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Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth

The Journal

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are among the most popular websites and apps on Planet Earth. Those websites support "picting" — using images to communicate. In this week’s blog post, we present a "pro" and a "con" about the value of "picting" — using images — not words — for communication and self-expression

Save Your Sanity with a Things to Revamp for Next Year List

Catlin Tucker

Some teachers will probably hate me for even mentioning next year when we still have a month of school left, so my apologies for those of you who don’t have the bandwidth to think about it yet. However, I find myself feeling the same way every year around this time. I experience a mix of guilt, frustration, and exhaustion. I feel guilty about all of the things I didn’t get to or all of the aspects of my teaching that could have been better.


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End The School Year Meaningfully! 15+ Ideas and Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ” – Carl W. Buehner. Each year we say goodbye to a group of students we have forged relationships with and made an impression. The last few days of school, students and teachers feel restless as they anticipate ending the semester. As a teacher you may feel overwhelmed with what you have to accomplish before students leave. Students are anticipating the break.

How to Resolve Entrepreneurship’s Split Personality Problem

EdNews Daily

Entrepreneurship as a higher education discipline has something of a split personality. Its roots are in practical instruction and business school curriculum operating as a trade or vocational school, supplying students with skills necessary to manage firms. In the world of entrepreneurship, this roughly equates to How to Start a Business 101.

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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.

Expanding the Maker Promise to Support Maker Learning to All Students

Digital Promise

In March 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed issued a call to action for school leaders around the country to commit to growing the next generation of American makers, by dedicating a space for making, designating a champion to lead the effort, and showcasing student work.

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Tribute to Matthew Hilliard

The CoolCatTeacher

Read on annual dedication day on May 8, 2017 - Westwood Schools From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Difficult things happen in schools. During this past school year, my school, Westwood, has lost some family members including one of my former students from the class of 2014, Matthew Hilliard. I read this today at the annual dedication. His Mom, Rhonda, gave me permission to share it online as many of our family and friends have asked for a copy.

The Best Teachers Teach from the Heart, Not From the Book

EdNews Daily

This is our seventh interview from our thought-leadership series with teachers who work at 51Talk. Please meet and learn from Serena Correnti. Serena, please tell us about your education background. In 2014, as a senior in high school, I took a TESOL course from the Canadian Institute of English in Atlanta, Georgia. I learned how to effectively teach ESL using modern and scientific techniques that would engage all parts of students’ minds. How did you land your teaching role at 51Talk?

3 Essentials for Success in a Blended [Literacy] Classroom

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by ThinkCERA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. The use of digital learning spaces has exploded in use in classrooms nearly everywhere. Through Learning Management Systems (LMS) many educators are moving to put content online and extend learning beyond the four walls and beyond the school day. This Blended Learning approach is both beneficial but its definition can be tough to nail down.

360 Filmmakers Challenge Stories: “Raised by Charlottesville”

Digital Promise

The 360 Filmmakers Challenge inspires the next generation of virtual reality creators by encouraging high school students to produce 360° films that make an impact. This is a story about “Raised by Charlottesville,” winner of the Complete 360° Award.

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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).

An Innovative Way to Use Turnitin’s Revision Assistant

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m a fan of Turnitin’s Revision Assistant and have reviewed it in the past. Most schools use it to help students write and revise their essays with automated feedback from the program. Revision Assistant’s feedback is specific and student-driven — given whenever a student calls for a signal check. Comments are written by actual teachers and the RA’s algorithms recognize patterns and guide students as they rewrite their essays.

Ten Quick Questions: A Fantastic, Free Mental Maths Tool.


Ten Quick Questions is a free program you can download on your computer. It looks quite dated, but is still an excellent tool to use in arithmetic sessions. After using it a few times, I noticed the quick impact it had on my pupils’ numeracy skills. How do I use Ten Quick Questions? Click here for the download. When complete, display it to your class using your projector. After, just choose the area of maths and the difficulty level.

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Jarvis Middle School Student for a Day

Education Elements

It’s been awhile since my last blog post as I try to document many of the great things going on at Central Valley on my twitter account, @CVThunderSuper. A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to live the life of a typical 8 th grade student during the school day. I thank the student, Skylar, and the wonderful staff at Jarvis for not only being so patient, but also for inviting me into their world for a day. What follows is my account of March 23, 2017 as best as I can recall.

Digiexam and the future of assessment

EdNews Daily

Written by Jack Moran, Reimagine Education. Reimagine Education is an initiative that constantly reiterates the need to reimagine teaching, learning, and the way in which educational institutions prepare students for the employment market. Those two words – teaching and learning – feature at the heart of our conversations, project submissions, and the plenaries and panels that occur at December’s conference.

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.

3 Webtools You Can Learn This Summer in “20 in 20”

Ask a Tech Teacher

This summer, Ask a Tech Teacher is holding five Summer Learning classes : Tech-infused Teacher (Certificate edition for CEUs or grad class for college credit ). Tech-infused Class. Teach Writing with Tech. 20 Webtools in 20 Days (and the Structured Learning curriculum edition ). the Differentiated Teacher. Most award Certificates at completion, for CEUs. The Differentiated Teacher and Tech-infused Teacher can be taken for college credit.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.


