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There are surprisingly simple, yet powerful, ideas drawn from research that are proven to get results.

You may not be aware of some of these tips and strategies because researchers tend to resist translating their results into simple prescriptions - and for good reason.

But some research yields tips that are too good to be ignored because they result in dramatic improvements and accelerated learning. Let us do the tedious work of digging through the research and make this your source for powerful and proven techniques. Crack open a PODL today!


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10 SURPRISING and EFFECTIVE Strategies for Cyberbullying

Web Savor by Donn Sawyer

Here are 10 surprising and engaging strategies you may not have considered for helping students deal with online peer aggression. Check them out and please share the link with other educators. [Grades K-12]

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18 Ways to Boost Literacy Activities Using Cool Online Tools

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Check out this FUN variety of free online tools that can serve as icebreakers or as technology-rich reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language activities in the classroom. Students can use these sites to create multimedia-rich, interactive timelines from novels and stories or generate "nonlinguistic representations" for critical vocabulary words. Uncover thinking guides, graphic organizers, photobooks, moviemakers, realistic online journals, comic book creators, and more to put a little ZING in literacy!

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6 Keys to Unlock Student Motivation

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: If ever there has been a silver bullet for breathing life into your delivery of your curriculum, it can be found in these SIX CRITICAL CONDITIONS. Why? These conditions zero in on some of the biggest problems teachers and students face every day: lack of motivation, apathy, and a student's inability to persist with complex tasks. What are the six conditions and how can we apply them to increase achievement in the classroom? Join us to explore the six elements and to access an online gold mine of technology-rich strategies that can quickly improve a teacher's capacity to reach unmotivated and disengaged students. Spend a HALF-DAY (demo & discussion) or a WHOLE DAY (demo, discussion, & hands-on technology) mastering six powerhouse strategies and walk away with a wealth of free online resources to make it happen in your classroom. Email Info@PODLS.com. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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7 Steps to Radically Raise Test Scores with Technology-Rich, PROVEN Practices

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: What PROVEN principles, practices, and assessments have the BEST chance of prompting an immediate and unprecedented effect on learning results for students performing below basic level? Explore practical applications and walk away with a massive collection of data-driven uses for digital content. Workshop participants receive a CODE to download an interactive handout packed with links to free online resources for every step. Email Info@PODLS.com if you have any questions. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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7 Steps: A Resource Collection for Step #1

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

This resource collection provides support, tools, strategies, and research for educators participating in the series of training events called "7 Steps: A Road Trip to Radically Raise Test Scores with Technology-Rich, Proven Practices." Participants explore PROVEN principles, practices, and assessments that have the BEST chance of prompting an immediate and unprecedented effect on learning results for students performing below basic level. For more information about this professional development, email Info@PODLS.com.

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7 Stupendous Back-to-School DAZE Resources

Printable by Donna Sawyer

It is back-to-school time for you, so hit the ground running with 7 power-packed online resources for EVERYTHING you need to get learning in gear. Grab this one-page quick reference for quick links to hilarious group games that break the ice, 101 things you can do the first three weeks of class, 8 ways to save money on classroom supplies, and TONS more! Crack open this PODL today!

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70+ Stupendous Sites to Promote Global Education

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Browse this colossal collection of 70+ web sites bursting at the seams with global learning connections, interactive tools, games, multimedia resources, and classroom-ready lesson ideas.

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A Flipped Vocabulary Lesson: 3 Easy Steps to Teach Academic Vocabulary for the Common Core

Printable by Donna Sawyer

The most reluctant teachers can use 3 technology-rich, research-based steps to clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and to make academic vocabulary from the Common Core State Standards relevant to the lives of students. Free, high-interest online tools, peer review, and a bit of intrigue spice up the learning outside of class while giving the teacher more time in class for formative assessment and active problem-solving. This one-page quick reference saves time and links teachers to a wealth of free multimedia tools and research-based instructional strategies. (Grades 4-12)

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A PODLS Power Drive: Student Self Assessment

Printable by Donna Sawyer

A one-page student reproducible captures student-led formative assessment in one simple, but powerful visual of a road map. This infographic can help students acquire a clear vision of the learning target, guide student self-monitoring and reflection, show progress over time, and alert teachers to adjust ongoing teaching strategies.

