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Ongoing Self-Assessments: Students Reflect On and Document Their Progress

Catlin Tucker

For the last two years, I have published several blogs detailing my journey away from traditional grading and assessment practices. The purpose of this shift was three-fold. I wanted to shift the conversation from points to the development of skills. I wanted students to take ownership of their progress and skill development. I do not believe grades should happen to students.

Mobile Learning: Now In the Hands of Teenagers

The Journal

While "mobile learning" may be overshadowed these days by other tech trends, make no mistake: in the hands of today’s youth, mobile learning is huge! Data to back that claim up — and more like it — are in this week’s blog post, where we interview Dr. Julie Evans, CEO — and Diva Extraordinaire — of Project Tomorrow. Using their "phones" teens are absolutely exploring "socially-based, un-tethered and digitally rich learning


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5 Places To Find Free And Affordable ESL Teaching Resources

EdNews Daily

Many teachers, whether working online or in a brick and mortar school usually have a few resources they depend on and use all the time for their teaching. However, there are a variety of activities or resources you can turn to when you need to modify a lesson or change routes. If you are an ESL teacher, no matter how or where you teach, you may be looking for some new resources to add to your teacher’s toolbox.

20+ ideas for maximizing student voice

Ditch That Textbook

All student have a voice. Some students share their voice often, some rarely, and some almost never. We want to hear from ALL of our students. But what does encouraging student voice really mean? How do we creatively incorporate ways for students to showcase themselves in our lessons? And how can we use student voice to […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Uncategorized amplifying student voice choice in the classroom maximize student voice sharing student voice voice

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.

Leadership in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

“You can’t buy personalized learning…” I read this statement by Richard Culatta recently and it really resonated with me because personalizing learning is about skilled teachers, not students working on computers for a large part of a day.

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Why All Educators Need SAMR And TPACK

The Web20Classroom

Lately, the work I’ve been doing with teachers and leaders has centered around the engaging and effective use of technology. In addition to developing a guide for how teachers can plan better using technology and what leaders can look for when doing walkthroughs, I have had many conversations around the transformational use of technology. Specifically, what does that look like? On its surface technology can make learning more fun and engaging.

Classroom tech: Geekery not required

Ditch That Textbook

There’s that teacher. Maybe she works in your building. Maybe she’s at another school in your district. And she plans and executes these amazingly complex techy lessons. So much so that you can’t fully wrap your brain around what she’s doing. She uses a buffet of websites, apps and digital tools. There are layers upon […]. Teaching classroom technology overwhelm edtech overload pedagogy before technology too much classroom technology

5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together

The CoolCatTeacher

Stephanie Zeiger on episode 290 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. STEM and Computational Thinking go together. Today’s guest is a PhD, Biomedical engineer and STEM Teacher. Stephanie Zeiger helps us see the potential of STEM and computational thinking. Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.

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Subscriber Special: April

Ask a Tech Teacher

April 24th-30th: Coaching or Mentoring. BOGO — Buy one month; get the second free. Do any of these sound like you? Your kindergartners don’t know what ‘enter’, ‘spacebar’, ‘click’ or many other techie words mean but you need to teach them to keyboard, internet, and become digital citizens. How do you start? You have new students in your class who haven’t had technology training. The rest of the class has. How do you catch them up?

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).

The benefits of active learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

In an article lamenting the reduction in kindergarten of teacher autonomy and child-directed activities , Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss quoted early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige: We have decades of research in child development and neuroscience that tell us that young children learn actively – they have to move, use their senses, get their hands on things, interact with other kids and teachers, create, invent.

The future of technology in education

Ditch That Textbook

What is the future of technology in education? We really don’t know. As fast as the world has changed in the last five years, there’s no way to predict what the next five years will look like — let alone one or two years. However, when I heard Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speak on a […]. DTT podcast #DitchPod augmented reality in education future of education technology satya nadella technology education

Relevance is the Fuel of Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the importance of focusing on the why as it relates to learning. Here is a piece of my thinking that I shared: The why matters more than ever in the context of schools and education. What all one must do is step into the shoes of a student. If he or she does not truly understand why they are learning what is being taught, the chances of improving outcomes and success diminish significantly. Each lesson should squarely address the why.

Tech Tip for Teachers: Cover your Webcam

Ask a Tech Teacher

Tech Tips is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that colleagues and friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. . This week, I’m passing on a tip from my security-conscious daughter: I used to do this and forgot about it. She came for a visit and slapped a post-it note over my webcam. And she’s right! Webcams and mics are too easy to hack, been done often. Why risk it? When I want to use the webcam (which isn’t often), I take the post-it off.

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.

Playing ‘Serious Games,’ Adults Learn to Solve Thorny Real-World Problems

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. It is never easy for interest groups with conflicting views to resolve public policy disagreements involving complex scientific issues. To successfully formulate complex treaties, such as the recent Paris Climate Change Agreement, countries must find a way to meet the interests of almost 200 national representatives, while simultaneously getting the science right.

