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Create Interactive Agendas with Google Slides

Time, or more accurately the lack thereof, is the number one “pain point” most teachers experience. They don’t feel they have enough time to get …

Google Forms + Certify’Em = Custom Certificates for Students!

Are you interested in creating custom certificates that are automatically emailed to your students? Then Certify’Em is the add-on for you! Certify’Em …

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki DavisFollow @coolcatteacher on TwitterA common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant …

Teaching

Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

For me, at least, terror became inspiration. I’ve never forgotten him.<p>In education there’s a lot of talk about standards, curriculum, and …

6 End-Of-Year Google Classroom Clean-up Tips

As the school year winds down, most teachers go through some sort of check-out procedure for their physical classrooms, making sure everything is …

Finally defining ‘digital citizenship': Help from top researchers

If it’s to have any real impact, “digital citizenship” needs to be clearly and simply defined. That’s what the US’s leading youth online risk …

How to Make Your YouTube Videos Interactive

This afternoon at the CSLA 2017 conference I facilitated a workshop about creating videos with students. One of the most popular aspects of the …

Google Chrome gets its own QR code & barcode scanner

Here’s one more app you can delete from your iPhone: that QR code and barcode scanner you only occasionally use. With an update rolling out today, Google’s Chrome mobile browser can do the job instead. The app now includes built-in scanning functionality, which you can access either via 3D Touch on …

Google

Tech Coaching is about Relationships not Tech

Most tech coaches end up in the role of tech coach or Tech TOSA (Teacher On Special Assignment) because they are good at using tech and integrating …

Improve Your Teaching By Doing a Few Things Well

<i>The Innovator's Mindset with George Couros</i>From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki DavisFollow @coolcatteacher on TwitterThere are too many apps. Too …

Teaching

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

<b>Tips and Tricks I’ve Learned from Experience</b>Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. Most schools have physical buildings. …

Differentiate Assignments with Google Classroom - Teacher Tech

Differentiate Assignments with Google Classroom<p>A new feature makes it easier to assign different things to different students. This allows you to …

Education Technology

17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids

Planet Nutshell produces short animated videos to explain products, services, and concepts. One of their series of videos is all about I...<p>Mr. Bean …

How to Maximize the EdCamp Experience: 6 Tips! [infographic]

Pinterest<p>6 Tips to Maximize the EdCamp Experience<p>There are so many wonderful reasons that I love EdCamps! I enjoy both attending EdCamps as a …

Education Technology

Google Classroom is hoping the new year will be the best one yet for teachers and students

Your grade school teachers may have told you to put away your smartphones and stow your laptops in class, but in 2017? In 2017, the classroom is …

New Google Classroom Features Focus on Individual Instruction

Earlier today Google added some new features to Google Classroom. The most notable of the new features is the option to give assignments to …

K-12 Schools Embrace Anytime, Anywhere Learning

By Jacquelyn BengfortDistricts go beyond reconfiguring classrooms and prepare students to take their learning mobile.

K-12

How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School

The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague.<p>At a recent teaching conference in Richmond, Virginia, a session on “design thinking” in education drew a capacity crowd. Two middle-school teachers demonstrated how they had used the concept to plan and execute an …

Design

Everything that works with Amazon Echo and Alexa

This guide has been updated to include new devices with Alexa built in, such as the Echo Spot and Sonos One, as well as new devices that work with …

Smart Homes

8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD

1. Use What You Are Teaching<p>If a method of teaching <i>works</i>, that method should be used for teaching the teachers in your PD sessions. For example, if …

Teaching

The 7 Devices of Transformation in Education

<i>What Most People Don't Realize About Change</i>From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki DavisFollow @coolcatteacher on TwitterI’m in the airport heading …

Teaching

Google Classroom Comments: All You Need to Know!

Pinterest<p>Google Classroom has become a powerhouse for teachers and students! Some teachers are beginning to wonder how they survived without it! As …

Digital Literacy Challenge: Create an Information Filter Bot

Two of the most important digital literacy skills we need to develop and practice today are <b>the ability to effectively filter information</b> and <b>the</b> …

Universal Basic Income

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills. Today, they are a core competency necessary to succeed in most careers.<p>That’s why digital …

10 Trends of Personalized Learning in 2017

Personalized Learning continues to be on everyone’s mind. 2017 will see exciting examples and models of personalized learning that will be unique for …

Education Technology

18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing

Teachers in Littleton, Colorado — like teachers in many places — are increasingly asking students to read and write online. Free tools like Google …

Myth-Busting: "If I Just Had Better Students"

Why Would I Say Such Things?<p>Saying such things goes against everything I believe. I said them because I was upset with the students, the counselors, …

Pedagogy