Monthly Archives: June 2016

ISTE 2016: Three Free Tools for Teachers

Innovative teachers find few things more exciting than discovering creative, new educational tools they can implement immediately.. …The presentation — led by education thought leader Leslie Fisher, PBS LearningMedia representative John Sessler and teacher Clara Pena — detailed the features of several STEM-themed applications, as well as the ways teachers can put those tools to use right away


Three great tools… and best of all they are free!


21 Top Presentation Tools for Teachers – More Than A Tech

Looking for the best presentation software for your classroom? Check out our list of 21 top presentation tools for teachers.


Great ideas for presentation tools besides the typical video. Also provides a helpful chart about what tool works on what device. 

The Six Hats a Personalized Learning Leader Needs to Wear (EdSurge News)

These are the hats personalized learning teachers wear: coach, mentor, tutor, curator, facilitator, and analyst.


Six hats and one head — being a 21st Century Educator is endlessly fascinating.

Comprehensive Guide to Making in the Classroom

Wise educators are always on the lookout for new pedagogies and materials that expand classroom learning opportunities and amplify student potential. The global maker movement poses exciting opportunities to transform the classroom.


Making, inventing, the classroom or library as a lab… time to remake it all into true hands-on learning.

Using Facebook to Enrich the Online Classroom

Some educators find Facebook daunting and potentially perilous, but the advantages are well worth it, especially once you master all the settings Facebook has to offer. Now, is it like being in the classroom? No, it’s not like being in the classroom, but it’s purposeful, interactive, and enjoyable, and exactly what my dry, strictly discussion-board online courses were missing. Facebook makes for an optimal virtual classroom, and this is why:


Ten good reason why using Facebook would enrich your online classroom.

ISTE 2016: ED TECH 10 Hot Topics

What’s hot in ed tech? Surprisingly – or not surprisingly, depending on your point of view – the most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students. And that’s a good thing.


ISTE 2016, as always – will be a hot spot for anyone involved in teaching and learning!

5 Ways to Ace Discussion Board Assignments in an Online Class

When online discussion boards come together well, students can actually learn more from them than from other parts of class, instructors say. But getting the most out of a discussion board – and earning the high marks to show for it – isn’t easy. 

Below, experts share tips for how to ace the discussion board component of online class.


Discussion forums are essential for an online learning community. Great tips shared here!

Writing Project Features Mobile Technology, Team-Based Learning

Teaching first-semester freshmen presents some unique challenges. You are teaching them not only your subject, but also how to be college students. One of the best strategies I have found is to begin with a collaborative project that asks them to research their new home: the campus.



This article presents a very clever, tech enabled idea.  Designed for traditional face to face classes, it could easily be adopted as an online course experience.

E-Jobs: NASA – Teach On Mars

Download a free Mars poster that speaks to you. Eight posters are available for download and printing. Each poster represents a different type of explorer NASA is seeking.


In the near future what we think of as cutting edge e-learning will be a quaint antique technology. 


I’m guessing that teachers on Mars will be into project based learning~ 


Flipped Classroom Chaos? Managing In-Class Learning Experiences

When you think about flipping a lesson or a class, you must, on some level, embrace the messiness of a dynamic learning environment. But that does not mean you lose control or let chaos rule your classroom. In fact, because there are so many variables in the flipped classroom, you need to be even more organized, and put systems in place to help you and your students focus on the learning.


Plan now for a better classroom experience. 100% Online professional development at UW-Stout:


Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom

Online Course 2 graduate credits
Instructor: Maggie Rouman
Summer: EDUC 651 960 June 20 – July 29, 2016
Fall: EDUC 651 900 September 26 – November 4, 2016