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Preparing Learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A Principal's Reflections

Do you like change? If you do, then living in the present is an exhilarating experience. For those who don’t, buckle up as we are only going to see unprecedented innovations at exponential rates involving technology. You can’t run or hide from it. The revolution, or evolution depending on your respective lens, of our world, will transform everything as we know it. We must adapt, but more importantly, prepare our learners for a bold new world that is totally unpredictable.

May the 4th Be With You! 20+ Ideas for Teaching and Learning with the Force

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The force is strong with this one.” ” – Darth Vader. May 4th is Star Wars day and what better time to teach and learn with the Force as you end the school year! Students of all ages enjoy Star Wars. The movies and books teach us about being heroes , complicated relationships with family, being brave, and picking ourselves up after failing or making mistakes. Below, find over 15 Star Wars themed STEM and literacy activities.


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10 great education books for summer reading

Ditch That Textbook

Summer … the time when all teachers spend carefree days sitting by the pool and drinking fruity drinks, right? Many teachers I know (especially the best ones!) spend at least part of their summers honing their craft. It’s a time to do things we were too busy to do during the school year, and […]. Teaching summer reading for teachers top books for educators top education books top teacher books

Lesson reflection sheets


I have recently been looking for new ways to end lessons. Aiming for more of a focus on reflection, I created a poster for my classroom: *Click here for the high-quality, printable PDF version. I also wanted something to stick in the books, that children could self or peer assess work on, so I created this: *Click here for the high-quality, printable PDF. Click here for the high-quality, printable PDF (black and white version).

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. Makes the College Dream a Reality for Lots of Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

In a world where college fees go up every year, where the cost of campus-based classes invariably includes expensive extras, where the time commitment to complete college classes often can’t be balanced with work and family needs, stands out. These web-based classes offer motivated students a self-paced, self-directed path to achieving their college dreams in an affordable, flexible, quality ecosystem that prepares them for future careers in fields they love.

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30+ ways to Ditch That Textbook: Ideas for teachers by teachers

Ditch That Textbook

The best thing about Twitter is the community of educators who share freely with others. Aaron Hogan, the author of Shattering the Perfect Teacher Myth, wrote that “Twitter is not going to change your life, but the educators you meet there will.” ” It’s true, the connections you make on Twitter will help you create a […]. Ditch That Textbook Book collaboration creative teaching pln professional learning network sharing twitter

New United2Read Partnership Sets Out to Improve Early Literacy Skills

Digital Promise

Despite considerable resources spent on improving early literacy skills in the past 15 years, reading proficiency scores at the end of third grade are largely unchanged. Research shows that children who fail to read proficiently by the end of third grade face serious academic and life challenges. They are more likely to be retained a grade, to underachieve in mathematics and science, and are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7th-May 11th

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7th-11th. In honor of these tenacious, creative individuals, here are some of our favorite teacher appreciation articles: 10 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer. How to Talk to a Tech Teacher. 18 Things Teachers Do Before 8am. Definition of ‘Teacher’. How to be a Tech Teacher. You’re a Geek Now. You Know You’re a Geek When…. 10 Steps to Become a Better Geek. 15 Ways to Get Your Geek On. 21 Reasons Why You Know You’re a Teacher.

Bethany Petty: Using Edtech to Enhance Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Bethany Petty on episode 302 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Education technology must enhance learning. If it doesn’t, why use it? Today’s guest, Bethany Petty gives us pointers and shares a common pitfall of those implementing new technology in the classroom. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Enhanced Transcript. Using Edtech to Enhance Learning.

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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).

What 15,000 Kids Taught Me About Creativity

The Web20Classroom

When I walked into the Houston Convention Center a few weeks ago I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never attended a FIRST LEGO League World Championship. Walking through the doors I was in awe. 15,000 kids from nations all over the world gathered to show off their robotic and LEGO creations and compete for the title of World Champion. I heard multiple languages, adults reminding kids about how they got there and some of the craziest chants you’ve ever heard.

Visit the New Digital Promise Micro-credential Platform

Digital Promise

Since 2014, Digital Promise has been building an innovative ecosystem of micro-credentials in partnership with educators, professional development organizations, states, and school districts. We are pleased to announce the latest development: Digital Promise has launched its own micro-credential platform.

5 Best Websites for IELTS Exam Prep

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re one of the many who must take the IELTS test, one of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors has come to your rescue. Here are five great websites to prepare you: The classroom is not the only place you can prepare for your IELTS exam. Thanks to technology, the candidates can access different resource materials online to practice for their examination.

Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

Wanda Terral on episode 305 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Safe experiences with monitoring and support can help children understand digital safety. In today’s show, Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety.

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.

5 Secrets that could unlock your school’s LMS


LMS (Learning Management System) integration is naturally an important topic here at NEO, and we have blogged a number of times previously about the key steps to take in successfully integrating an LMS into your school or district. To recap: Establish your goals. This may seem obvious, and the answer may seem even more obvious: “Teach students better”, but you may be surprised at what comes out of a comprehensive survey of teaching and other staff.