A POP Quiz for Educators on Responding to School Technology Abuse

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Test your ability to investigate and respond to cases of school technology abuse with a 16-question POP Quiz! How well can you spot violations of school law or school policy? When should you discipline for cyber-misconduct? Crack open this PODL today!

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An Incredible Collection of High-Interest Internet Safety Sites for Grades K-5

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

This incredible collection of Internet Safety resources for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS is overflowing with some of the best simulations, video clip galleries, games, interactives, comics, and engaging content you can find on the Web! [Web sites move and change every day. If you discover a broken link, simply type the name of the Web site into your search engine and navigate to its new location.]

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An Incredible Collection of High-Interest Internet Safety Sites for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

This incredible collection of Internet Safety resources for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS is overflowing with some of the best simulations, video clip galleries, games, interactives, comics, and engaging content you can find on the Web! [Web sites move and change every day. If you discover a broken link, simply type the name of the Web site into your search engine and navigate to its new location.]

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An Incredible Collection of High-Interest Internet Safety Sites for MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

This incredible collection of Internet Safety resources for MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS is overflowing with some of the best simulations, video clip galleries, games, interactives, comics, and engaging content you can find on the Web! [Web sites move and change every day. If you discover a broken link, simply type the name of the Web site into your search engine and navigate to its new location.]

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ANT Eater

Printable by Donna Sawyer

ANTs, or Automatic Negative Thoughts, can invade your brain and cause you to believe things that aren't true about yourself. Discover which species of ANTS you have and learn how to get rid of them.

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Brainy Spray Paint

Printable by Donna Sawyer

What happens every time you have a thought? Your brain sprays powerful chemicals that set off a chain reaction. Learn more about this reaction, and then master a special technique to take control of stressful thoughts.

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Bullying: The ONLY Answer to the Problem

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Is peer aggression improving in our schools? NO. "Traditional attempts by schools to change bullies, or to teach them a lesson, are not only futile but actually make the problem worse." (Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Developmental Psychologist) What are we missing? What can we do? This 26-page resource explains why traditional approaches do not work and outlines a two-pronged approach that educators can use to get REAL results. It also includes free online multimedia resources, eBooks, and legal information, along with a bonus collection of online safety sites featuring simulations, games, strategies, video galleries, and some very cool tools. [NOTE: Workshop Participants receive a free download code as part of the training.]

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Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse

Printable by Donna Sawyer

"Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse" is packed with practical strategies and ready-made resources for quickly responding to cases of school technology abuse. Some of the resources include: Suggested Steps for Responding to Violations of School Law or School Policy, A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, and Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt to Expose Teachers to Your Policies, A List of Free High-Quality eSafety Sites, and MORE.

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Class Action: Workshop Participant Resource Guide

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This participant resource guide, called "Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse," is packed with practical strategies and ready-made resources for quickly responding to cases of school technology abuse. Some of the resources include: Suggested Steps for Responding to Violations of School Law or School Policy, A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, and Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt to Expose Teachers to Your Policies, A List of Free High-Quality eSafety Sites, and MORE.

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Cranial Concoctions: An Outrageously FUN Collection of 100+ Free Online Tools

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Make vital Common Core connections for every research and digital media standard through the use of group brainstorming tools, visual thinking maps, student response systems, movie-makers, cartoon creators, geo-located interactive timelines, augmented reality platforms, QR code campaigns, photo editors, infographic generators, and more! This fabulous collection of 100 Web tools can help you recode new learning, or change the packaging of information from the one in which it is delivered. It is all about RECODING, not regurgitating facts. This process of recoding helps to consolidate new information into memory.

Harness the power of digital media to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and to engage yourself with 1) multiple means of representation, 2) multiple means of expression, and 3) multiple means of engagement.

