Sep 30

Learn on the Go: The Essential Educator’s Guide to Podcasts

By:Matt Miller

poddToday, I was stuck. Being Monday, it was time for a new blog post.

Many days, I have ideas ready to go. I keep a list of them and add to it whenever I get a new one.

Today was not one of those days. Nothing on my blog post ideas list was speaking to me, and I was stumped.

So I did something that would have seemed counterproductive to me in the past — I went for a run, and I put my headphones on.

This would have felt like delaying the inevitable and wasting time to me before, but I knew two factors were playing in my favor:

Sep 30

Learn how the Internet actually works

internet“The Internet is part of nearly everything we do on a daily basis. But do you know how it all works? From WiFi to IP addresses to HTML to keeping information safe online, there’s a lot of important stuff going on that most of us don’t have the opportunity to learn more about.

Today, I’m so excited to share our new video series, “How the Internet works.”

In six short, introductory videos, you’ll get an inside look into foundational concepts of everything from wires to websites, taught by guest lecturers including the actual “Father of the Internet” Vint Cerf, Tumblr founder David Karp, and creators on teams at Google, Spotify, XBox, Symantec, and more.”To read further please click here:

Sep 30

How To Use Technology To Transform Your Workflow

By: Ann Fieldmann

teacher6“The new school year is underway and it is time to ask ourselves a couple of questions. What can I do to be more efficient and effective in my daily workflow? What tools can I use to target instruction? How can I connect with other educators?The first step is learning more about available resources. As you read this post, think about your current workflow. Which of these tools would be most beneficial to your workflow?The second step is taking action. Start with the tool that will be the biggest difference maker. Set aside a plan period each week initially to learn the tool and then use the tool regularly.Finally, keep a journal and reflect on the impact the tool has made on your workflow. How did students respond? What were the benefits? What are your future plans to continue using the tool?Here are six tools to tech up your classroom.” To read further please click here:

Sep 30

7 ways to prioritize teaching tasks when EVERYTHING seems urgent

By: Angela Watson

teachers head banging“I believe it’s possible to be an great teacher while still having a great personal life. But that requires knowing how to figure out what’s most important, do it well, and let go of the rest.

Prioritizing tasks is the foundation of using your time effectively and working more efficiently. Here are 7 strategies to help you do that.

1) Recognize that you can’t do it all, and everything is not equally important

When your job starts to feel completely overwhelming and it seems like you could work 24 hours a day and still not be done with anything, chances are good that you’ve either lost sight of your priorities or never set them to begin with. You’ve allowed so many tasks to pile up on your plate that they all seem equally important, and it feels like the world will come crashing down if you don’t complete them all. Right now. Perfectly.

If you’re not sure whether a task is important, ask yourself, What would happen if I didn’t do this?

For example, what would the consequence be for not rewriting every misspelled word on every student’s paper? How would your lesson go if the worksheet you create doesn’t have adorable clip art? What would be the result of not color-coding your filing system, creating a lengthy welcome packet for your student teacher, or changing your bulletin board borders on a monthly basis?” To read further please click here:

Sep 28

How to Transform Educational Books into Professional Development.

By:Ross Cooper

prof develop“In the last post we explored three ways in which educational books can be used (or misused) during professional development to impede our progress. One of these points touches upon making professional development more focused by (1) starting with the end in mind (or with what enduring understandings you want participants to walk away), and then (2) focusing only on the parts of the book that pertain to these understandings.

In Instructional Coaching, Jim Knight talks about the “art form” of instructional coaches being able to take a book and present/teach its contents in a simplistic fashion.” To read further please click here:

Sep 28

How to Create a Brilliant Education Blog


“Most teachers aren’t the most technically inclined people, but as the generations turn and the teachers of old are replaced by the teachers of new, the popularity of educating via the internet continues to soar. You see this everywhere via online university courses, online programs, online certificates, etc. It has never been easier to share information with anyone, anywhere in the world, thanks to the internet. So how do you wield this power to make a brilliant education blog?


