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EdTech that “Sparks Joy”


Marie Kondo is upon us, like a modern-day Mary Poppins she is sweeping our lives clean of clutter with Zen-like élan. While I have not read Marie’s book, and have so far avoided the guilty pleasure of her Netflix series, I do know that she uses a simple, definitive technique at the “decluttering” stage – of every item in your space, ask yourself, Does it spark joy?

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5 Strategies to Help Superintendents Lead Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

5 Strategies to Help Superintendents Lead Digital Transformation. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 02/25/2019 - 11:12. David Schuler, superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Illinois and the 2018 Superintendent of the Year, joined Chris Gaines, Mehlville (Mo.) School District superintendent and president of the School Superintendents Association , in a discussion on how best to drive digital transformation in schools , hosted by edWeb and the Consortium for School Networking.

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Augmented Reality – The Art of BYOD in the Classroom


We set out to employ BYOD (bring your own devices) with augmented reality


Google Slides interactive notebooks + 20 activities to fill them

Ditch That Textbook

Interactive notebooks have taken lots of classrooms everywhere by storm. The idea: a central space where students can create, write and make meaning. When they’re done well, students get that spark of excitement. Learning goes to a different level. When they’re done poorly, it becomes worksheets glued to pages. Interactive notebooks don’t have to go […].

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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.

Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Teachers are constantly engaging with others—students, parents, and colleagues—yet they are the only ones with a complete understanding of their classrooms and practices. As a result, being a teacher can be lonely. I taught at a small school. I loved my colleagues on my social studies team; we shared resources and supported each other. Still, if I wanted to integrate new ideas into my curriculum, I usually had to do a lot of the heavy lifting myself.

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Here’s the Easiest Way to Check for Plagiarism

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the biggest problems facing digital natives as they grow into adults is understanding how to maneuver the vastness of the Internet ethically, safely, and to serve their needs. It sounds simple–log on, search, enjoy–but let’s equate this to a shopping mall. You enter the wide, inviting front doors, find the store with the product you need, and then must pay for it. If you don’t have money, you can’t get the product.

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15 go-to resources for teachers short on time

Ditch That Textbook

There is one thing that all teachers agree we need more of. One thing we can never have enough of and one that we seem to always be running out of in our classrooms. Although it may not be possible to actually add hours to our day, we can utilize the resources available to […]. DitchBook Twitter chat edtech go to lesson ideas lesson ideas teaching time saving lessons

How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education with Michael Cohen

The CoolCatTeacher

Michael Cohen aka the Tech Rabbi on episode 448 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of Education by Design talks about classroom design. We should design the classroom environment for learning. Today’s sponsor: Empatico. This free tool helps educators around the world connect their students.

How Do Children Learn Empathy?

Digital Promise

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Empathy, the ability to understand others and feel compassion for them, is arguably the most defining human quality – setting us apart from smart machines and even other animals. Without it, we couldn’t function in social areas such as the schools, court rooms and office workplaces that are the cornerstones of our society.

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).

33 Resources for Read Across America Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many people in the United States, particularly students, parents and teachers, join forces on Read Across America Day , annually held on March 2. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Here are some great reading websites for students K-5: Aesop Fables —no ads. Aesop’s Fables. Audio stories. Childhood Stories. Classic Fairy Tales. Fairy Tales and Fables. Listen/read–Free non-fic audiobooks. Starfall. Stories read by actors. Stories to read for youngsters.

Carnegie Mellon Institute Leader Shares Guidance for Women on a Computer Science Path

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Dena Haritos Tsamitis, the director of Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute, provides insight about opportunities in the computer science field and the importance of collaboration and a work/life balance. The post Carnegie Mellon Institute Leader Shares Guidance for Women on a Computer Science Path appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog career career advice Computer Science Entrepreneurship


Empatico: A Breakthrough Way to Promote Empathy (And It’s Free)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Empatico is a free platform, targeted to students aged 7-11, that helps classrooms connect in powerful ways. I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have created more than 30 global collaborative projects in that time, co-winning the ISTE Online learning award with that first project in 2006. As I look for opportunities to collaborate, I look for simple, easy ways.

How Guatemalan Students in Omaha Are Breaking Language Barriers

Digital Promise

Being the new kid in school is always tough. Making new friends, getting to know new teachers, and learning new hallways can be challenging and scary for any student. But imagine being the new kid in school in a new country that speaks an entirely different language—that can be downright intimidating. Welcome to R.M. Marrs Magnet Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the past two years, the school has seen an influx of students from Guatemala.

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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.

Kid-created Games That Teach

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s discouraging to all stakeholders that annually, about 1.2 million students fail to graduate from high school. And “Pathways to Prosperity” reports that just 56% of college attendees complete a degree. Fingers point all directions but nothing changes the stark truth: Something causes kids to hate learning so much that they’d rather face their future without the knowledge or skills to do so successfully.

