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April 03, 2013


Tools for Schools

This week’s “Site of the Week” is, which allows students to type in information about their financial aid awards for a clearer explanation of what their college costs will be.
We also highlight six steps to effective teacher development and evaluation—and three free resources for flipping your classroom.
Dennis Pierce, Editor
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Six steps to effective teacher development and evaluation

Some see us as education’s odd couple—one, the president of a democratic teachers’ union; the other, a director at the world’s largest philanthropy. [ Read More ]

Try these free resources for the flipped classroom

The flipped classroom is an education trend that has generated a lot of buzz, but some educators have struggled to create or find videos that are both short enough and engaging enough to hold students’ attention. Yet, three free resources can help educators do that—and more. [ Read More ]

Grant Alert of the Week


Current Site of the Week

Find college loans confusing? might help

Do your students need help demystifying college loans? A website called might be able to help.
With college acceptance letters in the mail, many high school seniors also will be receiving notice of financial aid awards. These could include scholarships, work-study offers and loans, or some combination of all three. [ Read More ]

App of the week

Name: Super Duper Storymaker
What is it? StoryMaker allows students to create their own picture books with a variety of media—more than 800 stock images as well as personal illustrations, narrations and sound effects.
Features: StoryMaker has two screens—Create Story and Tell Story. In Create Story, students create their own stories and can then edit them. In Tell Story, students can read, tell or discuss stories. With the StoryMaker PRO version, teachers can save, print and email stories to parents or other teachers.
[ Read More ]

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Readers Choice Awards

Nominate your favorite ed-tech products for our 2013-14 Readers' Choice Awards

Help us help your colleagues!

We're accepting nominations for our 2013-14 Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognize the best in educational technology, until Friday, April 26.
Please take a few minutes to nominate your favorite educational hardware or software product, and you'll be doing a great service to your peers—as your input will help them choose the best products for their own institutions.
But hurry—you only have until April 26 to participate! Go to:
Thanks for taking just a few minutes of your time to nominate an ed-tech product or service … and your colleagues will thank you as well.


Grants & Funding

Five reasons you should attend grant workshops and training calls

When I started writing education grants nearly 20 years ago, many funders would hold Request for Proposals (RFP) workshops. During these workshops, they would review the RFP for a grant program and answer questions from potential applicants. (I remember a few workshops where program officers read the RFP word-for-word. As you can imagine, these were pretty hard to sit through.) [ Read More ]
*Note: Read more advice from Deb Ward here

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