Sat.Jan 20, 2018 - Fri.Jan 26, 2018

Personalize with Purpose: Meeting Learners Where They Are

Digital Promise

“We cannot teach students well if we do not know them well. At its heart, personalized learning requires profound shifts in our thinking about education and schooling.” Personalized learning is not a new concept.

How to add a Family Feud-style game to your next class/PD

Ditch That Textbook

Games can make class and professional development more fun! Here are the steps to create a Family Feud-style. Family Feud logo used via fair use)Who doesn't like adding a good game to a class or professional development session? It's great for mixing things up and breaking out of the traditional hum-drum.PowerPoint Jeopardy! has been done […].

5 Ideas to Help You Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 23 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We know plants need fertilizer, sun, and the proper temperature to grow. As humans, we need proper conditions to grow as well.

Congress should prioritize innovation in higher ed. Here are three ways it can.

The Christensen Institute

Washington D.C. is slowly turning its attention to higher education. In December, on a party-line vote, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce released the PROSPER Act , a bill to update the Higher Education Act for the first time since 2008. The Higher Education Act (HEA), first passed in 1965, outlines federal higher education policy, including federal financial aid eligibility, teacher preparation programs, and how the federal government holds colleges accountable.

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.

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Dealing with digital distraction

The Hechinger Report

Students in a marketing course at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island check their phones before class begins. To tame classroom distraction, their professor uses Flipd, an app that locks students out of their phones during class. Photo: Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. CARSON, Calif. —

4 Ways Teaching Mentors Can Make A Difference Online Or In The Classroom

EdNews Daily

Teaching online or in the classroom can be a challenging profession from many angles. Teachers have an enormous amount of responsibilities the moment they begin in the profession.

My Presentation Resources for #FETC 2018 @Buncee @PearDeck @Zoom_us @Flipgrid @Socraticorg #edtech


I am excited to be at the FETC Conference this week. There are so many awesome friends I’m looking forward to catching up with and the expo hall is always amazing – I know I’ll learn so much from the vendors! While at FETC, I’ll have two sharing opportunities.

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5 Ideas to Include Every Child in your Classroom: Inclusion Strategies

The CoolCatTeacher

Toby Karten on episode 240 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can include every child in our classroom with these five important reminders from inclusion expert, Toby Karten. Children are precious and important.

100 Years of “New Technologies”: Teaching a Foreign Language with Technology from 1918 to 2018


Image Source In 1918, Yale professor Charles C. Clarke described the phonograph (later known as the gramophone and, since the 1940s, as the record player) as a “talking machine… not worth the trouble. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

A great website for geography lessons


I recently stumbled upon a fantastic website – perfect for teaching geography. It’s called . The site helps you find the antipodes (the other side of the world) of any place on Earth. Have a look at my video walk-through: Let me know how you get on.

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Design Lab Connects Autism Families with Research

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Sitting in a circle, a group of researchers and caregivers of people with autism spectrum disorder weave blue and orange yarn around a circular peg board. One parent describes the challenges she faces in finding the right research and resources to support her child. “I I need respite care, in order to have time to do research into respite care,” she says.

Avoid Squeaky Wheel Syndrome

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 21 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As I learned in one business in particular when I was just out of college, squeaky wheel syndrome can infect an organization.

Caring and Compassionate Confrontation

User Generated Education

When I was in my Doctoral program, I met Debbie in one of my classes who was the Corporate Education coordinator for the university. She ran workshops for teams from profit and non-profit organizations and corporations.

4 Ways Mentor Teachers Make A Difference In An Online Or Offline Classroom

EdNews Daily

Teaching online or in the classroom can be a challenging profession from many angles. Teachers have an enormous amount of responsibilities the moment they begin working in the profession.

Why true equity in learning depends on proactive, not reactive, design

The Christensen Institute

Ace Parsi co-authored this blog post. Innovation isn’t an outcome; it’s a process. How we approach that process will inevitably influence our outcomes. Bearing this in mind, one of the primary challenges facing a number of efforts around education innovation—including a number of personalized learning initiatives—is that they are built upon simplified models and assumptions.

It is OK to be Childlike but not Childish

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 19 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I looked across my classroom today with childlike wonder. My students were doing something difficult. But, they deftly added binary numbers with ease.

