Sat.May 09, 2015 - Fri.May 15, 2015

EPISODE 143: 10 Practical, Entertaining Ways to Teach with Mobile Devices [PODCAST]

The CoolCatTeacher

The Every Classroom Matters Show: Tony Vincent, Expert on Teaching with Mobile Devices Tony Vincent started using mobile devices in the classroom back in the days of Palm Pilots. Since then, he’s become an expert on everything mobile.

Ed-Tech Startups Win Big Money at Education Business Plan Competition

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A handful of ed-tech startups won $140,000 from the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition Wednesday. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Why LIbrarians Are Awesome #TLChat

The Web20Classroom

Librarian Media Coordinator Teacher-Librarian Superman Whatever you call them, those folks who work in our libraries and media centers are amazing. And you should be paying more attention to them. From an early age my Mother instilled in me the value of reading. I was read to constantly as a child.

5 Things to Avoid When Providing Feedback for Learning

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. One of my favorite education blogs, TeachThought, posted an excellent article that sparked some inspiring conversation on providing feedback for learning at the Facebook group, Teachers Throwing Out Grades.

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.

EPISODE 142: What If Everybody Understood Child Development? [PODCAST]

The CoolCatTeacher

An Interview with Every Classroom Matters Guest, Rae Pica Rae Pica is joining a cacophony of voices calling the US national standards for kindergarteners as “developmentally inappropriate” and “unrealistic.”

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10 innovative Google lessons from the EduOnAir Conference

Ditch That Textbook

Technology isn’t the genius in education, but it can be the catalyst for amazing things. It was a given that the Education on Air Conference, put on by Google for Education, would produce a long list of great ideas and tools that can be leveraged for impressive learning experiences.

6 Ways to Flip Your Parent-Teacher Conferences

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. You know the drill: each fall and (if we’re lucky) every spring, parents are invited into the classroom to visit with teachers and discuss the strengths and the needs of their children. Experiences vary, but not enough in my opinion.

FREE WEBINAR: Living and Learning in 2025

The CoolCatTeacher

Understand the Future of the Classroom, sponsored by Intel On May 20, we will get a glimpse into the future. Many education leaders complain about the difficulty of long-term planning when we don’t have a clue what the future will look like in the classroom. Now we can have some insight.

20 Free Online Resources to Upgrade Your Studying Process

Educational Technology Guy

Guest Post by Julie Petersen. Julie is a tutor and a blogger, who features the latest career and educational trends in her articles. At present time she is working on her first ebook dedicated to online learning.

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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.

That’s not a given

Dangerously Irrelevant

I loved hearing Will Richardson say at the Iowa Association of School Boards conference last November that ‘ curriculum is a strategy.’ ’ Because he’s right. Standards are a strategy. Bell schedules are a strategy. Bubble-sheet testing of low-level recall is a strategy.

30 Ways to Thank a Teacher for a Great Year of Learning

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Last week, I had the good fortune to be in schools that did a commendable job of helping teachers feel very much appreciated.

EPISODE 144: The Elements of a Great Educational Game [PODCAST]

The CoolCatTeacher

The Every Classroom Matters Show: Matthew Farber, Expert on Gaming in the Classroom Matthew Farber does a masterful job of explaining game mechanics, Bartle’s player types, and how to use gaming in the classroom.

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iTunes U and You

iTeach with iPads

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King. Thinking critically and intensively is not reserved for older students.

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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.

Online sharing is not digital leadership

Dangerously Irrelevant

Using social media to share with your community? It’s a start, but it’s not enough. Using social media to connect with other educators? That’s awesome, but that’s not enough either.

5 Ways to Storyboard the Assessment Design Process

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Walt Disney gave us the storyboard: a set of images or illustrations that help designers visualize, experiment with, and sequence critical shots in a narrative.

3 Digital Tools to Encourage Close Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

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Technology for Adult Learners: A Market Ready for Innovation

Digital Promise

While the main focus for education investment is the K-12 market, millions of American adults too need and want opportunities to learn.

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.

Turn Students from Passive Listeners into Engaged Learners with imakiku

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a sponsored blog post by imakiku. Student engagement that leads to actual learning is the goal of any pedagogically sound lesson. With that in mind have you ever pondered the following questions? What do the students think while in class?

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There is no shortcut

Dangerously Irrelevant

Andreas Schleicher said: there is no shortcut to improved learning outcomes in a post-2015 world economy where knowledge and skills have become the global currency, the key to better jobs and better lives. And there is no central bank that prints this currency.

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

I have a confession to make. I work in K-12 education in the U.S., and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** I suspect that some will claim that this is a difference without a distinction. Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic.

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Lessons We’ve Learned on Education Leadership

Digital Promise

In our work with schools across the country, we see everyday how students benefit from personalized, deeper learning opportunities. Yet, we’ve also found that it’s not enough to simply supply schools with technology tools.

EdTech at School

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

Meet Your Stakeholders Where They Are

A Principal's Reflections

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to have an article published in the digital version of ASCD's Educational Leadership. The title of the article was Transforming Your School with Digital Communication.

Filechat - collaborate on documents, pictures and videos in GDrive and Dropbox

Educational Technology Guy

Filechat is a new, free service that allows you to collaborate on documents, photos and videos in Dropbox or Google Drive. Instead of just commenting on a document or file, users can chat, like and vote on any of their files in Drive or Dropbox.

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50 Economics Websites

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a passionate Economics major in college (which grew into an MBA), I find Econ at the root of much of the world around us. It starts with counting coins in first grade and grows up to a peek into NASDAQ and other adult subjects in middle school.

Dog-and-pony show [SLIDE]

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dog-and-pony every day, please (not just when someone visits). Should students’ best learning experiences only be during formal observations? Download this slide: png.jpg.key.pptx. See also my other slides , my Pinterest collection , and the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool.

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Two Frank Letters

Battelle for Kids

May 12, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 6. Driving Question: How do we forge and sustain healthy relationships between school systems and communities? Let's talk frankly. Most relationships between the school systems and their communities are dysfunctional - like a bad marriage. Each has suffered deeply crushed expectations. If each party were to write a letter to each other trying to save the relationship, letters might read like this: P21 Blogazine

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Padlet - free online multimedia notes and collaboration - great for projects

Educational Technology Guy

Padlet is a free service that lets you create online "sticky notes" that you can share and collaborate on. The notes can include images, links and videos, can be moved and arranged and can be embedded into a website. It's great for brainstorming, story boarding, organizing, projects and more.

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5 Concerns School Leaders have about Digital Transformation

Tom Murray

From Atlanta, Georgia to Vancouver, Washington, I've had the opportunity to travel and work with over a thousand district leaders over the past year. Regardless of which region of the country the conversation takes place, a number of concerns arise regarding a district's digital tranformation.