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The Secret to Effective Technology Integration in Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

Powerful Learning First, Technology Second From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Powerful learning first technology second. What does this mean in the classroom? Well, have you heard the school that bragged that “we have all new, shiny.”

Critical Thinking in the 21st Century and Beyond

A Principal's Reflections

One of my fondest memories of school was my science teacher, Mr. South. Having attended a K-8 consolidated school in rural NJ, we knew who all the teachers were. However, Mr. South stood out.

Becoming a Math Person

Digital Promise

Why Students Develop an Aversion to Mathematics — and How Teachers Can Help Change Their Minds. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We’ve all seen it happen to a child confronting long division, or a teenager grappling with geometry.

How NEO helped me work my way into a blended learning environment

Neo LMS

Several years ago I decided to flip my classroom. To get started I read the book Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann, joined several groups online and followed a couple of entities on Twitter.

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.

Why Do We Ask Kids to Sit Down and Learn When the Research Says…

The CoolCatTeacher

How Sedentary Education Hurts Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Many kids may not have ADD or ADHD but have those symptoms because their school is requiring them to sit for such long periods of time, according to Dr. Brad Johnson.

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How to create media-rich, interactive maps for deeper learning

Ditch That Textbook

If we want to use technology in the classroom, we can’t just do the same kind of learning we did before it. Technology should improve the learning. Kick the lesson up a notch. Otherwise, our technology isn’t any better than our paper and pencil lessons, right?

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Who is doing the work in your classroom?

Catlin Tucker

Who does the following tasks in your classroom: Plans daily lessons. Teaches or facilitates each lesson. Designs projects. Troubleshoots technology hiccups. Assesses student work. Communicates with parents about student progress.

Wonderful World of Wearables in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

An Epic Guide to Wearables From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Wearables are in education. Without us noticing, many of them walked through the front door. Since wearables are here, let’s understand and use them today.

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Kindness, innovation, and Tuesday’s election

Dangerously Irrelevant

I typically try to stay out of politics on this blog, given that I’m trying to work with a wide variety of teachers, administrators, policymakers, and community members to transform learning environments for students.

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.

Bloom’s Taxonomy and the implications it has for a digital classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a teaching framework that classifies learning from lower order to higher order thinking. REMEMBERING > UNDERSTANDING > APPLYING > ANALYZING > EVALUATING > CREATING.

How to Teach Social Media Safety

Ask a Tech Teacher

All teachers agree that digital citizenship is essential knowledge for students whether they’re going onto college or a career, yet when I ask who in their school teaches it, they always shrug.

How to Help Your Students Work Through Traumatic Experiences

The CoolCatTeacher

Including Important Tips for Running Active Shooter Drills at School From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students today seem to have more sensitive, traumatic issues than ever before.

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Personalized Learning: The Pause That Refreshes

Education Elements

When you mention being from Atlanta, the first thing most people ask you -- after the prerequisite “But you don’t have an accent!” -- is “Oh, I bet someone in your family worked for Coca-Cola!” Interestingly enough, for both of us, that’s actually true. Both of our fathers worked for Coca-Cola for the majority of their careers. The philosophies and strategies of the Coca-Cola Company played a large role in our upbringing and now shape our work as leaders of personalized learning.

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.

How class tech is like grocery shopping

Ditch That Textbook

Using tech in the classroom can be like shopping for groceries. We shop with a list and a budget. We want to check off as many items on the list with the cash we have on hand. If we’re careful, savvy shoppers, we can fill our shopping cart pretty full with what we have. If [.].

18 Thanksgiving Sites and Apps and 4 Projects for the Holiday

Ask a Tech Teacher

Need a few websites and apps to fill in sponge time? Here are Thanksgiving websites that will keep students busy and still teach them: Canadian Thanksgiving. Online/Offline Thanksgiving activities. Plimoth Plantation –a field trip of a Pilgrim’s life.

Mental Floss and 13 More EdTech Tools to Engage Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Mental Floss and 13 More EdTech Tools to Engage Learners By Joan Selby Sometimes students are too bored to complete in-class or out-of-class activities, but teachers continue to hammer away with lecture, textbooks, and worksheets. Want to engage all learners?

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The 30 Goals Challenge EduMovement: Make it Meaningful

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 30 goals we are currently aiming to accomplish by January 2017. These are small goals often achievable in one day. This is the last year we accomplish featured and new challenges.

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.

Guest Blog Post: How To Develop Your Study Skills.

EdTech4Beginners

Studying can be difficult without the right guidance. Learning methods to manage your time, condense your study material and optimize how you process information can greatly help with developing your study skillset. Even small hints and tips can assist.

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12 Websites that Explain Elections

Ask a Tech Teacher

I published this article in early October, but am republishing it as our American elections are upon us.

4 Guidelines for Early Learners Using Technology

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez These best practices from the Department of Education will help educators seamlessly integrate tech in the classroom. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content

Why Science?

Digital Promise

Amid STEM Enthusiasm, Stepping Back to Consider the Broader Purpose of Teaching and Learning Science. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

EdTech at School

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

Dancing With The Robots

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Meneghetti’s Lego Robots (photo by Danny Silva). If you haven’t heard the name Mike Meneghetti, you probably don’t know that he’s truly a kid at heart. His curiosity, energy, and passion for learning new things are at the heart of his youthful demeanor.

169 Tech Tip #128–Top 10 Chromebook Shortkeys

Ask a Tech Teacher

My article for Teach Primary Magazine 

EdTech4Beginners

I recently wrote for Teach Primary Magazine. The article was about a range of tech tools that make assessment a whole lot easier. Please subscribe to Teach Primary Magazine to view the full article.

Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda

Digital Promise

Despite the promise of technology to improve access to learning opportunities for underserved adult learners, the adoption and use of technology for and by these learners is nascent. A critical step to realizing the full potential of technology for underserved adult learners, and by extension their families, involves looking more deeply into equity of access as well as why this population often has underutilized available broadband technology.

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.

From Teachers to Students: How Education Technology is Connecting Us on a Global Scale

EdNews Daily

I had the chance to sit down with James Stewart, head of marketing and business development for 51Talk. He is connecting teachers and students across the globe through his engaging work and initiatives here in the United States.

Today we Honor Veterans

Ask a Tech Teacher

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.

The Trump Voters In Our Classrooms

The Jose Vilson

Recently, I was asked to do an emergency coverage for an English class. It wasn’t my classroom, so I had none of my materials, but it was one of my classes, so I naturally wanted to follow what they were doing. Their English teacher had assigned them a lesson on presidential candidates.