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My first month with Google Cardboard

If you’ve not heard of Google Cardboard then you aren’t alone. Since having it in the last month and mentioning it to my business colleagues and …


F is for Family Communication - Innovation: Education

4 edtech tools for family communication

How can technology help make communicating with your students’ families easier? These 4 edtech tools for …


E is for e-books ...or are they "C-books"? - Innovation: Education

Why create and use e-books in the classroom?

Resources like e-books are a common “first step” when we think about integrating technology into the …


Student Blogging Skills That Can Help Create Great Communicators

The immediacy of text messaging and social media can make it seem as if we’re robbing students of the opportunity to stop and think critically. But …

LivriBox Offers Tons of Free Public Domain Audiobooks to Use with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 14, 2015
LibriVox offers tons of free audiobooks that you can integrate in your curriculum or use with students in class. Audiobooks range from …


Tech Tuesday: Woohoo, Kahoot - Ten Fun Ways to Use Kahoot In Your Classroom!

Looking for a simple web tool to brighten and engage your classroom this year? Kahoot is the answer for you! Kahoot turns your classroom into a game …


Free Technology for Teachers: Copyright and Creative Commons Explained

Last night during my class about classroom blogs we had a short discussion about copyright, Creative Commons, and public domain media. As I always …

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

Carol Dweck’s research on growth mindset has become essential knowledge in education circles. The Stanford psychologist found that children who …


B is for Booktracks - Innovation: Education

Augmented reality enhances reading — with sound

After being introduced to Booktrack Classroom at an ISTE 2015 session, it struck me as the perfect …


Watch people code in real time with

There are plenty of decent options to learn basic code — such as Codeacademy or Coursera — but what about people who want to take it a step further?

That's where a new service called hopes to come in. It allows developers to live stream their work as they write code. Viewers can then …


How can education systems become equitable by 2030?

Assignment Report summary:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasise the importance of all children and young people learning the basics by …

Primary Education

D is for digital workflow - Innovation: Education

Digital Workflow: What is it good for?

In its simplest form, Digital workflow exchanges the paper and pencil transfer of information for a centralized …


C is for Citizenship (digital of course!) - Innovation: Education

Approaching student digital citizenship from many levels

Our students live in technology-rich worlds, regardless of how much technology they are using …


Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

How it's done:

Four Key Components of Morning Meetings

Every day at Symonds Elementary starts with morning meetings. Teachers use their first 20-25 …


The ABCs of EdTech: A is for App Development - Innovation: Education

Help students prototype mobile apps with these development tools

Mobile app development with students can be tricky, because in a lot of cases they’re …


Chasing Google: A Defining Moment - Innovation: Education

Becoming a Google Certified Educator

My fascination with Google started in the early 2000’s simply from a financial interest. Here was this really …


You Can Now Watch 550,000 (Yes, That’s Right, 550,000!) Historical Videos Newly Uploaded To YouTube

YouTube’s Historical Footage Expands, Both Serious and Silly is the headline of a New York Times story about the Associated Press and British …


Teachers as Learners: 6 Great Professional Development Ideas

Most teachers consider themselves life-long learners. As professionals, teachers are required to complete a certain amount of professional …


New York Middle Schoolers Talk Straight About Race & Privilege

To some, the election and re-election of Barack Obama’s U.S. presidency represented the country entering a post-racial era that can imply the …


Pushing my thinking with summer reading - Innovation: Education

With July comes the “Dog Days” of summer – named due to their association with Sirius, the Dog Star. Sirius is the (second) brightest star in the …

Good Stories and Hard Truths: Summer Reading - Innovation: Education

As I look at what I am reading and want to read this summer, it’s kind of all over the place. I’ll be reading about Vermont education, racial …

Cameo by Vimeo: A Free Video Editor for iOS

When using an iPad, there are not many free video editors that are robust enough, or have enough features, to warrant you spending a lot of time and …


Summer reading reflection: - Innovation: Education

Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be sea monsters

It’s summer and along with a lighter posting schedule for the month of July, I’m in need of …

Santa Monica startup testing a ‘Little League’ of video games

On a sunny afternoon in Redwood City, Noah Fischer’s friends were probably playing outside. But the 13-year-old San Carlos student was hunkered down inside a darkened movie theater playing the video game “Minecraft.”

“I would totally want to do this every week. It’s really fun,” Fischer said as he …

2 tools for building hidden object games with students - Innovation: Education

Tie video game authorship to language learning

Last time we looked at how hidden object games can support language learning, and how to assess …

Behind the Scenes of Who is Listening to Podcasts

New Podcast Stats From Edison Research

A new Edison research report has come out on who is listening to podcast showing how podcasting is continuing …

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges …


Creating a self-paced Spanish class - Innovation: Education

Experiment with flexibility: tech + assessment

At Edmunds Middle School, in Burlington Vermont, Sarah Wright is rethinking assessment to create a …