Sat.Jun 20, 2015 - Fri.Jun 26, 2015

4 Tips to Develop Great Teacher Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

The books and best practices that change everything in your classroom Teachers who are leaders change the world one student at a time. Leaders are readers. Leaders are learners. But where do we start? What do we read? What do we learn? Be a multiplier.

Let’s Present! 21+ Digital Poster Tools & Tips

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein. The poster project is one of the most popular assignments teachers give students to show their understanding and research. I still remember the amazing posters my international teens created. They invested a lot of time and money into creating nice labels, printing and pasting colored photos, and citing their research.

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Learning About Young Makers

User Generated Education

I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups.

The BrandED Difference

A Principal's Reflections

When I first dipped my toe into the social media waters in March 2009 I really did not know what to expect. My sole purpose for embarking into this uncharted territory was to improve my professional practice by becoming a better communicator.

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.

How a school threw out their reading program and finally got everyone excited about reading.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 152: Principal Todd Nesloney tells you how to really get kids excited about reading. No trinkets. No prizes. No book levels. One school led by Principal Todd Nesloney got rid of it all. Every teacher and every student set a simple goal: read twenty books in one semester. Any book. Any kind.

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5 Ways to Become an Education Game Changer

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane We posted this last year, and it received plenty of shares on social media. A few educators pushed back, suggesting that some of these strategies are not realistic. Education still needs a lot of work, and many teachers are stepping up.

Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD


What Great Educators Do Differently - click here to connect to the conference homepage - I've always been "addicted to" professional learning. I was fortunate that during my first year of teaching my principal strongly believed in growing new teacher's skills and confidence.

Some teachers get frustrated trying to reach kids. This teacher has the answer.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 154: How 30-Year-Teacher James Sturtevant figured out how to relate to most students. Kids don’t get teachers. Teachers don’t get kids. Times change. Life can be hard for some kids. How do we connect when we’re so different? We need trust. We need respect.

3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most elementary age kids I know love math, but that changes when they matriculate to middle school. If you ask seventh and eighth graders what their hardest subject is, they’ll hands down tell you it’s math. And that opinion doesn’t improve in high school.

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.

A Simple Formula for Planning Your Next Professional Learning Initiative

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane June is all about endings and beginnings. Most of my days are spent debriefing professional learning initiatives I’ve facilitated in schools throughout the year or planning new ones beside the administrators and teachers I get to serve each day.

How Education Policy Waves Shape Ed-Tech Products

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The buyer's needs in education are often shaped by the policy context of the education system. That means products are shaped by those policies too. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Here’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what educators are clicking on like crazy

The CoolCatTeacher

I analyzed thousands of tweets and this is what I found Your clicks tell a story. Your interests. Your problems. What you think is funny. I looked at your clickthroughs on my tweets for the last 12 months. With over 100,000 followers, your clicks tell a fascinating story with a few surprises.

Diary of a Global Learner

Battelle for Kids

June 22, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 10. Driving Question: How Do Teachers Foster Learning In An Effective Global School? While the concept of global education has been around for years, it is considered a new model of teaching and learning.

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.

Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind

Ask a Tech Teacher

Pedagogic experts have spent an enormous amount of time attempting to unravel the definition of ‘educated’ It used to be the 3 R’s–reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic.

3 Courageous Questions Great Teachers Ask Parents at the End of the Year

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Before you turn in the key to your classroom door and head out into the sun for the summer, there are three courageous questions you might want to ask parents at the end of this year.

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Progress Happens when Educators stop looking down their nose at education in Africa and start learning with them.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 153: Noble Kelly and Education Beyond Borders show how working together changes things. Many teachers in isolated African villages struggle to stay motivated. We cringe when fellow teachers (and their students) have to work in hard conditions.

Dreaming bigger for Iowa education

Dangerously Irrelevant

Lately I’ve been trying to dream a little bigger about Iowa schools. Feel free to map this onto your own state or province… Background. Students do too much routine cognitive work. Students are bored and disengaged.

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.

3 Strategies to Make Students Future Ready

Digital Promise

Melissa is the League community manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @melissaged. Highline Public Schools in Highline, WA is a member of the League of Innovative Schools. The League team visited Highline in February, 2015. Here is what they learned

15 Ways to Deepen Your Formative Assessment Practice

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Formative assessment is a process that takes place during the learning experience. When it is done right, the findings immediately inform feedback and instruction. Grades are never taken, and the stakes remain very low.

Review: Flipwrite iPad Keyboard

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve read several nonscientific studies that concluded students type equally well whether they use iPads or traditional keyboards ( click here ; scroll to ‘ Keyboarding: iPad vs. Traditional’ ).

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Summer of Code

Dangerously Irrelevant

It’s Summer of Code at our house… Phase 1 (Group). Everyone works through Course 2 , Course 3 , and Course 4 at to ensure that we have basic conceptual understanding of key terms and ideas. I have a teacher account and can print certificates of completion! Phase 2 (Individualized).

EdTech at School

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

3 Priorities in Bridging the Digital Divide

Digital Promise

Melissa is the League community manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @melissaged. Kent School District in Kent, WA is a member of the League of Innovative Schools. The League team visited Kent in February, 2015. Here is what they learned

12 Things That Make You Smart, Kind and Tech Savvy

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane People who are smart, kind and tech savvy are bound to be happy. I don’t have any research to share about this, but it must to be true.

Moving Beyond K12 – Why Learning Beyond School Matters

Battelle for Kids

June 24, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 12. Today's students encounter a plethora of learning opportunities from apps on their cell phones, to internships, after school clubs, summer camps, and beyond.

We could surprise them and they could see that we are good kids

Dangerously Irrelevant

Katrina Schwartz said. Many students at [Los Angeles Unified School District’s Roosevelt High School] felt the news media had mischaracterized their school and its students as criminals for figuring out how to get around the iPad’s security features, often to access educational information. “We

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.

K-12 Needs Social Learning!

The Journal

“Social” as an adjective — as in social gaming, social media and social networks — is everywhere these days, and for good reason! We constantly engage in social learning: learning from and with each other. So is K-12’s current love affair with “personalized learning” a mistake?

28 Must-Follow Educators To Follow at ISTE | #ISTE2015 #ISTE15


From June 28-July 1, 2015, more than 20,000 educators will be learning, networking, and partying at the ISTE conference in Philadelphia Pa. With all of the great events happening this weekend, the question always comes up… “Who Should I be Following?”

Top 5 Education Topics You Should Learn This Summer

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane We ran a similar education topics post last summer, and the responses helped drive our content, so we decided to rehash it. Please be sure to contribute; you might just see one or more of your topics featured here at B or I in the future.