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The State of Data Interoperability in Public Education

Digital Promise

Members of the League of Innovative Schools ’ Data Interoperability working group define data interoperability as the seamless, secure, and controlled exchange of data between applications. And, believe it or not, it keeps League district leaders up at night.

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10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies (and some tech tools that could come in handy)


Dr Spencer Kagan is a renowned educator who changed the way the world viewed teaching. He is mainly known for his work on cooperative learning strategies (often referred to as Kagan learning structures).

Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 117 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Teryl Magee @teryl_magee gives us five ways to use Flipgrid. She shares essential tips on how to use Flipgrid.

My name is Matt, and I ditched my homework. Here’s why

Ditch That Textbook

Most of my teachers gave me homework as a student. Most of the teachers in my building assigned homework when I started teaching. I just assumed I was supposed to give homework. Teachers have been doing it for all these years, I reasoned. It must be a proven best practice to improve student learning. So, as [.]. Homework ditch that homework homework homework effectiveness homework practices homework research

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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Celebrating Youth-Produced 360° Films that Make an Impact

Digital Promise

This spring, students from 25 high schools across the country took on the challenge to use 360° video to make an impact. The 360 Filmmakers Challenge , a partnership between Oculus VR for Good and Digital Promise Global , invites students to share their communities, inspire action for change, or spur learning using immersive video and storytelling. Today, we are thrilled to recognize and share a few of the top films.

K-12 tech integration versus higher ed: Flipped?

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.]. Just a quick thought… In K-12, we struggle with access.

Summer 2017 Learning Series: Create Solid School:Home Relationships This Year

The Web20Classroom

For the next several weeks I’ll be sharing posts that you can use for your summer learning. School may be out for many but the learning we do as educators can last even outside the classroom. These posts will take us through Twitter chats and how you can participate in real time or whenever you want.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 119 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Thomas C. Murray @thomascmurray is the 2017 US “Thought Leader of the Year” and shares what actually works in edtech.

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15 real classroom uses for Minecraft

eSchool News

These days, it seems like Minecraft is second-nature for many kids. The beauty of Minecraft lies in its sandbox structure–students can create anything, with limitless resources, and often their creations are astounding.

Document Student Growth with Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard. Digital portfolios are one of the most powerful ways my students take ownership of their learning and reflect on their learning journeys. Digital portfolios help students set, track, and achieve their academic learning goals. Check out several of my students’ reflective portfolios here.

An article for TES: 3 exciting ways to use scannable technology in your school


I recently wrote for the Times Educational Supplement (TES). The article was about integrating scannable technology in schools. It is surprisingly easy to use and an excellent resource for a number of purposes.

Why Bloomz is the Best Parent-Teacher Communication System for Me (and Probably You)

The CoolCatTeacher

Build a better classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Bloomz is my parent-teacher communication system. Last year we implemented it school wide. It has been a great decision.

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Ethics in the Classroom

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Ethical dilemmas abound in education. Should middle school teachers let a failing eighth-grade student graduate, knowing that if she’s held back, she’ll likely drop out? Should a private school principal condone inflated grades?

P21 Exemplars go to Work Over Summer Vacation

P21 Blogazine

There is a pattern to life at P21. The work we do with the federal government is dictated by funding cycles and Congressional recesses. The work we do with business and non-profits is dictated by the beginning and end of fiscal years. And the work we do with our network of 79 Exemplar schools, districts and early learning centers is dictated by the school calendar. But not this year. Our Exemplars had quite the summer. P21 Blog

6 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Situation

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 6 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Situation appeared first on TeachThought. Critical Thinking


5 Ways to Hack Homework and Get Better Results with Connie Hamilton

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 120 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton challenges us to re-think homework so we can get better results.

What Works For Getting Kids to Enjoy Reading?


Excerpted from “ The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads ” by Daniel T. Willingham. . G etting K ids to R e a d.

Google Docs Scavenger Hunt

Catlin Tucker

With the new school year, comes new students and a steep technology learning curve. My goal is to make learning how to use technology fun and engaging. Given how many tools we use, that’s no small feat! Many of my incoming 9th-grade students have never used the Google Suite prior to my class.

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10 Amazing Google Geo Tools for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 10 Amazing Google Geo Tools for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Exploration = Education, my new motto. This is a guest post by Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Stacy Behmer.

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To Reach the Unreachable Star #MondayMotivation with Kim Clayton

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 116 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kim Clayton @ kaclayton tells her story of reaching students who have been “given up on” by many.

Autism Symptoms are Less Obvious in Girls and May Lead to Underdiagnosis


Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder is 4.5 times more common among boys than girls.

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Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching terry heick

Help students hold themselves accountable

The Christensen Institute

The new report “ How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in seven moves: A playbook for teachers ” tells stories of teachers who improved student engagement and academic results by introducing seven specific, practical moves into their classrooms that replicate the successes of top managers in cutting-edge workplaces. For the next three months, I’ll be doing deep dives into each of these important moves.

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Rising popularity of dual-language education could leave Latinos behind

The Hechinger Report

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School has the longest-running dual-language program in the D.C. Public Schools and is one of the most sought after, with hundreds of students on its waitlist. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report.

E-Curriculum: 12 Important Points to Consider

P21 Blogazine

As we venture into the world of the digital curriculum the security of a real textbook, an item we have all held, grasped, and found comfort in, seems to be endangered. It’s true, the hard copy textbook as we have always known may soon be part of the good old school days of the past. As I reflect on this I wonder at what point did the textbook become such a central part of the curriculum. P21 Blog


Why Computer Science Matters More Than Ever

Kajeet Extracurricular

Decades ago, high-school computer science classes were something of a luxury. In this elective course students explored basic C++ coding skills to create small games, and play around with a technology that was just starting to embed itself in our everyday lives.

How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons.

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Innovate Forward

The Principal of Change

The perception of what “innovation” is seems to be a barrier in many circumstances in embracing the idea.

TEACHER VOICE: A little more conversation? Language and communication skills that make all the difference for kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

Promoting good oral language and communication skills is perhaps the most important thing parents, caregivers and educators can do to prepare children to enter kindergarten.

Psychologist: Children Need Structure More Than Warmth

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post Psychologist: Children Need Structure More Than Warmth appeared first on TeachThought. Whole Child


NEW! Google Classroom: Individual Student View

Teacher Tech

View Individual Student Work in Google Classroom I get asked this a lot “Alice, can you see all the work one student has done in Google Classroom?” ” YOU CAN NOW! Students Tab Click on the Students tab in Google Classroom to view your class roster. Click on any students name to view their work. Work […]. The post NEW! Google Classroom: Individual Student View appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Classroom Google classroom google

New Teacher Chat: We’re Back with an #ntchat Re-Boot on #FlipGrid

Teaching With Soul

Teaching is hard. As a former school principal, working 19 years in the field I saw the struggle first hand that my new teachers experienced. As prepared as they were, with classroom pedagogy and strategies, it wasn’t enough.

DEBT WITHOUT DEGREE: Students drown in debt despite a $524 million state surplus

The Hechinger Report

Alec Harden’s 3.8 GPA earned him a HOPE scholarship and admission to Georgia State University, but $10,000 in loans and a reluctance to take on more debt led him to drop out after his first year. Photo: Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal Constitution.