Sat.Jan 14, 2017 - Fri.Jan 20, 2017

What Can Third Graders Do With Technology?

The Journal

In this week’s blog post, a third grade teacher in a public school provides a clear example of what our blog, "Reinventing Curriculum" is all about. Mr. Gabriel DellaVecchia has used 1-to-1 in an imaginative, productive, and effective manner. What the children in his class accomplished is absolutely inspiring

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.


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Finding, Pitching, and Prospering Through a Startup Incubator

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Startup incubators provide access to experts around everything from sales to technology. They key is to find the right one and land a spot. The post Finding, Pitching, and Prospering Through a Startup Incubator appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog accelerator bootstrap Communication APPtitude Educational Technology/Ed-Tech incubator iPad pitching startup vocabulary

How to Parent Teens in a High-Tech World Without Losing Your Mind

EdNews Daily

Robyn D. Shulman, Author. My daughter turned 14 in November. As I reflect back on her childhood, I tend to do what many parents do: compare her life now to how my life was as a teenager then -my then seems like a different planet. To say parenting and childhood have changed over the past thirty years is an understatement. As I felt her move around in a mini-ocean that took over my body, I could never have imagined parenting would be entirely different than it is today.

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.

Create Your Own Custom Search Engine

Catlin Tucker

When I work with elementary teachers, one of the biggest concerns I hear about is the fear of what students will find online. Teachers know it’s important to teach students how to search effectively, evaluate website credibility, and cite their sources, but it can be scary when teachers are working with younger students. One way to teach these important skills, while keeping students safe online, is to create a custom search engine.

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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. In addition to providing teachers and students with always-available access to technology, every VILS location promotes STEM principles across the curriculum.

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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? Watch my YouTube video tutorial to find out the basics: How did I use it in a lesson? Recently, my class have been studying onomatopoeia as part of a unit of work on poetry. I asked my students to create images which represented the words: Click to view slideshow.

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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. You may have heard of it. [.]. Teaching creative teaching don wettrick innovation innovative teaching startedup startup culture

10 Websites + 4 Apps that Make Geography Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the hardest challenges for teachers is how to engage students in core subjects such as geography. It’s about mountains and rocks and valleys that haven’t changed for thousands of years. Why is that interesting? If you aren’t a geography buff, you’re probably nodding. You know what I mean. But watch how quickly the fourteen resources below morph geography from dusty to dynamic: 2-minute Geology.

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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).

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. In this example, students have written a few lines of code in Scratch. Then, they open Office Mix. They use the screen recording tool to capture their program in action.

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Design Challenge

User Generated Education

This year I have been focusing on design challenges and design thinking with my gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th. Last semester I introduced a series of activities to have them explore, learn about, and interact with design thinking principles and strategies. For a description of those activities, see

Getting from Enthusiasm to Effective Technology Implementation in Adult Learning

Digital Promise

(This blog is cross-posted on the Digital Literacy and Acquisition Hub.). Technology can be a powerful tool for improving access to learning for the 36 million U.S. adults who lack the basic literacy, numeracy, and job skills necessary to find well-paying jobs and navigate public and social systems. Technology can help create personalized pathways to support learning differences and open up a world of digital information and resources that form the gateway to today’s job market.

Why and How Students Can Blog

Ask a Tech Teacher

Blogging is a popular tool used in education to not only practice writing, but reinforce collaboration, perspective taking, speaking/listening skills, and a lot more. It’s grown up from its pedestrian start as a journaling platform, where writers share daily activities and don’t stress over spelling and grammar. Look at these reasons why teachers incorporate blogging across all academic topics and lesson plans: Collaboration.

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.

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. Best of all though were some of the amazing teachers and administrators I had during those years who consistently showed they cared. In the end I was deemed college ready and was accepted to almost all of the schools to which I had applied.

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3 Benefits of using Augmented Reality in education


Two of the most admirable traits of humans are their curiosity and imagination. We are curious by nature and we get excited whenever we find something new. We like to ask questions like Why? and What if? and we use our imagination and resources to find answers to our questions. If our ancestors would not have been so curious and imaginative we would still live in caves. But fortunately for us they had questions and found many answers so they got us where we are today.

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What Causes Mind Blanks During Exams?

