How To Develop a Culture of “Can” In Your Classroom

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
confident kid

It’s an age-old saying, “Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.” What separates good teachers from the excellent ones? The excellent ones are handing out fishing poles; creating a culture in the classroom of independence…

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16 Innovative Ways to Use Crowdfunding for Education

Monday, January 28, 2013
Crowdfunding

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. –John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy’s quote about the goal…

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25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently

Friday, January 25, 2013
Successful teacher

If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t hear about some fantastic new book or video lecture series. Most likely you will hear something like, “It was all Mr. Jones. He just never gave up on me.” What students take away from…

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10 Reasons Why Educators Should Encourage Independent Learning

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Indenpendent student

Teacher or Facilitator: Is it just semantics? What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone uses the word, “facilitator”? Perhaps you think of words like planner, coordinator, promoter, developer, or designer. All of these definitions lead us to think of a facilitator as someone who sets up,…

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iPad Apps For Education: 20 Apps (Games) for Play-based Learning

Monday, January 21, 2013
letter-school

Even though older adults might still carry a negative association with video game consoles and devices, today’s technology is vastly different than it was 20 years ago. Apps have exploded on the scene, and while there are plenty of time wasting games available on the market, today’s offerings also include…

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50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out

Friday, January 18, 2013
education podcasts

Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you. Podcasts are a great way to get information when…

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Online Teaching: 15 Ways Online Educators Can Light Social Engagement Afire

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Social Engagement

Social engagement may help eliminate the student retention problems that have plagued higher education for many years. Stephen Abram, author of the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog on library trends, pointed out that, “For decades, research has been pointing to social engagement as a key factor in helping improve student retention. While…

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15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013
leapmotion

What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013? It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised…

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30 Myths About eLearning That Need To Die In 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Sad lady

For as long as eLearning has been around, it has been haunted by the voices of those who aim to criticize its authenticity, viability, and quality. But is it true? Do students of traditional institutions boast more success than those who’ve chosen distance learning? It’s time for some of these…

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15 Reasons Why Daydreamers are Better Learners

Monday, January 7, 2013
Daydreaming

The student’s eyes drift to the classroom window and the teacher’s voice fades from consciousness. The daydream begins. It’s a familiar scene, one we have likely both experienced as students and struggled against in our students as teachers. But daydreaming is not what it might seem. Recent research in both…

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