Sat.Jul 22, 2017 - Fri.Jul 28, 2017

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

User Generated Education

I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer.

Mindfulness and Screen Time

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. For parents, the family computer has become something of a minefield (and probably a Minecraft field). Between guilt-tinged uncertainty about screen time for kids ( “So, if you’re using it for good, does it count as screen time?” ) and worry about social media stress for teens, it’s easy to feel like a lost traveler without a GPS.

This amazing app allows you to make an online science journal


Science Journal is a new app that I have been using a lot in science lessons. It is available on Google Play and is really easy-to-use. Watch the video below to see my walk-through of this fantastic tech tool: Have you discovered any excellent science-based apps? Please share in the comments below.

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How This Educator Bridges Creativity And Teaching Through Project-Based Learning

EdNews Daily

This is our 9 th interview in our thought-leadership series with 51Talk. Our featured teacher today is Catherine Smith. Catherine is a creative and highly-passionate teacher.

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.

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Is there room for creativity and sharing in a professional preparation program?

Dangerously Irrelevant

[I’m one of five Digital Pedagogy Faculty Fellows this year at the University of Colorado Denver. I’ll be sharing my thoughts all year on this experience, starting with my time at the Digital Pedagogy Lab in Vancouver, Canada.]. I help prepare principals and superintendents.

Hunting for online English games websites


I have been recently looking for excellent English games websites. I stumbled upon 4 excellent ones and I will use them for home learning activities, revision and lesson starters. Have a look at my short video overview, to see how you could use them in your practise: Do you know anymore?

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Creating a Nurturing Environment for Kids with Nancy Blair

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 113 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nancy Blair @ blairteach , middle school principal, and #edchat leader gives us practical ideas to create a nurturing environment in our schools.

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Using @Flipgrid to Share #BLC17 Conference Highlights @NLearning @globalearner


Since I am at the Building Learning Communities Conference this week, I thought it would be fun to try and use Flipgrid to gather some conference reflections and highlights. BLC17 Highlights Flipgrid. The main purpose of setting this up is: for conference participants to capture their own thoughts based on sessions attended, as a reminder of things to revisit later.

9 Steps to Buying the Right Digital Content for your District

Education Elements

Just like online dating or buying a new car , choosing a new digital content provider can often feel overwhelming , complicated, and like a shot in the dark. Thankfully, Education Elements created a 9 step process, and compiled tips and tricks from district leaders across the country in our new curriculum white paper: “Phase Three: Review, Demo, and Select Digital Content and Tools.” You can also get Phase 1 and Phase 2 if you want to catch up first.

How Making Mistakes Primes Kids To Learn Better


Once a month, this column will examine the insights that science offers about the way people learn, and how such findings could influence schools. Most of us can remember a moment like this from our school years: the teacher poses a question – maybe it’s math, maybe history.

10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year

The Principal of Change

Schools are about more than learning; they are about experience(s). They help shape us in our present and future and those experiences stick with us long past our time as students. Unfortunately, this can be either shape us in a positive or negative manner.

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Leading as a Reading Principal

Reading By Example

As an educator, I have always been passionate about literacy and have continued to seek out new learning. My literacy thinking has been refined as I’ve read books by Regie Routman, Donalyn Miller, Boushey and Moser, Richard Allington, Fisher and Frey, and now Jennifer Allen.

There are 2.4 million fewer college students than there were five years ago

The Hechinger Report

What growth is ahead will come from places where students are most likely to need more financial aid and support. Here’s how enrollment will change, by state, through 2031. SOURCE: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. The post There are 2.4

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Why Brain-Based Learning Means Always Connecting Old Knowledge With New

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post Why Brain-Based Learning Means Always Connecting Old Knowledge With New appeared first on TeachThought. Learning brain-based learning Experienced Teacher General

Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 111 - The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Eric Sheninger @ E_Sheninger motivates us to transform learning this school year.