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In our five-part series, Making Sense of Exams , we’ll discuss the purpose of exams, whether they can be done online, overcoming exam anxiety, and effective revision techniques. It’s a pattern many of us have likely experienced in the past. You prep for an exam and all the information seems coherent and simple. Then you sit for an exam and suddenly all the information you learned is gone.

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169 Tech Tip #60-How to Add Shortcuts to the Desktop

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 #60–How to Add Shortcuts to the Desktop. Category: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT. Sub-category: PCs, Chromebooks.

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.

Conquering the EdTech World with GoConqr.


What exactly is GoConqr? In case you haven’t yet heard of it, GoConqr is a social learning network with more than 2.5 million users worldwide, mostly students and teachers. Unlike other platforms, our tools are designed to put learners at the heart of learning, empowering them to create their own study resources or find what they need in our vast library of user-created resources covering every topic imaginable.

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How to get parents on board with your big changes

Ditch That Textbook

As teachers, we work hard to get our students on board with what we’re doing in class. We try our best to relate everything to their lives in the real world. We help them to see the big picture. We praise them when they succeed and encourage them when they stumble. But if the students are [.]. Homework Teaching alice keeler ditch that homework homework parent communication parents vision

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Some questions for Betsy DeVos

Dangerously Irrelevant

The Washington Post collected some questions from educators for Betsy DeVos , nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education. Here are a few of my favorites: Would you please state, concisely, any relevant experience you have had in public education, either as a student, a teacher, a school leader, a public school board member, a parent of a public school child, a PTA member, a volunteer in a traditional public school or as someone who once drove past a public school?

Things to know before paying for online courses


How good are you with making decisions? I admit I sometimes have trouble even with the most basic things. For example, when I’m at the ice cream shop, I can never make up my mind of what I want. Raspberry is so pleasantly sour, and marshmallows so sweet and puffy, and then the chocolate chip cookie dough, and oh, that butterscotch… It’s a really long way to cones and toppings.

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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!

Form+: A Data Collection Tool For Educators.


With an intuitive and user-friendly form builder, Form+ is a service that allows you collect data (including files) easily using web forms. Data is stored in your Google Drive and you always have access to it. You can also easily share this data with other collaborators easily. Files of all types and sizes can be uploaded using Form+. Using the power of Google Drive, Form+ provides a simple interface where you can easily drag and drop desired form components onto your new form palette.

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New Year’s Resolutions From an Ed-Tech Startup CEO

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The start of a new year gives everyone a reset button. As the leader of my new company, I am making some important New Year's resolutions. The post New Year’s Resolutions From an Ed-Tech Startup CEO appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur Listenwise New Year's resolution resolution startup

Innovation academies, workshops, presentation topics, upcoming books, and more

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some quick updates… I created a new Innovation Academies page to better describe that work. I love those opportunities when I have an ongoing, long-term engagement with a district’s leadership team! It’s quite possibly my favorite work that I do because we can really see a district move significantly in a short period of time when all of the leaders have shared understandings, capacity, and commitments. I also updated my Presentation and Workshop Topics page.

Own It!


We’ve all been there: the time when a district needs to adopt a new curriculum. We look at all the curriculums, we narrow them down, and finally choose one. The boxes start to roll in and we become overwhelmed by the amount of materials that come with the new adoption. We sort through the boxes, organize the material, and then begin the arduous task of wrapping our heads around how we are going to fit it all in. Then, the trainings begin.

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.

Content for Scholastic: 50 Story Starters


I recently wrote some content for Scholastic. It was a number of story starter sentences to inspire children to write exciting, mysterious and thrilling stories. Find the full resource by clicking here. Tagged: education , English , learning , story starters , teachers , teaching , teaching ideas , writing. education English learning story starters teachers teaching teaching ideas writing

Can robotics teach problem solving to students?

eSchool News

Throughout my 35 years of teaching, I’ve watched students grow up in what I lovingly call the “worksheet generation.” In this environment, students are accustomed to a very structured style of learning, where they are handed a worksheet, then asked to turn to page five in their math book and solve problems one through 15. This approach, however, often teaches students there is only one right answer and limits meaningful engagement and creativity.

Is your school going to be the Thanksgiving turkey?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Over at the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution website , Cristina Fonseca said : unfortunately our minds are a limiting factor. Did we ever stop to think about how the world has changed in the past 10 years or how those changes have been so different from what happened in the previous decade? Everyone (and everything) is connected and everything possible has been digitized or is in the process of becoming digital.