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The Importance of 3D Printing in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I don’t cover enough is 3D printing. It’s relatively new on the education landscape and I have yet to reach a comfort level with it. Thankfully, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Lisa Michaels, has lots of knowledge and experience on this topic. Here are her thoughts on the importance of 3D printing in education: The range of possibilities which 3D printing provides is almost limitless.

The Need for More Play in School

A Principal's Reflections

As I kid I loved play. Countless hours were spent building forts in the woods, creating sand castles at the beach, riding bikes, playing Atari (then Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, etc.) or just running around for no apparent reason. Kids love play and it is a central component of their social and emotional development.


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'Personalized Learning': From Marketing Hype to Good Pedagogy

The Journal

We (CN &ES) took a deep dive into a popular "personalized learning" programs for K–8 mathematics instruction. While we have not been particularly supportive of personalized learning in the past, to put it mildly, in this week’s blog we describe what impressed us about this particular math program that used concept-based practice and differentiated instruction

140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher’s lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she’d found on Twitter that had her students raving. Rather than ask anyone, the curious teacher opened up Twitter (there was less pressure that way.) Oh, my! She thought Twitter made no sense.

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.

10 Ways to Use Twitter in Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

For anyone who missed the April announcement, Twitter switched its app category from ‘social media’ (where it consistently ranked in the top ten with Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Pinterest) to ‘news’ (now ranked #1, ahead of apps like CNN, Fox News, and Reddit).

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Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

User Generated Education

Judy Willis in How to Teach Students About the Brain writes: If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step. Even young students can learn strategies for priming their brains to learn more efficiently.

Online Gaming Strategy Sparks Idea for Ed-Tech Startup Business

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Guest post By Nikki Navta, Founder and CEO of Zulama. Nikki has been inventing products that combine left-and right-brain thinking for more than two decades. Her work on the product development side of the educational textbook publishing industry gave her the experience and inspiration to launch an ed-tech startup. Through a series of courses developed with faculty at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, Zulama helps students develop critical programming, art, and design skills.

20+ Apps Your Students Will Scream About This Halloween!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” ” – Arthur Conan Doyle. Halloween is a fun holiday and even though not all kids celebrate they do enjoy themes involving monsters, wizards, zombies, and other spooky creatures. As an educator or parent that has a mobile device you can capitalize on this time to help kids learn while integrating these spooky themes. Here are free apps to help encourage math, literacy, and problem-solving skills.

A Bold Move to Better Prepare Principals: How Illinois Educators Revamped Requirements for Preparation of Principals

EdNews Daily

This is a four part mini-series; a must watch for educators who believe in taking charge to reform the system-in their own hands. The Wallace Foundation today released a four-part video series exploring Illinois’ bold actions to revamp the way school principals are prepared. The state required all of its approved programs to reapply for accreditation under higher standards, based on research about effective principal preparation.

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).

How Do We Teach Politics to Kids During an R-rated election?

The CoolCatTeacher

The US Presidential Election Can Be Taught: But How? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The fifteen thousand pound Statue of Freedom placed upon the US Capitol Building is dressed to defend her country. Oddly enough, she does not wear the red liberty cap, originally worn by freed Roman slaves, which was given to the French and Americans fighting in the Revolutionary Instead, she wears a helmet, ready to defend her land.

Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video

Ditch That Textbook

Once, it was so handy to carry one of those disposable film cameras around in our pockets. Once, we were so thankful for our point-and-shoot digital cameras because they made instant photography so much easier. Today, so many of us carry cameras around in our pockets. We pull them out at a moment’s notice. Many [.]. Ed Tech cameras cell phones edtech educational technology mobile learning photos

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A Primer on Maker Learning and How You Can Get Involved

Digital Promise

Teachers, school leaders, parents, and, most importantly, students have been rallying around hands-on, creative, and design-centered learning that we have come to call “maker learning.”.

169 Tech Tips #160–14 Assessment Strategies

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 so many daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #160–14 Assessment Strategies. Category: ASSESSMENTS. Sub-category: NA.

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.

Top Tips for Fast Formative Assessment that Works

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You’re teaching your heart out. All of a sudden, you look in their eyes and wonder if they understand. But in due time, you decide enough of them know the material and it is time for a test. After they take the test, you start grading. In a moment, you realize that while one or two know the material, that you were hopelessly unaware that most of them needed some more teaching.

