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Blessings for the Broken Teacher: Students, Kintsugi, and Inspiring Life Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

Aimee Ross on episode 266 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Award Winning teacher Aimee Ross talks about how she’s learned from her students through struggle, brokenness and the ups and downs of life.

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Striving Readers? Hire Librarians.

Digital Promise

As an ESL student and a child from an immigrant, economically disadvantaged family raised in blue-collar northern Ohio, I know first-hand the power a good book can have on a child who feels different and inferior from everyone around him. Aside from being a great escape vehicle, through character dialogue and imagery, books can introduce you to the colloquial language parents cannot teach – creating fewer awkward situations among friends and classmates.

The Magic of Making: The Human Need to Create

User Generated Education

Recently I had the privilege of facilitating two half day workshops entitled, A Framework for Maker Education. The workshop including several mini-sessions of participants creating their own maker projects (Paper Circuits, Squishy Circuits, Gami-Bots, Brush bots, and micro:bit projects).

Netflix’s Black Mirror: A Cautionary Tale About Social Media

Catlin Tucker

Last night I watched an episode of Black Mirror , which Netflix describes as “ sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.”

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.

Game Based Learning in Action

The CoolCatTeacher

Matthew Farber on episode 268 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Game-based learning might not be what you think.

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Education: by the numbers


I prefer narrative studies in this blog, digging for real-world examples of teachers and schools that are making a difference.

20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students

Ditch That Textbook

The standard lecture has plenty of detractors, and rightfully so. Done poorly, it can be an uninspired stream of facts, delivered in sit-and-get style that get forgotten quickly. However, we can turn the standard lecture — and its tool of choice, the presentation slide! — on its head.

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Podcasting How To’s and Tips with Jeff Bradbury and Vicki Davis

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Bradbury on episode 267 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jeff Bradbury, IT Coach and Podcaster at the Teachercast Network and I talk about education podcasting and how it all works.

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6 Ways to Make Startup Accelerators Work for Your New Venture

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Generally speaking, incubators and accelerators are a great way to move your needle forward, as long as you have realistic expectations and are prepared to work at it. The post 6 Ways to Make Startup Accelerators Work for Your New Venture appeared first on Market Brief.


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.

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School


This series has told the stories of some of the grant recipients of the Next Generation Learning Challenges program, describing schools that have taken seriously the need to adapt, modify and in some cases entirely reinvent learning modes, and teaching models using technology as a basis.

The Ditch That Textbook Podcast: 5 minutes of ideas every day

Ditch That Textbook

So … can I come along with you on your commute to school? Or a grocery run? Maybe while you’re working out or gardening? If you let me, I promise I’ll give you some ideas you can use in your classroom. This is what podcasts feel like to me.

Why Pursuing the Truth is Hard But We Should Anyway

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 56 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Abraham Lincoln said, “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” ” But wow, some people sure do try. They lie on resumes.

Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, The Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topic, Effective Technology Integration. All are invited to join the chat whether you take the online course or not! We were inspired by two incredible edtech gurus who were our guest experts for the chat, Steve Wheeler ( @SteveWheeler ) and Larry Ferlazzo ( @LarryFerlazzo ). We also had many teachers who are edtech gurus in their own right from around the world join the chat.

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.

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

The reaction to Learning Transformed has been truly humbling. Tom Murray and I have watched many book studies and Twitter chats unfold since the release of the book in June of 2017. We have also had the honor of co-presenting workshops across the United States.

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Traditional vs. Digital: The Changing Educational Content Landscape


What once seemed like the most economical and practical learning tool— printed textbooks —is fast being replaced by digital solutions that provide lower costs, and more easily updated content. Technology is now progressing in leaps and bounds, and our world is evolving with it. Digital Learning Tools and Tips Data and Trends

Don’t Save Time, Savor Time

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 57 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. My Mom grew up making incredible cinnamon rolls. I would say here in Mitchell County, some people would even call them “famous.”

Raising Resilient and Fierce Women

Teacher Reboot Camp

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”- ”- William Shakespeare. I am a new mommy of an incredibly curious, brave, and happy 14 month year-old daughter. I wish I could continue to keep her experiencing the world this way.

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.

How to Prepare for the SAT

Ask a Tech Teacher

Taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) has become a right-of-passage for high school students as they leave formal education and enter the next phase of learning. Over seven million will take SAT tests in 2018 in January, March/April, May, June, October, November, or December.

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Developing a School Where All Learners Can Flourish as Innovators

Battelle for Kids

Schools, and school leaders, face enormous pressure to empower students to succeed in post-secondary education, prepare for careers we can’t yet imagine, and address challenges in their communities with innovative thinking. This is no easy task and there are no guaranteed roadmaps to follow – every learning community is one-of-a-kind, every school is defined by the people who live, learn and work within its bounds.

Rethinking Professional Development So It Actually Improves Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Jarod Bormann on episode 269 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers need to have say in their own PD, but how do you help teachers become intrinsically motivated to learn?

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Redefining annotation: Ditch That PDF and hyper-annotate

Ditch That Textbook

Learning how to read and annotate text is an important skill all our students need to truly understand stories, articles, and *GULP* textbooks. This is a skill that can be learned over time. The hard reality of the situation, though, is most college level texts are now distributed in PDF or other digital formats for […]. Ed Tech annotating pdfs in class annotating student documents marking up student documents student PDF activities

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EdTech at School

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

California: Closing the Homework Gap with LCFF


Student success and academic achievement are the goals for any state public education system. As California districts prepare and update their Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), it’s critical for all stakeholders to keep in mind the numerous ways that help lead to success—conditions of learning, engagement, and outcomes (grades, scores, or graduation). Homework Gap WiFi for Students

Ways to use a movie for language teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Today, we have a guest post from Philip Perry, founder of , an online quiz tool lots of teachers use to create and share quizzes. It is also ideal for teaching language as it has many options for asking questions in context.

Just Talk or Tackling Tasks that Make Real Progress? Stop the Broken Record!

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 58 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Come on, get happy! 20+ happiness tips from the #DitchBook community

Ditch That Textbook

Happiness is more than just being in a good mood, it’s defined as a state of well being. Sure, we know happiness when we feel it and we can see it in others. It’s important to increase happiness in our daily lives at home and at work. We ALL want to be happy. But how […].

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.