Foundation consists of choosing your niche, setting up your domain and web hosting, then picking a theme that you will use for your blog. Without a strong foundation, whatever tall, glorified building you’re trying to create per se, will crumble.” To read further please click here:

Sep 27

Six Styles of Video Projects and Tools for Creating Them

By: Richard Byrne

videoss“The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops. That outline with suggested tools for creating videos in each style is included in the PDF embedded below.” To read further please click here:

Sep 27

Top Ten Teacher Blogs


A huge site run by Ross Morrision McGill, when not occupied in his day job as a deputy head teacher in a school in a North London. You will find blog posts here every day or two, a selection of resources most aimed at school leaders but his 5 min lesson plan can be used by anyone wishing to reduce planning time. Buy one of his books or hire him for an event he must be the most promoted and popular teacher in the UK.


Creative, innovate, explore –teacher geek.

Rachel Jones , teacher and e-learning coordinator blogs from the frontline of teaching, trying new classroom methods and sharing her experiences online. If you’re looking for inspiration to spice up your lessons, this is the place to start. And there’s a fun meme section…and a book. Well worth investigating more.” To read further please click here:

Sep 26

Five emerging trends for innovative tech in education

By: Matt Ramirez

virtual reality“No longer simply future-gazing, technologies like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are becoming firmly accepted by the education sector for adding value to learning experiences.

But what next for these technologies? Here are five trends to watch out for in further and higher education.

1. Taking Hollywood to learning

The silver screen may not be the first place you’d naturally take inspiration from for learning, but the tech currently being employed in Hollywood is sure to have an impact in the classrooms and lecture halls of the future.

Summer 2015’s big blockbuster, Jurassic World called on AR while filming, using a simple iPad app by visual effects company, Industrial Light and Magic to frame shots on location, in combination with a 3D structure sensor to measure camera depth. Essentially, this allowed the filmmakers to load their dinosaur models into the program and stick them onto the live image, so they could ‘see’ where the dinosaur would be, including judging depth, height and angle.” To read further please click here:

Sep 26

An Easy to Use Tool to Create Interactive Videos for Your Class

By:Med Kharbach

vldeo in educationZaption is a web tool and mobile app that enables you to create interactive video lessons. You can use videos from YouTube or Vimeo  and add to them a wide variety of interactive features to bring life to them. Add text, images, quizzes, polls and create an ongoing discussion around video content. Similar to MoocNote and, Zaption is also ideal for flipped classroom.” To read further please click here:

Sep 26

Google unveils its Evernote-like Keep service for the iPhone and iPad

By:Brent Dirks

goog“Google has introduced yet another handy productivity app for iPhone and iPad users.

The company’s Keep service can be described as similar to Evernote. The main draw of the app is its ability to act as a note-taking hub. You can capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes using a number of devices. Along with written notes, you can add lists, photos, and audio.

To make sense of all the notes, you can organize and search them using different labels and colors.

Users can also take advantage of the interesting feature that will remind them about a note when at a specific place or time. For example, you can choose to pull up your shopping list when you enter a grocery store.

Google Keep is a universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini and can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.

You can also access the service on the Web here or directly from the Chrome Web browser on your Mac or PC.” To read further please click here:

Sep 25

12 Emerging Educational Uses of Technology That Are Most Exciting Right Now

By: Kelly Walsh

tecchnology“As we Enter a new School Year, Which Uses of Technology Hold the Most Promise to Impact Learning?

Well, it’s that time of year again … the start of a new school year. With it often comes the irresistible urge to make another list, or even better … many lists! Lists help us to plan, and they can also help us reflect and assess.

One list I really enjoy putting together as we head into a new academic year is an updated look at which educational uses of technology have shown the most promise over the last year. Which tools and techniques most excite me as I look forward to another year of striving for continuous improvement as a teacher, technologist, and #edtech advocate? And as different technology uses take the spotlight, which of them are standing out a little less?

