Using Blog Tools Since 2006

Learning With Lucie

Recently I asked my graduate students to share their experience with digital portfolios. I would have to say that my experience started in the late 90's when were first learned how to publish on the web using HTML and FTP, but in 2006 when I discovered blogging tool I quickly knew that a new digital portfolio platform had been born. We (my students and I) loved exploring new tools. It was more of a project management tool at first.

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How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

This free tool helps educators around the world connect their students. I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. Just go to to learn more. Listen to Dr. Brian Friedlander on the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Brian S.

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How to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences

The CoolCatTeacher

George Couros talks about how to make learning meaningful in our classroom. When he says that innovative classrooms have less classroom management issues, I’ve found this to be true! Welcome to episode 299 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, George Couros and I discuss how to make meaningful learning experiences. Listen to the Audio. How can we make time for innovation in the curriculum?

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How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education with Michael Cohen

The CoolCatTeacher

This free tool helps educators around the world connect their students. I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. Just go to to learn more. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

A Simple Guide to Podcasting in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

How to improve learning and listening in the classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers want their students to create, but don’t want to fight with clunky technology. Today’s show will help you understand one of the simplest technologies to use in the classroom: podcasting. In this episode, Tom Daccord and I discuss how to using podcasting in the classroom. Listen to the Audio.

How to Cope with Bullying

Ask a Tech Teacher

Started in 2006, it aims to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention around the world and is supported by hundreds of schools, corporations, and celebrities. While schools can sponsor month-long events, the most popular is to wear orange on October 19th, designated Unity Day. School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%. Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to: Use alcohol and drugs. Be unwilling to attend school.

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ADHD in the Classroom: How to Teach and Support Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder


A survey of educators found that the majority lack enough information and classroom management strategies for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that they don’t feel capable to help them.[2] 2] But the more familiar you are with recognizing and helping these students, the more likely they are to reach their academic potential and exhibit positive classroom behavior. For elementary school teachers, here are a few early signs of ADHD to look for:[14].

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! Back in 2006, my students created a podcast, “Miss Bell’s Chime Time!” You don’t have to share last names, photos, or videos, to give kids an audience.

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. We can use them to teach. Not only do they battle the monsters of ignorance in quiz battle-games but when they type faster, they earn gold coins to buy awesome outfits for their avatar. And despite what some may think, the game is not required to motivate great behavior because I don’t even try to reward everything.

A guide for how to select the best tech tools for your school

eSchool News

With ed-tech spending expected to reach $55B by 2019 as predicted by market research firm Technavio, schools and districts should ensure they can produce carefully-crafted technology plans that outline how technology will work successfully in classrooms. When it comes to creating a technology plan, successes are largely driven by effective district- or school-wide technology committees that involve all stakeholders in the creation of the tech plan.

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. 36 Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life. Today I’m celebrating my friend Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2016 The Teacher’s Guide to Tech. It is a simple and powerful tool any teacher can use. Great tool!

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How to Focus on Conceptual Understanding While Practicing Student Thinking Skills: Simplifying Approaches to Teaching & Learning Series (Part 2)


This post is part of a 6-part series highlighting how we, as IB teachers, can bring Approaches to Teaching to our classroom and challenge students to engage in Approaches to Learning. In the first part of the series, we started with some basics about Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATLs) as an integral component of the IB curriculum. But, as they apply to the IB Diploma Programme (DP), let’s stick to the framework adopted by the IBO.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We took our school from a physical school on a Friday to a distance learning campus by Monday. However, I want to share and talk more about this. I also know that that I too have a lot to learn, even though I’ve been teaching online since 2006 and have collaborated globally for years. They know how to do distance learning.

Tools that create change: Lessons from the U.K.’s health system

The Christensen Institute

This guest blog was written by Dr. Vikram Devalia, a practicing clinician from the United Kingdom with a special interest in applying business theory to improve healthcare systems. Over the past twenty years, innovators, policymakers, and administrators have worked tirelessly to reimagine the U.S. healthcare system in order to better serve the needs of the public. The Theory of Tools of Cooperation and Change. In 2006, Christensen et al.

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LIVE: @Microsoft_EDU @SWAY is an Awesome New Presentation Tool for your Classroom


Are you looking for a great way for your students to share their thoughts and ideas with the world? I’d like to introduce you to the brand new Microsoft SWAY. In todays video from ISTE 2015, Tammy shows me just how quick and easy it is to create a SWAY and share it with your classroom. Watch our vision video to see where Sway is headed. As you use Sway, let us know what you like, what you don’t like, and what you want to see us add.

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. Simply put, Adobe Premiere Rush leads my students to more professional video creation, faster. In this blog post, I’m going to share five main reasons Adobe Premiere Rush encourages creativity.

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Using Hybrid and Blended Learning to Promote Student-Centered Classrooms


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress, many classrooms remain online in some capacity. Now is a particularly helpful time to consider implementing blended or hybrid learning, two strategies that allow for independent or remote learning. Stronger connection to digital natives.

Improve Your Teaching By Doing a Few Things Well

The CoolCatTeacher

Too many jobs to do. You’ll learn easy tips to apply in your life as a teacher. Welcome to episode 301 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, George Couros and I discuss how to bring teachers and schools into an open culture of learning and teacher improvement. Listen to the Audio. How can teachers do more by focusing on less? Turnitin has a new tool, Revision Assistant.

