February, 2018

Should schools ban spiral notebooks?

The Christensen Institute

From the first-hand experiences of millions of students and teachers worldwide, it’s clear that paper notebooks are a deterrent to quality education. For generations, students have used them in class to scribble or doodle, pass messages to their friends, or construct wads, planes, and spitball projectiles. Given the numerous ways students can use their notebooks to derail learning, it’s a wonder that most schools still permit them in class, right? Hold on a sec.

Why are we teaching the stuff we’re teaching?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Will Richardson said: More than, what, 90% of what we currently teach and talk about … is quickly forgotten once the next topic in the pacing guide comes up. Climate change, literacy, fake news, #metoo, what it means to be a citizen in a democracy, racism, income gaps, privacy, future jobs, AI, cryptocurrency… We can make that list of things that really matter today (or probably will matter in the future) a mile long.

4 EdTech Ways to Differentiate in a Student-Centered Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Co-Written with my friend and business partner Shaelynn Farnsworth In all the work that Shaelynn and I do with teachers across the US and beyond we see educators creating amazing learning environments for students.

The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught

NPR Learning and Tech

Two thirds of the nation's school children struggle with reading. Neuroscientist Mark Seidenberg says teachers need a better understanding of what science knows about how kids learn to read. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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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“Beautiful[AI]” Uses Artificial Intelligence To Create Your Presentations

Larry Ferlazzo

It’s pretty wild – it appears that using Artificial Intelligence to help people create their presentations could a next Big Thing. I posted The Best Tools That “Automatically” Create Presentations two days ago.

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How one college system pushes many graduates into the middle class and beyond

The Hechinger Report

CityTech, The New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, is one of CUNY’s four-year colleges that gives some academically unqualified students extra financial aid and academic support.

14 Ways Students Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”- ”- Blaise Pascal. People around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day!

A Halfway Commitment to a Dream is a Decision to Fail

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 28 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander in World War 2, had a letter in his pocket that no one knew he had. He had planned out the battle for storming the beaches at Normandy.

The Lost Art of Listening

A Principal's Reflections

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and knew with certainty that he or she was not listening? Of course, you have. It is fairly easy to tell when someone is not engaged in a conversation either through lack of eye contact, facial expressions, or the loathed phrase "What did you just say?"

Future vision

Learning with 'e's

Augmented reality and smart glasses are the future, so it seems. Wearing your computer on your face as a heads-up device in the form of spectacles sounds like a very good solution for untethered activities of all kinds. But we should forget Google Glass.

Nick Foles Just Gave Teachers A Gift Of A Great SEL Lesson

Larry Ferlazzo

Check out this quote from Eagles quarterback Nick Foles: “I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles said. “In In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it’s a highlight. It’s all the good things.

Lessons on zoning out

The Hechinger Report

The first image (a) depicts mind wandering and the second image (b) depicts normal reading. Each dot represents where a reader’s gaze is focused, and the lines show where the reader’s eyes move to next. Circle diameter is proportional to fixation duration.

What Every City Can Learn From Pittsburgh’s Pioneering K-12-Research Partnerships


The greater Pittsburgh Region is bustling with innovation and houses big-name companies, such as Google, Uber, UPMC and PNC. It is no secret why Pittsburgh attracts such a variety of industry titans: Education. The region is home to world-class university research centers, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, which help cultivate a spirit of innovation.


10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify and Screencasting for Formative Assessment (a sponsored post) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Screencasting is a useful assessment tool.

With Thousands Of Homeless Students, This District Put Help Right In Its Schools

NPR Learning and Tech

The Dallas school district estimates it has 3,600 homeless students and help for them is now nearby. Nearly every high school has a resource center for students with food, clothes and counseling. Image credit: Cornelia Li for NPR

“We call them leaders because they go first.”

The Principal of Change

If Blockbuster was still around today, and you had to take out your life savings and invest in that company or Netflix, which one would you choose? The answer is obvious. But what about five years ago? Ten years ago?

How online teaching opens up an alternative revenue stream for you

WizIQ Education & Technology

It’s no exaggeration to say that the work of teachers is essential to the health of any society. Great instructors possess the ability to delight and inspire and to have a positive influence on. This is a short summary of this post. Visit The WizIQ Blog for full content and links.