So, looking back and thinking forward, here are a dozen instructional uses of technology that are the most compelling right now. Some of these are BIG ideas, driving real change in our classrooms and schools, and some are simpler concepts that are making small but meaningful changes in how we engage our students on a day to day basis.” To read further please click here:

Sep 25

6 Ways to Implement a Math Workshop in your Classroom

By: GEI Editorial Team

mathema“In lieu of traditional math instruction, many educators are opting for group-focused workshops to increase student engagement. Implementing a math workshop can help students make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Workshops can also foster a greater enjoyment of math and boost students’ self-esteem. With common core testing standards that require students to explain their reasoning, an in-depth understanding of mathematics is especially important.

Elementary school teacher Alice Murphy developed a highly acclaimed math workshop model to help her students become better problem-solvers. Here is a summary of her approach:

  1. Organize supplies – Alice recommends using the plastic bins with handles and dividers to organize necessary supplies, which could include worksheets, writing implements, erasers, rulers, calculators, scissors, and grid paper. Have one bin for each group rotation.” To read further please click here:
Sep 25

Examples Of Student Work From My ELL History Classes

By: Larry Ferlazzo

classdisplayI’ve previously written posts about using the 3-2-1 strategy in classes (see The Best Ways To Use “3-2-1″ As An Instructional Strategy) and about using inductive learning (see The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching).

I thought readers might be interested in seeing some work representative of what’s being typically done in my English Language Learner U.S. and World History classes using those two strategies.

First off, World History students read a chapter on Hunter-Gatherers and, after applying a number of reading strategies, had to create a poster with these elements:

* Three words they thought are critical to understanding the chapter, what they mean, and why they think the words are so important

* Two phrases critical to understanding the chapter and why they think they are important

* One quotation critical to understanding the chapter why they think the quotation is important

* A drawing representing something important about the chapter

Students then shared them in a “speed-dating” style with multiple classmates, including asking each other questions using an academic question-starter sheet ” To read further please click here:

Sep 25

Can We Talk About Sustained Silent Reading?

reading3By: Amber Rain Chandler

“I have this theory. One day I’ll write a dissertation about it, but for now, humor me. I think there’s a direct relationship between making middle school students write about their independent reading and the sudden onset of groans when they are then given time to read books of their choice.

Think about it. Early elementary students all seem to love reading, even as they struggle with it. Then, around 3rd or 4th grade, students are required to fill out reading logs, double entry journals, and the like. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all about accountability – but over the years I’ve heard all types of students express their dread when asked to “read for enjoyment” because they’ve always been required to write something while they’re supposedly falling in love with reading (that’s the point, right?).” To read further please click here:

Sep 24

The Ed Tech Toolkit : 5 Essential Tools for Teachers

Student_ledBy:Danny Nicholson

“Here’s a shortlist of 5 essential web-based tools that every teacher should have in their edtech arsenal. There are many more I’m sure but for this list I’m sticking to tools you can access via a web browser, rather than apps.

There’s another blog post brewing for essential iPad apps for teachers, but that’s something for another day. The tools in the list below can all be accessed by a simple classroom computer.

In addition to this list, I’d also add access to Google Drive/Apps for Education and/or Dropbox as a way of storing and sharing files. Being able to use these will depend on whether your school decides to block them or not.”To  read more

Sep 24

A Step By Step Guide On How to Create Assignments in Google Classroom

By: Med Kharbach

googless“Google Classroom allows you to easily create, share and collect assignments with your students paperlessly. Being integrated with other services such as Gmail, Drive and Google Docs, Classroom provides teachers with an intuitive platform preeminently geared towards enhancing the assignment flow between teachers and students.

As a teacher, you have access to several features related to your assignments. You can, for example, use the same assignment in different classes. You can also choose whether you want your students to work on individual copies of the assignment or work on the same copy. Moreover, Classroom lets you share individualized feedback with your students and track how they are  faring on their assignments.
Here is an illustrative visual from Google Class help page explaining the assignment flow between teachers and students:” To read further please click here:

Sep 23

Appreciating Terrific Teachers: 10 Things Parents Can Do to Show Their Support

By: Angela Stockman

teacher6“October typically marks the end of the back-to-school honeymoon in our home, and this year, the transition has been easier than ever. My daughter Laura is a freshman in college this year, and my daughter Nina is a high school sophomore. Both girls are enjoying their classes and thoroughly appreciating their teachers, and I can’t tell you the satisfaction this brings to our entire family.

