3 Simple Ways to Stop Bullying that Don’t Require a Longterm Plan

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2017

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 42 percent of students who are bullied report that it happens in school hallways and stairwells.

Thirty-four percent say they’re bullied in the classroom, right under their teachers’ noses.

In an article at Edutopia.org,...

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3 Make Writing Must-Haves

#makewriting Mar 24, 2017
 
 
In Make Writing, I share the three layer design process that I’ve used each time I’ve set up my own makerspaces or helped school districts develop their own:
  • First we establish the substructure of the space, which is prepared before...
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How to Teach Kids to Police Themselves on Social Media

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017


Before we can teach kids to police their own social media practices, we must police our own actions on social networks, because kids are watching.

I was reminded of this lesson recently, during an enthusiastic debate on Facebook. I explain in the podcast episode above.

5 strategies to teach kids...

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5 Hacks for Going Google at Your School

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2017
Going Google in Your School or District
Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, Scott Rocco

Rolling out a G Suite for Education plan for a school or district is an exciting yet daunting undertaking that requires time, support, and patience. The initiative requires a commitment to the Chrome Browser and an...

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Hacking the Scavenger Hunt with QR Codes

Uncategorized Mar 18, 2017

Hacking the Scavenger Hunt with QR Codes

By James Sturtevant

As I read through the 20 page assignment on the Industrial Revolution, I kept thinking to myself...Wow, this is boring! If I was feeling that burn; imagine what my students were going to feel.

I decided it was time to break out of...

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How to Improve Reading with the 80/20 Analysis

podcast reading Feb 01, 2017

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Hacking Literacy author Gerard Dawson explains how to improve reading with the 80/20 Analysis.

The Problem: Required reading is a drag

Many literacy teachers face a conundrum: They are handed a stack of dusty novels or an aging anthology and told to teach the texts by June....

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Nail Your New Year’s Resolution: Published Author Shares Her How to Write a Book Blueprint

podcast writing Jan 03, 2017

Connie Hamilton wrote a book. What’s the big deal? Like most would-be writers, Connie wondered if she could do it.

In Episode 79 of the Hack Learning Podcast, educator/presenter and popular Twitter influencer Connie Hamilton explains how she went from self-doubting, wannabe writer to a...

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How To Overcome PBL Paralysis: Sneak Peek Inside Hacking Project Based Learning

#hackingpbl #pbl Dec 20, 2016

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PBL paralysis. That’s a scary phrase that makes many teachers run as fast and far as possible away from project-based learning.

Hacking Project Based Learning authors and PBL and inquiry learning experts Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy, though, explain how to overcome...

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5 Strategies Most Writing Teachers Never Learned

Uncategorized Dec 14, 2016

In a different life, I was an English teacher. In fact, I spent the first half of my twenty-four-year career in education writing beside middle and high school kids. Writing workshop was my passion, and Nancie Atwell was my hero (well, she still is).

Naturally, I was thrilled when my principal...

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How One Simple Tool Helps Uncover Your Biases

edchat hack learning Oct 24, 2016

An excerpt from Hacking Engagement: 50 Tips & Tools To Engage Teachers and Learners Daily

The Problem: Teachers accidentally alienate certain students

As a rookie teacher, I thought I had it all figured out. For some odd reason, I went out on a limb and professed a position on a...

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