Category Archives: – teacher generated content contest

Here’s a great opportunity for users to enter to win technology tools (iPad2 or flip cams) for creating activities for teacher professional development.  Create one or more shared Journals or Activities for NETS-T 2008 teacher professional development and enter them to win.  Contest runs from February 17 through May 15, 2011.  For details, click here.


21st Century Skills Assessment – gets even better has enhanced its 21st Century Skills Assessment… yet again.  The assessment now integrates a 12 question survey for students that asks questions about online safety, technology access outside of school, and how technology is used for schoolwork.  This data allows the state/district or complex area (or even school) the ability to correlate technology proficiency to access and use, and to flag needs for online safety education and/or counseling at the individual, school, or district level. 

Imagine the possibilities for a school/complex area/district that is ready and eager to leverage data to inform action.  With one online performance-based assessment, educators and administrators can gather psychometrically-valid data to inform instructional, curricular, technology, and counseling decisions to foster students who are prepared (both in ethics and skills) to contribute to our ever-changing society.  Never before have such powerful tools been available to schools – it’s now a question of if and how schools use them.  For more information about’s 21st Century Skills Assessment visit the website or call 487-5437.

STEM in the early years

I attended the and eSchoolNews’ webinar, Integrating STEM in the Elementary Years: Why It’s Critical to Start Early.  The presenters were Celeste Baine, Director of Engineering Education Services Center, and Diana Laboy-Rush, Product Manager of’s STEM Solution.  Overall, the webinar reinforced some general big ideas about STEM curriculum.  I’ve summarized them here:

  • Elementary students are natural engineers.  By nature, they are curious, inquisitive, and willing to take risks.  This is why educators need to capitalize on this developmental stage to ensure continuous interest and involvement in STEM.
  • The very nature of engineering builds problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, which are applicable to all arenas of learning and life.
  • The need exists to help students understand that engineers are the designers of our world.  Engineers are the ones who create the things we like and appreciate in life – examples provided:  cell phones, email, the “yellow line” when watching football, roller coaster rides, etc. Continue reading →

Measuring teachers’ 21st century skills – for FREE

Calling all innovative, ed-tech minded administrators and teachers… now is your chance to participate in a beta testing of’s assessment for the NETS-T, measuring teacher proficiency to ISTE’s NETS-T.  Committed to delivering psychometrically valid data, rigorously tests their assessments prior to product release.  The benefit for you?  The opportunity to get valid data on teachers’ NETS-T proficiency – for free!  This data can help your school meets its educational technology strategic initiatives (seems like it would be great data for grant proposals!) by identifying staff strengths and weaknesses and thereby defining PD needs.  It’s an excellent, cost-effective way to implement data-informed decision-making at your school.

Here are the important details:

  • Testing windows will take place in February 2010.
  • Testing will take approximately two hours and can be completed anywhere with internet access.
  • Training will be provided to testing coordinators via WebX and there will be a dedicated support person.
  • Reports will be delivered to teachers/schools in March and April.

If you’re interesting in learning more, please contact me, Lia, at or 487.5437.

Aha!Science wins Tech&Learning’s Awards of Excellence’s Aha!Science program wins Tech&Learning’s Awards of Excellence.  Look for the article in Tech&Learning’s December issue or check back here (I’ll write about it, too). 

Aha!Science is an elementary and middle school supplemental program designed to help teachers teach core science concepts.  The research-based program is pedagogically-sound and engaging, meeting the needs of both teachers and students.  To learn more about Aha!Science, visit’s website or call IAAK at 487.5437.’s Aha!Math named best K-5 math curriculum’s Aha!Math was named the best K-5 math curriculum by the Association of Education Publishers.   Aha!Math has also earned the distinction of Instructor magazine’s Teacher’s Pick award, was a 2009 SIIA CODIE Award finalist, and a 2007-08 Readers Choice Top 100 Products winner awarded by District Administration magazine.

Aha!Math provides teachers with a research-based supplemental math curriculum that builds students’ procedural fluency and conceptual understanding in math’s most critical components.  It engages and motivates students through interactive instruction, lessons, and math games that make math come alive for students.   It also provides teachers with an effective instructional model, offering multiple ways to teach math concepts that are often difficult to teach.

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