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2018 Best Apps and Websites for Teaching and Learning

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching and Learning at the American Library …

The 10 qualities of an emotionally intelligent person

There are many different kinds of intelligence, and it’s our job to discover what they are and how to integrate them into our lives. Sources of …

All the iOS 12 features Apple didn’t mention

iOS 12 is shaping up to be one biggest software updates Apple’s ever released and it’s so stuffed with major and minor new additions there wasn’t time to go over a lot of them at the WWDC 2018 keynote.<p>We’ve been combing through the first iOS 12 beta looking for all the new goodies and have found …

DIY Tools for Creating Your Own Apps

Now that summer is almost here many of us start to think about what we can do to bring new things to our classrooms next fall. The summer gives us …

Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It.

Many people mistakenly believe that the ability to learn is a matter of intelligence. For them, learning is an immutable trait like eye color, simply luck of the genetic draw. People are born learners, or they’re not, the thinking goes. So why bother getting better at it?<p>And that’s why many people …

Learning

Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

How to convert FLV files to MP4 format in Windows and Mac OS X

Though FLV files are common, MP4s work with nearly all electronic devices. Thankfully, it’s not difficult to convert FLV files to MP4 format. For …

With This 1-Minute Video, Will Smith Describes the 1 Thing That Separates People Who Achieve From Those Who Only Dream

Best of all, it that one thing applies to everyone -- and to every pursuit.<p>We all have goals. We all have dreams.<p>So what separates the people who achieve their goals and realize their dreams from those who don't?<p>Here's what Will Smith -- the Grammy Award winning, Oscar nominated actor, producer, …

The 5 biggest announcements from the Apple education event

Apple took its annual spring event out of California and hosted it at a high school in Chicago this year, promising to focus its newest products toward the education market that’s been dominated by Google and Microsoft. The keynote was condensed into just one hour, most of which revolved around all …

Steve Jobs Was the World's Greatest Salesman Because He Answered the 1 Question on Everyone's Mind

Once you realize your customers don't care about your 'product,' you'll be more likely to make a sale.<p>I'm looking at an intimidating 800-page binder as I write this article. It contains confidential information about a new product category. When I prepare the company's leaders to launch the …

Be like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible

• <b>Identify valuable knowledge at the right time.</b> The value of knowledge isn’t static. It changes as a function of how valuable other people consider it and how rare it is. As new technologies mature and reshape industries, there is often a deficit of people with the needed skills, which creates the …

Self-improvement

15 books Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk think everyone should read

Books have always been important to billionaire moguls like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk.<p>Over the years, the trio has sung the praises of several books that influenced the way they see the world, from their approach to technological innovation to how they manage their businesses.<p>Here are …

Jeff Bezos

An Introduction to the Theory of Multiple Intelligences

We Contain Multitudes<p>The next time you walk into a classroom full of students leaping mid air, painting passionately, singing soulfully, or writing …

Should You Quit Your Job? Not if Your Boss Does These 5 Important Things Daily

If you're on the fence about your job, pay close attention to whether your boss shows these leadership signs.<p>Over the years, I've witnessed some atrocious examples of leadership both as a member of executive teams in former companies as well as coaching executives to be more effective since going …

This Brilliant Strategy Used by Warren Buffett Will Help You Prioritize Your Time

The billionaire has a simple method for deciding what to spend his valuable time on.<p>With more than $70 billion to his name and majority ownership of 70+ companies through his holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett has proved he knows a thing or two about prioritizing important work.<p>But …

15 'Secret' iPhone Hacks That Will Even Impress Siri

Want to know how to charge your phone super fast and correct Siri when she's wrong? These elusive shortcuts will help you save time.<p>While Apple products were created to be simple and easy-to-use tech tools for the everyday person, it turns out they’ve got a whole slew of their own hidden tricks and …

