Oct 22

Can Social Media Have a Role to Play in Managing a Successful Classroom?

By: Silvia Tolisano

“As in previous posts in the series, I am examining the prompt from a semantic point of view and ask myself immediately: What do we consider ” managing a successful classroom” (and even what does it successful mean)? I also stumbled immediately over the word “CAN” and cringed when I wondered if it could say “Should” or “Must”?  Semantics aside and out with an easy and short response: YES, social media can play a role in a successful classroom.

social-mediaMaybe a better question would be: Why is Social Media not playing a larger role in managing successful classrooms?” To read further please click here:  http://www.techlearning.com/blogentry/9880
Oct 22

Twitter for Teachers

By:Matt Miller

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Set up your Twitter account by going to: twitter.com

  • Remember (or write down) your username and password
  • After you enter your name/e-mail/Twitter username, you can close the tab/window you have open, go back to Twitter and log back in.


A quick, 90-second video showing what you might find on Twitter: To read further please click here:


Oct 22

Five Ways to Use Skype in Your Classroom

By: Kathy Cassidy

skype4“We’re going to use Skype?” “Yay!” “Can I talk?”

These are some of the comments from my students when we use Skype in our classroom. Engagement is never an issue when we use this tool!But using Skype in a relevant way…that is another issue. If we are going to use technology, we need to use it well. We need to use it to learn.

Here are some of the best ways I have seen to use Skype in a classroom.”To read further please click here:http://plpnetwork.com/2015/10/20/five-ways-to-use-skype-in-your-classroom/

Oct 22

Google Classroom: Locate Documents for Multiple Classes

By: Alice Keeler

“In Google Classroom when you create an assignment where students submit work a folder is created in Google Drive. If you assign the same assignment to multiple sections, a folder will be created for each section. Folder structure

A feature of Google Classroom that I really like is that all the work students submit through Google Classroom are neatly organized into a folder in Google Drive. I can go straight to Google Drive to review student work and provide feedback. With multiple class sections that is multiple folders I need to open.

Search Google Drive

The easiest way to find all of the folders for an assignment is to use the Google Drive search features.”To read further please click here: http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/10/20/google-classroom-locate-documents-for-multiple-classes/

Oct 20

How to Engage Learners With Innovative Presentation Technology

By: http://blog.visme.co/engage-learners-presentation-technology/

presenting“Educators and students will benefit by creating and learning through the availability of vibrant presentation tools online. Stories come to life, students are more engaged through the variety of possibilities available through technology.

How do students show what they know?

It does not matter what level or what subject one teaches, we all assign projects, homework and other forms of assessments to our students. It is a necessary part of what teachers do in the classroom. While the topics of these tasks vary depending on the grade level or subject taught, quite often the end product comes in a very similar format.As teachers, we have all assigned the creation of a brochure or poster, or required students to write a report, or some other form of presentation. All of these require specific guidelines and organization skills for both students and teachers.”To read further please click here: http://blog.visme.co/engage-learners-presentation-technology/

Oct 20

5 Reasons I Use a Class Blog to Keep Families Involved

By:  Rachel Lynette

blogs2“Hi there! I’m Haley from Miss L’s Busy Bees, and I’m just bursting with excitement to share with you how my class blog is such an asset in my classroom in keeping families involved.
I’ve had coworkers ask me, “But how do you keep up with a classroom blog? Isn’t the weekly parent email the same thing?” While parent emails are great, when implementing a classroom blog into both my classroom lessons and my parent communication, it becomes a one-stop shop for the following five purposes.
This is the crucial part of the blog. Before I begin my explanation, know this: I struggled with newsletters in the past because that’s just one more thing for parents to read, and, oftentimes, ain’t nobody got time for that. In other words, I felt that they were rarely read. I needed something that my families would actually see. Amongst my frustration I found the winning ticket: Add in pictures of the students, and the parents become much more interested. It’s more visual. And, you know, parents love pictures of their kids.