Web Tools are organized into four main sections: PLAN AHEAD / BECOME AN EXPERT / CREATE AMAZING PRODUCTS / GET SOCIAL

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Cyberbullying: An Eye-Opening Response to the Intensifying Cyber-Cruelty of Children to One Another

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Is the problem of peer aggression improving in our schools? No. Dr. Gordon Neufeld explains, "Traditional attempts by schools to change bullies, or to 'teach them a lesson,' are not only futile but actually make the problem worse... When we lack insight into the underlying dynamics of bullying and perceive it to be nothing more than a behavior issue we miss the root of the problem." Workshop participants will investigate the various "pathologies" of peer aggression in order to understand the root of the problem and design more effective interventions. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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DreamBuilder

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Three steps and a reproducible Dream Sheet can help students turn small goals into big dreams. As John Goddard says, "If you really know what you want out of life, it's amazing how opportunities will come to enable you to carry them out."

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Fear in School

Audio by Quote by John Holt | Narration by Louise Gomedella

Louise Gomedella, a retired North Carolina elementary school teacher, narrates a powerful quote about fear from John Holt's book, How Children Fail. "Interestingly, it appears that of all the emotions, the brain devotes the most space and energy to fear." (Schaffhausen, 2005) Neuroimaging scans demonstrate that under stressful conditions information is blocked from entering the brain's areas of higher cognitive memory consolidation and storage. (Willis, 2007)

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Fight or Flight: Feel Like Running Away?

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Do you have a student that gets so upset that he or she tries to run away? Help kids who are suffering from anxiety learn a coping strategy that literally activates the vagus nerve, triggering a cascade of calming effects to nearly all the organs in the chest and abdomen.

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Gateways to Evidence on Proven Programs

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Before spending a dime of your school's money, review these free online gateways to study the characteristics of technology uses that research indicates are producing significant results.

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Global Trade-Trade-Chat Cards

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is one of several PODLS that form a colossal Global Awareness Kit bursting at the seams with connections to the Common Core State Standards, quick and easy lesson ideas, activity cards, handouts, and engaging website collections.

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Happy PODlers

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

See what a few Happy PODlers have said about our professional development seminars, PODLS: Portable On-Demain Learning Strategies, and The PODL Profile Tools: A Portable On-Demand Learning Profile for generating personalized reports of learner preferences and personality traits.

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High-Voltage Vocabulary for Students

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Students, lose that long list of copied definitions and use this proven approach to OVERPOWER words that trip your circuits. Take each word through these five steps of fun with technology tools. By the time you finish Step 5 you should have the word stored in long-term memory. It is no surprise that the way to score well on the Verbal SAT is to have a large vocabulary, but do you know there is a positive connection between the size of your vocabulary and your future money-making potential? If you don't build your vocabulary, who will?

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I Can't Burial

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Conduct this "I Can't" Burial to help students eliminate negative thinking. The reproducibles are ideal for activities leading up to Halloween. (Exercise caution, however, as some students may have experienced a recent death in the family.)

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Icebreaker: Compare / Contrast

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This icebreaker warms up small groups as they compare and contrast the lesson's key concepts and enduring understandings. The activity employs synectics for promoting creative thinking and provides productive processing time, which is essential if we expect learners to make meaning out of new information.

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Databases

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Multimedia

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Word Processing

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Societal Issues

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics.

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Spreadsheets

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Internet Safety Education in Three Simple Steps

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Plan for Internet Safety Education in three simple power steps using free high-quality online resources. See page two of your download for a one-page quick reference. The results are amazing!

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Internet Safety Education Planning for Leadership Teams

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Pull together your leadership team and plan a comprehensive Internet Safety Education Curriculum while helping teachers embed technology standards into the Common Core utilizing FREE high-quality online teaching and learning resources. It's not about Erate. It's about child development. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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iPanic Button - A Critical Response Kit

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Download this Internet Safety "Critical Response Kit for Worried Caregivers" and keep the one-page quick reference on hand if you suspect that technology abuse is threatening the emotional development of a child.

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Learning Resources for The PODL Profile

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Access a growing collection of evidence-based strategies, Common Core activities, student reproducibles, trading cards, mini posters, research, and more, for "The PODL Profile."

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Literacy and Technology: 'Have you Heard?' Trading Cards

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Use "Have You Heard?" trading cards as an icebreaker to expose teachers to a variety of free online tools for using technology and digital media to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language activities in the classroom.