Each day, one of them has a new story to share about something they’re learning, something they’re discovering about themselves as learners, or something their teachers have done that they deeply appreciate. My children are older, and they certainly aren’t clamoring for my up close and personal involvement in their schooling, but a huge part of me wishes I could follow them around to all of their classes. I’d love to be able to thank their terrific teachers in person each day because I know from experience that this is a rare occurrence.

I’m wondering what you do to support the terrific teachers who serve your family so well. These are the best ideas I’ve gathered over the years. Some are my own, and in fact, some of my kids’ former teachers may recognize them.  A few of these things were inspired by my friends and by the kindness of my colleagues too, though. If you have an idea to share, I hope that you’ll jump into the comments. This is certainly a list that’s worth building on.” To read further please click here:

Sep 23

A Brilliant Resource For Students That Think They Hate Writing

By: Ken Haynes

homework“As teachers and parents bemoan – and studies affirm – more technology has not necessarily translated into improved writing skills for most students.

In fact, the negative effects of excess screen time and shorter attention spans due to social media are corroborated by recent studies that show only a quarter of American high school students are proficient in writing assessments, and one out of five have “below basic” writing skills.

But teachers must stick to the curriculum, and with all that they have on their plates to address the ever-evolving standards of learning, there is very little extra time in the school day to devote to improving students’ writing. As a former teacher, assistant principal and writing program director, I know firsthand that helping students improve their writing skills requires a solution that’s engaging, easy to use and academically effective.

That’s why I left the classroom to help develop a solution: BoomWriter, a free, interactive, web-based platform for group writing that engages students in writing projects for all subject areas to help them improve their vocabulary and develop their nonfiction writing and storytelling skills.

Teachers are realizing the benefits of BoomWriter in more than 25,000 classrooms in 60 countries, along with the poetic justice of using technology to undo some of the negative effects of technology on their students.” To read further please click here:

Sep 22

4 Reasons to Promote Math Success through Games

By: Shannon Duncan

mathema“Why do educators try to use games for learning, especially with math content? Is it just to make learning fun? This is an important question; we see the difference in achievement when students are engaged and participating. So making learning fun is a big part of our goal.

However, I’ve discovered that the best kinds of game-based math learning will actually boost students’—and teachers’—ability to reason, understand underlying concepts and find solutions to complex math problems.

These are some thoughts I’ve collected from my 13 years of experience with game-based math learning. But this is just a jumping-off point. The goal for educators is to continue finding and facilitating the kind of instructional activities that help students understand the concepts behind the math problems—games that motivate them to find creative solutions and take an active part in accelerating their own learning. Imagine if this could happen while they’re having fun!

Here are some reasons to work toward creating transformative game-based learning opportunities:” To read further please click here:

Sep 22

Google Classroom: Link to Other Google Classes

By: Alice Keeler

goog“One thing I love about Google Classroom is that it is not rostered. I can create a Google Classroom class for any purpose. After school club, collaboration groups for my students, differentiated spaces, special projects, challenge activities, remediation resources, etc…

          Class Within a Class

There are many good reasons to have multiple Google Classroom classes within a single class. For example if I teach high school algebra I can create an additional Google Classroom class for

  • Practice resources. Skills such as common denominator can be challenging for some algebra students, but is not part of the Algebra curriculum. Provide videos, digital practice quizzes and other resources to help support students with pre requisite skills.
  • Problem of the week. I might want to create a Google Classroom class to allow students to explore challenging problems. Since the problems are optional I would not want to put them in my regular class as if it were an assignment.
  • Differentiated project groups. If students are working in groups on real world problems that demonstrate “persevering in problem solving.” The projects require students to add to it and work over it a long period of time. A separate class might be the way to organize that.”To read further please click here:
Sep 21