My Notes from #BLC17: Highlights from Keynotes & Sessions Attended


I had an awesome time at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conference ! You may know that I am a major fan of this conference. I first attended the BLC conference back in 2010. I’ve attended almost every year again since then. This year, I enjoyed fantastic sessions, awesome keynotes, and fabulous conversations with some seriously cool thinkers.

It Takes a Village: Maximizing the Power of Industry & Community Partners in PBL

P21 Blogazine

Industry and community partners can add incredible value and authenticity to projects, but we sometimes miss opportunities to fully leverage our partners throughout a project.

6 Questions Every Teacher Needs To Answer In Order To Grow

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 6 Questions Every Teacher Needs To Answer In Order To Grow appeared first on TeachThought. Professional Development


What is Microsoft Sway?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Lately, when I join technology education forums, one of the most talked-about webtools is Microsoft Sway.

#BLC17: My Presentation Slides & Resources #EdTech @PearDeck @Flipgrid @EDpuzzle @SlackHQ


I am excited to be at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conference again! This conference is certainly one of my favorites and I credit it with inspiring me to change my classroom forever (see: memories of how my adventures in #flipclass began ). I’ll definitely be sharing a lot this week on this blog and through Twitter , so stay tuned for that.

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?Sharing the Ups and Downs of Learning

The Principal of Change

This is a question I ask administrators all of the time: Have you learned anything new in the past three months? Of course, everyone nods their head in enthusiastic agreement. I then follow up with this question: Could your staff tell me what new learning you have done in the past three months?

How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Challenges For The 21st Century Teacher

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Challenges For The 21st Century Teacher appeared first on TeachThought. Terry Heick Trends & Shifts Experienced Teacher General

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New study finds that multiracial high schoolers show no test score gap with white students

The Hechinger Report

The National Interest: Once a month, this column is tackling broader questions about what the country should do about gaps in achievement and opportunity, especially for boys of color, in a partnership with The Root. “I’m I’m not white. I’m also not not-white.

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A look at how districts are educating teachers, students, and families on this perennially important topic. Techlearning Resources

Belief—the first key to blended learning success

The Christensen Institute

In the fall of 2014, Mallory Mattivi, a seventh-grade English language arts and world history teacher at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, Colorado, took a leap that radically transformed her teaching. When her principal, Jon Cooney, began encouraging ambitious blended learning initiatives across her school, she felt tentative.

Give Your Traditional Syllabus a Needed Makeover!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“In an effective classroom students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.” ” – Harry Wong. Many of us will be starting our classes soon! Give your learners the gift of the unexpected by revamping the syllabus.

Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?


“It beeped in the envelope. That’s how we knew.” ” Leslie Conrad is the director of Clemson Outdoor Lab in Pendleton, S.C., which runs several different camps during the summer. Clemson bans cellphones and other electronic devices for campers. That makes sense.

Edtech’s Hidden Shortage: Women Directors


In just over a decade, 20 independent education companies have raised more than $2.7 billion in funding and are shaping the way education is evolving for students from grade school to higher ed. Collectively, 116 directors serve on the boards of these privately-held companies. Only eight are women. Even fewer are women of color. The scarcity of female directors in edtech is a striking contrast to the diversity that exists in the sector's day-to-day leadership.

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Alternative credentials are reshuffling the higher education deck

The Christensen Institute

“Hard problems often solve themselves, if we get the categories right.” – Clayton Christensen. Hard problems often solve themselves, if we get the categories right.” – Clayton Christensen… Click To Tweet. In a simple version of the world, work and learning are considered separate spheres. But in fact the categories are not so clear.

5 MistakesTeachers Make the First Week of School

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 115 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Linda Kardamis @ LindaKardamis shares five mistakes teachers make the first week of school.

TEACHER VOICE: The essential language and math concepts that children need for kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

A kindergartener in Lyon, Miss. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. I teach kindergartners at East Mississippi’s Southeast Elementary, about 40 miles from the Alabama line. At our pre-K-12 Title 1 school, 78 percent of our students are on free or reduced lunch.