Literacy and Vocabulary in the Content Area: A Perfect Couple

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

It may be easy to say that every teacher is a teacher of reading, but what about the multitude of upper grade educators who have had little preparation for delivering powerfully integrated literacy skills in the content area? With almost 9 million adolescents struggling to read, educators have no time to waste. Learn one way to QUICKLY incorporate five components critical to the development of reading proficiency: decoding/phonemics, morphology, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension. Oh yes, and there's a HUGE collection of matching online tools for each component.

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LITERACY: 10 Free Technology Tools to Increase Fluency with Audio-Assisted Reading

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Explore 10 free Web sites that can be used for increasing reading fluency with audio-assisted technology tools. There is something for everyone from toddlers to teens, plus a practical list of classroom management tips and ideas. FLUENCY is far more than oral reading; it is the bridge that takes students from decoding words to comprehending them. In fact, reading fluency STRONGLY predicts performance on state tests - across grade levels and states! [Educational Research Newsletter] Research consistently demonstrates that reading along with audio accelerates the reading fluency and comprehension of struggling readers, students with learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. [From Fluency to Comprehension, by Teaching Practices That Work]

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More Powerful Than a Pacing Guide: The Importance of Building Community in the Classroom

Audio by Michael Cook

Michael Cook, a highly effective High School English Teacher, doctoral student, and graduate assistant in the College of Health, Education & Human Development at Clemson University, shares his tried and true secret for reaching and teaching the apathetic learner. Let's join Michael as he talks about how we must first do the hard work of building trust, relationship, and family so that young people are open in ways that allow us to communicate positive attitudes and essential standards

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Motivation Key #1: Ten Powerful Behavior Management Resources

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Explore this rich collection of resources for immediate support in identifying and adapting effective relationship-building disciplinary practices. In this list you will find a free online database with step-by-step instructions for handling over 120 misbehaviors, powerful responses to problem behaviors, instructional design strategies to boost student engagement, and MORE. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments for successful behavior management. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #2: Amazing Online Tools for Global Awareness and Building Community

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Group brainstorming tools, social voting sites, visual thinking maps, student response systems, movie-makers, cartoon creators, and geo-located interactive timelines with a social twist can turn community building and global awareness into an adventure! Dive into this pool of free online tools to help students "prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on other's ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively." [K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards, Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration] NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #3: A BONANZA of Tools to Create, Produce, and Publish

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Make vital Common Core connections for every research and digital media standard with this massive list of tools for students to produce and publish writing, brainstorm and organize ideas, and gather relevant information from multiple sources. ---->NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #4: Boost Critical Thinking with Digital Learning Resources

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Dip into this list of digital learning resources for concept-based activities, exit slip templates, posters, 5-minute formative assessment strategies, ideas to boost critical thinking, and loads of problem-solving opportunities. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #5: Five Power Tools to Promote Self Regulation

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Leadership experts often say that the toughest person to control is ourselves. How true! Put these 5 POWER TOOLS to the test and learn strategies to self monitor and self regulate, practice mnemonic devices, download a poster for tracking progress, master tips for drowning out distractions, and while you're there, check out High-Voltage Vocabulary - a proven 5-step approach to learn academic vocabulary. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #6: Future-Ready or Not, Here Comes Life!

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

If you are between the ages of eleven and twenty, take note. What you do with your abilities during this time can have a lasting impact on your future success as an adult. How so? Dramatic changes are taking place in your brain. Find out what is going on in there. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Multiplayer Games and Simulations

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is SERIOUS PLAY! Download a chart of free online multiplayer games and simulations where students can work collaboratively on missions to the moon, live among a pack of wolves, participate in government, or travel back in history to interact with other cultures. Drawing on research from around the world, Daniel Pink outlines the fundamentally human abilities that are essentials for professional and personal success. Creative play is one of the key essentials of the Conceptual Age. Even Albert Einstein remarked, "Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought."

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Myelin Miracle Grow: Your Brain is a Muscle That Can Be Made Stronger

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Your brain is a muscle that can be made stronger. It continues developing into your mid-twenties, and it has enormous plasticity, or the ability to change. It is too bad so many people believe they are "stuck" with being only so smart. Your intelligence is NOT set in stone. You can do several things to boost brain power and improve your learning potential. Let's start with a few simple changes you can make today.

