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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.

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. The result can be students actively working […].

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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.

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). What struck me most during these creating sessions was the high degree of energy, excitement, and joy in the room – it was palatable – with 100% participant engagement.

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.

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. Some will take it for the first time; some for the umpteenth time. For many, it represents a last desperate attempt to qualify for the college of their dreams.

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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.” ” My interest in the show was initially piqued on a visit to my sister’s home in Los Angeles. She works at Netflix and has a piece of artwork in her apartment that presents a scene from a Black Mirror’s “Nosedive” episode.

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. However, I know as a minority woman innovating and trying to make a difference in the world the journey is extremely difficult, often mean, and in some cases dangerous.

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. Here, Philip addresses the use of movies in teaching: Movies are a great way for learning a language as it helps getting used to the real-life usage.

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. It’s like carrying around radio shows […]. DTT podcast #DitchPod ditch that textbook podcast ditchpod edtech podcasts education podcasts teaching podcasts

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).

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.

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. They lie about what really happened. And then, when situations are too hard to face, sometimes they’ll lie to themselves. In fact, they lie to themselves so long that they can even create false memories.

17 St. Patrick’s Day Sites For the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun websites: Color the shamrock. Color the Pot-o-gold. Color the leprechaun. Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle. Puzzles and games. Patrick’s Day history–video. Pat’s Day songs–video. Tic tac toe. Webquest for St. Patrick’s Day I. Webquest II. Wordsearch. If you have iPads at your school, try these three apps: St. Patrick’s Day countdown.

Inspiration is everywhere: 20+ creative teaching ideas

Ditch That Textbook

Where can you find inspiration for a cool lesson or activity? Does it take a “bolt of lightning” creative moment, or can you find it in your everyday life? I think it can be narrowed down to three words. Inspiration is everywhere. So, when I got together with South Carolina educators Matt Johnson and Jed […]. Teaching creative lesson planning creativity in the classroom engaging lesson plan ideas

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.

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. The Startup Blog Accelerator ed-tech accelerators Incubator Startup Startups SXSWedu


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. On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of Game-Based Learning In Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games , talks about how to use games in the classroom effectively. He shares a four-part model including playing the game, debriefing, reflecting, and then creating.

Helping My Daughters Prepare for the ACT Exams

Ask a Tech Teacher

A few months ago, I got an email from Nancy Lin. She’s a freelance writer, editor and former tutor, and mother of two teenage daughters. She’d read my articles about preparing for SAT/ACTs and had a story of her own detailing how she helped her children prepare for their ACT. I think you’ll enjoy her experiences! .

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 […]. DitchBook Twitter chat happiness in education happiness in the classroom happiness research personal development science of happiness

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.

The Bilingual Learner’s Journey

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Asil Yassine, who taught English-language learners (ELLs) in Detroit before enrolling in the Harvard Graduate School of Education , was herself an ELL student as a child. Drawing on her experiences as learner, teacher, and researcher, she offers guidance about the crucial support that ELL teachers can provide.

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. Today’s show is an inspiring look into the journey of teaching, being recognized for your work, and realizing that the students are why we teach.

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Introducing the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

Doug Levin

In a post of nearly two years ago (“ OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test “), I argued that the OER community lacked a reliable way to assess new entrants to the OER field, especially for-profit organizations, in terms of their support for openness and OER community values.

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Corippo Named CUE’s Executive Director


Jon Corippo is CUE’s next Executive Director — leading the CUE Team into the next 40 years. CUE is pleased to announce that Jon Corippo will be CUE’s next Executive Director, effective immediately. The CUE Board of Directors spent six months gathering stakeholder input and engaged in internal discussions to arrive at this unanimous decision. […]. The post Corippo Named CUE’s Executive Director appeared first on OnCUE. News press release Staff Updates


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!

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. All of these experiences empowered us to think about and then create a deep learning experience that could be easily accessible to all educators across the globe. As a result, an online course was created with the help of Participate.

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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. Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification.

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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. In our third and final blog in our series on the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) we’ll explore successes in the elementary school context.

In the News: How Educational Institutions Are Failing to Adequately Protect Student Data

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Kontzer, Tony. “ How Educational Institutions Are Failing to Adequately Protect Student Data.” RSA Conference. 28 February 2018. Cyber criminals’ increased interest in attacking education systems imperils students’ financial futures and privacy, and gives parents a reason to question whether schools are up to the task of protecting their kids’ personal data.

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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.

Ruth Simmons on leadership

Dangerously Irrelevant

Ruth Simmons said: the perceptions of what it takes to be a leader are often based on prototypical models that don’t have much truth in reality. People look at the institutions that I have led and they see dissimilarities. I see similarities. When people think in terms of leadership, they’re often thinking about the kind of specific skills needed for different types of enterprises.

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. Tonight at dinner, my son, John, said if I was going to write about excellence that I had to tell people not to talk so much and to actually do something about the things they’re talking about. Spoken like the true introvert that he is, I think he makes a great point. Albert Einstein said, “If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


E-learning has seen a broad positive shift in the last couple of years. The new E-learning technologies keep on evolving, and a lot of companies are investing in it to yield efficient employees. Furthermore, universities and school are also inclined towards diversifying their facilities through online courses. Let’s take a look at the some of the innovation in E-learning industry in the last 10 years: The Usage of Smartphones. Using mobile for educational purposes is a slightly new concept.

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