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What Is Your Mental Momentum About Teaching?

The CoolCatTeacher

What has to happen before you can make your classroom better From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We have a problem in the hearts and minds of many educators everywhere. I’m guilty of it sometimes, too. Sometimes my momentum is not moving forward.

Dear Otto: My Students Think Hunt-and-Peck is Good Enough. What do I do?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. . I got this question from a teacher.

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Resource: The Guide to Pinterest for Educators

Catlin Tucker

Social media offers educators the perfect avenue to stay connected, continue learning, and be inspired, however, getting started can be daunting. Some educators love Twitter while others prefer Facebook or Pinterest.

Beyond OER: K-12 Needs An Open Standard for 'Deeply Digital Lessons'

The Journal

OER – open education resources are a boon to K-12. But OER is a start, not an end. As K-12 moves to fully 1-to-1 and blended learning, K-12 needs to go beyond digitized versions of paper-based lessons (and proprietary formats) and develop an open standard for the "deeply digital lesson

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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.

Let’s Catch up at #iste2016 : Here’s how

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. ISTE 2016 is here! I hope to catch up with so many of you out there. Here’s the schedule of where I’ll be presenting and sharing this year. It is always great to go. Since I only go every other year, it is always extra sweet to see people that I’ve not seen in a while. Say hi! If you want links to these events to register, go to my ISTE 2016, Presenter Page. See Vicki’s ISTE 2016 Schedule.

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Maker Camp: Toy Making and Hacking

User Generated Education

For the past two summers, I have gotten the marvelous opportunity to teach maker education camps to elementary level students, ages 5 to 12. Each week has a different theme and each theme meets for the five weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 with a half hour break.

Finding the Right Tools

A Principal's Reflections

For technology to have an effective impact on student learning a solid pedagogical foundation needs to be in place. In my mind, pedagogy trumps technology and the importance of instructional design cannot be overstated.

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My Article For The International Teacher Magazine: Using Minecraft To Engage Students In Learning.


I recently wrote an article for the International Teacher Magazine about simple ways to use Minecraft in the classroom. Click here for the full article. Have you used Minecraft in a lesson? Please leave any comments below.

9 Google Apps Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top 9 nine Google Apps tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Embed a File from Google Drive. Google Apps lesson plan. 8 Google Apps Tricks Every Teacher Should Know. Google Hangouts–Are You Using Them Yet? How to Embed Student Work into Digital Portfolios.

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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.

Is a learning portal different from an LMS?


It isn’t, really. But it is. It’s a fine line between them. While both terms are often used interchangeable, there are situations when learning management system is a better choice of words than learning portal — and the other way around.

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Announcing the Winners of the Deeper Learning Micro-credential Challenge

Digital Promise

We are thrilled to announce our winners for the Deeper Learning Micro-credential Challenge and spotlight their journeys into educating college- and career-ready learners. Our 1st Place team winner comes from Ypsilanti Community Schools in Ypsilanti, MI, and both our 2nd and 3rd Place team winners come from Kettle Moraine School District in Wales, WI. Congratulations!

Paper 53 Is The ‘Sketch-iPad’ You Always Wanted


Paper 53 is a brilliant app which combines drawings, notes, photos and sketches. It is available on the Appstore. The app is simple and user-friendly; just use your finger (or a stylus) to draw, paint, select colours, erase and lots more. How does it work?

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3 Creative Tech Tools to Teach Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

What is ‘writing’? If you look it up in the Free Dictionary, you find this definition: The act or process of producing and recording words in a form that can be read and understood. This focuses on recording words that are then communicated to others.

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EdTech at School

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

Let’s Inspire Each Other During #ISTE2016 #NotAtISTE16

Teacher Reboot Camp

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole (education) community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” ” – George Bernard Shaw.

With blended learning, plan on change

The Christensen Institute

As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory —the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process.

A Free, Downloadable ‘Assessment For Learning’ Prompt sheet.


Assessment for Learning (AfL) is the process of finding out how much progress students have made in their learning and then planning next steps for them. What does successful AfL look like?


Education Elements

When I started writing Disrupting Class in 2006, I was stunned to learn that our school systems—not just in the United States, but throughout most of the world—were not built to optimize learning. They were built to standardize the way we teach and test and for sorting. Personalized Learning Blended Learning

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.

100 Percent Graduation Rates for a Public Military Academy


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 9:30am In its new series, “ Research: Outcomes of Blended/Online Learning Programs ,” the Evergreen Education Group takes an in-depth look at successful blended and online programs across the nation to examine the best practices that have created tangible results.

What We Learn from Making

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. What are the real benefits of a maker-centered approach to learning? It’s often described as a way to incubate STEM skills or drive technical innovation — and it is probably both of these. But as a new report from Project Zero ’s Agency by Design concludes, the real value of maker education has more to do with building character than with building the next industrial revolution.

Startups tackle civil rights disparities in new ways

The Christensen Institute

This month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released its semi-annual report titled, 2013–14 Civil Rights Data Collection: A First Look.

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Get Learners Moving With Mobile Devices

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.” ” – John Holt. Unlike many other technologies, mobile devices can support physical health along with learning. With a mobile device students can create, problem solve, critical think, and engage with the world around them. In my digital book, Learning to Go , you’ll find rubrics, handouts, and lesson plans for some of the activities listed below.

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.

Deeper Learning, STEM Education and Real Work- Special Guest Commentary

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 5, Number 7. Driving Question: How Does Deeper Learning Connect the Real Work World and STEM Education? The fastest growing career fields in our country's changing economy are geared towards science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Changing Our Views On Social Media For Learning

The Web20Classroom

Snapchat Facebook Instagram Vine Twitter What do you think about when you hear those words? Maybe you think about social media in general and how it’s continuing to grow. Or maybe you think about how those can be used as platforms to connect with others.

Cuneiform, anyone?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Louisiana just passed a law mandating that all students learn cursive in grades 3 through 12. That’s right – all the way through high school. Not computer science. Cursive… Beth Mizell, the state senator who sponsored the bill, said that she wanted people to have a signature.

Three Reasons Why We Love Social Learning (And So Should You)


If we haven’t mentioned it lately, we will now: we view ourselves as a social learning platform. We don’t love the label “learning management system” because we don’t think learning should be managed. We just like the idea of giving classrooms collaborative tools that work and watching the magic.

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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.