Sat.Aug 01, 2015 - Fri.Aug 07, 2015

Back to School Savings with #Teacher Appreciation Event at #Staples

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Staples Back to school already? Yes it is! I go back to school August 10, so I’ll so be hitting Staples for their Teacher Appreciation event August 2-9. Hopefully, you’ve all already joined the Staples Teacher Rewards Program.

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Goal: Inspire Them to Inspire

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” ” – Bob Talbert. Our newest goal for 2015 is from Maria Theologidou from Greece ! Goal: Inspire them to inspire.

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Vocabulary Strategies for Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When it comes to vocabulary instruction, most of the commonly-used instructional techniques, particularly at the middle school and high school levels, tend to favor visual learners. But what about all the auditory and kinesthetic learners? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"


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.

Reframing Negative Experiences: 6 Questions that Help Kids Learn from Failure

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane When students reflect in order to reframe negative experiences, they find themselves better able to learn from failure and eventually move beyond them.

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Recruiting Real Educators: Good or Bad for the Ed-Tech Startup Model?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Digital ed-tech companies can be attractive to investors because they don't rely on a significant amount of human capital. But we're betting a business model relying on humans, but using technology to grow, can be just as attractive. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that you don’t spend it wisely

Dangerously Irrelevant

Like Kansas with its poor , Governor Terry Branstad wants Iowa schools to be more accountable for their spending of state dollars.

I Gave Every Single Student an A and Then.

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane I Gave Every Single Student an A and Then. By Phil Hanney Last Year, I took advice from a Brilliant or Insane blog post and gave every single student in all of my classes an A. It was one of the most liberating experiences I have ever had.

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Teaching the Emoji Generation: 12+ Activities & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the Mobile Learning category ! Although an emoticon may look like a smile, a frown or any number of facial expressions, it doesn’t represent a face, as many internet users assume. It’s actually intended to convey a feeling (“I’m happy,” or “just joking”).” – Lauren Collister. Our students humanize their digital experience with text speak, emoji, and selfies.

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.

A New Model for Coding in Schools

Digital Promise

Erica is the communications manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @EricaLawton. “It happened one fateful rainy day” sounds more like the start of a romantic comedy than that of an ed-tech transformation. But in South Fayette Township School District , Pa.,

Leading With Video

A Principal's Reflections

There is no denying the power of video in society. In a 2014 Forbes article , Richard Tiland makes some significant points when it comes to video and leadership. For example: The use of video is so ubiquitous in our everyday lives; it has become part of our subconscious.

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10 Things Veteran Teachers Want First Year Teachers to Know

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Shortly after posting 10 Tough Truths About Your First Year of Teaching, friends of mine began reaching out to share their own tough truths and a bit of hope as well. You need to tell new teachers how it gets better,” one of them suggested.


Let’s Get to Know You! 20+ Icebreakers for Kids

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato. The beginning of the school year is a great time to lay the foundations for transforming your young learner classes into peer communities. As part of their development, children need to learn how to play and disagree with each other respectfully.

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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.

Imagine that you wanted to slowly kill public education

Dangerously Irrelevant

Imagine that you are a policymaker who is generally anti-government, anti-union, and pro-privatization. Public schools conflict with all of those, don’t they? So you’ve got a challenge. Citizens and communities generally like and strongly support their schools.

A More Holistic Approach To Technology Planning

The Web20Classroom

When I was a Director of Instructional Technology I was deeply involved in the technology planning process from one end to the other. Regularly I had to sit through presentations of new products, listening with a skeptical ear while instructional promises were made.

What Makes Learning Authentic?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane My mom used to take me to the library quite a bit when I was a kid. I’d drag home piles of books and finish them within days. I’d grow bored and get cranky. Then, I’d write. New stories grew out of the books that I finished.

How Big is My Dinosaur?

Battelle for Kids

August 3, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 1. Driving Question: How can a 2nd grade teacher team design a new way of learning for their students?

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.

Dear Governor Branstad, we need both

Dangerously Irrelevant

Governor Terry Branstad, from the Des Moines Register : “We gave all this across-the-board money with no accountability and Iowa kind of stagnated while other states put a focus on things that increase their standards that improve their student achievement.”

Are You A Follower of Craig Yen? If So… We Want To Hear From YOU! | @CraigYen


Are you an educator? Are you on Twitter? Do you know Craig yen??? Of course… if the answer to 1 and 2 are yes… the answer to 3 MUST be YES! The Setup. On August 1, the world participated in EdCamp Global.

How Does Education Get to Now?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Not long ago, I had a fascinating conversation with bestselling author and Emmy-nominated TV host, Steven Johnson. You likely know him as the author of Stuff Matters, Where Good Ideas Come From, and How We Got to Now; the latter is also a popular television show on PBS.

PBL Is Not Your Grandmother’s (Or Yours Either) Project

Battelle for Kids

August 5, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 3. Driving Question: How do parents and educators tell the difference between obsolete 20th Century instruction and new 21st Century instruction? Introduction of the letters "P-B-L" to many educators brings a highly predictable shrug. "So So what else is new?" they ask. We've been doing projects since time started."

EdTech at School

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

Inside Rhode Island's Transformative Blended Learning Workforce

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith School districts across the country are incorporating more technology in the classroom, but Rhode Island is ahead of the curve. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Leadership Management Online Learning

Dell Education Announces brand new Teaching and Learning Academy! | @DellEDU


Jeff sits down with Jon Phillips, Managing Director, Strategy of Worldwide Education at Dell Education to discuss their global strategy for educational professional development.

5 Things Teachers Think About in July

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane You may believe the only things teachers think about during summer are beaches, gardens, frozen drinks, travel, and time away from students. Most of these are pretty accurate in June, when all educators need a break from the chaos of a long, grueling school year.

3 tips on incorporating special education into your blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

This week I had the pleasure of participating in a discussion with the National Center for Learning Disabilities on how special education teachers and advocates can champion and inform the rise of personalized and blended learning in K–12 systems across the country.

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.

An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

iterating toward openness

Last week I enjoyed some quiet vacation time – sans wifi – on a lake in rural Tennessee with my family. This break gave me some time to think, worry, and write.

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TechEducator Podcast Episode 100! | What Have We Learned… so far?


Welcome to the 100th episode of the TechEducator Podcast. Our show started in February of 2013 with an idea to create a demonstration based round table video/audio show. Sam Patterson, Jeff Herb, Jon Samuelson and myself created the first TechEducator Podcast.

5 Tips for Organizing a Summer Retreat for Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Last year, I had the opportunity to plan a fantastic multi-day summer retreat for the middle and high school students I work with at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio.