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Educators as Active Listeners

User Generated Education

I have a few sayings I often use in my teacher education courses and PD workshops for teachers related to active listening. They include: If the teacher is doing more talking than the students, then this is a problem. One of the biggest gifts we, as educators, can give to our learners is to be truly present for them; to deeply listen to what they have to say. What this boils down to, for me, is the teacher being an active listener.

Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon

The CoolCatTeacher

Eileen Lennon on episode 291 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Infographics are powerful communication tools. Today, infographic pro, Eileen Lennon, shares how she uses infographics, creates them, and why they’re such a powerful tool. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. We’ll have free resources available for downloading.

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10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom by Mike Acedo In today’s classroom, educators are constantly required to mold their teaching methods to give students the best opportunity to succeed. It is not only imperative for students to learn the required material, but also critical that students gain a sense of confidence toward their work, […]. The post 10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Experienced Teacher Video Games

Station Rotation Model: Alternative Group Formations

Catlin Tucker

When I lead blended learning workshops or work as a 1:1 blended learning coach, I field a lot of questions about the design of station rotation lessons. Teachers see my examples which show four separate groups and assume that all station rotations must have four groups. That is not the case. The Station Rotation Model is flexible. Below are some of the most common comments I hear and my responses to teachers struggling to conceptualize how to use this model with their students. #1

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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.

10 ways Google tools can make the end of the year ROCK

Ditch That Textbook

When the end of the school year is in sight, it’s a time of excitement coupled with the importance of finishing the year STRONG. The end of the year is a time unlike any other. State tests are behind us. Many students are working on big projects or papers. It can be a great time […]. Ed Tech end of the school year end of year project ideas final exam ideas final project ideas tech tools end of school

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Lessons From Rowing Made This Startup Founder a Better CEO

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Learning to work as a team for success with rowing can impart a lot of lessons for the startup world. The post Lessons From Rowing Made This Startup Founder a Better CEO appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Entrepreneurship rowing Startup Startups teamwork

21 Websites and Apps for Earth Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

April 22, 2018 is Earth Day. Celebrate it with your students by letting them visit these websites: Breathing earth– the environment. Breathing Earth YouTube Video –of CO2 use, population changes, and more. Conservation Game. Earth Day—NASA Ocean Currents. Eco-friendly house. Ecotourism Simulation–for grades 4 and above. Electrocity. Footprint calculator. History of Earth Day –lots of reading. My Garbology. Starfall — Every Day is Earth Day. Storyboard That! Earth Day lesson plans.

Bitmojis for your students: How to create and share them

Ditch That Textbook

Bitmojis are so much fun! They’re these little cartoon character images of yourself that let you express emotions and communicate. I’ve seen educators use them all over the place: in text messages, in emails, in slide presentations, in documents and on social media. They’re even using them to leave feedback on student work! The sad […]. Ed Tech bitmoji classroom ideas bitmojis in the classroom bitmojis with students using bitmojis with students

Launching MY World 360°, A New Global Storytelling Initiative for Youth

Digital Promise

How might we engage young people in sharing their passions for changing the world through exploration of new media and technology? Over the last few years, Digital Promise Global has explored that question with our partner, Oculus, and we are excited to embark on the next phase of that journey, which we kicked off last month at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development.

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).

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Amy Cooper on episode 292 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done, the advantages, and insights on student motivation. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program.

5 Great Websites to Make Spring Sparkle

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last year was a boom year for edtech web tools. There were so many, I couldn’t keep up. I would discover what seemed to be a fantastic tool (most likely discovered in FreeTech4Teachers , Alice Keeler , or one of the other tech ed blogs I follow), give it about five minutes to prove itself, and then, depending upon that quick review, either dig deeper or move on.

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10+ tips for ensuring success for your flipped classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Starting to teach in a flipped classroom environment can be daunting. Here are tips to help it succeed start to finish. This post is written by Nate Ridgway, a history teacher at Beech Grove High School in Indianapolis. He uses flipped classroom instruction in his dual credit US History (affectionately nicknamed "DCUSH"). Follow him on […]. Ed Tech flipped classroom flipped classroom ideas flipped classroom tips how to flip my classroom

Challenge Collaboratives: School Districts and Researchers Partner to Solve High-Priority Challenges

Digital Promise

On any given day, school districts are tackling the toughest challenges in education, from student academic achievement to data interoperability to family support systems and beyond. Superintendents and district leaders operate within complex ecosystems where demands are not simply solved by apps or system upgrades. Their “system” is human capital – teachers and students – which yields challenges that require a careful and measured approach.

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.

The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) #mtbos #iteachmath

The CoolCatTeacher

David Petro on episode 294 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. David Petro has been using Twitter for his math PD for more than eight years. Learn about the current trends in hashtag learning and the popular techniques for harvesting learning from this social network. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program.

