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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.

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.

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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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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

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.

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.

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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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.

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

Teacher Zen with Google: 50+ Tips, Tools, & Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! “Learn with great passion. Learn with great enthusiasm.” ” – Lailah Gifty Akita. Google has many free incredible apps and tools that work on any device to bring you Teacher Zen. You can accomplish so many time consuming tasks, such as grading, assessment, providing feedback, research, creating spreadsheets, and more with Google Apps for Education (GAFE) , Google mobile apps, extensions, add-ons, and scripts.

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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.

#110: Publisher Skills Assessment for Grades 3-8

Ask a Tech Teacher

This assessment is comprehensive, designed not to test students. but assess their knowledge as an aid to you in determining where to begin. Use it when you start a new class or to determine where are the holes in their 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

9 App Features That Developers Should Consider When Creating EdTech Apps By @SamPatue


Tweet. I believe in the power of play in education and the last 2 years spent teaching tech in grades K-5 have really cemented the belief that there are at least 9 app features that should be considered before it enters the classroom environment.

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The Affordable Care Act Lives On, But Still Looking for A Few Good Business Models

The Christensen Institute

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 6-3 verdict in favor of the defendant in the much publicized case, King v. Burrill. The ruling upholds federal tax subsidies for eligible Americans living in states without their own health insurance exchanges.

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.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

A New Hampshire Classroom That is Building Skills for the 21st Century


Katie Henderson isn’t about playing by the rules, sitting up straight, and taking notes from a book. She’s about getting her students endlessly curious in economics, civics, current events, and history.

Learn Why Your GAfE School District Needs To Be Using Hapara Today! | @Hapara_team


Jeff sits down with Jack West to discuss why Hapara is the perfect tool for any school district wishing to properly and effectively manage their GAfE environment. . About Hapara. Hapara is a Māori word for dawn or daybreak.

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Teachers grading students hinders education

The Christensen Institute

In a recent post , I described a hypothetical model for unbundling the teaching roles of instruction and assessment in order to incorporate rigorous measures of deeper learning into online learning systems. This post expands on that ideas by highlighting additional benefits of separating instruction from assessment. We put traditional teachers in an incredibly tough spot. On the one hand, we ask them to motivate their students to excel at learning.

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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EdTech at School

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