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10 Things Great Leaders Do

A Principal's Reflections

" Great leaders don't succeed because they are great. They succeed because they bring out greatness in others. " - Jon Gordon There is no shortage of advice on the characteristics, qualities, and attributes that make up a great leader. As I have written in the past, leadership is a choice. It does not rely on a title or power, but instead, the actions that one takes.

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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.

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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.” The event had a strong financial services theme, although I met audience members engaged in a wider array of fields (including healthcare and social media)

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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.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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Why Most School Wi-Fi Networks Are Not Prepared for the Future

EdTech Magazine

By D. Frank Smith This year’s E-Rate applications are expected to amount to $5.8 billion — but will that be enough to prepare schools for the future?

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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. They are not simply an advisory group. They are the decision making body.

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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? 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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Rhode Island Embraces Bold New Comp Sci Initiative

EdTech Magazine

By D. Frank Smith Calling computer science a “new basic skill,” Rhode Island’s governor wants to make the state a new innovation hub.

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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.

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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).

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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

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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Race to the Top Funds Help State Data Systems

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff A recently released report states that schools used $4 billion in federal Race to the Top grant money to make significant progress in areas such as state data systems and instructional resources for teachers.

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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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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.”.

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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.

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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Vote for Nominees in EdTech K–12’s 2016 Must-Read IT Blogs

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Who are some of your favorite K–12 technology bloggers?

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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. 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. Advocacy for music in public education is important because it seems that in today’s society, where quality education is summarily evaluated by data from test scores, a

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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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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 […].

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.

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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, [.].

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Dreaming big at Iowa BIG

Dangerously Irrelevant

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.

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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.

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Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 4. Driving Question: How Can We Assess the Potency of STEM Instruction? "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.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.

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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.

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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day


Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard via flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Brett Vogelsinger Literacy Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem -- they're short, intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.

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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.” Schools frequently have teams that are used to help share information between building administration and teams or departments, or to decide how and when to transition between terms or trimesters, or how to handle lunch on

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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.

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LIVE DEMO: Using PowerPoint to Create Compelling Presentations for Virtual Training

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Have you ever caught an employee sleeping during training? Compelling content is paramount, but trying to do so with the same tools you've always used is complicated, right? Wrong! Powerpoint has excellent features that, with a bit of creativity, can help you improve your presentations and keep your people engaged without going over budget. By utilizing newer components that enable interactive sequences, navigable content to respond to your audience, and pop quizzes for informal knowledge checks