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10 digital bell-ringer activities to kickstart class (Part 1)

Ditch That Textbook

One of the hooks from the book Teach Like a PIRATE that’s most memorable to me is the Board Message Hook. In a book about engaging students, the idea of meeting students with something that’s eye-catching and thought-provoking — a statement or a picture or whatever — really resonated with me. Put a photo of something seemingly random on the [.].

6 Shifts to Maximize Productivity and Happiness

Catlin Tucker

This year I’ve decided to pursue my doctorate at Pepperdine University. It is a blended program with a mix of face-to-face and online learning, which is obviously perfect for this blended learning enthusiast! My program will allow me to continue teaching and coaching, but it will present some very real challenges for me personally when it comes to balancing my various roles and responsibilities–mother, teacher, trainer, coach, speaker, and author.


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Intentional Creativity

User Generated Education

Torrence, whose focus was on creativity, developed the Torrence Incubation Model of Creative Thinking (TIM) model. As emphasized in this video, embedding creativity into the curriculum can and should be a strong component of content area teaching and learning. In other words, educators don’t need to plan to teach creativity as another part of curriculum.

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10 Lesser Known Ways To Cultivate Resilience in Educators And Students

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Dr. Jared Scherz. Dr. Scherz is a clinical psychologist, author, consultant, and the founder of TeacherCoach, LLC. For more information about his program, please contact him at or visit his site at [link]. You can also contact Robyn to learn more about TeacherCoach and how they can serve you or your school district this year. It’s time for a new school year. Teachers, how will you take care of yourselves this year?

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.

How to assign challenges instead of math homework

Ditch That Textbook

At the same time, being a math teacher puts me in a tough place with the parents and guardians of my students. After all, they’re used to seeing homework sent home with their kids. They grew up with textbook problems when they were kids. Some are questioning how they can help prepare their children at [.]. Homework challenges ditch that homework homework homework strategies math homework parent/child conversations puzzles

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Challenging the Status Quo in Mathematics: Teaching for Understanding

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Despite decades of reform efforts , mathematics teaching in the U.S. has changed little in the last century. As a result, it seems, American students have been left behind, now ranking 40th in the world in math literacy. Several state and national reform efforts have tried to improve things.

A Textbook Dilemma: Digital or Paper?

The Hechinger Report

My friend Joanne was packing her youngest child off to college this month and wrestling with a modern dilemma: Is it better to buy textbooks in digital form or old-fashioned print? One of her son’s professors was recommending an online text for a business course: lighter, always accessible and seriously cheaper ($88 vs. $176 for a 164-page book).

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The Personalized Learning Journey: Oh The Places You'll Go, And How The Friends You Meet Can Help You

Education Elements

In the book Oh The Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss describes the excitement and trepidation we all feel before we embark on a new adventure. There are going to be tales of success, failure, and everything in between, but what makes this journey so special is it truly becomes your own. Leaders

How to Use Google Sheets in the K-12 Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Nothing turns data into information like a spreadsheet. We as teachers understand that, which is why spreadsheets are a fundamental tool to critically analyze any data that includes numbers. There are many options (Numbers, Excel, and Open Office to name just a few), but arguably the most popular is Google Sheets. If you’re using Google Classroom or G Suite, you already have it.

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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).

4 Questions about the flipped classroom teachers must answer


The flipped classroom is one of our favorite topics on this blog, because it is a simple concept with big results. Flipped”, here does not mean crazy or way-out (although some would argue it is), it literally means inverting the traditional classroom model. Where once class-time was spent with the teacher at the front giving instruction, the flipped classroom has students receiving instruction at home via digital channels.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 135 from the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Kecia Ray @keciaray former president of ISTE helps us understand five transformative practices that help teachers become superheroes. If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. Today’s sponsor is Kids Discover Online.

The Impact of an Educator

A Principal's Reflections

I fondly remember when I was first asked to consider what my future career path might be. Mrs. Williams, my kindergarten teacher, asked the class to draw a picture that articulated what we wanted to be when we grew up. I immediately knew exactly what I was going to draw. That was the easy part. The difficult task, for me at least, was to then utilize what limited artistic abilities I had to create an illustration that depicted my future career.

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Lesson Plans

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.

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.

Framework Facelift

Battelle for Kids

With the upsurge in new methods of news sharing- real, fake, and personal- on social media streams, P21 is often asked why the Framework for 21st Century Learning does not address these “new” issues. P21 Blog

How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

episode 134 with Karen Voglesang on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero , she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom.

