Sat.Nov 14, 2015 - Fri.Nov 20, 2015

8 Great Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Play Good Games, Get Great Results Game based learning in the classroom should not be worksheets with points. It should be engaging and exciting. Here are eight ways to level up game based learning. Because, face it, many educational “games” fall short. Chocolate on broccoli.

Is your classroom ready for BYOD?


We’re in the digital age where practically almost all students are digital natives and almost every student owns a device that they usually bring to class. So why not encourage students to use their devices as tools for learning?

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Blended Learning Is the Future of K-12 Educational Technology

The Journal

Unlike a previous blog post where we pooh-poohed blended learning, in this blog post we do a flip-flop and hail blended learning as the model for the future of ed tech.

Identifying the Top Four Challenges in K-12 Education

Digital Promise

Aubrey is the Research Director at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @aubreyfrancisco. Kelsey is the Research Communications Manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @kelseye144.

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.

How we can stop TEACHING TO THE TEST and start empowering learning (for a change)

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 189. I’m sick and tired of excuses. Everyone makes them but the biggest, most obnoxious dumbest excuse we’ve adopted is “we have to prepare kids for THE TEST.” ” Sure the test has become a reality.

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Student Voice Comes With Teachers as Listeners

User Generated Education

This piece was actually sparked by an interview of Lady Gaga by Soledad O’ Brien at the Born This Way Emotion Revolution Summit where Gaga stated, “It’s time to stop telling learners what to do and start listening for we can do for them.”

When School Leaders Fail

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. When school leaders fail, the discussion turns away from teaching and learning. It becomes bitter, defensive, and combative. When school leaders fail, negotiations with teachers become less about negotiating and more about pointing fingers and calling names.

Top Education Tweets of the Week: November 14, 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Topics on Twitter A subtle shift is happening in language as seen in the top education tweets this week.

The Change Revolution

A Principal's Reflections

"We must learn how to unlearn and relearn in order to create schools that work for kids." - Eric Sheninger Change is a word that is spoken about in education circles more and more each day. Herein lies the problem. Talk and opinions get us nowhere.

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 Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

User Generated Education

What is curiosity? The word is associated with the irregular form of the Latin verb cura , which can mean worry or care about or cure. The word closest in meaning is inquisitive, which also has a Latin root: quaere , to search into, to seek. ( How Can Teachers Foster Curiosity? ).


Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. On my drive home from work yesterday, I found myself thinking about Sakena Yacoobi. Like many of my friends, this courageous woman wakes up each day and renews her commitment to teaching and learning.

Hip Hop Language Education: Using Rap to Teach, Really?

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 190. Language teachers have the daunting task of helping students memorize so many words! How can it be fun? How can you help students learn them faster? Jason Levine uses hip hop in his language education classes.

Becoming Connected Is Easier Now More Than Ever

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Across the globe educators just wrapped up celebrating Connected Educators Month.

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.

Bridging the gap between traditional teachers and tech-savvy students


Let's discuss how nowadays e-learning gurus are trying to bridge the gap between the traditional teacher still stuck on old teaching styles and the modern 21st century student who is almost always connected online. Despite the fast-paced advancements in the world of e-learning, there are still some teachers who are left behind. You know, teachers who have trouble integrating technology in education or they simply don’t want change. On the flip side, students always want change.

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Hour of Code: Scratch Jr.

Ask a Tech Teacher

ScratchJr. ages 5-7. Overview. ScratchJr (released July 2014) is an introductory programming language for ages 5-7 similar to the wildly popular Scratch (for 3rd grade and up).

How Teachers Can Self Publish Books

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 188. Self publishing seems hard. But as UK-based educator David Hopkins shares on today’s episode, if you can use Microsoft Word, you can do it. David has self published three books.

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A 21st Century Measure of Effective Teaching

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 7. Driving Question: How do effective teachers ready students for tomorrow's careers? Student agency is about having student's voice and a choice in their own decision-making processes for what and how they are learning.

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.

The Primary Problem with Educational Technology

iterating toward openness

There is much that’s wrong with the educational technology (“edtech”) market. However, the title of an essay I read last week sums up the biggest problem as succinctly as possible: Caring Doesn’t Scale. This three-word sentence captures so much.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation.

Top Blog Posts for Teachers This Week

The CoolCatTeacher

News and Trends: Sunday, November 15, 2015. Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It’s Hard. This story of Vedran Smailovic is resonating with the heartbreaking weekend in France. Some teachers are letting me know they are sharing this story.

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LED Throwies Meet the Magnetic Board

User Generated Education

I have been offered an opportunity to teach maker education again at a local summer enrichment program during summer, 2016.

EdTech at School

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

Hour of Code: Program Shortkeys

Ask a Tech Teacher

Creating a shortkey for a program will quickly become a favorite with your students. I use it for the snipping tool–because we use that a lot in class–but you can create one for any program you use a lot. Then I discovered how to create a shortkey for it: Go to Start.

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Beyond the Silver Bullet: Making 1:1 Matter

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Patnoudes Technologies will have little to no impact on learning if teachers are not also provided with training and professional development. Bring Your Own Device Classroom Curriculum Leadership Management Mobility Policies

The 5 Principles of the Blue Tape Certified Educator by @SamPatue


I have an hour before class and the trash can is already full of tape. The first thing I did was take up the full floor tape grid from last week’s offline programming and dance lesson. That grid was just about a roll and a half of tape.

8 Lessons Learned from Network Bots


“ Our systems have detected unusual traffic. from your computer network “ At Securly, we have gained a lot of insight into bot behavior based on our own experience seeing this message. Google’s security team has been tremendously helpful in understanding this issue.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Hour of Code: Minecraft Review

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every week, I share a website that inspired my students. This one is perfect for Hour of Code. Make yourself a hero for an hour: Age: Grades 3-8 (or younger, or older). Topic: Problem-solving, critical thinking, building. Address: Minecraft. Review: It was a warm spring day.

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The 3 Barriers School Districts Face in the Bandwidth Race

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The latest CoSN report on the state of bandwidth in U.S. schools shows affordability is still a huge challenge. Bandwidth Management Classroom Funding Management Mobility Networking Online Learning Wi-Fi

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Discover Linux for Classroom Computing by @SamPatue


The educational market is a challenging sales target because the users are not the buyers. School administrators make decisions about which checks get cut to whom. This is where the Apple versus PC debate happens.