Anyway, you should know the many benefits of posting these pictures.
I take an average of 75 pictures each week, and I upload them every Thursday. That may sound daunting, but really, it adds up quickly since I take pictures of our learning every day. Also, once I dedicated a specific evening to uploading the pictures, it really became second nature.” To read further please click here:  http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2015/10/5-reasons-i-use-class-blog-to-keep.html
Oct 19

How parents and teachers should talk to each other

By:Michelle Maltais

parenntt“Students aren’t the only ones who have homework. We parents also have an ongoing assignment: building, nurturing and maintaining a relationship with our kids’ teachers.“The level of success a child experiences during a school year is definitely enhanced by communication and cooperation between parents and teachers,” former LAUSD kindergarten and middle school teacher (and mom) Wendy Kennar said.For some of us, forging a collaborative relationship might seem daunting. As a mother of five, Gracie Lujan of La Cañada, put it: “You always feel like you’re going to the principal’s office.”Sure, exchanges between parent and teacher can, at times, feel territorial or even adversarial. But they shouldn’t — and they don’t have to.”To read further please click here:http://www.latimes.com/local/education/teachers/la-me-edu-parent-teacher-communication-explainer-20151018-htmlstory.html

Oct 19

8 Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexic Students (That Benefit ALL Students)


dys“In Reading Horizon’s Internet article “8 Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexic Students (That Benefit ALL Students)”, the author goes over eight important steps to helping not just dyslexic but also other students in helping them in understanding the concepts of the material they are learning in class. Teachers will benefit by helping students better understand the material they are learning through various means of extrapolation.” To read further please click here:  https://www.learningsuccessblog.com/8-classroom-accommodations-dyslexic-students-benefit-all-students-%E2%80%93-reading-horizons-infograph

Oct 19

Best of Breed Tools for Learning 2015

By: Jane Hart

appps“Following the release of the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015 (compiled from the votes of over 2,000 learning professionals worldwide), I have been working on this year’s Guidebook, and have now created a Best of Breed Tools for Learning 2015 list, where I classify the Top 1000 tools in 30 different categories. # is the position of the tool on the Top 100 Tools list.  So here it is …” To read further please click here: http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/blog/2015/10/17/best-of-breed-tools-for-learning-2015/

Oct 18

This much I know about…learning your times tables

By: John Tomsett

mathema“I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about learning your times tables.

I feel a little less like a dinosaur this morning. Here’s why. I have not always agreed with the young and distinctly un-dinosaurish Kris Boulton. In this article about lesson planning I think he uses a flawed metaphor and what he argues is plain wrong-headed. I think his latest article, on why children should learn their times tables, is, however, excellent. He writes, “if you simply know that “seven eights are 56” then recalling that fact from our infinitely-capacious long-term memory uses no working memory at all; it liberates a person’s working memory to focus instead upon the more demanding, higher-level ideas.” Common sense, except that common sense is not that common.

I am old-school about some things. There are fundamental benefits to knowing your tables which even Kris does not detail. Firstly, knowing your times tables saves you a huge amount of time.” To read further please click here: http://johntomsett.com/2015/10/17/this-much-i-know-about-learning-your-times-tables/

Oct 18

Should I be marking every piece of work?

paperless3By:Mary Myatt

“The mammoth mountains of marking are still piling up. Why on earth is this the case? I first wrote about this two years ago. There is one rule for marking and feedback: if it’s not making a difference to learning, don’t do it.

The School Inspection Handbook (page 11) makes it clear that it is not necessary for every piece of work to be marked: ‘Ofsted does not expect to see a particular frequency or quantity of work in pupils’ books or folders. Ofsted recognises that the amount of work in books and folders will depend on the subject being studied and the age and ability of the pupils.'” To read further please click here:  http://marymyatt.com/blog/2015-10-16/should-i-be-marking-every-piece-of-work

Oct 18

Discover Educational Resources on Your iPad

By: Richard Byrne

pbs-students-1PBS Students is a new iPad app designed to showcase some of the best educational content for students. Through the app students and teachers can search for educational videos, articles, and diagrams. Some of the the video content can be downloaded directly to an iPad. The app was initially launched two weeks ago and it was updated this week. The update fixed an issue with some content shown in the app not being accessible when selected. The other update is the inclusion of a Puzzle Builder tool.”To read further please click here: http://ipadapps4school.com/2015/10/16/pbs-students-discover-educational-resources-on-your-ipad/

Oct 17

Teaching with technology: iPads and primary mathematics.


bindercase-ipad-620x348 (1)“Although they weren’t originally intended for use in classrooms,iPads and similar mobile devices are being purchased by schools allaround Australia in the hope they’ll enhance the education experiences of our students. The need to integrate technology is now an essential aspect of Australian classrooms, with current curriculum documents expressing explicit expectations that ICTs are integrated into the teaching and learning of mathematics (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2012. Board of Studies New South Wales, 2012).Literature around teaching practice and the use of ICT suggest the implementation of new technologies has potentially changed teaching and learning radically, providing opportunities for a shift of focus from the mechanics of action to a more problem-solving based approach.” To read further please click here: http://techyoucan.com/teaching-with-technology-ipads-and-primary-mathematics/


Oct 17

50 Ideas For Student Blogging And Writing Online

By: Ronnie Burt

blog4“Are you looking for prompts or ideas for blog posts?You are in luck! This post aims to get your creative juices flowing by providing you with a solid place to start.As you think about writing assignments for your students, try to vary it up. Even better, give your students some choice in the type of posts they write. The end goal is an authentic and engaging learning opportunity for all.Let’s dive right in!

Types Of Blog Posts

Though you can certainly have overlap and combine multiple types into one, there are 9 main types of blog posts you commonly see on the web:

1. Reflection – deep thoughts and self-reflection. Putting it all out there can really help organize thoughts and ideas.

2. How-to/Helpful – the classic ‘How-to’ essay is way better when it includes pictures, videos, and other media.” To read further please click here: http://www.theedublogger.com/2015/10/15/50-ideas-for-student-blogging-and-writing-online/

Oct 17

Should We Still Learn To Write Cursive? An Education Expert Weighs In

By: Maddie Crum

cursiveI’ve always thought that if I learned anything from cursive lessons in elementary school, it was the art of persuasion.When my second grade teacher, Mrs. Hasselhoff, let me and my fellow students know that it was time to put away our copies of Mr. Potter’s Penguins and fetch our lined, instructional handwriting books, we moaned in protest. We voiced the arguments we would later fine tune in calculus class: why do we have to learn how to do something we’ll never use in the real world? Why are such rigid rules being imposed upon us, stifling our creativity?Most post-school conversations I’ve had about learning cursive reflect more of the same, with a few shaky hypotheses thrown in the mix. “Everyone has to have a signature,” one colleague suggested. “Maybe the point is to teach you how to have a signature.” I nodded in agreement: entire years of educational instruction have been devoted to stranger, more obsolete skills. (Although my knitting and apparel teacher might disagree.)Still curious, I poked around to figure out why handwriting matters, whether cursive in particular is important, and whether kids are still learning it, inundated as they are with on-screen options for conveying their thoughts.” To read further please click here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/should-we-still-learn-cursive_561ff614e4b050c6c4a4d544

Oct 16

3 Technology Must-Do’s for Dyslexia at School

By: Fernette Eido

dyslex“From a recent article: “My teachers won’t let me take a photo of the Whiteboard…(are you serious?)” and the post has been shared over 1000 times. Yes, this is common. Yes this shouldn’t happen to students with dyslexia or dysgraphia.We are still gathering data from our Dyslexia at School Study (if you haven’t taken it, please do!  http://bit.ly/dyslexia-school), but one thing is very true – denial of assistive technology is a rampant problem in U.S. public schools.The despair is evident in the many comments that accompanied survey questions.” To read further please click here:  http://blog.dyslexicadvantage.org/2015/10/10/3-technology-must-dos-for-dyslexia-at-school/

Oct 16


By:Napier Lopez

skype“Skype is making a small but important change that will make video and voice calls a lot more accessible: You can now invite anyone to a conversation with a simple URL, and they don’t even need to have the app installed or own a Skype account.To receive a conversation URL, you can just click the ‘+New’ button on the latest versions of Skype for Windows, Mac or on the Web. Once the recipient opens up the link, they’ll be asked to input their name, and then they’re ready to start chatting.

It’s a seamless process, and it could enable a lot of spontaneous group conversations. Removing the need for the account sign-up process or app download means just about anyone should be able to start a video or voice call (or plain old IM conversation) when they might’ve otherwise been deterred.For Microsoft, of course, it could have the added benefit of getting more people to sign eventually sign up for skype.The sharing feature is currently only available in the US and the UK, but will be rolling out everywhere “over the next couple of weeks.  Skype URLs make it ridiculously easy to video chat with anyone, no account needed. To read further please click here: http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2015/10/15/skype-urls-make-it-ridiculously-easy-to-video-chat-with-anyone-no-account-needed/

Oct 16

Vibby: a FREE tool to share and discuss video clips with students

By: Angela Watson

videokids“Videos are great for boosting student engagement and communicating ideas in a powerful way. However, they can be problematic when you only want to show portions of a video, especially if students are watching the video on their own without your guidance.

Navigating around and skipping over sections  can be time consuming and frustrating, not to mention that it kills the momentum of your lesson and distracts students from the content.Fortunately, there is a new tool which makes integrating videos in your class simpler and much easier.

Vibby allows you to highlight and show only parts of the video you want students to see. It also lets you add notes and comments on selected portions, making the video even more engaging.” To read further please click here:http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/2015/10/vibby.html

Oct 13

Ten things to do with your class now it’s Autumn

By: Mark Anderson

portgen“The change of the season gives you lots of new learning opportunities too, so here are ten things to do with your class now it’s Autumn…

  1. Take your class outside and gather fallen leaves. These make for great border edges on displays and can be coloured with paint. You can use them too to teach lots of science elements such as photosynthesis, leaf structure and more. They can be really useful too for teaching things such as symmetry, repeating patterns and much more.
  2. Other elements of fallen foliage can really help too. I remember as a kid loving collecting conkers but these little bad boys can be used for far more than just smashing at each other on pieces of string. How about using them to help kids count, learn multiplication tables, pickle for learning about embalming or mummification. They aren’t just for planting!” To read further please click here:http://ictevangelist.com/ten-things-to-do-with-your-class-now-its-autumn/
Oct 13

3 Ways to Teach for Creativity in the Art Room

By:Melissa Purtee

art ed“Art and creativity are seen as going hand in hand, but they shouldn’t be. The fact is that many activities that happen in art class involve minimal creative thinking on the part of students. This is a disservice. Not all students who take art classes will go on to work in arts-related fields, but all will need to think creatively in the careers of the future.

Teaching creative thinking is one of the most important things we can do for our children.

To teach creative thinking, teachers have to examine what creativity looks like and intentionally plan for it. Take the following description, for example. Is this an art activity or something else?
When the students walk in the door the supplies are laid out. The teacher carefully takes the children through the steps, one after the other. Following the teacher’s directions, the children make beautiful artwork.” To read further please click here:http://www.theartofed.com/2015/10/12/3-ways-to-teach-for-creativity-in-the-art-room/

Oct 13

Six classroom management tips for new teachers

By: Michael Linsin

disruptive in class“As a new teacher facing their first classroom experience, you will have no doubt been bombarded with information.It’s hard to know what’s important and what can go to the bottom of your priority list. Well here’s the straight scoop: everything takes a back seat to classroom management because if you can’t effectively control your classroom, nothing will work as it should. You must master this one area first otherwise teaching can be especially unforgiving.While there are hundreds of possible strategies at your disposal, a few are absolutely critical. Stick with the following cornerstone principles from the first day of school to the last and you’ll have a successful year of teaching.

The oft-repeated recommendation that you should never smile in the first two months of the school year is hogwash. A smile sends a subtle but powerful message to your class that kindness and politeness are expected. It also calms nervous energy and builds instant rapport and likability. This is critically important because when your students like you and are comfortable around you, they’ll want to please you, listen to you and behave for you. As you meet your class, look them in the eye, say hello and smile.” To read further please click here:http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/oct/08/classroom-management-tips-new-teachers

Oct 12

How To Talk To Parents Who Just Don’t Care

By: Michael Linsin

parenttd“For the most part, it’s a misnomer.

99.9% of parents love their children.They may have a misguided way of showing it.They may not sign one bit of correspondence from the school.

They may be uninvolved, negligent, or worse.

They may be preoccupied trying to get their own life together.

But few don’t genuinely want what is best for their children.

The key to talking to parents who don’t appear to care is to speak to that part of them that really, really does.

Here’s how:” To read further please click here:   http://www.smartclassroommanagement.com/2015/10/10/how-to-talk-to-parents-who-just-dont-care/

Oct 12

Creating Movies With Your Students

By:Jon Sammuelson

VIDEO IN CLASSThe Apps: I really enjoy Adobe Voice and Shadow Puppet EDU to get started in elementary grades. I have used Adobe Voice successfully in a Kindergarten classroom this year. It was only their sixth day of school, yet they could create a decent Adobe Voice video with a little help.

I think that Vine is also an easy starting point. The kids will know about Vine, and it can teach them the art of the quick edit. You can say a lot in six seconds of video with Vine. You can also take a bunch of Vine videos from your Photos and string them together in iMovie.

The Touchcast app is great if you want to create some student news reports or use some green screen effects. ” To read further please click here:  http://www.ipadsammy.com/techlandiaradioblog/2015/10/9/creating-movies-with-your-students

Oct 10

Teach Writing Skills: Using Powerful Prompts to Inspire Students to Write

By: John Spencer

studen writingWriting should be exciting. You can teach writing skills with powerful multimedia based prompts and ideas, a global audience, and easy to use tools. John Spencer has the data to show that kids write more using this method.

Important Takeaways

  • How can reluctant writers get excited about writing?
  • Why we should use multimedia writing IDEAS (not prompts.)
  • The big question that should be asked BEFORE writing (but most people don’t.)
  • Why we shouldn’t dictate student writing topics and instead, give them choices.
  • Why sometimes less technology inspires more creativity.”

To  read further please click here:  http://www.coolcatteacher.com/teach-writing-skills-using-powerful-prompts-to-inspire-students-to-write/

Oct 10

Explore the Solar System on iPads with Professor Astro Cat

By: Monica Burns

astro cat“Taking students on field trips around the solar system might not be an option at your school.  If that’s the case, you’ll want to check out Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System app for iPads.  This beautifully designed app was just released on the Apple App Store.  Based on the best-selling book, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, students can use this powerful iPad app to learn about the solar system.Students will explore the planets in the solar system as they learn about celestial objects and space travel.” To read further please click here:  http://classtechtips.com/2015/10/08/explore-the-solar-system-on-ipads-with-professor-astro-cat/

Oct 09

Bridging Parents and Teachers

By: Mathew R. Morris

parents teachers“How do we get parents more involved in the education of their children? How do we facilitate a stronger relationship between teachers and parents? These are two questions that need to be addressed as we move forward in this educational revolution.Creating a nurturing relationship between teachers and parents can be realized when both parties wholeheartedly understand that the student comes first. Yes, it sounds cliché but when teachers have to instruct, manage and negotiate with 30 students on a daily basis, the priority of creating a bridge between teachers and parents gets lost. Ideally, I should have called the parents of each of my 28 students at some point during the first two weeks of school. I should have began to build parent engagement based on fostering a fruitful and empowering relationship that would ultimately benefit each of my students. But I didn’t”: To read further please click here:  https://medium.com/synapse/bridging-parents-and-teachers-1c5e23d129c1

Oct 09

Everything You Need To Know In Google Classroom (Part 1)


google classroom“I get lots of emails asking about Google Classroom. Oftentimes I can’t provide adequate answers to these inquiries given my limited experience with the platform. Although I educate my newsletter subscribers and the readers of this site on all things Google Apps, I have never had the task of actually managing a classroom full of students.

Luckily, a reader of the site and real-life teacher was kind enough to help me put a lot of these Classroom dilemmas to rest by putting together a massive guide on everything you need to know in Google Classroom. The guide is too long to fit into a single post so I will be releasing sections on a weekly basis. I am excited to present the first part of this guide, which will take you through everything from first log in to creating classes and inviting students to those classes. If you are new to Google Classroom or are thinking of trying it out, this is definitely worth reading between class periods.” To read further please click here: https://www.thegooru.com/everything-you-need-to-know-in-google-classroom-part-1/

Oct 09

7 Free Tech Tools Students & Teachers Should Know

By: Akhter

programming“This post is for students. We are presenting 7 tech tools that every student must have. These tools show them what they know. Being students means lots of studying, assignments, projects and so on. Gone are the days when students rely on papers for their work. In this day and age, students have found different ways to make their homework more fun and their assignment work easier.

We have compiled this post for those who do not know how to do this. So, browse through this collection and get to know the top 7 tech students and teacher tools. We hope that you would like this collection and find these tools useful for you. Enjoy looking into this collection and have more fun in using them for your works.

Book Creator

The simple way to create beautiful books on your tablet.” To read further please click here:


Oct 08

Draw, choose, write or say: Fantastic formative assessments

By: Matt Miller

assessmentFormative assessment can be drudgery. When students are doing the same quizzes and the same practice questions all day long, it can be less than stimulating.Or formative assessment can be fantastic.Teachers use formative assessments to get the pulse of the class, to see how students are progressing. When used correctly, formative assessments let teachers make quick changes to their plans to meet students where they are.Plenty of digital tools exist to help teachers mix things up. Don’t think of formative assessment as worksheets and quizzes. Students can draw, choose, write or say to show what they know.Need some ideas? Below, you’ll find three tools to help with formative assessment in each of those four categories — draw, choose, write and say.” To read further please click here:http://ditchthattextbook.com/2015/10/05/draw-choose-write-or-say-fantastic-formative-assessments/