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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? Strategies to ‘see’ the progress of learners are vital in lessons – constant checking of who is excelling and who is struggling. Once this information is acquired, it is important to do something with it i.e. instant feedback or a challenge for the next lesson.

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.


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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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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. USC Rossier Online has created The Guide to Pinterest for Educators to help educators get started. There are tips for curating content, organizing your Pinterest boards, collaborating with other educators, and even connecting with students online.

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.

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. It’s becoming more common as students start life on iPads: Do you have any suggestions for kids who have developed substitute patterns for using home row keys?

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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? Click below to watch my video tutorial: How could I use it in lessons? It is perfect for when you are painting and doing line drawings. Try the app when taking ‘ sketch notes ‘ Annotate photos using Paper 53.

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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. I can wish for something that never will be and not do what is right in front of me.

3 Online Keyboarding Programs Students Will Choose

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teaching kids keyboarding isn’t about finding the perfect online website or downloaded software and setting students lose on a year-long self-directed journey of progressive lessons hoping their speed and accuracy improves. That might work for adults, but it’s a prescription for boredom and failure with K-8 students. They require a mixture of activities, only one of which is drill. I’ve discussed my eclectic mixture in earlier posts.

Pair Activities with Mobile Devices

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” ” – Henry Ford. Our learners love their mobile devices. However, many of our learners rarely use their mobile devices to communicate with others face-to-face or develop relationships with their peers. We can guide our learners to communicate and collaborate effectively with their mobile devices by pairing or grouping them to problem-solve and create.

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).

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. Tagged: blended learning , edtech , education , learning , lessons , Minecraft , teaching , teaching ideas , tech , tech tools , technology. education blended learning edtech learning lessons Minecraft teaching teaching ideas tech tech tools technology

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. Our first week’s theme was on Toy Making and Hacking. Here are the webpages of resources I aggregated on these maker activities: DIY Science Toys – [link]. Toy Take Apart – [link].

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. Book Review: Google Apps Meets Common Core. Dear Otto: How do I teach Google Drive to K/1? Google Gravity. Google Apps Support Bloom’s Taxonomy–Take a Look. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

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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!

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.

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.

6 Ways to Build Culture When Leading a Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

This post originally appeared on The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition.

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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Arts-based Teaching in Elementary Schools

EdNews Daily

By Kathleen J. Tate, Ph.D. Professor and Program Director of Teaching, School of Education, American Public University. The role of visual art, music, dance, and theatre in K-12 education continues to evolve. With efforts like Rhode Island School of Design’s championing of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, the arts remain at the forefront of dialogue about best practices in elementary education).

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.

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. We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Carver Military Academy case study


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

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.

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). However, for many young people, particularly women and students of color, STEM fields are still out of reach. This lack of access and exposure leads to under representation of minorities and women in the jobs of the future.

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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!

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. Or maybe you think they are all a waste of time. What do you think kids think about when they hear the names of those apps?

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. Perhaps she was so busy sealing her scrolls with wax that she missed the signal fire message that electronic signatures are now legally valid , even in Louisiana ?

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. It’s somewhat like the difference between an iPhone 6S and your iPhone 6S. An iPhone 6S has a 4.7″

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How Can "Sprints" Help Schools and Districts?

Education Elements

Ah, the joy of grade-level meetings. In my past life as a public school teacher, I attended them every Tuesday morning at 7:45 AM. All the teachers on my team met to learn about new school and district mandates, plan field trips, and vent about challenging students and how to help them. Even with the most well-intentioned teacher planning and running the meetings, rarely did they result in a list of clear actions with clear owners and clear deadlines. Teachers Districts schools

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.

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. We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Carver Military Academy case study

Are our definitions of ‘college readiness’ too high?

Dangerously Irrelevant

David Freedman said: The College Board has suggested a “college readiness benchmark” that works out to roughly 500 on each portion of the SAT as a score below which students are not likely to achieve at least a B-minus average at “a four-year college” – presumably an average one. How many high-school students are capable of meeting the College Board benchmark?

Chicken or Egg? Growing a Gritty Problem-Solving Mindset

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 5, Number 8. Driving Question: What comes first Grit or Problem Solving? After I saw the movie "The Martian". I thought a lot about this question. Did grit come first for the stranded astronaut so he survive because of his grit? Or did his problem solving skills come first and he developed the grit to go with his problem solving skills? Which was more important? Which came first? I tossed the coin. P21 Blogazine