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Teaching Pitfalls: Signs That You Are Out of Balance & Burning Out

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 196 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you feel unbalanced in your classroom? Is something off and you don’t know what it is? How can you restore balance? You’re not losing your mind. This feeling is normal.

8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement

Ditch That Textbook

So often, people think of presentation slides as just that: a visual aid for delivering a presentation in front of an audience. But these slide apps (like Google Slides and PowerPoint in Office 365) really are powerful tools for delivering interactive user experiences.

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4 Infographics to Transform Your Teaching in 2016

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the Effective Technology Integration Category. I often create infographics to help inspire teachers to try new ways to integrate technology or share ideas.

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Five Predictions for Personalized Learning in 2016

Education Elements

My predictions over the last few years have come true. It has been demonstrated that any classroom can implement blended learning and, when done well, get superior results. Personalized learning is now part of an increasing number of district and school strategic plans.

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.

6 Easy ways to make e-learning fun


E-learning, for some, can be boring if they just stick to the “rules”. You know like, not expanding the already-existing e-learning concepts and techniques instructors and educators already know. It can be boring if educators just, for example, don't maximize the features of the LMS they’re using such as integration to cloud storage services, or use collaboration tools to increase engagement from students.

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How Teacher Talk Affects Student Vocabulary Growth

Voyager Sopris Learning

Rather than focusing on text reading this month, let’s turn our attention to one of the critical components of language necessary for comprehension: vocabulary. Educators often point to the importance of expanding students’ vocabularies, but how is verbal learning acquired?

Schools aren’t preparing freelancers and entrepreneurs

Dangerously Irrelevant

[I’m back. I took an actual winter break. It was awesome. I highly encourage it!]. Freelancing is on the rise, with perhaps as many as a third of American workers now engaged in some kind of freelancing work.

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Are MOOCs really dead?


MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course. But are they really dead?

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10 Most Popular Tech Tips and Click-throughs in 2015

Ask a Tech Teacher

Because AATT is a resource blog, we share lots of tips our group comes across in their daily teaching as well as materials shared by others we think you’d like. Some you agree with; others, not so much.

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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.

6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom


Inspired By Gary Spracklen of Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), United Kingdom. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a study on the correlation between test performance and technology usage in the classroom.

Goal: Visualize Your 2016 Goals

Teacher Reboot Camp

Flickr photo by Luigi Mengato p/hgwjYu. Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! Goal: Visualize your goals. Accomplish this goal: Don’t just list the goals you want to achieve this year.

An Educator’s Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them

User Generated Education

One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one; really seeing each and every one of them. seeing each student’s uniqueness and interacting with each one based on that uniqueness. Some strategies to do this include: Listen More Than Talk.

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10 ways for teachers, students to share links in class

Ditch That Textbook

In a class with technology, links are like digital currency. If you have the right ones to the right places, you can quickly open up doors to great learning opportunities. The key is having them at the right time and being able to deliver them to students.

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.

This online high school is not going to change education

Dangerously Irrelevant

The headline at eSchool News reads ‘ This online high school could change education ’ (a slight modification of the original headline at the Santa Cruz Sentinel ). Okay, I’m game. I’ll check it out… I read about the founders.

Digital Magic in My Blended Learning Classroom

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 1. Driving Question: How Do My Students Discover Digital Magic? I view technology as a means to achieve a larger, academic end. That said, my 5th grade students and I blend different digital tools on a daily basis into our PBL units of study.

Safe Image Search Resources for Students


The rise of edtech and 1:1 devices affords teachers to encourage online research.

20 Posts To Help You Integrate Technology the Right Way!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ~ Bill Gates. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I describe the many ways in which technology has impacted our traditions, rituals, communication, language, relationships, values, and learning.

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.

In-Class Flip: The Flipped Classroom Meets the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

When I work with school districts shifting to blended learning, I often train teachers on the station rotation model and the flipped classroom. Both of these strategies for blending face-to-face and online learning work well for teachers in a traditional school setting.

Learn to Blend Tech into Your Class; Get College Credit

Ask a Tech Teacher

Starting January 18th, I’ll be teaching a class on blending technology into your classroom: the Tech-Infused Teacher — January 18th-February 21st. Click the link and scroll down to MTI 562 to sign up. Here are the basics: Course Description.

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A New Year And A New Way To Twitter Chat

The Web20Classroom

After being involved with the creation, participation and evolution of one of the largest hashtags and Twitter chats around (#edchat) I always hear the same feedback wherever I go. Things like: I like the chat, but it’s too hard to follow.

Groovy Grammar! Tools, Apps, & Ideas for Learning Grammar

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Who climbs the Grammar-Tree; distinctly knows Where Noun, and Verb, and Participle grows… “- Decimus Junius Juvenalis, Satire VI. With digital devices, learners are writing and speaking everyday. Often, our learners communicate with an international audience. The activities below get students to use their devices to learn grammar in engaging ways. One idea is to get our students to correct the grammar in celebrity tweets , online reviews, and their own status updates.

EdTech at School

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

Virtual School Chat Series Part 1 - Why Is Running A Virtual School So Hard?

Education Elements

Running a virtual school is hard. I like new beginnings. They bring hope and excitement for the future, the good things that are yet to come. Great beginnings start with a vision for what can better in the future, and by looking back at the past.

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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2015

Ask a Tech Teacher

Since I started this blog five years ago, I’ve had over 4.8 million visitors to the 1,454 articles I’ve written on integrating technology into the classroom.

Blended Learning: What’s In A Name?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 1. Driving Question: Blended Learning- A Name Is Not Always the Same. I have asked a very purposeful question this month. After spending a month researching the topic and talking with school leaders and teachers who have adopted the "blended" label, I came to the conclusion that blended "learning" means many different things.

What Makes a Great Education Tweet?

Tom Murray

Since getting its start less than a decade ago, more than a billion users have signed up for Twitter, with an estimated 320 million of them currently active. While Katy Perry ( @katyperry ) may top the charts with the most followers (80 million and counting), the average number of Twitter followers for those of us who aren’t pop sensations is a more modest 208. Regardless of who the user may be or the number of followers one may have, each tweet is restricted to a simple 140 characters.

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.

5 Immersive Ways to Make History Come Alive

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 5 Immersive Ways to Make History Come Alive By Anna Warfield No one has clued me in on a working time machine yet, so there must be other ways to make history more enticing than names and dates.

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How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

Ask a Tech Teacher

At some point in your child’s education journey, you’re going to feel the need for tutoring. Riley Patterson, one of our Ask a Tech Teacher team has experience with this. She’s a freelance writer who–in her free time–helps students with their homework.

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Use Storyboard to Highlight the Wonderful Things Happening in Your Classroom – From Sabba Quidwai


This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. One of the greatest tools that educators have to act as advocates, models, and sources of inspiration for others is social media.