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Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Ditch That Textbook

If you haven’t heard of Flipgrid yet then you will soon be seeing it everywhere. I had my first experience with Flipgrid ( on March 2nd in a #Ditchbook chat. I was hesitant to try it out and almost skipped the chat because I wasn’t sure about trying to learn how to use yet another [.]. Ed Tech class discussion collaboration edtech educational technology flipgrid video

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52 Tools to Inspire Summer Learning with Photo and Video Challenges

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” – Marc Riboud. Many of us have started our breaks. If you have a website, blog, virtual learning site or messaging system like Remind to connect with your learners then you can motivate your students to continue the learning with photo and video challenges. Learners of all ages love taking pictures and videos, especially with their mobile devices.

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The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking. We can be hopeful that the connection between teacher training and student learning seems to be realized and now what’s needed is to find the right formula for improving this crucial component of school culture.

Zap Zap Math–Gamify any Math Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

Zap Zap Math is a free gamified way to teach math skills that’s tied to many national and international standards (like Common Core). Its format is colorful and engaging, music lively, and layout intuitive. The over 150 games are fast-paced and interactive, and cover over 180 math topics. Students direct their learning with a unique space-themed avatar (called a ‘mathling’) that identifies their work and keeps them engaged.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

12 great ways to grow as an educator this summer

Ditch That Textbook

Ah, summer … that time when all teachers leave school work and school thoughts behind for months to lounge by the pool. Right? Well, in more than a decade of teaching, it’s never been that way for me! Honestly, I’ve never wanted my education career to take a major hiatus for months at a time. [.]. Ed Tech conferences edtech education on air educational technology professional development professional learning seesaw voxer

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Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

Tom Murray

A portion of below is an excerpt from the new ASCD book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today , and is co-written by Thomas C. Murray and Eric Sheninger.

UWorld’s Unique SAT Prep Site

Ask a Tech Teacher

When I first visited UWorld’s College prep site , I expected what usually is included on free SAT/ACT prep sites–questions, answers, and a lot of cheerleading. I should have known better. UWorld is a leading provider of question bank materials for professional licensing exams like USMLE, ABIM, and ABFM, considered by many to be the gold standard in test preparation. Now, UWorld has expanded into SAT prep (as well as ACT and AP prep).

Preparing Teachers for a 21st Century Classroom

Battelle for Kids

In my role as senior adviser for schools at the British Council, I'm lucky enough to interact with educators in many different countries. It will undoubtedly come as no surprise to readers of this blog how many of those systems are considering the area of skills development. P21 Blog

Five EdTech Story Ideas for Education Reporters

Doug Levin

This week, education reporters from across the nation are gathering at the 2017 Education Writers Association National Seminar in Washington, DC. Among the topics they will focus on is technology in education (AKA "digital learning"). To that end, I suggest five story ideas for reporters interested in the topic. Blog In the News Trends #EWA17

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

Embed the Happiness of Educators Into Your Startup DNA

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

It was a Monday morning in the Spring of 2014 and my first non-engineer employee, Bonnie Savage, was starting. I wanted to get her first day right so, naturally, this being my first startup, I Googled “What are you supposed to do on someone’s first day of work?” and found a checklist. I printed it out… The post Embed the Happiness of Educators Into Your Startup DNA appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog

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Looking for a Summer Volunteer Opportunity?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I have written in the past about mysimpleshow , an easy and clever way educators can create explainer videos. Mysimpleshow is aligned with simpleshow foundation , a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the world.

Keeping Personalized Learning (the Main Thing) the Main Thing

Education Elements

When I reflect on how far we have come since last summer I am impressed by how much hard work everyone has done to begin to make personalized learning a reality. Our district PL council engaged in serious debate over our vision of PL, our roll out plan (cohort vs. all-in), and our areas of priority and focus.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 21 Edition)

Doug Levin

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Learning Transformed #LT8Keys

A Principal's Reflections

It has been quite the ride since I changed my perspective on teaching, learning, and leadership eight years ago. Prior to 2009 I basically saw technology as just an add-on and something that could spruce up a lesson. An ironclad Internet filter was in place to “protect” students and ensure that none of them could go off task. Social media had to be blocked for all and I, for one, wasn’t going to waste any of my precious time using it professionally or personally.

