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21st Century Version of Ask 3 Before You Ask Me

Catlin Tucker

The first month of school is exhausting! New students, new routines, and, for many of us, new curriculum. Getting kids acclimated to all the newness spurs a lot (and I mean a lot) of questions. In an effort to save my own sanity and teach students how to be independent and resourceful, I put a technology spin on the old adage, “Ask 3 before you ask me.” ” It’s not just that I am wild about technology. I also want to model what I do when I have a question.

20 practical ways to use Google Forms in class, school

Ditch That Textbook

Everyone wants data. Schools want it to track student performance. Companies want it to learn about their customers. We track data in our own personal lives (fitness data, banking data, even social media data). Teachers and students have their own data gathering and tracking tool that’s free and easy to learn — Google Forms. Google [.]. Ed Tech assessment creative teaching data collection edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google forms

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Digital Citizenship: The Critical Call To Educate and Prepare 21st-Century Learners

EdNews Daily

By: Robyn Shulman, M.Ed. We live in unprecedented times of great digital advances and innovation. Technology is moving and changing rapidly across the world while connecting us in unforeseen ways. Today’s youth are digital natives who are unaware of life without Internet access, instant communication, mobile phones and an abundance of on-demand information sitting in their pockets.

How to create beautiful online courses: layout


A small thing can pass by unnoticed. But many small things can become the equivalent of a really large one. You may not notice — or give too much credit to — a typo that got its way into your written text. You may not care about where exactly you insert an image, as long as it’s on the right page. Your students may not notice or care about that either; except for those that always do.

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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.

Teachers All Across America 'Reinventing the Wheel, Nightly'

The Journal

Educational technologists: listen to the teachers; they are asking you to help them to be more effective in creating and using digital curricula. In this blog post, then, we define the five functions that a blended learning platform must support — and challenge the ed tech community to build such a platform

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10 life hacking tips for educators

Ditch That Textbook

In workshops I’ve run, I often ask teachers, “What are the hurdles to reaching your professional goals?” ” The most popular answer is always the same. Always. So many of us educators feel overworked. We don’t have enough time to accomplish the important work that will have a huge impact on our students’ lives — [.]. Teaching creative teaching data decision-making goal-setting habits life hacking productivity

Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

I read recently that 70% of millennials get their news from Facebook. Really? Isn’t Facebook a place to share personal information, stay in touch with friends and families, post pictures of weddings and birthdays? So why do students turn to it for news? And then, not two days later, I heard Twitter has reclassified their app as a news purveyor rather than a social media device. Once again: Who gets news from Twitter? Apparently a lot of adults.

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10 Strategies to Improve Instructional Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

I still vividly remember my early years as an assistant principal and principal. Instructional leadership was a routine part of the job along with the budget, master schedule, curriculum development, meetings, email, phone calls, and many other duties. With the evolution of social media yet another responsibility was added to my plate in the form of digital leadership. The position of school administrator really requires one to be a jack-of-all-trades and master of none.

My article for the International Teacher Magazine: How can technology in the classroom make personalized learning easier?


I recently wrote an article for the International Teacher Magazine. It covers my experience of personalized learning. At first, I was running around the classroom, trying to support all the children’s individual learning needs. However, as I got to grips with educational technology, personalized learning got a whole lot easier. For the full article, please click here. How do you personalize learning in the classroom? Leave a comment below.

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).

Eggbert, the Slightly Cracked Egg: A Breakout EDU Game

User Generated Education

There is a new platform for immersive learning games that’s taking classrooms across the world by storm. Based on the same principles as interactive Escape The Room digital games — which challenge players to use their surroundings to escape a prison-like scenario — Breakout EDU is a collaborative learning experience that enhances critical thinking and creativity while fostering a growth mindset in students.

15 Back-to-School Posts

Ask a Tech Teacher

On everything from get-to-know-you activities to getting yourself ready: New School Year? New Tech? I Got You Covered. 5 Top Ways to Integrate Technology into the New School Year. 5 Ways to Involve Parents in Your Class. 3 Organizational Apps to Start the School Year. 6 Tech Best Practices for New Teachers. How to Prepare Students for PARCC Tests. 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School. 5 Tools To Shake up the New Year. 3 Apps to Help Brainstorm Next Year’s Lessons.

Personalized Learning: Research Highlights Need for New Models

Digital Promise

In the first of a series of reports from Digital Promise Global, Making Learning Personal For All – The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom explores learner diversity and learning variability across a variety of factors impacting student performance.

Time-lapse a science experiment for excellent observation opportunities (includes a free, downloadable write-up form).


Last week I did a science lesson with my students where we looked at how the sweets ‘Skittles’ dissolved in hot and cold water. We time-lapsed the results: This stand worked brilliantly to hold the camera: After I asked my students to complete this online science experiment write-up form on Google Docs. You can download it for free here (it is view only so remember to click ‘download’ or ‘make a copy’ so you can edit it).

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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.

