Minecraft in the Classroom

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Vicki: Happy Ed Tech Tool Tuesday! It is a powerful tool. All Subjects Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Game Based Learning High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Project Based Learning Science Teachers STEM Tech Tips Tools Web Tools Windows-PC minecraft

7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom

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Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017. We work with robotics, because robotics are tools that allow them to learn coding and to learn abstract logic and thinking while not sitting in front of a computer screen. Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Innovation IT Coaches and Directors Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Maker Movement Project Based Learning STEM Teachers Tech Tips Tools

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The Epic E-Book of WebTools

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Resources Mentioned in the Show Epic book of Web Tools and Apps The Digital Librarians Survival Toolkit Kristina Holzweiss – Bio as Submitted Kristina A.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

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Today’s Sponsor: Edpuzzle is my new favorite flipped classroom tool. Wednesday, September 20, 2017. So I am not a dancer, and I am not a theater actor at all, but I have seen incredible connections made — through movement art and theater specifically – that have helped kids make connections to other content areas. Let’s line up by height,” or you know, it doesn’t have to be smaller visual, music, auditory tools that help students connect.

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

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Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Date: Monday, December 4, 2017. It never makes me feel like I’m not a great teacher because I’ve learned that my role as the MakerSpace teacher is to help my students learn how they learn best, and to put them into situations that reward them for exercising their own learning tools and skills. My role as a MakerSpace Teacher is to reward my students for exercising their own learning tools and skills.

What Will It Take to Push the K-12 Maker Movement to Be More Inclusive?

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But despite the work of on-the-ground educators like Day and Taylor, the maker movement in K-12 schools is far from perfect. What does it really take, for example, to diversify the communities of maker educators and mentors out there? And how does one respond to educators or critics who say that maker education is “just a fad”? EdSurge: Knikole and Cicely, both of you endeavor to bring the maker movement into your practices. Everyone's a maker.

Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

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Right now through August 31, 2017, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers – go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Vicki: Happy Ed Tech Tool Tuesday! I find that it’s one of the most up to date tools, it’s “real life,” kids use it every day, so when I’m giving them questions to answer in class, I like to use Google Maps.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

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Mandy Froehlich talks about a tool she uses in her classroom, Flipsnack. Learn how she uses this tool. Vicki: Happy EdTech Tool Tuesday. Mandy: So, Flipsnack is one of the lesser known tools that I love to introduce to people because people just take to it and they absolutely love it. It’s just an absolutely fantastic tool from a student, content and also from a teacher standpoint. I don’t think that it’s probably the best tool for student portfolios.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

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If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. This is why we decided to create a planning tool for makerspaces in the classroom for you using the Design Thinking Process and Universal Design for Learning®. Learners are encouraged to use the tools and building processes that work for them. Design Thinking and UDL Planning Tool.

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9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

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For our beginning of the year passion projects, some students chose to teach others about our robotic filming Swivl tool and app. Maker Movement. Many schools are creating maker spaces or “ Fab Labs ” so students have a space and place to invent. This year my ninth and 10th graders are working with students from other schools in MAD about Mattering 2017. Technology tends to be a tool that they gravitate to after they’ve built with something else.

The Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” STEAM Program Wants You! Take Just 5 Minutes to Apply!

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The 2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow event was celebrated in Washington DC in April. ET on Thursday, September 14, 2017 and ending at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9, 2017), share the Contest with other educators by directing them to www.Samsung.com/SolveforTomorrow to apply and complete the referral fields with all required information on the registration form. Their school can win the tools and resources necessary to help that dream become reality.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

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She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards. Art and Music Teachers Chromebooks Edtech Tool Tuesday Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation iPads Maker Movement Parents Students Teachers Tools

Searching for the Ability to Think: Training our Kids to Go Past Google

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As our Internet search tools get closer and closer to our eyeglasses and contacts, we’re sure to see our dependence on them increase. The student is programming a video game in a maker space using Bloxels. Classrooms need well-stocked maker spaces and creativity stations. Chad Lehman’s maker space includes challenges and lots of choices for students. 5 Ways to Teach Students to Think From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Josh Stumpenhorst’s Learning Commons: Drones, Literature, and Creativity

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Right now through August 31, 2017, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers – go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Administrators All Grades ELA/ ELL Teachers Librarians Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Technology Thought Leader Thursday Tools

Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Having access to new tools like laser engravers and 3D printers, a lot of time was spent teaching students how to fluently use those tools so that when they got to the part where their moving… A lot of the concept models just use cardboard and glue guns. And maybe it’s going to look like a preliminary course where they learn those tools so that when they go into the course they have a wide array of tools available to them to create their invention.

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5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

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Friday, September 2, 2017. Obviously that’s always a goal of ours, but I think something that often gets overlooked is that with all the tools and technologies and resources people have, look at real world problems. Aaron Maurer on episode 140 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Maurer @ coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

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I first wrote about this app in December 2017 shortly after launch. The instant feedback, ability to create multiple paths (or branches), embed videos, 3D characters, websites, and even 360 experiences make this tool immediately interactive and usable for students. It is simply an object-oriented drag-and-drop tool. These terms, I believe, should be introduced through a simple-to-use tool like Metaverse.

Remarkable Teaching: Student Created Virtual Reality Projects

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Sean Wybrant, 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year, has students building virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. Palmer High School, in Colorado Springs District 11, was named the 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year by Interim Education Commissioner Katy Anthes at an assembly on October 11, 2016. Reprinted from Colorado Teacher of the Year 2017 Bio.

