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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.” ” And in the blank insert Chromebook, iPads, BYOD, or laptops. It doesn’t really matter what shiny new thing they purchased. These schools just had “things.”

How To Use QR Codes In Lessons.


QR codes or quick response codes are brilliant to use in the classroom. They are basically machine-readable labels that contain information about the item to which attached. You can create them easily on the website QR Stuff. Simply choose what you want to link to (text, websites, images, videos etc.) and then select a colour and the QR code is instantly generated; ready to be shared, downloaded or printed. Once printed, a QR scanner app needs to be downloaded.

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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. We’ve even done it ourselves. The frustrated pencil drop, the defeated shoulder slump, and finally, the resigned proclamation: “I just can’t get this. I’m not a math person.”.

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.

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.

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. Today’s guest shares the latest research about physical activity and school performance.

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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? If your students are studying anything that connects to [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology g suite gafe google apps for education mapping mymaps

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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. Included on this real-life site is a video of the Pilgrim’s crossing to the New World. Starfall–Silly Turkey. Thanksgiving edu-websites–CybraryMan. Thanksgiving Games. Thanksgiving games and puzzles. Thanksgiving games–Quia.

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. This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As an illustration, some wearable devices can count: Calories. Steps. How many hours you sleep at night and more.

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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.

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).

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.

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. I got a lot of good feedback from readers, as well as a few new sites, so the collection has increased from 8 to 12: In about half the world’s nations–such as those ruled by socialism, communism, dictators, and autocracies–law and order are decided by government agencies, often people placed in power by those already in power.

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. But sometimes the drills we do — active shooter drills, for example — can cause their own type of trauma. Some kids might even need to opt out of some of those drills. Child trauma psychologist, Dr. Steven Berkowitz helps us understand children and trauma.

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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. I remember an elementary student seeing paper flyers with a caricature of Mr. South wearing one of his famous flannel shirts. As the years passed, he transitioned from flannel to a dress shirt, tie, and jeans.

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.

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


Bloom’s Taxonomy is a teaching framework that classifies learning from lower order to higher order thinking. REMEMBERING > UNDERSTANDING > APPLYING > ANALYZING > EVALUATING > CREATING. So to put it simply, remembering is the most basic part of the learning process and creating something entirely new from what has been learnt, is the most complex. Image courtesy of Technology or pedagogy?

169 Tech Tip #128–Top 10 Chromebook Shortkeys

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to so many daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip #128–Top Ten Chromebook Shortkeys. Category: CHROMEBOOKS. Sub-category: Keyboarding.

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.

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 [.]. Ed Tech blended learning edtech educational technology innovation SAMR

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.

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. James, can you tell me about the founding of 51Talk and how it began in China? 51Talk began five years ago in Beijing, on the belief that the way English has been taught in China is inefficient and not conducive to speaking the language.

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. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

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? Try less old-school and a little more EdTech. 14 EdTech tools that engage learners daily BrainPump The website features interesting […].

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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. But I also know that many educators woke up Wednesday morning in disbelief about the previous night’s election results. Somehow we elected a racist, xenophobic, conspiracist, serial groper of women to be the next leader of the world’s most powerful nation.

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!

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


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. That spring I took the last term of the year and flipped it. Students brought their own devices to class and together we traversed the objective sheet and the remainder of the curriculum.

My article for Teach Primary Magazine 


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. Tagged: afl , assessment , edtech , education , online quizzes , teaching , teaching ideas , tech tools , technology. education afl assessment edtech online quizzes teaching teaching ideas tech tools technology

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. The push for STEM initiatives — coding workshops for elementary school children, or extended-day science experiments for middle school students — reigns at the forefront of the education conversation today.

Dancing With The Robots


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. For the past 34 years, Mike has been teaching in the Lafayette School District.

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.

On the Relationship Between Free and Permissions in “Open”

Iterating Toward Openness

I’ve received lots of feedback since I published the problem with cost framing , some online and some in person at #OpenEd16. My main takeaway from that feedback is that, as ever, I continue to struggle to express myself clearly in writing. Let me try again, make some additional points along the way, and assign some additional blame to myself. Perhaps if I criticize myself rather than “the field” the criticism will be easier for people to hear and accept.

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Guest Blog Post: How To Develop Your Study Skills.


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. For example, a simple brain stimulation trick is to chew gum while you study at home. When you are in an exam situation, chew gum again and it can help to jog your memory.

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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