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

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.

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.”

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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).

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.

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.

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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.

Quick Ways to Teach Vocabulary With Limited Class Time

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Vocabulary instruction is important, but it can be really hard to find time for it with limited class time. Here are some ways to teach vocabulary that won't take up a lot of time. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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.

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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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? ).

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Hour of Code–Program with Alt Codes

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! A hidden coding secret on every computer is the ‘Alt codes’ Those are the symbols you invoke by typing Alt+[a number] on most digital devices. The suggestions below are for PCs , but there are similar lists for Macs and Chromebooks. Alt+0191 = ¿.

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.

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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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.

The Power of Symbols–What does the word ‘Turkey’ mean?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last year, I did a poll on the meaning of the word ‘turkey’ This was to demonstrate how powerful symbols are to your students and do so with an authentic use of technology to support discussion on math, language standards, and the holidays. As a summation to your discussion with students on symbols, idiomatic expressions, geography, farms, or another topic, post this on your Smartscreen.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Teaching 6 grades in 1 day, and the activities we did

Ditch That Textbook

As a high school Spanish teacher, my life has consisted of teaching six classes a day for the last 11 years. Six classes a day is the norm. No big deal. But teaching six different grade levels in a day? I’ve never done that.

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.

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.

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.

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.