October, 2016

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140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher’s lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she’d found on Twitter that had her students raving. She thought Twitter made no sense. All without having to post even one tweet.

The chasm between math research and classroom practice

Dangerously Irrelevant

Steve Leinwand and Steve Fleischmann said: In mathematics instruction, a chasm exists between research and practice. For evidence of this gap, look no further than the mismatch between what research says about developing students’ conceptual mathematics understanding and what we actually do. An example is the way we teach math content in elementary and middle schools. emphasis added].

50 Hacks That Make Every Single Student Love You and Your Class

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Do students hate your class? Do they hate you? Think long and hard before you answer. often hear my own children say, “I can’t stand that class”. There were plenty of times in my 23 years as a classroom teacher that students were saying, “I hate Mr. Barnes”. They didn’t usually say it to […]. Featured Inspiration HackLearning

Leveling Up: How Digital Game-Based Learning Is Altering Education

EdNews Daily

At the turn of the 21st century, public interest in games as learning tools took hold. In the eyes of digital game-based learning proponents, the general public and today’s teachers finally understood something that students and educational researchers knew all along. Since the advent of digital games, ongoing research has supported their effectiveness in education. Definitions. to modern times.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

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6 Riveting Ways to Make Reading and Writing Fun for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Creative Literacy Lessons with Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Therapy dogs. Lunch bunch. Reading groups. These are just of a few ideas you can use to excite students about reading and writing. Writing can be fun. So can reading. Let’s discuss lots of creative ideas that work. This inspiring show will get you started. Writing Competitions.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. Often, much time and decision making power is spent on the device chosen, rather than if it can be used at home.

The global extreme poverty rate has reduced to less than 10 percent…so what?

The Christensen Institute

In October 2015, for the first time ever, the World Bank estimated that the global rate of people living in extreme poverty (calculated as people living on less than $1.90 per day) fell to just under than ten percent. Consider this—in 1990, there were approximately 5.2 billion people on the planet, 37 percent of whom were living in extreme poverty. Image via Washington Post. How to move forward.

11 Ridiculously Easy Classroom Cleaning Hacks

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. You spend lots of time before school even starts making sure that your classroom is in great order—supplies away, surfaces sparkling, shelves and cubbies totally organized. And then the students arrive. It doesn’t take too many days and too many students for that well-planned order to disintegrate—especially when you tend to the daily work of […].

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The Top 4 Reasons Why Teachers Should be Using Google Classroom


This fall, as part of our #ETTchat series , Communications Editor  James Daley  will be chatting with our EdTechTeacher instructors about some of their favorite tools, apps, and strategies for the classroom. In this post, he chats with Ben Sondgeroth about why teachers should be using Google Classroom. Ben is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, and one of EdTechTeacher’s newest instructors.

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How Librarians Hold the Key to Future Ready Schools

Digital Promise

Do you see librarians as part of the future? Courtesy Mark Ray Mark Ray is the Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools. posed that question in my recent TEDx talk during the 2016 Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools meeting in San Diego. In my district , across the League, and across the U.S., the answer is coming back: “Heck Yeah!”. Blog Educators League of Innovative Schools

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Games are fun. We can use them to teach. It isn’t that hard. Game based learning excites learning in my classroom. It can ignite your classroom too. In this post, I’ll share what I’m doing in my classroom. What are serious games?

Learning About Ormiboard-Part 1

The Web20Classroom

When I began to introduce Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to my former district one of the questions (albeit anxiety filled) from teachers was with all these devices in the classroom how will we make sure students are doing what we need them to be doing? While those conversations around content and pedagogy are important, the need for specific tools to enhance that learning environment are crucial.


If poverty is not a resource problem, then what is it?

The Christensen Institute

In his 1949 presidential inaugural address, popularly referred to as the Four Points speech, Harry Truman introduced the concept of international development as we know it today. In his speech, he asked Americans to “embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas.”

Your Teacher Doesn’t Hate You – But She Might Not Like Your Writing

EdNews Daily

Written By: Stephen D. Senturia. Too often a student is reduced to tears or driven to fury by the red marks and criticisms that a teacher puts on an essay or term paper. It’s natural to feel personally attacked, even hated, since in writing that essay you put some of your personal energy out there, your own stuff, and she didn’t like it. It takes discipline, but it pays off. Rewrite the paper!

I made my classroom look like the real-world—and test scores soared

eSchool News

Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after graduation. Are employees evaluated using bubble-in tests to prove they know the ins and outs of their job? Do they learn and use new skills one at a time in a vacuum? The questions sound a bit silly until you realize too often that’s what students take away from their education.

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How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go — Starting With The Grocery Store

NPR Learning and Tech

A $20 intervention caused a big boost in conversations between parents and kids. Researchers say there are lots of untapped opportunities like these to help kids learn out of school

How Do You Mend a Broken Teacher?

