Sat.May 02, 2015 - Fri.May 08, 2015

10 Top Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas (and a Way to Save Money on Them)

The CoolCatTeacher

I have a thing for office supplies! I think it comes from being a teacher. This week (May 3-9) is Teacher Appreciation Week. Now, I can share my favorite productivity tips and tools (as always) along with how to get them for yourself at your local Staples store.

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Becoming a Lifelong Maker: Start Young

User Generated Education

I was recently asked what is was about my childhood that led to me being an adult who makes and who advocates that everyone should make in one form or another. I believe there were several childhood experiences that contributed to me becoming a lifelong maker.

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Last Day of School: Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Catlin Tucker

The end of the school year typically blows by in a blur of exams. I’m often left wishing I had done more to get my students reflecting on the year. Not this year! This year, I am going to have my students write themselves a letter to be delivered in the future.

The Power of the iPad in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

Technology won’t replace teachers, but teachers who don’t teach with technology will be replaced. unknown. Last week, our school iPads were replaced. We were very excited to exchange our iPad 2’s for the new iPad Air.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Leaning In, Leaning Down, Putting Yourself Out There

The CoolCatTeacher

The Struggle to "Go For It" with No Regrets on the Family Front I loved Sheryl Sandberg’s TED speech upon which a movement began. But I am sitting here reflecting upon it and how I feel about my decisions to put family first. I wrote this post in 2014 but didn’t publish it.

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Ways for Teachers to Supplement Their Income

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger. I’ve been very blessed to be able to train teachers and teach students in over 20 countries. In 2009, I began my journey as a connected educator and learned how to use social media and web tools to share my knowledge and materials. In the process, I also discovered how to supplement my income. The clickable Thinglink image below provides resources and tips.

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31 Sites on American History

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is for both younger and older students so check these out–pick the ones that work for you: America’s Story. America–Colonies. American Indians. Civil War I video. Civil War II video. Civil War—reconstruction—video. Colonial America–life. Growth of the USA. Historic speeches. Jamestown Adventure Game. Vernon. Native American Conflicts. Oregon Trail—all about . Oregon Trail—virtual tour. Patriot Spy –Deliver a covert message to Paul Revere. Picturing America. RR—inventing. Timelines.

Real World Projects and Partnerships

Battelle for Kids

May 5, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 3. Driving Question: How can projects and partnerships help all students discover the real work world? Understanding is not a precursor to application, analysis, evaluating, and creating but a result of it". -R. Richard and K. Morrison. "In In the real world."

Exhibiting Your Startup at an Expo: The Ultimate Packing List

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Are you preparing to present your ed-tech startup or your education project at an expo? Don't forget to bring these things. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned ProfessorWord aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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.

Ways for Teachers to Supplement Their Income

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger. I’ve been very blessed to be able to train teachers and teach students in over 20 countries. In 2009, I began my journey as a connected educator and learned how to use social media and web tools to share my knowledge and materials. In the process, I also discovered how to supplement my income. The clickable Thinglink image below provides resources and tips.

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#79: Excel Turns Data Into Information

Ask a Tech Teacher

Sometimes, it takes a picture to really show what you’re trying to say. It doesn’t have to be drawn with pencils or paint brushes. Sometimes, it’s a graph or a chart, formatted to clarify important points. That’s called Excel. Words and numbers are always black and white and the same size.

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Educators Teaching Learners; Educators Teaching Educators; Learners Teaching Learners; Learners Teaching Educators

User Generated Education

Google has an initiative entitled Googlers Teaching Googlers: Googler to Googler places employees from across departments into teaching roles. Classes taught Googler to Googler—everything from kickboxing to parenting— are initiated and designed by employees.

8 ways technology is revolutionizing education (with examples)

Ditch That Textbook

With new technology, today’s classrooms have tools that can make learning happen that was impossible in recent years. Now, students can create impressive products as class projects that would have required lots of equipment or money in the past.

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.

A Title Doesn't Make You a Leader

A Principal's Reflections

I pondered just sending out the title of this post as a tweet – short, sweet (well not so much), and to the point. Instead of just throwing out a sound bite into the social media abyss a detailed explanation is in order. Now here’s why.

Let’s be honest about annual testing

Dangerously Irrelevant

Let’s be honest: students and parents obtain no tangible benefit from large-scale annual testing. Kids and families give up numerous days of learning time – both for the tests themselves and for the test prep sessions whose sole purpose is to get ready for the tests – and for what?

4 Ways to Leverage Tablets Beyond the Classroom

Tom Murray

Routers on school buses to bring wifi to the poorest parts of the community. District wifi maps indicating free business hotspots throughout the community. Wifi kiosks in low income housing.

Subscriber Special: May

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. This month: 10% Discount on Full Package. Summer Tech PD. CODE: SUMMERPD. We polled everyone we could think of to come up with a great collection of targeted learning for you this summer. How’s this sound? Sound good? Click to purchase. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

EdTech at School

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

It’s An Elephant!

Education Elements

As a Senior Consultant at Education Elements I have the pleasure of visiting more than 100 schools and districts each year some are just starting to think about innovation and others have completely re-imagined the thing we call school.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A CUE Rock Star?


Jon Corippo, Andy Losik, and Gregg Goins join the TechEducators to discuss CUE Rock Star Camps! The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. For more information, please visit ([link].

The U.S. has more memorizers

Dangerously Irrelevant

Jo Boaler said: data from the 13 million students who took PISA [math] tests showed that the lowest-achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy – those who thought of math as a set of methods to remember and who approached math by trying to memorize steps.

Personalized Learning Advocates Seek to Opt Out

Doug Levin

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.

7 Key Skills for Employability

Educational Technology Guy

Last month, I published a post entitled "Important Skills Students Need for the Future that we need to help them learn" in which I described what I, and other research, felt were the most important skills for students to learn to succeed in the future.

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En Plen D’Air

Battelle for Kids

April 28, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 1. Driving Question: How can today's schools deepen local partnerships in the community? There is an old French school of painting, called En plen d'air , which—when translated literally— means "in the open air." This means of artistic expression, made popular by Monet and his fellow impressionists, stresses the importance of actually being outside, of interacting with the world in which one is painting, if one wants to best represent real, natural life.

The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

Dangerously Irrelevant

In most online courses and/or ‘adaptive learning systems’ … Students do low-level work at times that are convenient. Students do low-level work from places that are convenient. Students do low-level work on their own, unique path. Students do low-level work at their own, unique pace.

20 Tough Truths About Being a Teacher Mom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Mother’s Day is approaching, and I’ll be spending part of it helping my daughter weed out her bedroom. She’s leaving for college in August and preparing this space for her younger sister, who has been looking forward to inheriting the bigger room since she started middle school.

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.