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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 building blocks for the future of schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

As Dean Shareski and I worked together on our new book, Different Schools for a Different World , (released this week!), he encouraged me to update my list of building blocks for the future of schools.

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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

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.

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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LEAD Like a Pirate: Make Schools Amazing for Everyone (Even Teachers!) #LEADLap

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 136 with Shelley Burgess on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Shelley Burgess @burgess_shelley helps us understand the leadership role we all play.

Be the Example

A Principal's Reflections

“ The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. ” – Paulo Coelho Change is hard. I have been writing about this fact for years now. It becomes even harder when we are not modeling the expectations that we set for others. This was the case for me early on during my days as a principal.

Where is healthcare’s Henry Ford?

The Christensen Institute

Why is healthcare spending so out of hand? One reason given, time after time, in study after study, is innovation in medical technology. The healthcare industry’s efforts to improve medical technology come at a steep expense to the public—accounting for up to half of healthcare spending growth since 1960. This high cost of innovation is a product of healthcare business models and innovation efforts being misaligned with the true nature of the health problem facing the United States.

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.

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.

Google Classroom: Review Images Magically

Teacher Tech

Use DriveSlides to Review Student Images One thing I ask students to do is to submit screenshots of things as their evidence of completion. When students submit an image to Google Classroom it is automatically saved into an assignment folder in Google Drive.

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.

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.

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

TeachThought - Learn better.

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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.

Infographic! 10 Back to School Tips for an Awesome Year!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.” ” – Albert Einstein. Today was my first day of class. I have been teaching since 1994 and each year I still get nervous and have a few hiccups.

Nonwhite students slow to seek mental health counseling for which they’re more in need

The Hechinger Report

When Karla Mendoza moved from her predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood in San Diego to go to Harvard four years ago, she felt like a minority for the first time in her life. “I I felt lonely. I felt distant. Both my roommates were white, upper-middle class,” Mendoza said. “We

12 Must-Read Articles About Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

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The First-Ever Kajeet Homework Gap Grant Winners

Kajeet Extracurricular

The Kajeet team was wowed by the staggering number of submissions we received that portray a very visible Homework Gap occurring across the country. With so many compelling stories, we had a difficult time choosing just three grant awardees, so we decided to give out five !


Principals Need to Know Literacy

Reading By Example

When I first became a principal at an elementary school, I thought I had the requisite knowledge to be a literacy leader. My previous experiences in the classroom as a teacher of readers and writers led this misconception. So when I arrived in my new building, and one of the teachers encouraged me to attend a literacy institute, I declined. I cited the need to get the schedule, budget, and rosters ready before the students arrived.

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.

Century-old ‘work college’ model regains popularity as student debt continues to increase

The Hechinger Report

Clare Cameron, a senior at Warren Wilson College, at her work assignment managing a farmer’s market. Photo: Jesse Pratt Lopez for The Hechinger Report. ASHEVILLE, N.C.

Will You Step Up?

A Principal's Reflections

" The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." - Albert Schweitzer A major Category 4 Hurricane hit the Corpus Christie area in South Texas last Friday leaving a path of destruction.

4 Powerful Game Mechanics Driving Higher Achievement in Math

MIND Research Institute

Access to technology is not enough to improve student learning. A study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that access to computers and other digital devices had no impact on students’ proficiency in reading, math, and science.

Just released: Horizon Report K12 (and how we’re leading these changes!)


As school leaders, you’ll want to dig into the NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2017 K-12 Edition. The annual K12 Horizon Report regularly identifies and profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology likely to impact teaching and learning.

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

The Hechinger Report

FONTANA, Calif. — At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class in industrial computing taught by a community college at a local manufacturing plant in the hope it will bump up his wages. It’s a pretty safe bet. The skills being taught here are in high demand.

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)


The latest buzzword in U.S. public education these days is personalized learning. Depending on whom you ask, the term refers to a model, a strategy, a plan, or just plain old good instruction. Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. Personalized learning is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. It is either impossible without technology or requires no technology at all.

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?

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.

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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7 Fun and Engaging Video Projects for the ESL Classroom


Check out These Fun Ideas for an Alternative Approach to Those Oral Presentations In most ESL classes, there comes a time when students must prove their oral skills, either through a speaking exam or. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

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How to Help Students Make Real World Connections from Digital Learning

Where Learning Clicks

Our back to school reading list for educators covers topics such as classroom management and planning for and using technology in the classroom. The post How to Help Students Make Real World Connections from Digital Learning appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

5 total participation techniques to make every student an active learner

The Cornerstone Blog

Persida and William Himelle are a husband and wife teacher team who have conducted over 500 presentations around the world and coauthored the book Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner.