How to Teach Bravery

The CoolCatTeacher

Michelle Cottrell-Williams on episode 603 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Bravery, vulnerability, acceptance of others, acceptance of yourself — these can be difficult things to teach. Go to

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Using Blog Tools Since 2006

Learning With Lucie

Recently I asked my graduate students to share their experience with digital portfolios. My love for blogging tools as a digital platform started back in 1999 when my students started exploring digital tools to keep track of their learning using tools like Live Journal and Xanga.

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How to Podcast with Your Students – SULS014

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Podcast with Your Students – SULS014 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this post and podcast episode, you will learn How to Podcast with Your Students, what tools to use, and how easy it is to get started! Click To Tweet.

Google Parts Ways With Longtime Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap


One of the most visible faces of Google’s education efforts—who helped lay the groundwork for its dominance in the U.S. After more than 14 years at Google, my last day is today,” Jaime Casap, the company’s former chief education evangelist, said in a YouTube video posted on June 27.

36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

The CoolCatTeacher

and a Link to a Free Resource with More Tips From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. So many of these tools are new to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Haiku Learning is the tool I use to blend my classroom.

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Now a Google Certified Educator


After seeing droves of people flock the EdTechTeam booth at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, I finally decided to look into what might be getting so many people excited! I should take and ace this test right now to get my certification!”

4 Strategies Designed to Drive Metacognitive Thinking

Catlin Tucker

More formally, “metacognition was originally referred to as the knowledge about and the regulation of one’s cognitive activities in learning processes” (Veenman, Van Hout-Wolters, & Afflerbach, 2006, p.3). When students fail to set goals, they lack focus.

ISTE 2018: Where I?ll Be Presenting and Joining in the Learning #iste18

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been going most years since 2006 and while it overwhelms me, it is truly an awesome learning experience. This post is full of resources to get the most of your ISTE 2018 experience whether you are there (or not.). Places to Join: Free LiveStreamed Events for ISTE.

The Value of Googleable Questions?

Tech Helpful

In 2006 my oldest daughter was in 4th grade and part of the curriculum was called "Daily Oral Geography." This is a well known geography curriculum that consists of weekly worksheets to teach geography. She could look up all sorts of maps to answer her questions.

Celebrate the National Day on Writing and Hangout with Author Kate Messner

Shake Up Learning

Google Hangout with author Kate Messner Register Now! To celebrate the National Day on writing, We Are Teachers is offering a unique opportunity for you to connect your classes with an award-winning author! To learn more about Kate and her books, please visit her website, [link].

Five Learning Strategies that Work

Digital Promise

As the amount of information available to us grows each day, many people turn to “curated” websites to find news and ideas that are are most relevant to them. How easily they could be used by students and teachers. 2006).

How YouTube Star John Green Thinks About His Educational Videos


For this week’s podcast, we reached out to one of the masters of making educational videos, John Green, and asked for his advice and thoughts on the state of education during this unprecedented time. I usually say I work in educational videos, and that’s how I think of that work,” he said.

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5 Ways Adobe Premiere Rush Encourages Creativity in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Product Review: Features, Lesson Plan Ideas, and Tips From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Adobe Premiere Rush is a simple to use video creation tool that includes powerful camera features, video editing, and publishing features. Here’s how.

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From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia over the past several years as the state moved from testing to transformation. Screencastify is the screencasting tool I recommend for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Professional Development: The Next Generation pt 1


If they fail to get a tire changed in seconds, it’s a major public event. If you are a professional marketer, you attend events like InBound 2017 and willingly pay a lot of money to stay in front of the pack, because results are the lifeblood of marketers.

Get on a Roll this Year (Part 3)


One of the best examples I have found of this approach was written up by Theresa Ukrainetz, a context maven (2017); I have used this quote to launch collaborative activities in workshops: “SLPs can link to the curriculum with thematic whole-part treatment units.

A Call to Remake the Maker Faire


After 15 years of inspiring millions of people to be creative and “make” something out of just about nothing, Maker Media, the company behind much of momentum, shut down due to financial shortfalls. Strap a camera to a kite and take aerial photos. To make stuff.

What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking?


In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding ,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us understand what we mean by phrases like “Teach kids to code” and “Computer science for all.” Well, what is Computational Thinking (CT), and how does it differ from Coding and Computer Science—especially when it comes to classroom practice and instruction? Computational Thinking Resources: How Can You Add CT to Your Classroom?

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Are Free Educational Videos Worth It?


Quick take: Find out how most teachers are finding their educational videos for their lessons and the 5 problems that come from using free resources: Advertisements. Could using free resources from the internet be detrimental to education? The solution to free and the numerous.

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Nostalgia will NOT get my PhD finished….but it is a nice diversion

Learning Confluence

I would like to be working (money is a requirement to pay bills) however my FT contract with CSU finished in December… and I am waiting (patiently?) for something to come up again this year. I would like to get on with my career in Higher Education (what career?)…

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The Challenge of Teaching News Literacy


Today on the podcast we’re talking about news literacy, and the challenge of teaching students to navigate the relentless flow of information they get through social media and websites and YouTube and. Listen to the discussion on this week’s EdSurge On Air podcast.

Blessings for the Broken Teacher: Students, Kintsugi, and Inspiring Life Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

Award Winning teacher Aimee Ross talks about how she’s learned from her students through struggle, brokenness and the ups and downs of life. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. We’re here to serve.

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SEL: A Leadership Roundtable


School leaders discuss their district approaches to Social Emotional Learning. One component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires school leaders to measure students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) in order to gauge school success.

Will the real Montessori please stand up?

The Hechinger Report

They weren’t specifically looking for a Montessori program, but that style of learning appealed to the three parents; it was a sort of added bonus to a school that advertised itself as a “Montessori garden” where kids would spend most of their time outside.

8 tips for making the most of limited tech in the classroom

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I am currently taking a break to raise my three beautiful children. I am so excited to be guest blogging today about one of the biggest problems/advantages teachers have in the classroom…TECHNOLOGY. Whether you have a lot or a little, something always seems to go wrong.

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Working to Bring Diversity to Tech is a ‘Trek for a Lifetime’


Maria Klawe became the first woman president for the college in 2006, and she’s made it one of her missions to change that trend. That has meant working to do things like make introductory computer-science classes more welcoming to all. Klawe is also taking her mission outside of the college, by helping efforts that encourage girls to code long before they’re old enough for higher education. Listen to the discussion on this week’s EdSurge On Air podcast.

Wikipedia Is NOT Wicked!

The Daring Librarian

We''re doing a disservice not teaching our kids HOW to use it and how to cite Sadly, I don''t believe teachers & college professors are ready to wrap their mind around or admit recent studies that show: Wikipedia as accurate as Britannica.

Fighting Apathy, Neglect and Racism to Give Left-Behind Learners a Chance


A friend of mine jokingly refers to me a “Pryzbylewski,” referring to the cop-turned-teacher in “The Wire” who develops a strong relationship with the middle schoolers in his class—many of whom are affiliated with gangs. I came to the Cobb County School District in 2006. My boss at the time, who brought me into education, told me not to worry. I asked my students to take out their workbooks and turn the page—I got dead eyes and gum chewing.

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A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. ” BYOD programs allow students to use their own technology (usually smartphone or tablet) in a classroom.

Repost: How I coined the term ‘open source’

Iterating Toward Openness

Over the weekend Christine Peterson published an essay on describing the emergence of the ideas behind “open source software” and how she coined the name twenty years ago. Her essay is nice companion to the one I recently posted about the emergence of the ideas behind “open content” and how I coined that name a few months later in 1998. This is my account of how I came up with it, how it was proposed, and the subsequent reactions.

Teaching Geopolitics: Fantasy Football as a Learning Game


North Lakes sits on a lonely back road in Forest Lake, one of those far-flung Minneapolis suburbs that boasts plenty of retail—it’s sandwiched between a Target and a WalMart—but sits so impossibly far from the city, and so close to open wilderness, that calling it a suburb seems an overreach.

Eight Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom


65% said, “It’s not related to the subjects I teach.” And, Branch says, that doesn’t even mean that every student in those states learns about it: Only two states require students to take earth or environmental science classes to graduate high school.

Khan Academy Has Inspired Imitations Across Disciplines. MEDKSL is the Latest.


Since he introduced Khan Academy in 2006, the free, open-access education platform has inspired several knock-offs focused on specific disciplines. The latest, MEDSKL , aims to provide comprehensive medical content for use inside and outside the classroom. At the time, I’d been hearing about what Khan was doing and suddenly I realized there’s a fundamental divide between how we’ve traditionally taught medical school and how the next generation is wired to learn.”

Humanizing technology

Learning With Lucie

This week I had the benefit of attending a two day workshop lead by a master facilitator, Liz Lerman, where we learned about and practiced using her Critical Response Process for giving and getting useful feedback on anything you make - from dance to dessert. Feels pretty human to me!

May 19th - Chris Guillebeau on The Art of Non-Conformity

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is part of the series of interviews I''ve been doing on personal "branding" and the ways that the Internet magnifies the ability for both students and teachers to follow individualized passions and interests.

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