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8 Ways to Annotate Readings, Websites and Online Articles with Examples

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ” – John Locke. One of the most important skills for our digital learners is inspecting the information they consume with a critical eye. The challenge is to turn this into a habit students do outside the classroom. One idea is to get students to annotate their readings regularly.

Rethink Your Grading Practices

Catlin Tucker

This year I have posted several blogs about grading and assessment. I encouraged teachers to stop taking grading home for two simple reasons: Grading in isolation robs us of the opportunity to have conversations with students as we assess their work and, ultimately, makes feedback one-sided and less effective. Grading at home robs us of precious time with our families, time to relax, and time to create dynamic learning experiences for students.


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How This Social Entrepreneur Impacts The Slums Of Mumbai To Silicon Valley

EdNews Daily

Kunal Sood is a social entrepreneur, the Founder of The Novus Summit , and X Fellows. He is also a partner at the X-Impact Group. Sood is breaking ground at the intersection of education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Sood is engaged in high-tech startups, curates high-octane flagship summits, and serves on the board as an advisor to various education and entrepreneur initiatives. To name a few, he is involved with MIT Solve, Edcast, and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

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Ditch That Textbook’s Best of 2017

Ditch That Textbook

And just like that, 2017 is in the books. Technology in classrooms has seen some great changes. For instance, “Flipgrid Fever” ( has really taken off. Students have really shown their voice by recording short Flipgrid videos and sharing them with their classmates and the world. In some ways, though, a lot has stayed the […].

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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.

12 Incredible Ideas for Using Technology to Teach English Language Learners

Teacher Reboot Camp

For over two decades I’ve taught English language learners from the ages of 2 to 90 in over 20 countries. I’ve seen how technology motivates learners of all ages to find their voice, connect with language learners around the world, and have access to knowledge and resources in multiple languages. I’ve taught in really poor areas where sometimes the electricity didn’t work. I’ve also taught refugees who came to class in the same clothes everyday.

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10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blog Posts of 2017 from Education Elements

Education Elements

When we started the Bring Your Own Thoughts blog our goal was simple: write good stuff to help good people do good things for kids. And so far, it's been working.

Tapping into creativity with Google Drawings (GTT036)

Ditch That Textbook

Google Drawings is like a blank slate. It’s a simple digital sheet of paper just waiting for your images and text. In this episode of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, Wanda Terral talks about lots of cool ideas to let students work visually with Google Drawings. Some ideas we talk about include: Meme yourself Timeline […]. Google Teacher Tribe edtech educational technology g suite g suite for education google drawings google teacher tribe googleedu gttribe

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OEB 2017: Getting up close and personal(ized) with learning


Earlier this month we attended OEB – an event aimed at shaping the future of learning – and the main theme for the event was ‘Learning Uncertainty’. Currently, the education landscape is in the midst of change; there is a constant shift in the way things are being taught, learned, delivered and captured. One of the solutions that stood out as an overarching trend in this conversation, and something that we spoke to Training Journal about, is the idea of personalized learning.

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5 Reasons You Should Read the Free Cyberlearning Community Report


As a computer science teacher who likes staying current with the best ways to integrate useful technology in my classroom, I found the recently published Cyberlearning Community Report: The State of Cyberlearning and the Future of Learning With Technology full of great ideas! What you should know for now is that cyberlearning is all about the designed use of new technology to create effective new learning experiences.

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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).

Using Social Media to Screen Applicants

A Principal's Reflections

Social media is one of the most popular phenomena in today's society, facilitated by the widespread use and reliance on technology for virtually everything throughout our lives. We use technology to go to school online, making time for advancing our careers easier than ever before. Many workplace functions are carried out through technological devices and Internet connections. Places of employment also put technology to work in finding new employees for hire - including social media.

Hear the best ideas from #DitchSummit from participants

Ditch That Textbook

Technology. Brain-friendly learning. Gamification. Happiness. The topics shared at the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit — a free online conference for teachers — have been timely and useful. As this year’s summit is wrapping up (ending on Dec. 31, 2017), participants in the regular Thursday #DitchBook Twitter chat shared their key takeaway points. Instead of […].

In the News: Criminals Make Schools’ Data a Target

Doug Levin

As quoted in: McCray, Vanessa. Criminals in cyberspace make schools’ data a target.” Atlanta Journal Constitution. 24 December 2017. There have been at least 283 cybersecurity incidents at K-12 public schools since 2016 , according to a tally by education technology consultant Doug Levin. He thinks his count underreports the scope of the security troubles. These are new threats facing schools. They are harming individuals.

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How To Scaffold Learning Through Station Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

How To Scaffold Learning Through Station Teaching by TeachThought Staff Teaching through stations—or ‘station teaching’—is a flexible and underrated teaching and learning strategy that can add versatility to your craft. This approach requires unique classroom management strategies, precise time management, and a clear relationship between the design of each station and the learning objective itself. […].

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.

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish


I was brought on to be the editor of the CUE blog two and a half years ago. Over the last two and a half years I’ve been exposed to fantastic teaching ideas, great learning opportunities, and have made some great friends. Assuming we published one post a week for my entire tenure, that’s about 130 posts about edtech, pedagogy, conferences, robots, coding, making, and anything else in between, from who knows how many different authors.

