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21st-Century Project Learning: The Bootstrapping Checklist

EdNews Daily

Written by Rich Baxter. What Is The Bootstrapping Checklist for Public Schools * ? The Bootstrapping Checklist for Public Schools* teaches 21st-century skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. The workflow introduces students to project management, innovation and entrepreneurship and engages students in experiential learning activities related to the STEAM curriculum.

How Great is MS Office Mix

Ask a Tech Teacher

I first met Office Mix a few years ago, before I had the required Office 2013 or higher. I loved the demo I watched, cried a bit that it wouldn’t work for me, and then forgot about it. Now that I’ve upgraded to Office 365, I’m eager to use all the features that got me so excited back then. Before I get into those, let me back up for those who have never heard of Office Mix.


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5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Jarrod Robinson, the PE Geek, shares on episode 70 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Jarrod Robinson @mrrobbo gives us the apps, tools, and mindset to rock physical education class. This conversation is so much fun and will give PE teachers and coaches lots of ideas for using technology to improve sports performance and get fit. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

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Special Education Data Can Improve Learning For All Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A tool for collecting data on special education student behavior can bring benefits to teachers and other students as well. The post Special Education Data Can Improve Learning For All Students appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Data Educational Technology/Ed-Tech IEP Schoolrunner special education

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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.

Raid the Supply Closet: 50+ creative remixes of standard class supplies

Ditch That Textbook

We know that poster board makes posters and that paper clips hold papers together. But what if they had hidden super powers? The things you may have laying around the classroom may be the keys to unlocking some exciting, engaging learning activities. (Or Or if you don’t have them, they could be at the top of [.]. Teaching creative lessons creative teaching index cards school supplies sharpies sticky notes

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Subscriber Special: May (copy)

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. May 1st through May 15th: 10% Discount ( use code SUMMERPD ) on Summer Learning online classes: The Tech-infused Teacher. The Tech-infused Class . Teach Writing with Tech (almost full). 20 Webtools in 20 Days (almost full). Group discounts available. Want more information? Here you go: The Tech-infused Teacher . The Tech-infused Class. Teach Writing with Technology.

Video Game Design with Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

In order to support interest and passion driven learning (all – I mean all – of my students play video games) as well as address cross-curricular content area integration of language arts, science, and technology standards, I had my gifted elementary learners, grades 2 through 6, do a semester long project on video game design. Standards Addressed. English Language Arts Common Core State Standards.

Skills for Today: Cultivate Passion, Purpose, Hope Along with 4Cs to Grow Global Citizens

Battelle for Kids

South Bronx educator Stephen Ritz routinely welcomes visitors from around the world to the awe-inspiring learning space he has designed atop a 100-year-old New York schoolhouse. What’s the magic, visitors ask, that has dramatically improved attendance and behavior, lifted test scores, and attracted talented teachers to join the ranks of one of the poorest schools in the country? P21 Blog

Everything You Need To Run A Whole School Maths Mastery Event


I recently organised an event in my school: ‘Mastering Maths Day’ The aim was to encourage further embedding of ‘ mastery ‘ activities in everyday maths lessons and also to boost enjoyment of the subject. Mastery, in a nutshell, is developing a thorough and deep understanding of concepts – often this is achieved through well scaffolded activities and problem solving. . What was the structure of the day?

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).

What You Might Have Missed in April

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of July: Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st-5th. How You Can Make Homework Easier for Students. Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need. 21 Great Websites and Apps for Earth Day. A new resource guide from Kiddom: Standards-based Grading for ELA and Social Studies. Understanding By Design — What’s That Even Mean? Visit My New Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Store! 27 Websites for Poetry Month. 8 Websites For Financial Literacy Month.

The Over Promotion of Failure

User Generated Education

Almost daily I see posts on social media by educators promoting the benefits of failure. It often seems that there is a push to intentional embed failure into instructional activities. This always rubs me the wrong way. Failure has almost universal negative connotations. It doesn’t feel good and sometimes it is extremely difficult, if impossible, to recover from big failures. For the past several years we’ve been bombarded with advice about the “wisdom of failure.”

Game Based Learning and Twine

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Dr. Matthew Farber in episode 67 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Dr. Matthew Farber @matthewfarber talks about game-based learning in his classroom and a new tool he loves: Twine. We’re also hosting a giveaway contest of his new book Gamify Your Classroom – Revised Edition. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

Why your young students love e-learning


Kids are our future. Everyone seems to agree with this statement, regardless of skin color, creed, political sympathies, age, and so on. Our kids will live in the future, and we are all responsible with supporting them to become successful citizens of tomorrow’s world. Besides family and local civil society, schools play a crucial role in this.

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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.

169 Tech Tip #124: Editing is Easier with Digital Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #124–Editing is easier with digital writing. Category: EDIT/FORMAT. Sub-category: Writing, Classroom management.


