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2017 Predictions for American Education

Education Elements

Before we get too far into 2017 I like to reflect on what has been and make predictions for what the year ahead will mean for education. Time and time again I find myself thinking “Darn, my predictions aren’t half bad but things are moving too slowly, slower than I expected.” This year, however, I am confident when I say that we are going to experience a lot of change -- largely influenced by shifts resulting from elections, among other factors.

3 Ways To Encourage Creativity In Your Classroom This Year

The Web20Classroom

This post is in partnership with ACER. Over the next few months I will be writing and sharing many of the exciting classroom products they offer like tablets, desktops and more! A while back I was having a conversation with a colleague about creativity in learning.

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#05: 5 Ideas for Using Game-Based Learning in your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT: A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Michael Matera From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Michael Matera (@ mrmatera ) is a middle school teacher, author of Explore Like a Pirate and speaker.

5 Arguments Against “Innovation in Education” and How You Might Respond

The Principal of Change

Innovation in education should not be a luxury, but is now a necessity. The world is changing so rapidly and it is not longer about schools “embracing change”, but creating it. You can wait for it to happen, or you can make it happen; either way change will continuously head our way.

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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The 3 Biggest K–12 Tech Trends for 2017

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Classroom tech and data will continue to boost learning outcomes. Blended Learning Business Intelligence Classroom Data Analytics Data Governance Makerspaces Personalized Learning STEM


Creating “Purposeful Conflict”

The Principal of Change

I tweeted this article from Tina Seelig , “Teaching — It’s about Inspiration, Not Information “, and asked the following question on Twitter: Curious what you think about this quote from Tina Seelig?

Why Spatial Reasoning Is Crucial For Early Math Education


When Nicole Thomson first heard about the importance of teaching spatial reasoning and geometry in her kindergarten math curriculum she had already been teaching for several years.

Improve Your Teaching By Doing a Few Things Well

The CoolCatTeacher

The Innovator's Mindset with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. There are too many apps. Too many ideas. Too many initiatives. Too many jobs to do. Too many strategic objectives. Too many standards.

Technology in Education: How Chromebooks and Google Classroom Change the Learning Process

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez It’s a new year and time for new tech to take learning to the next level. Classroom Digital Content Hardware Notebooks Personalized Learning

Commitment is good. Connections are better.

Ditch That Textbook

Inspiration seems to strike when we don’t expect it, doesn’t it? I was listening to the radio recently and during a commercial break, they played an excerpt of a speech that stopped me in my tracks.

Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess

NPR Learning and Tech

New guidelines urge schools to take recess seriously. It's not just play time for kids and a chance for teachers to get a break. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Why personalized learning should start in school libraries

eSchool News

With personalization a growing initiative in schools, the library may not be the first thing educators think of as a resource.

How To Cultivate A Growth Mindset In Your Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post How To Cultivate A Growth Mindset In Your Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Learning growth mindset

Picking a Chromebook for your 1:1 Program

The Electric Educator

Chromebooks are HOT right now. And for good reason. They are affordable, flexible, and easy to manage. And in today's increasingly web-first world, having a device that was born on the web is a good option. At the end of 2015 we learned that 50% of devices in the classroom are Chromebooks.

6 Alternatives to Reading Logs by @shfarnsworth

Teacher Tech

Guest blog post by Shaelynn Farnsworth Let’s face it, reading logs are typically not accurate in time read or books finished. From forged signatures to parents exaggerating the time their student spends in a book, reading logs do very little to motivate students or to instill a love of books. If the purpose of reading logs […]. The post 6 Alternatives to Reading Logs by @shfarnsworth appeared first on Teacher Tech. Blog Entries reading


Learning is Not Linear

A Principal's Reflections

I think, for the most part, everyone strives for success. We want to be successful in our professional as well as our personal lives. I strived to be the best possible principal for my students, staff, and community. Whether I was successful is a matter of perspective.

#04: Simple Ways to Find Your Teaching Blindspots in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT: A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with David Geurin From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. David Guerin, (@ DavidGeurin ) is the 2017 NASSP Digital Principal of the year. David believes that. “excellence is not the same as success.

Tech Coaching is about Relationships not Tech

The Thinking Stick

Most tech coaches end up in the role of tech coach or Tech TOSA (Teacher On Special Assignment) because they are good at using tech and integrating it into their classroom. That’s how I got into the role and pretty much everyone else I know as well.

Ed-Tech in a Time of Trump

Hack Education

This talk was delivered at the University of Richmond. The full slide deck can be found here.

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Quick Google Forms time savers for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

Google Forms is a great tool for surveying others and collecting data from them. By using Forms in that way, it can save us tons of time. It can save us even more time when we survey ourselves. I can hear your response to that one … Wait, Matt … survey ourselves? Have you gone [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google forms gsuiteedu time management time savers

10 Different Approaches to Creating Digital Learning Content


Over the past few months, I’ve written a series of posts over on the Flipped Learning Network web site that offer a wealth of different tools and techniques that can be used to create digital. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

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As test scores rise and engagement increases, schools are beginning to see the incalculable benefits of implementing digital curriculum and resources for math instruction. Techlearning Resources

7 Great Chrome Extensions To Help Your Students in 2017

My Paperless Classroom

Check out these 7 great Chrome Extensions for your classroom! The post 7 Great Chrome Extensions To Help Your Students in 2017 appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial

Resources and Wrap Ups From #FETC 2017

The Web20Classroom

I spent the last week in warm and sunny Orlando attending the 2017 FETC Conference. This is one my favorite conferences of the year because of the quality of the sessions, the people and, of course, the learning.

International students: Trump’s travel ban could be devastating

The Hechinger Report

Demonstrators rally against President Donald Trump’s ban of muslim immigrants inside Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and block roads in Los Angeles, California, United States on January 29,2017. Photo: Aydin Palabiyikoglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

5 big takeaways from redesigning learning spaces

eSchool News

The U.S. Department of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education had already recognized our schools in Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in southern Lake County, Illinois, for academic excellence.

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How Small Steps Can Create Outdoors Experiences In Schools


It started with a school garden at Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School. The garden did so well that students built another garden. Then they added native plants, where seventh-grade students learned lessons in data collection as they counted pollinators.

#01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

MEET MY NEW PODCAST: The 10-minute Teacher Show-- for Remarkable but Busy Teachers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Enhancing STEM Learning Using Virtual Reality

My Paperless Classroom

By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Careers in STEM are the next best thing: as a matter of fact, according to the U.S.


Under DeVos, Here's How School Choice Might Work

NPR Learning and Tech

"Tax credit scholarships" are a twist on vouchers. Florida's program is one of the largest in the country, serving 92,000 students. Image credit: Bloomberg/Getty Images


‘When our students arrive Monday morning, many haven’t eaten a real meal since they left school on Friday’

The Hechinger Report

In many schools, it takes much more than good teaching to meet students’ needs. Issues such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, neglect, abuse and chronic stress can have a significant impact in the classroom.

The Solution is Hyperdocs


In October 2016, I had the opportunity to attend the Google Innovator Academy in Toronto. Along with the amazing experience and a newly formed tribe I returned home with a copy of The HyperDoc Handbook by Lisa Highfill , Kelly Hilton , and Sarah Landis. I started reading the book on the flight home.

This pathway helps students better prepare for college

eSchool News

A new “MicroMajor” program from the University of Texas at Austin will help high school students better prepare for the rigor of university life.