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The Top 15 Tweets of 2015 from @coolcatteacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Education news and trends From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wow, 2015 was a big year for Twitter in education. So many new faces joined in and even more Twitter chats started up.

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Improving Instruction in a Digital World

A Principal's Reflections

The Rigor and Relevance Framework —an action ­oriented continuum that describes putting knowledge to use—gives teachers and administrators a way to develop both instruction and assessment while providing students with a way a way to project learning goals.

A Model of Good Teaching?

User Generated Education

One of my guilty pleasures is watching MasterChef Junior, a cooking competition for 8 to 12 year olds, and as an educator, I have been analyzing it as a model for good teaching. My observations include: The challenges are hands-on and naturally engaging for these kids.

How Hashtags Can Empower You in 2016

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The hashtag, that ubiquitous pound sign followed by a keyword, are part of the language of social media.”- ”- Neil Patel, Forbes.

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.

The 2015 Top Blog Posts of the Year

The CoolCatTeacher

from the Cool Cat Teacher Blog From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. What a 2015! The Cool Cat Teacher blog celebrated 10 years , has 167 new posts this year with a total of 3,672 blog posts in the archive.

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Web Filtering in K-12 Schools: The Past, Present, and Future


By Tom Walker. A Brief History of Web Filtering in K-12 Schools. When I started my career in K-12 IT, web content filtering in schools was a fairly new creature. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was still in its early stages and various approaches to content filtering began to emerge.

Four EdTech Resolutions for Educators in 2016


At the stroke of midnight on January 1, plenty of educators will set resolutions to boost organization or experiment with new methods in the classroom. They’ll aim to improve test scores, switch up their grading workflow, or restore work-life balance. These goals are good ones.

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5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015

Catlin Tucker

At the end of each year, it’s fun to reflect on what I’ve written about and what other educators have gravitated to on my blog. This year the following 5 blog posts generated the most activity and conversation! #1 1 Thesis Statement Throwdown.

10 keys to success in blended learning

Ditch That Textbook

In our eighth-grade math prototype and our elementary math programs, I’ve watched teachers as they adapt to blended learning. For many of them, the idea isn’t a strange one, and it has provided some unexpected surprises (both good and bad).

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.

Classroom Technology Gets Everyone Out from Behind the Desk

EdTech Magazine

By Steve Zurier Innovative districts keep Teachers mobile. Mobility

How Can I bring Robotics Into My Curriculum? Programming Robots with SPRK Lightning Lab #AskTheTechCoach


Download. Listen in a New Window. iTunes. Stitcher. SoundCloud. Leave a Review. Clammr It. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Follow @TeacherCast. Leave a VoiceMail. Sphero has just rolled out their new programming platform and community center, Lightning Lab.

The Year of Agency – From Beth Holland


This post first appeared on Edutopia. This past year, iPads, Chromebooks, and laptops continued to flood classrooms. Schools increasingly adopted 1:1 or BYOD programs and constructed new learning spaces. So what’s next?

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Ditch That Textbook’s Best of 2015

Ditch That Textbook

2015 was a whirlwind year full of change. In education, Google Classroom was around for its first full year and became a mainstay in classes around the world. New tools like Periscope and Seesaw became more popular than ever. More and more educators became connected, joining Twitter, Voxer and other social media. For me and [.]. Ed Tech best of 2015 edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education

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.

5 Tech Trends that Could Supercharge Education in 2016

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The technologies of tomorrow are already making headway into education, and others are poised for mass distribution in 2016. Big Data Bring Your Own Device Business Intelligence Classroom Data Center Digital Content Internet Management Mobility Network Monitoring STEM

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2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan


Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom. The infusion of innovative learning systems and computerization into educational settings promises to create significant change in the near future.

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What Is Genius Hour?

TeachThought - Learn better.

What Is Genius Hour? by TeachThought Staff Genius hour is an approach to learning where students are guided by their own interests, background knowledge, and curiosity to learn. From the. The post What Is Genius Hour? appeared first on TeachThought.

Coming Attractions: 2016 Themes

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 14. Wednesday December 30, 2015. P21 Blogazine will feature the following themes in 2016. To contribute a post for a 21st Century Learning theme, contact Final drafts are due 15 days or earlier prior to start of scheduled month. Volume 3. January: Blended Learning: The Pros and Cons February: Communication in 21st Century Classrooms March: STEAM or STEM? April: The Power of Play May: Workforce Readiness: Whose Job Is It? P21 Blogazine

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.

The 10 Most Popular EdTech: Focus on K–12 Stories of 2015

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith Look back on the stories our readers loved and shared the most this year. Classroom Cloud Cloud apps Curriculum Internet Management Online Learning Professional Development Social Media

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How @ChalkupEdu Makes Any Educator’s Day Better


Download. Listen in a New Window. iTunes. Stitcher. SoundCloud. Leave a Review. Clammr It. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Follow @TeacherCast. Leave a VoiceMail. Does your school technology actually make your day better? Does it push classrooms further or expedite tedious processes?

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Start 2016 Right - Work Less, Do More. Here's How!


Get Your Life Back in 2016 Rock at Work by Working Less - Learn How. click here ! [ NEW Members can join NOW until January 3rd ] I'm a skeptic. I have to have things proven to me before I'll believe them, especially when they sound so amazing. I'm also nosy.

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21st Century Learning: Getting it Right

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 14. Driving Question: How can we get the concept of 21st Century Learning Right? I love the words of the New York Times/PBS News Hour's David Brooks. I try never to miss a column or his Friday night debate with Mark Shields. What's there to like? Mostly his stimulating point of view and razor sharp thinking. Sometimes I agree with him; more often, not. Whichever it is, his thought is always precise and clear and his facts mostly accurate.

EdTech at School

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

How to Plan Smarter for K–12 IT Infrastructure

EdTech Magazine

By Tim Kridel Good project planning lays a solid foundation for tech growth in the future . Bandwidth Management Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wi-Fi

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Jersey Educator Podcast Episode 1


Download. Listen in a New Window. iTunes. Stitcher. SoundCloud. Leave a Review. Clammr It. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Follow @TeacherCast. Leave a VoiceMail. Welcome to a new podcast series, the Jersey Educator Podcast, sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association.

A List of Things I’ve Learned in 2015

The Jose Vilson

For one, don’t make lists because it makes people reach for things that aren’t there. 2015 is the year people forgot some of my titles. I am a full-time teacher at a middle school with a predominantly Dominican-American student body.

Special Posts to Start 2016

Battelle for Kids

From 2015 to 2016. This week, I repeat two posts from our outstanding collection of 2015 posts.just in case you missed them. These captured the transition to our 2016 themes. In 2016, our themes will deal with more of the key words that connect 21st Century Learning. I hope will consider writing your story under a theme that reflects your thinking about what makes 21st Century Learning special. To seed your ideas, catch this week's posts. Jim Bellanca, Editor. P21 Blogazine

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.