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School is almost out - reflecting on the past year as a teacher

Educational Technology Guy

We are quickly approaching the end of the school year. The weather is getting warmer, students are getting excited, and teachers are exhausted. It is a time for celebration and reflection. One thing I always did around this time of the year when I was a teacher was to reflect on the past year.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura Dennis on episode 317 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, third grade teacher.

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A new maths mastery scheme: Power Maths

EdTech4Beginners

A huge project I have been working on over the past year has been Power Maths : a new maths mastery scheme of work by Pearson. It was created in partnership with White Rose Maths and recommended by the DfE!

Costs of Specialized Teaching

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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Ann Oro: Developing A Digital Citizenship Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Ann Oro on episode 314 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Ann Oro helped her diocese develop curriculum standards for digital citizenship by grade level.

Linguistically Responsive Teachers

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. In schools across the United States, the presence of English learners in mainstream classrooms is commonplace.

Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the needs of all students

Ditch That Textbook

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that aides educators in designing lessons that meet the needs of diverse learners. We want to reach ALL of our students in a way that works best for them. But how do we actually go about doing it?

Robot-Enhanced Creative Writing and Storytelling (featuring Ozobot and Wonder’s Dot)

User Generated Education

There have been complaints leveraged against out of the box robots like Dash and Dot, Ozobot, Hummingbird, Sphero. The complaints usually revolve around the canned and prescriptive nature of their uses and programs, that they lack creative engagement by the younger users.

Learnings from Implementing Personalized Learning in Denver Public Schools

Education Elements

In the three-plus years since introducing Personalized Learning (PL) in individual schools within a large public school system, the Imaginarium, Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) innovation lab, has been studying the conditions that help and hinder the implementation of PL at scale. Personalized Learning

Carrie Pierce: Discovery and Inquiry-Based Learning in Math

The CoolCatTeacher

Carrie Pierce on episode 313 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Eighth-grade teacher Carrie Pierce uses discovery and inquiry-based learning in her classroom (and no textbooks.) Dig into how she makes math marvelous!

Why Teenagers Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should Too!)

NPR Learning and Tech

Human brains are still developing throughout our teenage and early adult years. Knowing more about the way they work can teach us about how schools can work, too. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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Alarm, Inform and Inspire: Using @WeVideo to Create PSAs about the @UN #GlobalGoals for Sustainable Development @GlobalGoalsUN with @BullisHGS

techieMusings

Written with my colleague, Dr. Sara Romeyn , our Director of Humanities and Global Studies. Students in Dr. Romeyn’s trimester elective, Contemporary Global Issues, were recently tasked with the job of investigating one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

3 Ways To Differentiate In Project-Based Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

Grow 18: On July 12, 2018 a great opportunity to attend an interactive learning session on how to effectively differentiate in Project-Based Learning. This article is a taste of the deeper exploration and learning about meeting the needs of all learners in a PBL unit.

A Case for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Classrooms

Education Elements

If recent Halloweens have taught us anything aside from the absurd amount of money spent on candy for one day, it's that those involved in child rearing must address cultural sensitivity. The young white boy who wanted to dress as a Polynesian hero named Maui or the young white girl who wanted to dress as Princess Jasmine are caught in the middle of a debate on what is acceptable.

Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

Trevor MacKenzie on episode 315 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more.

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Education Department Launches 'Top-To-Bottom' Review Of Teachers' Grant Program

NPR Learning and Tech

Public school teachers across the country say they've been improperly hit with thousands of dollars in debt when paperwork errors turned their grants into loans that they're now supposed to pay back. Image credit: Stacy Kranitz for NPR

5 Ways Curriculum and Technology Leads Can Better Work Together to Support Students

techlearning

Writing curriculum is one of the most exciting activities in education. Ok, you’re laughing, aren’t you? I know that most educators may not believe this is true, mainly because of their past experiences developing curriculum.

Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning

The Hechinger Report

Two studies on elementary schools published in June 2018 point to the importance giving teachers and students plenty of time to form relationships. Students may learn more. Photo: Jamie Martines.

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It’s 2018 – Do You Know Where Your Personalized Learners Are?

Education Elements

Personalized learning, like so much of what we value most in our schools, should be aligned to the particular educational needs of individual learners – that’s what it’s all about.

FREE Healthy Lifestyle Program for Schools: fit4Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

Daily Fitness Challenges, a Fun Sweepstakes, and a Way to Link to Parents for Healthy Lifestyle Choices From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We need promote healthy lifestyles for our students.

Border Patrol Detains U.S. Citizens In Montana For Speaking Spanish

Larry Ferlazzo

A Border Patrol agent in Montana detained two women who were U.S. citizens because they were speaking Spanish. Read it again – because they were speaking Spanish. They videotaped the encounter.

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ISTE 2018 Cheat Sheet

techlearning

I have had the opportunity to attend ISTE six times, and each time I attend, I discover new ways to make the most out of this wonderful experience. Each year, ISTE invites dynamic keynote speakers , conference presenters , and a huge exhibitor hall.

Dress codes can’t cover for bad teaching

The Hechinger Report

Students at a charter school near Washington, D.C. Photo: Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images. “In In middle school, I had a dress code and they always dress coded people,” a Washington, D.C,

We All Need a Champion

The Principal of Change

My dear friend, Jimmy Casas , wrote a fantastic book titled, “ Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. “, meant for leading schools, not school leadership only.

ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Stephanie Goldman on episode 316 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship.

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My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On What’s Wrong With Prof. Dev. & How To Fix It

Larry Ferlazzo

Why Is Professional Development So Bad: How Do We Fix It? is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show.

5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students

techlearning

Let's talk about computer science. It's an area where we need more and more people that know what they are doing. To get those people, we are going to have to teach it in schools, and thankfully many schools and states are moving that way.

How Helping Students to Ask Better Questions Can Transform Classrooms

MindShift

Educators and parents have long known that curiosity is at the center of powerful learning. But too often, in the push to meet standards and pressure to stay on pace, that essential truth about learning that sticks gets lost.

Million Dollar Advice: It’s Worth it When You Want To Change Your District

Education Elements

There are even more ways to tell a story than there are to bake a cake. A recent article in Edsurge told a story about million dollar consultants (us) and some of the districts we support in their efforts to transform teaching and learning through personalization (including Charleston County SC and Fulton County GA).

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Liz, Aly, & Walt: Ticked Off Teens Talk about Social Media and Smartphones

The CoolCatTeacher

My students speak out on episode 312 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today, three of my students take the mic. In a recent podcasting project, my students reflected on their opinions about social media.

Video: John Lewis Commencement Speech At Boston University

Larry Ferlazzo

I’m adding this to The Best Commencement Speeches. video

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Google Science Journal: A lab in your pocket

NeverEndingSearch

Sometimes an app truly demonstrates the power of mobile. Google’s Science Journal app transforms your mobile device into a little science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data and record observations from the world around them.

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STEM Sims Let Kids Explore Topics From Algebra to Zoology

techlearning

ExploreLearning Gizmos Vast array of science and math simulations impresses Pros: Gizmos are simple to use, cover nearly every topic in math and science, and come with an array of supportive resources and assessments.

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