Sat.Jul 30, 2016 - Fri.Aug 05, 2016

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!

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!”

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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!

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!).


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

INFOGRAPHICS: A Digital Tool For Deeper Learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 7, Number 3. Driving Question: How can infographics teach visual literacy and push students deeper in their learning? The phenomenon of social media has made us more connected, possibly more informed, and dare I say it? more impatient.

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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.

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.

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.

Embracing Formative Assessments This School Year

The Web20Classroom

For me, the beginning of the school year was the best time of year. I always enjoyed getting back into my classroom, setting things up and getting pumped for the journey ahead with my students. The beginning of the year was a good reset.

Olympic Learning! Over 32 Web Resources and Activities

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that’s wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us.” – John Williams. Students can learn about sports, current events, STEM , history, geography, and foreign policy while enjoying the Olympics.

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.

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.

EdTech at School

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

“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.

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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?

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.

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.

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.

A Decade of Research on Math Instruction

Ascend Math

Education Week just released a highly informative article summarizing what has been learned from a decade of federally funded research into math instruction. I enjoyed reviewing these findings again. The research has been very advantageous.

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6 Ways Students Benefit from Technology Integration [#Infographic]

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan Implementing technology in the classroom provides richer learning opportunities for students. Classroom Collaboration Curriculum Distance Learning Hardware Telephony

3 reasons edtech ignores social capital

The Christensen Institute

Edtech entrepreneurs around the world have keyed into the enormous potential for edtech to disrupt the traditional content and assessment market.

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