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Words Matter: Let’s Talk About Learning, Not Technology

Digital Promise

I still remember the first time I held a voluntary workshop on Google Docs for a staff of 100 teachers. I called it “10 Ways to Use Google Docs in Your Classroom.” ” Five people showed up.

iPads and Science in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” Chad Sugg. Fall is my favorite season, but living on the coast of South Carolina, we see very little evidence of the season. We experience fall for about a week and a half in late November or early December.

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Learning Beyond The Classroom Walls

The Web20Classroom

When I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, I started out like many students do. I sat down at my laptop, went to Google and started searching. Eventually I landed on a program at an in-state university that was one of the first of its kind. Everything was virtual.

Ivory Tower University Researchers: Making Valuable Contributions to Classroom Practice

The Journal

In this second installment of our “Learnings from Singapore” blog post mini-series, we focus on the critically important role that “Ivory Tower” university researchers can play in improving classroom practice

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Educators Across the Country Challenge the @FCC to Bring #Internet4Schools to ALL of Our Kids!


40 Million K-12 Students Do Not Have the Level of Internet They Need in Schools The Federal Communications Commission, FCC, is considering expanding access for kids across the country.

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Ten Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I took some time to look over my past posts and decided I needed to provide Social Studies Teachers with some great resources for their classroom.

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Sustaining Outdated Practices Will Not Transform Schools

A Principal's Reflections

When one looks at education in general there is very little change from over 150 years ago. Back then the education system was designed to serve an industrialized world that was in desperate need of skilled factory workers. What resulted was the quick development of a system to educate as many students as possible in a fashion that was cheap and easy.

Encouraging Autonomy Using QR Codes in the Primary Classroom


Written by CUE Member and Guest Blogger Michael Tillyer @mtillyer For the past twenty years as a public school teacher (18 of that in Kindergarten), I have constantly been searching for ways to utilize technology to transform the educational process for my young students.

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Can We Do That? (ROI/ Risk and Sphero)

My Paperless Classroom

Working with middle schools kids in an afterschool programming club, I am always looking for an engaging challenge. When I mentioned the idea to my robot club they said "Oh that will be easy." Sphero Robots to dance. He mentioned Ok Go''s new video "I won''t let you down."

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.

Calming, Part 2


Many of our students have difficulty regulating themselves around problem situations--or situations that are not even really a problem.

Interactive whiteboards: A Comparison + Some Alternatives

The Innovative Educator

Guest Post By Matt Shufro Editor's Note: Too many schools are not smart when it comes to interactive whiteboards and other projection devices. This is a smart and insightful look into what projection device might make the most sense classrooms.

PBL & Flipped Learning at Home using Rainbow Looms

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My daughters are 8 and 6 years old and they have gotten into the Rainbow Loom craze. In the melee of doing laundry and catching up on stuff during our November break, I realized that flipped, project based learning was going on in my own home.

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Exploring Yosemite, the New Mac OS

My Paperless Classroom

This episode of the TechEducator podcast we dive deep into Yosemite, and Jeff Bradbury and Jeff Herb compete for the title of Mac-Daddy. Who has the best tips and tricks? It doesn''t matter because you will win with all the new things you learn about how this OS powers up your productivity.

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.

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Overcoming Common Hurdles


Video & Transcript Video Transcript: The Flipped Class: Overcoming Common Hurdles. Jon Bergmann: Here are some tips to overcome some of the hurdles and blunders that we’ve seen commonly happen as teachers flip their classrooms. Aaron Sams: Make sure your students can access the content.

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Birds of a Feather Learn Together: 3 Steps to Becoming an Organized Tweeter


I’ll be the first to admit it: when I first started using Twitter 3 years ago, I used it purely as a social outlet. I “connected” with my favorite celebrities, chatted with a few of my friends and poked fun at the funny trending hashtags.

Tutorial: Anecdotal Comments for Learning Skills with Google Forms

Inquire and Inspire

A few weeks ago, I posted the steps to creating a Google Form for gathering anecdotal observations about learning skills. When I wrote the initial post , I hadn''t yet started writing my report cards.

Connecting with Authors via Social Media

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While many will vilify social media and focus only on the posts where folks are acting inappropriately or unprofessionally, social media is very powerful tool for connecting regular ol'' folks like you and me with experts in a field.

EdTech at School

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

Online Learning Research

The Thinking Stick

Photo Credit: MaceyBuchanan via Compfight cc. Seeing that I’m fully invested in online professional development for educators through both COETAIL and Eduro Learning , I’m always on the look out for research on how to make online learning better.

Take a Chance with This HTML: Random Messages & Links

Learning in Hand

I’ve been experimenting with coding web pages that display random text or redirect you to a random webpage. In reality, the text and websites aren’t entirely random. The HTML randomly selects from a list of text messages or a list of URLs.

A Google A Day: Put Students’ Searching To The Test!


“There’s no right way to solve it, but there’s only one right answer.” ” I’m a little late to the party, but Google’s awesome techniques of asking trivia questions that push students to use search skills and operators to find the answer has been ramped up. What used to be slideshow lesson plans (which are still … Continue reading → Digital Citizenship eLearning Games edtech education google search technology

Integrating technology into learning

Learning with 'e's

Using technology in the classroom and integrating technology for learning are two different things. The first is something that any teacher can do without much thinking, but to truly integrate technology into education takes a great deal of imagination, thinking and planning.

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.

Going #GAFE (Google Apps for Ed)? Here's a Great Resource

The Innovative Educator

More and more schools are flying solo as they move toward becoming a Google Apps for Education school. If you don't know, Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a suite of free web applications and cloud-based storage that can be accessed from any modern web browser and is tailored for use in K-12 schools. The most popular apps are Google docs, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings. This can replace the Microsoft Office Suite and it's all free.

Please Vote for St. Marys Intermediate School for @CompassLearning Video Contest

The Mobile Native

Marys Intermediate School has some EXCITING news to share. We have been selected as a finalist in the Compass Learning Classroom Refresh Video Contest. Our video was chosen from over 120 videos from all over the United States. We have a chance to win up to $55,000 worth of new technology for our school, but we need your help! Go to to sign up. Our video is called “We Wish We All Would Use Technology More”. Your vote will take us one step closer to winning.

Using Technology to Support At-Risk Youth

Educator Innovator

The nation’s 23.8 million non-dominant students comprise nearly half of the school population, and many of them are underserved by their school systems, particularly when it comes to technology use.

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Learning with 'e's

One of the most radical shifts of pedagogy in recent years has been where learners take control of their own learning leading them to create their own content. Previously, the generation of new knowledge was the preserve of the expert, the academic, the teacher.

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.