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North Carolina DATA SOURCES: A Quick Reference

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

This collection of quick links places North Carolina data sources at your fingertips for ready access. Use the link collection on the web page or download a PDF with additional resources, such as a reproducible for triangulation of data and a chart for recording multiple measures of data. [Source: NCPublicSchools.org]

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People and Cultures Photo Activity (Legal Size Paper)

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is one of several PODLS that form a colossal K-2 Global Awareness Kit bursting at the seams with connections to the Common Core State Standards, quick and easy lesson ideas, activity cards, handouts, and engaging website collections.

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Responding to School Technology Abuse: A One-Page Quick Reference

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This one-page quick reference suggests critical steps for responding to school technology abuse and is designed to spark important conversations among school staff about school law, policies, discipline, and more. Download the FULL Kit, called "Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse," for practical strategies and ready-made resources, such as: A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt, and Free High-Quality Internet Safety Sites.

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Seriously Amazing Online Content to Grab Students' Attention

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Use this collection of seriously amazing online content to make students THIRSTY to learn more so that you can set the hook and reel them in to the lesson! Tap into the "out of the ordinary" to stimulate curiosity, focus attention, and set the stage for learning.

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Student Achievement Data Workspace

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Download this student achievement data worksheet as a starting point in gathering evidence of critical instructional needs. Achievement data is one of the four types of data needed to reveal strengths and weaknesses in the system and focus goals. A comprehensive assessment plan makes use of multiple sources of information, including achievement data, demographic data, program data, and perception data.

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Supporting Research

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

The Search for Answers: Under what conditions do we choose to meet a learning goal? What motivates us to put forth the energy to perform academic tasks? How do we learn best? In other words, what POWERS engagement in the deepest of learning activities?

Teaching in a 21st Century Classroom: 7 Things Every Student Should Know

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Technology changes daily and it is almost impossible to keep up with it, much less know how to guide youngsters who live in the thick of it. Join other educators for a day of thought-provoking, engaging multimedia experiences and learn more about topics like,

  • Seven Sample Scripts Teachers can Modify for Class Discussion
  • Permanent Virtual Ink and a Student's Reputation
  • Tricks, Scams, and Thieves: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • What Your Students Keep Secret About Cyberbullying
  • 10 Ways You're Not As Private As You Think
  • Holding Kids Accountable for Online Behavior
  • Training Kids to Spot a Predator
  • Access to tons of Free, High-Quality Online Games, Tools, and Apps
Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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Teaching Vocabulary for the Common Core: 5 Proven Steps

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Anyone can use the five research-based steps to clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and to make academic vocabulary from the Common Core State Standards relevant and meaningful to the lives of students. We know that so many factors outside of school have a big impact on student success, but "new research demonstrates that one factor in particular--academic vocabulary--is one of the strongest indicators of how well students will learn subject area content when they come to school." (The Art and Science of Teaching: Six Steps to Better Vocabulary Instruction, by Robert J. Marzano)

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Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain

Interactive by Content: Donna Sawyer, Artist: Judy Monroe

What if you could hear your students' brains talk? What would they say? Find out with Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain. Simply roll over a thought balloon to learn powerful strategies from the field of brain research.

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Technology Integration Made Easy: A One-Page Quick Reference

Printable by Donna Sawyer

The integration of technology into traditional classroom instruction presents an array of problems for teachers: lack of time to explore and learn, lack of access, lack of scaffolding and support, and inadequate professional development to name but a few. To make technology integration easier, you can download this one-page, three-step process embedded with hyperlinks to match Common Core learning targets and instructional strategies with powerful and useful technological tools. Methods for formative assessment are included. Get results fast with this power-packed technology integration quick reference.

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The EZ Button: Take the DIS Out of Discipline

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This simple three-step framework takes the stress out of discipline while providing a consistent response which gives the adult time to cool down, gather information from a professional database, and then assemble an effective plan to address the misbehavior. Step #3 links you to a free online database with step-by-step directions for handling over 120 misbehaviors. Kiss classroom management worries goodbye!

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The Memory Power Switch: 16 Strategies to Know

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Your brain is a powerful learning tool, but it requires some effort to hang on to information in short-term memory, and then a bit more effort to move it into long-term memory. Power up your memory by learning sixteen strategies and mnemonic devices.

