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Inspire with Poetry! 10+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost. April is National Poetry month and the perfect excuse to inspire your students with poetry no matter what subject you teach.

Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

Catlin Tucker

My 90 minute English class begins with 15 minutes of silent sustained reading every day. I prioritize this time because I know students won’t love every book we read as part of our curriculum. I want to give them the opportunity and time to read anything that interests them.

21st-Century Learning Using Social Media: Advice from Finland

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Many teachers believe social media doesn’t have a place in the 21st-century learning environment; it is simply a tool for people to keep their friends up to date with their lives, right? Or is it?

Important Skills Students Need for the Future that we need to help them learn

Educational Technology Guy

Back in January of 2012, I published a post entitled " 10 Important Skills Students need for the Future " in which I described what I, and other research, felt were the 10 most important skills for students to learn. The list: Sense-making.

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.

Inspire with Poetry! 10+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost. April is National Poetry month and the perfect excuse to inspire your students with poetry no matter what subject you teach.

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5 Principles for a Problem-Solving Classroom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Districts across the United States are implementing the Common Core State Standards, and they are realigning curriculum for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Learn What The Intel Education Accelerator Can Do For You!

The Web20Classroom

I am excited to partner with Intel to announce the launch of the Intel Education Accelerator program! The Intel Education Accelerator program is dedicated to entrepreneurs in the education technology space who are looking to help transform the industry.

The magical power of PARCC

Dangerously Irrelevant

Peter Greene said: [When advocates] come to explain how crucial PARCC testing is for your child’s future, you might try asking some questions: Exactly what is the correspondence between PARCC results and college readiness?

3 Apps That Encourage Students to Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

Reading is defined as “ the action or skill of absorbing written or printed matter silently or aloud.” ” Sounds dry, maybe even boring, but once a child learns to read, they get much more than an understanding of words, sentences, paragraphs, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

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.

What Should We Be Doing? Using iPads to Personalize Learning

iTeach with iPads

The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done… you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do -Lil Wayne. Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?

Grades are Worse Than a Blurry Surveillance Photo

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane.

7 kinds of social media posts educators and schools can use now

Ditch That Textbook

Social media has become a way of life. It’s where much of society meets and discusses life. Students are there. Their families are there. Why shouldn’t schools and educators be there, too?

Paper vs Digital Notetaking for Students

Educational Technology Guy

I''m 99% paperless (the other 1% is out of my control) and take my notes digitally, for the most part, on my Chromebook or Smartphone. I do use a Livescribe pen and notebook sometimes too and I know a lot of people prefer paper notes and planners.

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.

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

For teachers taking their first steps into the ed-tech world, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media networks are incredible places to consume and learn about best practices. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

5 Ways Leaders Start Movements

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The most influential leader is not always the person at the front of the line. Often it’s the second person–or the first follower. Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want, shares how creating a movement is really about inspiring a first follower.


Illuminated Mathematics: The PBL Exemplar of the Month

Battelle for Kids

April 9, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 5, Number 6. Driving Question: How do we bring mathematics to life for our advanced math students? Everyone, open your books to chapter 7 section 2 as we will be learning how to factor degree 3 polynomials.".

14 Ways to Increase Google Apps Adoption at Your School

Educational Technology Guy

Datto , a online data backup system that integrates and backs up your Google Accounts, collected some great tips and advice from some Google Apps experts, yours truly included, for a nice article and e-book for schools looking to/already adopting Google Apps for Education.

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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.

11 Sites to Teach You How To…

Ask a Tech Teacher

A wide variety of topics, with one thing in common–they teach you about technology in education: Common Core training–the Hunt Institute. Common Craft- -videos on wikis, phishing, etc. How-to videos –technology, reading, math, more. How to Videos for Web 2.0. Internet Movie Database.

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Survival Guide for the 30-Year Teacher

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If you’ve taught 29 years, you may scoff at the title of this blog post. Why would I need a survival guide?” many 30-year teachers would likely bark, at the mere suggestion that they read such a treatise.

Is an hour really that subversive?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Audrey Watters said: we’re seeing calls for an hour: “A Genius Hour.” “An An Hour of Code.” An hour. Is that hour really that subversive? What does it mean that schools are applauded when students are sanctioned – for one hour – to follow their passions?

Are Education Innovation Clusters Working?

Digital Promise

Those of us who invest ourselves in Education Innovation Clusters believe they present unique opportunities to improve many aspects of the ed ecosystem. EICs are local communities of practice that bring together education stakeholders across the usual boundaries that separate them.

EdTech at School

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

Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #13 - Clearly - clean up what you are viewing

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge fan and user of Evernote , and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I''m starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

[Registration Open] 4th Annual Summer Mobile Learning Experience #mobile2015


4th Annual Mobile Learning Experience What "Experience tools, techniques, and inspiration for teaching the mobile generation at Mobile Learning Experience 2015." When and Where Dates: June 10-12, 2015 Location: Tucson, Arizona It’s at the Westin La Paloma Resort. It’s big. it’s elegant.

Subscriber Special–Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need

Ask a Tech Teacher

Summer Tech Camp Survival Kit. From Ask a Tech Teacher. Are you teaching a Summer Tech Camp to Kids? We have the solution: Build Your Own Adventure. 230 value for $179. This is not training for you (you can find Summer PD here). This provides you with materials to run a tech camp for students.

My TEDxDesMoines talk is profiled at Upworthy

Dangerously Irrelevant

The folks at Upworthy were kind enough to feature my TEDxDesMoines talk. And, just like that, my video went from fewer than 18,000 views to nearly 44,000 views in just a few short days. Super fun!

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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.

Google Tips - 78, and counting, Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Google

Educational Technology Guy

Google has a great resource, Google Tips , that provides quick, easy tips for using Google Products. It is setup in a card format, using simple, easy terms (not tech-speak).

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Harvard Study of Value Added Teachers Misses the Mark

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. There’s nothing worse for education reform than bad or misinterpreted research, like the study shared by education blogger, Joanne Jacobs, about value added measure of teacher effectiveness.

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What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

This is the third post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. A few months ago, Google Helpouts —a barely two-year-old effort to connect users to on-demand experts via video chat—folded.

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