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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. It’s natural to feel personally attacked, even hated, since in writing that essay you put some of your personal energy out there, your own stuff, and she didn’t like it. But there’s another way to respond, one that makes lemonade out of the lemon and creates an opportunity for personal and intellectual growth.

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. Once home we would peel off the backpacks, get changed, and play outside for the remainder of the day until dinner was ready.


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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”. They didn’t usually say it to […]. The post 50 Hacks That Make Every Single Student Love You and Your Class appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Inspiration HackLearning

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. If, instead, we had to apply those rules consciously, they would only get in our way, making it impossible for us to speak or write at all. To construct a simple two-word sentence, such as “He dreams,” requires the application of at least seven grammar rules.

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.

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


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. More and more schools adopt BYOD policies and allow students to bring their own mobile phones, tablets, eBooks, and other devices in the classroom, and use them as tools to enhance learning.

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6 Awesome (and free) Video-editing apps.


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. Magisto is such an amazing app; it intuitively knows what to do with your videos and photos. The app suggests themes and special effects too. 2) Animoto. This app makes video-editing a breeze.

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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? In this second Digital Promise Research@Work video , we share a learning strategy called retrieval practice , which is based on more than 100 years of cognitive science research.

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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6 Riveting Ways to Make Reading and Writing Fun for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Creative Literacy Lessons with Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Therapy dogs. Lunch bunch. Reading groups. These are just of a few ideas you can use to excite students about reading and writing. Writing can be fun. So can reading. Let’s discuss lots of creative ideas that work. In today’s show, librarian Margo Janzi has a wealth of ideas. Additionally, she also talks about getting out of her comfort zone.

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).

Technology Gives The Quietest Student A Voice.


“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 But what does Jerry Blumengarten mean? A few years ago, I had a painfully shy and quiet class. I would try and get the lesson ‘going’ with an exciting question, to which some rolling tumbleweed was the class response.

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

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to so many daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #151–8 Popular Year-long Assessments. Category: ASSESSMENTS. Sub-category: Classroom management. Keyboarding speed and accuracy (or pre-keyboarding for youngers).

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. These decreasing attention levels are driven by people’s constant use of technology.

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. For the last seven years, Shelly Terrell’s 30 Goals Challenge has ignited teacher learning. Today, we’ll learn how this “quick goal” technique can transform your teaching.

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.

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. In addition, we bootstrapped our new venture. Being entrepreneurs who juggle two jobs can work with some planning and tech tools. Use a Shared Calendar.

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. ASCII Art–Computer Art for Everyone (a pumpkin–see inset). Lesson Plan: Halloween letter for grades 2-5. Make a Holiday Card. A Holiday Card (with Publisher). A Holiday flier. Books. Book Review: 16 Holiday Projects.

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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. One of my favorite resources for finding activities, games [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology elections government political science politics

#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. EdClusters16 brought more than 140 leading educators, ed-tech entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and thought leaders to collaborate, work, and learn together.

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.

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.

10 Articles on Using Tech to Teach Math

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top Math-and-tech tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics. 10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class. Zap Zap Math–Clever, Robust Math App for K-6. Celebrate Pi With Your Students. How to Interest the Next Generation of Great Minds to Work in STEM Fields. 32 Websites to Support Math Automaticity in K-5. 3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class. Website Review: How to Teach Students to Solve Problems.

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?

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? What challenges are you still facing and trying to find solutions. Write a blog post and write down your thoughts in a journal and share with at least one person. My Reflection.

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!

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


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 ). Click here for my full tutorial on how to use the app. Share your tech tips by commenting below!

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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. See my article on TeachHUB about cyberbullying , how to address it, and resources to help you. More on cyberbullying: What a Teacher Can Do About Cyberbullying. 120+ Digital Citizenship Links on 22 Topics.

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! Related Posts. East Campus: Uncovering the brilliance in every student. Real projects. Real responsibility. Real contributions. Project-based learning in Northwest Iowa.

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There’s More Than Practice to Becoming a World-Class Expert

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. Read the original article. Some people are dramatically better at activities like sports, music and chess than other people. Take the basketball great Stephen Curry. This past season, breaking the record he set last year by over 40 percent, Curry made an astonishing 402 three-point shots – 126 more than his closest challenger. What explains this sort of exceptional performance? Are experts “born,” endowed with a genetic advantage?

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.

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


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. Tagged: competitions , edtech , education , inter-school competition , learning , math , math tournament , maths competition , teaching. education competitions edtech inter-school competition learning math math tournament maths competition teaching

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CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


CUE Advocacy Update. Assembly Bill 2329, Computer Science Plan by Assemblywoman Bonilla was signed by Governor Brown September 27 th, 2016. This bill was actively supported by CUE as well as most of the education associations potentially part of the Coalition mentioned in this article.

Let Students Pronounce Themselves (On Pronouns and Identity) [Guest Post]

The Jose Vilson

Editor’s Note: Normally, I don’t post things during a break, but I’d like everyone to read this from Kurt Ostrow. Also, this is totally appropriate even right now and any time, not just the first day of school. Enjoy! In my work as a public high school English teacher, I try to think of ways to center students on the margin.

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