Sat.Nov 21, 2015 - Fri.Nov 27, 2015

Alec Couros’ 6 Epic Educational Truths

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 193 When you see an accomplished educator like Alec Couros, it is easy to think that he’s always been this way. You might believe that he’s never made mistakes. You might think that everything was perfect from day one.

Design Digital Newsletters for Parents

Catlin Tucker

When my daughter began kindergarten, she would come home with notes pinned to her shirt–informationa about upcoming events, permission slips for field trips, and monthly newsletters.

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Educator Actions to Last a Lifetime

User Generated Education

I currently teach graduate level educational technology courses. I like to acknowledge exemplary work by tweeting out the best of the best to my 21,000+ followers.

Is social media an effective tool for learning?


There is this argument on whether social media and learning can coexist, because really, how can the noisy environment of social media become an effective tool for learning? Call it cliché but the first app we usually open on our devices is always Facebook.

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.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY about Talking to Children About Terrorism

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 193 How should we be talking to children about terrorism? Did you know children under six shouldn’t be watching the news? Do you know the biggest worries of high schoolers when they hear of terrorism?

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How One School Hit the Road with Technology

Digital Promise

Emily is the Project Associate for the VILS initiative at Digital Promise. This fall, each of our 21 Digital Promise Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) rolled out tablet devices to its students and teachers.

Happy Thanksgiving Week to All!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking next week off. I’ll be preparing for my daughter’s holiday visit from her home in DC and my son who’s visiting from El Paso TX (Ft. Bliss–though, now he tells me he may not make it. Argh). I am so excited to see both of them! I’ll be back November 30th. Any emergencies–drop me a line at Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Project Based Learning: Teaching Students to Be Curators

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 191. What is the secret to effective online project based learning? How can we get kids excited about writing? Nancy White shares how. She reflects upon two big projects. Nancy had one that worked well. She had another one that floundered. What was the difference?

Enabling Social Action in Diverse Classrooms

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 10. Driving Question: How do effective teachers create teachable moments in diverse 21st Century classrooms? Learning to read, write, speak, listen, and count were nice goals for a time that has passed. No more.

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.

Developing a BrandED Strategy

A Principal's Reflections

Here is a reality check for everyone that does not believe in the value of branding in education. Your brand is what stakeholders and others say about you as well as your district/school.

Are your students self-directed learners? ?


Are your students self-directed learners? Here we are in the 21st century where students are becoming academically independent. They can learn on their own, oftentimes without the teacher's intervention and most of the time they look for answers on their own. However, not all students are, what I’d like to coin, self-directed learners.

Top Posts for Teachers This Week

The CoolCatTeacher

News and Trends: Sunday, November 22, 2015 This was a busy week at my school. Kids weren’t too excited to be there but we got so much done anyway. Friday was capped off with sharing with each student something that makes them special.

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Getting It Right: What Effective Teachers Tell Us About 21st Century Learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 11. I agree with John King, incoming U.S. Secretary of Education. When asked about his one wish for education, he replied without hesitation—"an effective teacher in every 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.

How to Create Engaging Videos for Students With Three Easy Methods

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Teachers often ask us for tips on the easiest way to get started with video creation. Here are three very simple, free tools with no learning curve. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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When Grading Harms Student Learning


Andrew Miller Assessment Instead of issuing zeros, penalizing late work, and grading formative assessments, teachers should make the classroom a place of hope instead of fear

3 Learning Experiences You Should Give to Every Student

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 192. Writable surfaces. Movable spaces. Micro environments. Never heard these terms? Our classroom design helps us create learning experiences for students. David Jakes explains modern classroom design.

I’m Not Racist, But My Kid’s Not Going There [On Segregation]

The Jose Vilson

It starts the same. “I heard what you’re saying about integration and everything, and I agree with you in general …” “Yes?” ” “And I hear you on fighting for all schools and not just mine …” “Mmmhmmm.”

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.

4 Math Add ons for Google Docs – from Jennifer Carey


This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. Google Docs is a popular word processing tool. However, many people don’t realize that there are 4 great add-ons for Math that allow teachers and students to harness the power of Google.

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4 Reasons You Need a Mobile Reading App on Your Smartphone


It’s a great time to be a book lover. Not only are we graced with libraries and bookstores full of all kinds of stories and information, but we also have the vast catalogues of online info and eBooks. Any book you want to find, you can purchase and read within seconds.

Top 10 Education Tweets of the Week: November 21, 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Tweets that Have People Talking Emotions and relating to other humans is reflected in a subtle way on this week’s top education tweets. Teachers are telling kids and each other that they matter. Teachers are talking about making their own music in their classroom.

13 ways to connect music and lyrics to class

Ditch That Textbook

Songs can embed themselves deeply in our minds and our memories. Can you remember a specific song that immediately takes you back to a place and time in your past?

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Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

How do communities define school success?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Last week in a session at the Iowa Association of School Boards annual conference, we were asked how our communities defined school success. Superintendents and school board members started voicing their mission and vision statements, which sounded quite lofty.

Why #PiZero the $5 Computer Matters to Education by @SamPatue


Even if you have always looked past Raspberry Pi microcomputers as too complex or too geeky, yesterday’s announcement of a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero is worth investigating.

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Can You Fix Twitter Counts? (and Why They Are Broken)

The CoolCatTeacher

Social Media Insights Twitter counts on blog posts are broken. Can you fix Twitter counts? Why did this happen? Is Twitter in trouble? Let’s not panic, let’s analyze what has happened and how we can still find Twitter counts on a page (for now.).

A Not-Review of More Than A Score [Edu-Activated]

The Jose Vilson

In the spring of 2014, a few books dedicated to the “Education Spring” revolt came out from various publishers, one of which was mine , and the other was More Than A Score , a collection of stories edited by Jesse Hagopian from numerous dissidents from across the nation.

EdTech at School

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