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5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

Reaghan is my oldest daughter and about to start third grade. At 2 years of age I noticed she wasn’t talking much and when she did talk you couldn’t really understand what she was trying to say. After talking to her pediatrician it was decided to have her evaluated for her speech.

10 MORE digital bell-ringer activities to kickstart class (Part 2)

Ditch That Textbook

We have a golden window of time at the beginning of any class. For these first five or ten minutes of class (OK, probably more the five than the ten), we have our students’ most attention. It’s the most focused they’ll likely be for us all day. If we squander that time, the rest of […]. Ed Tech bell ringers edtech educational technology flipgrid formative padlet prior knowledge screencastify

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Suspended for a tweet?

Dangerously Irrelevant

In Michigan, a student was suspended for using ‘profanity’ in a tweet that encouraged his district superintendent to clear the snow in the school parking lot.

6 Ways to Add Video to Your Classroom with Animoto


Students relate to video — it’s a growing part of how they share and how they absorb information. And if you’re looking for a good way to tap into that natural enthusiasm and understanding, it helps if you can communicate with video, too. That’s where Animoto comes in handy. What is Animoto?

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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.

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English Tenses Poster


As part of my ‘end-of-year review’ lessons, I made my class a useful hand-out to support their understanding of the English tenses. Please feel free to use this resource. You could print and use it as a classroom poster, or stick it in the front of books as a handy reminder.

How Education Innovation Clusters Advance Equity

Digital Promise

Around the country, Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are working to address one of education’s pressing challenges – the deep inequity that persists in learning, opportunities, and leadership. By breaking down the walls that separate communities, resources, and stakeholders.

4 Reasons to Use Kids Discover Online for Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

A Product Review by Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nonfiction text is important for student reading.

Featured at Forbes

Dangerously Irrelevant

It was an honor to be featured on the Forbes web site last week. Robyn Shulman highlighted five ‘education entrepreneurs’ and included me on the list along with Vicki Davis , Will Richardson , Kristen Swanson , and Angela Maiers.

5 technology trends for the new school year

eSchool News

It’s fair to say technology is ubiquitous in many classrooms, but because it changes constantly, educators are challenged to keep pace with what’s new and next in the classroom.

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XPRIZE: The Real Winners? Underserved Adult Learners

Digital Promise

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 36 million adults in this country read at or below a third grade level — a staggering statistic. With low literacy, numeracy, and job skills, these adults are often relegated to low-skill, low-paying jobs.

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 137 with Dr. Michelle Zimmerman on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology.

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51Talk Students From China Visit NYSE To Compete In English Competition

EdNews Daily

51Talk is the largest online English education platform in China. In June 2016, it became a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (COE). 51Talk’s mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable, and to enable students to talk to the world.

Five Elements for Differentiation of the 21st Century Learner

P21 Blogazine

In a high school English classroom in Arizona, students work in established teams to tackle assignments. The teacher, Mr. Maier, coaches them on how to support each other through a variety of communication and collaboration strategies, such as the Harkness Discussion.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(National) Education Politics. Via The Huffington Post : “ White House Quietly Removes Sexual Assault Report From Website.” ” Via Politico : “ Trump and DeVos fuel a for-profit college comeback.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ For-Profit Colleges Find Few Reasons to Lobby a Friendlier Education Dept.”

What’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 138 on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Carol McLaughlin @missmac100 second grade teacher from Alabama and #2ndchat moderator talks about the global trends in second grade.

This Is How It Feels To Meet Your Online Students In-Person

EdNews Daily

Have you ever wondered what it can feel like to meet some of your online students in-person? Educator Heather Pence, who teaches for 51Talk recently attended an event that brought her closer to the students who take classes with 51Talk.

