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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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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).

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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.

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.

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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On Task Device Usage

Tech Helpful

A few years back I "did the edtech circuit" talking about best practice of classroom management of devices. Our school had chosen not to buy additional software options for monitoring, etc so we created a system of expectations for our students that was the same from class to class.

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.

Don't let your students do this with their Chromebook!

The Electric Educator

This week I was providing training for a school. We had a cart of Chromebooks to use for the day. I pulled out one of the devices to take a look before we got started. Watch this video to see what happened when I turned it on. Signing into Chromebooks is easy; signing out seems to be very difficult.

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.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

This Is What It’s Like To Teach Online And Meet Your Students In-Person

EdNews Daily

This is our 10 th interview in our thought-leadership series with 51Talk. Our featured teacher today is Ian Reed. Ian is a passionate teacher who recently went to China and met a few of the students he works with online.

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.

Guess What? We're All Born With Mathematical Abilities

NPR Learning and Tech

Kids who start school behind in math tend to stay behind. But could early predictors in preschool help educators put them on a path to success? Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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.

6 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Situation

TeachThought - Learn better.

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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.

Versatility of Google Slides


Not only does Google Slides allow you to work in real time, collaborate with others, but it allows for an endless amount of creativity and originality. I have been using Google Slides for several years now and have yet to be limited by the by the graphic design and presentation features.

OPINION: Higher ed’s obsession with research is wrong and unfortunate. Here are the reforms that can fix it

The Hechinger Report

The belief that research is the only sure path to higher status has devalued teaching and learning at the undergraduate level.

New Fears For Public Service Loan Forgiveness

NPR Learning and Tech

On a busy day for higher education news, the Department of Education suggests in a legal filing that no one is certified for the program. Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR

3 Ideas For When You Outgrow Leadership

The Principal of Change

“No matter how well trained people are, few can sustain their best performance on their own. That’s where coaching comes in.” Atul Gawande. There are some organizations that are moving too fast for people, but there is also the opposite effect.

Beyond Perception

A Principal's Reflections

"People only see what they are prepared to see." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Life is full of twists and turns as well as ups and downs. In my opinion, it is a never-ending test that determines the trajectory of our career paths.

10 Things We Learned Producing a Podcast at a University


This is a guest post by Carol Jackson , the digital content strategist at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and lead producer, with Alison Jones and Karen Kemp, of the school's podcast_ Ways & Means Show. She also produces the podcast Policy 360.

Tens Of Thousands More Women And Minorities Are Taking Computer Science

NPR Learning and Tech

The Advanced Placement program has scored a win for diversity with the help of Silicon Valley. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR


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.

“Kids Can’t Learn From Teachers They Don’t Like”

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post “Kids Can’t Learn From Teachers They Don’t Like” appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

3 Alternatives to AR (Accelerated Reader) by @shfarnsworth

Teacher Tech

3 Alternatives to Accelerated Reader (AR) Guest Blog Post by Shaelynn Farnsworth Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, and any other program which substitutes students’ intrinsic motivation to read and replaces it with an extrinsic, point-rewarding system is wrong and is not what’s best for kids. While Research supports an increase in page numbers read through the […]. The post 3 Alternatives to AR (Accelerated Reader) by @shfarnsworth appeared first on Teacher Tech. Blog Entries Guest Post

Real Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Education


Don’t doubt it: Machine learning is hot—and getting hotter. For the past two years, public interest in building complex algorithms that automatically “learn” and improve from their own operations, or experience (rather than explicit programming) has been growing. Call it “artificial intelligence,” or (better) “machine learning.” Such work has, in fact, been going on for decades.

10 iPad Activities Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

August 2, 2017 iPad has been increasingly adopted as an instructional tool in classrooms especially in the north American context. As a versatile device, iPad provides boundless learning and more. Repost

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Teacher Zen! 10 #BacktoSchool Tips

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” ” – Charlie Munger. A new school year is here! You are about to meet many new faces. With so many minds to inspire you need to make sure you are prepared. Learning helps our students break generational cycles, lead better quality lives, and make a positive mark on the world. Below, find a slide presentation and 10 tips to equip you and your students for an amazing year!

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.

3 Ways Game-Based Learning Can Boost Math Skills

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez From providing motivation to assisting struggling students, games can help educators with tricky concepts. Classroom Curriculum Game-based Learning Software STEM

Have a Bold Idea for Education? Here's How to Apply for Funding from NewSchools


August is often a sleepy month, when many are focused on enjoying the last bit of summer before the busy fall season begins. But we’re hoping teams of educators and entrepreneurs with bold ideas in education will step away from their vacations to seize a great opportunity from NewSchools Venture Fund. A venture philanthropy, NewSchools raises funds from donors and reinvests them in people who want to reimagine learning.

Colleges say they could lower tuition if they could talk to each other about it

The Hechinger Report

WASHINGTON — Pssst: America’s colleges and universities know a way to stop, and even reverse, their big annual increases in tuition. They have a plan up their sleeves to make sure all of their financial aid goes to the students who need it the most. All they want is for you to trust them.

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.