Sat.Dec 13, 2014 - Fri.Dec 19, 2014

Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace

Catlin Tucker

As finals approached this year, I had a desire to do something different. In the past I’ve had students write a timed five-paragraph argument essay about whether Montag, from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, is a conformist or nonconformist.

Students Can Be Most Effective Teachers in the Art of Presentation

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Students can be merciless in their assessment of teacher lessons and presentations. Use those experiences to hone the art of the pitch for startup investors and advisers. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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Impact of a Makerspace

A Principal's Reflections

One of the best parts of my day is checking in on Media Specialist/Teacher Librarian Laura Fleming as she always shares the incredible work her students are doing in the makerspace she created at New Milford High School.

What 2015 Holds for the Future of Education

Digital Promise

As we all take time to reflect on 2014, now is also a good time to look forward to 2015.

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.

Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. – Bajak, A. 2014). In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I talk about how even the best lectures aren’t fair for the majority of students in our classes.

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Google Updates and Improves its Learning Center for Teacher Training

Educational Technology Guy

Google has updated and improved its Learning Center for Teacher Training with new use cases and best practices, making it even more useful and easier to learn about Google apps.

Turning Tech Rollout Obstacles into Student Learning Opportunities

Digital Promise

No matter how well a school prepares for a technology rollout, anyone who has been through that experience knows there are bound to be a few hiccups in the weeks after students get devices in their hands. “During first week post-rollout we quickly discovered that kids being kids were going to test the waters of what they could do with their iPads,” says David Ruiz, a digital technology coach at V.I.D.A. Middle School in Vista, Calif.

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Using @RemindHQ For Leadership

The Web20Classroom

In the past, I''ve written about how much I love using Remind. So much so, I am an advisor to the company. But even if I wasn''t an advisor I think the simple way the service allows for educators to connect to students and parents via text messaging is elegant and so simple to use. What is Remind ?

Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. – Bajak, A. 2014). In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I talk about how even the best lectures aren’t fair for the majority of students in our classes.

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.

Some Great Chrome Apps for Chromebook Classrooms

Educational Technology Guy

Holly Clark has a great article with some great apps for Chromebook classrooms. It has an interactive image of the apps. As you hover over the app icon, it gives short description. Click on it and it takes you to the Google Play page so you can install it. There are some great apps here.

Real Project Based Learning: A Big Delivery….Santa Believes in PBL… Do You?

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Did you know that Santa believes in Project Based Learning? It’s true… in fact I have worked quite hard at finding evidence that supports this conclusion. Recently I was reviewing an outstanding article written for Educational Leadership based on the 8 Essentials for Project Based Learning.

Library of Congress: The Power of Many Primary Sources


Written by CUE Member and Guest Blogger Esther Kligman-Frey History and LOC statistics The Library of Congress (LOC) is the largest library in the world with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in […].

7 Facts about Hackathons for Teachers

My Paperless Classroom

This weekend I was working in Hacker Dojo , a shared workspace in Mountain view and I found that I was surrounded by a Hackathon. I had heard of Hackathons, but since I am not a hacker, I never went to one. The idea is that in a weekend teams create an app or a program.

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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.

Analog (ie paper) resources that work with digital

Educational Technology Guy

Not everyone likes to, feel comfortable, or can go completely paperless. Some like the feel of paper. Sometimes it''s easier to take notes on paper. Sometimes, digital equipment isn''t allowed in an area. Whatever the reason, there are some great paper-based resources that work with digital.

Celebrate Holiday Traditions with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you''re looking for engaging ways to include some holiday fun into your teaching before winter break, you might want to choose ThingLink as a platform for sharing resources.

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Great Apps to Complement Your iMovie App

Comfortably 2.0

The iMovie app could possibly be my favorite app on my iPad. It''s a versatile app that can lead to a whole lot of creation in your classroom Yes, I know that iMovie on my MacBook Pro has all the bells and whistles, but I believe that the app has all the ingredients to make some pretty powerful products in your classroom. I love the fact that the app allows our students (and us) to make

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Roller Coasters in Second Grade #STEM

My Paperless Classroom

Looking for a simple roller coaster design program? My second graders loved Coaster Frenzy. This week in Tech we designed and rode our own Roller Coasters! Building on our STEM study of balance, energy and motion, we used the app Coaster Frenzy to design our own thrill rides.

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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.

A great comparison of Chromebooks vs Windows

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge believer and user of Chromebooks in education. Even with the huge popularity of Chromebooks, there are still a lot of people who don''t understand them or think that they can''t do a lot of things.

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink & Google Apps - ICE 2015

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Every year I look forward to facilitating hands on workshops at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference in February. I truly enjoy working with educators who are eager to create, learn and embrace ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning.

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Innovation vs. Compliance in Education

My Island View

I watched a Ted-Talk recently where the speaker addressed innovation in education. The focus of the talk was on a proposed solution to the problems in education. It boiled down to a lack of innovation in education. The speaker correctly pointed out that classrooms in the US have not substantially changed in a century. In talks that I have done, I often make the same point. I show a slide of an operating room from the early 1950’s and then a slide of one in this Century.

Reverse Engineering Toys, Second Grade #STEM

My Paperless Classroom

The meeting began like many other meetings with my teacher teams. I asked “what are you working on now?” The teacher shared that in science they were starting a project focused on balance in motion. At the end of the unit they are planning on having the children design their own toys.


Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Google Inbox - a replacement for your email with some new features

Educational Technology Guy

Google''s Inbox is there new email client that has a different layout and different ways to handle emails. I''ve been using it for a while now and love it.

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Screentime Is Good For #Students + #StuVoice

The Innovative Educator

The next time someone shares with you another piece of shock journalism with claims that research says if kids use tech they'll get fat and stupid, arm yourself with this piece ( 10 Points Where the Research Behind Banning Handheld Devices for Children Is Flawed ) which debunks that research.

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21st Century Book Reports with iMovie Trailers


Apple did an awesome thing when they added the trailer feature into iMovie. You can easily create a professional looking video in literally minutes. Whether you are using the Mac version (desktop/laptop) or the iPad App, there are so many ways students can use iMovie Trailers to show their learning.

Want Minecraft, but don't Have the Tech? Try #Sugarcraft

My Paperless Classroom

Note: there is a real use of #Sugarcraft and it looks like a healthy community of culenary artists. If this is what you are looking for here, I am sorry. This is about teaching. pedagogy


EdTech at School

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