Sat.Mar 24, 2018 - Fri.Mar 30, 2018

Sketchnotes: A mini-course and #Sketch50 challenges!

Ditch That Textbook

Let’s see if you sound like many people I’ve talked to about sketchnotes (and the former version of myself): “I’d love to be able to do that. I’d love for my students to be able to do it. But I can’t draw! I’m not an artist.”

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7 Ways My Interactive Display is a Key Part of My Student-Centered Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by SMART Technologies From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today, I had 15 photos on my interactive display at the front of the classroom.

Using Clips App for Small Moments and Student Reflection

iTeach with iPads

Many teachers use portfolios to collect and showcase student work throughout the year. These portfolios demonstrate growth over time, provide a means for authentic assessment, promote communication and reflection, and can give some students an alternative means to demonstrate mastery of skills.

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Inspiring Students to Take Action through Service Learning

Digital Promise

Schools around the country have embraced the value of service learning for developing and nurturing students’ civic values and attitudes, as well as building academic competencies. Service learning provides authentic education experiences where students can both learn and apply their learning in real world contexts and intrinsically motivates students by allowing them to select projects they care about.

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.

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Implementing Research-based Technology Programs in Workforce Training

Digital Promise

Using the specific context of language learning in the workforce, Dr. Katharine Nielson, Chief Education Officer of Voxy, outlines in this webinar what we know from research on second language learning and discusses ways to implement a strong, research-based program.

11 tips for creating stop motion in Google Slides

Ditch That Textbook

Creating stop-motion animation with Google Slides is easy! These tips will help your animations look phenomenal! This post is written by Jake Miller, a tech integration specialist from Ohio. He's a Google for Education Trainer and a self-proclaimed spreadsheet nerd. Find him on Twitter (@JakeMillerTech) and at his blog, A note from Matt.I […]. Ed Tech google slides animation stop motion animation google slides stop motion slides

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Android Apps for Education - work on Chromebooks and Chrome OS Tablets too!

Educational Technology Guy

Android Apps for Education Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, running on smartphones and tablets. But, you can also use Android Apps on Chromebooks , including the new Chromebook Tab 10 Chrome OS tablet. Chrome and Android all in one! And don't forget about all of the Chrome Apps, Extensions and full websites Chromebooks and the Chromebook Tab can access.

Classroom Earth: Teach Conservation By Going Outside

The CoolCatTeacher

The Flint River Project: An Exemplar Whole-School Project From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. If I had one wish for the classrooms of the world, it is that we would all leave the four walls and enter Classroom Earth.

Learning to Learn at Work

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Most of the skills we need to do our jobs — the ability to complete tasks, collaborate with colleagues, circumvent obstacles, and plan for future assignments — are skills we learn at work, not before.

Conversations from CUE: basketball, math, branding and more

Ditch That Textbook

The CUE Conference in Palm Springs, California, was phenomenal. More than 10,000 educators from the West Coast and beyond converged to talk about teaching, technology, and making change. The best part of a conference, of course, are the people that are there.

Dept. Of Education Fail: Teachers Lose Grants, Forced To Repay Thousands In Loans

NPR Learning and Tech

The TEACH grant helps future pay for college or a master's. But many say that when they started teaching, they were forced to pay it back. A study obtained by NPR suggests thousands are affected. Image credit: Kayana Szymczak and Sean Rayford for NPR

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Awesome Atlanta Education Conference: STLinATL – July 26-27, 2018

The CoolCatTeacher

Join me and other education speakers at Woodward Academy in Atlanta this summer From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. STLinATL is an exciting education conference hosted at Woodward Academy in Atlanta this summer July 26-27.

How To Help Students Learn From Anything

TeachThought - Learn better.

8 Ways To Help Students Learn More From Others Than They Do From You. The post How To Help Students Learn From Anything appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Terry Heick

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Creating a healthy school culture: 12 small shifts that make a BIG difference

Ditch That Textbook

When we talk about school culture we are referring to the attitudes of the school community, the relationships between staff members and beliefs they share. A healthy school culture is collaborative, supportive, encouraging and has a positive impact on staff, students and families.

Teaching kids not to be scared of math might help them achieve

The Hechinger Report

Michael Gallin is a math teacher at Kappa International High School in the Bronx. Here, he works on a challenging problem with his students, hoping to alleviate some of their anxiety over math. Photo: Kyle Spencer/The Hechinger Report.

