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22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you don’t have children, you may not have noticed the massive changes going on in the local schoolhouse. Those geeky tech tools that we adults like to avoid are taking over the classroom. Every year, students face new iPads, apps, online grading systems, webtools, digital devices, LMSs, cloud-based homework, digital portfolios, and more. As a teacher for twenty five years (the last fifteen in technology), it has my head spinning. But–this may surprise you–students don’t mind a wit.

Shared Leadership Teams – The Series

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The multiple perspectives, the buy-in from diverse stakeholders, shared leadership teams are a powerful tool in your arsenal for making large-scale school change stick. Shared leadership teams focus on the strategic work of the school. They focus on school change and improvement. They are not simply an advisory group. They are the decision making body. Shared Leadership Teams: The Power of Diverse Perspectives. Shared Leadership Teams: What They Are and Aren’t.

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Extreme Learners

User Generated Education

The idea of extreme learners fits so nicely with my ideas of user-generated education. So what follows is an aggregate of ideas, videos, and graphics related to being an extreme learner. Milton Chen has stated, “Extreme learners aren’t so different from everybody else.” I believe that the tenets and characteristics of extreme learners can apply to every learner given the support, time, and skills to do so.

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10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education

Doug Levin

I recently availed myself of the chance to join and learn from many of the leading innovators and thinkers in the emerging blockchain industry at the Chamber of Digital Commerce’s DC Blockchain Summit 2016 , which billed itself (accurately, I think) as “a dialogue at the intersection of industry, regulation, and innovation.”

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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.

Lessons from an Uber Ride

Tom Murray

Traveling often, Uber has become a regular mode of transportation for me. I often enjoy talking to the drivers and hearing their story. Many stories – and the lives of the people – have been fascinating. For instance, last December while in San Diego, my wife and I had the privilege of riding with a young man who served our country during the most recent war in Iraq. His story was different, however.

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STEAM by Design

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 5. Driving Question: How might school-wide STEAM instruction increase student learning? The Bullis Charter School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program is the cornerstone of our core curriculum. The first goal of our STEAM program is to make innovative, engaging, rigorous education available to all students at all levels, The second is to facilitate a deeper conceptual understanding of the material in a meaningful way. P21 Blogazine

Kids Teaching Kids: Tricks to Teach Tech Quickly (4 of 4)

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This is the fourth in a series of posts on teaching technology quickly so technology-based learning activities can be focused more on the learning than on the technology. Kids Teaching Kids. Another effective strategy is “Kids Teaching Kids.” This strategy is important because many teachers still don’t feel they know as much about technology as their students do (whether they actually do, or not).

How e-learning can benefit working students


Working students. Aren't they a character? Interrupting classes because they arrive late, skipping classes altogether and affecting everyone in their learning group by not being totally prepared for the latest course, or turning in late assignments and begging for them to be taken into consideration. And they have the best excuse: they have jobs. Sometimes they seem to forget that a future well-paid job settles above a university degree. Challenges working students usually face.

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Dear Otto: How do I set the default font on MS Word

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names. Here’s a great question I got from a reader: MS Word opens with Calibri 11 and I want Times New Roman 12. How do I change that?

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).

Getting to Know Students in the Online World


Contributor: Kelli Hicks Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:00pm When I first started teaching online, I thought I would never get to know my students very well in the new environment. In my previous brick-and-mortar classroom, I was able to see my students every day and was able to talk and interact with them in person. As a result of this daily interaction, I didn’t just know them academically. I knew about their families, who their friends were, their jobs, and their hopes for after high school.

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Cheat Sheets: Tricks for Teaching Tech Quickly (3 of 4)

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Below, is the third of four posts highlighting techniques that will help insure that teachers are helping students succeed with their work by teaching them the technology skills they need, but doing it quickly, so that most of the time could be spent focusing on content from the curriculum. Cheat Sheets. The third trick for teaching technology quickly is a strategy that works hand in hand with mini lessons: the use of “Cheat Sheets.”.

Ways to Celebrate 'Music in Our Schools Month'

Voyager Sopris Learning

March is Music in Our Schools Month. Since ancient Greece, music has been an important area of study. The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 lists music as a core academic subject. So allow me to step on my music advocacy soapbox (we call them conducting podiums) and illuminate both why and how you can support music in our schools.

This Technology May Eliminate Student Daydreaming

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. This Technology May Eliminate Student Daydreaming By Fergal Bell There are few things more frustrating for a teacher than seeing their students switch off during class. The time and energy spent checking whether children are actively listening or whether they have drifted off could certainly be better used elsewhere. Enter Emotiv, a US based technology […]. The post This Technology May Eliminate Student Daydreaming appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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.