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The Art of Control

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Executive function — our ability to remember and use what we know, defeat our unproductive impulses, and switch gears and adjust to new demands — is increasingly understood as a key element not just of learning but of lifelong success.

What You Might Have Missed in April

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of April: How to Blend Learning with Play for a Kid-friendly Summer. Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need. College Credit Classes in Blended Learning. 5 Great Websites to Make Spring Sparkle. How a Senior Writing Project Helped Make Coeur d’Alene a District of Choice. Tech Tip for Teachers: Cover your Webcam. Grammar Check Websites and Apps That Save Your Writing. April is Financial Literacy Month–Try these Resources. 25 Websites for Poetry Month.

[Free Digital Citizenship Webinar] The 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by NetRef From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. On Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for a free webinar on the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship. Register now. Digital citizenship is a range of behaviors our students must learn. However, it isn’t content that can be “delivered” -- it works best when “lived” out through age-appropriate digital experiences and guidance by wise digitally literate adults. What a challenge!

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.

3 reasons why AI could be your new teaching sidekick


This post was originally published in Innovate My School Inspiration , on January 26th, 2018. With artificial intelligence (AI) on the rise, educators have increasingly reflected on how this might impact teaching in the coming years, with some of the more scary predictions even suggesting that machines could one day replace teachers altogether.

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Exploring the Nexus of OER and Educational Technology

Doug Levin

While increased access to the internet and computing devices has been instrumental to the growth and institutionalization of the global movement toward open educational resources (OER), technology choices (often made by educational institutions – and their vendors – on behalf of students) can serve to amplify and/or mute key features of openness.

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Elements of Change Podcast: A New Way to Hear From Education Leaders

Education Elements

The Education Elements team logs thousands of hours on the road through snow storms and hurricanes, mechanical issues, and flight delays. We travel across the country (and around the world) to work with amazing school and district leaders. Because of our nomadic lifestyle, we get a lot of questions. How many rewards points do you have?” “How How do you stay fit?” And the dreaded, “Do you know what time zone you’re in?”. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

How We Should be Teaching Math in Classrooms Today

The CoolCatTeacher

Denis Sheeran on episode 303 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Math teacher Denis Sheeran talks about what math should (and shouldn’t) be. Make math meaningful and real with these tips and ideas. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Enhanced Transcript. How We Should be Teaching Math in Classrooms Today. Link to show: Date: May 2, 2018.

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!

The Road to Global Competence Starts in the Classroom

Battelle for Kids

During Skills for Today Week, we shared what drives us: our students. We are thrilled to dive a bit deeper into how we do this work, today focusing on how the DC Public Schools (DCPS) Global Education team is scaling global experiences to reach a greater number of students through classroom-focused initiatives. P21 Blog

The Most Epic Digital Library For Kids and Educators


Today most kids prefer screen time to any other sort of entertainment. Children aged 5 to 16 on average spend 6.5 hours a day in front of a screen as compared to 3 hours in 1995. This fact is no longer shocking, but still quite disturbing. Yet, we can hardly imagine our life without technology and it implies increased screen time. Technology has a profound impact on education as well.

@Skype in the Classroom: Giving Your Students the Field Trip of a Lifetime | @MicrosoftEDU


In this episode of the Microsoft Innovative Educator Podcast, we speak with MIEExperts Amy and Valerie about innovative ways they create virtual field trips for their students using Skype in the Classroom. The post @Skype in the Classroom: Giving Your Students the Field Trip of a Lifetime | @MicrosoftEDU appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network. The Microsoft Innovative Expert Spotlight Series Podcast Microsoft Education Microsoft Innovative Educator Podcast Video Conferencing

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Pearce on episode 304 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Kyle helps us understand how to improve math understanding with kids who struggle.

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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.

Reflections on Early Learning Tuesday

Battelle for Kids

P21 joined 21st Century Learning Exemplar Goddard School Hillsborough for an action-packed day two of Skills for Today Week. In addition to the "show" aspect where we highlighted the early learning environment in action, P21 is also proud to offer a free Framework and Guide to educators and policymakers who are considering, or are in the process, of integrating 21st century skills into their early learning programs.

Celebrate Teachers: It’s True…  I Teach Because I Can’t Do Anything Else!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Happy 2018 Teacher Appreciation Week! I wish to share with you one of my favorite annual postings that I dedicate to an amazing world of educators. I hope you find this reflection, one that you will continue to enjoy and share with others! Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans . I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL, STEM, tech integration.

19 Reading Response Questions That Work With Most Texts

TeachThought - Learn better.

19 Reading Response Questions For Self-Guided Response by Terry Heick Though I’ve been busy with TeachThought for the last four year, my original ‘trade’ was teaching English (literature, writing, digital media, etc.) I was recently going through an old folder of reading reflection prompts and forms, and found a reading log that I called a […]. The post 19 Reading Response Questions That Work With Most Texts appeared first on TeachThought.