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Why Talking About 'Screen Time' is the Wrong Conversation


Just about every week new articles warn about the dangers of excessive screen time for childhood development. That can leave parents and educators feeling a sense of anxiety about technology and kids, even as more schools use iPads and Chromebooks and other tech in classrooms.

The Digital Transformation of Literacy Education

EdNews Daily

By Tyson Smith. Companies that have been in the game for a while have been courtside in watching EdTech explode over the past 35 years.

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You Can Coach for Equity Anywhere, with Anyone

Education Elements

To create the schools children deserve, we must coach educators and leaders for equity. It isn’t an option for coaches to be neutral on issues of justice — and there are injustices occurring in almost every school, every day.

Investing in Women-Led Edtech Startups Is More Than a Matter of Equity. It’s Also Good Business.


When no female directors were nominated for the “Best Directors” Oscars category this year, Bette Midler called for a new awards ceremony, the Osc-hers. The entertainment industry is hardly alone in overlooking some of its top talent.

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Trust and Grace in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Alana Stanton talks about what matters in the classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Each year, many educators select a word or two for the year.

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Interdisciplinary Project Planning Framework

Catlin Tucker

When I was at TCEA last week, a teacher approached me after one of my sessions to ask if I had ever written about my experience planning interdisciplinary projects. I realized that I had not written specifically about the process of planning a project with teachers who taught other subject areas.

Introducing the Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit

Digital Promise

Designed to address the need for open educational resources that support student-driven learning in science, our new Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit guides educators in developing science units that build on student interest, lead to deeper learning, and engage students in using science to solve problems in their community. The Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit was developed through the Challenge Based Science Learning Challenge Collaborative , which brought educators, researchers and curriculum experts together to develop science units aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using the Challenge Based Learning (CBL) framework. The Challenge Collaborative also aimed to gain a better understanding of how Deeper Learning can occur in student-centered science classrooms. Included in the toolkit are teacher-designed units prompting students to engage with a phenomena, put it in context of their community, investigate ways to solve the challenge it poses, and then develop solution concepts. About the Design of the Toolkit. The Challenge Collaborative involved multiple rounds of curriculum design, piloting, and iteration, relying on feedback from teachers and observations from the research team to create a clearer picture of how students can drive their own learning in standards-driven science classrooms. To set the stage for identifying challenges that are both scientifically rigorous and authentic, students need opportunities to build context and knowledge before they can effectively identify challenges to solve and investigate. The Challenge Based Learning framework offers flexibility for students to use science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts early in the unit, giving students more agency in determining how they choose to investigate later in the unit. The research from the Challenge Collaborative found that when students were engaged in the Challenge Based Science Learning process, they were provided more opportunities for real-world engagement, self-direction, practice of science and engineering skills, conducting critical research, substantive collaboration, and effective communication. The design process, resources, and examples of challenge based science units created and piloted during this project are compiled in the Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit. Use the Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit to design or remix materials for your context. Challenge Based Science Learning aims to make science education more authentic and challenging for students by asking them to solve problems in their communities; as such, the example units provided should be modified to include local connections for the challenge, investigative activities, and audience to which they will present their solutions. The templates and design process guide provide direction and context for identifying useful phenomena that represent a problem to be solved, brainstorming potential student questions and challenges, and finding open educational resources to support student investigations. The toolkit also includes Deeper Learning rubrics which serve as a guide to study the extent to which science and engineering activities provide deeper learning opportunities, and in what ways students are learning deeply through these activities. Use the toolkit to remix one of the teacher-designed units or other science resources, or design a unit from scratch, and share the unit with us at Learn More. Want to know more about the Challenge Based Science Learning Collaborative? Find more resources here: Solving Challenges for Deeper Learning in Science. How to Let Students Guide Science Learning with Challenge Based Learning. Read the Challenge Based Science Learning Project Research Report. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on Next Generation Science. The post Introducing the Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit appeared first on Digital Promise. Challenge Based Learning Educators Engagement Learning Experience Design

4 Emerging Edtech Trends in 2020

The CoolCatTeacher

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares his thoughts From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares four trends that are shaping how his schools teach with technology.

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169 Tech Tip #79 My Internet Stopped Working

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 daily tech-infused education.