4 Ways to Teach With Play

The CoolCatTeacher

Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show. Listen to the Audio. In this episode, you’ll learn: Four powerful ways to teach your students with play. Several examples of technology and hands-on tools to create a playful learning environment.

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Top New Books for Educators – See What’s Coming Out in April!

Where Learning Clicks

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization’s history. Now, the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.

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). The ability to think about what we are learning, how we are learning, what we want to learn in the future are important skills that must be explicitly taught in classrooms. 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.). Remember to follow (and use) the official hashtag of #ISTE18 and #NotAtISTE18 so you can see what needs to be seen! Places to Join: Free LiveStreamed Events for ISTE. If you want to watch on Periscope then follow the # PassTheScopeEDU Team.

Why should teachers encourage Computational Thinking?


Wing ’s ACM article “ Computational Thinking ” published in 2006. Teaching humans to think computationally has, from what I can garner from articles here and elsewhere, a few benefits: solutions to problems are coded, and expressed in such a way that other systems and other “machines” human or computer can take the solutions (algorithms) and apply them to similar but not identical problems.

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Schools Will Never Return to Business as Usual. Here’s How They Can Make the Most of Our New Reality.


Elected officials are making decisions contrary to recommended guidelines that can leave school leaders in an impossible situation of shouldering accountability for health and safety while lacking the control to do so. I’m going to try to hang on to my teachers,” Jackson says. “We

Why All Educators Need SAMR And TPACK

The Web20Classroom

In addition to developing a guide for how teachers can plan better using technology and what leaders can look for when doing walkthroughs, I have had many conversations around the transformational use of technology. Allowing students to create podcasts or work on websites, write blog posts or use 3-D printers certainly engages students and shows them what is possible. We also need to understand TPACK. Moving a written assignment to a digital document is substitution.

Educators can no longer ignore the TPACK framework


Try as you might, you’ll sooner or later need to consider it. The core idea behind it is that a great teacher must perfectly know (Knowledge) the subject being taught (Content), how to deliver it so that a student learns it (Pedagogy) and also how to choose and use the right technology in doing so (Technology). The TPACK framework is being credited to P. These two aspects — Content and Pedagogy — used to be enough to define a great teacher.

Research Provides Clarity: Co-engagement Is Key to Success with Screens

The PL2C Blog

The findings state the following; “ Interactional quality between mother and infant plays an important role in making touch screens effective teaching tools for infants’ learning.”—Zack This study contributes to a growing number of reports emphasizing the significance of person-to-person co-engagement with digital tools in order for learning growth to occur. By Liz Kolb.

If Edtech Efficacy Research Ignores Implementation, How Does It Help Improve Education?


If we really want to understand how effective educational technology tools are for improving learner outcomes, we need to stop throwing the baby out with the bathwater. As instructors consider technology tools for their courses, they are increasingly looking for evidence of effectiveness. In their 2006 study, researchers Martin Eccles and Brian Mittman. In one college, perhaps the Wi-Fi won’t allow 50 learners to be logged on concurrently.

A public cloud of social capital to connect schools and communities

The Christensen Institute

For the past few months, I’ve been writing a lot about the power of online connections to expand and diversify students’ networks. But as I’ve researched this topic I’ve been equally excited by efforts to ease the logistical barriers of creating new local networks by connecting schools to the latent social assets right in their backyard. Josh’s value proposition is not to multiply online connections, but instead to help teachers and students “go online to go offline.”

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#4: What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

eSchool News

The countdown continues tomorrow with #3, so be sure to check back!]. But even though they’re in schools, our work with teachers has led us to understand that while many of them would like to use iPads meaningfully in their classrooms, they can’t because of time, access, and training. It’s probably not giving much away to say that the most important learning outcome we found was that experience is the greatest teacher. Prensky, 2006).

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Google Parts Ways With Longtime Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap


To many educators, Casap may be best known as a marquee headliner at education events, delivering rousing speeches about the future of learning and the role of technology. There were no “evangelist” openings at Google when he joined the engineering team in February 2006. At the time, Google had been selling an enterprise version of its work productivity tools, and Casap got the university to sign up. But overseas, Windows computers continue to dominate.)

LIVE: Access All Of Your Files On All Of Your Devices Using @Microsoft_EDU OneNote | @MSOneNote


Thought the last 6 months, I have had the privilege of working closely with Microsoft Education to create some pretty awesome podcasts and promotional videos. One of my favorite moments at ISTE 2015 came while interviewing the OneNote team and I had the opportunity to meet the guys who actually CREATE Microsoft OneNote. They are awesome guys and if you ever have an opportunity to visit a Microsoft Education booth, they can be easily found by their trademark Purple Capes.

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. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

8 Ways for Teachers (and Parents) to Use Twitter

Gaggle Speaks

Unless you’ve been living in a box at the bottom of the ocean since 2006, you should know about Twitter, the social network that lets users read and send “tweets” no more than 140 characters long. According to the Pew Research Center , Twitter is the fourth most popular social network used by teens. So if you teach young people (or have some in your life), it’s important to understand Twitter and why students spend so much of their time using it.

Explicit Instruction Best Practices for Teaching Math to Unique Learners


In 2006, President George W. Bush commissioned a diverse panel of experts to identify and describe best practices for teaching math to American students. How do children learn math? How might teachers teach math more effectively? A Proven Way to Teach Math.