15 Skills Teachers Can Learn this Summer and Use in Next Year’s Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s summer, that time of rest and rejuvenation, ice cream and bonhomie. Like the American plains or the African savannas, it stretches endlessly to a far horizon that is the Next School Year. It represents so much time, you can do anything, accomplish the impossible, and prepare yourself quintessentially for upcoming students. So what are the absolute basics you should learn this summer that will make a difference in your class in the Fall?

Ensuring online safety in schools is everyone’s business


This year Google turns 19 and Facebook turns 13. Most schoolkids and teenagers are younger than them. Tablets are taking over a growing number of households, and VR glasses may also have a promising future. The role of technology will be ever more firmly embedded in our lives — and our children’s lives. The positive opportunities offered by technology can be harnessed to create a generation of empowered digital citizens.

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Mathematics, Everywhere for Everyone

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. The idea of “learning math” often conjures the image of a student hunched over his desk, solving problems using a set formula he copied down from his teacher. Math, we tend to think, is a strict set of algorithms, practices, and rules — all emanating from inside the classroom.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Promoting Academic Discourse in the ESL Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Greetzel Mojica on episode 88 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Greetzel Mojica @Mojica_CJUSD talks about how she teaches academic discourse in her sixth-grade classroom. Using a recent project on volcanoes as a backdrop, we do a deep dive into how Greetzel empowers her students to give effective feedback using academic language that they are learning in school.

Last Chance for this College-credit Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

MTI 562: The Tech-infused Teacher. MTI 562 starts in one week–Monday, June 5th! Last chance to sign up. Click this link ; scroll down to MTI 562 and click for more information and to sign up. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Robotics Is Incredibly Engaging With Lego Mindstorms!


A team, who are experts at robotics, recently visited my school to show how straightforward, creative and fun robotics can be. The team used Lego Mindstorms and it really engagerd the students. The class had to carry out basic programming and control a moving robot. They also had to think of an algorithm which would make a robotic catapult toss a ball at a target. Click to view slideshow.

360 Filmmakers Challenge Stories: The Fakes

Digital Promise

The 360 Filmmakers Challenge inspires the next generation of virtual reality creators by encouraging high school students to produce 360° films that make an impact. This is a story about “ The Fakes ” winner of the One Moment 360° Award. Four students from Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia used the 360 Filmmakers Challenge as an opportunity to make a statement on the negative impact of bullying in their 360° film, “The Fakes.”.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

How Do Kids Learn and Remember? #motivationMonday

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Andrew Stadel on episode 86 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How do kids learn and remember? Teacher Andrew Stadel, @ mr_stadel founder of the popular site , talks about this pursuit of learning in the classroom. This topic is his summer research topic. As you plan your summer and ponder the classroom, look at what you’ll research this summer. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes.

Happy Memorial Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking Memorial Day to honor our soldiers. Hang the American flag and call my two soldier children. Say hi, how are you. When are you coming home to visit? Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Changing Your Change Habits

Battelle for Kids

It is important to clarify part of the current narrative that American education is slow to change and is not improving. In reality, schools have changed enormously over the past few decades and have made some real improvements. It is also true that our society has continued to ratchet up the expectations we have for schools, and schools have not been able to keep pace with those growing demands.

Kick Off!: The Digital Promise Adult Learning Ed-Tech Community

Digital Promise

We at the Digital Promise Adult Learning Initiative know amazing things happen for adult learners when educators, researchers, and developers connect. Yet, these partnerships are not always easily made. To help open a space for collaborative work to happen, we held a live community launch with key partners who cross the silos of education, product development, and research. Watch the recording below to learn ways people are seeking to partner.

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

The future of K-12: Will we still need a physical classroom?


Online education remains a key response to the documented shortcomings of K-12 education. There can be no doubt that the sheer volume of solutions and opportunities offered by online educational tools cannot be ignored by a society seeking to graduate better skilled, better adapted, creative, critical thinkers. The future of education is most assuredly online. But what of the classroom? Do we still hold on to a misty eyed, romantic view of physical learning spaces?

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If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. If I was still doing that now, I would be incredibly excited because so many wonderful resources would be available to my classroom. For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources.

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Guest Post: A Technophobe’s Guide to Modern Teaching


There’s lots of talk about how technology can lead students to be reliant on technology, impeding their love for knowledge. They also argue that using technology inside the classroom could prompt students to become indolent, which will have a negative effect on them in the long run. That being said, there are even researchers who claim that the traditional model of teaching – teachers conducting lectures in the classroom while students jot down notes, remains to be the best mode of teaching.