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.

Why buying a mattress is like choosing a college

The Christensen Institute

On the face of it, comparing buying a mattress to choosing a college might feel apocryphal. Insulting even. College encompasses a series of experiences—from the classroom to extracurricular activities and social opportunities—that, in the best of scenarios, are transformative.

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Guest Post: Helping Students Navigate Online Sources with Critical Literacy

Digital Promise

When I taught United States history at a high school in New York City, I had a discussion with my students about finding sources for their upcoming research projects. The responses mainly echoed, “just Google” and “stay away from Wikipedia.”

#LoveTeaching Week Starts Today!

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Love Teaching Week Begins Today! February 14 is the beginning of #LoveTeaching week. Each day there are challenges and prompts so check Twitter and We Love ( [link] ) for how you can participate.

20 digital bell ringer activities to kickstart class

Ditch That Textbook

Quality bell ringers are crucial — quick activities to get students going at the beginning of class, when the bell has just rung. For these first five or ten minutes of class (OK, probably more the five than the ten), we have our students’ most attention. It’s the most focused they’ll likely be for us all […]. The post 20 digital bell ringer activities to kickstart class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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.

How to use an LMS to simulate the publishing process with undergrads


There is an old saying in academia that most scholars and scientists love to hate: Publish or perish. As a quick side note, the saying should be “publish in English or perish”, but we will tackle multilingualism in the academic world on a different occasion.

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Personalized Learning in Action

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past year, I have been blessed to support the Davis School District in Utah with their personalized learning initiative across the district.

4 Ready to Go tips for Project Based Learning and Maker Spaces

The CoolCatTeacher

Nicholas Provenzano gets us started From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How do you get started with project-based learning (PBL) and Maker spaces?

5 reasons why impact investments and market-creating innovations go hand-in-hand

The Christensen Institute

It has never been easier for investors to support causes that matter to them. Hunger to do good has resulted in the growth of impact investments, conscious capitalism, and social entrepreneurship movements.

EdTech at School

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

3 Steps to Become a More Responsive Leader

Education Elements

There are many avenues you can take when making change in your organization. Change can be made at the structural level by redesigning the way teams are organized. Change can be made at the team level by refining the way collaboration happens.


Free Resource: Personalization, Agency, Authenticity, Connectivity, and Creativity (PAACC) Playbook

Catlin Tucker

In the book, Blended Learning in Action , my co-authors (Tiffany Wycoff and Jason Green) and I created the PAACC Hallmarks of Effective Practice as a guide to ensure that blended learning puts students at the center of learning and helps them to develop future-ready skills.

Engagement & Edtech in Social Studies

The CoolCatTeacher

Dustin Harnish inspires social studies teachers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You can blend old fashioned relationships with modern edtech if you know how. Teacher Dustin Harnish proves it.

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Alphabet Journal with Book Creator

iTeach with iPads

When I was in the classroom, my students kept a math journal on their iPad. It was made in Book Creator and I’ve written about it here and here. They loved the ability to capture their thinking and learning on the iPad and it was a great way to show cumulative growth over the school year.

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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.

Bringing Personalized Learning to Scale in a Large Urban School District

Education Elements

Personalized learning has captured the attention of many education reformers. Much of the conversation is around utilizing a personalized learning approach to enhance student engagement, and thereby, increase student achievement.

Could social media be the key to cracking chronic disease?

The Christensen Institute

Today more than 50% of American citizens are afflicted with a chronic disease. In addition to the untold suffering that accompanies a long-term battle with poor health, the care for those with chronic diseases continues to be a major driver of our nation’s healthcare costs.

7 Tips for Making Great Student “Pitch” Videos

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As I’ve recently blogged about several contests where students create “pitch” videos for learning, some teachers probably want some advice on creating such a “pitch” video.

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10 tips for lesson planning writer’s block

Ditch That Textbook

Lesson planning is hard -- especially when the ideas aren't flowing freely. Here are some tips for overcoming lesson planning writer's block. It's the end of the school day. Or the beginning of your prep hour. You have a little lesson planning time for the next week. (Or Or maybe the next day!) You sit down to […]. The post 10 tips for lesson planning writer’s block appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Lesson planning Teaching


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.