Knowledge Avatars

Those Darn Knowledge Gaps!

Knowledge Avatars

One summer, when I was in elementary school, I was terrified! You see, by the end of the school year I had not yet memorized the Times Table and I knew that I'd be entering the upcoming school year clearly disadvantaged.

Those Darn Knowledge Gaps!

Knowledge Avatars

One summer, when I was in elementary school, I was terrified! You see, by the end of the school year I had not yet memorized the Times Table and I knew that I'd be entering the upcoming school year clearly disadvantaged.

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Jack & Jill Go Back To School in 2020

Knowledge Avatars

Jack and Jill are working on a physics problem. Their teacher asked them to calculate the force needed to hurl a 500 pound projectile from a spot on Earth to 20,000 miles in low earth orbit. They don’t have any idea of what they need to know to solve this problem and they don’t want to dig through numerous articles or videos on the subject. They want to learn what they need for this problem as thoroughly and rapidly as possible. On their iPads they access the Physics Knowledge Avatar.

The most important challenge in education

Knowledge Avatars

What is the most important challenge in education today? It is being able to teach students when they have some free time, when they are not distracted, and only what they need to know at the moment. Studies show that people forget 70% of what they learned 24 hours after training. So, it is essential that people only learn what they are most interested in learning at the moment. Usually, that is to solve an immediate problem.

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.

AI Brings the Teacher Back to E-Learning

Knowledge Avatars

Current e-learning has been focused primarily on mimicking the classroom, except that the teacher takes on a less important role. Students are interacting with content that a subject matter expert assembled, but there is no direct relationship between the student and the content matter expert, a.k.a., the teacher. Webinars and the occasional live interaction are inadequate substitutes for the classroom experience.

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E-learning’s Promise and Failure

Knowledge Avatars

Since the early days of computers, many of us dreamed of how computers were going to revolutionize education. We didn’t know exactly how it was going to work, but we knew that the “personal” computer made it possible to individualize education. In learning, one size does not fit all, so individualized education is the “holy grail” of education!

Learning by Interactive Programming (L.I.P.)

Knowledge Avatars

This article is about the value of programming as a teaching tool not to teach programming, but rather as a medium that students use to illustrate their understanding of a concept. For example, if a student can program a computer to draw circles using basic trigonometric functions, then the student understands the concept of a circle at a very fundamental level.

How to Know You Make a Difference #LoveTeaching

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this heartwarming episode, Christie shares one of the stories of how she knows she is making a difference. She also shares encouragement for the days when teachers fall short.

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Why I #LoveTeaching – Vicki Davis

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As part of #LoveTeaching week, I recorded some thoughts on why I love teaching. But I also have to share some of my heart about teaching, our future, and all of the amazing things our profession does for the future.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Trust and Grace in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Alana Stanton talks about what matters in the classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Each year, many educators select a word or two for the year.

Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Rebekah Dyer helps us understand how to reach all learners From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As students with learning differences are put into general classroom spaces, many teachers have misconceptions about including these special students in their classrooms. Dr. Rebekah Dyer talks about these misconceptions and how we can work to reach every child. Listen to Dr. Rebekah Dyer talk about reaching every child Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts. Whether they do or don’t, to get the most out of listening you can use this Podcast PD Template Hyperdoc. Just make a copy and adapt it for your use or print it. If you don’t have Google Docs, just use this PDF. Dr. Rebekah Dyer – Bio as Submitted Dr. Rebekah Dyer is an associate professor in the college of education at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. The courses that she teaches focus on special education. She is the faculty advisor for two clubs on campus; Best Buddies and Canyon Inclusive. Both clubs focus on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. She is the current president of the Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She graduated from Arizona State University West with a bachelor’s degree in special education and a dual certification in both regular and special education. She completed her master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Dyer graduated with a doctoral degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in special education from Grand Canyon University in the Fall of 2018. Her dissertation research focused on the inclusion of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in disability ministry programs. She presented her research at an International Autism Conference in Nanjiing, China. Linked In: [link] The post Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow! Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Equity High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Parents Special Needs Teachers Students Teachers Wonderful Classroom Wednesday

Powerful Student Voices: Helping the World Understand Kids

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah Juelke helps refugee students tell their stories From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Leah Juelke, 2018 North Dakota State Teacher of the Year, works with EL English and Speech in Fargo, North Dakota.

4 Emerging Edtech Trends in 2020

The CoolCatTeacher

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares his thoughts From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares four trends that are shaping how his schools teach with technology.

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

How Parents Can Help Kids with Math: 5 Tips that Work

The CoolCatTeacher

Math teacher Jon Orr shares tips for parents From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Parents can encourage math success just like reading success. Parents can help kids with math!

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STEM and Makerspaces in the Language Arts Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Kate Hodges, English Teacher from Ohio From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Language arts classrooms can use more than books to teach.

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#LoveTeaching Week Starts Today!

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Love Teaching Week Begins Today! February 14 is the beginning of #LoveTeaching week. Each day there are challenges and prompts so check Twitter and We Love Teaching.org ( [link] ) for how you can participate.

Teaching Fireworks: Why Zest Simmons Loves Teaching #LoveTeaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Zest Simmons on episode 626 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Zest Simmons is an award-winning AP English recognized for how she helps diverse students achieve excellence. In this episode, she tells her story for #LoveTeaching week.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

The Power of Reflection and Conversation #pln365

The CoolCatTeacher

Paul O'Neill talks about Twitter-powered PD From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Sharing and reflecting make us better educators. Today the founder of #pln365 gives us a transparent look into his journey and encourages us to take one of our own.

Student Leadership Through a Student-Led Podcast

The CoolCatTeacher

Hans Appel with the Award Winning Culture Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Award-Winning Culture is a student podcast led by teacher Hans Appel.

4 Ready to Go tips for Project Based Learning and Maker Spaces

The CoolCatTeacher

Nicholas Provenzano gets us started From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How do you get started with project-based learning (PBL) and Maker spaces?

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Voglesang on episode 209 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

What’s edtech got to do with growth mindset?

Neo LMS

I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was the first week of fifth grade and I was so ready to learn History. I had spent the previous summer poring over an Ancient Egypt book so it had to become my favorite subject.

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Meaningful Technology Integration in Math: Ideas for Designing Online Stations

Catlin Tucker

In this post, Sarah Dunn , a high school math teacher, shares her favorite technology tools and online activities. In an English or social studies class, students may use computers frequently to write papers or compose a response to a writing prompt.

3 Questions to Spark Change

The CoolCatTeacher

Vernon Wright helps us enter the No Apology Zone! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Relationships are a key component of change. We have to relate to educate. We also have to relate to cooperate with our peers.

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Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

10 Great Virtual Reality Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

The potential impact of Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom can’t be overstated. It has become the most exciting education device in a decade, enticing students to become engaged in pretty much any topic that includes a VR overlay.

Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top ten problem-solving tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Tech Tip #108: Got a Tech Problem? Google It! What to do when your Computers Don’t Work. 25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update. How to Teach Students to Solve Problems. I Can Solve That Problem…. Let Students Learn From Failure. Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind. Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day. #81: 81: Problem Solving Board. 5 Ways to Cure Technophobia in the Classroom.

5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

The CoolCatTeacher

Colby Sharp on episode 565 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Colby Sharp author of Game Changer! Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. There are some ideas for all of us here.

How to Teach Social Emotional Learning with the Arts (aka SEAL)

The CoolCatTeacher

Elizabeth Peterson on episode 604 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Elizabeth Peterson was learning about SEL and as an art teacher, she knew she could teach Social Emotional Learning with the arts. So, she did. Then, she called it SEAL.

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.