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Blended Learning Meets the Ghost of Textbooks Past

The Journal

No question: the future of educational technology is blended learning enacted in 1-to-1 classrooms. But: exactly what instruction will be delivered? In the past, textbooks played the role of providing teachers with the day-by-day, week-by-week, instructional roadmap. Current lesson marketplaces, however, provide supplemental lessons; there is a huge need for basal/comprehensive, blended learning curricula. Curriculum developers: Listen up

Lessons to Help Rural Startups Overcome Obstacles

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

An ed-tech startup from Hawaii explores what it takes to innovate outside of a large, urban area without access to investors or vast numbers of students. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email blendedlearning edtech entrepreneur hawaii rural startup startuplessons startuplife


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And the top e-learning trends for 2016 are.


It’s December, it’s almost the end of the year and it's time to talk about the 2016 e-learning trends. We always love to greet the new year with a bang, both literally and figuratively. So, to get you straight to the point - I’m here to point out, what I deem, will be the ed tech trends for the next year. Just to get things going, here’s a recap of 2015. First, mobile learning. Sure, there were lots of devices released in 2014 and the years before, but 2015 was the mobile age.

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Pay Attention to Your Digital Footprint

A Principal's Reflections

“ Your digital footprint paints a portrait of who you are as an educator, leader, school, or district. Make sure it conveys your true values and work.” – Eric Sheninger In the age where billions of people have taken both their personal and professional lives online you better be cognizant of your digital footprint. With each Facebook post, email, Instagram photo, comment on a blog, YouTube video, Skype call, etc. you are leaving a trail that can be seen, searched, or tracked.

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.

8 Ways to Become a Better Educator Every Day

The CoolCatTeacher

Great teachers self-assess. Poor teachers change nothing. Test yourself. Is your teaching solid? Don’t take for granted that students are learning. Give yourself a regular check up. Great teachers learn. They learn about their pupils. They understand their classroom. They make it better. Great teachers become a better educator every day. I can tell a great teacher with one question. What is the next thing you want to do in your classroom?”.

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The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Cycle 7: Make it Meaningful

Teacher Reboot Camp

Help us inspire teachers worldwide for 2016 by suggesting one of the 30 Goals for Cycle 7 ! We have a grand mission to transform the world and that is overwhelming. We need the support of a community of compassionate and empathetic educators to help drive us. The 30 Goals Challenge began in 2010 to meet this need. We are a community of teachers across the globe accomplishing 1 to 30 goals to improve our instructional practices and keep our learners motivated.

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Myth: Online Teachers Have No Effect on Students


Contributor: Kelli Hicks Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 11:45am I have heard a lot of people say that they don’t think that online schooling works well because there isn’t in-person interaction between a student and their teacher. This belief is a myth. When both teachers and students participate the same way they would in a face-to-face setting, amazing things happen in the online world—just as often as they do in the traditional classroom

9 Super Apps For Stargazers

The CoolCatTeacher

Get into Nature to Nurture. The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. One of the most beautiful things about living in the country is being able to see all the stars. You can enjoy the sky even more when you ‘ve got the right apps. 9 Super Apps for Stargazers. Augmented Stargazing. Augmented Stargazing is looking at the stars through a cell phone as the phone overlays constellations, stars, planets, satellites and more.

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17+ Holiday Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are some great projects to keep your children tech-involved over the holidays. They take lots of critical thinking, problem-solving, and are worth the effort! Let me know how these go: 19 Holiday Websites For Your Students. Holidays. Book Review: 16 Holiday Projects. Holiday Newsletter. A Holiday Card in KidPix. A Holiday Memory in Word or KidPix. A Holiday Letter for Grades 2-6. Holiday Card in Publisher. Holiday Flier in Publisher. A Holiday Story in MS Word for Grades 2-7.

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).

Staying Grounded in Reading Realities

Voyager Sopris Learning

A Better Approach for Struggling Readers. At the end of October, I attended and spoke at the annual International Dyslexia Association (IDA) meeting in Dallas. IDA remains the best interdisciplinary conference for all professionals, advocates, and families concerned with reading, writing, and language difficulties. IDA meetings, over the past three decades, are where I’ve obtained my real education. Literacy Educational Technology Intervention Struggling Students Dyslexia

Frozen yogurt, Twitter and innovative learning spaces

Ditch That Textbook

If you visit a coffee shop, restaurant or ice cream shop that has a variety of furniture, what type of furniture draws you in most? Do you gravitate toward the plush, overstuffed chairs? The high bar stools? A basic table with chairs? I have a teacher friend named Matt Miller. Funny story … we’re both [.]. Teaching cascade middle school classroom design classroom furniture moonshot thinking orange leaf pln twitter

Five Sites and Six Hours Created Real Potential for Under-skilled Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Patti is the Director of Adult Learning Initiatives at Digital Promise and has over 20 years experience developing products for adults. You can follow her on Twitter @patticonstan. On Nov. 18, Digital Promise held its first ever Designing a Better Future for Adult Learners design challenge in five locations across the country via simulcast web conference. The 150 thoughtful, inspiring attendees, who formed 20 teams, engaged deeply in designing real solutions for under-served adults.

Hour of Code: Create Macros

Ask a Tech Teacher

Creating a macro is a quick, easy programming exercise that students fifth grade and up can accomplish with moderate supervision. By fifth grade, students appreciate technology for how it can speed up their homework and class projects and seek out ways to use it to make their educational journey easier. Take advantage of this by introducing pre-programming skills like creating macros. Here’s a video I shared during Summer PD : Questions about macros? Leave a comment!

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.

