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Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation

Education Elements

Recently it seems that innovation is a buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Need happier employees? Innovate! Need bigger profits? Innovate! Need better leadership? Innovate! Over the past six months I’ve explored hundreds of news stories, white papers, and blog posts focused on why and how leaders might foster a culture of innovation. Unfortunately, innovation is too often be touted as a silver bullet solution without even defining what innovation is.

Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner Hype Cycle —or perhaps as in a metaphorical Ferris wheel, in which concepts take their seats and then rise and fall, over and over.

How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

The Hechinger Report

. Gearing up for their district’s password-reset day in October, teachers and school administrators in Raytown, Missouri, watched a spoof video “gym” tour by their tech-support staff, who offered tips for stronger passwords amidst “laptop lunges” and “cross-tech” training.

5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

NPR Learning and Tech

Some of the most popular ideas in education aren't necessarily the best fixes. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Education 101

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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Why innovation must be the new development strategy

The Christensen Institute

“What we measure informs what we do. And if we’re measuring the wrong thing, we’re going to do the wrong thing.” – Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, 2001. There is no shortage of ideas and strategies that will lead a country from poverty to economic prosperity.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

NPR Learning and Tech

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children." Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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3 K-12 ransomware threats and solutions

eSchool News

In February 2016, South Carolina’s Horry County School District was forced to pay a $10,000 ransom to unlock critical data and systems following a ransomware attack. This certainly came as a shock, but unfortunately these types of attacks on schools aren’t all that uncommon.

One Simple Way to Screencast with Office Mix

The CoolCatTeacher

A 2-Minute Technology Tip on Screencasting From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A screencast is when you record the screen. While there are many great options out there, Office Mix is so simple, I’m using it for most screencasting.

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.

8 Great Web Tools for Creating Video Lessons

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

January , 2017 Video lessons are instructional videos created through a screen casting or video software. The nature of a video lesson differs according to the purpose for which it is created; it more. my freebies Video lesson tools

End Your Fixation on Tech Tools

EdTech Magazine

By Nathan Lang Education technology should complement a learning strategy, not dictate it. Blended Learning Classroom Leadership Management

How to use student voice to improve engagement

eSchool News

When it comes to strategic planning, school district leaders know they must involve all stakeholder groups from the beginning. Though they are arguably the most important stakeholder group, students are sometimes overlooked in the planning process.

Colleges are pushed to stand behind what they sell with money-back guarantees

The Hechinger Report

Flatiron School co-founders Adam Enbar and Avi Flombaum in the New York complex where students learn to code. The school has a money-back guarantee that its graduates will get jobs. Photo: Jackie Mader.

Easy Ways to Upgrade an Assignment from 1900 to 2017

Teacher Tech

Upgrade the Worksheet from 1900 I recently blogged about a student’s homework assignment that was 36 DOK 1 math problems. I looked up math homework from 1900 and it was pretty much IDENTICAL! So what are some easy things we can do to teach like it is 2017 and not 1900?


G Suite: Google Classroom Part 2 Top 10 Tips


Create a "faux class" Set up a fake class full of your reusable assignments and project tasks. Use the Reuse Post feature to pull these out into other classes when needed. Here’s how > taVOsG 2. Managing Class Files Manage class files from inside Classroom, not in Drive itself. Classroom keeps track of everything for you! Learn more > JyEOpK 3.

Does growing student diversity mean a renewed focus on personalized learning?

eSchool News

Research shows that diversity in today’s students (e.g. socio-economic background, gender, race, and previous learning experiences) is greater than ever before.

How One Classroom Can Transform the School Cafeteria with STEM Thinking

Digital Promise

The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) directed by Digital Promise initiative is actively improving learning opportunities for students and teachers in 46 middle schools across 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Preparing students for a start-up, entrepreneur-driven world

Ditch That Textbook

Jeff Hoffman created his first company as a student at Yale University. It was a software company called Competitive Technologies, and it was eventually acquired by American Express. He went on to create a company that helps consumers book travel with airlines, hotels and rental cars at a discount.

How and Why to Use Podcasts in Your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

A podcast is a topic-specific digital stream of audio files (in some cases, video or PDF also) that can be downloaded to a computer or a wide variety of media devices. They are funny, entertaining, educational, often short, and rarely boring.

Is Betsy DeVos good or bad for edtech?

eSchool News

School choice, support of teachers unions, and her record in Michigan have been the leading controversial talking points in education when it comes to Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos.

360 Video Education Spotlight: BBC on YouTube

Class Tech Tips

There are lots of ways to incorporate video into the classroom. From capturing students’ attention as you kick off a lesson, to providing context for a new learning experience, teachers use videos in lots of different ways.

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How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

TeachThought - Learn better.

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Using @Wacom’s #BambooSlate, @zoom_us, & @SlackHQ to Teach Online #edtech


I wanted to do another quick post on how I am running my Online AP Calculus class this year. As I’ve mentioned before, I am loving my Wacom products (especially my new Bamboo Slate this year). And, my students are absolutely in love with Slack !

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

Sprint Corp. plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. The program, called the 1Million Project, will connect 200,000 students per year over five years.

K–12 Districts Find That Education and Awareness Are Key to Privacy Protection

EdTech Magazine

By Tommy Peterson Future Ready dashboard helps schools protect sensitive data. Authentication Data protection Firewalls Security

The DeVos distraction?

The Hechinger Report

President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos pose for a photo after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Americans of all political stripes are wary of the federal government’s meddling in education.

Share and collaborate the easy way with Padlet.


Padlet is a superb tech tool in which a virtual ‘wall’ can be set up by a teacher and then the class can post and share ideas on it. Comments can be made and collaboration becomes simple. How does it work?

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

eSchool News

Eighty-eight percent of U.S. school districts have reached the minimum connectivity–100 kbps per student, as recommended by the Federal Communications Commission–to help students effectively use technology in the classroom.

The Value of School

A Principal's Reflections

For all intents and purposes I had a great K-12 education. I got relatively good grades, stayed out of trouble, and participated in a wide range of sports and extracurricular activities.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Now Available: The Chromebook Classroom Podcast

The Electric Educator

Season 1 of the Chromebook Classroom podcast is now available! The Chromebook Classroom Podcast was created to highlight how Chromebooks are impacting education around the world. Each episode features an interview with someone who is using Chromebooks to improve teaching and learning.

4 components of your district’s next PD win

eSchool News

As instructional techniques incorporate more digital technologies and blended models, school principals must create and implement carefully-constructed visions for teaching and learning–and a new professional development (PD) program aims to help them on their way.