Personalize with Purpose: Meeting Learners Where They Are

Digital Promise

“We cannot teach students well if we do not know them well. At its heart, personalized learning requires profound shifts in our thinking about education and schooling.” Personalized learning is not a new concept.

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.

Work With Me! Enhancing Leadership For Administrators and Teachers

The Web20Classroom

Last week I had the honor to work with educational leaders and teachers from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. Our goal was to examine the role of technology leadership in and out of the classroom and to better understand how technology can enhance learning.

Kafka on the Shore, Perfectionism, & My Teaching Philosophy @CallingIshmael @Flipgrid #HarukiMurakami ?@BullisLibrary


One of my all-time favorite authors is Haruki Murakami. His books have this surrealist tone and a consistent interweaving of the conscious & unconscious.

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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Dealing with digital distraction

The Hechinger Report

Students in a marketing course at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island check their phones before class begins. To tame classroom distraction, their professor uses Flipd, an app that locks students out of their phones during class. Photo: Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. CARSON, Calif. —

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

Richard Byrne on episode 225 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows.

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Lesson Planning With Chalk


Chalk is a 5-year-old company that is growing rapidly. It was initially created to help teachers save time on their planning. Our focus has always been to help teachers (we love them!), and now we have evolved to assisting entire schools and districts. It’s been a crazy and rewarding ride for Chalk.

4 Ways Teaching Mentors Can Make A Difference Online Or In The Classroom

EdNews Daily

Teaching online or in the classroom can be a challenging profession from many angles. Teachers have an enormous amount of responsibilities the moment they begin in the profession.

5 Ways to Amplify Student Voice Using Technology


Post by Instructor: Mason Mason. Follow him on Twitter @EdTechMason.

5 big ideas for education innovation in 2018

The Christensen Institute

Last year saw a flurry of activity in support of personalized learning, new school designs, and new approaches to K-12 education policy. Looking ahead, education innovators have their work cut out for them in 2018. Some of this work requires asking hard questions. Some requires acknowledging that there’s an elephant in the room. And some requires looking beyond our current conversation to where the next waves of innovation stand to emerge.

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.

Get Inspired by @PearDeck’s New Templates to Take Your Lesson Design to the Next Level #edtech #gsuiteedu


Pear Deck has just rolled out a very exciting update to their Add-on for Google Slides. They have added in pre-designed templates to inspire & made the side-bar navigation even easier to use.

How to add a Family Feud-style game to your next class/PD

Ditch That Textbook

Games can make class and professional development more fun! Here are the steps to create a Family Feud-style. Family Feud logo used via fair use)Who doesn't like adding a good game to a class or professional development session? It's great for mixing things up and breaking out of the traditional hum-drum.PowerPoint Jeopardy! has been done […].

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

Why Can’t We Have These Predictions for 2018?

Education Elements

I’ve mentioned to a few people that I’m having my education mid-life crisis. After almost 20 years in education, I’ve seen various initiatives, software solutions, and programs come and go. Hundreds of millions are spent each year trying to move the needle, yet we continue to get similar results. It isn’t without the sweat, blood, and tears of all the educators in the country that work so hard. Personalized Learning Leaders Competency-Based Education School Districts Classrooms

Held back, but not helped

The Hechinger Report

Domonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. NEW ORLEANS — If Domonique Crosby has her way, she will graduate from high school this spring at age 20.

5 Ideas to Help You Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 23 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We know plants need fertilizer, sun, and the proper temperature to grow. As humans, we need proper conditions to grow as well.

A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works)


If you buy it, you better use it. That especially holds true for K-12 school officials who altogether spend more than $8.3 billion on education software each year, according to estimates from the Software and Information Industry Association. Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used.

5 Ways Online Teachers Can Connect With Their International Students

EdNews Daily

Online education provides a plethora of opportunities to learn about a variety of topics from anywhere in the world. As an online instructor, it can be a challenge to work with students from a variety of countries because of communication barriers and differences in time zones.

To Improve Outcomes, We Need to Take a Critical Lens to Instructional Design

A Principal's Reflections

No one can deny the fact that we are seeing some pretty exciting changes to teaching, learning, and leadership. Advances in research, brain science, and technology are opening up new and better pathways to reach learners like never before.

Innovators Worth Watching: ReUp Education

The Christensen Institute

Photo Credit: Flickr: COD Newsroom. Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. Nitzan Pelman was in her twenties when she began to teach herself the basics. How to write a coherent sentence. How to think critically.

3 Ways Leaders Can Support Ongoing Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

When I was leading an Instructional Technology program, one of the hurdles my team had to overcome was the lack of involvement from our leadership on the professional development we were delivering.

Will Augmented and Virtual Reality Replace Textbooks?

Leadership Lounge

This past year, Tulsa TV-2, an NBC News affiliate, did a great story on the transition in education through the eyes of professors and students who are using augmented and virtual reality.

“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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Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

My advanced degree is in counseling. I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth.

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!

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.

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.

Will Online Ever Conquer Higher Ed?


The latest data on the nation’s college and university enrollment shows that online is steadily climbing its way up to more than a third of the student population—as face-to-face continues to plummet. That’s a surprising turn in the long-time arc of academic population growth. If online weren’t in the picture, on-campus enrollments, as reported in the most recent U.S. Department of Education 2016 results, would have fallen by more than 1.5

More Relevant Books. More Engaged Reading.

EdNews Daily

Guest article written by: Louise Baigelman. Executive Director, Story Shares. Consider the amount of text you’ve encountered today: signs, instructions, emails… this article. Imagine not being able to read any of it.

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?"

What Oberlin reveals about higher ed’s vulnerable business model

The Christensen Institute

Oberlin College, in Oberlin, Ohio, boasts a nearly $800 million endowment and is ranked 26th by US News & World Report. And if you are lucky enough to be admitted to the highly selective school, tuition, room, and board can be yours for just a hair under $70,000 per year. Despite what may, at first blush, seem like an elite school with oodles of wealth, Oberlin is in financial straits.

The Importance of Simplicity in Customer Experience


This is a guest post written by Ricardo Saltz Gulko. Ricardo is on the international advisory committee of the Customer Experience Professionals Association and a thought leader in the CXUniversity. I don’t think anyone would argue that being a CCO is a hard job.