Sat.Jan 31, 2015 - Fri.Feb 06, 2015

10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes

Ditch That Textbook

At one point, creating a PowerPoint presentation to show to the class was cutting-edge classroom technology. Those days are gone, and now, online presentations enable so much more for students.

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Five Tips for Ed-Tech Startups Entering Business Plan Competitions

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Spring is a popular time of year for education business plan competitions. Here''s some advice on how to give your ed-tech startup a chance at the prize. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities

User Generated Education

I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch. I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want – planning for a different theme each week.

Celebrate Digital Learning Day & Get Your School #FutureReady with @All4Ed & @OfficeofEdTech! #DLDay


Future Ready Schools Preparing Students for Success I''m honored to be a part of this year''s annual Digital Learning Day held in Washington D.C. on March 13, 2015 with inspiring educators from around the country.

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.

Five Learning Strategies that Work

Digital Promise

As the amount of information available to us grows each day, many people turn to “curated” websites to find news and ideas that are are most relevant to them. The education research and cognitive science fields are no different.

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Learning In The Heart Of Texas With #TCEA15

The Web20Classroom

This past week I spent some time with some fabulous educators gathered from in and around Texas at the 2015 TCEA Convention. This was my first time attending and my first time in Austin and I had a wonderful time learning, sharing and reflecting at this first-rate, mega-sized conference.

19 Valentine Sites For Your Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are some fun Valentine sites to fill those few minutes betwixt and between lessons, projects, bathroom breaks, lunch, and everything else: Dress up the heart. ‘I I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu. Line up the hearts. More heart writing. Valentine Day games and stories.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

Digital Promise

Piedmont City School District is located in a small rural town in northeast Alabama. Even though it’s emerged as a national model for 21st-century rural education , it’s still difficult for a district like Piedmont to navigate the growing and expansive ed-tech marketplace.

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Finding Your Passion for Teaching

iTeach with iPads

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.-Nelson Nelson Mandela.

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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.

Blended Learning - what is it, pros/cons, tips and resources

Educational Technology Guy

Blended Learning Classroom Introduction The blended classroom is designed to meet the individual needs of student by allowing teachers to personalize instruction. This strategy can be used for any subject and any grade level. Blended learning combines face-to-face and online instruction.

Making Teacher Professional Development Decisions Based on Program Effectiveness

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

If the professional development experienced by teachers simply exposes teachers to new concepts that are never implemented, time and money is being squandered. Push for hard data on the impact of professional development programs. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email edconnective professionaldevelopment schoolleadership teacherempowerment teacherquality

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6 Tips I Wish I’d Known When I Started Blogging

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve been blogging for about six years, some professionally (for my tech ed career) and others on topics of interest to me (writing, USNA, that sort).

After visiting classes, 5 reflections on the life of my students

Ditch That Textbook

I’ve been a teacher for nearly 11 years now. It’s been more than 15 years since I’ve been a high school student — moving from class to class, trying not to arrive late, doing my best to let several diverse subjects sink into my brain in one day.

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.

LibreOffice - awesome free Office Suite - gets new UI and lots of updates

Educational Technology Guy

LibreOffice is a free, open-source, powerful office suite software that is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. I use it on my home computer when I''m not using Google Drive.

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The factory model of schooling undermines teacher nurturing

Dangerously Irrelevant

Don Berg said: I suspect that most teachers are nurturing, or at least want to be, and that they already make a meaningful difference in the lives of some small proportion of their students despite the nature of the system. But as wonderful as that is, the system has no mechanism for supporting, let alone encouraging, individual nurturing behaviors. In fact, the system suppresses nurturing behaviors.

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#51: History Trifold in Publisher–Grades 4-7

Ask a Tech Teacher

This lesson is a crowd pleaser. Students create a timeline showing what was happening around the world while they lived their lives. I’ve found this generates lots of discussion between students and their parents as they try to understand what the world events were.

An Introduction to WordPress | A TeacherCast Classic Podcast


Jeff sits down with Dustin Hartzler to talk about Wordpress. Wordpress is a free website creation tool where teachers can set up a dynamic and engaging class website. Jeff sits down with Dustin Hartzler to talk about Wordpress.

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.

TCEA 2015: 7 Twitter Tips to Help Teachers Become Tweeting Pros

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith Teachers new to Twitter had a lot to learn in this TCEA 2015 session. . Classroom Digital Content Internet Social Media

Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit – Guest Post from Reshan Richards


This is a guest post from iPad Summit San Diego featured presenter, Dr. Reshan Richards ( @ReshanRichards ). It first appeared on EdTechResearcher.

Subscribers: Your February Special is Available

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. This month: 18+ webinars on tech ed pedagogy. with coupon code FREEWEBINARS. Topics include: 6 Topics to teach every lesson. 8 Tools that are going away (from the classroom). Assessment.

Open Pedagogy: The Importance of Getting In the Air

iterating toward openness

The Parable of the Restrictive Roads. Once upon a time there was a pastoral country of beautiful fields and rolling hills. The simple people there enjoyed a relaxed pace of life, part of which included a good deal of walking. CC BY photo by Marina del Castell.

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EdTech at School

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

TCEA 2015: Bill Nye Says Science Teachers Must Foster the Next ‘Greatest Generation’

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith After outlining the perils of climate change, Nye turned to science educators for help in inspiring the next great thinkers. Classroom Curriculum Internet Leadership Management STEM

Snow days show why schools, blended learning matter

The Christensen Institute

No, this isn’t another piece about how online learning can allow students to continue to learn even when school is canceled because of snow—although online learning could arguably help a select number of parents who can work from home solve the problem faced when this happens. Instead this is a piece about how important physical brick-and-mortar schools are in our communities and why, even as online learning grows, those schools likely won’t be going away.

ExamTime - free online learning tools

Educational Technology Guy

ExamTime is a free set of learning tools that allow students to generate their own learning resources. Students can create, discover and share mind maps, quizzes, notes, flashcards and more online with others. There is also an calendar to plan and get organized and they can monitor their progress over time using their own learning resources. The notes feature is really nice, allowing text and images and making it easy for students to take notes.

Update: School Visibility Initiative

Dangerously Irrelevant

Earlier this week I announced our School Visibility Initiative. Challenges for Week 2 (February 9 – 15) have been sent out and, as of this morning, we have 35 different school organizations participating from 14 different states and countries. Awesome! We are asking participants to send us URLs of their success meeting the challenges so hopefully we’ll have some to share soon… Want to learn more (and maybe sign up)? Related Posts. Techno- and edu-babble.

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.

Favorite Chrome Extension for Writing: Grammarly

Catlin Tucker

Interested in more technology tips to help you teach the Common Core? My book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology will be published in June 2015 by Corwin. Just in time for summer reading! Editing your own work is one of the biggest challenges that any writer faces.

Modernizing the School Counselor

Ask a Tech Teacher

Q&A: Rhode Island Head of School's ‘Frozen’ Success

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith We speak with the star of a YouTube parody video of Disney’s Frozen about making official school announcements fun. Classroom Digital and Video Cameras Internet Leadership Management Online Video Social Media