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9 digital tools for your classroom toolbelt

Ditch That Textbook

The digital tool doesn’t make the class, but it does help to have some good ones handy. Sometimes, just finding a new digital tool can open up new opportunities for you and your students.

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East Campus: Uncovering the brilliance in every student

Dangerously Irrelevant

High school student Jeff Bliss famously said in 2013 , “If you would just get up and teach them instead of handing them a freakin’ packet, yo. It’s kids in here that don’t learn like that. They need to learn face to face.”

Maker Education Card Game

User Generated Education

I like and have always used games in my classrooms. One of my current educational interests is maker education. As such, I have begun creating games for maker education – see my first one, a board game, at Reflecting on the Making Process.

Dear Parents: Should We Stop Mocking the Common Core?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Dear Parents, I get it. You’re frustrated. You want to help your child with his or her school work. It’s supposed to make sense. After all, if an adult can’t grasp it, how is an 8-year-old supposed to?

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.

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Announcing the 2015 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

In 2015, it’s no longer a new story that technology is being used in the classroom. It’s a part of everyone’s daily lives and it’s no surprise that it’s becoming a part of students’ lives as well.

#AugmentedReality: Engaging a Minecraft Generation

Two Guys and Some iPads

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR OUR SXSWedu Session! Brad and I are excited to share our augmented reality session proposal for SXSWedu 2016.

Why LIbrarians Are Awesome #TLChat

The Web20Classroom

Librarian Media Coordinator Teacher-Librarian Superman Whatever you call them, those folks who work in our libraries and media centers are amazing. And you should be paying more attention to them. From an early age my Mother instilled in me the value of reading. I was read to constantly as a child.

Pixar makes its 3D rendering tool, RenderMan, free for anyone

Educational Technology Guy

Pixar, the company behind Toy Story, Cars and other incredible animated movies, has announced that it''s in-house 3D rendering software, RenderMan , is now free for non-commercial use. RenderMan creates the rendering with lighting effects. It does not create the original 3D model.

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Top 5 Things Students Should Do During Holiday Break

Chalkup

With holiday break upon us, you might have seen our list of five things teachers should do over break. Students, you’re up next. Here are five things you should aim to do during your time off. We promise that these are completely easy and fun, and you’ll be happy you did ‘em.

10 creative alternatives to research reports and papers

Ditch That Textbook

In high school and college, I suffered through quite a few research reports and papers. I gathered data, cited sources, followed MLA style and double spaced. I turned in my papers. Then I never did anything else with them.

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Become a reading warrior

Dangerously Irrelevant

Pernille Ripp said: I declare myself a reading warrior, and I believe you should as well. No more reading logs to check whether kids are reading. No more levels used to stop children from self-selecting books they actually want to read. No more timed standardized tests to check for comprehension.

A Model of Good Teaching?

User Generated Education

One of my guilty pleasures is watching MasterChef Junior, a cooking competition for 8 to 12 year olds, and as an educator, I have been analyzing it as a model for good teaching. My observations include: The challenges are hands-on and naturally engaging for these kids.

Schooling the Terrible Teacher: 10 Things Parents Should Never Do

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If you’re the parent of school-aged children, you’re probably still well acquainted with 4:00 am. This is when you once fed your hungry babies and nursed them through bouts of whooping cough, ear infections, and tummy aches that shook you out of your dreamless half-sleep.

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Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

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Building Early Literacy Skills With iPads

iTeach with iPads

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting -Edmund Burke. I am on spring break this week. It has been such a luxury to linger over coffee and the newspaper in the mornings.

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Identifying the Top Four Challenges in K-12 Education

Digital Promise

Aubrey is the Research Director at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @aubreyfrancisco. Kelsey is the Research Communications Manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @kelseye144.

Ideas for Using @Buncee – Interactive Storybooks, Oral Assessments, and Interactive Worksheets #langchat #edtech

techieMusings

One of my favorite tools to use with teachers this year has been Buncee. It meets so many needs and is an extremely easy tool to use – for students and teachers. To get started, I suggest watching this 3 min video overview of Buncee.

Curating Content with @appoLearning

The Web20Classroom

Curation, as many of you know, is near and dear to my heart. Heck I even wrote a book on the subject!) And especially now, for teachers, its becoming increasingly important as more and more digital devices begin to enter the classroom.

Remembering 9/11 14 years later

Educational Technology Guy

I was in EMS for 22 years before retiring due to a back injury. One of my most memorable experiences was responding to New York City as a Paramedic in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I will never forget that experience.

"I Just Want to be Normal, Daddy."

Tom Murray

Finding strength in the midst of heartache Today was one of the those days. The kind of day that’s difficult to forget and one that rips your heart out as a parent. What started out as any Monday would, ended with me appreciating life and the love of my little ones that much more.

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10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes

Ditch That Textbook

Using a document in Google Apps or Microsoft Word is perfect for many activities, but sometimes they can be so limiting. They’re restricting. They force you to enter information in a fairly linear fashion, and linear just doesn’t cut it sometimes.

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7 questions after Governor Branstad’s school funding veto

Dangerously Irrelevant

A few folks know that I was one of the three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. It was an interesting process (e.g., just two 30-minute interviews is apparently all that it takes) but I did feel that I was able to present my best self.

Courage to Be an Outlier Educator

User Generated Education

Today, during a podcast interview, I was asked what it takes to be an educational thought leader. My responses was, “courage.”

Can Your Students Write the Opposing Argument to This Gun Control Essay?

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Will you teach students the art of persuasion this year? Can they argue against something they believe in? As a longtime writing teacher, I found it useful to challenge students to argue against something they favor.

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

Kleinspiration

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.

Using iPads to Plan in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. Paul J. Meyer. Happy New Year! After 2 weeks and 3 weekends, we are back in school. It was evident we had a little “brain drain” over the holidays.

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Let’s Change the Conversation About Education (Technology)

Digital Promise

Sara Schapiro is the director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Jason Tomassini is the communications director at Digital Promise. You can view the full-size version of the image above here.

A @Buncee Timeline Project in @BullisSchool US History Classes #edtechchat #edtech #edchat

techieMusings

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Teaching Educator Digital Literacy With A Pinterest Party

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I will freely admit that Pinterest is one of those services that I haven't been a big user of. When it first appeared my wife took to it instantly.

BYOD and Web Based Apps, Hosted Apps

Educational Technology Guy

BYOD, Bring Your Own Device, is very popular in many schools. Schools save money by having students and staff use their own technology on the schools network. Many schools doing this also have school owned devices for students who don''t have their own.

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From Reluctant to Reader: One Student's Transformation

Voyager Sopris Learning

How many more times do we have to hear from NAEP ( National Assessment of Educational Progress ) that 30 to 40 percent of middle and high school students are struggling and/or can’t read? It’s a catch-22.

10 Google Apps tips EVERY teacher should know

Ditch That Textbook

Most of us have worked for years with Microsoft Office before Google Apps was unveiled.

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