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10 tech tools that will make you a super teacher!

Dangerously Irrelevant

Just kidding. Because there are no tech tools that will make us super teachers. Pencils didn’t make us super teachers. Textbooks didn’t make us super teachers. Chalkboards and whiteboards and overhead projectors didn’t make us super teachers. VCR and LaserDisc and DVD players didn’t make us super teachers. Why should we expect computers and apps and online tools to do so? Want to be a super teacher? Change what you do with students. Do a time audit.

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Talking Data Interoperability with the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

Data interoperability has been identified as an area of primary concern for leaders across the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools – in districts small and large, rural and urban, and everywhere in between.

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4 Key Takeaways From “What School Could Be”

TeachThought - Learn better.

4 Key Takeaways From “What School Could Be” by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD I first met Ted Dintersmith a few years ago in a meeting in downtown Louisville, KY (TeachThought is located in Louisville) to which I was invited to discuss innovation in Kentucky’s schools. I don’t think I’d yet seen his documentary, Most Likely […]. The post 4 Key Takeaways From “What School Could Be” appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

Transforming Classrooms into Thriving Learning Communities with an LMS! My #ISTE18 ItsLearning Keynote

Teacher Reboot Camp

This past week the incredible Alan November and I delivered mini keynotes for the Rethink Learning Summit hosted by ItsLearning. Huge thanks to Noah Geisel ( @senorg ) for recording both keynotes. In the recording, you will first be blown away by Alan November ‘s keynote, which would motivate any teacher to see the powerful ways students learn with technology. He also provides insights about the Internet of Things.

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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.

A Gullible Population Is a National Security Issue

The CoolCatTeacher

A Global Search for Education Reflection From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The hair on my arm prickled up like porcupine quills, but there was no breeze. It was a discussion about a digital literacy issue at the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar that caused this response. Suddenly, information literacy became real — and urgent.

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Backchanneling: The Why, How, and What (Best Tool)

A Principal's Reflections

As I wrote previously, digital tools can support and enhance discussion among learners and adults. As a supplement to traditional discussion strategies technology can serve as a catalyst to increase engagement by getting more people actively involved during lessons. It can also take conversations to new levels of interactivity and expression.

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The Public School With No Grade Levels! #ISTE18 Interview with Travis Lape

Teacher Reboot Camp

The ISTE conference is a great place to discover exciting things happening at other schools. I was so excited when my good friend, Noah Geisel ( @senorg ), introduced me to Travis Lape ( @TravisLape ), the Innovative Programs Director of a public school with no grade levels. Travis Lape tells us about the impact and the experience of the students, parents, and teachers!

The Irreplaceables: What AR and AI Mean for the Future of Teaching #iste18

The CoolCatTeacher

A look into the future From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality and artificial intelligence are on the horizon. What do they mean for education and teachers? What kinds of teachers will be irreplaceable and what kinds of teachers will lose their jobs? Today, we seek to answer this question. This week I’m at ISTE where AR and AI are hot topics.

Here’s a Preview of July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in July: Wi. To be honest, I’m off most of the month! But I’ll be back in August. whats up


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).

An Insider’s Checklist for Conference Success on a Shoestring Budget

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A conference veteran provides insider tips to help startups get the most out of conference attendance, including around booth messaging, pitches and clothing choices. The post An Insider’s Checklist for Conference Success on a Shoestring Budget appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog booth Conferences Marketing

Teacher Health and Wellness! #ISTE18 Interview with Brett Clark

Teacher Reboot Camp

At the ISTE Conference, I got to catch up with my good buddy, Brett Clark ( @MrBrettClark ), who truly inspired me with his new health transformation. Brett has started running and looks so much younger and healthier, but what’s truly inspiring is how much his spirit and soul glows. Check out his interview below where he shares the importance of teacher wellness and some tips for traveling and staying healthy!

ISTE 2018: Where I?ll Be Presenting and Joining in the Learning #iste18

The CoolCatTeacher

My schedule for the Edtech Event of the Year! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. ISTE 2018 is here again. I’ve been going most years since 2006 and while it overwhelms me, it is truly an awesome learning experience. This post is full of resources to get the most of your ISTE 2018 experience whether you are there (or not.). ISTE 2018 hashtags.

4 Popular misconceptions about Virtual Reality in education


When the words Virtual Reality are mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of a gamer wearing a headset. However, the applications of VR have moved far beyond gaming and entertainment. In the educational sector, VR provides meaningful and novel ways to connect with both students and teachers. It can stimulate real-world environments to enable experiential learning. Students can record their work, test their skills and get guidance from experts, all within the system.

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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.

Teachers on the New Frontier

Digital Promise

For many middle school teachers, taking part in a one-to-one initiative, where every student has a digital device for learning, has led to an existential search. In a technology-driven, student-centered learning environment, what does it mean to be a teacher? Back when many teachers were in training, the role of the teacher was clear: to impart facts to students. Teachers gave lectures at the front of the classroom, and wrote information on the board.

Selfies, ISTE Book Signing, Presentations, Poetry Slamming & Giveaways! #ISTE18 Oh My!

Teacher Reboot Camp

If you’re at ISTE or #NotatISTE on Monday and Tuesday, then you can catch my live presentations, get a book signed by me, and win some awesome prizes by visiting the Buncee Booth 2136! Check out all the inspiring presentations at Buncee throughout ISTE, by clicking here. I am also the pinch hitter at Monday night’s Poetry Slam at Schubas. Have a little mercy on me as I try to memorize my poem.