How a Senior Writing Project Helped Make Coeur d’Alene a District of Choice

Ask a Tech Teacher

In 2015, Idaho adopted an open-enrollment policy allowing families to send students to their school of choice. Despite being a Title I District, Coeur d’Alene established itself as one of the most outstanding districts in the state. School leaders credit a multi-faceted senior writing project, new curricula, and instructional technology for bringing new students to their doors.

Ditch those excuses: Helping our colleagues break barriers to change

Ditch That Textbook

I’m not tech savvy like you. I need worksheets to give grades. I’ve always done it this way. Excuses, we hear them all the time. We may have even used them in the past as we were being pushed out of our comfort zone. Moving away from traditional teaching can be hard for educators […]. DitchBook Twitter chat change pln professional learning network relationships reluctant colleagues

Autism Advocacy and Research Misses the Mark if Autistic People are Left Out

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Autistic people have been routinely misunderstood, ignored, and excluded for decades – including from campaigns designed to promote awareness of autism itself. But this is beginning to change. Autistic self-advocacy organizations and autistic activists have long criticized autism awareness initiatives.

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.

Grand challenges of the principalship?

Dangerously Irrelevant

At CU Denver we are having conversations about principal licensure program redesign, including possible orientation toward what we’re calling the ‘grand challenges’ of the principalship.

Shaping the Future in Rochester, New Hampshire

Education Elements

I believe that personalized learning is imperative ; it is essential that school systems focus on learning for every student. The shift to personalized learning represents a deep change for schools and their leaders. What can a leader do to capitalize on this shift? As a middle school principal who recently led a personalized learning implementation, I know that it requires strong collaborative leadership in your district.

What students say about creating podcasts on WeVideo and Flipgrid

Ditch That Textbook

Fifth-grade students in Andrew Fenstermaker’s class in Iowa are creating podcasts about what they’re learning — and what ignites their passion. They take a planning sheet and think through the entire process. They create an image to represent their podcast. They plan some episodes. Then they start creating and recording, editing the whole thing in […]. DTT podcast #DitchPod podcasts student voice podcasts wevideo flipgrid student choice podcasts student podcasts

Two Ways to Support Teachers’ Summer Professional Learning

Digital Promise

As a former teacher, I know how precious (and short!) the summer break is, and that it’s also a great time to engage with colleagues in professional learning experiences not available during the school year. With our first ever Digital Promise Challenge Institute around the corner, we thought it might be helpful to suggest leveraging online funding platforms to support this or other incredible learning opportunities you might have your eye on.

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!

Bringing Literature to Life in Open Sim

The CoolCatTeacher

Mary Howard on episode 293 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mary Howard’s students build and learn in Open Sim , a virtual world like Second Life. From building architectural constructs to understanding the Diary of Anne Frank, literature comes alive in this virtual world. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program.

The surprising power of humor over the learning process


Today I thought I’d literally lighten the mood, and explore the role of laughter and humor in learning. There is little success where there is little laughter — Andrew Carnegie. Humor (and I distinguish it from the behavior of laughing purposely) kick starts a set of complex neural processes, that engage parts of the brain that also happens to be important for learning. Without wanting to be too reductive, (what more disastrous way to be unfunny?)

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In the News: Educational Android Apps Improperly Track Children

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Thousands of Android Mobile Apps Improperly Track Children, Study Says.” Education Week. 13 April 2018. “This [“ ‘Won’t Somebody Think of the Children?’ ’ Examining COPPA Compliance at Scale “] is an important study because it sheds light on the invisible background collection of information about users that many people in education are not aware of,” said Douglas A.

A New, News Website For Kids!


As teachers, we want our kids to connect with the real world. We want them to understand what’s going on and how it relates to them. That’s why we build current events into the curriculum. But just turning your kids loose on the Internet to search for “a story” in an age of fake news can be a recipe for disaster. News sites can be full of auto-playing videos and distracting content. Many sites hide their full stories behind paywalls. News sites don’t filter their content for age appropriateness.

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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.

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian Page on episode 295 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program.

Member Spotlight on Michael Meneghetti


CUE: What does winning the CUE Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award mean to you? Winning the CUE Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award is a tremendous honor to be among the group of such talented teachers who have received the award in the past. It affirms my efforts to bring the best use of technology […]. The post Member Spotlight on Michael Meneghetti appeared first on OnCUE. Inspire cue awards Member Spotlight

Why Is It so Hard to Teach K-12 Educators How to Personalize Learning?


As a long-time music teacher and instructional technology coach, modeling has been key to my work for over a decade. The concept of gradual release of responsibility is second nature to me when working with students in grades K-12, but in my new role teaching graduate students in an education technology program, I am struggling to model so many of the practices I expect these teachers to use in their own classrooms.