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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.

Wade King: Find Your Classroom Creativity Wildcard

The CoolCatTeacher

Wade King on episode 301 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can unleash our creativity as teachers if we want to inspire our students. Co-author of Wildcard, Wade King, shares how. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Enhanced Transcript. The Wild Card: Find Your Creativity. Link to show: Date: April 30, 2018.

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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).

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.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Student Screen Use: A Perspective from Principals


Students need more access to devices outside the classroom. Digital Learning Digital Citizenship MDM

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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. 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.

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

[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!

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.

Packing for the journey: Can lifelong learning fit in a college-sized suitcase?

The Christensen Institute

Today’s workforce feels like a frantically accelerating and precarious place. The shelf life of skills is shortening. More workers are joining the gig economy. Automation is creeping into most sectors. All of these changes require that workers upskill, reskill, and master soft skills. America’s higher education system already plays an integral role in delivering some of these skills, but it falls woefully short in delivering on the country’s lifelong learning needs.

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.

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.

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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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Using virtual mentors to expand offline networks and grow career aspirations

The Christensen Institute

This August I’ll be releasing a book on a new wave of disruption in education: innovations that deepen and diversify students’ access to relationships. Who You Know: Unlocking innovations that expand students’ networks (Wiley, 2018) examines dramatic shifts in the way schools are empowering students to forge new connections—and ultimately opportunities—that would otherwise be out of reach. The book is now available for preorder.

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.

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.

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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Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

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

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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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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Holistic Learning: Where Students Work Problems That Matter

The CoolCatTeacher

A Global Search for Education Post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today students selected their Project Managers (PM’s) and Assistant Project Managers (APMs) for their app teams. They also picked their graphic designers and drew out their sitemaps.

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.