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5 Fab Ways to Make Sustainability Fun for Students Every Day

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sustainability is a hot topic. In this blog post, we discuss ways to help students understand how to take care of the world and have fun at the same time.

20 ideas for exit tickets in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Class is done. How can we end it effectively? Using digital exit tickets can bring closure to your day.Class is done. We’ve learned a lot. We’ve tried some new things. We’ve had some great discussions.So … now what?How How can we make the most of the end of class? How can we tie a bow on […].


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5 Websites for 4th Grade Word Study

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to reinforce and teach word study: Grammar games –a collection of easy-to-use games that cover grammar, vocabulary, parts of speech, and more.

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Pile of Words: Drive Deeper Engagement with Vocabulary at the Beginning of a Unit, Text, or Project

Catlin Tucker

Each new unit, text, or project presents learners with vocabulary words that may be new and unfamiliar. So, how do we get students to think more deeply about vocabulary? How can we make learning new vocabulary more engaging and meaningful?

How to Talk About Sustainability In Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Caring for our earth is a focus of Earth Day. Today we discuss ways that any classroom can talk about sustainability and caring for the environment, no matter the political landscape of your community or school.

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Using Feedback to Create a Culture of Excellence

A Principal's Reflections

Growth is a huge component of the change process. In order for each of us to pave a path for success, there must be feedback along the way.

5 (free) Security Posters for Tech Ed

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, we’ll share five themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired. This month: Security. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

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Choose Your Own Adventure Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Professional Development can be an adventure! Yes, you can create fun, exciting learning. In this show, learn how Laurie Guyon uses hyperdocs and a “choose your own adventure” format.

The uberization of Higher Education: fad or fab?


With the enormous changes brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a new kid on the block that people seem to be talking about a lot lately: the uberization of education. The topic is not new.

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Tech Tip #86: Image Your Computer Often

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Supporting Teachers in a Hybrid Learning Environment

Digital Promise

Do you remember that first-day-of-school excitement? Everything is placed neatly into your school bag, the classroom is beautifully made up, and all the seats and materials are ready to go for students.

5 Ways to Teach About Earth Day with Monica Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day. As citizens of this planet, we should all care about caring for this world.

How to have it both ways: deeper learning and broad content coverage

The Christensen Institute

Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine’s recent book, In Search of Deeper Learning , makes a powerful case for the importance of deeper learning in K–12 schools.

What Do You Think is the Hardest Tech Problem?

Ask a Tech Teacher

In the grad school classes I teach and my coaching sessions, the biggest problem facing teachers is not the 3R’s or equity or differentiation. It’s technology. In an education environment that is taught remotely as much as in person, this has become a big deal.

How Can Communities Improve Writing Opportunities for Students of Color?

Digital Promise

Writing is a critical competency that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves at the middle and high school levels.

Overcoming the challenges of online learning for students with disabilities


The COVID-19 pandemic will have far-reaching consequences for years to come. The past year has caused significant disruption to the education system, with the need to maintain safe distances resulting in a rapid shift to online learning.

3 Ways To Teach Students Email Safety, Mass Emails, and More


Teach your young students how to protect themselves from phishing attacks and how to use multiple email features such as mass emailing. The internet can be an amazing place for your students to learn about subjects they may have never known about before, but there are still dangers online.

Five Strategies for Combating Learning Loss

EdNews Daily

By Dan Hoppie As an Executive Director of Curriculum for Pasadena Independent School District in the greater Houston area, I have wrestled with two seemingly opposite forces during the pandemic.

Re-energizing Yourself and Your Team for the Work Ahead

Education Elements

We have been reading, discussing, and reflecting quite a bit on the topic of leadership recently, and one of the products of this deep dive is a video series all about what leaders have learned this year.

The Importance of Play in Schools


Beloved educator and children’s television host Fred Rogers once said , “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”. There’s more truth to this quote than you might expect.

Game design in the classroom: 8 steps to get started

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Jon Spike. Jon is a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Integration at UW-Whitewater, collaborating with preservice teachers and instructors to leverage technology in innovative ways. He teaches courses on topics such as Digital Tools and Video Games & Learning.

