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Design Parameters for Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As I meet with education leaders across the country, I am often asked questions about the best way to roll-out personalized learning within a district. I always struggle to answer this question since it entirely depends upon the unique needs and circumstances within each community. In some ways, it feels as if someone is asking me, “What’s the very best car I can buy?” Each vehicle option includes trade-offs, and the optimal vehicle will depend on the specific needs of the driver.

5 Tips for Successfully Implementing Blended Learning


In my work with Discovery Education, I help schools across the country create modern digital learning environments. Therefore, I often have the opportunity to sit with school administrators at all levels and hear first-hand their thoughts on education. In these conversations, one topic that has regularly come up over the last few weeks is the relationship between blended learning environments and engaging, relevant learning experiences.


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Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

The start of a new school year is always busy. New students, new parents, new rules at school–but there’s one more piece that shakes up my education ecosystem: new webtools. I get so many recommendations from colleagues, trusted forums, and my Twitter feed. I recently previewed one I think you’ll like called Education Galaxy. It’s online assessment, practice, and instruction for K-6 students with a tagline: Curiously fun, amazingly effective, refreshingly affordable.

The Pivotal Role Movement Plays in Learning

A Principal's Reflections

“ More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.” – Justin Rhodes Spending time in schools as a leadership and learning coach has been some of the most gratifying work I have done. The best part is the conversations that I get to have with learners, especially at the elementary level. These always leave me invigorated and remind me why I became a teacher many years ago.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

4 Strategies Designed to Drive Metacognitive Thinking

Catlin Tucker

Metacognition is defined as thinking about one’s thinking or learning. More formally, “metacognition was originally referred to as the knowledge about and the regulation of one’s cognitive activities in learning processes” (Veenman, Van Hout-Wolters, & Afflerbach, 2006, p.3). The ability to think about what we are learning, how we are learning, what we want to learn in the future are important skills that must be explicitly taught in classrooms.

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Differentiating with Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Personalized learning is the latest buzzword in an education environment bursting with new ideas but this one is impressive. In a sentence, personalized learning: “tailors instruction, expression of learning, and assessment to each student’s unique needs and preferences.” ” — ISTE. If you think it sounds like differentiated instruction, it does with this caveat: Personalized learning is student-directed, student-paced, and designed for each learner.

15 ways to gamify your class

Ditch That Textbook

A quick way to start a conversation is by asking someone about their favorite game. Whether it’s the latest video game craze (Fornite takes the cake there), a beloved childhood board game or the local sports team they never miss watching, games are an engaging topic. As adults we love games. And so do our […].

150+ Digital Activities for the K-2 Classroom Inside One Simple App

The CoolCatTeacher

For iPad and Google Play Tablet Devices of All Kinds From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The Really Good Stuff ? Digital Learning Collection has over 150 apps for kindergarten to second-grade classrooms. Recently, I took a tour of this amazing app. Perhaps you’re wondering how more than 150 apps can be inside one? It is possible. The Really Good Stuff team has curated the best apps in education for the K-2 to classroom — all in one place.

Why Coaching Matters

Digital Promise

Quality of classroom instruction and the degree to which students are provided with powerful opportunities to learn determines the effectiveness of schools. Effective teachers make the question “Why?” a classroom mantra to support a culture of reasoning and justification. Impactful teachers rely on relevant contexts to engage their students’ interest and use open-ended questions to stimulate thinking and create collaborative classrooms.

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

The 101 of Research for Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s difficult finding kid-safe research websites that really are. Even Google SafeSearch has issues at times. Here’s my list of safe spots to send your students for research. Before rolling any of these out, preview them all to be sure they fit your unique student group: BrainPop –with the BrainPop characters, a launchpad to curiosity. CoolKidFacts –kid-friendly videos, pictures, info, and quizzes–all 100% suitable for children.

5 Aspects of digital citizenship students must be aware of


We have spoken before about what defines a good digital citizen , and today we will extrapolate some more on that definition to include some new emerging trends. To recap, digital citizenship encompasses the ability to operate and “be” in the online world in a responsible manner that demonstrates respect for others, as well as their rights to privacy and safety. Read more: DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship. Good digital citizens typically: Use technology legally. Use content legally.

How to Make a Yearbook with Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Scott on episode 367 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jennifer Scott saves her school tens of thousands as they make their yearbook with Google Slides. She’ll also announce a giveaway of her new course that teaches you how to do it. Let’s dig into making yearbooks with Google Slides! Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. Donor’s Choose.

