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How Digital Tools Improve Teaching and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Adapted from an article I co-authored, Real-World Ready: Leveraging Digital Tools Digital tools are transforming essential elements of the education space.

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Things We Want Our Learners to Say

User Generated Education

One of the best indicators that I am doing teaching right is the spontaneous comments made by my learners. This qualitative information, for me as an educator, is a much better measure of success in the classroom than any type of quantitative information.

An Ed-Tech Entrepreneur's Mantra: No Margin, No Mission

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Money can sometimes feel like a dirty word in the education space. And as an edtech entrepreneur, you want to do good, but you also need to make money. Here''s some advice I was given on that. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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10 ways YouTube can engage your classes now

Ditch That Textbook

YouTube is a behemoth. Each month, more than 1 billion unique users visit the site to view 6 billion hours of video per month. It’s the second-largest search engine in the world, bigger than Bing, Yahoo!, Ask and AOL combined.

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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.

With @ClassDojo you can NOW send private messages, share photos, & voice notes to parents & students!


New Flagship ClassDojo App Enables Teacher­-Parent Partnerships to Help Students Achieve their Greatest Potential - click here to connect now for free - I''ve blogged about ClassDojo for a number of years. In fact, I was one of their first users when they were just starting up in 2011.

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Using the iPad for Addition

iTeach with iPads

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. -S. Gudder. We have been working on adding recently in class. We have used counters, fingers, blocks…you name it…if it’s countable, we’ve used it!

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10 thoughts on how to go digital and why we should

Ditch That Textbook

Our world is becoming more and more digital, but our classrooms look much the same as our ancestors’ classrooms. Desks. Students seated. Chalk. Chalkboards. Teachers up front.

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Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #2 - Set Reminders and Alarms

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge fan and user of Evernote , and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I''m starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote. Tip #2 Setting Reminders and Alarms A really nice feature of Evernote is Reminders.

Is the Most Effective Education Technology Always the Most Cutting Edge?

Digital Promise

Imagine yourself trying to find a job when you don’t have a high school diploma. You go to a local community center and ask about the GED classes they offer, but you are too late – the next opening isn’t for months. Most people don’t get much further than this. Life intervenes and they drift away. Even for the persistent, there’s no guarantee they will find the services they need.

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.

New Tradition: Family Reading Time

Catlin Tucker

Most of my blog posts are inspired by the work I do with my high school students. This post is inspired by my own children–ages 6 and 7. My children attend a Spanish immersion school, where they receive 90% of their instruction in Spanish. As part of their homework, they must read each day.

Is Facebook the New School Web Page?

EdTech Magazine

By Matt Renwick The popular social media site has revolutionized how some schools communicate with students and parents. Classroom Curriculum Internet Online Learning Social Media

Acer launches two new Chromebooks designed for the Classroom

Educational Technology Guy

Acer has announced two new Chromebooks specifically designed with the classroom in mind. The C910 is a 15 inch Chromebook and the C740 is a 11.6-inch Chromebook. Both have durable shells and reinforced hinges and can withstand up to 130 pounds of force and an 18" drop.

Ask the Cognitive Scientist: Distributed Practice

Digital Promise

Cognitive scientists have discovered a great deal of information about the mind, brain, memory and learning. While some of these findings have influenced the design and development of educational materials, few have been directly translated to practitioners and students. A group of learning scientists recently identified easy-to-use learning techniques that can help teachers and students achieve their learning goals.

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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.

Google Drive: The Basics

Catlin Tucker

For teachers who are just getting started with Google, Google Drive can be intimidating! In preparation for a Google training, I’ve put together a short explanation of Google Drive and its basic features.

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FETC 2015 Keynotes Highlight the Future of 3D Printing and Game-Based Learning

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith Author Jane McGonigal and MakerBot’s Yuri Salnikoff led the first two keynotes of the conference. Classroom Game-based Learning Leadership Management STEM

Vernier releases free Graphical Analysis app for Chromebooks

Educational Technology Guy

Vernier, makers of very popular sensors and data collection systems, have just released their free Graphical Analysis app for Chromebooks. This addresses a huge need for schools using Chromebooks, and one obstacle that kept some schools from adopting Chromebooks. This app was specifically designed for Chromebooks and allows you to collect and share scientific data using Chromebooks. Students connect to LabQuest2 interface equipment wirelessly to collect data from Vernier sensors.

Friday 5 — 1.23.2015

Perry Hewitt

There’s a reassuring familiarity to Google search. Launched in 1999, Google today accounts for two-thirds of all searches in the U.S. But behind the scenes, the search product is constantly evolving , determined to stay dominant in an era tilting rapidly toward mobile and social.

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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.

From Chaos to Calm: Help Children Learn How to Self-regulate, Pay Attention and Care for One Another

>>> VIEW THE WEBINAR RECORDING. This webinar was record-breaking for edWeb! There were over 7000 pre-registrants and over 2000 live attendees who joined us for the broadcast! More out-of-control children are entering early childhood programs in larger numbers than ever before.

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FETC 2015 Kicks Off With a BYOD Bang

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith A game-based learning event, executive summit and hands-on sessions are highlights of the opening day of the conference. Classroom Collaboration Curriculum Game-based Learning Hardware Leadership Management Mobility Notebooks Online Learning Policies STEM Tablets

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Top 5 Apps for Educational Administrators to Use

Educational Technology Guy

I recently wrote about " My most used/favorite Apps and how I use them ". Here are some great apps for Educational Administrators to use to improve communication, collaboration, efficiency, and organization. Email - may be obvious but there are still administrators out there who don''t use email, or don''t use it effectively. Email is a great way to communicate with staff, faculty, students, and parents. Forget printing memos (and wasting money and paper) send an email.

New-Teacher Academy 2015 on #ntchat: Lesson Planning

Teaching With Soul

In January of 2012, as a resident blogger at Edutopia, I had the privilege of running a five-part series on my Edutopia blog called the New Teacher Academy. It included key concepts that new and pre-service teachers need to develop in their first years of practice.

EdTech at School

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

Sharing Student Work With Parents in a Paperless Classroom

Class Tech Integrate

Currently one of the biggest challenges for Google Classroom or any paperless classroom is, how do I "send" the student's work home to parents. Sure you could print out every assignment the student does, but doesn't that negate the purpose of a paperless classroom?

3 Ways to Crowdsource & Share Science Images

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Many teachers are creating amazing interactive images packed with resources for teaching science. Many students are using ThingLink to demonstrate learning about science by annotating images with multimedia. Good news!

Free to use - 10,000 Film Clips, 64,000 Images, and 100s of audio files

Educational Technology Guy

The new Public Domain Project is offering free film clips, images and audio files for anyone to use. It will have “thousands of historic media files for your creative projects, completely free and made available by Pond5,” an entity that brands itself as “the world’s most vibrant marketplace for creativity.” Currently, there are approximately 10,000 film clips, 500 audio files and 64,000 images, as well as over 100 3D models, including many from NASA.

Alarming Videos Sent Through Video Kik App

Gaggle Speaks

Kik is a free messaging application known for easy account creation and a sense of anonymity.

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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.

Quick takes on Southeast Asia digital

Perry Hewitt

I began 2015 with a few weeks off the grid in Vietnam and Cambodia. The trip was all about learning and exploration — touring, reading, reflecting — and a break from the hyperconnected day-to-day.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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Asana - free teamwork and productivity app

Educational Technology Guy

Asana is a teamwork and productivity app with free and premium accounts, that lets you work collaboratively on projects. They have also just announced a native Android app. Originally, it was just an HTML5 web app.