Sat.Nov 28, 2015 - Fri.Dec 04, 2015

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.

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.

Trends 239

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.

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.

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.

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.

How To 312

More Trending

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.

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.

Study 185

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.

4 Collaborative Projects Students Will Love

Ask a Tech Teacher

Collaboration is the new rigor in the classroom. Who hasn’t been mesmerized by children gathered at a table engaged in a high-level discussion, making shared decisions, and demonstrating deep, scaffolded learning?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Trends 261

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.

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.

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

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.

eBook 204

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

Keep It Simple

iTeach with iPads

Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd. Kevin Barnett. American Thanksgiving has just passed and we are on the bullet train to Christmas! How are things where you are…busier than ever I am guessing?

iPad 137

EdTech at School

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

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.

Data 130

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.

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!

Google Apps for Education Tips, Tricks, and our Favorite Chrome Extensions | #TechEducator 101


Download. Listen in a New Window. iTunes. Stitcher. SoundCloud. Leave a Review. Clammr It. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Follow @TeacherCast. Leave a VoiceMail. In this Episode, we discuss and demonstrate our favorite Google Apps for Education Tips, Tricks, and Chrome Extensions.

Google 128

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.