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LA’s First Public All-Girls STEM School Goes Global


With a look of concern, Ella raised her hand and asked, “I want to ask my partner a question but I don’t want to be rude.” She continued, “I noticed most of the girls in Kenya have really short hair. I want to ask my partner if that style is popular or if there’s another reason for the length. Is that okay?” The discussion that followed was one that would have been close to impossible for a teacher to plan.

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It’s Time to go Back to School. Lots of Ideas!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve written a lot of Back-to-School articles over the last few years. They cover so many topics–see if you find what you’re looking for here: 3 Apps to Help Brainstorm Next Year’s Lessons. 3 Organizational Apps to Start the School Year. 4 Options for a Class Internet Start Page. 5 Tech Ed Tools to Use this Fall. 5 Tools To Shake up the New Year. 5 Top Ways to Integrate Technology into the New School Year. 5 Ways Teache rs Can Stay on Top of Technology.

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.

Why Students Will Choose Face-to-Face Learning

Battelle for Kids

I have begun to ask school leaders and educational aficionados this question: Since all K-12 students could theoretically choose to go to online school tomorrow, what are you doing at your school today and/or tomorrow that would make them still want to come to a Face-to-Face (FTF) learning environment? P21 Blog

Searching for the Ability to Think: Training our Kids to Go Past Google

The CoolCatTeacher

5 Ways to Teach Students to Think From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Next week, my tenth graders will have to invent a new way to access the Internet. It doesn’t have to work , mind you, but it does have to include plausible technology. We’ve been doing this project eight years now. The first time I saw the “tile” product that we now use to locate keys and phones, it was my student’s invention.

Choosing Your Blended Learning Model

Education Elements

Educators and researchers alike love to obsess over what model of blended learning a school should implement. A favorite question I get asked is: “OK, now that you’ve told us about all the blended-learning models, be honest, what’s the best one?”. Leaders

Gaining “Brain Power” as a Neuro-Teacher with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The growing body of research in Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) science provides both an opportunity and a challenge for teachers and school leaders looking to implement strategies to help meet the evolving needs of their students. MBE research can be leveraged to design classrooms that better support each individual student, but this same body of research can seem overwhelming when attempting to make it actionable in a particular learning context.

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!

The video wall on college campuses in 2017

Bryan Alexander

Several weeks ago a client asked me about video walls on campuses. I hadn’t been focused on them, so I dug in and researched. My impression now is that some colleges and universities are exploring the use of video walls for teaching and research, and have found a pretty wide range of functions. There’s also an interesting diversity of technological details within this category. In this post I’ll share some examples that I found, and add some reflections along the way.

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Teachers Teaching Refugee Children via Skype with Koen Timmers

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 132 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Koen Timmers @zelfstudie is a teacher in Belgium. He has founded the Kakuma project where teachers are helping teach in refugee camp via Skype. In today’s show, he talks about this project and his Human Differences project. This top 50 global teacher prize winner is inspiring. Today’s sponsor is Kids Discover.

Transmit, regurgitate. Transmit, regurgitate. Transmit, regurgitate…

Dangerously Irrelevant

The teacher transmits information to the student. The textbook transmits information to the student. The online tutorial or learning software or YouTube video transmits information to the student. . The student’s role is to be the recipient of what is transmitted. The student’s role is to regurgitate what was transmitted with enough fidelity that the teacher or software system can check off that the student ‘knows’ it. The student’s role is to be obedient and compliant. .

Character Education is a Personalized Learning Experience as Well

Education Elements

A few years ago, I stumbled across a wonderful column where the author reflected on all of the teachers who had a profound impact on his life from kindergarten all of the way through graduate school. It reminded me of the impact of Professor Randy Pausch’s “ Last Lecture ,” where faced with months to live, Pausch delivered a memorable lesson for so many Carnegie Mellon students around living your childhood dreams.

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.

A Brief History of the Ed-Tech Market and Why Startups Should Pay Attention

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There's still a lot of room to innovate in the ed-tech market. The post A Brief History of the Ed-Tech Market and Why Startups Should Pay Attention appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Data Learning Management / Student Information Systems Startups Student Information System

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This Teacher Uses Marvel Comics to Teach Government Regulation (with Great Results!)

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 133 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Kyle Stern @stern_history uses Marvel’s “Civil War” to teach Government Regulation. The test scores show it is working. Understand how a teacher can use graphic novels (a/k/a Comic Books) to meet standards, excite kids, and teach at the same time. It can be done! Today’s sponsor is Kids Discover.

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Equip Students to be Skilled Searchers!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Television didn’t transform education. Neither will the internet. But it will be another tool for teachers to use in their effort to reach students in the classroom.” ” – John Palfrey. One of the most popular ways our students learn is by Googling or YouTubing it! Too many times our students get distracted by the tons of information they get to choose from, which isn’t always relevant or factual.

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