10 tips for creating awesome diginotes with Canva

Ditch That Textbook

I’m pretty sure I am addicted to Canva, the graphic-design tool website. Canva, which uses a drag-and-drop format allows non-designers to create a variety of graphic designs with ease. Seriously though, anytime someone says they need a poster, marketing tool, social media graphic, I’m drooling at the thought of creating my next design. A while […]. Guest Blog canva diginotes digital notes edtech educational technology sketchnotes sketchnoting visual notetaking

Why Playful Learning Is So Important in the Classroom and the Real World

The CoolCatTeacher

David Gann on episode 449 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter David Gann, Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, shares what his research has shown about playful learning in the business world and classroom. This is a great show for those who think “play” is a bad word and to realize that play is applicable at all levels of success.

Utilizing Augmented Reality as an Impetus for Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Technology continues to make inroads in classrooms across the world at a dizzying pace. This makes complete sense as every learner in our classrooms at this point have known nothing but a digital world. In many cases, they’ve grown up with access to incredibly immersive technology practically since birth. As a result, it can be difficult at times to compete for attention using traditional teaching methods like whiteboards, worksheets, and extended direct instruction.

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.

Here’s a Preview of March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in July: Teaching Basic Cybersecurity Measures. Solve 50% of Tech Problems with 16 Simple Solutions. 3 Favorite Webtools. Looking for Trusted Advisors? Look No Further. Peer Feedback That Works. Celebrate Pi. 10 Myths About Teaching with Tech. Patrick’s Day Resources. 8 Tech Tools for PE Teachers. SEL in Education Success. What I’ve Learned from my Computer. 11 Projects to Teach Digital Citizenship.

Promoting student well-being through serious games


Let’s play: what comes to mind when you think of the word “game”? Some people will think of their childhood. Others, of board games and fun evenings with friends. Most probably, the majority of us will think of video games. My point is, gaming can mean different things to different people based on their previous experience. Quick confession: I used to be a simmer so I think of green plumbobs. Even so, I get it.

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5 Ways to Teach with Art

The CoolCatTeacher

Nicola Giardina, author of The More We Look, the Deeper It Gets: Transforming the Curriculum Through Art shares five ways we can incorporate art into our teaching. <iframe <iframe style="border: none" src="//"

Takeaways for School Districts from the Latest Happenings at Harvard

Education Elements

Last August, my Education Elements “familEE” of consultants and district partners supported me on a new journey to the Technology, Innovation, and Education masters program at Harvard University. Through my experience so far, I’d like to share the following lessons and takeaways for K-12 districts. School Districts Leaders

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!

Dear Liberal Arts Major: STEM Companies Need Your Skills to Grow


Jennifer Wolochow majored in philosophy and religion at Stanford, hoping to become a high school teacher. “I I just really enjoyed learning about why people believe different things around the world and how that informs their actions everyday,” she said. But instead of a classroom, Wolochow now works on the Silicon Valley campus of a company that’s using technology to make learning more accessible to people throughout the world.

Executive Functioning and the Role it Plays with Students


In the first post of her three-part series, special education teacher Sarah Kesty will discuss executive functioning and how it effects students in the classroom. Her following blog posts will address techniques and strategies to teach it and what technology and supports can be implemented to help both teachers and students. Read on to learn […]. The post Executive Functioning and the Role it Plays with Students appeared first on OnCUE.

How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian S. Friedlander talks about Amazon Alexa on Episode 447 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Brian S. Friedlander talks about the Amazon Alexa devices and why so many teachers are excited about them. Today’s sponsor: Empatico. This free tool helps educators around the world connect their students.

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K–12 Teachers Use Virtual and Augmented Reality Platforms to Teach Coding

EdTech Magazine

K–12 Teachers Use Virtual and Augmented Reality Platforms to Teach Coding. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 02/28/2019 - 15:20. Virtual and augmented reality in the classroom has proved to be effective for history and chemistry lessons. However, a new use for these tools is now emerging: teaching computer science. . Currently, one of the few setbacks to integrating virtual reality is a lack of readily available content. .

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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 Surprising, Research-Backed Benefits of Active Screen Time


If you had to guess how much time teenagers spend using screens outside of work each day, how many hours would you guess? How about nine? According to Common Sense Media, teens today are spending an average of nine hours a day online , while kids from ages eight to 12 are spending an average of six. That’s a lot of time on screens. Even teens themselves are beginning to think they’re overdoing it: Recent Pew research shows that 54 percent of U.S.

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10 Ways To Give Students More Control Of Their Education

TeachThought - Learn better.

10 Ways To Give Students More Control Of Their Education contributed by Jenna Smith Allowing students to be involved and take control of their education gives them the tools to be much more successful. As educators, the idea of giving students control can seem like a crazy move, but it actually gives them ownership in […]. The post 10 Ways To Give Students More Control Of Their Education appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

Reclaiming Your Calling #MotivationMonday with Brad Gustafson

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Principal Brad Gustafson, author of Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education , inspires us to find our reason for teaching and being an educator again. If you’re struggling, this is an inspiring show that you’ll want to listen to. You’ll also want to think about your “big three” of character traits for your school, team, or classroom.