Monthly Archives: July 2015

What if Professional Teachers Were Treated the Same as Professional Athletes

Comedy Central’s Key & Peele explore this idea with exciting results. Watch Boyd Maxwell and Perry Schmidt report on the latest developments in the exciting world of professional teaching. Hope you enjoyed the show!  We can only dream……. Key & … Continue reading

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35 Habits That Make Employees Extremely Valuable

Every employer wants employees who contribute to the overall success of the company. Here’s how the best bring long-term ROI. An employee doesn’t have to be a top salesperson to bring exponential value to a company. Amazing employees stand out … Continue reading

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School Makerspaces: Building the Buzz

If you build it, will they come? Just because you create a makerspace (PDF) in your school doesn’t guarantee that your community will embrace it. Students who have had all personal choice removed by traditional educational models can be passive … Continue reading

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Update on ESEA Reauthorization: Every Child Achieves Act

On July 16, the Senate approved the Every Child Achieves Act with a vote of 81-17. The Senate sent a strong signal today that teachers and students should have access to the the technology, including digital content and open educational … Continue reading

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Early Introduction Can Encourage More Women to Join STEM Fields

Maybe you recall the Verizon commercial that follows a young girl as she’s growing up.  Samantha takes a keen interest in activities like wading in a stream and building a rocket ship; activities that explore science, technology, engineering and math … Continue reading

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of … Continue reading

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iNACOL Releases Blended Learning Report

Blending Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008–2015 In 2008, iNACOL produced a series of papers documenting promising practices identified throughout the field of K–12 online learning. Since then, we have witnessed a tremendous acceleration of transformative … Continue reading

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Education as a Public Good

by Tom Vander Ark This fall, about 50 million students will return to American public schools. That will include three million students attending more than 7,100 public charter schools. While it’s hard to count, a couple million of these students … Continue reading

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3 Ways Educational Technology Tools Predict Student Success

One of the goals of academic assessment is to identify which students need help; the sooner they can be identified, the better. The promise of technology has been that its ability to collect unique data could make this process timelier, … Continue reading

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13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few — the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to … Continue reading

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