How an “F” Turned into the Greatest Thing that Happened to One Student

The CoolCatTeacher

Stories of the Changing Culture of Teaching and Learning with Dr. Maryfriend Carter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Can giving a failing grade ever benefit a student? Well, our guest Dr. MaryFriend Shepherd Carter shares an unbelievable but true story about something amazing (and a bit scary) that happened when she gave a failing grade to a college student who was pursuing a teaching degree.

How to Avoid Unintentionally Sabotaging Your Shared Leadership Teams

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So, if you are forming shared leadership teams for your initiative, you clearly want to reap the benefits that come from them: increased buy-in, soliciting stakeholder voice and choice, designing and planning strengthened by the power of multiple perspectives. And, if you are the one putting the leadership teams together, then you’re already a leader in your school or district (a little positional authority is usually needed to get them started).

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The mesmerizing, attention-grabbing power of silence

Ditch That Textbook

I hate catching myself droning. It’s a nasty habit that I’ve acquired. Even though I’m trying to kick that habit, I still catch myself doing it. I’m not talking about little helicopters, and I’m not talking about bees. I’m talking about droning on. And on. And on. From the Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English, [.]. Teaching brain research creative teaching instruction instructional strategies presenting


Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 4. Driving Question: How Can We Assess the Potency of STEM Instruction? "A A rose is a rose is a rose", wrote Gertrude Stein. Although her poetic flair captured the essence of every rose's beauty, it didn't distinguish which rose might be the most delightful and which were just great to smell. P21 Blogazine

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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.

ICYMI: Game-Changing Coaching [video]

Fidelis Education

We recently hosted a webinar with Josh Cage, EVP of Greenwood Hall, to talk about jumpstarting a game-changing coaching program, all the way from acquisition of coaches, to best practices in coaching. Check out what he has to say: Uncategorized edtech edtechupdate

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“Just in Time” Lessons: Tricks to Teaching Tech Quickly (2 of 4)

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This is the second in a series of posts on teaching technology quickly so the focus of technology-based learning activities can be on learning through technology rather than the technology itself. Just in Time,” not “Just In Case”. The mistake the Health teacher from the recent post made wasn’t doing the mini lessons before letting students start their project. Her mistake was doing too many mini lessons.

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Stanford Teaching Festival from August 1-5, 2016

Catlin Tucker

This summer I will be teaching a class titled “ Engaging Today’s Learners with Technology ” at the Stanford Teaching Festival from August 1-5th. This class is designed for educators teaching grades 6-12 (cross curricular). Below is detailed course information if you (or a co-worker) is interested in joining me for a hands-on, collaborative professional development course! Course Description . Lack of student engagement is a frustrating reality for many teachers.

The Risks of Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship, Part 2

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

While ed-tech entrepreneurship may be less risky than other sectors, there are still many uncertainties to be aware of. Financial, technology, and market sectors are all areas for deep thought and caution. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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!

ICYMI: Game-Changing Coaching [video]

Fidelis Education

We recently hosted a webinar with Josh Cage, EVP of Greenwood Hall, to talk about jumpstarting a game-changing coaching program, all the way from acquisition of coaches, to best practices in coaching. Check out what he has to say: Uncategorized edtech edtechupdate

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Shared Leadership Teams: What They Are and Aren’t

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Schools already have lots of groups that they call leadership teams. But many of them are not what I would refer to as “shared leadership teams,” not in the sense we were talking about in the previous post. I would probably call them “management teams.”


Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 3. Driving Question: What will happen to me and my students if I redesign my math classroom? Keeping up with the latest and greatest ideas in education is always a challenge; the students, curriculum, and culture are always evolving. As educators we can no longer deny the movement to turning our students into 21st century problem solvers, communicators, collaborators and innovators has gained momentum. These are the qualities the world is now asking of our graduates.

Dreaming big at Iowa BIG

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Do you know about Iowa BIG ? Co-located with a corporate startup accelerator at a former brownfield site of Iowa Steel, Iowa BIG is a project-based learning option for Cedar Rapids area high school students. Students spend half of their day at their traditional, ‘mother ship’ high school and the other half at Iowa BIG. Local businesses, nonprofits, and city agencies pitch proposed projects to the students, hoping that talented youth will take up their challenges.

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.

Social Media and More at CUE 2016 National Conference


The CUE 2016 National Conference is almost here! As the official #notatcue social media coordinator, I thought I’d check in and give conference attendees an update for plans at this year’s event. For the the past year, I’ve been monitoring social media at major CUE events from the comfort of my home outside Chicago. As […]. The post Social Media and More at CUE 2016 National Conference appeared first on OnCUE.

Tricks to Teaching Technology Quickly: Mini Lessons (1 of 4)

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Yesterday, I suggested that teachers sometimes make one of two mistakes when designing technology-based learning activities for students: either spending too much or too little time teaching the technology skills necessary for the activity.

Why Students Don’t Do Their Homework–And What You Can Do About It

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post Why Students Don’t Do Their Homework–And What You Can Do About It appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching