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5 Ideas for Friday: Ideas for Teachers In and Out of School to Try Today

The CoolCatTeacher

A sample Cool Cat Teacher newsletter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Happy 5 idea Friday! Today is the day I send my newsletter subscribers the ideas to help them be better teachers.

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Top 5 things to consider when designing an LMS


In a previous post I talked about why should schools focus on visual elements and user experience instead of features when selecting an LMS. The reason for this is quite simple.

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Personalized learning in the context of a person, not a school

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is the current big buzz in education. Everyone is trying to figure out how best to personalize the learning experience for each and every child. I applaud this effort.

Bring Experts to Your Class Easily with Nepris

Ask a Tech Teacher

Statistically, almost half of school dropouts do so because they don’t see the relevance. Teachers have long-known the positive effect industry experts have on students, but the complications of finding the speaker, arranging the event, and preparing the class have made this a daunting task.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

5 Epic Endings to the School Year

The CoolCatTeacher

Unique Ideas to Make a Difference Any Time in the School Year From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Every school year needs an epic ending. It doesn’t have to be hard. Don’t just walk out of your classroom at the end of the year. Make memories!

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Developing a Flexible & Risk-Taking Mindset

User Generated Education

A flexible and risk-taking mindset rather than a fixed one will benefit all stakeholders in an educator’s realm: the educator’s learners, colleagues, her or his learners’ families, the community, the field of education-at-large, and of course, the educator him-or herself.

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169 Real-World Ways to Put Tech into Your Class–NOW

Ask a Tech Teacher

In about a month, I’ll be starting a new series of tech tips.

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The Fabulous Field Trip Guide: Planning

Teacher Reboot Camp

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller. In 1996, I joined an internship to design educational activities and exhibits to open the Witte Museum’s Science Treehouse. The internship taught me valuable lessons in organizing engaging field trips, summer camps, and camp-ins with student learning and safety at the forefront. Each field trip included hands-on learning with an expert.

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5 Ideas for Friday: Ideas for Teachers In and Out of School to Try Today

The CoolCatTeacher

A sample Cool Cat Teacher newsletter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Happy 5 idea Friday! Today is the day I send my newsletter subscribers the ideas to help them be better teachers.

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.

'The Times They Are A-Changin' – Dylan Got It Right!

The Journal

David Thornburg, our guest blogger, looks back and looks forward – and sees Chromebook’s DNA in the history of computing and forecasts all sorts of provocative software that this "new" platform will engender

An English Unit Of Work, Full Of EdTech, Based On The Book ‘Tuesday’ By David Wiesner


David Wiesner is a wonderful author and most of his stories are told solely through pictures. This makes them absolutely perfect for English lessons. Children can be imaginative and creative and in my experience they absolutely love his books.

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The Fabulous Field Trip Guide: Mobile Learning and QR Codes

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”- ”- Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! In 2012, I visited the British Library with Terry Freedman. I was astounded by how much interaction I was able to have with the exhibits. I got to experience the exhibits with 3D glasses, touch tabletop screens, and scan QR codes.

Get Your Summer Started with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re new to Ask a Tech Teacher, here’s what you do: Sign up for a newsletter. They’re (kinda) weekly and always free. Weekly Tech Tips. Weekly Websites. New Tech ed Projects. Check out our columns. They are numerous and varied, including. Weekly tech tips. Weekly websites.

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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.

Ideas and Tools to Give Everyone a Voice

A Principal's Reflections

Whether during a class, meeting, presentation, or workshop it can be at times extremely difficult to give everyone a voice.

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Don’t just take notes, take ‘sketch notes’.


Usually when we ask our students to take notes, they use bullet points and text only. Sketch notes are different. They are unique because they combine writing with images and symbols. They are very visual and are often much easier to read and far more memorable.

Using Technology to Rethink Summer Learning


“Summer slide,” “Summer brain drain,” no matter what term you use for it, it’s well-known that students lose critical academic skills during the weeks that they are out of school. This is true in both reading and math, and especially true for low-income students.

What You Might Have Missed in May

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of May: Thirteen Writing-with-Tech Tips You Don’t Want to Miss. Use the SAMR Model to Spearhead Technology in Your Classroom. 6 Summer School Tech Activities. 7 Must-have Tools for Ed Conferences. 10 Spreadsheet Tips. Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips.

EdTech at School

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

It's Not My Job? Well, Whose is it?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 5, Number 3. Driving Question: How can we leverage real-world work to prepare students for the workforce? "We

How To Use Minecraft To Create A Digital Diorama.


Minecraft is a game in which the main aim is to construct objects. To do so, requires a lot of thought and creativity – this makes it perfect for use in school. Recently I asked my students if they could think of any ways that Minecraft could be used to support their learning.

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What Does the Future of Assignments Look Like?


Our newsletter subscribers got a sneak peek of this piece last week. Now, we're sharing with all of our readers and asking you to tell us what assignments will look like in the future. Tweet us your idea at @Chalkupedu or leave your two cents in the comments.

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[Guest Post] Giving Up Control: A Teacher’s Perspective on the Personalized Learning Journey

Education Elements

When I gave up control of my classroom, true learning started taking place. Giving up control felt liberating and inspiring. I handed the baton of teaching to my students. I was no longer the focus of the lesson. Student’s voices traveled through our classroom with excitement and engagement. I happily took the role of facilitating and the words of my students amazed me. The more I put on the students the more they produced.

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.

Striking a Balance Between GPA and Grit With Ed Tech Integration

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In a recent New York Times article critiquing grit in education, David Brooks writes, “Creative people are good at asking new questions, but the GPA rewards those who can answer other people’s questions.”.

Every Day…She Ran to You

Tom Murray

At the end of last summer, my wife and I watched our little girl step on a school bus for the very first time. With tears in our eyes, we wrote the post, “ Written With Love On Your First Day of Kindergarten ”, as a piece of our collective heart forever took her first real steps without us by her side. Her smile radiated and her confidence sparkled, but for her mom and dad, letting her grow wings, we’ll admit, was hard. For us, it meant that it was time to start to let go, even just a little bit.

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How to Ask Your Admin for New EdTech


In the world of edtech purchasing, a gap often exists between the users and the buyers. A tech director, principal, or other administrator is charged with selecting tools that teachers and students will rely on day to day. This gap is product selection can be a challenge.

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How school can look more like an episode of Phineas and Ferb

Ditch That Textbook

With three elementary-aged kids at home, I’ve seen my fair share of Disney Channel shows. It started with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse many years ago and has since evolved to Good Luck Charlie. (I’ll I’ll actually get the theme song for that one stuck in my head and sing it all day.

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.