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A new approach to personalized learning reveals 3 valuable teaching insights

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. But an intuitive rationale doesn’t clearly translate to effective practice. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why.

15 tech tools to try next year

Ditch That Textbook

There are lots of new tech tools out there just waiting to make it into your classroom. You may have even tried to squeeze one in during those last few days of school but ran out of time. Lucky for us, there is always next year. After the craziness of the end of the year […].

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5 Crucial Quotes on Leadership and Why They are Important

The Principal of Change

I am very passionate about leadership in education because a great leader saved my career. She showed me the importance of tapping into someone’s strengths and bringing out more in someone that they believed they could bring out in themselves.

Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

Kasey Bell on episode 322 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides.

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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.

How PBL Changes the Teacher

Battelle for Kids

At the end of this school year, I will have finished my twentieth year in education and my tenth as a facilitator of Project-Based Learning. Practicing PBL as my “day job” has changed me in many ways that I absolutely did not expect. And I am not just talking about improving as an educator. So even though my PBL time is half of my career, it is definitely the case that far more than 50% of my personal and professional growth have occurred during the past decade. P21 Blog

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How Liberty 53 Integrates Trauma-Informed Practices

Digital Promise

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are characterized by severe, frequent stressors or traumatic situations such as abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction, all of which can be detrimental to children’s long-term health and wellbeing.

Ditch the Clips in Kindergarten (And Here’s What to Do Instead) #ditchtheclips

The CoolCatTeacher

Elizabeth Merce on episode 321 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Moving clips in kindergarten can not only embarrass children but can cause privacy concerns. There are alternatives!

25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do

Shake Up Learning

The post 25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do. I talk about the wonders of Google Slides CONSTANTLY and frequently refer to it as the Swiss Army Knife of G Suite. It can do all kinds of things!

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OPINION: We’re not doing enough to support teachers of color

The Hechinger Report

14, 2016 — Former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. visits a school in Tennessee during his tenure in the Obama administration. Photo: Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal/ZUMAPRESS.COM.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Giving Students Choice in Reading Helps Stem the ‘Summer Slide’

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Jack is a six-year-old in first grade at School 36 in Rochester, New York, a city with some of the worst childhood poverty statistics in the nation. Jack has big dreams for his future. Unfortunately, because he is a black boy in Rochester, the odds are stacked against him. The chances that he will finish high school on time are under 10%.

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A first year teacher shares elements of an awesome mentoring experience

The CoolCatTeacher

Lindsay George on episode 321 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Helping first-year teachers learn and grow is a challenge facing education systems worldwide.

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12 Of The Best Learning Apps For 2018

TeachThought - Learn better.

12 Of The Best Learning Apps For 2018 by TeachThought Staff Ed note: This post has been sponsored by Kdan Mobile Software America, Inc., who asks us to create a list of our favorite learning apps for 2018, which we’ve done below. 12 Of The Best Learning Apps For 2018 1.

Defining (and Driving) Collaboration

Battelle for Kids

In today’s world, both employers and educational institutions place a high value on soft skills that are transferable across professional, academic, and social situations. One of the most frequently cited skills is collaboration, which has seen a resurgence in interest among educational organizations who are dedicated to preparing students to be productive members of society and for the future of work.

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School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

The Hechinger Report

“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get everything done,” says Mariano Almanza, 18, pictured speaking with his Coronado High School guidance counselor, Colleen McElvogue.

Using the Real World Classrooms Model When Teaching Finance

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian Bean on episode 323 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The Real-World Classroom model of teaching finance is part simulation part game.

How To Deal With A Difficult Parent

TeachThought - Learn better.

How To Deal With A Difficult Parent by Terry Heick You’d heard about this parent from other teachers. That this parent was a handful. Combative. Aggressive. Even litigious. In response, you worry, if just a little.

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Using Geo Skills and Experiences in Exploring Empathy #edtech


Empathy is defined as the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another. Teaching empathy is rapidly being recognized as paramount in preparing students for the world that awaits them.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

Five-year-old Mykell Robinson practices his reading on the Lexia software while a small group of classmates work with a teacher. Photo: Sharon Lurye/The Hechinger Report.

Schools Need Robust Networks to Support Internet of Things

EdTech Magazine

Schools Need Robust Networks to Support Internet of Things. jena.passut_7651. Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:52. Recognizing the value of smart and connected classrooms, most school districts are experimenting with the Internet of Things or plan to do so in the near future. While IoT deployments are relatively new to education, industry observers expect the technology to make a big impact thanks to its potential to reduce costs, improve security and boost student engagement.

A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning by TeachThought Staff At TeachThought, we’re huge fans of project-based learning. While there is no magic bullet of practice, program, or framework that automatically produces progressive and effective learning, what makes project-based learning exceptional is its flexibility. As it is, first and foremost, simply a curriculum planning […]. The post A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning appeared first on TeachThought.

18 Free Image Sites and Tools for Schools


A picture is worth a thousand words, but it might also be worth a thousand dollars if your school gets hit with a copyright violation claim. This happens to schools every year as students or teachers inappropriately use an image that they do not have the rights to.

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Money makes the difference for kindergarteners in the summer

The Hechinger Report

“Affluent parents might see rising income inequality as really making a winner-take-all economy and feel a strong push to give their kids every advantage they can,” said Daniel Schneider, professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty.

To reach the uninsured, new insurers are getting creative

The Christensen Institute

The insurance industry has grown from covering mercantile operations over 300 years ago to a U.S. trillion behemoth that is integrated with many aspects of our lives. Whether we wish to insure our investment in a home or a car, prepare for an emergency, or gain healthcare coverage, various forms of insurance cover risk and provide peace of mind.

Well Done Mr. Smith


When I was a Middle School Principal, I met many substitute teachers. Whenever we were able to find one that could juggle a variety of placements, we held onto them -- tightly. Mr. James Smith was one of those substitutes.

Cinderella technology?

Learning with 'e's

Image by Glamhag on Flickr Large screen touch displays seem to be the 'Cinderella technology' of education. In the popular folk tale, Cinderella is described on Wikipedia as: ".

Why Teaching English Through Content Is Critical for ELL Students


Teaching grade-level content to students who have just arrived in the United States and whose English skills are limited is a difficult task. High school-level content specialists especially have little training on how to integrate language acquisition into their content.

Making sense of mergers

The Christensen Institute

Deal fever is slowly creeping into higher ed. According to research from TIAA Institute , there have been 24 mergers in higher ed during the last decade, more than double the pace of the preceding three decades. Is consolidation the answer to what ails higher education? Could merging institutions lower costs and unlock value for students, society, and institutions themselves? Can acquisitions make colleges more innovative?

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Coming to Terms


It seemed a little silly to be sitting in the audiologist's booth at my age. She asked me about my hearing difficulties. I told her I had trouble hearing low tones in both ears and it has been something I've struggled with my whole life. She looked at me oddly as if I wasn't telling the truth.

7 Amazing Facts about Flipped Learning

WizIQ Education & Technology

Flipped Classrooms have been around as an offshoot of blended learning methodology for more than a decade, now. In the flipped classroom, your students study at home and bring the homework to school. This is a short summary of this post. Visit The WizIQ Blog for full content and links.