Sat.Jul 02, 2016 - Fri.Jul 08, 2016

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.

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.

ISTE 2016: when ed-tech met passion


If you ask any European about their opinion on the USA, I bet a lot of answers will include the word big , or any synonym of it: wide roads, big cars, tall buildings, grande coffee cups, jumbo-size food portions, big smiles, big… everything.

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3 Arguments in Favor of the In-class Flip

Catlin Tucker

Whenever I train teachers on the Flipped Classroom Model, I’m always asked the same questions. “What do you do if your students do not complete the homework?” ” or “What do you do if students do not have access to the internet and/or devices at home?”

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.

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.

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Goal: Interview a Colleague

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! Goal: Interview a teacher or learner from another country. Accomplish this goal: Conduct a video, audio, or written interview with a colleague from another country to gain perspective on an issue.

A simple way to make a digital copy of pupils’ work.


When the end of the year comes, the books are sent home with the children and presumably put in a box in a dark cupboard! Why not create and store a digital copy? I have found this very effective practise for a number of reasons: It is great to show my new class good examples from the previous year.

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.

Breaking Things as a Form of Education

User Generated Education

One of my learners’ favorite things to do at my maker education summer camps is taking toys apart – breaking them and then putting back together in another form. This got me thinking that breaking things should be part of every teacher’s and learner’s education.

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.

Amazon Inspire Carries Big Implications for Schools, and Ed-Tech Providers

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Last week Amazon announced its plan to launch Amazon Inspire , a one-stop shop for teachers in the hunt for free lesson plans, educational materials and ultimately educational software. Of course, we at SmartyReader are excited about the implications.

My article for the TES: How to… Use technology to support assessment.


I recently wrote an article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES). It was about ways tech tools can support assessment in the classroom. Read the full article by clicking here. Have you got any other tech tools which help when assessing pupils? Leave a comment below.

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.

Resource Roundup: Digital Citizenship Lessons & Tips


In today’s technology driven world, students are faced with issues our parents and grandparents never had to think about. Challenges like: social media, cybercrime, cyberbulling, and more.

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.

Going Flat in the Classroom

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 6, Number 2. Driving Question : What if a high school combines global education, creativity and technology to prepare students for today's flat world? "By By 'flat' I did not mean that the world is getting equal.

Will eliminating the “F” eliminate bad school design?

The Christensen Institute

The dreaded “F” is going out of vogue in schools.

Schoolsask: an excellent way for teachers to share knowledge and ideas.


Schoolsask is a user-friendly website and app that helps educators and other professionals share, connect, interact, and support each other. It offers educators the much needed opportunity to easily interact with other members of the educational community.

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3 Ways to Rest and Relax During Summer

Education Elements

Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of the award-winning broadway show “Hamilton” is a huge advocate for rest and relaxation. In an interview with Huffington Post Miranda says, “It’s no accident that the best idea I’ve ever had in my life - perhaps maybe the best one I’ll ever have in my life - came to me on vacation.” It was at a resort in Mexico. Personalized Learning Summer

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.

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.

The Diversity and Equity Movement at ISTE 2016

Teacher Reboot Camp

I’ve attended a few ISTE conferences over the years and this year I was excited to be part of the diversity movement I saw take place more so than any other year I’ve attended. I felt this year the ISTE keynotes represented different ideas, diverse experiences and backgrounds. I, especially enjoyed the keynote, Ruha Benjamin, who talked about equity and encouraged teachers to demand social change from their students.

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Our Global Stage: All The World In A Classroom

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 6, Number 1. All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts. As You Like It , Act I I, Scene VII William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Driving Question: How do we help our children understand their place on the global stage? When I first read Shakespeare's play as a high school senior, I was captured by his poetry. But how shallow was my understanding!

Happy July 4th!

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s America’s birthday and I’m celebrating. I have an Army son heading off overseas and a Navy daughter doing her thing stateside. I’m toasting both of them today!What

EdTech at School

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

Resource Roundup: Digital Citizenship Lessons & Tips


In today’s technology driven world, students are faced with issues our parents and grandparents never had to think about. Challenges like: social media, cybercrime, cyberbulling, and more.

Teachers Express Their Concerns about Blended Learning


Contributor: Renae Abboud Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 2:00pm Blended learning implementation in the education space is gaining momentum all over the globe—yet teachers have varying degrees of comfort with this innovative model of instruction. As we transition to new education models, it is important to be cognizant that some teacher’ are apprehensive about these changes.

Part 2: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 40 Amazing STEM Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this second post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success.

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Subscriber Special: July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. July 6th-June 15th (ten days only): K-8 Technology Curriculum UPDATED 6th Edition. get 10% off with coupon code TECHCURRICULUM6THED. get 25% off if you’re upgrading from the 4th or 5th edition (contact zeke dot rowe at for coupon code). What’s included in lessons: an Essential Question. a Big Idea. suggested assessments.

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.