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How to Safely Connect Six-Year-Olds to the World

The CoolCatTeacher

Kathy Cassidy shares her secrets for blogging, sharing and keeping kids safe online From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Six-year-olds can blog.

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Gamification in the classroom: small changes and big results


Games are fun; learning is not. Kids could play games for hours on end, without asking for food and holding their bladder for as much as they can.

Doing Things at School That Can’t Be Done At Home

User Generated Education

Many kids and teens are spending a lot of their time doing solitary screen-related activities. This most often occurs at home with their own devices. We are also living in an age where practically any and all content can be found via the Internet.

Letting Students Lead the Learning

Catlin Tucker

According to a Gallup Student Poll (2015) of public school children, 47% report being “disengaged” at school. Unfortunately, this statistic doesn’t shock me. Too many classrooms are not set up with the intention of engaging students.

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.

The Meaning of Words

A Principal's Reflections

Jargon in education is nothing new. Luckily there are so many resources available to make sense of it as it applies to our professional practice. Just check the Dictionary of Educational Jargon to get some clarity, then have some fun with the Educational Jargon Generator.

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The Maker Educator Workshop

User Generated Education

I am doing full day workshops on The Maker Educator both at ISTE 2016 and EduTECH in Australia. What follows is both the description-goals and an overview of the workshop’s learning activities. Workshop Description, Goals, and Outline. Description.

The Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Top Blog Posts of February 2016

The CoolCatTeacher

What has teachers talking? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When looking at the top posts of the over 3,500 blog posts here, a theme jumps forward for February 2016. Hope, stress, encouragement, growth, and trying to improve education.

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Motivating Students: Focus on 6 Strategies

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There are many children who seem undermotivated, disengaged, and underachieving. Many educators are frustrated by such students; some educators as they struggle with finding ways to engage those students, and some because they believe it is up to those students to be motivated or not.

Did These 2nd Graders Debunk the Myth That Tests Measure Learning?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Mike Dunlea asked his 2nd graders how they would know if the paper airplanes they were building functioned according to their design specifications. “We

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.

Gamification in the classroom: small changes and big results


Games are fun; learning is not. Kids could play games for hours on end, without asking for food and holding their bladder for as much as they can.

The danger in blocking the Internet too much

Ditch That Textbook

It’s the nightmare of students trying to create or do research digitally. It’s the frustration of teachers seeking out the best resources to share with their classes. The over-protective school Internet filter. Many of us deal with them daily.

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Shared Visioning in Action

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I recently started a new job: Policy Director of the Learning Through Technology Team (LTTT) at the Maine Department of Education.

A Whale Of A PBL

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 2. Driving Question: What if 2nd graders learned significant reading content through meaningful project work and shared their learning with others?

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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.

52 Resources for Read Across America Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many people in the United States, particularly students, parents and teachers, join forces on Read Across America Day, annually held on March 2. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss. Here are some great reading websites for students K-5: Aesop Fables—no ads.

Growth Mindset in Education: More Than an Attitude

Voyager Sopris Learning

Among the recent trends in education, few are as notable (for the right reasons) as the growth mindset. This belief is, fortunately, very simple to understand. Mental abilities and other talents can be developed through dedication and hard work. The opposite of the growth mindset is kind of a downer.

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Building a Shared Vision Part 3: How Will We Get There?

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If you are reading this, I suspect you want to help move your school or district forward, and recognize that a critical first step is developing a shared vision with stakeholders, including your staff and community. This is the third post describing a process to quickly build an effective vision.

Let’s Leap into Math to Learn Leap Year Calculations!


Contributor: Cindy Bryant Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:45am This past Monday, February 29, was Leap Day. You may think that Leap Day is added to the calendar every four years, creating a Leap Year, but it’s more complex than that and requires a bit of math to calculate. How Do I Calculate Leap Year?

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.

Parent Questions About Edtech

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love hearing a parent’s perspective on technology in their classrooms so I reached out to efriend, Joe Peters for his thoughts. Joe’s not only a parent, but a freelance journalist and tech enthusiast, so he knew exactly how to get his ideas across on the printed page.

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Virtual School Chat Series Part 3 - Getting Technology and Community Engagement Right Are the Best Things You Can Do for Your Virtual School

Education Elements

The success of your virtual school may very well depend on how you implement technology and how well you engage your community. Technology is a critical part of your virtual school’s success. Depending on your school model, your virtual school may be entirely run online.

Building a Shared Vision Part 2: Where Will They Be?

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Creating a shared vision is a critical step in school improvement efforts. This post is the continuation of an effective process for creating such a shared vision. In the previous post, we discussed the background of the process, who to invite, and some of the set up.

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Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the director of the educator micro-credentials initiative at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @JenCohKab. Richards, in her fourth year in the classroom, teaches seventh grade history.

EdTech at School

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

How to Interest the Next Generation of Great Minds to Work in STEM Fields

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve had a lot of questions in the last few months about STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) in the classroom. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Sara Stringer, has a great article that will help demystify this topic: .

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7 Step Diet Plan and Personalized Learning

Education Elements

I lost 50 lbs in one year following this diet plan, utilizing this personalized learning framework I developed. It works for diets, but it also works for learning. I didn’t know where to start with my diet. I’d never done one before. So I spent a lot of time reading everything I could about diets.

Building a Shared Vision Part 1: Where To Begin?

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Destination Matters. This is true with schools, too. Our destination should be more than just the work we do: taking attendance, direct instruction, providing practice, reviewing and assessing work, providing feedback, etc. Why are we bothering to do this work?

3 Keys to Designing Learner-Centered Spaces

Tom Murray

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The average high school classroom, if drawn on a map, resembles a cemetery. Last summer, I co-authored a piece on “ avoiding the cemetery effect ” for this exact reason.

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.


Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 1. Driving Question: What makes a STEM School? What makes a STEM school? That is the question that is most often asked. I have literally sat on so many panels (K12,Higher Ed, political, policy, and industry), participated in meetings from the White House to the schoolhouse, been active in research think tanks and included in numerous case studies to define what STEM is and what makes a STEM school and we are still asking this question.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Makers

Digital Promise

Right now, in your city or town — in your state and region — people are making things. They’re part of the Maker Movement, a revolution that’s unleashing digital design tools (like 3D modeling software) and production devices (like 3D printers), and letting citizens design and make almost anything they can dream. Around the country, hundreds of schools and communities have harnessed the power of making to offer more compelling and effective 21st century learning opportunities for students.

What Makes for Good Learning Experiences?

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The more we try to to help build the talents of every student and help every learner succeed in school, the more we have to be deliberate about creating good learning experiences in our classrooms.