The Power of One Conversation

The CoolCatTeacher

Sue and Mrs. Scruggs Sue’s lunch pail slung back and forth as she waited for the bus. She fingered a rip in her homemade skirt and thought it was time for another patch. Another patch? Sue looked longingly over at two of the most popular girls in her class. They were dressed stylishly as they threw their bags in the convertible and jumped in for a ride home with their boyfriends. Wishing for the life of a popular girl was a waste of time. Sue knew that.

East Campus: Uncovering the brilliance in every student

Dangerously Irrelevant

High school student Jeff Bliss famously said in 2013 , “If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a freakin’ packet, yo. It’s kids in here that don’t learn like that. They need to learn face to face.” Unfortunately, too many alternative high schools are just about worksheet packets and self-paced online courses.

How Strong is the Evidence? A Tool to Evaluate Studies of Ed Tech Products

Digital Promise

Aubrey is the Research Director at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @aubreyfrancisco. Kelsey is the Research Communications Manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @kelseye144. Technology offers a huge opportunity for schools to personalize learning for each student, but there is limited high-quality evidence to show which products are effective.

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Hour of Code: Build Websites

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a tech teacher, I see a lot of student websites. I’m always impressed with the effort, the tenacity, and often the skill, but most require ‘some additional work’ to be published. And then I got an email from Stephen Byrne. In his quest to better learn history, he blended it with his love of of programming and built a website. It’s called History for Kids. It is exceptional, not only for its clean, intuitive presentation, but it’s age-appropriate language.

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.

Top Education Tweets of November 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and topics on Twitter November was a busy month. Out of 758 tweets, these are the top 10 based on your retweets, shares, and click-throughs on Twitter Analytics. If you haven’t checked out Twitter analytics yet, head on over to [link]. Top Education Tweets: November 2015. A graphic created by @ ASTsupportAAli to help kids reflect on their learning. Some people love this plenary review grid and are using this with classes.

Mass CUE Keynote: Creatively Teach the Common Core with Technology

Catlin Tucker

I had the pleasure of delivering the keynote at Mass CUE this year! Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology . Available NOW on Amazon ! . Learning

Teaching Educator Digital Literacy With A Pinterest Party

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I will freely admit that Pinterest is one of those services that I haven't been a big user of. When it first appeared my wife took to it instantly. Now, she is a teacher but she didn't go in the hunt of resources for the classroom. She was looking for recipes, design ideas and oddly enough, wedding dresses (we were already married so I'm still not really sure about that one).

Subscriber Special: December

Ask a Tech Teacher

65+ Great Gifts. For teachers. Don’t know what to get? Choose one of the 65 ideas here ranging from $1.99-$199 (or more). Everything from lesson plans to curricula to student workbooks to online classes and more. Need help deciding? Talk to one of our curriculum specialists. They’ll help you figure out what’s best. Our holiday gift to you: When you make your selection, use this coupon code and get 15% off: HAPPYHOLIDAY15. Good through 12/25/15.

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!

Top Blog Posts on the Cool Cat Teacher Blog

The CoolCatTeacher

November 2015 November has been a busy month. Not only are teachers using new tools, but they are struggling with burnout and old-fashioned interpersonal skills. We are needing inspiration and simple edtech advice as shown by the top blog posts here on the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and shows this month. Top 10 Blog Posts of November 2015: The Cool Cat Teacher Blog. 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around. Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students.

A gamified social learning experience


Following up on my previous post on social media as a tool for learning, I want to write something about social learning and gamification. Because really, this is so relevant these days – we spend hours and hours on social media and gamers spend billions of hours levelling up on their favorite video games. And who wouldn’t like the idea of learning by socializing and gamifying the learning experience? Video games, by principle, are purely for entertainment purposes only.

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Why Edutopia Is Right About Assessment But Wrong About Grades

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The title of an Edutopia blog post — “When Grading Harms Student Learning” — hooked me instantly. Wonderful, I thought, a reputable source is lending credence to an idea that has been gaining traction for some time now: Grading is indeed harmful to learning. I couldn’t start reading fast enough. Sadly, about 10 seconds into the post, I […]. The post Why Edutopia Is Right About Assessment But Wrong About Grades appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Edtech Data Analytics - The Devil is in the. Interpretation


The shift towards digital workflows, the move towards assessment and the adoption of standards has transformed schools into a data rich environment. There is a wealth of knowledge to uncover from the intersection of student assessment data, attendance records, demographics from the SIS, feeds from instrumented classrooms, and a variety of other sources. However, finding the data that matters requires more work than simply loading these datasets into an analytics suite. Research Edtech Update

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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 Many Faces of Learning Together at High Tech High

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 3. Driving Question: What Does Faculty-Driven, Collaborative PD Look Like at a High Tech High? This photo-post follows the written description of High Tech's full-year description of its professional learning program from yesterday. Pictures are a thousand words. They tell the story of what we value in our professional learning journey through the school year.

Reflections on Open Education and the Path Forward

Iterating Toward Openness

There’s been a lot of discussion about open textbooks, efficacy research, and student cost savings in the wake of this year’s #OpenEd15. The general theme of the conversation has been a concern that a focus on open textbooks confuses the means of open education with the end of open education. I’m compiling a Storify of examples of this really engaging writing – you should definitely take the time to read through it.

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iPad Coding Apps for Beginners

Class Tech Integrate

As we approach Computer Science in Education Week this year. I wanted to share 3 iPad apps that are great for your young students to use for their Hour of Code. The age/grade ranges are suggestions, you may have to differentiate accordingly for your students. REMEMBER: "Hour of Code" doesn't mean that a child needs to be on an app for a solid hour non-stop. Ten minutes a day here or there would be great for our young coders.

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