Sat.Jul 11, 2015 - Fri.Jul 17, 2015

How Iron Chef Lesson Plans Make Cooperative Learning Awesome

The CoolCatTeacher

A new Every Classroom Matters episode. In this episode, the inventor of “Iron Chef” lesson design, Jon Corippo shares with Vicki his remix of the jigsaw cooperative learning method.

19 K-8 Space Science Websites

Ask a Tech Teacher

Videos, games, and more–preview them and pick what works for your age group: 1 7 Minutes of Terror- -Curiosity landing on Mars. 100,000 stars–simulation. Build a Space Station. Earthrise –the first time it’s recorded; a video. Land on the Moon. Moon around.

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Digital Promise Holding Annual Education Innovation Clusters Convening

Digital Promise

Steven Hodas leads Digital Promise’s Innovation Cluster Network. He was most recently executive director at the New York City Department of Education ’s Office of Innovation, where he launched InnovateNYCSchools.

The 30 Goals Free eConference, July 16-20th!

Teacher Reboot Camp

You’re invited to the first annual 30 Goals Free Online Conference , July 16th to 20th! It’s super easy to attend! All presentations take place on Google HangOuts on Air. Just download the program , click the url for the presentation you want to see.

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.

DON’T MISS IT: Teachers Leading Teachers Online Conference Starts Thursday

The CoolCatTeacher

July 16-20, 2015 (Live and Video Recordings Available). Join the best PD experience of the summer! Teachers Leading Teachers Conference begins on Thursday. I will present Differentiating Instruction with Technology , at 9:30 am EDT Friday.

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4 Things I Learned in Spin Class About Personalized Learning (that’s right, spin class)

Education Elements

I recently went to a spin class. I am normally a fairly small person who likes to lift fairly big weights so this was a departure from my routine but I got talked into it and I went.

Make Change Stick

A Principal's Reflections

“ When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” – Zig Zigler Change in any organization is an arduous task at some point, especially during the initial implementation stage.

A Fundamental Flaw in Competency Learning

The Journal

The “competency learning" movement is gaining serious momentum.

What’s a Tech Teacher Do With Their Summer Off?

Ask a Tech Teacher

School’s been out for at least a few weeks and I just finished up three online classes that started in June. Next week, I’ll feel like I have an endless span of hours to do all the activities that got sidelined by grading, projects, training, and general ‘school’ stuff.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

The P in public education

Dangerously Irrelevant

Policymakers are fond of noting that teachers are the number one school-level influence on student learning outcomes (note: non-school influences are far more significant).

LIVE: Learning about MineCraft in the Classroom from ISTE 2015 | @Microsoft_EDU


This year at ISTE 2015, I had the pleasure of sitting down with members of the Minecraft EDU team to learn how students are turning digital building blocks into customizable digital learning spaces. What is MineCraft EDU?

New Teachers and Brain Research

Battelle for Kids

July 16, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 9. Driving Question: What should new teachers know about the brain? A survey of teachers a few years ago found that teachers in American schools have significant misconceptions about brain research.

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Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-8 Tech Curriculum

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.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Creating A Professional Learning Collection With @appoLearning

The Web20Classroom

Last time you read about this new site I had been checking out, appoLearning. I have really enjoyed getting to know this new platform and even create a collection myself.

10 Reasons Why Your School MUST Be using Telestream WireCast This Year! | @WireCast @Telestream


What is the best application for broadcasting news and information to my school district and community?

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Google Classroom update - students can join class - teacher in different domain

Educational Technology Guy

Google Classroom is an excellent tool from Google that allows students and teachers to collaborate and communicate and allows teachers to assign work to students, collect that work, grade it and comment on it and return it to the student.

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Tech Tip #106: Auto-add a Period, Caps Lock, When Typing on an IPad

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: Typing on the iPad keyboard is slow. You have to access two different screens to type most messages. How do I speed that up without buying (and installing) a separate QWERTY keyboard?

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Schools Must Foster Conversations About Students & Digital Devices – From Patrick Larkin


This post originally appeared on Reinventing K-12 Learning , Patrick’s Education Week blog.

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LIVE: Bring 3D Learning into the Classroom using zSpace | @zSpace


Last year at ISTE in Atlanta, I was introduced to zSpace and immediately I was blown away by how amazing their platform was. Imagine being able to bring into your classroom, a fully functional 3D learning environment where students and teachers could interact in real time.

13 Reasons Students Hate Teachers

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane “Wait just a second,” you say as you read this title. “My My students don’t hate me.” Granted, not all students hate teachers, and you just might be that one in a million that they all love. It’s more likely, though, that you’re not and at least some students really do hate you.


Notice the emphasis on ‘feeding them content’

Dangerously Irrelevant

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Create Stop Motion Animation with KomaKoma – from Kate Wilson


This post was originally posted on Free Tech for Teachers. Stop Motion was one of the original video creation techniques. By stringing together a series of single images and displaying them quickly in order, film was born.

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LIVE: @Microsoft_EDU @SWAY is an Awesome New Presentation Tool for your Classroom


Are you looking for a great way for your students to share their thoughts and ideas with the world? I’d like to introduce you to the brand new Microsoft SWAY. Students can take their photos, videos, PDFs and create dynamic presentations that be seen on any device.

Adequate vs Suitable and the Common Core War

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane When we commit to improving, we often make adequate our priority. This makes sense, if you’ve been trained to look for deficits and mind the gap.

Technology I use on a Daily Basis - 2015 Version

Educational Technology Guy

In the past, I've written about the technology I use on a daily basis (see bottom of page for links). Here's my updated version for Summer, 2015. I'm a huge user of Google Apps and Evernote. They are my main work, and personal tools, and all of my devices work with them. Without these, I'm stuck.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.