5 ways tech can truly improve learning (with examples)

Ditch That Textbook

Trainers, bloggers and education pundits tend to use lots of catch phrases and buzz words to talk about the power of technology in education. You’ll hear things like this: Technology is a game changer. Technology can do so much for education. The Internet is full of resources we can use. Technology is the future of [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency feedback formative global collaboration google classroom remind

Ed-Tech Startups Can Develop Apps in Affordable Ways

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The first step for any startup creating an iPad app is to find an app developer. Since our startup “team of two” were subject-matter experts in the field of speech-language pathology, we needed to learn more about the complexities of turning our ideas into apps. One of us was skilled in using SDK and Xcode for basic programming, but we soon realized that the development of our vocabulary apps would require an experienced developer.

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Office Hours–Questions? Let’s Talk

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you are using the SL K-5 Technology Curriculum , you’ll love this free service. Every Sunday, Ask a Tech Teacher will offer online, virtual Office Hours to answers questions about the curriculum. Any questions you have about how to unpack lessons, teach a skill, or tie into class inquiry can be asked at this weekly real-time Google Hangout: Sundays, 2pm PDT. Just like your college professor, doors are open to whoever shows up.

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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.

Staples and Katy Perry Impact 1072 classrooms and 98,609 students!

The CoolCatTeacher

A Big Thank You to Staples for their Support of Teachers and Students From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Almost one hundred thousand students (98,609 to be exact) were impacted by the $1 million donation that Staples made to this past June. As I blogged this past June, Staples partnered with Katy Perry to help classrooms across the country.

Try Using Augmented Reality To Create A Truly Interactive Display.


In English, my class have been studying discursive writing. The topic we have focused on has been zoos and whether they should be banned. During the unit of work, I made a display with the aim of it being interactive. I thought of many ways to do this, but decided on using augment reality (AR). Augmented reality is when an object or image is scanned with a mobile device and an overlay appears on top, giving more information in the form of another image, text or a video.

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Blended Learning in Action is Available Now!

Catlin Tucker

My newest book Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Towards Sustainable Change is available on Amazon! If you want to check out the book and its content, we’ve created a website you can visit to learn more! Feel free to join an ongoing conversation about blended learning using the Twitter hashtag #BLinAction. Congratulations to Louise Celebi who won a free signed copy! Learning

Building Vocabulary to Improve Reading

Digital Promise

Embedding new words into classroom conversations and assignments pegged to topics teens care about. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Research shows that many adolescents in the United States struggle with reading, and one key reason is their limited vocabularies.

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!

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 2]


In the last week’s post I promised to address exactly 10 BYOD concerns that keep schools reluctant to allowing students to use their mobile devices in the classroom. But I only delivered five, so this post will address the other five. I invite you to check them out again.

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A brilliant website for drawing lessons – thousands of ideas and tutorials.


Drawing How To Draw is a brilliant website which features a huge number of drawing tutorials and lesson ideas. In my school, we have 30 minutes per week, in which the students get out their sketchbooks and draw something. This works well, as it develops both skills and creativity.

PL Implementation Framework: 1 Year Later

Education Elements

One year ago, my colleague Keara Duggan introduced the concept of a “bingo board” for personalized learning , formally known as our Personalized Learning Implementation Framework. This framework outlines the 25 areas we think are essential for a district to effectively launch, support, sustain, and grow personalized learning. What a difference it made in our work! We’ve found that over and over again, the framework has been so helpful to district leaders at all stages.

Three Things to Know about the New Title IV SSAEG Program Guidance

Doug Levin

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program (as authorized by Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act ). This guidance is important, because it lays out in (debatably) human-readable language how the Department interprets the legislative language and intent of Congress in implementing specific provisions and programs in the nation’s new K-12 education law.

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.

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!


Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! At this year’s CUE 2016 Fall Conference, we are working hard to make the attendee experience even more engaging and enjoyable than years past. To that end, a group of 14 educators have been busily designing tasks, missions, and challenges for attendees.

Virtually Presenting At The Primary Maths Initiative.


In November, I will be virtually presenting at the Primary Maths Initiative CPD: “A support network of teachers and specialists representing world-class pedagogy.” ” . I will be showing ’10 tech ideas for mathematics teachers’ Here is a video I made for the event: Have you got any other maths tech tips? Share them in the comments box below. Tagged: edtech , education , mathematics , maths technology , teaching , teaching maths , tech , tech tools , technology.

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It Takes a (Whole) School

Digital Promise

The Organizational Supports Teachers Need to Serve in High-Poverty Urban Schools. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The legend of the superhero teacher who steps into a crumbling, underresourced school and singlehandedly changes the lives of a group of indifferent or hostile students is a pervasive one in popular culture.