Monthly Archives: February 2015

5 ways to empower teachers to build a positive, innovative school culture

How can administrators, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders help build a culture of innovation in our schools? What can we do to support teachers in getting connected and pursuing meaningful professional development opportunities?


Kick up some tech culture at your school on March 13th! 

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Joan Ganz Cooney Center – Busting Barriers Or Just Dabbling?: How Teachers Are Using Digital Games In K-8 Classrooms

The number of recent popular press articles heralding a rising trend of digital game use in the classroom has made the team at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center wonder: just how common is this practice?  And further, which teachers are choosing to use digital games in their teaching, what particular goals do they have for that game use, and what kinds of outcomes are they observing among their students?


This is an overview of a full research report available from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. 

Online Instructor – Managerial Economics – MBA – HigherEdJobs


  • Doctorate of Business Administration or Ph.D. required
  • A minimum of Three (3) years of experience in the subject area required
  • Excellent customer service and soft skills required
  • Previous distance education or online teaching experience preferred


Put your advanced degree to work teaching online. Those with online skills and experience will have the edge. 

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour: Ten Key Takeaways from Tony Bates

Like pretty much everyone else in the field I’ve been immensely enjoying Tony Bates’s work-in-progress, an online open textbook called Teaching in a Digital Age.

Having said that, I think my perspective is very different from his, and this summary post offers me an opportunity to highlight some of those differences. So in what follows, the key points (in italics) are his, while the text that follows is my discussion.


Two strong points of view: bound to trigger your thinking!

Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit – Guest Post from Reshan Richards – EdTechTeacher

Dr. Reshan Richards: “Each of these approaches allows teachers and learner to capture and create moments of learning, excerpts of understanding, and reflections of experience. Let’s pretend to be one of my 5th-grade math students from last year participating in an activity about tessellating patterns. The activity was to figure out what individual shapes, when arranged in a flat pattern with touching sides, formed a closed tesselating patter (a regular tessellation). This activity involved using physical manipulative objects (pattern blocks), a piece of paper to document findings (journal workbook page), and NCTM Illumination’s Tessellation Creator website as resources for engaging in the experience of exploring regular tessellation. Here’s how the QFAT could be applied to this activity with an iPad.”


e-Jobs: Online Lecturer – Business/Marketing

The Carson College of Business at Washington State University is seeking lecturers to fill positions teaching sections for graduate courses in Marketing.


Washington State University is looking for seasoned business professionals with online teaching skills. 

50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students

Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter.


Questions and Critical thinking all on the road to meta-cognition.

eJobs: International Online TEFL Instructor

Requirements for this Position:
MEd, MA TESOL or higher (do not apply without these credentials)
1 or more years of overseas teaching experience
Willingness to share overseas teaching experience with students
Able to use computer applications such as Moodle and WebEx
Experience with online learning and/or teaching


Here’s an opportunity for those with the right combination of skills.  This could grow into something good, especially if you are living overseas. 

Amanda Ronan: How to Get Your Class Online & Maintain Student Privacy | Edudemic

So what’s a teacher to do? If you plan lessons that involve students using online programs and apps, you’re likely to hit the campus firewall or possibly even risk compromising your students’ privacy. Yet, if you keep your lessons offline, you know you’re missing a huge opportunity to engage students by using technology in meaningful, real-world ways. Well, never fear, because we’ve got all of the answers you seek. Follow these steps to get your class online and using popular apps, without worrying about keeping student data private.


Review the  5 Steps for Protecting Student Privacy now. Save a great deal of time and heartache later.