of readers I actually know are reading. Or a tongue-twister like that.”. Yep, I noticed I missed that week.

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.

Create the Perfect Deck When Pitching Startup Investors

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The best way to create a perfect pitch deck is to create one basic version that has “good bones” and then customize it for each investor. The post Create the Perfect Deck When Pitching Startup Investors appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog investor pitch pitch deck Startup Startups


How a Chinese Public School Promotes Global Social Justice

Battelle for Kids

For-profit private primary and secondary schools have proliferated in the major cities throughout China since the 1990s. The rapid expansion of the test preparation industry has been even more intense.

Pushing Learners to Think with Performance Tasks

A Principal's Reflections

Pedagogy has been at the forefront of my thinking and work as of late. Decades of solid research have laid the foundation for current studies that bring to light how we can improve teaching, learning, and leadership. As Tom Murray and I highlighted in Learning Transformed , this research has been taken to heart by schools across the world as they have transformed learning while improving results in the process. It is important not to lose sight of what has been found to work.

Subscriber Special: March

Ask a Tech Teacher

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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.

Service Learning: Grants and FREE Resources to Help Your Students Serve and Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by We Are Teachers, The Allstate Foundation, and WE. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Service learning is when students learn by serving others. We Volunteer Now has fantastic resources, and they’re awarding $250 grants for 500 schools to use toward volunteer projects. Transform your school by helping students design their own project to inspire and improve their community. WeAreTeachers is sponsoring this post.

5 Google Drawings features you (probably) don’t know about

Ditch That Textbook

Posters. Advertisements. Graphic organizers. Comic strips. Image annotations. Flyers. Google Drawings is like your digital poster board — or a big digital piece of paper. When students use it to create something with what they’ve learned, some very cool — and very memorable — learning can happen. The basics of Google Drawings are in plain […

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Playing with ELF

Battelle for Kids

"Never Underestimate what a 4-year-old can learn!" I said this to a colleague the other day when talking about a group of young children at a Goddard School who mapped out a code to make a simple robot move around the room. P21 Blog

Exploring Ethnic-Racial Identity

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. By the time they get to high school, students can likely list half a dozen times they’ve created an “All About Me” collage, showing family or cultural backgrounds, as a way for classmates and teachers to get to know one another. But with a different framing and a more structured approach, these types of projects can have a significant personal impact as well.

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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!

Success Truths: Great Leaders Have Harsh Critics

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 50 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. While we see George Washington as a success, while he was alive, he had his critics.

5 Google Drawings features you (probably) don’t know about

Ditch That Textbook

Posters. Advertisements. Graphic organizers. Comic strips. Image annotations. Flyers. Google Drawings is like your digital poster board — or a big digital piece of paper. When students use it to create something with what they’ve learned, some very cool — and very memorable — learning can happen. The basics of Google Drawings are in plain […

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Book Creator – A Brilliant Tech Tool To Use In The Classroom


Book Creator was launched in 2011. Now, 7 years later, a staggering 1 million books are made per month! A friend introduced it to me and I have never looked back! What is Book Creator? Book Creator, as the title suggests, is an app which allows you to create your own books. My class absolutely love using it on the ipad, and has certainly lead to increased motivation – particularly with reluctant writers.

Teaching Mindfulness in the Workplace

Digital Promise

To be successful in the workforce, no matter the job or career, adults need a broad set of knowledge, skills, and competencies that match their job choice. They also need the ability to deal with the challenges, relationships, transitions, and social systems that make up working life. These abilities are often referred to as social emotional skills, personal success skills, or executive function skills.

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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.

Success Secrets: Avoid Fake Elvis Syndrome and Dare to Be Original

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 49 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I was in the Memphis airport rushing to get to the plane. As I went through the security screening area, I saw a jeweled hand reach to help me with my bag and hear – no kidding – Elvis Presley say, “Thank you. Thank you very much.”. Except it wasn’t Elvis. It was a TSA guard with an Elvis pompadour and Elvis glasses! No kidding!

5 Ways to Build a Trusting Coaching Relationship

Education Elements

Creating a strong relationship between an instructional coach and teacher is not a simple task. In fact, starting off a successful coaching relationship is a lot like blind dating. Two people who don’t know each other get paired up in hopes that a special bond can be formed. You have similar networks of people that believe it will be a good match and both parties experience mixed emotions – excited but nervous.

Raising world class content creators by teaching these 4 skills


Ernest Hemingway once said, Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. Content creation or writing is one of the most useful skills any student can learn. In school, content creation is applied in essays, journals, creative compositions, poetry and letter writing. Fashion and journalism majors are needed to create content for their blog pieces. Business students employ it in product descriptions, and social media marketing snippets.

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