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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?

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.”

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.

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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.

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.

Why Teachers Are So Influential in the Choices Young People Make

Ask a Tech Teacher

We take for granted the massive impact teachers have on students–but we shouldn’t. Now and then, we need to consider exactly what it is that teachers do so well that changes the lives of learners young and old.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

I am PiCademy and So Can You by @SamPatue


Coming off of PiCademy [] I feel like I can do anything if I am surrounded by the right group of people. It was one of the smartest and most right-minded rooms I have ever been in. Kid-focused From the start, the focus was right.

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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.

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.

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.”

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.

How Does a School District Successfully Rollout and Sustain an Award Winning Technology Program? | @SalisburySchool


Have you ever wondered what an Apple Distinguished School looks like? Have you ever thought about rolling out a successful 1:1 initiative across thousands of students and teachers?

EdTech at School

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

The high cost of moving fast

The Christensen Institute

Competency-based education (CBE) continues to gain momentum as an alternative to the four-year college degree. Yet, while CBE programs are gaining traction, they struggle against regulatory, accreditation, and financial aid systems built to measure student progress by the ticking of the clock. A look at the recent Zenefits scandal provides a perfect example of the absurdity in incentivizing “seat time” rather than content mastery. The $4.5

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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.

Bernie Sanders and The Inclusive Vision for Public Schools #EduColor

The Jose Vilson

The electoral politic has brought up some revelations. For one, it only takes a couple of “outsider” candidates to reveal the people who otherwise felt disenchanted by the federal government.

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Learning How You Can Teach Coding in the Primary Grades | Featuring @SamPatue #BeyondTheHourOfCode


Have you ever wondered about the mysterious world of coding? Are you still scratching your head trying to figure out what the Hour of Code is all about? In this episode, Sam Patterson will take you Beyond The Hour of Code with his new publication and podcast.

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.