Flexible Seating in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

It was about a year ago that I took the plunge and implemented personalized learning in my classroom. That decision turned out to be one of the best I’ve made in my sixteen years as an educator. Under the guidance of and support from Kelly Freiheit at Education Elements, my traditional third grade classroom has evolved into a personalized learning classroom that has changed the way my students learn. Personalized Learning Classrooms

OPINION: How 45-minute class periods stall learning

The Hechinger Report

High school junior Tania Toriz, 16, and sophomore Jade Boling, 15, fix a screw on the top of a shed that their “Geometry in Construction” class constructed at Ritenour High School near St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: Kristen Taketa for The Hechinger Report.

How to Find Balance When Too Much Self-Doubt Gets in the Way


By all appearances, Sophia D. is the model of a successful student. A senior at an Ivy League college, she has maintained a grade-point average of 3.75 while working 10 hours a week, joining a sorority and running regularly.

The Poverty of Overcommitment: You Have to Say No So You Can Say Yes Sometimes

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 18 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This past Monday, Kip and I sat down with my calendar.

Tips from the Tribe — Our Epic Anniversary (GTT039)

Ditch That Textbook

The Google Teacher Tribe podcast just turned one year old! And if we were going to celebrate it, we’d have to throw a party with the Tribe! That’s what episode 39 was all about: sharing the best ideas the Tribe had to offer. Kasey Bell, my co-host from Shake Up Learning, and I turned the […]. Google Teacher Tribe app smashing comic strips g suite gafe Google Apps google drive google keep google slides google teacher tribe googleedu gttribe speech to text

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Text-based tips may help parents and preschoolers learn

The Hechinger Report

Huyen Le and her daughter Katelynn Trinh. Through “nudges” via texts, Le gets reminded of activities to do with Katelynn that enhance her learning. Photo: Courtesy of Huyen Le. Tending toddlers can require endless reserves of energy.

How Trauma, Abuse and Neglect in Childhood Connects to Serious Diseases in Adults


Excerpted from THE DEEPEST WELL: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris. Copyright © 2018 by Nadine Burke Harris. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. [Dr.

No Storm, No Strength

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 20 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The trees grew long and tall in the protected biodome. Scientists marveled at their beauty, rapid growth, and height. There was only one problem. The trees were weak.

“Passive Learner” to “Active Creator”

The Principal of Change

It was a blessing to be able to connect with Jam Gamble on her podcast (coming out soon) talking about speaking this morning. Jam is one of those people that just has a way of making you feel better about yourself only by being in her presence, which is a fantastic (and rare) gift to have.

TEACHER VOICE: It’s time to shatter the silence about race

The Hechinger Report

A student in New Orleans. Photo: Cheryl Gerber. I am one of few African-American educators in a predominantly white school district. After I reported witnessing dozens of white students in a group using the N-word on school property, an administrator said to me, “I’m sure that was awful for you.

4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning

Shake Up Learning

The post 4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning. InsertLearning is an extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons, and it is the perfect companion to your blended learning lesson plans.

XplorLabs Fire Forensics: A Free STEM Module for Middle School Science

The CoolCatTeacher

A Next Generation Science Standards Aligned Lab Activity (FREE) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. UL Xplorlabs is making the world a safer place through science.

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Six iOS 11 Features to Meet Student Needs


From Instructor Rosey McQuillian. Follow Rosey on Twitter @romcquill . Apple’s release of iOS11 has been much acclaimed. However, for new users it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some practical tips for teachers to meet the needs of all student learners. #1. The New Control Center: .

If black lives matter, so do historically black colleges and universities

The Hechinger Report

The Founder’s Library at Howard University in Washington, DC. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images.

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The Montessori School’s Guide to Creating Effective Facebook Ads


One of the best ways to raise awareness for your school is to invest in Facebook ads. You can’t solely depend on word-of-mouth traffic and SEO is iffy, but Facebook always hits the target. However, let’s be honest: Facebook marketing can be be overwhelming for a non-marketer.

Inquiry-Based Learning in the History Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Josh Eby on episode 238 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Josh Eby shares how he uses inquiry-based learning in his history classroom.

News literacy tools: Advice, four sites and a new app (Swiipe)


One of the reasons our students find and use news that is less than credible is that their news habits are less than energetic. Among the ten key trends Pew researchers gathered from among their research reports on social and news media were: Use of mobile devices for news continues to grow.