In spite of the fact that online education has been massively developing over the last decade, we cannot deny the fact that the majority of teaching still takes place in a traditional classroom. A teacher has to teach over 20 students with different learning styles, skills and priorities, which is a challenging task, especially when the classroom time is limited.

School Change for the Future

Battelle for Kids

Many of you remember Dickens’ Christmas Carol, especially when all around disagreeable individual Ebenezer Scrooge, having seen his unlamented funeral, exclaims to the Ghost of Christmas Future, “Before I draw nearer to that stone, tell me! Are these the shadows that must be, or are they the shadows of what MIGHT be?”. P21 Blog


6 Principles Every K-12 Data Solution Should Follow

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Ed-tech tools need to make it easier for teachers to collect, access and use student data. Otherwise districts are wasting their money. The post 6 Principles Every K-12 Data Solution Should Follow appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Big Data/Analytics Data Data-Driven Instruction Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Personalized Learning startup

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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.

169 Tech Tip #17: No Excuse for Spelling Errors

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #17–No excuse for Spelling Errors. Category: EDIT/FORMAT. Sub-category: MS Office, Google Apps, Internet. Q: What are those red and green squiggly lines in my document?

Our Work is Our Message

A Principal's Reflections

The following post is adapted from BrandED: Tell Your Story, Build Relationships, and Empower Learning. Branding matters in the changing world of learning, fueled by powerful digital resources (Sheninger, 2014). It’s time to make a choice – define or be defined. Telling a powerful school story and reaching an audience have never been more possible than in today’s digital world, and never more necessary for a leader to embrace in a new world of competition and choice.

Using Digital Tools to Transform English Language Learning

Digital Promise

“Flipped” classrooms, where the typical lecture and homework elements of a class are reversed, are used across K-12 and postsecondary education. Yet, as with much of ed-tech, the concept has not yet moved into the adult learning space. The Integrated Digital English Acceleration ( I-DEA ) program is changing that. Supporting the Unique Needs of Adult Learners.

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How Do We Make Homework Worth It?

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Matt Miller on episode 74 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Matt Miller @jmattmiller co-author of “Ditch that Homework” talks about homework. What does the research say? What is the one area that “homework” helps? Can homework be better? Let’s talk homework and make sure students are spending their time well. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

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!

May–Military Appreciation Month–God Bless Our Soldiers

Ask a Tech Teacher

As many of you know, I have a daughter in the Navy and a son in the Army. I love them both and live every day worried. But through it all, I appreciate what they are doing to make America what so many need it to be. I love America. I love our military. I love my daughter and son. You don’t have to watch all of these. I got carried away on YouTube.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 18 Edition)

Doug Levin

We have a choice to make about the future of instructional materials in a digital age. As physical books are replaced by digital replicas and - increasingly - by interactive software, do we continue to believe that public school instructional materials should be subject to public inspection? EdTech News News news

Feedback That Works

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Teamwork and collaboration are bywords in education today, as they are in contemporary workplaces in all fields. More than ever, our daily tasks, our goals, and our overall performance are shaped and evaluated in collaborative settings, through peer and supervisory feedback. And it’s easy to agree that feedback can be a powerful tool for growth.

The 5 Essential Questions of Life with Dean James Ryan

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 75 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Dean James Ryan, the eleventh Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education gave a speech at graduation that went viral. It is the topic of his book “Wait, What?” ” and today’s conversation. Dean Ryan shares his 5 essential questions of life (and a bonus question.)

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.

Kiddom Redesigns Student Experience

Ask a Tech Teacher

For Kiddom fans, there are new updates to the platform that will make your classes easier, faster, and more organic: 21st Century Students Move Fast. Introducing a redesigned student experience to help 21st-century learners access all assignments, track progress, and get feedback in real-time, all from one place. The possibilities of student ownership are endless. Learn More. See it in Action. The Kiddom Student Experience from Kiddom on Vimeo. Happy Teaching & Learning! The Kiddom Team.

What every adaptive learning system should have


Teachers have long recognized that their students learn at different rates, and in different ways. Recall the frustration of a gifted student who had learned a concept through their own reading, needing to curtail their enthusiasm during a particular lesson while the rest of the class caught up. Or the contrary: the struggling student , who may have missed a class in a previous grade, and does not have a foundation skill with which to build comprehension of the new lesson.

Three Lessons from the Google Docs Phishing Scam: K-12 Education Edition

Doug Levin

Earlier this week, an unknown person or persons launched a short-lived, but clever cyber attack against Google Docs’ users. While apparently not targeted toward schools, it very quickly found its way to K-12 classrooms nationwide, resulting in alarm and confusion. Here is Google’s description of the incident and their response: “ Protecting you against phishing.”

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