One Trick to Pitching a Blended Learning Plan

Education Elements

Imagine you find yourself in an elevator for three minutes with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, who together are giving up to $1 billion in each of the next three years to “advance human potential and promote equality.” You can’t believe your luck! You’ve been dreaming for years about a more personalized, blended model for your school, and now you actually have the chance to pitch the idea to the founders of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

15 Reflection Strategies To Help Students Retain What You Just Taught Them

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 15 Reflection Strategies To Help Students Retain What You Just Taught Them appeared first on TeachThought. Learning

How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character


Handing out colored bracelets and upbeat stickers when students behave well seems like an effective strategy for encouraging civility.

OPINION: Ending “one size fits all” programs for social-emotional learning

The Hechinger Report

Jessica Berlinski. Students from underserved populations do not have the same opportunities for a strong education as their more-affluent peers. This is the harsh reality that data from Stanford’s sweeping 2009-2013 study bears out.

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How To Counter Back-To-School Anxiety

NPR Learning and Tech

The start of the year can be a particularly hard time for kids — trying to navigate from the carefree summer to the routine of school. But, experts say, nerves and anxiety are normal. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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The Classroom Management Strategy That Works Every Time

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post The Classroom Management Strategy That Works Every Time appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Student Engagement

Tips to Help Kids with Back-To-School Anxiety


The start of the school year can be rough on some kids. It’s a big shift from summer’s freedom and lack of structure to the measured routines of school. And sometimes that can build up into tears, losing sleep, outbursts and other classic signs of anxiety.

Defining the Skills for Success: New Report Signals the Difference Between Executive Function and Other Regulation-Related Skills

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. We know that strong executive function (EF) is key to children’s success in school and in life, but that term has become a kitchen sink for all sorts of self-regulatory skills. Are attention shifting and cognitive flexibility the most important core skills, or mindfulness and self-control? What about working memory and goal-setting? Emotion regulation and creativity?

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How to Push the Boundaries of School with Dynamic Learning

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Push the Boundaries of School with Dynamic Learning appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Dynamic Learning. Does your classroom offer one-and-done types of learning activities, or does the learning grow, inspire, and evolve throughout the year and beyond?

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12 Must-Read Articles About Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 12 Must-Read Articles About Assessment appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Assessment

4 Digital Tools to Help Students Increase Appreciation and Self-Worth in Any Classroom


As teachers, we sometimes forget that little, everyday actions in the classroom have a huge impact on our students’ lives. Just a small offering of appreciation can transform relationships and boost student self-worth.

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On the “Real World”

The Principal of Change

From the book, “ Rework “: Scratch the surface and you’ll find these “real world” inhabitants are filled with pessimism and despair. They expect fresh concepts to fail. They assume society isn’t ready for or capable of change. Even worse, they want to drag others down into their tomb.

Borrowing a Powerful Brainstorm Protocol from IDEO

Catlin Tucker

This summer I spent a week at IDEO in San Francisco learning about design thinking and their process for tackling challenges. While I was there, I observed a team brainstorm and was shocked by their results.

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For This Lesson, I Stepped Aside To Become A Facilitator Of Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post For This Lesson, I Stepped Aside To Become A Facilitator Of Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

Having A Best Friend In Your Teenage Years Could Benefit You For Life


David Thomas and I met when we were about 5 years old. We celebrated his 26th birthday last weekend, marking roughly two decades of friendship. Once, while walking down the street, a man looked at us and said, “Ain’t it Harold and Kumar !”

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Could more home visits improve outcomes for Mississippi moms and kids?

The Hechinger Report

Some home-visiting programs have been found to improve outcomes for babies and mothers. Wire photo: © Christophe Ketels/Compagnie Ga via ZUMA Press. When Rosa Valentin found out she was pregnant at age 14, she turned to her OB-GYN for help and got information that helped change her life.

From 1:1 to 1:World @Flipgrid Discussion by @sewilkie #edtech @globalearner @SocraticOrg @Flipgrid


Sara Wilkie posted a Flipgrid question — From 1:1 to 1:World. This is a concept Alan November has written much about and is an important conversation for us all to be talking about. So I was happy to see that Sara has opened up the discussion for us! As I thought about what I wanted to say, I realized how many thoughts were flowing through my head. So I decided I’ll put some of my ramblings into a blog post.

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