Sat.Oct 24, 2015 - Fri.Oct 30, 2015

How to Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word

The CoolCatTeacher

You can use Google AND Microsoft Together You can add Google Drive to Microsoft Office now. It can save you time, particularly if you’re saving files in Office formats inside Google Drive. I’ve tested the setup. Here’s a screencast to get started.

8 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

When kids read that America’s $18 trillion+ debt is accepted by many experts as ‘business as usual’, I wonder how that news will affect their future personal finance decisions. Do they understand the consequences of unbalanced budgets? The quandary of infinite wants vs. finite dollars?

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Voice Typing in Google Documents

Catlin Tucker

Last month, I was working on a Google Document and clicked “Tools.” ” I discovered a new option called “Voice typing.” ” Just as the name suggests, it allows the user to dictate instead of type.

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Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education.

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.

Brainstorming: The 7 Dwarves’ Secret

The CoolCatTeacher

Design Thinking and Productivity that Matters Walt Disney had 50 names for the seven dwarves. Why do so many of us think we need just one or two tries to have great ideas?Walt Walt Disney understood that to become great, you ideate. Brainstorming was one key of his genius.

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Six New Findings on Teacher Ed-Tech Usage

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A new survey of 1,000 teachers found that educators are using more technology than some think, and that the driver is student learning. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email blendedlearning digitallearning edtech teacher

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Using the Backchannel in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power. Mark Zuckerberg. Have you ever had the pleasure of listening to a young child tell you a story or tell you about an event?

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Improving Your Teaching Through Student Feedback

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 183. How can we improve our lessons? When do we know what works and what doesn’t? In today’s show, Dean Shareski talks candidly about student feedback and the role of self-reflection in teaching.

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Dear Otto: How do I Teach Keyboarding in My Limited Class Time?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s Melanie’s question about teaching keyboarding effectively: My problem is that I only see each group of students (PK – 4th grade) once a week for 30min. I see 1st and 2nd grade two times a week.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

It's Not a Technology Issue

A Principal's Reflections

Technology still gets a bad rap in many education circles. Perception and lack of information influence the decision making process.

It's Never Too Late to Accelerate Your Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

eduCanon, which launched in 2013, hasn't been around for decades, but it has grown beyond most people's vision of an accelerator-stage startup. However, we recently found two accelerator programs invaluable. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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How to Get Kids Excited About Science: Carmelo the Science Fellow

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 182. How do you fill your students with wonder? How do you help kids love animals? How do you engage students in science? Carmelo the Science Fellow (who is also a principal) shares his fun-tastic ideas for science and getting kids excited in this episode.

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Tech Tip #119: What do I do when computers are down?

Ask a Tech Teacher

You know it will happen. One of the biggest reasons teachers don’t want to use technology is it isn’t reliable. For me, the solution isn’t to avoid technology, but to adapt when it fails me.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

3 Reasons to Use Bing in the Classroom


image credit: @rosscoops31 - click to check out Bing in the Classroom - 3 Reasons to Use Bing in the Classroom Helping students to be more independent learners is important in today's classrooms. However, letting go of complete control can be challenging.

Quick List of Classroom Blogging Resources

The Web20Classroom

I originally wrote this in 2013. Since then a few resources have changed and I've come across some different ones. Enjoy! Blogging is an important part of who I am as a professional.

Top 10 Tweets & Blogs This Week

The CoolCatTeacher

A Weekly Roundup of What's Being Talked About in my PLN This week, an inspirational blog post inspired by a cellist who played on through the bombing of Sarajevo tops the list of blogs this week. Minecraft and Kid President have educators talking.

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Viral classroom: 10 ways to harness viral video power in class

Ditch That Textbook

Admit it: You watched Charlie bite his brother’s finger. Or you watched the double rainbow guy. Or maybe you’ve watched Peyton Manning talk about giving a girl a second-hand handbag in one of the NFL Bad Lip Reading videos.

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Moving students to the cockpit for learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 13. This blog post first appeared on's blog. The traditional education experience for students has been a bit like flying on an airplane. Students are being educated in the same way, all treated as economy passengers on a plane. Just as all passengers are treated the same, so are students being educated in the same way. Regardless of where they sit, they are not in control of where they are going or what they will see along the way.

EdTech that connects: Learning relationship management systems

The Christensen Institute

Over the past few years, a new category of EdTech platform has popped up across K–12 and higher education called the learning relationship management system (LRM). LRMs join a larger wave of student-centered, next-generation infrastructure tools that put individual students—rather than instructors, courses, or compliance-driven data collection—at the center of learning systems architecture.

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Michael Bloomberg on testing

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are some quotes from Michael Bloomberg about testing students , with my annotations in italics… “Many companies (including mine) use tests in hiring.” Really?

Personalized Learning Spaces with the Brain in Mind [Register NOW] #PLS15


Personalized Learning Spaces with the Brain in Mind #PLS15 November 14-15, 2015 This two-day high-energy conference will empower school leadership teams to explore how personalized learning experiences directly correlates with a student’s and a teacher’s growth mindset.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

We’re Wrong [Reflecting on Spring Valley High]

The Jose Vilson

One more thing about the teachers of color panel went awry from a couple of weeks ago: we too embody white supremacy as agents of the state.

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Teachers need more scientific breakthroughs

The Christensen Institute

Two summers ago, Peter Sipe, a middle school teacher in Boston, wrote a provocative op-ed for the Boston Herald in which he contrasted his experience in a teacher preparation program with professional preparation programs in other fields. In the piece, he wrote: In education school, I received constant encouragement to be a “reflective practitioner.” The thing is—and it’s the thing that still bugs me—I don’t recall learning how to do anything.

We’re not 1:1 — 6 ways to get classroom devices

Ditch That Textbook

Whole-school 1:1 device programs — where every student has a device, often the same one — seem to be added in droves every new school year. More and more schools put devices in every student’s hands (and sometimes, TWO devices in every student’s hands, called a 2:1 initiative). Many students still lack access, often due [.]. Ed Tech 1:1 initiatives byod donors choose edtech educational technology funding

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How to Engage, Examine & Extend Student Learning Through Videos – From Suzy Brooks


This post first appeared on Daily Genius. How many videos can you remember watching in school when you were a student? Though I know we watched dozens and dozens of movies (and FILMSTRIPS!!), I can only remember two.

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.