Battelle for Kids

Last week was an important moment in the development of P21. P21 Blog


Padlet as a Literacy tool for Parallel Discussions.


I’ve long been interested in seeing the use of technology in the classroom as an almost invisible tool, a stage for which the children and the learning process are the stars. I often watch technologies trickle away after the novelty has faded, making me wonder how technology is valued. I endeavour to regard learning tech as merely the metaphorical stage, rather than the actor, in this show of learning. Take, for example, the humble scanning app FineScanner (or similar).

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Video is a key teaching tool for the flipped classroom


You’re probably familiar with what the flipped classroom is and how it works. It is the exact inverse of how homework and classwork traditionally align. Flipped classrooms flip the role of students — it offers them a degree of autonomy to discover and exercise learning techniques that work best for them.

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.

Empowering Students As Immersive Storytellers with 360° Film

Digital Promise

“360° film is cool, but how do we tell a story with it?”. This was the question floating around the room at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) Virtual Reality (VR) Day in April 2016. At the time, I was a resident at the festival’s filmmaker support program called FilmHouse, and I had been invited to a closed-door meeting of filmmakers and VR developers. I knew a lot about filmmaking, but very little about VR and 360° film.

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The Significance of Trust

A Principal's Reflections

“ The glue that holds all relationships together — including the relationship between the leader and the led — is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” ~ Brian Tracy Success in life hinges upon the ability to build and sustain relationships with others. This fact allies to both our personal and professional lives. Many elements combine to form a relationship, but there is one specific facet that is more important than others. Trust is the bedrock of any relationship.

Writing papers and research reports the Google way

Ditch That Textbook

The traditional research paper has been around a long time. We all likely have a memory of sweating over one at the last minute. They’re still a staple in K-12 schools and in universities. We don’t use formal academic papers and reports that much in real life. Often, they’re sources for more academic papers and [.]. Ed Tech digital writing edtech educational technology g suite Google Apps google keep research papers research reports

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Startups Reap Long-Lasting Benefits From an Innovation Cluster

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Being part of an education innovation cluster can bring connections, mentorships and a blueprint for navigating future growth and funding. The post Startups Reap Long-Lasting Benefits From an Innovation Cluster appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog

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!

Family Literacy: Four Steps to Leverage Technology for Even Greater Impact

Digital Promise

Technology can provide powerful new pathways to help family literacy programs more fully meet their learners’ needs. When thoughtfully integrated, technology can offer new supports and educational opportunities for parents, helping them become confident first teachers for their children. To better understand how technology can further these family literacy goals, we produced case studies on two family literacy programs that are using technology in different ways.

Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

The CoolCatTeacher

Dan Meyer talks math on episode #69 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Dan Meyer @ddmeyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it. He explains the 3-Act method of teaching. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Transcript available here soon for download and by scrolling down to the bottom of this post.

E = MC2: A 2017 Personalized Learning Summit Workshop

Education Elements

Albert Einstein’s discovery of E = mc 2 is without a doubt one of the world’s most famous equations. When Keith Wilson and Monte Westfall, successful administrators of the Lawrence Virtual School, and I began working on our workshop about equity for Education Elements’ Personalized Learning Summit (May 10-12, 2017), we chose this very equation as the title but added a new twist. For our purposes E = mc 2 is transformed to Equity = Meaningful Change for Children.”

Let Paperslide Into Your Class


Isn’t it great when you walk away from a keynote with something you can actually use immediately? This is what happened when I saw Lodge McCammon give the closing keynote at IntegratED IPDX 2017 in February. He introduced us to Paperslides , a new-to-me combining of the low tech paper-glue-and-scissors we all love and miss with the ease and versatility of making videos for flipped or blended learning. At this point you’re probably thinking, “These sound interesting, Doug.

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.

An Educator’s Experience with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

I’ve been a social studies teacher for 23 years. As you might imagine, I’ve seen and experienced a lot. I’ve learned, and continue to learn, from the many students who come into my classroom. I am always looking for ways to ensure I’m being the best educator I can be for my students. As an experienced teacher, I know how important it is that I constantly improve my practice with each passing year. But until recently, I hadn’t been stretched much. That is, until micro-credentials came along.

How to Make it to the End of the School Year

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 66 of the 10-Minute Teacher- An Audio Blog Post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today I share a post I wrote several years ago that tends to be shared like crazy this time of year. I hope it encourages you to finish well. Here’s the link to the original blog post: [link] if you want to read it instead of listening to it. Listen now. Listen to iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Download the PDF Transcript.

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Informal Education & 21st Century Learning – A “Montana to Rice” Combination

Battelle for Kids

At the San Francisco 49ers, we strongly believe 21st Century learning skills and informal education are a natural and perfect pairing. Our experience demonstrates that removing learners from their traditional classroom environments and introducing them to practical, interactive learning opportunities is conducive to reinforcing collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication – the 4Cs – among most students. P21 Blog