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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.

An AMAZING website to use when teaching character description.

EdTech4Beginners 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. When you are happy with your creation, click ‘I’m Done’ and it will come to life, complete with descriptions of all the features. Have a go! Let me know how you get on by commenting below.


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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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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. So, if you’re struggling to teach writing and get students engaged, listen to Jennifer Seravallo’s ideas.

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.

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. And while this may sound routine or uneventful, as the second-oldest community college in Illinois, we know this is anything but ordinary. In fact, this is an extraordinary time at Morton College.

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Mysimpleshow–Online Video Creator for Educators

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love hearing from colleagues about tools they discover that make a difference in their classroom. Last week, I got an email from new efriend, Dr. Robert Cleary, an adjunct instructor for various business courses at several universities. In addition, Dr. Cleary is a key member of the campus learning center at Keiser University, an active member of the Miami-Dade school system STEM advisory board, as well as a member of the Doral Chamber of Commerce.

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How to select the best screencasting tool for your flipped classroom


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. Although the old ways of doing things are beautiful, they don’t usually cut it in the modern environment. We live in the age of constant time shortage, where everything has to be done as fast and as well as possible.

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.

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. The iPad had been out for almost two years and the App Store was flooded with apps aimed at the pre-k students and those in the lower elementary grades.

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).

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. It got me thinking about lesson plans in general — how far we’ve come from lecture-test-move on. Now, exemplary teachers focus on blending learning into the student’s life knowledge base with the goal of building happy, productive adults.

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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. Learner choice and voice is valued. They need to address cross curricular standards. It is like life. Life doesn’t segment content areas into separate entities. They do not depend on the use of worksheets.

How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students

Digital Promise

Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise? Research shows there are four elements that help students become naturally motivated to learn: challenge , goals , feedback , and curiosity. To find out how learning products can incorporate these elements, we spoke with Michelle Riconscente, president of Designs for Learning, Inc. ,

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. Suddenly, you’ll feel out of control … [.]. Ed Tech creative teaching edtech educational technology relationships

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.

New Features From Nepris for the New School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve written about Nepris before–a transformative cloud-based platform that connects STEAM subject experts with teachers and classes. This month, they’re offering a great group of back-to-school tools that will help you organize your expert presentations and share out the details: Share an update in your activity feed right from your teacher dashboard by typing it into the box at the top of your screen.

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. Goal: Be another teacher or your student’s champion in the next coming weeks. Our students and other teachers share with us ideas they are excited about.

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. I realized that the reason for this is that these activities are open ended permitting each student to naturally and instinctively to work at or slightly above his or her ability level.

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. When form and function meet to provide engaging and user-friendly learning zones, students and teachers reap the benefits. Companies like Global Educator Institute are testing and vetting […].

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.

Tech Ed Resources for Your Classroom: PBL

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

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. My students are language learners and pointing out their grammar errors for them to improve upon is important, especially if they continue studying in an American college.

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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. They both touched lives and impacted kids like countless other NJ educators.

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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.

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!

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. We struggled to connect new sounds and a dramatically different writing system to the familiar objects around us. It wasn’t so for everyone.

We Remember… 9/11

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5 Really Good Online Newspaper Makers


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. There are lots! Here are my favourites: Makemynewspaper. Joomag. Apps (templates are available): Book Creator. Microsoft Word. Pages . iAwriter.

[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.

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.

Here’s how 5 more schools are innovating and educating

eSchool News

As the school year gets underway across the nation, many schools and districts are launching new technology initiatives and programs designed to improve teaching and learning. Educators love to share their successes, learn from the success of other schools and districts, and they also love to share lessons they learned along their journey.

Millennial Parents Favor Online, Flexible Education


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.

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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. On the whole, many teachers don’t understand how to use them. So, today, you’ll get a simple tour of virtual math manipulatives from expert David Wees.