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

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).

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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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

User Generated Education

When asked what my first language is, I often answer, “visual.” ” I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images.

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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.

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.

Notice the emphasis on ‘feeding them content’

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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.

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.

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.

Summer school for kindergarteners

Dangerously Irrelevant

Valerie Strauss said: curriculum has been pushed down so much that kindergarten is no longer a time for kids to learn and socialize through play but rather for a lot of desk time with academic assignments.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

New Teachers and Brain Research

P21 Blogazine

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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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.

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.


It’s time to move away from simple questions about technology integration

Dangerously Irrelevant

Adam Copeland said: It is time for instructors to move from simple questions like, “Do you use technology in the classroom?” to the more complex, “For what purpose, and with what learning theories, should I engage digitally-enhanced pedagogies?” I have suggested a way forward that I have found useful, an initial attempt explicitly to address why, and for what reasons, I have proceeded with digital practices in the classroom.

My new position

Educational Technology Guy

I've been away from this blog for a while because I've taken a new position. I am now working for CDW-G in the K-12 group. I will be working with internal staff and customers on Google Apps, Chromebooks and other educational projects. I will still be updating this blog as I can with free resources, tips and updates. This change was made after taking time to think it through and I decided it was the best thing for me and my family. So far, I'm really enjoying it.

Thinking Like A Teacher: Part 1

P21 Blogazine

July 13, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 7. Driving Question: How do today's new teachers learn to think like a teacher? At any given moment, the disciplines represent the most well honed efforts of human beings to approach questions and concerns of importance in a systematic and reliable way. Howard Gardner, The Disciplined Mind, p. 144) What they never tell you is that when you're eleven, you're also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four and three, and two, and one.

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.

Which Reading Skills are Critical to Learn in the Ninth Grade?


Many freshmen coming into one of Nashville’s top public high schools are competent and fluent readers, but have a hard time reading deeply, making ninth grade a challenging year.

Google Apps and Chromebooks for Special Education and Special Needs

Educational Technology Guy

Chromebooks and Google Apps are excellent assistive technology (AT) that help students with special needs access curriculum and information. Google Apps and Extensions in the Chrome Web Store provide many supports to students with learning challenges.

What Does It Mean To Think Like A Teacher? Part 2

P21 Blogazine

July 14, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 8. Driving Question: What does it mean to "think like a teacher?". Is education a discipline? Or is it a "meta-discipline," the core concern of which is to worry about teaching the other disciplines? A complex array of questions unfolds: Indeed, what does it mean to think "disciplinarily?" Does it mean students of science learn to think like a scientist?

22 Powerful Alternatives to “You’re Smart!”

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Much has been written about the detriments of praise in recent years, particularly the kind that focuses on inherent intelligence. It was Carol Dweck who inspired me to consider the unintended consequences of over-celebrating my students’ smarts, and as this conversation continues within and beyond the field of education, everyone seems to be a bit more sensitive […] The post 22 Powerful Alternatives to “You’re Smart!”

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick


Shelley Paul and Jill Gough had heard that doodling while taking notes could help improve memory and concept retention, but as instructional coaches they were reluctant to bring the idea to teachers without trying it out themselves first.

How Technology Can Increase Rigor In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

How Technology Can Increase Rigor In The Classroom. by Barbara R. Blackburn. Instructional rigor is a concept we can agree is important, despite the debate about the use of the word itself.

Stop Giving Homework

Teacher Tech

Tweet One of my favorite lines is “technology allows us to do things differently, so we do things differently.” ” Now that we have technology, how do our classrooms look different from when we were students? Start by challenging assumptions.

How Youtube Transforms Teaching and Learning

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane A long time ago, I was on my first-ever interview for a teaching job. Nerves prevailed, and I stumbled through recklessly. The agony was about to end, when one interviewer asked me if I had any questions. “Do Do you show students movies?” I asked. “I I think there is a lot to be learned from video.” […] The post How Youtube Transforms Teaching and Learning appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Infographics Social Media Technology Youtube

How Twitter Can Power Your Professional Learning

EdTech Magazine

By Matt Renwick Overloaded with Twitter? Stem your tweet flow with advice from Principal Matt Renwick. Classroom Internet Management Online Learning Professional Development Social Media

Smarter Teaching: 10 Ways You’ll Know You’re Doing It Right

TeachThought - Learn better.

Smarter Teaching: 10 Ways You’ll Know You’re Doing It Right. by TeachThought Staff. Notice that we didn’t use the more vague “good teacher” phrasing. That’s an important distinction, because here we’re talking about something a bit more clinical.

Open or shut?

Learning with 'e's

A new breed of academics is emerging in the digital age. They are the researchers and teachers who freely share their knowledge and studies online. They are circumventing traditional approaches and discovering new ways of sharing their work. They are the open scholars.

Leveraging Alignment in Service to Engagement: Part I

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane It’s easy to confuse engagement with entertainment. Both are positive experiences that produce feelings of satisfaction, and both are easily distinguished from boredom. It’s also easy to confuse alignment with standardization.

Why It’s Easy to Forget the Several Things You Tried to Remember at Once


Our days are full of things to remember, and they don’t always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week.

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How to Choose the Right EdTech Tools for Your Classroom

Fractus Learning

The world of educational technology is a rapidly changing universe, complete with hundreds of “must-have” tools for every classroom and every teacher. I am a firm believer in the power of educational technology in the classroom.

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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?

6 Factors Of Gamification That Changes Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

6 Factors Of Gamification That Changes Students. by Nellie Mitchell. I was 11 the year my summer camp director transformed the regular schedule, procedures, and lingo that we were used to—into the most memorable, enriching experience I had ever encountered at that point in my life.