Competition: It’s Only for the Winners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Before the days of electronic gradebooks, every week I posted a printout with student grades. High-achieving students raced over, comparing their grades down to the hundredth, while less academic students shrugged off the opportunity to check their grades. While most schools have shifted to electronic gradebooks, the insane practice of grading continues, and of equal […]. The post Competition: It’s Only for the Winners appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Learning and Playing and Why Both Matter for Teachers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Play as the vehicle of education is not a revolutionary idea. Pedagogy has long recommended ‘play’ as a superior teacher for youngers–. Play is the great synthesizing, integrating, and developing force in childhood and adolescence. PsycINFO Database Record 2012 APA, The play of children is not recreation; it means earnest work. Play is the purest intellectual production of the human being, in this stage … for the whole man is visible in them, in his finest capacities, in his innermost being.~

Harnessing the Power of Education Technology for the Adult Learner

Digital Promise

Adult educators are getting more and more excited as they see growing evidence of technology’s potential for improving learning for adults. Community-based organizations, libraries, adult education programs, and community colleges across our Beacons are working together to incorporate technology to support their learners. When we talk with educators around the country, most, if not all, are clamoring for ways to best leverage education technology.

Tips for Teaching the Classics Without Boring Your Students to Death

The CoolCatTeacher

Level Up to Teach Classic Literature Like a Pro From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Classic literature can be exciting. You can teach classic literature like a pro with today’s insight from Starr Sackstein. What do Rodney Dangerfield, Alfred Hitchcock, and Harry Potter have to do with teaching students about classical literature? You’ll have to listen to find out. (I I can’t believe all of them came up in one episode!)

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.

Engaging students with the flipped classroom


Time is a funny thing. Even though a minute has 60 seconds, and an hour has 60 minutes, people perceive time differently. The best example for this is a classroom: for teachers, a class is a lot shorter than it really is; for students, it’s a lot longer. Teachers sometime feel that time flew by and they still have so much information to share.

Tech Ed Resources for Your Classroom: Survival Kits

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

Why Intern-Powered Startups are a Win-Win

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The end of summer has me saying goodbye to a crew of summer interns who helped Listenwise. Our interns came from New England colleges, Norway, and in one case, a local high school. It was definitely an eclectic bunch, giving me the opportunity to practice managing people from disparate backgrounds. I was an intern more than two decades ago, when not many college students even knew what an internship was. Now, interns are in high demand.

FREE CLASS: 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7pm EDT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m continuing the Education Technology Series that I’ve been running this fall. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm, EDT I’ll host 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom. In this 1-hour and 15-minute class I’ll share: 5 reasons most teachers fail to consistently bring global collaboration into their classroom.

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!

How Self-Service Technologies Help College Students Find Jobs

EdNews Daily

By Sarah Wallace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July, continuing a period of strong job creation. And, for the first time in more than eight years, the U.S. unemployment rate has remained below 5 percent for several consecutive months. This is good news for the 1.9 million students who graduated this past spring Also good news is the fact that employers are estimated to hire about 5 percent more graduates from the class of 2016 than 2015.

Subscriber Special: September

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. September 1st-30th: K-8 Technology Curriculum Student Workbooks. We’ll credit your K-8 teacher manual purchase against the student workbook price–if it’s the 6th edition. That’s up to 25% off the Room License (1:1 school: Here’s info for the School License ). Why should you want student workbooks?

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Technology questions to ask students during advisory period

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are some questions that you could discuss with students during a 20- to 25-minute advisory period. These might be particularly apt for middle and high schoolers. If each advisory took notes and then you compiled the responses at the school level, I bet that you would learn some interesting things about the youth that you serve and spark some useful conversations with your teachers and administrators.

Guest Blog Post: Online Learning – a Perfect Confluence or a Bad Influence?


There’s no question about it: technology dominates our lives. It changed the way we shop, work out, eat, learn… it changed the way we live. If any question emerges from the back of your mind, you know what to do: type in few keywords to Google and get the answer at that very moment. The fact that we have instant access to knowledge is pretty amazing, isn’t it? The way technology affects learning processes has an impressive effect on the overall educational system.

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.

Magoosh Jobs

EdNews Daily

Apply Now. MCAT Curriculum Manager at Magoosh (View all jobs). . About Magoosh. Magoosh is fixing a broken test prep industry. Why should students have to put up with exorbitant prices for boring test prep classes and books that might not even work? With Magoosh, they don’t have to. Our mission is simple: create products that give students everywhere access to enjoyable, affordable, and quality test prep.

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Productive Labor Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September (this year, September 2nd). It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events. Labor Day is a US holiday dedicated to workers across the country.

A Year of Personalized Learning: 3 Things You Need to Know

Education Elements

Last week, we released our third annual Impact Report, “The Positive Power of Personalized Learning.” In the report, we share the incredible work and positive outcomes of districts we work with across the nation, from those that are just launching personalized learning to those that are embarking on their fourth year of implementation. Since this is our third year sharing this report, I want to share three key takeaways from what we’re seeing (and celebrating) in the field.