Sat.Dec 10, 2016 - Fri.Dec 16, 2016

4 Ways to Cultivate Motivation in Your Students

The CoolCatTeacher

How to Become a Master at Student Motivation From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Student self-motivation is, perhaps, the Holy Grail of teaching. In fact, the hardest days of teaching are when your students don’t care.

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6 Awesome AR apps for the classroom


Augmented Reality is awesome. Even though AR technology is not new, it seems it really started to spread lately. Its uses are as varied as the leaves in the Amazonian forest, and more and more people all over the world agree upon its huge potential to any field of activity.

Cultivating Informed Citizens with Listenwise

Catlin Tucker

As concerns about fake news mount, it’s increasingly important that we expose students to high-quality news stories about current events and encourage them to think critically about those stories.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. This includes more than $2 billion in private-sector commitments.

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.

Write Shorter, Simpler Standards

The CoolCatTeacher

How Words often Kill the Best Intentions From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We have too many standards. Many of you will agree, they are too long. In fact, some teachers I know spend more time aligning standards than creating lesson plans.

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How to Teach With Videos

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I get a lot of questions on lately is videos. I reviewed mysimpleshow , a new tool that is getting a lot of buzz, and then asked them to share how their digital tool addresses this burgeoning interest in video.

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When It’s Time to Change It’s Time to Rearrange: A Principal’s Story with the Help of a Co-op

Digital Promise

We moved our entire school two years in a row. Relocating the staff, students, materials, furniture, and technology twice in two years forces some good conversations. Do we really need filing cabinets? Should I continue to store my curriculum from 1991? How much of what I use to decorate my room really facilitates learning? Should any person (including the teacher) “own” space in the classroom?

What are hyperdocs and how can they be used in the classroom?


HyperDocs are the creation of Sarah Landis and Lisa Highfill – expert educators. Hyperdocs sound complicated but they really aren’t. HyperDocs are basically online documents but rich in hyperlinks to other documents, images, websites, text and video.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program.

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.

End-of-Year Tips: 22 Steps To A Speedier Computer

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 22 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer.

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Keeping Actively Bilingual Makes Our Brains More Efficient at Relaying Information

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills in tasks that require increased cognitive control.

3 Tech Tools To Create A Classroom ‘Cloud’.


The ‘cloud’ is the term meaning a collection of online data which is stored online. Creating a classroom cloud is extremely useful because it allows for all the children’s work to be stored in one place and shared easily.

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How health plan innovation can cure the Affordable Care Act

The Christensen Institute

Rhetoric surrounding the Affordable Care Act from President-elect Donald Trump has shifted from a hard-and-fast stance of ‘ repeal and replace ’ to a concession that some provisions in the bill are worthy of merit.

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.

The Potential of Virtual Reality

A Principal's Reflections

Many educators, including myself, routinely talk about the need for innovation in education. If we continue to employ the same type of thinking then we will get the same or results. We also run the risk of taking a step backwards and experiencing worse results than anticipated.

Universal Learning as a Civil Right for Opportunity Youth

Digital Promise

Over six and a half million 16- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. are not in school or working. Research by Columbia University shows the economic burden of this is not just felt by the youth themselves; society loses out when the potential of these youth is not realized. For 35 years, the YouthBuild movement has proven that, despite these young people’s disconnection from formal education and employment, they have skills, talent, and motivation.

Christmas Video FX – A Great Activity For The Last Day Of Term!


This week is my school’s last before the Christmas holidays. Luckily, I stumbled upon a fantastic app which adds amazing special effects to videos you shoot. The app is called FX Guru and is very easy to use: 1) Download the app. 2) Choose an effect (there are plenty of free ones).

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End of Year Tips: Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 22 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer.

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.

What a summer prototype taught us about measuring quality in an unbundled education system

The Christensen Institute

In the summer of 2016, a community of educators, research design partners, and over 150 teens and young adults in Colorado engaged in a bold experiment to rethink how quality and impact might be measured in a modernized system of learning.

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Getting Started with Google Drive Folders


Google Drive is one of the most valuable tools in Google’s G Suite for Education, and one of the features that makes it so useful is the way that it handles folders.

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Guest Blog Post: A great app to teach early reading.


Based on our experiences as reading teachers and researchers, we designed Rhyme to Read as a program that would allow all students to be successful as beginning readers. Our experience taught us the importance of confidence to reading achievement.

End-of-year Tips: Image and Back-up Digital Devices

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 22 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer.

EdTech at School

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

It's Not About the Tech: PL and CRE

Education Elements

The Syracuse City School District is in the second year of our Personalized Learning (PL) initiative. Schools are at different points of learning about, designing, and implementing school-based models to tailor student experiences to their unique strengths, needs, and interests. The PL work in SCSD is anchored in Education Elements’ Core 4: Integrated Digital Content, Data-Driven Decisions, Targeted Instruction, and Student Ownership & Reflection.

The importance of watching and naming

Dangerously Irrelevant

This past weekend our minister asked us to consider what it meant to be ‘present’ within a community.

Sneak peek: 9 ideas from the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit

Ditch That Textbook

As I’m writing this, it’s Monday, and the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit kicks off on Friday. I couldn’t be more excited. Wait, that’s probably not true. I’ll probably be even more excited on Thursday.) So … what is the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit? It’s a free online conference from Dec. 16-31, 2016. Did [.].

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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.