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10 Projects to Kickstart Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that geeky subject that confounds students and frightens teachers. Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate. In fact, according to Computer Science Education , by 2020 , there will be 1.4 million coding jobs and only 400,000 applicants.

Introducing the Maker Learning Leadership Framework

Digital Promise

Maker learning first entered schools with the support of a grassroots coalition of teachers, students, and community advocates who wanted learning to be more hands-on, personalized, and relevant. To date, superintendents and principals representing more than 1,700 schools have signed the Maker Promise — a clear signal that this movement has grown beyond the grassroots.


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30 Apps to Spread and Enjoy Some Holiday Cheer

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing others’ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” ” – W.C. Jones. December is here! If you’re students are like mine, they are already in holiday mode. To motivate them tie their learning into activities where they get to send some holiday cheer or celebrate the holidays.

8 Great Gifts for Administrators

The CoolCatTeacher

Frank Buck on episode 197 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Frank Buck, author of Get Organized: Time Management for School Leaders , talks about what to get administrators (and what not to give them.) We have an entertaining chat about all the ideas to make this holiday season very special for your administrator. Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication.

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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.

Student-Generated Real-Time Word Clouds

Catlin Tucker

Who doesn’t love a colorful word cloud? But what I don’t love is the time it takes to input all of the words to create one. My motto is that students should do the work in our classroom, not me. Well, I work a little, but I don’t want to do the lion’s share of the work. The person doing the work is doing the learning, so my students do the heavy lifting in our classroom. That’s why I was so excited when I discovered Mentimeter !

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How to add Hour of Code to YOUR classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Coding is a skill that opens doors for students of all backgrounds. No matter where they live, what color their skin is, what their gender is or how much education they have, if someone knows how to code, he/she has opportunities. Companies are begging for coders. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developer […]. DitchBook Twitter chat coding computer science ditchbook future ready hour of code twitter chat

Use Computers in the Classroom for Personalized Learning and Social Learning

The Journal

Personal computing devices are entering the K-12 classroom at a dramatically increased rate. Using those computers to support personalized learning is definitely in the cards. However, we urge those in charge: remember your Dewey — "education is a social process" — and use those computers for social learning as well

5 Ways to Be a Change Leader in Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rebecca Wattleworth on episode 200 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can be change leaders and help our school improve and grow. Rebecca Wattleworth, an award-winning teacher from Illinois, talks about lessons she’s learned about being a change leader. Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication.

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Subscriber Special: December

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. December 1st-10th: Spend $28 or more on Structured Learning , get a free copy of the. Hour of Code bundle. Click to view slideshow. Here’s a preview (download as a PDF): Lesson Bundle Coding preview. Here’s what you do: Go to the Structured Learning website. Make your purchase as usual. No code necessary–we’ll send you your free gift!

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).

21st Century Learning in New Zealand

Battelle for Kids

In late September 2017, an impressive international study by the Economist of how 80 nations were doing in preparing students for the future found New Zealand #1. Fortuitously, I was about to join a CoSN delegation to New Zealand to study education innovation there.

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7 strategies to THRIVE at the end of the semester

Ditch That Textbook

The end of the semester can be full of challenges. But it also creates unique opportunities, too. Here are some ways to seize them. Photo by Eric Rothermel via the semester winds down, it brings its own unique list of challenges. Special programs cut into class time. Absences seem to go up (at least here […]. Teaching brain research cognitive science creative teaching end of semester end of the year reflection

Because I’m Happy

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. As policymakers, administrators, and teachers, we want the children in our classrooms to be happy, of course. But how much does their happiness really matter when it comes to learning? According to a new study by HGSE lecturer Christina Hinton , Ed.D.’12, 12, the answer is clear: It matters a lot.

10 ways to use QR Codes for Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every year in December, Hour of Code inspires thousands — tens of thousands — of students to fall in love with problem-solving, coding, and programming. Like a favorite web-based game, students are presented with a problem (for example, get your bot to say On vacation! ) and are challenged to use the tools available to solve it. There are endless examples, from games to robots to programming. No teacher can fail to find one exactly right for their students.

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.

Activities for Computer Science Education Week


Computer Science Education week is December 4-10, and the annual ‘Hour of Code’ event will be in full swing. Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science; designed to demystify “code”, and to show that anybody can learn the basics – broadening participation in the field of computer science. Have a look at this brilliant website for loads of free activities for your children to do: [link].

4 Geeky Gifts for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Leslie Fisher on episode 198 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Leslie Fisher, a favorite geek of many teachers, has some cool gift ideas for teachers (or your favorite geek.) I hope you get some ideas for your favorite teacher-geek. Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication.

