Sat.Oct 17, 2015 - Fri.Oct 23, 2015

Why Minecraft in Schools is the Modern Marvel: 5 Epic Ideas

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode #180 History, literature, and math teachers are desperate for easy ideas to engage kids. We want kids to be excited about our subject, and we want to use technology. But we don’t want anything really hard. What can we do?

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The Educator as a Maker Educator: the eBook

User Generated Education

I compiled all of my blog posts about Maker Education into an ebook that I published via Amazon Kindle. The price is $3.99. It can be accessed at [link].

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Phonics Strategies for Young Learners Using the iPad

iTeach with iPads

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.-Kate Kate DiCamillo. I am sorry for my low profile lately…for the last 10 weeks, I have been taking statistics for my doctoral program and it has owned me!

Let Students Learn From Failure

Ask a Tech Teacher

Too often, students–and teachers–believe learning comes from success when in truth, it’s as likely to be the product of failure. Knowing what doesn’t work is a powerful weapon as we struggle to think critically about the myriad issues along our path to college and/or career.

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.

How to Use Diigo’s New Outlining Tool: Social Bookmarking Made Easy

The CoolCatTeacher

Productivity Tools for Students and Researchers Social bookmarking is the modern student’s research tool. As I share in Reinventing Writing , research and pre-writing helps a student start strong. But how? Here’s your answer: Diigo has a fantastic new outlining tool!

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Ed-Tech is Important, but People Are a Key Ingredient to Startup Success

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When it comes to innovation, much attention is paid to the latest start-up to get funding or the hottest technology. But the human element is crticical to making innovation a success. Startups need to keep that in mind. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

26 Halloween Sites for your Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a short list of fun Halloween websites for your students. Enjoy! Websites: Ben & Jerry. Billy Bear’s. Carving Pumpkins. Enchanted Learning. Halloween games, puzzles –clean, easy to understand website and few ads! Halloween ghost stories. Meddybemps Spooky. Pumpkin Toss.

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Secrets for Coping with Stress at Work

The CoolCatTeacher

Inspiration for People Working in High Stress Environments Stress at work is real. Particularly in high-stress jobs like teaching. While study brain research, four E’s jump out. Our secret for coping with stress at work will lie in understanding executive functions and emotions.

5 Strategies to Help You Rethink Research

Catlin Tucker

The word research appears 80 times in the English language arts section of the Common Core Standards. It’s clear the ability to find, evaluate and apply information is a crucial life skill.

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.

Personalized Learning 3.0 — Creating Personalized 'Bicycles for the Mind'

The Journal

On the way to Personalized Learning 3.0, we may well need to “pass through” Personalized Learning 1.0. But we mustn’t tarry! Educational automation is not an interesting goal!

Keyboarding Success Requires More than Drills

Ask a Tech Teacher

Drills have backstopped keyboarding since I was in high school. I still remember. Over and over I typed those until my fingers could find the keys with no help from my brain. It worked for thousands of us. So why don’t drills work for the new generation of typists.

Social Media in Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

The Tool We Should All Be Using to Improve Education In the 1970’s the parking lot would be full of parents ready to see the school play. Or Christmas pageant. Or spelling bee. Students performed, and parents came. The school auditorium was the place where students showed off their work.

STEAM It Up with the 8 C’s! 50+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The reason why young people are getting into things isn’t because they want to make a lot of money, but because they want to solve really big problems.”- ”- Noor Siddiqui, female CEO of Remedy. Recently, I was in Indiana presenting about teaching Science Technology Engineering Arts Math (STEAM/STEM) in ways that engage digital learners. General Electric is setting the example by engaging learners with science through Vine , Snapchat, and Tumblr.

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.

Agency in My Diverse Classroom: Part II

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 8. Driving Question: How Can Teachers Design Opportunities for Student Agency to Grow? I'm a strong advocate for project-based learning (PBL). It saturates my classroom work.

Everything Schools Should Know About Windows 10 Education Edition

Ask a Tech Teacher

For the first time ever, Windows is upgrading the existing Windows platform for free. If you use a current version of Windows, you’ll notice a little icon in the lower right tooltray that encourages you to upgrade.

Kid President: Kids Inspiring Kids to Change the World

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 181 Kid President is a cute kid. His short videos pack a powerful message. His brother-in-law Brad Montague helps craft his message. Take a behind the scenes look at the viral sensation sweeping through classrooms today. Important Takeaways.

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The 7 C’s of Meaningful Learning Begin with Citizenship

Teacher Reboot Camp

ICEIndiana 2015 Keynote Selfie Shelly Sanchez Terrell. Literacy has always been defined by the technology. Before the printing press, your ability to orally recite something meant [you were] literate.” – Nichole Pinkard. Thousands of years ago we communicated with images, drawings, and symbols.

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 Will and Courage to Lead

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of weeks I have been either keynoting conferences or facilitating workshops focusing on digital leadership and learning. I relish the fact of being able to talk about creating schools that work for kids and leadership in the digital age.

Agency in My Diverse Classroom: Part I

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 7. Driving Question: How do I create an environment to promote personal student agency in a class of diverse learners? This school year is shaping up to be an interesting one. I studied my class on paper before the school year started. I looked at assessment data gathered from the previous year's teachers. I've spent the first weeks getting to know my 5th grade kids face-to-face. I've got a wide range of students.

How to Pick the Perfect Color and Use it Anywhere

The CoolCatTeacher

Practical Graphic Design Tips Anyone Can Use Graphic designers need to understand color. But there are some basics we all need to know. We should remember: a little bit of color theory, how to pick colors, and how to use them.

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The power in finding common ground with students

Ditch That Textbook

I met “Cole”, a student in my Spanish classes, a little over two years ago. He was a rambunctious ninth grader when he first stepped in my class, and I could tell something was different about him. He was focused, determined and motivated. Just not about school.

EdTech at School

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

Reaching The Community With Periscope

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am on the road a lot. Traveling the country, working with teachers and districts to improve the way they use technology and bridge the gaps in the way they communicate with their communities.

Dear Otto: Evaluating Faculty Websites

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

Incredible FREE PD! K12Online Conference 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Connected Educator Month! The K12Online Conference 2015 is a fantastic resource. You’ve got another week to experience it LIVE. Even afterwards, all of the work is still there. You don’t want to miss out! Join in! K12Online is never really over … it’s all online and archived.

10 Questions Student Teachers Must Ask Their Mentors

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. When I was student teaching, my supervising professor and mentor teacher were truly invested in my success.

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.