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

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Use Tools Promoting Simple Accountability and Formative Feedback As teachers, we need constant feedback on where student learning is and isn’t happening. So I’ve begun to depend on some tools that give me feedback in different scenarios. Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools is a helpful article that I wrote for Edutopia. It really hit me in 2017 when I noticed Raymond Chambers , who dances in his classroom. Classroom management can be a challenge.

Toy Take Apart and Hacking

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I have done it multiple times during my summer maker camp for elementary level kids, my gifted students, and at conferences as part of teacher professional development. Once you’ve fully dissected your toy, you can use the toy’s parts, your tools, and your imagination to create a new original plaything. ( [link] ). Education Maker Education engineering Experiential Education experiential learning maker education maker movement STEAM STEM toy hacking toy take apart

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Applications Open Now #steam

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Applications are open until November 9, 2017. All Subjects Art and Music Teachers Computer Science Teachers Education ELA/ ELL Teachers Foreign or Second Language Teachers Gifted Teachers High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) History and Social Sciences Teachers Innovation Maker Movement Math Teachers Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Science Teachers Society and Ethics Special Needs Teachers STEM Students Teachers Tools

Design Challenge

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To re-introduce design thinking again for this spring semester, this week I asked them to do the Extraordinaire Design Studio: The Extraordinaires ® Design Studio is a powerful learning tool, that introduces children to the world of design, teaching them the foundations of design in a fun and engaging way. This set does cost some money but there are other free options: Maker Education Card Game that I created. Maker Education Card Game.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

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She, I just found out, was MACUL 2017 Tech Using Teacher of the Year. She enjoys helping both students and teachers to creatively use technology tools to extend and share their learning in meaningful ways. Karen’s website called “Creative APP-titude: iPad Multimedia Tools for Creativity” contains a wealth of iPad resources and student project examples.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

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Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. He was named one of ten 2017 Computer Science Association Awards for Teaching Excellence. Vicki: Steve, do you have any favorite tools that you like for the K-6 crew? Favorite tools to use with younger kids. We find just that handing them the tools, getting them to have some success with it — makes them realize that they can handle this.

8 tips to help create and sustain a makerspace

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Aside from the technology tools and other resources that make up the space, it’s wise to have a plan in terms of when students will use the space, how it will be shared, where funding will come from, and how students will demonstrate what they are learning. Why the maker movement? You’re all makers–you produce things each day,” Smith said. Leonardo DaVinci was a maker.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

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Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education. They often contain the tools, machinery, and technologies associated with making – 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, high tech robotics, vocational tech machinery.

?Do or DIY: What We Saw (and Loved) at the 2017 Maker Faire

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This weekend marked San Mateo’s annual gathering of hackers, hobbyists and freak flag flyers: the Maker Faire. Back for its 12th year in the Bay Area, the Maker Faire is home to everything from drone racing, bicycle-powered music stages and even 32-foot tall towering Sextant Tesla Coils. Here are a few of our favorite DIY masters from the three-day event: EIGHTH GRADER Miles Raneri returned for his fifth appearance and exhibition at Maker Faire.

Futurizing the Stacks: How Makerspaces Can Modernize College Libraries

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The answer, in part, lies in the so-called maker movement, a trend studded by hobbyists, inventors, students and even entrepreneurs who creates products or gadgets for educational or industrial purposes. In a report that analyzed the state of the maker movement in 40 U.S. universities, the Makeschools Higher Education Alliance identified student engagement in projects that transcend traditional learning to be a flagship quality of the emerging maker movement on campus.

This Amazing South Bronx School Grows 50,000 Pounds of Vegetables a Year

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This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Monday, August 21, 2017. It also has a growing guide, all kinds of suggested tools. All Grades Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation Maker Movement Math Teachers Monday Motivation Science Teachers STEM Teachers

28 can’t-miss edtech innovations from ISTE 2017

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In all, ISTE 2017 produced 159,000 tweets from people across the U.S. The most popular topics, based on number of sessions, focused on creativity and productivity tools (113), innovative learning environments (108), online tools and resources (82), constructivist learning and the maker movement (77), and programming and robotics (70). Next page: 28 products from ISTE 2017).

Making STEM Equitable With Beautiful Ideas, Affordable Projects and Serious Play

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Take an online maker class - free to teachers and students. So Haynor went looking for a way to create a fun, stylish, and inexpensive tool that might give every student access to the strobe effect. Education Technology Maker Movement Community STEM EducationFun is science educator Sam Haynor’s superpower. There are schools out there—you know who you are—with reputations as places “where fun goes to die.”

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As Factories Fade, Rural District Builds Makerspace to Fill Talent Gaps

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Elementary and middle school students will be able to attend field trips and summer camp programs at the space to gain exposure to project-based learning experiences with high-tech tools. We like to think of it as a souped-up public library with tech tools instead of books. Education Technology Maker Movement CommunityI met Trevor (name has been changed) when he was a high school senior in 2014.

Metaverse for Augmented Reality: Program and Breakout in Augmented Reality

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A sponsored review of a tool I'm using to teach programming From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. There’s a curated list of tutorial videos from teachers about how they are using this tool, but here are some of my favorite highlights. Augmented reality is here. Finally! When Google Docs came out, I stopped everything and let all of my classes experience it. Also, I learned about Twitter, I did the same thing.

‘Learn’-Launching the 2017 Edtech Conversation With Cautious Optimism

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Big data, open spaces, employability, utilizing maker movements, balancing innovation and accountability, privacy, collaboration, closing the digital divide, personalized learning, and navigating the hostile political climate were just a few of the concerns the audience members brought up. How do we take smart tools and use them to attack that dataset?”

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

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The risks of using reflection as your only tool for assessing making. Sylvia Libow Martinez is a co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom helping teachers bring the exciting tools and technology of the Maker Movement to classrooms worldwide. Episode 49 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.