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300 Ways to Help Students Love Writing

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas from the "The Reading Strategies Book" From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you want to help students love writing? In this segment, we talk about a new book including 300 strategies to get students excited about writing.

How to select the best screencasting tool for your flipped classroom

Neo LMS

Have you ever seen a watchman mending a watch? What a wonderful painstaking craftsmanship! But the traditional watchmen can’t possibly mend or make from scratch a large number of watches each day.

Governor Christie’s Guide to Destroying a Great Education System #NJED

A Principal's Reflections

It breaks my heart to see what is happening in a state that I hold dear to my heart. I might now live in TX, but I was born and raised in NJ. Both of my parents were public educators; my father an elementary principal in Hackettstown and my mother an elementary teacher in Flemington.

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An AMAZING website to use when teaching character description.

EdTech4Beginners

Buildyourwildself.com is absolutely brilliant. I used it recently as part of a lesson on character description. What is it? To put it simply, you create a fantasy creature from a huge number of options i.e. ears, hair, legs etc.

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.

Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives

The CoolCatTeacher

Use technology to help you teach math From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Use the real world to teach without the mess of physical manipulatives. In brief, virtual math manipulatives are powerful tools for math teachers everywhere.

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Goal: Be Someone’s Champion

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” ” – Rita f. Pierson.

How To Use ‘TED-Ed Lessons’ – Includes A Free Video-Viewing Worksheet.

EdTech4Beginners

I recently found TED-ED lessons … they’re brilliant! Created by educators around the world, they are a great way to share knowledge with your students. They include resources and opportunities for online discussion. How do I find them?

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Creating a Successful App Takes Time and Collaboration

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Guest post by Deena Seifert, co-founder of Communication APPtitude. How hard can it be to create an app? That’s the question my startup co-founder and I asked ourselves when we reconnected at an apps conference for speech language pathologists in 2012.

Redesigning High School through the XQ: Super School Project

Digital Promise

We are excited, proud, and humbled to partner with Vista Challenge High School to develop an XQ Super School ! It is one of the 10 chosen Super Schools and a member of our League of Innovative Schools. Redesigning a large traditional district school, Vista Challenge High School will work to develop creators, inventors, powerful thinkers and innovators — students who learn and grow and take action to solve real-world problems through exploration, analysis, debate, imagination, and risk-taking.

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.

Web Tools for Video and Audio Feedback on Essays and Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.” – Elon Musk. This year I am teaching college English language learners reading and writing. My students submit their work on Canvas.

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Natural Differentiation and Personalization Through Open Ended Learning Activities

User Generated Education

This past summer I facilitated maker education classes for 5 to 10 year old kids. This school year I am a gifted teacher meeting with 2nd through 6 grades one day per week per group. I like mixed age groups and have no problem designing learning activities for them.

A foolproof solution to tech breakdowns in class

Ditch That Textbook

It never fails. At some point, if you use technology in the classroom, it’s going to burn you. The projector won’t turn on. The Internet will go down. The website you’re using will display strange errors — for everyone. The power will go out. Everyone has their stories.

Millennial Parents Favor Online, Flexible Education

Waterford

Nelina Moore, 5, does UPSTART preschool work at home with her mother Deborah Moore. What will traditional education look like in 20 years? Based on findings from a recent independent study, it looks like education will have strong ties to personalized learning and digital technology.

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.

Stand, Adjust, Roll: Functional Furnishings That Reimagine Classroom Design

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Stand, Adjust, Roll By Lani Aquino, B or I Guest Contributor When it comes to designing classroom spaces, teachers put a lot of time and effort into creating the perfect arrangement.

Tangrams: A Cross Curricular, Experiential Unit

User Generated Education

Now that I am back in the classroom two days a week teaching gifted elementary students, I can do and report on the cross curricular units I plan and implement. There are several guiding factors that I use to design my units: They need to be hands-on and experiential.

Making the case for market-creating innovations: a look at Tolaram Industries

The Christensen Institute

People buying and selling food at a market in Nigeria. Flickr: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. In 1988, Tolaram Industries, maker of Indomie Instant Noodles and a myriad of other products, decided to target nonconsumption in the food industry in Nigeria.

The Magic Automatic Lesson Planner with Google Forms

Ditch That Textbook

Traditional lesson plan books have their limitations. Being paper-based, they’re not searchable and they’re not easily shareable. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to search quickly for a specific lesson plan instead of flipping back page by page? How about being able to share lesson plans with others without making photocopies? You can use [.]. Ed Tech automation edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google forms lesson planning

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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.

How to Blend DoK into Lesson Plans without a Comprehensive Rewrite

Ask a Tech Teacher

I recently got a question from a reader asking how the lessons in my K-8 curriculum supported Dr. Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge philosophy — an integral concept to her school’s mission.

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5 Really Good Online Newspaper Makers

EdTech4Beginners

My class are studying coasts this term and I asked them to make a newspaper report about a hotel that fell in to the sea due to erosion. We were going to write a newspaper report in the children’s exercise books, but I thought it would be interesting to find an online newspaper generator.

4 tips for developing effective professional development for blended learning

The Christensen Institute

With the growing prevalence of blended learning in classrooms across the country, the need for teacher training for effective implementation is more critical than ever.

Answering the President’s Call for #CSforAll

Digital Promise

In response to the President’s call for commitments to computer science education for all , 37 school district across the country — from Vermont to Alaska — ­have committed to offering high­ quality computer science (CS) and computational thinking curriculum to over one million students. Committing to scale computer science and computational thinking looks different in every community.

EdTech at School

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

Reflections on Why Our District Personalizes

Education Elements

In Middletown, we are personalizing education, not standardizing it! In 2004, the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York, found itself in a whole lot of academic trouble. We knew that we were not necessarily any different than most other high-minority/high-poverty school districts; our performance numbers of a 54% graduation rate and an even a greater percentage of students who were not proficient in either math or literacy mirrored other similar school districts.

A New Day at Morton College

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed Contribution. Dr. Stanley Fields, President of Morton College, Cicero, Illinois. It’s the beginning of another school year, with another class of students, and another year of quality education.

Here’s to a New School Year!

iTeach with iPads

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ” -Arthur Ashe. Well…it has been way too long since I have posted! Life has gotten in the way, but we are back at school and are just finishing up our 20th day. We have been working hard on procedures and routines.

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Why It’s Hard for Adults to Learn a Second Language

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. Read the original article. As a young adult in college, I decided to learn Japanese. My father’s family is from Japan, and I wanted to travel there someday. However, many of my classmates and I found it difficult to learn a language in adulthood.

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.

We Remember… 9/11

Ask a Tech Teacher

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[PL Summit Series] Activating Professional Learning through Personalization

Education Elements

Earlier this year, Digital Promise and the Center for Teaching Quality co-authored a paper on how micro-credentials help drive teacher learning and leadership. In it, we discuss the challenges teachers face in the classroom to ensure that all students’ learning needs are met. To do so, educators must engage in ongoing professional growth. However, evidence suggests that current professional development does not meet educators’ needs. Enter micro-credentials.

To combat the growing opioid epidemic, we need a holistic approach

The Christensen Institute

On the evening of August 31 st , the Zakim Bridge, one of Boston’s prominent landmarks, glowed in purple in honor of the National Overdose Awareness Day. This was the second time in its history the bridge was lit in purple, the first time being right after the passing of rock star Prince.

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