One Teacher’s Must-Have Ed Tech for Teaching Online School

EdTech Magazine

Few were more prepared than Neria Sebastien when schools across the country went fully online last March. Sebastien has been teaching remotely since he started his job at Alpha Omega Academy, a fully online school based in Iowa.

Curbing the impact of negative student-adult relationships: A conversation with Mike Garringer

The Christensen Institute

As many readers will know, most of my research over the past few years has focused on innovations that nurture relationships in students’ lives—including new approaches to shoring up student support networks and creative ways of expanding those networks to new corners of their communities and beyond.

National Arab American Heritage Month 2021: Classroom Resources and Activities


April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM)! Now is an excellent time to teach your students about the rich culture and contributions of Arab American people throughout history.

How a Professor of Hip-Hop Is Breaking Boundaries With First Peer-Reviewed Rap Album


As a high school student, A.D. Carson dreamed of becoming a professional rapper. And he has done just that—albeit through an unusual route that he hopes will inspire others.

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EdTech Essentials: A History Teacher’s Must-Have Tech List

EdTech Magazine

Jamie Ellman’s eleventh grade students haven’t read from a textbook all year. It’s not because she only sees about a third of her students in person each day. It’s because of the technology-focused model of Moe and Gene Johnson High School, where she teaches history to sophomores and juniors.

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PROOF POINTS: Gifted programs provide little to no academic boost, new study says

The Hechinger Report

Gifted education is often a flash point in school desegregation debates; in large cities, these programs often operate as an essentially separate school system, dominated by white and Asian children. Though gifted programs touch only 3.3 million school children, about 7 percent of the U.S.

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How to Introduce Historical Thinking Skills to Your Students, and Why You Should


History is much more than a few wars and things some dead guys did a few hundred years ago. It’s all too easy to fall into that trap, especially for children. But when you focus on historical thinking skills, history comes alive for your students.

Want to Make Education More Innovative? Let’s Invest in R&D


In 2019, the United States spent 2.8 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on Research and Development (R&D). R&D is our nation’s engine of innovation. It put that smartphone in your hand, that solar panel on your roof, and that COVID-19 vaccine in your arm.

Review: Logitech M325 USB Wireless Mouse Is Portable, Dependable and Usable

EdTech Magazine

When my students were issued Chromebooks at the beginning of the school year, I quickly realized how difficult it was for some of them to get used to the laptop’s track pad — especially students with dexterity issues.

OPINION: The power of unfair standardized tests is finally, thankfully diminishing

The Hechinger Report

We may not yet know what college admissions will look like after the pandemic, but the influence of the SAT and the ACT — once critical requirements in a student’s college application process — is rapidly eroding before our eyes. And that’s something to celebrate.

What AI can and can’t do in education

eSchool News

When some people hear the term “artificial intelligence,” they think of robots like the ones in the Steven Spielberg movie AI. In education today, AI is something less glamorous.

Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks of Special Education. Schools Must Do Better.


This is the story of a student who got lost in the system. Jason* was a 10th grader affected by the pandemic like many other students and their families. He came to school one day and explained to his teacher that his mother had lost her job at a day care due to declining enrollment.

Common Oversights in One-to-One Device Purchasing

EdTech Magazine

When schools made the transition to one-to-one devices last year, they had to get technology into the hands of students as quickly as possible. Most K–12 IT staff didn’t have time to take the proper steps for a rollout, and now they’re seeing the consequences.

Flagship universities fail to enroll Black and Latino high school graduates from their state

The Hechinger Report

Alarms sounded at the University of Maryland when the Class of 2022 arrived at College Park. Seven percent of freshmen in fall 2018 were Black, down from 10 percent the year before and 13 percent in 2014. This story also appeared in The Washington Post.

From classroom to boardroom: Building diverse workforce tech talent starts with STEM

eSchool News

Women make up 47 percent of all employed adults in the U.S., but as of 2015, they hold only 25 percent of computing roles, according to data from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

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The Rise of Hispanic-Serving Institutions and the Path Forward


Hispanic-Serving Institutions make up 17 percent of all U.S. public and nonprofit colleges—yet they enroll 67 percent of all Hispanic and Latino undergraduates.