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Stop the Homework Insanity and Let Kids Be Kids

A Principal's Reflections

I have so many fond memories of my childhood. Growing up in a relatively rural area of Northwestern New Jersey sure had its benefits. As we returned home from school each day, my brothers and I would jump off the bus and diligently make our way about a half-mile back to our house.

How to Make Flipped Classroom Better

The CoolCatTeacher

A Candid Conversation with Jon Bergmann From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Make videos for students. They can watch them in class or for homework. Then, spend your time in class helping students. Reduce or almost eliminate lecture.

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]

Neo LMS

BYOD at school is more than the latest buzz phrase you hear at every corner of the teacher’s rooms or along school hallways. It’s really happening.

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Retrieval Practice: A Strategy to Promote Successful Learning

Digital Promise

How can we foster and encourage successful learning, where students apply knowledge, build connections, think critically — and retain important knowledge over time?

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.

50 Hacks That Make Every Single Student Love You and Your Class

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Do students hate your class? Do they hate you? Think long and hard before you answer. I often hear my own children say, “I can’t stand that class”. There were plenty of times in my 23 years as a classroom teacher that students were saying, “I hate Mr. Barnes”.

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Technology Gives The Quietest Student A Voice.

EdTech4Beginners

“Technology Gives The Quietest Student A Voice.” – Jerry Blumengarten. I absolutely love this quote. It is such a powerful reason to use technology in the classroom. Image courtesy of clickrain.com. But what does Jerry Blumengarten mean? A few years ago, I had a painfully shy and quiet class.

Teaching Grammar-In-Context

User Generated Education

Archaic Ways of Teaching Grammar. We construct grammatically correct sentences or correct our mistakes by intuitively applying the rules that govern English syntax.

11 Webtools That Make Images Talk

Ask a Tech Teacher

Not only does image annotation combine the best of text and pictures, but kids love it. Adding their own thoughts to a picture or even better, having the picture talk, inspires them to a creative level that’s difficult to achieve with most other communication tools.

45 Minute Goals Can Transform Your Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Shelly Sanchez Terrell dives deep into the transformative program From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Don’t walk in the classroom defeated. Make professional development personal. Start tomorrow. It is easy in simple, small steps.

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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.

6 Awesome (and free) Video-editing apps.

EdTech4Beginners

Science week is coming up at my school and the students have to make a video of an investigation / experiment. I wanted my class to have the edge, so I showed them these brilliant tech tools to help them along the way! 1) Magisto.

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How Games Can Hook Students With Short Attention Spans

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. Read the original article. Modern human beings have a shorter attention span than goldfish : ours is, on average, below eight seconds while the little fish can focus for nine seconds.

Insider Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Juggle Two Jobs

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Before we became “entrepreneurs” we were speech language pathologists each with our own successful practice. In 2012 we decided to try our hand at creating speech language apps and technology for students, but we needed to keep our practices open to pay the mortgage and the bills.

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Games are fun. We can use them to teach. It isn’t that hard. Game based learning excites learning in my classroom.

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.

Your Teacher Doesn’t Hate You – But She Might Not Like Your Writing

EdNews Daily

Written By: Stephen D. Senturia. Too often a student is reduced to tears or driven to fury by the red marks and criticisms that a teacher puts on an essay or term paper.

12 U.S. election resources to use with students now

Ditch That Textbook

The 2016 U.S. presidential elections have been some of the most talked-about in a long time. Your students are likely talking about them, too, or have heard about them. There are lots of ways to incorporate the elections into your curriculum, no matter what you teach.

Joziah Grimm shares his Iowa BIG experience

Dangerously Irrelevant

I’ve written about Iowa BIG before. What I love about the school is that you can’t tell the 4.0 student from the student who was struggling academically back at his ‘mothership’ high school because at Iowa BIG they’re both doing amazing work. Joziah Grimm shares his story below. Happy viewing!

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169 Tech Tip #151: 8 Popular Year-long Assessments

Ask a Tech Teacher

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.

#EdClusters16 Post-Convening Summary

Digital Promise

On September 21-23, 2016, Digital Promise and the U.S. Department of Education hosted the 2016 Education Innovation Clusters Convening (#EdClusters16) in Providence, R.I., with the Highlander Institute and Rhode Island Office of Innovation.

20 books by teachers, for teachers to inspire your teaching

Ditch That Textbook

I wrote my book, Ditch That Textbook, in 2014 and it was published in spring 2015. When that book was published, I didn’t realize that I would be part of a huge movement to equip and empower teachers. My book was published by Dave Burgess Consulting, led by Dave and Shelley Burgess. Dave wrote Teach [.]. Teaching books creative teaching edtech educational technology inspiration motivation

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A simple but useful tech idea to replace mini-whiteboards.

EdTech4Beginners

Combine an iPad with the app ‘Paper’ by FiftyThree and you get a great replacement for mini whiteboards. My class used this method in mathematics today and it worked very well. It was certainly more effective with pupils who had a stylus ( here is a link to a good one on Amazon.com ).

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Goal: Reflect on your time back to school

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “To teach is to learn twice over.” ” – Joseph Joubert. Goal: Reflect on your time back to school. What have your new group of learners taught you? What have been your successes?

EdTech at School

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

Halloween Projects, Lesson Plans, Websites, Apps, and a Costume (copy)

Ask a Tech Teacher

Three holidays are fast-approaching–Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you’re a teacher, that means lots of tie-ins to make school festive and relevant to students. Here are ideas for you for Halloween projects, lesson plans, websites, apps: Projects.

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Tackling the education-to-employment gap

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, CareerBuilder and Capella Learning Solutions announced an innovative partnership, RightSkill , to bridge the growing talent gap in the United States. The partnership is intriguing.

My article for the International Teachers Magazine: Everything you need to run an inter-school online competition. 

EdTech4Beginners

After recently running the Federation of British Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) maths online tournament, I decided to share what I did in the International Teacher’s Magazine. Click here for the full article.

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Navigating an Ed-Tech Startup’s First International Business Trip

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I’ll be in Japan in a mere seven days. This will be my first overseas business trip—and I’m filled with equal parts excitement and nervousness. Earlier this year, Listenwise partnered with a Japanese education company, JIEM (or EduLab in the U.S.). Not only did JIEM become a distributor of Listenwise in Asia, it also became a strategic investor. Since our partnership was formed, we’ve had many phone conversations and emails preparing for a test of our product in the Asian market.

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.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Any adult knows that is no longer relegated to the playground or the neighborhood. It now regularly happens in the cyberworld. Kids don’t expect that and often don’t know how to handle it.

Teachers and Tech Teams Collaborate to Ensure IT Success

EdTech Magazine

By Calvin Hennick Getting input before purchasing devices clears a path to technology that supports curriculum and instruction. Classroom Hardware

Do Our Students Deserve It?

Education Elements

Do students deserve personalized learning? Working at Education Elements, where we build and support dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, I’m often quick to answer with a resounding, “Yes!”. It’s hard not to. The narrative of personalized learning is compelling. Why wouldn’t students be better served when recognized as individuals with unique needs, talents and perspectives?