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1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?


Project-based learning , as we have often examined in this blog, is a powerful way to not only impart information, by exploration, but has the added advantage of stimulating and developing a range of other skills and habits such as communication, creativity, curiosity, confidence and collaboration. The Internet is subsequently filled with incredible PBL ideas and projects, shared online on forums such as YouTube and Pinterest by teachers from all over the US.

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How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Lawrence on episode 287 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mike Lawrence, a current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. With a big hat tip to our mutual friend Hall Davidson who started this event, we learn the ins and outs of student media festival and how you can “steal” their ideas and run your own!

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8 quotes from Matt Miller’s Ditch That Textbook keynote

Ditch That Textbook

Many times, the most memorable parts of a speech come down to a handful of impactful moments. Inspirational quotes. Unforgettable moments. I recently got the wonderful opportunity to keynote the CUE Conference in Palm Springs, California. I was so thankful for the positive feedback and the warm reception to my message that night. I have […]. Teaching cue conference education keynote education speaker professional development professional development speaker teaching keynote

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.

Building Family Engagement Through Communication and Trust

Digital Promise

Parent involvement in education used to be defined quite narrowly. Parents could attend on-site Parent-Teacher Association meetings, sign up for classroom volunteering shifts, or participate in parent-teacher conferences. Over time, though, the relationship between families and schools has become more meaningful, customized, and inclusive.

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If Your Child Can’t Sleep, Reduce Their Screen Time


Kids keeping you up all night? It happens. Maybe they’ve had a big day visiting family; their sche dule’s out of whack and their sleeping patterns are, too. Or maybe that ghost story they heard at school is sending their imagination into dark places and they can’t calm down. Or maybe…and in today’s society, more likely…their inability to sleep is down to screens. TVs, tablets and smartphones might be part and parcel of your child’s life.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Bosch on episode 288 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. Join Merge Cube Mania! A big thank you to Karen. She couldn’t stand that I wasn’t able to get the Merge Cubes in my local Walmart and sent me one!

How tracking academic performance can nip (cyber)bullying in the bud


Bullying is a prevalent problem in American public schools. This behavior has negative effects on the academic performance of those who are bullied and can take a toll on their physical and mental health. Around 17 percent of American students experience bullying two to three times a month but according to the US Department of Health & Human Services, 50 percent of children aged 4 through 12 are bullied. If we add cyberbullying into the mix, these numbers grow exponentially.

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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!

Learner-centered Design for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

If you’re looking to join the growing brigade improving the lives of adult learners through mobile learning – then welcome! We need you. More than 89 percent of adults in need of basic academic and job skills will never gain the skills they want and need with traditional classrooms and approaches. However, 95 percent have mobile phones. Mobile learning just makes sense for these learners, if for no other reason than providing access. But there’s more.

Podcast: Schools prove soft targets for hackers

Doug Levin

As interviewed on the Educate Podcast , a collaboration of American Public Media and The Hechinger Report (“ Schools prove soft targets for hackers “). Blog In the News News cybersecurity K-12 Cyber Incident Map The Hechinger Report

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Legends of Learning: The Game-Based Science Platform for Grades 3-8

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Legends of Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students love to play games, and they also need real-world examples to help science come alive. With this in mind, Legends of Learning is a fantastic platform full of NGSS aligned science games that does both. Kids in grades 3-8 will love these science games. As shown below, game selection is easy for teachers.

Four Landmarks on your District’s Personalized Learning Journey

Education Elements

Imagine you’re exploring a new place. It’s exciting, but unfamiliar and so remote that you’ve lost cell service. How do you get where you’re going? Chances are, you’ll seek out an expert - someone who knows the lay of the land and can give you directions. Once you’ve found the corner gas station and asked for assistance, what will your expert guide tell you? Personalized Learning

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.

Let’s Hang! Collaborative Learning with Hangouts!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Videos provide greater engagement than text or images for the simple reason that it combines audio, video and text.”- Amit Garg. With Hangouts and Hangouts on Air you and your students can collaborate through live video learning sessions and chat. Currently, Hangouts allows up to 150 people in a group chat and 25 can video chat!

2017 NAEP: Exploring the “Homework Gap” in Math Performance

Doug Levin

Given the vast amount of data that the US Department of Education released today regarding student academic performance in math and reading , it will take a while for researchers to make sense of all the questions they are interested in exploring. My interests are primarily about the impact of access to and use of computers and the internet on student performance. I also am interested in mode effects (i.e.,

Mathivating Kids to Get Excited About Math

The CoolCatTeacher

Kim Thomas on episode 286 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Get Mathivated with Kim Thomas. She literally speaks math and has exciting things to do each day of the week for her students. She also has quite an interesting way to handle difficult behavior including profanity.). Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Enhanced Transcript. Mathivating Kids to Get Excited About Math.