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Not Just a Girl

The CoolCatTeacher

5 Ways to Help Girls Achieve Their Potential From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I dropped my end of the heavy battery. Daddy and I needed to “jump off” or start up the irrigation system.

Maine Announces Learning Technology Framework

More Verbs

The true value of laptops and tablets in schools is not learning to use the technology, but rather using the technology to learn. The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI ) have been in place since 2002 and has certainly helped close the Digital Access Divide in Maine.

20 ways Google MyMaps can enhance lessons in any class

Ditch That Textbook

Maps are a fundamental part of everyday life. Even if we don’t pull paper maps out of our car glove compartments anymore, we still rely on GPS and digital directions. Without maps, we’re lost. With maps, we can clearly see how widespread or concentrated our data and content is.

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Rigor, Relevance and Transformation at the Ground Level

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Jill M. Hackett Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent, Academic Services/School Accountability, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, MO. Rigor and Relevance can seem like abstract terms until you start to understand how schools and districts apply them in specific ways.

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.

8 Secrets of a Great Language Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Secrets from Language Teacher Isil Boy From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching language is a challenge. Isil Boy from Turkey teaches students how to speak English. Today, she shares her secrets for helping language students learn.

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5 easy ways to create engaging e-learning courses [Infographic]


Have you ever done things that were fun and easy instead of a really hard and really important thing that you really had to do?

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Framing and Frontloading Maker Activities

User Generated Education

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I come from a background in Experiential Education (yes, it is a specific professional discipline).

CHALLENGE: Ask Students to Share What They’ve Learned From You

The CoolCatTeacher

You might just be surprised. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This week my students are preparing for a visitor.

Digital Poets! Web Tools, Apps, & Lesson Ideas

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” ” – Robert Frost. April is around the corner and when we are encouraged to inspire learners to celebrate National Poetry month.

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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.

Manifesting My Perfect Teaching Position

Catlin Tucker

Each year at the start of spring semester, my administration sends every teacher a form called “What’s Your Flavor?” ” It asks teachers a series of questions: Are we planning to continue teaching next year?

A student-created digital textbook: Their process and resources

Ditch That Textbook

Garth Holman’s students created something spectacular, and I cringe at calling it a “textbook.” ” That’s the easy description. They created their own digital textbook.

Is Your School Culture Welcoming to Parents?

The CoolCatTeacher

Best Selling Author Anne T. Henderson helps us become more parent friendly. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Parents should be partners: it sounds nice, but does it help learning? Anne T. Henderson , author of the best-selling book Beyond the Bake Sale , talks about school culture and parents. Parents are not the enemy. When we teachers engage parents as partners in helping children, we can turn around our struggling students.

Quick List STEM Resources For The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Science Technology Engineering Math STEM. I had the honor of being both a Middle School Math and Science teacher. Those were some of my fondest times in the classroom, blowing things up (it happened once!)

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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.

Floating Our Boat

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 7. Driving Question: How can 5th graders pass a real-world final STEM exam? At Katherine Smith School, we are passionate about project-based learning. We also know that STEM is important enough to have a dedicated STEM teacher and lab.

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4 Ways Students Can Plan Their Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

Few people can sit down and start writing. Most of us hem and haw as we mentally walk through how to get from introduction to conclusion. It’s called ‘prewriting’ and students are no different.

Belief: A Powerful Tool in Every Teacher’s Toolkit

The CoolCatTeacher

Mattering Mondays with Angela Maiers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You believe, you receive. But how can you believe in a child who has let you down? How can you believe in yourself when you aren’t sure if you can do it? Angela Maiers shares practical everyday ways you can help people know they matter in this fourth of the series. Listen to the full series. Show Notes: Belief: A Powerful Tool in Every Teacher’s Toolkit.

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5 whys and 4 negotiables

Dangerously Irrelevant

I enjoyed Pam Lowe’s recent post about personalized learning. She asked four important questions: Why does everyone have to learn the same thing? Why can’t learners learn what they want to learn? Can learners choose their own learning tools? Why do learners have to learn the way a teacher says?

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.

Apps for Touchscreen Chromebooks

Educational Technology Guy

Touchscreen Chromebooks are becoming more popular, and flip models like the Acer C738T are also getting popular. These Chromebooks open up some more options and features for students. Here is a short list of apps that are great for touchscreen Chromebooks: --.

STEAMING with Art Across the Curriculum

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 6. Driving Question: Who gets arts education and who gets left out?

Three Ways to Be a Catalyst for Change at School


“But this is the way we’ve always done it.”. It’s possible a boss, mentor, colleague, or employee has never said this to you directly - but I’m betting it’s been implied at least once at your school. (If If not more than that.). The idea that doing things as they have always been done feels safer.

Personalizing every student’s level of success

Dangerously Irrelevant

The Van Meter Schools have long been an incubator for innovation. Van Meter was one of our earliest districts to implement a 1-to-1 student computing initiative and also was one of the first districts in Iowa to be named an Apple Distinguished School.

EdTech at School

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

Solving the Special Education Crisis through Online Speech, Occupational, and Behavioral Therapies


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:30am. The Special Education Issue in Schools

Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

The Christensen Institute

You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.”

20 St. Patrick’s Day Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun websites: Color the shamrock. Color the Pot-o-gold. Color the leprechaun. Games–St. Pat’s games and activities. Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle.

Transforming the Classroom with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Pat Deklotz is Superintendent of the Kettle Moraine School District in Wales, Wisconsin. She was recently named Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year. Across our nation and our world, new developments are transforming the way students learn.

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.

Sitting in their Seats: Reflections on the Shadow a Student Challenge

Education Elements

This is not the blog post I intended to write. When I heard about the Shadow a Student Challenge I was excited.

Make Assessment a Learning Experience

Voyager Sopris Learning

An Innovative Approach to Meaningful Embedded Assessment. In recent years, assessment has gotten a bad rap because of overuse and misapplication of mandated accountability tests. All of us involved in education, however, know that meaningful assessment is an important aspect of the learning cycle.

Celebrate Pi With Your Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form.