April, 2017

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Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Rayna Freedman in episode 47 of the 10-minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm has a student classroom blog that will completely blow you away!

Google’s buried treasure: 18 hidden tricks and tools

Ditch That Textbook

Google is a behemoth. With all of its tools and apps and programs and initiatives, there’s no way to keep tabs on everything. As such, it’s easy for newer Google tools — and even some that have been around for a while — to slip through the cracks. The problem with that: there are some [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology g suite for education gafe google apps for education technology integration

There’s an emotional side of edtech—and it’s affecting school innovation

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This post by Alan November, written exclusively for eSchool Media, is part of a series of upcoming articles by this notable education thought leader. Check back later this month for the next must-read post!].

4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

The Web20Classroom

“Alone we are smart, but together we are brilliant. We can use the collective wisdom to do great things when we are connected.” I said that way back on September 17, 2013 and yet I think it is even more true today than even back then. When I was in the classroom, I felt isolated as a teacher.

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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When Kindness goes Viral #Mondaymotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Principal Will Parker in Episode 51 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Will Parker @williamdp has seen kindness go viral on his campus.

10 ways to make lessons more hands-on

Ditch That Textbook

I’ve seen it in my own life. I bought an old zero-turn radius lawn mower and learned how to drive it on the fly. I’ve tinkered with broken items around the house until I fixed them. I’ve seen it in the classroom.

6 IT nightmares plaguing schools-and 6 solutions to stop them

eSchool News

From constricted budgets to needing to protect large numbers of devices and users, educational institutions face a unique set requirements for data protection and business continuity. As a result, many school IT departments are struggling to create new data backup and business continuity practices.

The opposite of boredom is not entertainment

Dangerously Irrelevant

George Couros recently wrote about an article in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Ed. Magazine titled Bored Out of Their Minds. He included a quote but I would have picked a different one: But the biggest shift we need,” Rose believes, is much more elemental. “We

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

5 Useful Accelerated Learning Techniques.

EdTech4Beginners

Learning something new can be both exciting and excruciating. The excitement with which we begin something dwindles over a period of time, making the task at hand seem unachievable. Be it learning a new language or a new craft, acquiring new skills need not always be a complicated affair.

Competencies vs. Skills

A Principal's Reflections

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century.

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5 Ways to Get a Laugh in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Celebrating Episode 50 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today I’ll tell some crazy stories about the lengths I’ll go to get a laugh in my classroom.

High school should be more like preschool

The Hechinger Report

A group of sophomore boys weaving baskets in an art class wish their school assigned more tests instead of oral presentations. Photo: Sarah Garland.

The 5 components of a future-proofed technology initiative

eSchool News

As students move through different phases of their education, the shape of their learning spaces changes. Young students see brightly-colored bookshelves and reading areas, where middle school students have lab tablets and desktop computers.

Stop Taking Grading Home

Catlin Tucker

In January I wrote a blog post titled “ New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom.” ” I’m here to update everyone. Since January, I have not brought a single stack of digital papers home to grade! It’s been amazing!

4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12

The Journal

Five years from now K–12 classrooms will look dramatically different than they do today because of the four trends identified in this week’s blog post. You can take that prediction to the bank

Better Decisions, Better Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

The only thing that might be harder than embracing change is making tough decisions. A hallmark of great leadership is creating the conditions to arrive at consensus when major decisions will impact the entire school or district.

9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

The CoolCatTeacher

A global search in education blog post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Twenty percent time from Google. Or a genius hour. Or passion projects. Or compassion based engineering. I’ve written about these before.

Six reasons you may not graduate on time

The Hechinger Report

Kolodner Credit Crunch 1:Temple University in Philadelphia gives $4,000 grants to eligible students who agree to work no more than 15 hours a week off campus, in an effort to help students graduate on time. Photo: Mark Makela/Reuters via ZUMA Press.

7 ways edtech boosts student confidence in the classroom

eSchool News

Edtech is making is easier and more efficient to help students at every level, and to bring even the most timid of learners out of their shells.

The Quizlet Advantage

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed, Written by: Michael Snead, recently named ‘Teacher of the Year’ at Barton Middle School in Buda, Texas. All across the education field, teachers are always trying to find ways for students to be successful in school.

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People Are Always Your Best Resource

The Principal of Change

You can have a shiny new vision and mission statement, school or district goals, and a myriad of things that say what your district does. But none of this happens without people.

The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking

MIND Research Institute

When a board game is presented as a math game, I am always eager to try it out! Unfortunately, in many cases I find the math in these games are too straightforward with cards of math problems for players to solve, or numbered spaces to count.

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 49 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Sylvia Martinez @smartinez co-author of Invent to Learn talks about tinkering today.

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

The Hechinger Report

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. When Kylie Jones brings home her report card, it doesn’t have any A’s, B’s or C’s. The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system.

5 technologies to avoid in the classroom-and what to use instead

eSchool News

One of the most popular articles on eSchool Media is a surprising one to the editors: “ 6 apps that block social media distractions.

Print Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides

Learning in Hand

Post-it and other brands of sticky notes are put to good use everyday by teachers and students. The Post-it website has a page filled with resources for teachers and a really cool iOS app for digitizing, sorting, and sharing square sticky notes.

What is the experience our students tell others about their time in school?

The Principal of Change

The following is an excerpt from Jeff Bezos (CEO and founder of Amazon) and the annual letter to his shareholders : “Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?”. That’s a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I’ve been reminding people that it’s Day 1 for a couple of decades.

10 SMART Board Activities that Will Take Your Classroom to the Next Level by @Sarah_Darren

My Paperless Classroom

SMART Boards have been around for a while now. But oftentimes, they are not being used to their full capability.

5 Things Every Digital Citizen Should Know #digcit

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Alice Chen on Episode 55 of the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Alice Chen @wondertechedu teaches us about digital citizenship. She discusses five things every digital citizen should know.

Enable Drive Archiving for Google Vault

The Electric Educator

Google Vault is an e-discovery and archiving tool included with G Suite for Education. Schools can use Google Vault to comply with state and federal data retention regulations (Freedom of Information Act), monitor student activity, and retrieve lost or destroyed user data.

Teaching Generation Z? Start by engaging their parents—here’s how we did it

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note : This story is Part 1 of our month-long series on “What it means to teach Gen Z.” Check back every Monday in April to read the next installment!].