Apps

How to turn your iPad into the best digital photo frame

You can easily spend between $100 and $200 on a Wi-Fi digital photo frame, but these often have clunky interfaces for syncing photos and the displays can be quite poor. A better solution may be repurposing an old iPad or putting your current iPad in photo frame mode for special occasions.<p>Apple used …

IPad Pro

20 macOS Shortcuts to Make You Work Like a Genius

For those who wear a lot of hats, your computer's operating system can help you switch tasks quickly.<p>Productivity hacks such as scheduling your work in time blocks and tackling tougher to-dos early in the day only go so far. All kinds of jobs, especially entrepreneurship, present unexpected …

Apps

Harvard Business Review Publishes Yet Another Excellent Guide To Classroom Management

Over the years, I’ve found that The Harvard Business Review has published some of the best guides to classroom management that you’re going to find …

Want to Be a Better Leader? Ask Your Employees These 3 Questions

The smallest questions can make a big difference.<p>From professors to managers to mentors, I've had the opportunity to be inspired by some great leaders so far in my somewhat short professional life.<p>When thinking about what they have in common, it's easy for me to come up with some shared …

6 Smart Things Super Productive People Do to Get More Things Done Every Day

These science-backed techniques will drastically improve your ability to get more done.<p>Ever wish you had more than 24 hours in a day to get more things done? I'm with you. In the struggle to be more productive amid so many distractions, we need tools and techniques that work to our advantage …

iOS 11 killed my battery life. Here's how I finally revived it and you can, too

An hour after upgrading to iOS 11, my iPhone 7 Plus phone was at 30%. It was 11 a.m. and I had barely used it.<p>An hour later, another update came out: 11.0.1. I updated again, so then it made it until about noon.<p>If you just upgraded your iPhone, there's a really good chance you're noticing a serious …

Apps

7 Ways People Will Hold You Back--If You Let Them

Don't allow anyone to make you feel less than you are.<p>Think about the people you've encountered throughout your professional life. There's probably a range, with some who have gone out of their way to help you learn and grow, others who may have helped a bit when it wasn't too much trouble, and …

Ten books every teacher should read

In the last decade, a wealth of books has brought together ideas to help teachers have the greatest impact on student learning. Here are just a few<p>Plato’s Republic, Rousseau’s Émile and Dewey’s Democracy and Education – there’s a strong case to be made, as Dennis Hayes has, that these are the only …

Teaching

Critical thinking: how to help your students become better learners

Want your class to make the most out of learning opportunities? Try focusing not just on the task itself, but how they approach it<p>Encouraging students to build awareness, understanding and control of their thought processes – also known as metacognition – has been identified by the Education …

Pedagogy

7 books to make your teaching more memorable

Memory underpins learning. And yet, as a profession, we talk about it so rarely. What gives? Here are 7 books to kindle that conversation:<p>1. Make it …

How Do You Know Someone Has True Leadership Skills? Look for These 5 Signs

It's what every employee on the planet wishes and hopes for in a boss.<p>Sometimes the only way you'll truly know whether a leader's skills are genuine is to measure the manager that made your life miserable against the one that had you thinking often, "This is too good to be true."<p>If you think your …

The 12 Habits of Happy People

Learn the keys to maintaining a bright outlook.<p>Most people have something that gnaws at them at night, a problem or unrealized dream somewhere in their lives that causes them to feel incomplete, dissatisfied, and unhappy. For them, happiness feels unattainable and elusive. However, addressing and …

A Stanford University psychologist’s elegant three-step method for creating new habits

If you hate the monotony of running on the treadmill, but drag yourself to the cardio room daily, believing self-torture will eventually become a habit—that’s not heroic; it’s bad design.<p>According to B.J. Fogg, a psychologist and researcher at Stanford University who has studied behavior change for …

Stanford University

9 Apps to Kickstart Your Mental Health Resolutions

While it’s always a good idea to make it a resolution to get fit and eat healthy in the New Year, we’re also making it a priority to get our brains in shape by trying to live more mindfully in 2017. That’s why we decided to set ourselves up for success (because let’s be honest — sticking to a New …