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Maine Announces Learning Technology Framework

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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.

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? If we could describe our perfect teaching assignment, what would it be? Who would we enjoy working with? This year as I stared at the form and asked myself, what is your perfect teaching assignment?


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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. Maps touch practically every content area [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps google apps for education mapping mymaps

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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. I was perhaps eight and my sister and Mom were somewhere else. Dad was a hard working farmer and he needed my help on this dusty, dry night. I was not feeling up to the task.

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.

Tricks for Teaching Tech Quickly

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There is an old quote that the true value to learning isn’t learning to use the technology, but rather using the technology to learn. To leverage the power of learning through technology, for focusing more on “verbs” than on “nouns,” the technology needs to be treated as a tool, and most of the instructional time needs to be allocated for the learning activity. But students need to know how to use the technology for that activity.

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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. But that term — “digital textbook” — doesn’t do these students’ product justice. A textbook is a static set of content. It doesn’t change and adapt and demonstrate the creativity and thinking [.].

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. No matter what subject you teach, poetry can engage learners or stir their creative juices. Use shape, acrostic, haikus or short poems as a lesson introduction for science, math, history, or any other subject.

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). I’ve also discussed reflecting on the activities to increase the chances of extracting learning as well as transferable skills and knowledge from the activities which is an integral part of experiential education – see my previous posts, Where is reflection in the learning process? and The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner.

The Problem with Prepackaged STEM Products

Tom Murray

The following is a guest post from Ross Cooper. Connect with Ross on Twitter. Over the last handful of years we have seen an explosion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. And, coinciding with this movement has been an influx of new STEM-related products that are school friendly. Some of the more popular merchandise includes littleBits , Snap Circuits , and Spheros. The Problem.

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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).

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. Every kindergarten through sixth grade student gets the opportunity to engage in hands-on lessons, lab experiments, and high-quality science content, technology, engineering, and math lessons.

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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. She also shares her tricks and tips for using technology in the classroom. These secrets apply to every teacher and classroom.

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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. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle II. Puzzle–Leprechaun jigsaw puzzle. Pat’s math. Patrick’s Day history–video. Pat’s Day songs–video. Tic tac toe. Webquest for St. Patrick’s Day I. Webquest II. Wordsearch.

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. Over the past five years, we North Kansas City School District restructured our purpose so that student-centered learning was the ultimate objective.

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.

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? Excellence for all students in the 21st Century means developing students' sense of self, their engagement with their community and their world, and their capacity for joy and persistence, as well as positive expression and reception. Shelly Gilbride ( At the Crossroads of Arts & Equity ).

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.

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. Daniel Tammet, a high-functioning autistic savant, holds the European record for reciting pi from memory to 22,514 digits in five hours and nine minutes. If you’d like to find out more about Daniel Tammet , click for my review of him.

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

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.

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. Whether in rural or urban settings, or on small or large campuses, digital tools are enhancing learning and allowing educators to personalize instruction.

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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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. We are particularly grateful that, in a time of frustration over isolated testing, embedded assessment is finally getting the attention it deserves.

Why UK Schools Are Choosing Securly


The end of UK Local Authority school networks. By: Richard Moore. In the UK, Local Authorities (LA’s) have been responsible for providing schools with fast, safe internet connectivity for the past 20 years. However, in 2000 the Academy program allowed schools to take control of their own finances and to operate as independent businesses funded by central government.

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!

Designing for Adult Learning with Research in Mind

Digital Promise

We see more and more evidence that technology use in K-12 education is expanding to include adult learners as well — namely the 36 million learners who have low literacy, numeracy, and job skills.

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. My good friend Dr. Frank Buck ( he’s been on the show to talk about his organization book for school leaders) is coming in town along with his lovely wife. My students are going to be giving an overview of their learning for this year and are practicing today. Honestly, it warms my heart when they share what they’ve learned.

Relationships deal with purpose, people and pathways [podcast]

Fidelis Education

A stack of books with a red apple on top in front of an out of focus chalkboard. Back to school or education concept. Vintage effect with vignette added. Recently, our CEO and Co-Founder Gunnar Counselman was featured in Epiphany Learning’s podcast #iamME. He spoke about the value of developing purpose, people, and pathway for all students to ensure their success and personalize their learning in school. Check it out by clicking here. Uncategorized edtechupdate

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? Using Peter Pappas’ four negotiables of student-centered learning , we can see that Pam’s four questions center around the first two ‘negotiables.’

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.

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. Whether in rural or urban settings, or on small or large campuses, digital tools are enhancing learning and allowing educators to personalize instruction.

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!) while at the same time being able to connect the math to the science we were doing. I always had a passion for learning about the way the world works and the elegant patterns we find in everyday mathematics.

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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. Last year I was among the many educators that read a teacher’s account of what it was like to be a student for a day and felt despair rather than hope, and I’m pretty sure by 3rd period despair was high on the emotion list of that teacher and all of her “classmates” as well.