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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.

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.

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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.


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

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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Innovation is a process, not a product.

The Principal of Change

I was recently asked the following question: How do you respond to educators who say “the idea of being called upon to develop an innovator’s mindset and to innovative scares me.

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 !

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

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?

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.

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?


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.

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.”

Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children


Excerpted from “ Taking Shape: Activities to Develop Geometric and Spatial Thinking ” by Joan Moss, Catherine D. Bruce, Bev Caswell, Tara Flynn, and Zachary Hawes. Published by Pearson Canada Inc., 2016, pp. 13–16. Reprinted with permission by Pearson Canada Inc. By Joan Moss, Catherine D. Bruce, Bev Caswell, Tara Flynn, and Zachary Hawes.

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.

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 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.

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.

StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

What it is: I’ve written about StackUp before here but, over the last three years, the company has grown up enough that it warrants another post! StackUp has a pretty great back story. Nick Garvin , the founder of StackUp , was fresh out of school and wanted to apply for a job at Tesla Motors.

Help Me Help You

Kyle Pace

If you’re an instructional technology coach, instructional technology specialist, educational technologist, or whatever edtech coaching title you may have, a crucial skill in the work of supporting teachers is being a good communicator. It’s essential.

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.

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.

The New Google Sites: The Good, The Bad, and Nothing Ugly!

Shake Up Learning

The post The New Google Sites: The Good, The Bad, and Nothing Ugly! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The Lowdown on the New Google Sites.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

The Innovator’s Mindset—A Blockbuster Lesson from George Couros

Fractus Learning

Let me begin by making three confessions: 1. I think this is a very clever title … read on to find out why. I thought this review would never be written; indeed, I’ve taken nearly twelve months to do so… 3. I believe I might have a form of hypergraphia.

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.

Little SIS for Google Classroom by @astillman

Teacher Tech

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.

Women In STEM Speak Out To Girls Everywhere

MIND Research Institute

The other day, my 5 year-old daughter, Hunter, was playing ST Math and struggling on a level in one of the games. My wife stepped in to help and Hunter got upset, saying, "If you keep telling me the answers, I'll never learn, and I'll be the only one in the family who can't do these things!".


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.