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Beyond the Micro-credential: A Teacher’s Unexpected Professional Development

Digital Promise

Over the past 10 years as a teacher (and more recently as an aspiring administrator), I have consistently sought out new and innovative professional development. This work has included gaining a doctoral degree, attending trainings, reading books, going to conferences, and a multitude of other opportunities I have engaged in as others sought to support my personal and professional goals.

James O’Hagan: 5 Reasons to Bring ESports to your School

The CoolCatTeacher

James O'Hagan on episode 310 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Esports are coming to state high school athletic competitions, college sports, and intramurals now.

The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

By definition , online learning is part of any blended learning classroom. It is the key innovation for enabling student-centered learning at scale. Given this fact, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of technology—devices and software—as blended learnings’ core, defining feature.

Why should teachers encourage Computational Thinking?


In your edtech journey and research you may have come across the term “computational thinking”, and like me, you may have delved into a few definitions of the term; at which point you may have also have come across a variety of definitions, most of which have their origin in computer science.

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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.

STEAM Up Learning Outdoors! 15+ Ideas to Try Now or this Summer!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world.” ” – Barack Obama, Former U.S.

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Assessing Maker Education Projects

User Generated Education

Institutionalized education has given assessment a bad reputation; often leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many teachers, students, and laypeople.

How simulations take learning to the next level


Students’ hunger for knowledge can’t be satisfied with dry theory only; they need to see how things apply in real life situations. Theories are of course important, after all, the first step to becoming a specialist in any field is building a theoretical foundation.

16 Gmail Hacks to Boost Your Productivity

Catlin Tucker

In a blog titled “ 6 Shifts to Maximize Productivity and Happiness ,” I encouraged teachers to designate specific windows of time during their day to check and respond to email.

The SMART Give Greatness Contest: Nominate an Educator and Win

The CoolCatTeacher

Win $40,000 in Classroom Equipment including Chromebooks From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. SMART believes that every student is capable of greatness. Often, educators are the inspiration for that greatness.

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.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD).

BLC18: Come to the Best Little Conference on Educational Technology!

The Journal

Alan November has run the Building Learning Communities (BLC) Conference since 2000, each year drawing almost 1,000 educators from all over the world to "be challenged and be affirmed."

5 Steps to Plan a Successful Startup Exit and Come Out on Top

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

It takes planning for founders and board members to craft a startup exit plan that addresses concerns, establishes priorities, and achieves the objectives and aspirations for all involved. The post 5 Steps to Plan a Successful Startup Exit and Come Out on Top appeared first on Market Brief.

How to Finish The School Year Strong

The CoolCatTeacher

Linda Kardamis on episode 309 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Finish well. Today, Linda Kardamis shares common mistakes to avoid and positive things to do that will help you have a successful finish to your school year.

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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.

Teaching Debating Skills

User Generated Education

I, along with many others, have been impressed with how articulate the Parkland students have been regarding their school shooting and gun laws.

25 tips for connecting families with the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

When families are part of the learning community it has profound effects on the students. We want parents and guardians to feel involved in their child’s learning and welcomed in our classroom. Some families are involved and engaged from the moment their child steps foot in your classroom.

A Link from Job Market Perceptions to Schoolwork

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. We’ve all heard the refrain expressed by high school students frustrated by trigonometry or centuries-old literature: “ When am I ever going to need this?”. Families and teachers may be tempted to shrug off these sentiments.

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How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

The CoolCatTeacher

Hope King on episode 306 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students.

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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.

The Digital Citizenship Curriculum: Digital Literacy, Cyber Hygiene and More

Battelle for Kids

From cyberbullying to cybersecurity, digital citizenship lessons help students navigate the internet effectively. P21 Blog

Assigning Homework In the Digital Age: The Benefits of Virtual Classrooms


Over the past few decades, schools have relied on computer technology for delivering educational content or equipping students with resources to enhance their learning.

Generation Z’s Are Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Dan Lauer. This aphorism has always rung true, but when it comes to educating the next generation, it’s an essential mantra.

7 Strategies I Use When Students Make Apps (or Do Any Genius Projects)

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki Davis on episode 307 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m so excited! This is the time of year we are making apps.

EdTech at School

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

PL Summit 2018: 3 Days of Shaping the Future of Education

Education Elements

It is hard to make something better each year and yet, somehow, as I reflect on the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit 2018 , it feels like we have done it. It’s five days since the Summit ended and I am still energized by the energy and passion of every one of the 750 people who attended. I am still excited about the ideas I heard and looking forward to talking more to the people I met. I am still amazed that we pulled it off.

Awesome Teacher Summer: 12 ways to grow and learn

Ditch That Textbook

Our lives as educators totally change in the summer, don’t they? During the school year: hustle and bustle. Teach. Grade. Answer emails. Go to meetings. Collapse into bed. Repeat. In the summer, though, the pace changes. Many of us are still busy. (I’ve I’ve been to SO many baseball and softball games already!) But it’s […]. Teaching summer professional learning for teachers teacher summer learning ideas teacher summer reading

EdTech Magazine’s 50 Must-read K-12 IT Blogs

Ask a Tech Teacher

I am honored to be selected as one of EdTech Magazine’s “50 Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs of 2018” ! Without a doubt, the credit goes to my readers. I am proud that the resources, reviews, and materials I curate for you resonate with your teaching needs.

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How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. jena.passut_7651. Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:57. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all.

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.