The CoolCatTeacher

Life Lessons from Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Broken. It happens. It hurts deeply. have had days when I didn’t know how I would get out of bed and make it to school. Most teachers I respect have had periods of deep brokenness too. So has Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden, co-founder of Ron Clark Academy.

Celebrating Five Years of Leadership with the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

This week, as we celebrate Digital Promise’s fifth anniversary , we also welcome the districts who are part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the League of Innovative Schools. Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools are changing the model of traditional public education and building policies, programs, and practices that demonstrate how forward-thinking leadership, combined with driven, empowered educators and smart technology use, can transform learning. In addition, as we highlight our new League leaders, we also want to feature the work and knowledge of our current members.

Are students buying what we’re selling?

The Christensen Institute

Calls for innovation in education seem to get louder by the day. Innovation” has become the catchall term for the urge to make up for what our current system lacks; a system that, on balance, is neither delivering an equally high-quality education to all students equally, nor designed to reliably prepare young people for the modern workforce. The take away? appeared first on Christensen Institute

Technology does not equal innovation, but using technology is often crucial to innovation.

The Principal of Change

Lately I have been doing things a little different in my workshops. Instead of slowing down and showing step-by-step every little thing that I am doing with technology, I am purposefully going fast and showing people the speed of how quickly I can get things done amazingly well with the technology. That’s the hard work. Yet technology does not equate to innovation.  . See image below).


Implementing Wearable Technology at Schools Boosts Engagement, Motivation

EdTech Magazine

By Courtney Pepe, Stephanie Talalai These best practices from a New Jersey school for students with disabilities outline four ways wearable tech can head to the classroom. Classroom Digital Content Mobility STEM Wearables

A Sesame Study In Kindness

NPR Learning and Tech

A new survey from Sesame Workshop found that parents and teachers worry a lot about kindness — what it looks like, how to cultivate it and why there isn't enough of it in the world

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How Do We Teach Politics to Kids During an R-rated election?

The CoolCatTeacher

The US Presidential Election Can Be Taught: But How? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The fifteen thousand pound Statue of Freedom placed upon the US Capitol Building is dressed to defend her country. During my summer in DC, I would squint into the bright light and try to see the Statue of Freedom a little more clearly. That summer, she captured me.

Does the classroom of the future look more like a coffee shop?

eSchool News

Peek inside Brittany Horning’s second-grade class at L’Ouverture Elementary School, and you’ll see kids sprawled on large ottomans, perched atop bouncy seats, lying back on gamer-style recliners and using footstools as makeshift desks. It looks more like a living room or a neighborhood coffee shop – minus the whirring espresso machine – than a traditional classroom with rows of desks.

Uncovering what works in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

To scale effective blended and personalized learning environments, we first need to develop a better understanding of what learning approaches work, for which students, in what circumstances. This level of insight is necessary to build replicable theories of change, and it will move us beyond educational “best practices” that lack true predictive power. Blended learning up close—really close.

Class Divide Debuts Oct. 3rd: HBO Documentary Shines Light on the Inequalities of Education

EdNews Daily

Main (Top) Photo: Joel. Credit: Tom LeGoff/courtesy of HBO). Commentary by Robyn Shulman: I was privileged to have an early screening of this film. As a parent, educator and writer, this film hit every emotion within me. Class Divide is a moving film in all aspects-from the stories, to the beautiful faces of each child-you will feel something deep in your heart that says, “This is not okay.”

Makerspaces Encourage Students to Innovate and Build Critical Thinking Skills

EdTech Magazine

By Karen J. Bannan Schools offer tips on setting up hands-on learning in all kinds of spaces. Classroom Curriculum Game-based Learning STEM

Study Finds Students Of All Races Prefer Teachers Of Color

NPR Learning and Tech

Regardless of their own race, students had more favorable perceptions of teachers of color, according to a new study from New York University

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45 Minute Goals Can Transform Your Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Shelly Sanchez Terrell dives deep into the transformative program From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Don’t walk in the classroom defeated. Make professional development personal. Start tomorrow. It is easy in simple, small steps. For the last seven years, Shelly Terrell’s 30 Goals Challenge has ignited teacher learning. Listen to the show.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Tech directors are a busy lot these days. With big changes to federal funding models, pressing bandwidth needs (on campus and at home), and the everlasting conversation between IT and instruction departments, there’s a lot on their plates. What follows is an excerpt of that conversation. Stuart Burt : When they changed E-rate a couple years ago, it was a learning curve. Talk to teachers.

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Stop the Homework Insanity and Let Kids Be Kids

A Principal's Reflections

I have so many fond memories of my childhood. Growing up in a relatively rural area of Northwestern New Jersey sure had its benefits. As we returned home from school each day, my brothers and I would jump off the bus and diligently make our way about a half-mile back to our house. Life sure was good and relatively stress free. Things changed a bit once Atari and Nintendo took hold.