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Educators: Before you Recharge this Summer, Reflect

Education Elements

Our company is known for having a unique organizational culture. We have eliminated the traditional organizational hierarchy of direct managers; we employ a self-organizing team structure; and if you attended this year’s Personalized Learning Summit, you know we also view trivia and dancing to 80’s music as valuable team-building time. Something that is not as widely known is that we also have internal monthly challenges.

This Neuroscientist Explains Why Today's Kids Have Different Brains


Neuroscientist David Eagleman has a lot to say about the brain, and he’s done so in a lot of places. He’s written bestselling books, given a popular TED Talk , hosted a PBS series called “ The Brain with David Eagleman ” and teaches as an adjunct professor at Stanford. He’s also the founder of the Center for Science and Law, which studies how advances in brain science can shape the legal system (although his work also focuses on brain plasticity, or how we learn and absorb new information).

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.

Helping Your Student with Disabilities Prepare for the Future

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Summer is a busy time for high school juniors. They’re getting ready to say goodbye to school as they know it and they’re researching colleges, visiting campuses and trying to figure out what college fits their needs. Planning is an important part of this process, but for parents and guardians of students with disabilities, this is especially true.

Define Your Why! Baby Savvy’s #ISTE18 Interview with Barbara Bray

Teacher Reboot Camp

Baby Savvy and I were excited to catch up with our good friend, Barbara Bray ( @bbray27 ), at the ISTE Conference. Barbara Bray is helping educators and learners of all ages define their why. In the following interview, she talks about her podcast, passion for defining why, and her inspirational journey from nurse to educator. Barbara Bray is taking part in my new book series, EdSheroes: Women Transforming Education with their Resilience. Check out her interview below!

25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson

TeachThought - Learn better.

25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson contributed by Lisa Chesser Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation. Everything might be moving along quite nicely at the dinner table, everyone’s happy and laughing but one question can send those same smiling faces into a frenzy of shouts and upset. This […]. The post 25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Elementary School New Teacher

11 Ways Schools Can—and Should—Involve Families in SEL Programming


In their separate domains, educators and parents both understand the importance of social-emotional skills —that the ability to manage emotions, to empathize, and to collaborate is key to fulfillment and success, in school and in life. But schools and families are not always in sync on how to develop those competencies. As schools implement large-scale, research-backed SEL curricula , caregivers at home often have little guidance on how to help their children become resilient, mindful, and kind.

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!

Part 2: Ten Reasons for Mapping Out PBL? Scaffolds That Makes Project Based Learning Work

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to part two of mapping a PBL project. In this series I wish to investigate that “why” and “how” while providing some ideas and resources to support PBL planning. I hope you enjoyed the information on how to scaffold and map a project in the first post. You can read it at this link. Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans .

Hands-on STEM Learning and Play! My #ISTE18 Interview with LEGO Education

Teacher Reboot Camp

At the ISTE conference, I spent some time at the LEGO Education booth playing with some of the incredible hands-on learning toys for students of all ages. In the interviews below you will discover ways LEGO helps students learn to code, design, build, and collaborate. You will also discover how you can take part in the new Master Educator Community Program. Learn more about this exciting program here.

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Regie Routman: On the Level with Leveled Books


To level, or not to level? Like many educational dilemmas there is no simple right or wrong answer. Literacy coach and author Regie Routman explores the limited role book leveling might play in supporting students to become engaged, deeply comprehending, joyful readers. Articles Reading assessment curiosity equity joyful readers leveled books literacy moderation Regie Routman self-directed readers

Google?s 12 Education Updates Include Classwork and a (Slight) Classroom Makeover


When Google’s education users return to schools this fall, their classrooms may look different in more ways than one. Google Classroom , the company’s online tool that lets teachers, students and parents manage assignments and discussions, will be getting a small facelift as part of 12 updates that Google is announcing at this week’s ISTE conference, an annual K-12 educational technology expo.

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.

Graphic Design in Google Slides

Teacher Tech

Helping Students Improve Their Graphic Design Skills A Guest Blog Post by Jennifer Scott Students can create in Google Slides, but this does not mean the presentation looks good. All too often the presentation has too much writing, the content looks randomly placed, and the colors and fonts choices make the text hard to read. […]. The post Graphic Design in Google Slides appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google Student Projects

Define Your Why! Baby Savvy’s #ISTE18 Interview with Barbara Bray

Teacher Reboot Camp

Baby Savvy and I were excited to catch up with our good friend, Barbara Bray ( @bbray27 ), at the ISTE Conference. Barbara Bray is helping educators and learners of all ages define their why. In the following interview, she talks about her podcast, passion for defining why, and her inspirational journey from nurse to educator. Barbara Bray is taking part in my new book series, EdSheroes: Women Transforming Education with their Resilience. Check out her interview below!

Piqued: The case for curiosity

The Hechinger Report

Neuroscientists have found that curious students learn better because their brain activity changes in ways that help them retain new information. Now researchers are testing ways to encourage that curiosity — for example, by encouraging teachers to model inquisitive behavior. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Jamie Jirout was not the sort of student who simply took a textbook at its word.