Sat.Dec 12, 2015 - Fri.Dec 18, 2015

3 Simple Steps to Help Students Become a Global Citizen

The CoolCatTeacher

What are the best ways for a teacher to engage their classroom in a global conversation? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Like squirrels in a sack, we can choose to coexist or we can make life miserable for one another.

Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme

User Generated Education

One of my end of year rituals is finding and posting the years’ best videos. Given my current interest in maker education , I decided to locate and post 2015 videos related to maker education, STEM, and STEAM. Maker Education: Reaching All Learners.

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20 ways to ditch those worksheets

Ditch That Textbook

In the first few years of my teaching career, I relied on worksheets a lot. In fact, when I switched professions to become a teacher, creating my own worksheets kind of excited me.

What Matters Most

A Principal's Reflections

“Forcing teachers and students to use tech because you have it will never get the results you want. Integrate when appropriate.” – Eric Sheninger I love technology. Now most of you are not shocked by that statement so let me explain it with some more detail.

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.

Find the Right YouTube Video for Your Lesson in Minutes

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A new way to weed through YouTube videos for the ones that illustrate lessons best. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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More Trending

Helping students in need


Here we are in the e-learning age where students are becoming self-engaged learners and teachers are maximizing whatever digital resources there are for teaching. Almost every school has a well-defined digital learning integration in their curriculum, which isn’t just about being modern or joining the so-called “e-learning bandwagon” - it’s also about making learning fun and engaging for students and teachers.

10 things you might not know about Google Classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Google Classroom has become a hot topic among educators because of its simplicity, speed and efficiency in working with Google Apps in the classroom. As easy as many features are to use, some aren’t as intuitive … and some are just hard to find.

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How Tech Can Enrich Your Next Field Trip

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Devices like tablets and wearables don’t just enhance classroom learning—they can also transform field trips, making educational outings more interactive and memorable than before.

5 Great Holiday Websites

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are five great holiday websites that will put the seasonal spirit into your teaching. They are education-infused, lively, and appeal to varied learning styles. If you’re a tech teacher, you’ll want to use all of them.

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.

Must-have features in any LMS


Every online platform has some sort of “feature benchmark” where such a platform is expected to have features to upload this kind of file, save that to a cloud location, or share whatever resource users want. And the usual standard is that the consumers/users are the ones setting the tone for these benchmarks by providing feedback, and platform developers are expected to act on user feedback. But features are not just build on user feedback.

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Sioux City CSD has a different view than Governor Branstad

Dangerously Irrelevant

Sioux City Community School District Chief Financial Officer John Chalstrom said: In the past six years, the increase in [Iowa] state aid has averaged 1.88 percent while expenditures have grown an average of 3.45 percent.

Bing In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

The folks over at Microsoft have launched their Bing In The Classroom Initiative with the hopes of helping students be better searchers of information and build a foundation of good digital literacy skills. It all starts with registering your school or district as a Bing In The Classroom partner.

Where’d Christmas Come From?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Watch this video and come away educated: __. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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.

School Districts Are Standing In The Way Of Public School Edtech

Education Elements

No gymnasiums, no cafeterias and no administrators. That’s school policy at AltSchools , a chain of private, for-profit schools backed by the likes of Andreessen Horowitz and Mark Zuckerberg.

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Need Help Beginning a Blog?

Catlin Tucker

Blogging has become an important part of my teaching practice. Prior to blogging, I frequently neglected the reflection phase of learning. Now, blogging creates a space for me to reflect on what I am doing, what is working, and how I can continue to improve.

Salting the Oats: How Effective Coaches Ready PBL Teachers

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 8. Driving Question: How Do Coaches Most Help Teachers Transform Their 21st Century Instruction Into Classroom Action? Have you ever watched young children playing "school"? Even pre-school children portray the classroom as a place where the teacher is in control, often very autocratically, and the students are expected to be passive absorbers of information, following their teacher's instructions. Not much changes as the children pass to adolescence.

Have Santa Call Your Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids who want to hear from Santa: Send Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone!


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.

The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

Last month, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in New Hampshire launched a new set of pathways for students.

The 4 X 4 of Personalized Learning (Part 3)

Education Elements

True personalized learning is really dynamically tailored to the individual, which means that you’d be hard pressed to find two places where personalized learning looks exactly the same.

Are You a Steam Punk Educator? Learn How To Bring STEAM into Your Classroom


Download. Listen in a New Window. iTunes. Stitcher. SoundCloud. Leave a Review. Clammr It. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Follow @TeacherCast. Leave a VoiceMail. In this episode, we take a look at the CUE Steam Punk Movement with our friends Jon Corippo, Doug Robertson and Brian Briggs.

A Shout Out for My Donate Button

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher is a small group of tech-ed teachers with a big goal: provide free and affordable resources to anyone, anywhere that integrate technology into education. It’s an ambitious goal and we rely on donations from readers like you to make that happen.

EdTech at School

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

How Khan Academy and Tata Trust’s recent partnership could affect the U.S. EdTech market

The Christensen Institute

In December, Tata Trusts announced a five-year partnership with Khan Academy to develop tech-enabled, high-quality and localized education resources across India by providing a personalized, mastery-based learning experience. Although this effort will likely improve educational opportunities in a country where millions are in need, the theory of disruptive innovation predicts that this move could impact the U.S. education market as well.

What the ESSA Means for the Future of Computer Science and STEM

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The federal government has a new education law, and it's giving focus to technical subjects like computer science. Classroom Curriculum Online Learning STEM

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Benefits of Google Apps and Chromebooks for Schools

Educational Technology Guy

Benefits of Google Apps and Chromebooks How does Google Apps and Chromebooks compare to Apple or Microsoft inside the classroom? Google Apps and Chromebooks are extremely easy to use. Students and teachers can access thousands of web apps and extensions, most free, as well as everything on the internet. Schools using Chromebooks have great experiences with limited issues or concerns.

How to Craft a Learner-Centered Classroom – Guest Post from Ann Feldmann


This guest post from Ann Feldmann first appeared on Daily Genius. How can we craft learning environments that take advantage of technology to help students become independent, engaged, and reflective of their work? Having technology is just one important piece.

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.

Kung-Fu of Teaching: 5 Ways to Approach Your Students Personally


An approach to teaching, based on deep understanding of individual strengths, aspirations and goals, is not new to modern pedagogy. It is predicated on creating a custom learning plan and personal milestones.

Books I Read in 2015

iterating toward openness

Martin’s post has inspired me to share the books I read in 2015, though I have not made the time to produce useless charts like he did. I must say that, after staying healthy, the biggest benefit of running is all the audio books I manage to read.

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Hope and the Teacher

The Jose Vilson

My colleague asked me point-blank: “You’re saying you don’t think you’re having an effect on kids?” ” I guess I should have been more poignant.

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