Education Technology

New Teachers: The Joys & Challenges of 21st Century Learning

Patti Grayson is an elementary teacher in Virginia and a member of the Powerful Learning Practice Network. This year she's looping with fourth graders. She blogs at Patti's Ponderings. Follow her on Twitter @pattigrayson.

There has never been a question in my mind about the importance of teaching as a profession.

In fact, to me, teaching is a calling. It takes a special person to dedicate themselves to helping guide our youth in their academic, social, and emotional development.

After all, we know there is much more to the job than imparting knowledge. In the six hours a day children spend with us, we care for and nurture the whole child – not just their brains! As a boss of mine used to say: “We don’t teach science, math, and hist…

Today’s Teachers Must Become Connected Educators

By Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

We live in an age of fast-paced change and, unfortunately, economic downturn. Most schools and school systems are not able to give us the kind of professional development we need, as often as we need it. But the good news is that we also live in an era of great technological proficiency, where many useful learning tools are available for free -- tools that are safe and fast and easy to use: information-gathering tools, knowledge-management tools and, best of all, tools for collaboration. If we are connected educators and we know how to leverage this ubiquitous technology to connect to other people who share our interes…

Happy Holidays from

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from everyone here at!

Take this holiday season to spend time with your family, friends and loved ones and reflect on the past year. What's been especially good? What have you enjoyed? Who are the people that you've enjoyed sharing it with?

This time of year is a great opportunity to think about the teachers who have made a difference in your life. As you recall the positive impact great teachers have had on you, think about how you can have that same impact on a student.

Or many students.

In this season of generosity and giving think about all the great, lasting gifts that a teacher can give. Give the gift of great teaching all year round!

Happy H…

10 Great Non-Profits Dedicated to Teachers, Students & Parents

Although most Americans agree that education is one of the most integral aspects of both a child’s life and our country’s future, schooling in the United States still faces a number of challenges. From the shortage of dedicated teachers to the need for more resources, American education as it stands could use a helping hand. In an effort to address some of these concerns, committed citizens have come together to create a number of organizations that make a difference every day in classrooms across the country. Here’s a list of some of the most important non-profit organizations dedicated to helping teachers, students and parents: …

Top 10 iPad Apps for Teachers

As the T in STEM, Technology in the classroom is becoming more relevant and teachers are increasingly becoming more tech-savvy. So it’s no surprise to find that more and more high tech tools are being used in the classroom. Schools all across the country are already being outfitted with SMART Boards, but you can also take the initiative and enhance your own teaching methods with these fun, interactive and organizational apps for your iPad:

Welcome to

We're happy to announce the launch of

Our mission here at is twofold: To show people how they can become teachers and to discuss what makes a great teacher great.

Becoming a teacher can be tricky with so many requirements that vary from state to state. is here to help with our state-by-state, interactive map that breaks down the steps you will need to take in order to become a teacher.

But it's not enough just to become a teacher. America needs great teachers. has spoken with students, parents and award-winning teachers from across the country to find out what makes a great teacher great.

Take a look around to find …