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Lesson Planning Survival Tips! 40+ Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Socrates. Within the garden of learning is the students’ gained knowledge put into use. The way we design our lessons and activities determine how successful our learners will be in grasping new knowledge. We also have to ensure students pass tests and achieve learning objectives. Our lessons can help us achieve both.

10 Tips for Teachers Using Twitter

Catlin Tucker

Today, I began teaching my course “Engaging Today’s Learners with Technology” at Stanford’s Festival of Teaching. One of the first things I asked my students to do was create a Twitter account. I explained that Twitter is ideal for connecting with other educators, engaging in conversations about education, and being inspired by the steady stream of interesting ideas shared online. During our session, we crowdsourced tips for using Twitter.


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Back to School Advice for Principals and Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Start #back2school strong From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Heading back to school with the right attitude is vital to our success as educators. These are important days, days that change everything. Educator, your importance is tremendous! You know why you’re so important? Well, you can change everything about a kid’s life. There are few turning points in life. First days of school are often life-changers.

What is Project Based Learning?


Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching strategy in which students acquire knowledge by working over a longer period of time on a project. They may have to answer an in-depth question, undertake an investigation or complete a challenge. Image courtesy of What is required of the educator during PBL? Assigning learning goals. Directing students to a meaningful point of study. Setting work at a suitable level. Resourcing. Helping create ‘real-life’, authentic challenges.

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.

Join the EduGoals Challenge

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! Each year, teachers come together from around the world to accomplish 1 to 30 goals to transform the learning in their classrooms in a movement known as The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers. Below is a clickable graphic of the 15 goals we are currently aiming to accomplish. There are 30 goals in total we will be accomplishing by January 2017. These are small goals often achievable in one day.

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ALERT: Fundraising Program With Clorox And

The CoolCatTeacher

A great fundraising idea for schools From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Clorox has an awesome new way to help teachers. First, if you’re a high-need school, learn how to double your impact on your project to take advantage of the $100,000 donation from Clorox, GLAD and Hidden Valley to

My article for Edutopia: Engaging Students Through Google Maps.


I recently wrote an article for Edutopia. It was about ways Google Maps can be used to inspire students in lessons. Click here for the full article. Have you used Google Maps in lessons? How did you get on? Let me know by commenting below. Tagged: edtech , educational technology , edutopia , GAFE , Google , Google Maps , lessons , teaching , tech , technology. education Google edtech teaching tech technology lessons educational technology GAFE Google Maps edutopia

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Goal: Set the Stage for Innovation

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! Keep in mind that imagination is at the heart of all innovation. Crush or constrain it and the fun will vanish.” – Albert-László Barabási. Goal: Set the stage for innovation this year with your learners by implementing a program or creating the environment for innovation.

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-8 Keyboard Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

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).

Math Modeling: Why are We Missing it in High School?

EdNews Daily

Young people are frequently exposed to ambitious dreams of changing the world, and a practical way of expressing said interest is through research in science fairs; however, do science fairs provide everyone an equal opportunity to produce meaningful research? One study by the University of Toronto 1 suggests that students who have laboratory exposure typically dominate high school science fairs, such as Intel, Google, and Siemens.

10 ways to start the school year with a bang

Ditch That Textbook

The beginning of the school year is such an invigorating time. It’s still so full of potential and possibility. Plus, there’s that joy that we teachers get from new school supplies (something I’m sure is not fully appreciated by most other professions!). As we gear up for the new school year (or have already begun [.]. Teaching back to school creative teaching focus planning productivity


The Amazing Benefits of Student Created Classroom Design

The CoolCatTeacher

Back to School Classroom Design -- sponsored by Carson-Dellosa From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sixth graders created their own classroom design. Not only were these kids excited to come to school, but they got passionate about learning! Furthermore, the results in Catherine Stanley’s classroom should make us all wonder why more of us don’t let our students customize their classrooms.

How Do Non-Techie Parents Handle the Increasing Focus of Technology in Education?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Parents increasingly find technology a roadblock to tracking student progress in the classrooms. There are too many options, with too few instructions that seem to constantly change. One of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors summed it up like this: Most parents have some concerns about keeping up with the part of the digital revolution that has extended to their child’s classroom. Parents who are not comfortable with technology, or who have no experience with it at all are facing challenges.

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.

Can Pokemon Go be part of the classroom?


I was strolling in a park the other day and just when I got distracted by a colorful ice cream truck and was wondering if I should resist the sweet temptation, a sudden pain pulled me right back into the harsh reality. Someone stepped on my foot! “Aaaauch!” ” “Excuse me, didn’t mean to, sorry ’bout that!”

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The Technology Lever: Shifting The Learning Paradigm through Personalization

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 7, Number 2. Driving Question: When Will We See The Full Potential of Personalized Learning? Information is a tangible commodity in today's global economy. This makes the educational marketplace act as a conduit toward potential social, political, personal, and industrial wealth.

