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Technology Nights Promote Community 
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make parents aware of resources used in school as
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Topics that Prepare Parents for College 
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Research shows that even at these higher grade levels,
grades 7-12, keeping parents in the loop is critical to
each student's academic success.
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Using Social Media to Engage Parents 
in Secondary Schools
Parents and teachers in grades 7-12 can make
connections by creating two-way communications
with digital tools.
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Top Communication Technologies for 
Teachers Grades 7-12
Technology to communicate information helps parents
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education/career goals in grades 7-12.
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sites for Teachers!


This site is filled with free printables, resources, games, puzzles, awards, activities, and more! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Trending Articles Links

One teacher's quest to build language skills ... and self-confidence (NPR)
Engage all learners: Make students think visually (By: Savanna Flakes)
How should kids learn English: Through Old MacDonald's farm or Ali Baba's farm? (The Conversation)
The customer is not always right: A case for teacher autonomy in the classroom (By: Debra Abrams)
Teens make film in broken English to explain why they'll fail English (NPR)

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Holiday - July 4 ~ Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July to one and all! We are grateful to all veterans & those who serve in the Armed Forces, for they are instrumental in the freedom we enjoy today.

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

News & Resources from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

New Workshop Opens for Professionals Who Train Teachers with Students Ages 3-8
The Incredible Years® Teacher Classroom Management program strengthens teachers’ classroom management skills, promotes children’s competence and school readiness, and reduces classroom aggression and disruptive behaviors--and teachers even report decreased stress levels after attending the training... more

FPG Researchers Discuss Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Schools are teaching increasing numbers of students with ASD as its prevalence has grown 200 percent in the last decade, and although educators want to provide a good and effective educational experience, they may not be sure where to start or what to do… more

The PDC@FPG Offers New CONNECT Course for CEUs on Building Powerful Family Partnerships
This new course is an excellent complement to the "Communication for Professional Collaboration" course, which also helps promote partnerships with families with children in early care and education... more

Webinar on Thursday Demonstrates Self-Assessment Tool for State Part C and Section 619/Preschool Programs
The assessment tool produces a profile across quality indicators, provides a current snapshot to help prioritize improvement efforts, and generates a set of scores for states to measure progress... more

Early Childhood and Adolescence Are Key Times in the Development of Self-Regulation

According to the new "Foundations for Understanding Self-Regulation," self-regulation can be strengthened and taught, and skills that aren't developed early can be acquired later--with multiple opportunities for intervention... more

New Intervention for Preschools with Students with Autism Draws on Expertise from Educators and Researchers  

FPG scientists also used information from parents and children in a process involving multiple partners to develop the "Advancing Social-Communication and Play" intervention...more

Implementation Science Can Support and Propel Research and Evaluation in Early Care and Education
FPG's Allison Metz and colleagues introduce this series of free research briefs by explaining key elements of effective implementation within an integrated, stage-based framework... more

The Abecedarian Project Takes Center Stage in UNC's Most Popular TED Talk of the Year 
FPG scientist Kate Gallagher spoke about the most famous study in early education, and you can watch her talk here... more
Free Guide Helps Parents and Educators Ignite Children's Early Language Skills

More Than Baby Talk reveals how to spark communication skills in infants and toddlers... more

Free Learning Modules Use Videos and Teach Interventions for Toddlers with Autism
Based on FPG's extensive review of the research, these modules present focused intervention practices for use with toddlers with autism spectrum disorder... more

FPG's Implementation Science Team Contributes to the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
The new edition of the encyclopedia is a broad source of social and behavioral sciences reference material...  more
Source:  UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute


Thursday, April 9, 2015

21st Century Education

What is 21st century education? - YouTube
Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace. To prepare our students, lessons must go beyond the "3 R's" and foster 21st century skills. Skills like criti...

Friday, April 3, 2015

6 Classroom Technology Grants

Toshiba Grants For Grades 6 – 12
Wanted: Classroom Innovators! Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.
Funding amount: $5,000
Deadline: August 1
EcoTech Grants
The Captain Planet Foundation is awarding 16 grants for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities.
Funding amount: $2,500
Deadline: April 30
Fab School Labs
This contest, from the Northrop Grumman Foundation, is open to public middle schools and will make five grants of up to $100,000 available to five winning schools to fund a school lab makeover. Teachers will have the opportunity to submit an entry explaining why they deserve to win a science lab of their dreams giving students access to the latest technology and learning tools.
Funding amount: Up to $100k
Deadline: May 4-July 12
Lockheed Martin STEM Grants
These are general grants supporting specific programs in schools, especially relating to STEM education and community improvement. There is a geographic restriction, which may exclude those handful of states where the company has no physical presence or substantial business interest.
Funding amount: Flexible
Deadline: Rolling
EdTech Conference Grants
K-12 administrators, teachers and technology coordinators are eligible for these grants that make it possible for individuals to attend education technology conferences from eInstruction. Loaner technology to use at the conference and a few other perks are also included.
Funding amount: $3,500Deadline: 5 months in advance of conference
Computers for Learning
CFL is a federal program allows schools and educational nonprofit organizations to view and select the computer equipment that federal agencies have reported as excess, and then bring them back to their institutions. Schools can apply through filling out a registration form.
Deadline: Rolling
Source:  eSchoolNews

