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11 Tips for Engaging Parents

Teacher Reboot Camp

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. One of the best survival lessons I learned as a teacher was to engage parents. This past week at the ISTE conference, I shared my tips and resources for engaging parents. Take this summer to create a plan for communicating with parents better.

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14 Ways to use Scribble Maps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Map skills borrow concepts from many different disciplines, including Math, Art, Language and of course Geography. Map skills should be basic to student education early in their journey and then used often to measure distances, calculate routes, preview field trip locations, explore historic sites, and more. For many of you, I’m not saying anything you don’t already know — but have you tried to personalize a map?


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Challenge your pupils to design an App!


Recently I asked my students to design a new app. I kept the explanation brief and just told them that it would need to be useful or entertaining. They began by researching ideas in teams. After, they discussed their ideas and came up with a final concept. Finally, I printed a template and the students created a user interface. Here’s the template I used: Iphone Template . I was really pleased with the outcomes of the task – there was lots of creativity and technological thinking.

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What does the Effective Use of EdTech Look Like?

Tom Murray

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Over the past decade, most school budgets have remained stagnant, yet spending in educational technology has climbed to record levels, with no sign of slowing in the near future.

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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.

ISTE Highlights: Supporting New Teachers

Teacher Reboot Camp

On Tuesday, June 28th, I took part in the New and Pre-service Teacher Support event organized by Lisa Dabbs ( @teachwithsoul ) and sponsored by Amazon Inspire. Presentations were given by @teachwithsoul , @ShellTerrell , @TanyaAvrith , and @KleinErin about parent engagement, social media in schools, classroom design, Twitter for new teachers, and web tools for new teachers.

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Sketchnoting Superstars Panel from #iste2016

The CoolCatTeacher

Slides and Resources From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sketchnoting is a fascination for me. So, ISTE was a dream for me. What if we got some of the best in sketchnoting together to share their secrets and how this applies to education? Well, we submitted and it is happening today!Today, Today, June 29 at 8:30 am at the ISTE 2016 conference, I’ll be moderating.

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A nifty tech trick to increase the accuracy of recording in science lessons.


Slow motion (slowmo) is a video effect in which time appears to be slowed down. To create a slowmo video, simply record something and then apply the effect. When you watch it back, the movie will be reduced in speed automatically. A slowmo t00l is available on newer iPads (a pre-loaded option in the standard video recorder), or alternatively there are many slowmo apps – just search slow motion in your favourite app store.

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ISTE Highlights: Tips for Effective Blended Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

This morning, I attended the Blended Learning Panel moderated by Vicki Davis with panelists- Thomas Arnett , Jonathan Bergmann , Mike Gwaltney , Aaron Sams , and Stephanie Sandifer. I found the panel extremely informational for anyone integrating technology and also flipped learning. Vicki Davis organized the panel to answer each topic quickly as short mini presentations which made the hour go by quickly.

Photos For Class–Robust, Student-safe with built in citations

Ask a Tech Teacher

A question I get a lot from readers is where to go for free, classroom-safe images. Photo sites are either too sparse or poorly vetted. And–while we’re on the subject of online images–it needs to be easier to add citations because otherwise, students will just skip that step.

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).

Blended Learning Slides and Resources #iste2016

The CoolCatTeacher

Presentation from the panel Monday, July 27 at 8:30 am From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This morning at ISTE Tom Arnett, Jon Bergmann, Mike Gwaltney, Aaron Sams, Stephanie Sandifer, and Jerry Obermyer all did an incredible job discussing blended and flipped learning. Shell Terrell shared the session on Periscope. watch here ). I tried to upload these slides to ISTE, but they only take 5MB of files and this file is much larger.

Innovative Ed-Tech Tools Should Bring Real Personalized Learning to Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When it comes to integrating ed-tech into middle and high school classrooms, it’s not enough to create software “that works.” Instead, creating effective personalized learning solutions is just the first step. To remain relevant and have impact on a large scale, classroom integration must retain a profound concern with how to empower schools and teachers to educate students of widely differing abilities.

Google Theatre & Search Secrets #ISTE2016

Teacher Reboot Camp

Don’t miss the drama at ISTE? If you are looking for some shorter, dynamic presentations, then you may want to attend the Google Theatre at 12noon today (Wednesday) at room 103. Each presenter has 15 minutes to share their top Google tips. Google has saved me so much time and I highly recommend teachers learn the tricks to make grading, lesson planning, and engaging students easier.

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10 Common Core Tech Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top Common Core tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: 13 Ways Blogs Teach Common Core. Common Core Breathes Life into Keyboarding. Common Core requires publishing. Technology makes that happen. Dear Otto: What are Common Core keyboarding standards? 7 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom. 7 Common Core Ways to Assess Knowledge. How to Align Technology with Common Core State Standards. 11 Things I Love About Common Core.

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.

#iste2016 Mindsets and Classroom Management for Making and Inventing in Every Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Presentation Resources From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The third panel I’ll be moderating this ISTE is full of some of the best in the business of people who are making and inventing. As with the sketchnoting slides I shared earlier, it will be best to see this in person, but so many of you can’t be here at ISTE 2016 in Denver! Here are the slides from today’s presentation.