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Saying Yes to Student Ideas and Creativity

Digital Promise

“Voice, agency, and influence are ours to give and receive,” says Debora Collins, assistant superintendent for student learning at Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Tech Ed Resources for your Homeschool

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

How to Quickly Create, Send, & Translate a Parent Newsletter

Teacher Reboot Camp

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” ” – Jane D. Hull. A few weeks ago I sent my first parent newsletter to 400+ parents. The newsletter (a link and pdf) was emailed to every parent with a Spanish version as well! Next time I might try Turkish and other languages.

Flexible Seating: Before and After

The CoolCatTeacher

Justine MacKinnon on episode 368 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Fourth-grade teacher Justine MacKinnon helps us understand how flexible seating has changed her fourth-grade classroom. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. Donor’s Choose.

Strengthening EdClusters: Asset Mapping to Improve Our Networks

Digital Promise

The national network of Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) has grown substantially in the past few years. Today, the network includes 25 clusters in as many cities, stretching from New York to San Diego. EdClusters across the country are harnessing the talents of researchers, educators, policy-makers, and nonprofit leaders, all collaborating to improve education outcomes for students.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Here’s a Preview of October

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in October: Resources for Dyslexia Awareness Month. Resources for Digital Citizenship Week. Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Qualities of an effective teacher. Purpose Driven Learning: Myths, Problems, and Education Applications. Online Classes. A list of education advisors you can trust. Halloween projects, websites, apps, and a costume. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Eliminate worksheet homework with the Fast and the Curious EduProtocol

Ditch That Textbook

Repetition-based worksheet homework frustrates teachers and students alike. It often struggles to get results and you never know who’s doing the work. Plus, the feedback to students comes very, very late. There’s an alternative. Try the Fast and the Curious EduProtocol, an idea from Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo’s book, “The EduProtocol Field Guide.” ” It […]. Screencasts Teaching eduprotocols fast and the curious jon corippo marlena hebern


5 Habits of Healthy Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Jen Burdis on episode 370 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jen Burdis, teacher and two-time American Ninja Warrior Competitor, shares her secrets for staying healthy as a teacher. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. Donor’s Choose. From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding projects.

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The Power of Local and National Community Connections

Digital Promise

Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and other community stakeholders (families, local government, nonprofits) to support innovative teaching and learning in their region.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

6 Ways Education CEOs Can Set Boundaries for Success at Every Level

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Within hectic lives education company leaders can avoid feeling stuck in a perpetual state of doing business and instead claim more time as their own. The post 6 Ways Education CEOs Can Set Boundaries for Success at Every Level appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog edtech Entrepreneurship female entrepreneur Innovation Professional Development Social Emotional Learning (SEL) social innovation Startup Startups

Keyboard shortcuts to save you time

Ditch That Textbook

Time is precious. As educators we need all the time we can get. With keyboard shortcuts, you can increase your efficiency and decrease the time. It’s a win-win! In this episode, I discuss some of the more commonly known shortcuts and dig into some of the lesser-known, yet incredibly helpful ones. This week’s episodes of […]. DTT podcast #DitchPod edtech educational technology keyboard shortcuts

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MasterMind Educator Groups: Build Safe Spaces for Innovation

The CoolCatTeacher

Rebecca Mieliwocki on episode 366 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mastermind groups are innovative ways to create safe spaces for teachers to grow and learn together. In this show, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares how she has facilitated Mastermind groups successfully.

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Social Network Analysis Toolkit: Building Stronger Networks for EdClusters

Digital Promise

Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are rooted in the belief that partners who operate outside traditionally siloed sectors are uniquely poised to accelerate innovation. This is especially relevant in education: With complex ties to federal and local government, community organizations, businesses, parents, and students, the education sector only sees lasting improvements when it has buy-in and support from a diverse, interwoven group.

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: The Intelligent Hoodlums


One of the best reasons to go to Fall CUE is to meet and connect with other educators. Don’t get me wrong, the learning can’t be beat. But the people are the real reason to make the trek to American Canyon High School. This year, I am seeking out this duo. Coffee loving educators who […]. The post Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: The Intelligent Hoodlums appeared first on OnCUE. Learn CUE Conference

5 Ways To Manage Behavior In An Online Classroom

EdNews Daily

Times have changed in education. Albeit slow, we’re beginning to see some transformations on the horizon. Today, students can attend school in a brick and mortar building, online, or in a hybrid environment. Education can span vast distances to reach areas once considered remote and isolated. Learning no longer has boundaries, except the ones we impose on ourselves.

One Way to Help Kids with the Trauma and Drama of Life

The CoolCatTeacher

Dianne Maroney on Episode 369 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The Imagine Project has free journals and lesson plans that help students cope with the drama and trauma of life. Dianne Maroney helps teachers understand writing strategies shown to help children appreciate resilience in themselves and one another. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. Donor’s Choose.