Overcoming the Biggest Barriers to Effective Parent Teacher Relationships

The CoolCatTeacher

Start the School Year Right -- Sponsored by @BloomzApp From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Social media and technology have changed parent-teacher relationships. If you’re smart, you can harness their power. Today, educator Joe Mazza shares how you can overcome barriers to creating successful partnerships with parents. Joe believes is not our job as an educator to dictate where someone wants to get their information about the school.

What BloomBoard is and How it Energizes Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

BloomBoard is a professional development website for teachers and administrators. On the teacher side , educators learn, share, and discuss teaching ideas. The resources–including over 10,000 articles, videos, lesson plans, and more–are clear, easy-to-navigate, and user-friendly, with opportunities to collaborate with other teachers.

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.

Math Education Professor Dor Abrahamson: Making Math Meaningful

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Edutopia. You should know right up front, I’m not a math guy. Left to my own devices, wandering the halls of just about any school, I gravitate to the social studies and art project rooms. It’s not that I’m afraid of mathematics, I just like the stuff I can grab onto. Math always seemed too intangible. Dor Abrahamson, the University of California Associate Professor of Cognition and Development is a math guy.

Blockchain Misconceptions and the Future of Education

Doug Levin

Blockchain technology may seem magical, but it is not magic. For every advantage it may offer over traditional approaches to ‘big iron’ centralized, proprietary IT systems, it imposes new requirements on its users.

Misplaced Priorities: Education’s (Mostly) One-Sided Digital Investment

EdNews Daily

Guest article written by: Bob McDonald. . Year after year, educational institutions continue to pour funding into digital technologies, updating classrooms and curriculums for a heavily digitized 21st-century. While it often seems that each new semester brings another digital arts endowment or emerging technologies grant, very few of these investments focus on actually updating campus-wide technological frameworks.

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What You Might Have Missed in July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of July: Padlet: A Versatile Classroom Tool y in the Classroom. 4 Ways to Use Podcasts in the Classroom. Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Digital Citizenship Curriculum. 10 Reasons to Screencast in Your Class and 7 Best-in-class Tools. Why is the Supreme Court So Important — and How to Explain That to Students. Photos For Class–Robust, Student-safe with built in citations.

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!

Back to School Twitter Party tonight 8/3 at 7pm EDT

The CoolCatTeacher

#StaplesforStudents Twitter Party with $2,000 in Give aways From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tonight Erin Klein and I are hosting a Twitter party with @Staples and @DonorsChoose. We’ll be using the #StaplesforStudents hashtag. We’ll give away $2,000 in prizes to some lucky members of the chat. We have: 8 $100 Staples Gift Cards. 8 $75 Gift Cards. 1 $500 Staples Gift Card. 1 $100 Gift Card.

Word Cloud Tools: Raising the Bar

A Principal's Reflections

Word clouds, or tag clouds as they are sometimes called, bring words to life in a visual way. They constitute graphical representations of word frequency that give greater prominence to words that appear more often. These words can be taken from an analyzed text or added manually. The more a word appears or is imputed, the larger it will be in the cloud. Best of all word cloud generators are easy to use and there are a variety of display features that can be used for aesthetic appeal.

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The CPR approach to digital citizenship


From a very young age we are all being taught how to interact with others, how to act appropriately in certain social situations, and to respect everyone. In other words, all kids are taught how to be a good citizen: of their communities, of their countries, of the world. Don’t speak with your mouth full! Don’t throw your garbage on the street! Don’t stare at people! Don’t eavesdrop! Don’t just take things that are not yours!

“How’s It Going?” The Most Difficult Question for a Startup to Answer

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Every time I see friends or family members, they ask, “How’s the business going?”. And every time, I struggle to answer. It was easy to talk about work when I was a reporter. After all, I could simply describe the stories I was covering—like the future of a nuclear power plant, or a trend of drug overdoses. However, as the founder of Listenwise , my ed-tech startup, there are so many facets to my role it’s hard to give a short, comprehensible answer to this question. Do I talk about X project?

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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.

[PL Summit Series] Fostering Personalization through Leadership, Freehold Township Schools

Education Elements

"Preaching to the choir (or the converted - for secular appeal)!” This phrase sums up the amazing experience of sharing our district’s story amongst a room full of skillful professionals working on the same mission in education. It was exhilarating to learn as much as we were able to share, if not more, at Education Elements' Personalized Learning Summit in San Francisco. Personalized Learning School Districts PL Summit core four

A Search for Bright Eyes

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 7, Number 1. Driving Question: How can digital media stimulate deeper learning? When I first started teaching, my mentor told me: "It's in the eyes. Just look at their eyes. you will tell how engaged students are. Blank eyes. Closed eyelids. That's bad. Bright eyes. Open eyes. That's it. Look in the eyes.". P21 Blogazine

What Seymour Papert Meant to Us


Let’s play a game. Guess when the following quotes were first published: “[W]hen a child learns to program, the process of learning is transformed. It becomes more active and self-directed. In particular, the knowledge is acquired for a recognizable personal purpose. The child does something with it.”. “[M]any M]any children are held back in their learning because they have a model of learning in which you have either ‘got it’ or ‘got it wrong.’”.