Introducing a Pause Button for Take-Home Devices


Kids spending too much time on their school issued devices? With our new mobile app, parents can now shut off internet activity with a single tap. It’s really that simple. Perfect for parents who want more control over their kids’ screen time on school owned devices. It’s impossible for parents to keep an eye on their children 24/7. Many parents we’ve encountered fear their child is spending too much time online, using their school-owned devices for online gaming and other time sinks.

ISTE Highlights: Keynote Smackdown #ISTE2016

Teacher Reboot Camp

I was honored to take part in the ISTE Keynote Smackdown along with Kasey Bell , Alec Couros , Hall Davidson , Sherri Spelic , Carl Hooker , James Kapptie , and Juanita Hines at the ISTE convention in Denver, Colorado. Each of the 8 presenters were chosen from hundreds of educators worldwide to do a 4 minute keynote to an audience of 100 plus. I have given several keynotes in over 20 countries, but I’ve never delivered a 4 minute keynote.

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Beyond Digital Literacy: How EdTech Fosters Children’s Social-Emotional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most educators–and parents–focus technology benefits on how it helps academically, but efriend Joe Peters reminded me the other day that there’s more to it than that. Joe’s not only a parent, but a freelance journalist and tech enthusiast, so I asked him to explain that to me and to my readers.

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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.

How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

Find life balance and get your weekends back From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This year, I started hearing about this amazing new program. Angela Watson has a 40-hour workweek club for teachers. Many teachers are getting their lives back. Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I I admittedly will always work more than 40 hours a week. You might too! However, there’s no reason we can’t all save time!).

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Innovative Schools Prioritize Maker Learning

Digital Promise

In March 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed issued a call-to-action for school leaders around the country to commit to growing the next generation of American makers. Over 1,400 U.S. school leaders have answered the call by signing the Maker Promise. For many members of the League of Innovative Schools , a network of the nation’s most forward-thinking superintendents, this is just an acknowledgement of the work they have long championed.

Securly’s Brand New Dashboard


“Good design is as little design as possible” -Dieter Rams. To kick off the “Week of Innovation” –live from the ISTE floor– we are excited to unveil our brand new Dashboard! At Securly, we follow a simple rule of thumb for all product design decisions: Useful > Usable > Attractive. Useful : Does a customer find a feature useful in the way one finds an automobile useful? Does it serve a basic purpose? Usable : Is the feature designed to be self-explanatory?

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How to Include Fun in the Online Classroom


Contributor: Kelli Hicks Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:45am A couple years ago I ran a 5K with my sister. At the same event, my nephew completed a half marathon. At the end of his event, he received a finisher’s medal. However, my sister and I didn’t receive a medal because they didn’t hand them out for any events shorter than the half marathon. I quickly decided that I wanted a medal too.

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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!

Sextortion: Your Students Are at Risk, Teachers Can Help

The CoolCatTeacher

Get Netsmartz, the free program to help educate teachers, parents and students. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sextortion is a shocking new way online predators are targeting kids. At ISTE this week, I was upset when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children explained this disturbing trend to me. So, I recorded a show. Educate yourself. Talk to kids. Keep them safe. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher.

Technology Integration Research Review

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Edutopia. It was written by Vanessa Vega, with subsequent updates made by the Edutopia staff. Technology integration can be one of the most challenging topics to find quality research on. The term itself is a broad umbrella for numerous practices that may have little in common with each other. In addition, technology tools change rapidly, and outcomes can vary depending on implementation.

Meet Our New Partners: iKeepSafe & the Internet Watch Foundation


Securly now works with iKeepSafe and IWF to ensure online child safety and protect student privacy. The post Meet Our New Partners: iKeepSafe & the Internet Watch Foundation appeared first on Blog. Marketing cloud-based web filtering EdTech Update online student safety parental controls

[Guest Post] OER 101: Building the Future of Education Beyond Brick-and-Mortar

Education Elements

Back in my day, all schools were brick-and-mortar. Back in my grandfather’s day, they were brick-and-mortar with everyone in one classroom, regardless of grade level. Back in my grandfather’s grandfather’s day… well, who knows? The point is: Education is evolving and changing as it responds to the needs of students and the opportunities around us.

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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.

#iste2016 Day 0 Recap

The CoolCatTeacher

Here's my storify to capture a tiny bit of what happened. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. ISTE 2016 is here. It is simply impossible to capture everything, so I’ll share what I can. If you’re not here, I’ve included some powerful ways you can JOIN IN! Give it a second to load! The post #iste2016 Day 0 Recap appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Education

3 Ways to Make Classroom Tech Tools More Affordable

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Teachers spent $490 on classroom materials, on average, according to a poll of 500 teachers. Unfortunately, that’s likely a low number; most teachers spend upwards of $1,000 when all is said and done. But the education landscape is rapidly shifting. Classroom necessities are getting more expensive, and the average pay of teachers isn’t increasing at the […]. The post 3 Ways to Make Classroom Tech Tools More Affordable appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Meet Our New Partners: iKeepSafe & the Internet Watch Foundation


Securly now works with iKeepSafe and IWF to ensure online child safety and protect student privacy. The post Meet Our New Partners: iKeepSafe & the Internet Watch Foundation appeared first on Blog. Marketing cloud-based web filtering EdTech Update online student safety parental controls