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The Stew Pot

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Based on Dr. Marzano's explanation of "bracketing," this simple idea helps kids set aside distracting or troubling thoughts in order to focus on learning.

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The Trouble Terminator

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This digital robot chomps up troubles to help kids deal with issues that are typically too sensitive or too embarrassing to discuss with a trusted adult.

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The Write Moods Pencils

Printable by Donna Sawyer; Artwork: Judy Monroe

Help students to become aware of and manage volatile emotions with The Write Moods Pencils. Since learning potential is diminished when emotions are running hot, consider a variety of uses for this PODL: word processing activities, journaling, in-school suspension, conflict resolution, and more!

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Tips, Tools, and GUERRILLA Warfare [Internet Safety]

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Attention, all Parents and Teachers: This quick reference contains 9 SERIOUS internet safety messages EVERY student needs to hear, ages 8-18. Embedded links to online resources supplement each message with practical information, videos, tools, and games.

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Trade-Trade-Chat Cards for NC WiseOwl

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Get North Carolina educators up and moving with an icebreaker that guarantees 100% participation and reinforces important background information about NC WiseOwl. NC students can use the resources in WiseOwl for gathering, evaluating, and using information for research, project learning, solving problems and making informed decisions.

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Tremendous Technology Integration Ideas

Printable by Donna Sawyer

No time to waste. Get results fast with this quick reference to some of the best technology integration ideas online today.

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Use Table Totem Poles for Multiple Exposures to Details

Printable by Donna Sawyer

According to the research by Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock in their book, Classroom Instruction that Works, students should have systematic, multiple exposures to details at a deep enough level to understand and recall them. Students must be exposed to details at least three or four times within a two-day span before anyone can legitimately expect them to remember those details or use them in any meaningful way. Use Table Totem Poles to scaffold this process through small group work that sparks loads of laughter and learning.

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Wall-Size Data Team FOCUS Chart [36 x 48 inches]

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This PDF is pre-formatted for printing a 36" x 48" larger-than-life data team FOCUS chart at STAPLES. An oversized chart makes learning visible as data teams pinpoint each learning destination, map the instructional path, apply high-yield strategies, align digital learning tools, and chart results from common assessments.

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Weaving Global Themes into the Common Core - Grades K-2

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is one of several PODLS that form a colossal K-2 Global Awareness Kit bursting at the seams with connections to the Common Core State Standards, quick and easy lesson ideas, activity cards, handouts, and engaging website collections.

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Workshop Flyer: Class Action, Responding to School Technology Abuse

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This training offers practical step-by-step guidance to help administrators and educators respond to school technology abuse, provides a collection of free multimedia content for educating students, and places strategic legal decision-making ability at your fingertips. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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Your Brain and Sleep

Printable by Donna Sawyer

With new technologies, scientists can now measure the impact of only one lost hour of sleep. It's time to get the facts on sleep deprivation, because you are losing a lot more than sleep. Crack open this PODL and learn what happens to your brain when it doesn't get enough sleep.

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Youth & Technology: 7 Conversations Every Child Needs to Have With An Adult They Respect

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This 27-page guide, with 7 five-minute "scripts" for conversations to have with kids, can literally alter the course of your child's behavior online - for the better. Absolutely no computer experience is necessary for using a script. Draw upon your unique parenting style and personality to adapt the information to fit the needs of the child. These conversations can take place in the car, while washing dishes, or at bedtime. Each "script" comes bundled with quick links to matching video clips, interactive simulations, and additional information for adults like, "The Top 15 Scams Used by Thieves,"10 Ways You're Not As Private As You Think," and "Editor's Choice Parental Control Tools." While this resource is a tremendous timesaver, it accomplishes something far more important by sending the message to kids, "You may know more than I do about technology, but I know more about life and the consequences of your actions. I am responsible for you and that is the most important job I will ever have." This eBook promotes open communication and generates deep, meaningful discussion about the serious UNSPOKEN issues faced by kids 24/7 in a digital world. When we fail to recognize and understand widely accepted online behaviors among youth, we lack credibility--and that is one of the biggest mistakes we can make. You can avoid making that mistake with one simple download of "7 Conversations Every Child Needs to Have."