A Simple Tool to Create Stunning Video Animations for Your Class

By: Med Kharbach

VIDEO IN CLASS“Biteable is a web-based tool that allows you to create beautiful explainer videos to share with your students. Explainer videos are short animated clips that make use of a wide variety of visuals and multimedia materials to communicate a message in a concise and comprehensible way. You probably have already seen some examples of Explainer videos on ads played on YouTube, several companies use this kind of videos to advertise their products.
However, as a teacher, you can create explainer videos to explain key concepts, create instructional guides and tutorials to share with students and many more. You don’t need advanced video editing skills to useBiteable” To read further please click here:

Sep 21

Don’t Apologize for Using Pen and Paper

By:Jennifer Hogan

cbt“Working at school with a 1:1 Chromebook initiative, there is an expectation that technology will be used in the classroom, and most of our teachers are proficient in using online learning management systems such as Canvas or Google Classroom.  A lot of our teachers will bring their Chromebooks to meetings to use to take notes, schedule future meetings, or access other information.
Sometimes, teachers will come with paper and pen. Most of the time, when they do bring paper and pen, they apologize or share why they didn’t bring their Chromebooks. They’ve also apologized for having their students to take notes on paper instead of on their Chromebook.
To ALL teachers everywhere who want apologize: Don’t!”To read further please click here:

Sep 20

4 Inexpensive (or Free) Google Apps That Help Students Collaborate

By: Steven Anderson

studentsss4“Bringing technology into the classroom can feel like an uphill battle. But as we know, engaging with students on devices and platforms that they are already comfortable with creates a better, more natural learning environment.

In addition to helping teachers modify curricula for different learning styles, classroom technology also primes students for research and collaboration in higher education and beyond. In fact, 83% of organizations support tablets in the workplace, according to a2015 Spiceworks survey. That number is only growing.
Here are four Android™ apps—available through Google Play for Education—that enhance collaboration and make the most of limited school budgets. All are supported on smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks.

A free thought-mapping tool that helps students organize their ideas by creating visual diagrams with little assistance from their teacher. Students can share their mind maps in small groups. Grades: 3 to 12. Subjects: All.” To read further please click here:

Sep 20

Five Essentials for Basic Classroom Management

By: Chris Lambert

classroom555” Classroom management. It’s the one thing you wish they had covered more extensively in your educator prep program. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of easy solutions to share. The book won’t give you all the answers to the challenges you will face throughout your tenure as an educator. It’s something that develops slowly throughout a career, constantly in adjustment, and constantly revised and reworked. Although there’s no “one size fits all” for classroom management, Education World has some tips for how to begin thinking about the facilitation of your classroom’s natural personality.

Meet the parents.  Including the parents and guardians of your child into your behavioral and academic plans can be an incredibly powerful tool in any educator’s toolbox. ” To read further please click here:

Sep 20

Do Educational Books Impede Our Progress?

By:Ross Cooper

books“A few months ago I was consulting with a principal who was planning to roll out differentiated instruction professional development in her school. A great deal of this planning time was dedicated to researching/deciding what book should serve as the basis for the learning.

After some conversation we started to ask ourselves if it was truly necessary to distribute a book to the teachers.

The Problems and The Solutions

When promoting change, we want to avoid or eliminate as many obstacles as possible, but often times we are creating yet another obstacle when we place a book in the hands of our coworkers.

Here are three ways in which books can impede our progress, along with a solution or two for each potential problem:” To read further please click here:

Sep 19

Skype Connects Classrooms With Field Trips Around the World

By:Frank Smith

skype“Skype’s video chats have developed into an innovative tool for global classroom collaboration.

With today’s connected classrooms, field trips aren’t limited to your county, your state or even your country. Students are taking virtual field trips to some of the world’s most amazing locales with experts as their guides, thanks to Skype.