Q&A: Vince Bertram Leads the Way Toward STEM in Schools

EdTech Magazine

By Jena Passut Project Lead The Way's president and CEO says students should be engaged and excited about their futures and careers. Classroom Curriculum STEM

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5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools.


At any given moment in the day, I am attached to my cellphone, my iPad or my computer. As a writer, I was an early convert to the computer. I began writing on a TRS-80 from Radio Shack in 1983 on wonderful writing software called WordPerfect, which has mysteriously disappeared. I had two TRS-80s, because one of them was always in repair. I love the computer for many reasons. I no longer had to white out my errors; I no longer had to retype an entire article because of errors.

Should Sandbox Learning Be The Future Of Education?

TeachThought - Learn better.

Should Sandbox Learning Be The Future Of Education? by Terry Heick Two decades into the 21st century, highly-structured, formal learning environments may have run their course. If nothing else, they have a pronounced limp and awkward speech patterns that students are increasingly finding, well, academic. In many ways, the internet was the catalyst for this. […]. The post Should Sandbox Learning Be The Future Of Education? appeared first on TeachThought.

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.

STUDENT VOICE: As a person with autism, I spend lots of time studying, attending class — and explaining that I am not deaf

The Hechinger Report

Jordyn Zimmerman, an Ohio University student, is a person with autism. Have you ever tried having a conversation with someone on campus, when they hesitantly and ever-so-awkwardly start signing to you? Or have you ever asked another student a question and had them respond to you in writing? When I think of these experiences, I always laugh at how uninformed people are about individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). My AAC device is an iPad.

CUE’d Up with Sarah Thomas – Episode 2 Featuring Rafranz Davis


This week on. Rafranz Davis. There’s Something About Rafranz… Rafranz Davis has dedicated her career to empowering students and teachers to share their voices throughout their communities and the world. She uses her platform across the edtech ecosystem to advocate for STEM and creative learning through making while simultaneously challenging communities through the lens of digital equity and diversity.

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Getting Middle Schoolers Ready for HS Writing


Amber Chandler envisions her middle schoolers as cupcakes in the making as she considers the need for teachers to support each other from elementary through graduation. Read about ways she's strengthened her unit on The Giver to emphasize high school writing skills. High School Preparation The Flexible Classroom Amber Chandler high school middle school preparation topic sentence outlines

What’s the Difference Between Project- and Challenge-Based Learning, Anyway?


Here’s a quick exercise for those in education: What do the letters CBL stand for? For many, competency-based learning might have been the first thing to pop in their heads. But others might have considered challenge-based, community-based or even case-based learning. The fact that three letters can mean so many different things raises an obvious question: Have we reached peak “based” learning?

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!

What are Schemas?

MIND Research Institute

The word schema has been used for more than 100 years by psychologists but unfortunately, in its long history, researchers have not settled on a clear and precise definition of what exactly is meant by it. Nevertheless, in the following, I will (hopefully) provide a useful description of what a schema is and how it is related to learning and education. A first hint of what a schema is can be derived from the word’s Greek origin, which means ‘plan’.

Free Higher Ed Update for 2018: 5 of the Best Free College Course Resources


One of the best things to come out of the web when it comes to education is the offering of free courses, and even free degrees (if your grades earn them), available to anyone, anywhere, from leading. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Free Tools & Resources Open Educational Resources OER

Google Sheets: =UNIQUE()

Teacher Tech

Find Unique Data in a Spreadsheet A function unique to Google Sheets is =UNIQUE(). This can be really handy when you have data from say a Google Form that repeats information and you want to find out how many unique instances there are. For example what if you use a Google Form to have students […]. The post Google Sheets: =UNIQUE() appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google Intermediate Sheets google sheets spreadsheets

?Up, Out and Away! The 2018 Higher Education Technology Events Calendar


Some college students travel or study abroad to enhance their learning. Why shouldn’t the faculty, administrators and innovators who shape students’ on-campus education experience do the same? Conferences offer a place to network, grow perspective and skills—and not to mention some much-needed leisurely exploration! So we’ve compiled a list of the education technology events for the higher-ed community happening across the world in 2018.

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.

Use a STEM Launcher Activity to Kick Off 2018


As you watch kids pile back into the classroom after a holiday break, you may notice that they need to engage in some active lessons to work off excess energy and get back into the swing of learning. Try this fun STEM launcher activity shared by Anne Jolly. STEM By Design STEM Launchers anne jolly Engaging Youth through Engineering engineering mini-STEM launcher Mobile Area Education Foundation student teaming


TeachThought Podcast Ep. 99 Reinventing Learning : Digital Learners Prefer Instant Gratification

TeachThought - Learn better.

by TeachThought Staff Episode 99 of the TeachThought Podcast is the ninth episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation. The series is based on the award-winning book, Reinventing Learning For The Always-On Generation: Strategies & Apps That Work. In this series, Ryan Schaaf takes a look at what a modern learner ‘is’ and […]. The post TeachThought Podcast Ep.

What Google Tool for 2018?

Teacher Tech

What Would You Like More Blog Posts On? To be honest I want to blog a fancy spreadsheet solution but I need some data to demonstrate the spreadsheet solution. So I thought I would double dip. What Google tools would you like to see me blog more about in 2018? Fill out the Google Form […]. The post What Google Tool for 2018? appeared first on Teacher Tech. Forms Google Intermediate