Sat.Jan 30, 2016 - Fri.Feb 05, 2016

Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 212 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Many teachers feel like teacher professional development is a waste. Dan Brown shares the three research-based ways to make teacher PD better.

Differentiate Reading with Rewordify

Catlin Tucker

In an earlier post titled How Challenging Is that Online Text ? , I shared the Readability tool that can help educators determine how hard an online text is to see if it is a good match for their students.

Reinventing Curriculum: The Underlying Challenge to Moving Education Forward

The Journal

This blog post kicks off a new blog theme: Reinventing Curriculum. Like teacher and pedagogy, curriculum is one of the keys to a successful learning experience. Due to three trends, we will argue, curriculum – its development, its distribution, and its use — is in a state of real turbulence. The educational community, in general, and educational technology, in particular, needs to focus on the “next turn of the crank” in curriculum

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Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge.

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.

You Matter: Before You Help Students, You Must Help Yourself

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 211 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Stress caused me to lose half my hair and gain weight. Stress put Angela in the hospital three times in a year.

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20 ways Snagit can improve life in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

If you’re like me, you have just a couple of go-to digital tools. For me, those tools make my life easier and I can’t imagine my life without them. For me, Snagit is one of those tools. In fact, I use the full paid version of it for Windows, and it’s one of a few [.].

Make Your Classroom Truly Global

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. One of the great things about being a connected educator is the conversations that happen on a regular basis with colleagues and learners from across the globe.

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

The easy tool educators are using every day From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google.

Schools as Learning Playgrounds! 20 Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” ” – Diane Ackerman. In Chapter 26, Goal: Encourage Play, of The 30 Goals for Teachers , I talk about the importance of play for our learning, development, creativity, and mental wellness.

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.

Success with Online High School Courses: From Probation to Graduation for More Than 600 Students


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3 Favorite Classroom Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s an excellent collection of great apps for your classroom — to cover writing, research, and assessment. You can even use all three on one project: Storyboard That. Free; fee for education accounts .

Edusketching: A Tool to Help Students Understand Complex Concepts

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 213 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Your recall of information is up to 55% greater with the use of a picture linked to the content, according to edusketch expert and National Board Certified Teacher, Wendy Pillars.

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The Third C: Communication in the 21st Century

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 2. Driving Question: What's So Critical About Communication in the 21st Century? In 10 seconds, how many ways to communicate can you name? Yes, just stop reading for a minute and try it out? Ok, so how many related to technology? Did speaking come in the top ten?

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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.

What We Can Learn from Family Dinner


A recent broadcast on San Francisco’s Public Radio, KQED, reviewed the studied benefits that regular family dinner offers to children. Edtech Update social emotional learning constructivism

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

The glasses have been raised. The speeches made, and press releases issued.

Merging Classrooms: How I Shared My Students with a Class in Egypt

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 214 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Talking about ISIS and Arab Spring online with kids from the US and Egypt. Did teacher Adam Jones really do that? Yes he did.

The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner

User Generated Education

This coming year, I am doing several keynotes and workshops on the reflecting on the making process. Two elements from my training as educator lead me to really embrace this topic: Background in Experiential Education. Studying the Reflective Practitioner During Graduate School. Experiential Learning. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing.”

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.

Can learning be addictive?


The internet can be addicting. People would a quick search on an interesting topic, read on and find themselves reading more and more topics totally different from the topic which piqued their interest. It’s like playing a video game and most of us can relate to that. Once we start playing the first few stages of the game, we progressing and finally finish the story of the game. It’s addictive.

26+ Valentine’s Day Activities & Resources to Love

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”- ”- Blaise Pascal. Valentine’s day is around the corner. This holiday is about the heart and a great opportunity to get your students to show compassion to their peers, community and loved ones. Your students can reflect on the commercialism of Valentine’s Day and participate in activities to find the true meaning of the holiday.

Top Blog Posts of January 2016

The CoolCatTeacher

The Cool Cat Teacher Blog From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. January 2016 was an epic month here with a reach of over 200,000 views between this blog, my blogspot blog, and

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Old English Teachers Never Fade Away

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 1. When I was a boy several centuries back, the historic words "Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away" flowed out of my family's sole radio. Over the years, I have uncovered many meanings in General MacArthur's retirement speech.

EdTech at School

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

Bending the rules of flipped classrooms


Flipped classrooms are the bread and butter of e-learning and have defined the education landscape in the past few years or so. But sometimes we still feel there is that sorely-lacking element which could increase student engagement practices or even augment different learning techniques to enhance the learning experience. Learning after all, is a continuum.

Visions of Education Futures Floating Around in My Head

User Generated Education

Walk into a classroom in any part of the United States, even the world, and you most likely will scratch your head in disbelief asking yourself questions such as: Why do the classrooms look pretty much like the ones in which I, my parents, and my grandparents learned? Many students (of all ages) own computers in the form of their cell phones that are more powerful than all of the computer power of NASA back in 1969, when it placed two astronauts on the moon.

How to become a teacher who innovates

Ditch That Textbook

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m just not one of those innovative teachers. Creative ideas don’t just pop into my head.”? ”? This post and this video are for you. Know someone who thinks that? Maybe you can pass this along to him/her.)

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Helping Connect Families with Learning Through Technology

Digital Promise

Earlier this week, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released a study summarizing their findings around how lower-income families access and use the Internet. This study takes a deep dive into digital inequality and helps us understand how many families are engaging with technology.

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.

The Top 5 Skills to Become a Great Coach

Fidelis Education

By Caroline Roma. Recently we teamed up with Craig Forman, coaching expert with 10+ years of experience, to present on coaching best practices [click for the recording].

Ladies and Gentlemen … Calling Students to Distinction

Voyager Sopris Learning

How One Teacher is Working Her Magic to Help Struggling Students Reclaim Their Education, Part 2 of 2. As is my usual style, my little ideas quickly take on a life of their own and turn into BIG magic!

How to Engage and Excite Students Before They Set Foot in the Classroom


Digital tools make it easier for instructors to engage students before class begins , setting a tone for what will happen in the classroom. Why do we care? We care because this is a big opportunity.

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