Sat.Mar 14, 2015 - Fri.Mar 20, 2015

The Creativity Mindset

User Generated Education

I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop ) and maker mindsets (which I discuss in The Mindset of the Maker Educator ).

10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology

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Teachers Turn Pop Culture Into Engaging Online Learning Videos

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I am often impressed by the creative ways teachers take traditionally non-educational videos from YouTube, movies, music videos, and television shows and turn them into lessons that highlight complex concepts while also appealing to students. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

5 Things Cool Teachers Do

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. It took about 15 years for me to figure out that students work hard for teachers they like. They work even harder for the cool teachers. Some teachers say, “I’m not here to entertain. I’m here to teach.” A long time ago, I said it. This attitude doesn’t impress today’s learners.


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 to Migrate Your Data from a Google Apps for Education account to a personal account

Educational Technology Guy

How to Migrate Information from your Google Apps for Education Account to a personal Google Account.

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#55: Keyboarding in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Mix a variety of keyboarding tools so students get the most out of keyboarding time in the classroom. I include software (TTL4), online keyboarding websites ( Dancemat typing ) and fun tests ( ).

The Writing Decline: Tweeting, Texting and Horrible Grammar in K-12 School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The Writing Decline: Tweeting, Texting, and Horrible Grammar in K-12 Schools by Matthew Lynch Internet and cell phone cultures have brought a whole new meaning to American slang.

Mindmup - free mind mapping tool that integrates with Google Drive

Educational Technology Guy

MindMup - Free Mind Map web site MindMup is a free mind mapping site that has some nice features. It''s easy to use, you can save your maps to Google Drive or Dropbox, you can use Rich Text, import images and export your files and even embed your map in a site.

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The value of creating with your students

Ditch That Textbook

A couple weeks ago, a student of mine went into the city to buy a chicken. Let’s call him Carlos. Carlos actually found a store that sold nothing but chickens.


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.

ISTE 2015: (Re)designing tech-infused lessons for deeper thinking

Dangerously Irrelevant

Hope you will join me and Julie Graber in June for our ISTE workshop… Register here! Title. (Re)designing Re)designing tech-infused lessons for deeper thinking. Short description.

The Art of Mastery: 9 Skills Master Teachers Possess

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I had a conversation this week with an educator that I would define as a master teacher. What,” she asked, “defines mastery in teachers?” Is it years of experience? Self efficacy? Or perhaps a set of specific skills that lend themselves to high achievement for students?

Two Apps for Scanning Documents with your Smartphone

Educational Technology Guy

I''m one of those people who loves to be paperless and scan in any paper documents I have. I have an Evernote scanner in my office, but what about when I''m out-and-about? I scan documents, posters, memos, receipts, business cards and more.

The Student Resume Reimagined

A Principal's Reflections

“ Resumes land in piles. Digital profiles land internships. The resume is an anachronistic method of branding that needs to be reinvented.

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.

Ed-Tech Startups: Swap Vendor Badge for Attendee Spot at Educaton Conferences

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As a vendor, education conferences meant hawking candy and key chains. As an attendee, I had authentic conversations and interactions. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Reframing Problem Solving with the Appreciative Inquiry 4 D Cycle

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Have you ever noticed how, as leaders, we’re often far more sensitive to people’s weaknesses than we are to their strengths? And once we’ve targeted a weakness, do you ever notice how common it is for us to slide into problem-solving mode?


Noodle releases list of 32 best free apps for Education

Educational Technology Guy

Noodle, a site that provides families with information about schools, tutors, summer camps, study abroad programs, and online learning tools, has just released a list of the 32 best, free apps for education.

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Designing a System to Support Continuous Learning

Digital Promise

This post is part of a series on the big ideas and ongoing conversations from the 2015 #MC4PD Summit. In the previous post, we discussed building authentic cultures of professional learning.

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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.

Remind Takes Student and Stakeholder Engagement to a New Level

A Principal's Reflections

We all know Remind as a safe way for teachers to send one-way messages to students and parents. It’s been great for sending assignment reminders, schedule changes, motivational messages, and more!

3 Amazingly Simple Ways Twitter Helps You Reach Millions

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Not long ago, someone told me that, “Twitter is not all that.” If you want a juicy steak or a roller coaster ride, Twitter may not be the answer, although you could certainly find those yummy thrills on Twitter–at least pictures or videos of them. So why Twitter?

12 Spring Cleaning Steps for Your Computer

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It’s time for Spring Cleaning. Of your computer. If you followed my suggestion over New Year’s , this will go faster than you expect, but still, plan to set aside a couple of hours. Grab a coffee or tea, get a comfortable chair.

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12 tips for funding classroom projects on Donors Choose

Ditch That Textbook

Serious innovation can happen in classes with free tech tools, creative thinking and inspiration, among others. But sometimes, you just need some cash to create life-changing learning experiences.

EdTech at School

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

Young Scientist Challenge - excellent STEM activity with prizes

Educational Technology Guy

Discovery Education and 3M have again partnered together to bring you the Young Scientist Challenge for students in grades 5-8. The challenge has them create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem.

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10 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming an Education Consultant

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. On April 1st, I’ll celebrate my tenth year as an education consultant and my seventh as the founder of the WNY Young Writer’s Studio. That’s right: I started not one but two businesses on April Fool’s Day.

Learning about Office 365 in the Classroom | @Microsoft_Edu


Learn how to use Office 365 in your classroom to transform your learning space into a digital playground for your teachers and students. Learn how to use Office 365 in your classroom with the TechEducator Podcast.

7 Websites That Ring in Spring

Ask a Tech Teacher

The temperatures are freezing on the East Coast, but Spring is right around the corner and we as teachers must get ready for it. What better way than with Spring Websites. Here are some of my favorites: Life Cycle I. Life Cycle II. Spring Games. Spring Games II. Spring Garde n–click to find flowers. Spring Word Search. Spring Word Scramble. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

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.

Droptask announces integration with Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

DropTask is a free visual task management app that is web based and available on iOS and Android that I reviewed two weeks ago. They have just announced that DropTask now integrates with Evernote.

CoSN 2015: The Emerging Tech That's Transforming K–12's Horizon

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith 3D printing, drones and wearable tech are on the horizon for education. Classroom Curriculum Hardware Internet

Why is #WordPress so important for Educational Podcasters? | Featuring @EduLeadership #EduPodcasting


In this show, Jeff sits down with Justin Beader from the PrincipalCenter Podcast to discuss why WordPress is the best publishing platform for an educational podcast. Educational Podcasting Today is a weekly podcast that celebrates podcasters and podcasting.