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What Makes a Good Assessment?

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment.

5 Ways to Boost Technological Literacy In Classroom


Any educator will agree summer is the perfect time for looking back over previous year and revising your teaching methods! As such, boosting technological competency in classroom is my priority this year. I strongly believe any educator is responsible for it.

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Tech & Learning Announces Best of Show Winners


For the third year, Tech & Learning is presenting its prestigious awards program that honors great products at ISTE 2016. The products below were selected by an anonymous panel of educator judges, w. Techlearning Resources Contests

(Marketing) Virtual Reality in Education: A History

Hack Education

Virtual reality is, once again, being heralded as a technology poised to transform education. I say “once again” because virtual reality has long been associated with such promises.

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.

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7 Fun and Creative Apps and Websites That Teach Kids to Code


These iOS and Web Apps are Visually Oriented and Kid-Friendly and Help to Build Critical Logic and Problem Solving Skills Computer coding is becoming an increasingly popular activity for. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Do Students Learn Better in Chairs or Couches?

The CoolCatTeacher

Meet Oskar Cymerman, the science teacher on a quest to Starbucks his classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Design your classroom to be intentional and inviting.

The end of ‘sink or swim’? Four ways district leaders can help first-year teachers overcome common struggles

The Hechinger Report

Ellen Moir. Even the best prepared, most promising first-year teachers face a harsh transition from completing credential programs to becoming solely responsible for an entire class of students for the first time.

Mobile Learning: No Longer About the Technology, but About the Learning

The Journal

A transition, quietly but most assuredly, has occurred: Today, in 2016, discussions under the heading "mobile learning" are becoming more about how "all-the-time, everywhere learning" can be supported with "mobile" technology than about mobile devices and apps.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

A New Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy for The Web

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 8, 2016 After posting about Digital Taxonomy for iPad, today we are sharing with you the web version. We tried to come up with web tools that go with each of Bloom’s thinking levels. Some more. blooms taxonomy

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8 Awesome Reasons to Go Incognito in Google Chrome

Shake Up Learning

The post 8 Awesome Reasons to Go Incognito in Google Chrome appeared first on Shake Up Learning. You Need to Go Incognito in Google Chrome! Here’s Why: Yep, I’m talking about Google Chrome again! One of my favorite little features in Google Chrome is called incognito mode.

How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

NPR Learning and Tech

Two developmental psychologists break down 21st century skills and give everyday tips for parents on how to instill them

5 keys to encouraging teacher innovation

eSchool News

Ed-tech leader Jennie Magiera shares strategies to help foster risk-taking in schools. Change is hard. How can you get reluctant teachers to embrace change and try new innovations in teaching with technology?

Android Apps on Chromebooks

The Electric Educator

One of the most significant announcements coming out of the Google I / O developers conference this past May was the launch of Android Apps for Chrome. While this announcement didn't make the headlines of the conference, it has significant implications for educators and the classroom.

Schools are under federal pressure to translate for immigrant parents

The Hechinger Report

Abdullahi Ibrahim, right, helps Zeynab Warsame fill out an evaluation form after a parent conference session in Syracuse City School District in New York. Ibrahim is a nationality worker for the district who helps interpret into and out of Somali. Photo: Tara García Mathewson. SYRACUSE, N.Y.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: Join the conversation about new directions for public education in the digital age with the hashtag #EdTechContract on Twitter.

How Teachers Can Help 'Quiet Kids' Tap Their Superpowers

NPR Learning and Tech

Remember that quiet kid in class who never spoke up? In New York, teachers are learning how to make sure the ideas of introverts don't get overlooked

My favorite app for communicating with parents: Bloomz

The CoolCatTeacher

A live from #iste2016 update From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Bloomz is the free tool I currently use for communicating with parents. Bloomz was one of my sponsors for ISTE 2016 this year, and I appreciate their support.

Five-year olds and laser cutters—perfect together? Welcome to the first early childhood fab lab

The Hechinger Report

Seven-year-old Kate Stabenow and her five-year old brother Jack put the finishing touches on the buildings they designed and built at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s new early-childhood fab lab. Photo: Chris Berdik.

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How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science


“Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?” ” When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a “Just because.” ” You can explain: “Red is for stop and green is for go.” ” Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her figure out the answer with plenty of encouragement.

5 Easy Steps for Setting Up Google Portfolios

EdTech Magazine

By Christine Jones Digital portfolios are a cinch to create using templates from Google Sites. Classroom Cloud Cloud apps

Digital capabilities and curiosity

Learning with 'e's

On the floor of the Science Centre, Staffordshire University I haven't written or blogged as much as I usually do, because I have been doing some travelling recently.

This summer’s ultimate ed tech professional development guide


It’s officially summer. By now, you and teachers across North America have administered the last exams, filled out every report card and tidied your classrooms (so that’s where that library book was hiding!). Time to step off the teaching treadmill for a well-deserved break.

15 Tech Tool Favorites From ISTE 2016


The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference brings together a huge cross section of educators who share a common belief that technology in the classroom can make learning more relevant, engaging and fun for kids. Among the 20,000 or so conference-goers are ed-tech evangelists, teachers new to technology, passionate makers and many others. Educators at the conference are looking for new ideas and tools to bring back to their districts and classrooms.

Professional Development Isn’t Just For Teachers

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Patnoudes Administrators need to learn how to lead schools into the future by empowering everyone in the building. Management Professional Development Training

Thriving SAT Scores: Meet Shaan Patel, Founder of Prep Expert and Shark Tank Winner

EdNews Daily

SAT Scores: A New Number. Have you ever wondered how to achieve higher SAT scores? I had the pleasure to interview Shaan Patel, founder of 2400 Expert SAT Prep (renamed Prep Expert this weekend) and winner on ABC’s Shark Tank.

8 things Twitter savvy educators do to improve learning

eSchool News

When it comes to useful PD, more educators are turning to Twitter to grow learning networks in 140 characters. These days, it’s hard to meet an educator who hasn’t heard of Twitter. But how many use it?

The Shift Toward Personalized Professional Development


6 Unifying Factors That can Provide Educators With Individualized, Collaborative, and Effective Professional Development Jason Bretzmann is presenting at FlipCon16 in Allen, Texas this July. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core

The Hechinger Report

Third grade reading intervention teacher Antoinette Coppa provides small group instruction to students Matilda Helt, Miguel Santos and Jeremy Cantero during reading workshop. Photo: Ibby Caputo. BROOKLYN, N.Y. —

Asking the Right Questions About Mobile Learning

A Principal's Reflections

As of late I have been engaged in a great amount of work either assisting districts and schools as they begin to implement mobile learning ( 1:1, BYOD ) or helping them get their programs on track.

How Schools Can Help Notice and Serve the ‘Quiet Kids’


When Lily Shum was little, she dreaded speaking up in class. It wasn’t because she didn’t have anything interesting to say, or because she wasn’t paying attention or didn’t know the answer. She was just quiet. “Every single report card that I ever had says, ‘Lily needs to talk more. She is too quiet,’ ” recalls Shum, now an assistant director at Trevor Day School in Manhattan.

10 Interesting Ways to Integrate QR Codes in Your Teaching (Infographic)

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 3, 2016 With the advance of mobile technologies, QR Code technologies open up a vast terrain for educational uses. There are several ways teachers can leverage the educational potential of more. my freebies QR code tools

New Book: The Chromebook Classroom

The Electric Educator

The Chromebook Classroom by John R. Sowash For the past year I have been working on my first book - The Chromebook Classroom. I'm excited to announce the launch of the book and provide readers of my blog an opportunity to download a free excerpt! The Chromebook launched in 2009, and it was horrible!