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51 World Geography Games for Kids

World Geography Games is a free site that features 51 geography games. The games are simple identification games in which students are shown the name …

A Different, “Looser” Look at Classroom Management

I know what you’re thinking when you read this blog title: What? Loosen up? My students are not focusing, not listening, getting out of their seats—I …

Teaching

‘Eighth Grade’ Is the Most Terrifyingly Realistic Movie About Teen Girls Ever

Bo Burnham’s debut feature will break your heart.<p>I saw <i>Eighth Grade</i> exactly twenty-four hours after my own 13-year-old daughter graduated from middle …

Middle School

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Three Ways to Use Flipgrid Now That All Features are Free

In case you missed it last week, Flipgrid was acquired by Microsoft. Microsoft then made all of the premium features of Flipgrid available for free …

Education Technology

What Does 'Design Thinking' Look Like in School?

But at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., a small, private school for grades K-8, design thinking is part of every class and subject, and has …

Design

Backchannel Chat: My Choice to Replace TodaysMeet

I’m still mourning the loss of TodaysMeet. I used it regularly as a teacher and presenter. It was the rare tool that was easy to use and free. I’ve …

Apps

Want to Deliver Unforgettable Presentations? Use the 30-Second Rule

The secret to making a great presentation is winning over your audience in the first 30 seconds (and keeping their interest through the last 30 seconds).<p>No matter who's in your audience, or where and when you deliver it, the secret to making a great presentation is capturing your audience's …

Infographics

The Future of Education Depends on Social Emotional Learning: Here’s Why

Social and emotional abilities are said to be indicators of how well a person adjusts to his or her environment, adapts to change and, ultimately, …

Pedagogy

Microsoft buys edtech startup Flipgrid and makes the video discussion tool free for all schools

Microsoft has acquired education technology startup Flipgrid, Inc., and immediately announced that the subscription social learning platform will be …

Education Technology

The Key to 21st Century Classrooms Isn't Tech. It's Evolved Teaching.

I often hear people question whether teachers are willing to embrace technology, but if we really want to transform teaching and learning, I think …

Education Technology

As a teacher, I used to give tons of homework. Here's why I regret it.

There are many aspects of my more than decade-long career as a teacher that I'm proud of.<p>My reputation for giving lots and lots of homework is not …

What Is Middle School Like for Students?

"What is middle school like?"<p>Has your child asked that question to you? The middle school years are excited ones, as your child grows and develops …

Virtual Field Trip Apps and Websites

Virtual Reality Experiences<p>Interactive slide show tool engages students and promotes collaboration<p><b>Bottom line</b>: This effective tool leverages the …

14 Books That Connect Students With Valuable Scientists' Struggles

The list below includes rich picture books that could be read aloud to teens as well as graphic novels, short biographies and collections of …

Student Work That Matters: Free We Volunteer Now Kit

Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the New Google Earth

<b>Google Lit Trips</b> have been a popular learning activity for many years. With the new version of Google Earth, they are now available for <b>Chromebooks</b>!<p>If …

Google

Where Classroom Design Meets Design Thinking

When educators first consider redesigning learning spaces, they might immediately conjure up mental images of free-flowing Starbucks lounges or …

Google Tour Creator lets schools make their own VR stories

Will my 9-year-old start making VR projects when he's in junior high? I think it's likely, after seeing what Google has in store with Tour Creator. The tool is a surprise announcement at this year's Google I/O conference aimed at the education market, and unlike previous educational VR efforts, …

Virtual Reality

Google Tour Creator brings VR content creation to the masses

Earlier today Google announced perhaps the easiest way for “anyone with a story to tell” to do so in a rich, visual interface behind the lenses of their favorite VR viewer. Called ‘Tour Creator,’ Google’s newest virtual reality tool lets anyone produce professional-looking VR content without the …

How design thinking can help teachers collaborate

The recent release of the Gonski 2.0 report has done an excellent job of re-opening the conversation around how our schools could better fulfil their …

Translate in Google Sheets

Living in a new country where a different language is spoken is something that I can barely fathom. Doing it as a child just blows my mind. Our …

The Value of Failing

A new research center at Columbia University is committed to figuring out how to turn failure into success.<p>Every kid has that moment when she realizes that the adults she admires aren’t perfect. Few children ever learn, however, that the same is true for the inventors and intellectual giants whose …

Design Thinking for Leading and Learning

A hands-on course for education leaders to learn about design thinking and explore how it can transform classroom learning and school communities.

Design

The best edtech PD isn’t about technology

Schools and districts spend billions on edtech, even while questions continue to swirl around whether such investments yield solid returns. Few …

We all did embarrassing things as kids. Why punish adults for old social media posts?

Kids who express unfortunate thoughts while still figuring things out are now being held to adult standards of appropriateness.<p>On Monday night, Villanova men’s basketball star Donte DiVincenzo was basking in his team’s second national championship in three years when he got a question he wasn’t …

8 TED-Ed Lessons to engage even the most uninterested students

Using digital media is a surefire way to grab students’ attention, and using everyday topics students encounter in their personal lives is an even …

Bill Gates Wants You to Watch These 9 TED Talks

You can read what Gates called "one of the most important" books he's ever read, or you can watch these short but amazing TED Talks.<p>In an interview published in <i>Time</i> magazine earlier today, Bill Gates said that the late Hans Rosling's book <i>Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why</i> …

Self-improvement

Water worries mount around the world — including in Canada

<i>This is part of our series Water at Risk, which looks at Cape Town's drought and some potential risks to the water supply facing parts of Canada and</i> …

Water

Flipgrid Response & Feedback Rubric

Name: _________________________________________ Period: _____ Flipgrid Response & Feedback Rubric Topic: _____________________________________ …