How #LiberatingGenius Is Transforming Learning and Lives

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The one thing that fuels me more than anything else is seeing the impact that Choose2Matter has in classrooms around the world

Every day this year, I’ve heard how our free e-book, Liberating Genius, has had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of so many teachers and students.

We invite all educators to share with us, and with the world, the impact the lessons have had in their classroom, as well as any revisions  they’ve made to make the lessons fit the particular needs of their classroom. For example, just today, Jillian Burkhart sent this Tweet about a student who jumped four reading levels almost overnight; the student himself wrote that this happened because “my classmates encouraged me and

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The Conversations in Faculty Rooms

The Conversations in Faculty Rooms

About a week ago, George Couros (@gcouros) published a blog post, “The Policies in Your Head.” More or less, the piece calls upon a specific experience George had with a teacher/district to illustrate how progress can be hampered when teachers convince themselves an outdated policy is still in place.

So, here are my thoughts based on my experiences.

Problem #1: The Policies in Your Head

In general, teachers claim an outdated policy is still active because (1) they are leveraging what someone said “a long time ago” as an excuse to embrace the status quo, or (2) administration has not been clear in communicating the new direction (which is most likely because they don’t know

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Free Technology for Teachers: Haiku Deck Releases a New iPhone App for Creating Presentations


This morning Haiku Deck, a popular presentation creation tool, released a new iPhone app. This new app brings the features of the Haiku Deck iPad app and web app to the iPhone.

The Haiku Deck apps allow anyone to create beautiful slide presentations. One of the core features of Haiku Deck that has made is popular with teachers is the integrated Creative Commons image search. Your students can search for images, insert them in high resolution into their slides, and have attribution information automatically attached to them all without leaving the app.



Haiku Deck’s iPhone and iPad apps allow you to use your phone or tablet as a teleprompter during presentations. Speaker notes are

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The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs | EdTech Magazine

Looking for direction in the ever-expanding world of education technology?

You don’t have to look hard to find education bloggers. But who are the true trend setters? EdTech is proud to spotlight some of the education industry’s most influential thought-leaders in our latest crop of the top K-12 IT bloggers.

These 50 blogs include veterans from years past, fresh picks from our editorial staff and nominations from our readers. This year, we’ve tried something new — dividing each blog into one of four categories to focus on where the bloggers’ expertise lies.

If you’d like to check out the Must-Read IT Blogs from previous years, view our lists from 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Did your blog make our list? Be sure to grab a

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​How PISA Is Changing to Reflect 21st Century Workforce Needs and Skills | EdSurge News


First administered in the 2000 to assess the quality of education systems across the world, the PISA (short for Program for International Student Assessment) is currently undergoing significant changes.

No longer does the test, given every three years to 15-year-olds, ask about math, reading and science. In the latest iteration in 2015, questions covered collaborative problem solving, social skills, and even psychological well-being.

The changes started before the 2012 exam, after the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recognized that the traditional multiple choice evaluations on traditional academic subjects were no longer sufficient to prepare students to succeed in the 21st century economy. But the test-makers first had to resolve this question: how can one create an exam with standard, but meaningful measures to nearly 80 countries? How can

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Taking Notes By Hand May Be Better Than Digitally, Researchers Say : NPR

Laptops are common in lecture halls worldwide. Students hear a lecture at the Johann Wolfang Goethe-University on Oct. 13, 2014, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.i

Laptops are common in lecture halls worldwide. Students hear a lecture at the Johann Wolfang Goethe-University on Oct. 13, 2014, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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Vicki Davis on Twitter: "8 Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom https://t.co/7mtdh6sgGq https://t.co/hOLwtukkJH"

8 Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom

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8 Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom

8 Great ways to level up game based learning

Game based learning in the classroom should not be worksheets with points. It should be engaging and exciting. Here are eight ways to level up game based learning. Because, face it, many educational “games” fall short. Chocolate on broccoli. That is what many educators call these games that fall short of what great gaming can be. Dr. Lee Graham, a creator of the literature Minecraft experience Givercraft, says,

Some games are computerized worksheets. That is what game designers mean by ‘chocolate on broccoli.’

Some games are computerized worksheets. That is what Game Designers Mean by 'Chocolate on Broccoli. Dr. Lee Graham

What works in game-based

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Vicki Davis on Twitter: "NEW! When is it Time to Quit Teaching? https://t.co/OCzXqOrZ8C https://t.co/xRJ0mJXlwO"

NEW! When is it Time to Quit Teaching?

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When is it Time to Quit Teaching? @coolcatteacher

When do I quit teaching?

Each year I seek clarity for my teaching career. There are no easy answers here. Know this. The question is serious,

“Should I teach another year?”

As I ponder my own path, let me take you on a journey of thoughts.

Dancing with Snakes.

The Indonesian pop star, Irma Bule died at age 29 of a cobra bite she got while performing. She performed with pythons. In April 2016, the conference organizers provided a cobra. She thought it was de-fanged. It wasn’t. After a full performance with it draped around her neck, she put it back in the bag. As she performed, it slipped out of the bag. She stepped on its tail. It bit her. Not

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