A program helps low-income parents graduate at twice the rate of other community college students

The Hechinger Report

Low-income parents in an Arkansas program are earning college degrees and certificates at twice the rate of other community college students, a new report shows. The Topic: Proven help for parents in finishing college. Why It Matters: With degrees or certificates, low-income parents get better jobs.

Where do we go from here? 4 Things to Keep in Mind After The Conference

Kyle Pace

You’ve just been to that awesome conference. It was everything you hoped it would be; you learned more than you ever thought you would, you made new connections, your brain is overflowing with fresh ideas, you are a sponge and you soaked up everything you possibly could.

FREE MATH FUN: The Matific Games are Here

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Matific is a fantastic website for K-6 students. It’s part virtual math manipulative, part math game, and part personal math instruction.

How to Teach Teens About Love, Consent and Emotional Intelligence


Navigating love and relationships can be difficult at any age, but especially so in the angsty teenage years. Budding romances can be fun and exhilarating but also confusing and uncomfortable. In these moments of confusion, teens often turn to friends or the internet for advice.

Moving From “Stealing” to “Remixing” With Credit

The Principal of Change

Eileen Lennon recently shared this image with me (and the world) on the “8 Characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset” from my book: This visual is incredible, and I appreciate Eileen taking and building on my work.


Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery's 'Hard History'

NPR Learning and Tech

A new report says too many students don't know the basics of American slavery and too many teachers feel ill-served by bad textbooks and timid state standards. Image credit: Getty Images/SuperStock RM

Worker shortage spurs uncharacteristic partnerships connecting colleges, business

The Hechinger Report

David Andy, who is enrolled in a program in advanced manufacturing at Metro State University in Denver designed in collaboration with employers. Photo: Jake Holschuh for The Hechinger Report.

Vernier Software & Technology Launches Go Direct Sensor Cart

Educational Technology Guy

Vernier Software & Technology Launches Go Direct Sensor Cart Vernier Software & Technology recently launched the new Go Direct® Sensor Cart for middle school, high school, and college physics students.

When You Disagree: How You Disagree May Be More Important Than the Disagreement Itself

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 34 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How do you disagree? Do you express your disagreement with the person’s actions but affirm that you care about the person?

Greasy Hands and Safety Glasses: The Adventures of a High School Robotics Team

Where Learning Clicks

A science instructor shares the adventures of her robotics team, which helps students develop important skills and explore STEM subjects in a fun way. The post Greasy Hands and Safety Glasses: The Adventures of a High School Robotics Team appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

8 Ways to Help Older Kids Develop a Sense of Imagination


Celebrated American author Ursula K. Le Guin — dubbed by the Library of Congress in 2000 as a “living legend” for her contributions to science fiction, who died in January at the age of 88 — had strong feelings about the imagination. “In

Have STUDENTS Make a Quizizz

Teacher Tech

Have the Students Make It I’m a big fan of Catlin Tucker. In one of her blog posts she asks the question “Who is doing the work in your classroom?” ” Teaching responsibility and creating leaders starts with giving students responsibilities and having them make decisions. Instead of you staying after school creating a Quizizz game […]. The post Have STUDENTS Make a Quizizz appeared first on Teacher Tech. Activity Advanced EdTech Tool Student Projects

Following the lessons of learning science in schools isn’t convenient

The Hechinger Report

Source: CSA Images/Printstock Collection via Getty Images. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today!

Personalized Learning Vs Personalization of Learning

The Principal of Change

Every time I work with a school district, I hope that they learn from me because I learn from them. Recently, in Del Mar Schools, Laura Spencer shared their idea of “personalization” of learning.

Blurry Lines Around K-12 Funding Means Schools Have Options to Pay for Ed-Tech Products

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Because ed-tech products may cross the lines of several budget areas, schools can be creative in finding the funds to pay for them. The post Blurry Lines Around K-12 Funding Means Schools Have Options to Pay for Ed-Tech Products appeared first on Market Brief.

5 Insights to Help Prepare Students for the Future of Work, From the Economist and Google

Marketplace K-12

The role of educators and technology in teaching soft skills to the workforce of the future was the theme of a stud by The Economist Intelligence Unit. The post 5 Insights to Help Prepare Students for the Future of Work, From the Economist and Google appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12