SXSWedu Teacher of the Day: Shawn Young, Classcraft

This week at SXSWedu, will be featuring one teacher per day who is bringing creativity and innovation into their classroom. Be sure to read more about our other Featured Teachers and learn how you can bring their practices in your classroom.

Founder & CEO, Classcraft, Quebec, Canada



SXSWedu: Keynote with’s Charles Best

Monday, March 9th was day one of the annual SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. At noon sharp, hundreds of educators, teacher leaders, administrators, entrepreneurs, tech folks, students and press sat in the Austin Convention Center eager to hear the opening keynote speech.

This year’s speaker was’s founder Charles Best (@CharlesBest) who kicked off SXSWedu by injecting inspiration and sending the education community an important reminder: Change is not only happening, but also can lead to revolutionary…


Who’s Who at SXSWedu 2015

The power of good professional development (PD) is no secret. But what is “good” PD? Research and surveys have shown that teachers respond best to interactive, robust, and personalized forms of PD where they are able to take control and ownership of their own learning. Often referred to as DIY PD, examples include engaging in social media communities, or attending community-build conferences and seminars. What’s even better is when you combine the two, resulting in SXSWedu.


Organizations for Special Education Teachers

Special Education is defined as the practice of educating students who are faced with developmental, physical, and/or neurological delays. These special needs are at a level of severity that they cannot be met in a typical general education classroom. Special education programs cover a wide range of disabilities and learning differences, including but not limited to:

  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Speech and/or Language Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Blindness / Visual Impairment
  • Deafness / Hard of Hearing

Click here to learn more about special education, as well as a complete list of disabilities recognized by the IDEA and DSM-IV.

Knowing and understanding special needs are only half the battle, especially if you’re a


10 Reasons to Blog as Professional Development

Professional development might mean a number of things to teachers — including participating in district meetings, attending a few conferences, earning a masters’ degree or networking with other education professionals on social media. These are all great options. However, an often overlooked way to expand and develop your teaching skills may be free, accessible to everyone, and right under your nose: starting a blog.

Blogging may require a bit more effort than other popular forms of professional development, but once you get the ball rolling, you may find blogging to be a very rewarding practice that helps build your career.

Our Teach100 bloggers speak out about the top 10 reasons to create and maintain a blog:

  • Think and write more clearly

7 Innovative Apps for Parent-Teacher Communication

For many parents, connecting with teachers and staying in the loop about their children’s progress in school is of the utmost importance. Studies show parental involvement helps foster and improve academic performance, while lessening children’s chances of developing behavioral problems. Simply put, involved parents help grow successful students, but in an increasingly digital age with increasingly busy parents, there is a demand for highly accessible ways for parents to connect with teachers and vice versa.

Here are seven innovative apps for smart phones/smart d…

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