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Free desktop wallpaper for February from WorldStart's Tech Tips

Monthly Wallpaper
February Wallpaper Is Ready
The featured desktop wallpaper for February is all set and ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.
All can be found here and are 100% free:
Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Frozen Lighthouse
It was January 16th 2015 – a Friday morning. I was in my normal routine and 
happened upon an icy photo that was taken a couple days before of the 
St Joseph Lighthouse. I knew the weather hadn’t been too warm and most 
likely the ice was still there. I had seen this frozen lighthouse before and had 
always longed to capture a photo. So, by early afternoon…(More)

Lunch Time
I captured this image of a coyote pouncing on my way back from a nice lunch 
in Yellowstone National Park. I discovered him patrolling a meadow and decided 
he looked friendly enough for a shot or two. I made my approach and he didn’t 
seem to mind too much – I think he was far more concerned about...(More)

Lindy Point Sunset
This was photographed during my very first evening at Blackwater Falls State 
Park. We had come for the waterfalls, but when we discovered this view I just 
knew I had to try and shoot it! We got VERY lucky in that the air was really 
turbulent – thunderstorms had just come through and there were all manner of cool 
clouds putting on a show. I knew...(More)

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, visit

Source:  WorldStart's Tech Tips

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

iLearn Academy Charter School Opens its Doors

iLearn Academy Charter School opened this week with 110 students making their way to the island's newest and second charter school.

Students were bussed from around the island to the campus in Yigo where the school held its very first orientation. iLearn academy principal Rachel Alquero said, "Right now, we're doing orientation for all of the students, so as you can see they are all grouped by their grade level, they were introduced to their teachers, and their classmates so really right now we're just using it as a time to get to know each other." 

Not only were the students introduced, but at 10am on the first day, they were already getting their first taste of robotics and iPads. "Today they're going to be introduced to the iPad, so all of the teachers are going to be giving an example on how to take care of it, what they can expect from the iPad, what they're going to do with it within the classroom, just go over the rules and things like that," Alquero continued. 

So parents might wonder, what will a typical day be like for students at a technologically-driven school?  "What the typical day is for the students is, from here on out they will be doing all four core classes in the morning, they will have their lunch and their break, and within the classroom they will be utilizing the iPads, they will also be doing journal writing within the classroom," she explained. 

Although core classes will take place in the mornings, the afternoon is reserved for extracurricular coursework, with Alquero adding, "We have a range of classes so they'll be doing robotics, PE, art, music and dance, so all of the students will have two of those classes every single day." 

iLearn Academy is still accepting applications, but the deadline to register students K-5 is this Friday. 

Source: Isa Baza, KUAM

Monday, January 26, 2015

Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools MOOC

This spring the University of Houston’s College of Education will offer another free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that is aimed specifically at K-16 teachers. This course is the second in a series of online professional development opportunities called "Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning.” UH’s Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Education (LITE), under the direction of Drs. Sara McNeil and Bernard Robin, and I have developed and will be teaching this five week course. Teachers in the state of Texas may be eligible to receive up to 15 hours of Continuing Education Units for each MOOC if they earn a certificate of completion from Coursera.

The first MOOC focused on the Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling and was offered in September 2014. It will be offered again in summer 2015. The second MOOC on Web 2.0 Tools will begin on February 1, 2015.

Each MOOC is five weeks long and will be delivered through the Coursera platform ( The MOOCs are free, and the only requirements for participating are a PC or Mac desktop or laptop, an Internet connection and a willingness to learn and share new ways of using computer-based tools and techniques to support teaching and learning across different grade levels and multiple content areas.

The "Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools" course is designed to provide teachers at all levels with strategies to effectively integrate Web 2.0 technologies into their instruction. Participants will learn to harness the power of free, easy to use, online tools to boost student engagement and motivation in their classrooms. Our approach focuses on the task rather than the tool in an effort to improve communication, collaboration, presentation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking in all learners. Participants will take part in a robust exchange of practical ideas while participating in online discussion forums and sharing their experiences with fellow teachers. Participants will learn how to use these tools effectively in their classrooms through unique problem-based scenarios that will help them understand how to choose an appropriate Web 2.0 tool for the task.

The MOOC will begin on February 1, 2015 and end on March 8, 2015. To enroll, please go to:

For more information, please contact Dr. Sara McNeil ( or Dr. Bernard Robin (

Feel free to share with colleagues and friends around the world. We would love to have more educators sign up and participate in this course.

Susie Gronseth

Susie Gronseth, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Learning, Design & Technology
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Houston - College of Education

Office phone: 713-743-5036
Office location: 315B Farish Hall
Mailing address: 256 Farish Hall, Houston, TX 77204-5027