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3 Simple (Yet Powerful) Leadership Lessons

A Principal's Reflections

There is no shortage of leadership advice available to anyone who wants some. A quick Google search of the best lessons or advice in the topic will unveil a treasure trove of tips, strategies, and ideas that can help anyone become a better leader in a classroom, school, district, or organization. In my opinion, the best leadership lessons come from experience.

How to create an LMS training program for schools: A step by step guide


In a previous post we chatted about the importance of training in order to achieve LMS success. The better training you provide to your staff, the sooner they will understand how to use the LMS and increase the school’s productivity and goals. But creating a good training isn’t always easy. You need a good team, plan the content, schedule the training, and much more. This seems exhausting, expensive and time-consuming, but it’s actually not.

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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.

Mobile Learning with Google (GTT032)

Ditch That Textbook

Students carry these high-tech devices to school in their pockets all the time. Cell phones. The mobile devices so many students are equipped with have plenty of processing power — and plenty of potential to amplify learning. It’s so easy to shut them off. Put them in a shoe holder. Confine them to the lockers. […]. Google Teacher Tribe cell phones edtech educational technology g suite Google Apps google teacher tribe googleedu gsuiteedu gttribe mobile learning

7 Tips for Better Thanks Living All Year Long

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki Davis shares on Episode 196 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You can have a more thankful, joyful year all of the time. In today’s show, I share seven secrets to live a more joyful, thankful life all year long. Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication.

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Want to Set Students Up for Success? Make Room for Vulnerability


Boise’s One Stone doesn’t resemble your typical high school—here you won’t find classrooms, teachers or even letter grades. Instead, we have a single open space, coaches and portfolios. It’s a place where students are more or less in control: One Stone was designed as a student led and directed non-profit that offers an independent and tuition-free education with a mission to make students better leaders and the world a better place.

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In the News: Schools Struggle to Keep Pace With Hackings, Other Cyber Threats

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Schools Struggle to Keep Pace With Hackings, Other Cyber Threats.” Education Week. 29 November 2017. All told, at least 235 K-12 cybersecurity-related incidents have been reported by media outlets since January 2016, said Douglas A. Levin, the CEO of consulting group EdTech Strategies. Far more have almost certainly gone unreported, he said. The threat is many-sided. … “In general, our data and IT systems are under assault,” Levin said.

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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!

How to Enhance the Use of Student Data Through a School District Portal

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Some districts make the mistake of relying on a data portal in their student information system to do all the work for them. The post How to Enhance the Use of Student Data Through a School District Portal appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Data Startups

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How Parents and Teachers Can Teach Empathy and Empowerment in the Aftermath of Tragedy

The CoolCatTeacher

Joe Mazza on episode 201 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Joe Mazza shares how parents can help students have empathy and become empowered changemakers in the face of tragedy. In this special show, we give tips to parents and teachers about things they can do this season to help kids serve others affected by a tragedy. Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication.

Meet NEO at OEB 2017!


The only constant is change. This doctrine of change being central to the universe is thousands of years old, yet it seems so contemporary. In fact, change is so ingrained in every aspect of our daily lives that we always wonder about what will happen next. We juggle probabilities way more often than we base our decisions on certainties. So how can we benefit from uncertainty? How can we use volatility in our advantage? How should universities, colleges and schools adapt?

Want to Build a Successful Curriculum Blueprint? Here's Our Recipe

Education Elements

Sometimes I wish I were more like my mom. There are many reasons why, but many times it’s because I wish I were a great cook. I used to watch her in the kitchen just glance at a picture of a dish from a cookbook, then create that without ever having to follow the step-by-step recipe that was next to the picture. It was like watching a magic show. School Districts Curriculum

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.

The perfect website for teaching speaking and listening


If you’re looking to develop speaking and listening skills with your class, is excellent. There’s loads of resources and videos to support you in lessons! Have a look at my video tutorial: Let me know how you get on Tagged: debating , edtech , education , learning , Noisy Classroom , speech , teachers , teaching , teaching ideas. education debating edtech learning Noisy Classroom speech teachers teaching teaching ideas

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Find The Model That Works For You: 12 Types Of Blended Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

Find The Model That Works For You: 12 Types Of Blended Learning by TeachThought Staff Blended Learning is not so much an innovation as it is a natural by-product of the digital domain creeping into physical spaces. Broadly speaking, blended learning just means a mix of learning online and face-to-face, which means it’s likely […]. The post Find The Model That Works For You: 12 Types Of Blended Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Learning blended learning

Still? Most teachers feel unprepared to use technology in the classroom

eSchool News

An alarmingly large majority of U.S. teachers–78 percent–say they feel they haven’t received the training they need to teach with technology in the classroom, according to new research. The study from edtech and coding company SAM Labs , conducted online with independent research firm 72 Point, outlines the opportunities teachers see when it comes to technology in the classroom, as well as some of the biggest challenges the U.S.