Turning Kids Into Readers, One Barbershop At A Time

NPR Learning and Tech

Alvin Irby is on a mission to get kids reading in the barbershop. Image credit: Nickolai Hammer/NPR


The Process is the Product

The Principal of Change

Many educators are great at bringing “experts” into their classrooms. I always say that the best person to teach kids about space is probably an astronaut, not necessarily a teacher. I have seen teachers do this over and over again and it is an excellent opportunity for our students.

Inside Our MIND Podcast: Assessment and Adaptation in Personalized Learning

MIND Research Institute

With each episode of Inside Our MIND, we'll be taking a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.

Ivy League degree: Now what?

The Hechinger Report

BOSTON — When Chantel Brown was a child in rural Morganton, N.C., she savored the illusion that she “could come off as middle class.” That doesn’t take much when one-quarter of the residents live in poverty.

Illustrated Scenes From The 'March For Our Lives'

NPR Learning and Tech

Hundreds of thousands across the country demonstrated in the student-led event to demand stricter gun control laws. NPR illustrator LA Johnson takes us to Saturday's flagship march in Washington, D.C. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR


Important Reminder That We Need To Praise Process To Support A Growth Mindset

Larry Ferlazzo

Sarah Sparks over at Ed Week has a great write-up about a new study finding that praising effort alone is not enough to promote a growth mindset among teenagers – we have to praise specific strategies/actions they took.

Asking Better Questions

The Principal of Change

I have a passion for digital portfolios. I think that if we look at doing them in a way that is across grades, subjects, classrooms, and a shared platform in different teacher classes, they can be transformational to a school, district, and more importantly, to the learning of our students.

Increasingly skeptical students, employees want colleges to show them the money

The Hechinger Report

EAST LANSING, Mich. — One of the most active student clubs at Michigan State University meets every other Wednesday in a room above a buzzing cafeteria.

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5 Unique Ways to Use Google Classroom – From Mason Mason


This post is from EdTechTeacher Instructor Mason Mason follow him on Twitter @EdTechMason. When I was a high school English teacher, we were using a proprietary learning management system (LMS) that was not user-friendly.

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Turning Kids Into Readers, One Barbershop At A Time


Our series Take A Number is exploring problems around the world — and the people who are trying to solve them — through the lens of a single number. The solution first: 15. More precisely, 15 books.

27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This post by the late Grant Wiggins has been republished from a previous post. Please visit Authentic Education to support the work his wife and peers are continuing. What is “authentic assessment”? Almost 25 years ago, I wrote a widely-read and discussed paper that was […]. The post 27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment appeared first on TeachThought.

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

The Hechinger Report

On the verge of finishing high school, Allison Dinsmore doesn’t know yet what she’ll do after she graduates. She says she didn’t have relatives with college degrees to nudge her toward college. Photo: Alison Yin for The Hechinger Report. NEWARK, Calif. —

From Corona to Lexus: Toyota’s ascent (and why you should care)

The Christensen Institute

Undoubtedly, Toyota is one of the most formidable automakers in the world today. How did a Japanese automaker make an indelible mark on the U.S. automotive landscape? Better yet, how did Detroit’s original Big Three–Ford, General Motors (GM) and Chrysler–allow Toyota and its Japanese peers to etch away at their dominance, such that U.S. automakers’ market share of cars and light trucks reduced from 87% in 1970 to a mere 57% in 2005?

Purpose-Driven Learning

The Principal of Change

Seeing tweets, over and over again, regarding the villainization of “worksheets,” (I know I have been guilty of this as well) I tweeted the following: Teachers… If you give a worksheet in your class, you are not bad at your job.

8 Ways For Teachers To Save Time In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

8 Ways For Teachers To Save Time In The Classroom contributed by Lila Daniels Teachers think about a lot during the course of a school day — from planning lessons tied to the core curriculum to making sure Jimmy gets home on the right bus. One thing teachers often do not think about is saving […]. The post 8 Ways For Teachers To Save Time In The Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching New Teacher Our Most Popular

Are science fairs unfair?

The Hechinger Report

A second grader in Mississippi explains his winning science fair project to members of his class. Credit Image: © Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal/ Springtime is science fair season.

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Catching disruption in the act: Three problems disruptive innovation will solve in healthcare delivery

The Christensen Institute

Over 20 years ago, Clayton Christensen coined the term Disruptive Innovation to describe innovations that transform expensive, complex and sophisticated solutions into ones that are simpler, more convenient and affordable. When coupled with an innovative business model and a coherent network of partners, suppliers, and distributors, Disruptive Innovations have the power to change the performance dimensions upon which firms must excel in order to be competitive in a market.

Students March; DeVos Gets Grilled; The Funding Gap Widens

NPR Learning and Tech

School funding fairness, politically active students and more in the weekly education news roundup. Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP