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During my daily reading of Richard Byrne’s blog, FreeTech4Teachers, I came across his amazing post on Kaizena. As an avid user of Google Documents in the classroom, especially as a means to provide immediate feedback on student’s papers and writing, I was thrilled to learn that Kaizena offered the opportunity to provide audio feedback to students! … Continue reading Most of my sixth-grade students are obsessed with sports. Whether its watching it or playing it – the conversation always tends to center back around sports. In fact, every time we visit the park for a brain break, it always ends in a heated pickup game!

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A.J. Juliani — Teach Different Today I turn 35 years old. And I couldn’t be more excited than I am right now to share my new book, The PBL Playbook. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to work with teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders all around the world, both face-to-face and online.

July Right from fun songs to learn the ABCs to the ever-popular spelling bee, games and competition have helped us generate interest in what would otherwise be routine, but necessary memorization tasks. With mobile technology now able to handle a variety of game types, it’s not surprising to see a large number of educative mobile games to choose from as well. In the book, ‘Augmented Learning’, Eric Klopfer, Associate Professor of Education (MIT), argues for the untapped potential of mobile learning games which would leverage the strengths of a mobile platform, including “its portability, context sensitivity, connectivity, and ubiquity.” These features, Klopfer says, would make learning through mobile device games, ideal from elementary school all the way through college. The numbers speak Due in large part to the Apple iPhone, mobile games are now becoming increasingly popular, resulting in a new focus on producing innovative new technologies.

Library Journal — Library News, Reviews, and Views New World, Same Model | Periodicals Price Survey 2017 The shift to digital delivery of serials content has had a profound effect on the information ecosystem. Powerful discovery and social networking tools expose users to an incredibly rich world of commercially produced and open access (OA) content. Most publishers have explored new ways of pricing their content—such as population served, FTE (full-time equivalent), tiered pricing based upon Carnegie classification, or other defining criteria—or the database model, which treats all content within an e-journal package as a database, eliminating the need for title by title reconciliation. However, in the end, the pricing conversation always seems to circle back to the revenue generated by the annual subscription model. A Better Ladder: Fostering the Leaders Libraries Need | Editorial

The 21st Century Writing Process Aditi Rao always has great ideas for sharing technology in the classroom. She is a technology resource specialist from Houston, TX and a graduate from Johns Hopkins University. She is really passionate about technology in education, both for students in classrooms and teachers outside of classrooms. She hopes that her blog will help educators discover interesting new tools to use in their own classrooms! Visit her blog Teach Bytes for more great content. Below is the list of ideas and resources I compiled based on the writing process:

eTools for Language Teachers Sketchnoting (or visual note-taking)(Click here for a presentation called "Sketchnoting for Beginners". Click here to see my sketchnotes on Flickr.) She told me that she made them with an iPad app called “Paper by fifty-three”. Well, I immediately downloaded the app and my journey into sketchnoting began. Pssst. How do you turn this thing on? Posted on August 08, 2011 Print this entry The Utah Personnel Development Center (UPDC) has always felt that effective use of technology in the classroom can lead to improving student engagement and achievement outcomes. The Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium recently published the Teacher Leader Model Standards ( to illuminate and support the role of teacher leadership as a vehicle to transform schools for the demands of the 21st century learner. The fourth domain of these standards focuses on facilitating improvements in instruction and student learning.

What It Means To Think Critically What It Means To Think Critically by Terry Heick This post has been updated from a 2014 post For educators, as a term critical thinking is similar to words like democracy, global, and organic: You hear people use them all the time, but no one seems to understand exactly what they mean. This kind of etymological opacity lends itself to them being misused, fumbled awkwardly, and abused. Over the long term, such abuse empties it of meaning until we all either throw it around casually in the middle of an overly complex sentence to bolster our own credibility, or avoid the term altogether.

A film-making Competition to Celebrate the Publication of My New Book Film in Action I’m delighted that my new book Film in Action has been published and is now available to buy at book stores or on Amazon. It’s a great honour to join all the wonderful authors in the DELTA Teacher Development Series and I hope that Film in Action will fit seamlessly into the series and enjoy the prestige that the other books enjoy worldwide. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying the book as the royalties which I will receive from sales will help to keep the website completely free. Writing the lessons and maintaining the site takes up a lot of my time and is very expensive, and unless a lot of teachers and directors of studies buy my books I will have no alternative but to start charging for the lessons. Teachers who have already generously donated will still have free access to the site. If you can’t afford to buy the book yourself, you could ask your school to buy a copy for your staffroom.

Technology Education Know-How » Blog Archive » Captivating Ideas for Writing with Cartoons After blogging about this before I’m sure you know by now that I’m a big advocate for using cartoons to get students writing. So, here we go again with more detail and more ideas. provides an easy tool for creating short comic strips. You can choose to have a 2, 3, or 4 window comic strip. The Rapid eLearning Blog - Practical, real-world tips for e-learning success. Creating great interactive learning experiences requires a few core building blocks: relevant content, pull versus push, and real-world decisions. With those building blocks you're able to structure effective learning scenarios that are meaningful to the learner and helps meet the objectives of the course. One of those building blocks in creating relevant content or content that is placed in a meaningful context.

for teachers by teachers by David Dodgson “But you only teach six lessons a day and you have a guaranteed summer holiday…” Ah, the common misconception that being a teacher is somehow an “easy” job! We all know the truth, however. We know that those six hours in the classroom are intense, full hours; we know that those six hours are supported by more hours of planning and preparing; we know that those six hours are followed by marking and reviewing; and we know that those “guaranteed” weekends and holidays often include training and development.