Skype field trips allow educators to let their students experience the world. The website hosts a series of tours covering a wide range of educational subjects. For example, students can interview a Yellowstone National Park ranger to learn more about geology, ecology and more from the historic park; learn about the endangered African penguin, and speak with an underwater videographer and shark diver.

The tours are free and last from 15 minutes to an hour.

Another popular way to use Skype in the classroom is Mystery Skype, a global guessing game that connects classrooms from around the world. In 2014, Today Show host Natalie Moralesparticipated in a Mystery Skype experience that connected two classrooms 4,000 miles apart.” To read further please click here:

Sep 19

How To “Amp Up” Your Traditional Lesson Planning in Today’s Classrooms

By:Erin Klein

lesson planning“Any observer can see the vast amount of student collaboration transpiring online from teachers sharing their classroom practices via Twitter chats, class blogs or websites, Instagram, Periscope and more.  Likewise, we see the rich discussion educators are having about their pedagogical practices on weekly Twitter chats, Facebook groups, blog post comments, and more.  However, what happens next?  Granted, we (as educators) are pushing each other’s thinking and offering ideas, but how are we taking our practice a step further and truly connecting with those who we collaborate with online?
I recently shared about a great [New] resource to find content.  In my recent post titled, “Google + Pinterest + Dropbox – a Lesson Planning Dream,” I share how users can find engaging resources, save them online, and share them openly.  In a follow up post, I share how you can use it for students and parents, too!  This resource is appoLearning.
appoLearning is about better teaching through digital resources. It can support teaching and learning in a variety of ways (many of which you will see in action below). appoLearning helps teachers prepare for class lessons by quickly searching through thousands of previously submitted lessons and collections (I’ll talk more about collections in a moment) and enables teachers for the very first time to move into a next generation of real world collaboration through use of their platform. The best part of appoLearning though it allows me to not only share resources but to also have conversations around those specific resources as I collaborate with others in more meaningful ways.”: To read further please click here:

Sep 19

Getting in on the Green Screen Scene

By:Justin Birckbichler

greenscreensMy fourth grade students have met George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee. They have traveled from the forest to the desert to the beach in a matter of seconds. How is this possible? Through the magic of green screens.

What are green screens? They are exactly that; a green (or sometimes blue) surface that actors perform in front of, to which digital effects are added. Sorry to burst your bubble, but Chris Hemsworth really can’t fly [Ed. Note- WHAT!?! Lies!], Sandra Bullock really didn’t float through space, and The Great Gatsby wasn’t really filmed in 1920s NYC. Through movie magic, actors can travel to any place imaginable: past, present, or future.

As with any educational technology endeavor, it is critical to understand why you should implement this into your classroom. Do you teach history, science, or language arts? Can you take your students back to the founding of America, shrink your students down to explore an atom, or have them travel to any setting they wish? With a green screen, the answer is yes. You can create a more immersive experience for your students, which in turn will help them to remember the lesson for years to come. Additionally, it becomes a more fun and engaging experience, which is something that all students need.”To read further please click here:

Sep 19

Schooling the Terrible Teacher: 10 Things Parents Should Never Do

By:Angela Stockman

teachh“If you’re the parent of school-aged children, you’re probably still well acquainted with 4:00 am. This is when you once fed your hungry babies and nursed them through bouts of whooping cough, ear infections, and tummy aches that shook you out of your dreamless half-sleep. Those were the days when you assumed you’d return to full nights of sleep once your babies grew older and started school, weren’t they? Yeah, me too. Ah, to be young and naive.

While it’s true that the parents of school-aged children may have more hours of uninterrupted sleep available to them, when their kids are unhappy, it goes unused. Those babies eventually go to school, and when they do, they introduce us to a world of new dilemmas: foreign routines, separation anxiety, learning problems, performance issues, and social tension.

Great teachers help children assess their strengths and needs. They help them develop a growth mindset and self-advocacy skills that help them negotiate the scary stuff and thrive. They teach kids how to name what they need, and they work hard to help them get those needs met, even if it means changing their preferred approaches or plans.” To read further please click here: