Sat.Oct 31, 2015 - Fri.Nov 06, 2015

10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around

The CoolCatTeacher

Teaching and Reaching Every Child In A Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers , Kevin Honeycutt shared, “I believe you can flip a kid on any given day in one hour.” ” I’ve been thinking. Can you?

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Hour of Code–the Series

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that mystical geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike. Confess, when you think of coding, you see: …when you should see.

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Teaching and Parenting…a Delicate Dance

Catlin Tucker

Confessions of a Teaching Parent. I remember when I first began teaching at the age of 22, my mentor teacher told me, “Teaching will make you a better parent and being a parent will make you a better teacher.” ” The wisdom of these words has stayed with me.

Free Resources to Support Your Makerspace

A Principal's Reflections

The embracement of the maker movement is being seen in K-12 schools and districts across the world. As a result, makerspaces are being instituted to allow students to tinker, invent, create, and make to learn.

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.

My Lesson Plan is Not Working, Kids Are Not Learning, I Am Freaking Out!

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 186 Here’s to you overloaded, exhausted, overworked teachers. Everyone is heaping guilt trips and criticism on you. But then, it happens. You look up and your classroom is in chaos. The lesson completely falls apart. Nothing works. Confusion builds.

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Revamping the Student-Teacher Portfolio for Real-Time Results

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Despite evidence that preservice teachers often view electronic teaching portfolios in a negative light, they are staples of most teacher education programs. It turns out they're fantastic ways to reflect on practice and learn from your own mistakes. Click the headline to read the full post.

What Obstacles Prevent Teachers from Using Technology?

The Journal

In this week’s blog we ask YOU a question: What are the obstacles – the barriers – that prevent K-12 teachers from using technology in their classroom

Moving Students Beyond Making Connections to Making an Impact

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 185. Students making toys for kids in Africa who have none? Kids taking a live virtual tour of the Great Barrier reef with scientists? Designing with a purpose? Australian Teacher Brian Host is all in with his seven and eight-year-old students.

Hour of Code–Why Not

Ask a Tech Teacher

I took a Classroom 2.0 Live webinar last year on rolling out the Hour of Code in the classroom. There were so many great things about that webinar, but one I’ll share today is why teachers DON’T participate in Hour of Code. Here are what the webinar participants said: How about you?

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.

Ed-Tech Startup to Play Key Role in UNESCO Youth Forum Collaboration

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The United Nations has tapped ed-tech startup company edtwist to help participants collaborate and share ideas over social media. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email edtech edtech socialmedia startup

10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes

Ditch That Textbook

Using a document in Google Apps or Microsoft Word is perfect for many activities, but sometimes they can be so limiting. They’re restricting. They force you to enter information in a fairly linear fashion, and linear just doesn’t cut it sometimes.

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10 Inspirational Videos for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers are important! You can do this! We’re not here to teach, we’re here to change lives. We’re here to change minds. We’re here to shout encouragement. But we can’t do those things if we quit. We can’t do those things if we give up and wait for retirement.

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Tech Tip #120: Why Use Airplane Mode?

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: Why would I use airplane mode when I’m not flying? Airplane mode stops your phone from searching for an internet connection.

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.

30 Prompts that Help Writers Practice a Month of Gratitude

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Calendar journaling is a perennial favorite among the writers that I support, and November is the perfect time to introduce it.

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For First Time Ever, Majority of U.S. Grade 3-8 Students to Test Online in Spring 2016

Doug Levin

Today, I’m pleased to release a new research brief entitled Pencils Down: The Shift to Online & Computer-Based Testing – U.S. K-8 Market (2015-16 School Year).

Top 10 Education Tweets of October

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Topics on Twitter October is a busy month for teachers. It is also a hard month. We’re all looking for inspiration. These resources are being shared by teachers on Twitter. But you don’t have to join Twitter to click the links and read the hot topics.

Subscriber Special: November

Ask a Tech Teacher

Watch for our Veteran’s Day special in your mailbox. Click to view slideshow. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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.

When Your Colleague is a Curmudgeon

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Most of my friends are educators: teachers, administrators, and service providers like me. I spend most week days facilitating professional learning throughout my region. Groups change, the work is complex and varied, and every day is much like a job interview.

Which customers should the disruptors in health care target?

The Christensen Institute

In discussing disruptive innovations in health care, we generally focus our attention on the new enabling technologies or the new business models.

Top 10 Blog Posts of October 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

What's Hot with Teachers? Teachers want to help students improve. But many teachers struggle this time of year. We want to stay positive, but sometimes we wonder if we make a difference. We want simple tools that are easy to use.

New Roles For A New Generation

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 12, Number 1. Driving Question: What new roles will effective teachers play for new generations of learners in a digital world? Working under the assumption, and it's a large assumption that the role of the teacher must change when faced with a modern world filled with vastly new and different opportunities to learn, what will those change roles look like?

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

7 Homework Assignments That Guarantee Learning and the Secret Sauce That Makes Them Work

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Want your students to learn more immediately? Want higher test scores? Want the secret sauce for making your students like you and love your class? Well. ? Are you interested? Not only is this possible, it’s ridiculously easy. Think this is some sort of strange hocus-pocus?

Padlet: One of the Best All Around Tools for Technology in the Classroom


For the worlds of technology and education to come together, a teacher really needs something that will work on any device, that is quick to learn and easy to use. For a tool to be effective and long lasting, it has to be versatile.

Throwing Students Across the Room Doesn’t Work, This Does…

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 187 There aren’t enough scented candles and bubble bath in the world to soothe the stress of a teacher who has completely lost control in her classroom and can’t get it back. But you can get it back.

Who Is The Effective Educator In The 21st Century?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 12, Number 1. Driving Question: What attributes most define today's effective teacher? There are many attributes that could be used to describe an effective educator for today's modern student. Research indicates that one of the most important characteristics of a 21st Century educator is the ability to engage students. Schlechty (2011) asserted that teachers need to be prepared to engage students.

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.