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How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Lawrence, a current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. Date: April 10, 2018.

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Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Kyle helps us understand how to improve math understanding with kids who struggle. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research.

The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) #mtbos #iteachmath

The CoolCatTeacher

To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It).

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How to Pick the Right Instructional Model for Your Classroom

Education Elements

Selecting the right instructional model to personalize learning is a bit like cooking dinner for my family. To better understand this analogy, it is important to be familiar with the three base models that teachers have in their proverbial pantry: station rotation, playlists, and flipped lessons. It’s an art, not a science.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. I use this tool when students are making Scratch video games for them to record their games and explain their scripts. They love to play.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). A secondary goal has been facilitating a transition from blended instruction to blended learning.

Science for all: How to reach English learners

eSchool News

Many supports are available for ELs (bilingual programs, SIOP, SEI), but the elementary science materials available are disproportionately directed toward grade-level readers. How can we make access to science more equitable?

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

MindShift

Not just to what kids say, but what they do. “Watch for clues that [children] may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work,” NASP recommends. “What you want to do is give them a sense of control,” Reeves says.

Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

iLearn Technology

With ClassPad, you can quickly add mathematical formulas, graphs, spreadsheets, and geometry sheets to share with your students (and other teachers). How to integrate ClassPad into your classroom: ClassPad is a fantastic tool for the mathematics and science classroom.

Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

This model is an easier shift for elementary teachers who are already use learning stations with students. Unfortunately, most secondary teachers do not learn how to design lessons using stations in credential school. Shift the focus from them to their students.

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SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

iLearn Technology

What it is: Recently, the good people at SAM Labs sent me an Alpha Kit to play with and review. Best of all, it encourages the learning to happen through playful trial and error. Tips: The Alpha Kit that SAM Labs sent me to play with is impressive even with a limited number of bricks.

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

It’s simple (and free) to get started, just create a grid and add a topic to spark some discussion. Embed YouTube or Vimeo videos, upload images for your students to discuss, feature a file or a weblink. Flipgrid makes for an excellent addition to the portfolio.

Inkscape: Draw Freely

iLearn Technology

Beyond being free (cost) it’s also free because it’s free to distribute, and you’re free to check out its open code. Inkscape is cross-platform so it’s easy to run on Windows, Mac, or Linux.

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DOGO News: current events and non-fiction for your classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: DOGO News is a great place for kids to learn about current events, read non-fiction articles, and access customized content that you curate. DOGO Teachers allows you to create a special page for your students. How to integrate DOGO News in your classroom: DOGO News is a fantastic resource for you (and students) to find, read, and interact with non-fiction news articles in your classroom. The site is very easy for kids to navigate.

Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

The Hechinger Report

“It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which four in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?'” People who struggle with reading are more likely to drop out of high school, to end up in the criminal justice system, and to live in poverty.

Businesses say students aren’t mastering basic workplace skills. Are they right?

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story is part of Map to the Middle Class , a Hechinger Report series examining how schools can prepare students for the good middle-class jobs of the future. Most employers are desperate for workers, and willing to train people to do those jobs.

The Sound of Inclusion: Why Teachers’ Words Matter

Digital Promise

There isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. No student (or teacher) leaves their language patterns at the door when they enter a classroom – even classes like math and science, where language is often seen as secondary. For the past decade, as professors who study the role of language and culture in education, we’ve been working to help educators understand these dynamics across all subject areas.

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School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

The Hechinger Report

“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get everything done,” says Mariano Almanza, 18, pictured speaking with his Coronado High School guidance counselor, Colleen McElvogue.

Teaching to the student, not the test

The Hechinger Report

Most days in Nancy Barile’s English course at Revere High School, a visitor might begin to wonder when the real class is going to start. Three years ago a student who wasn’t completing his work dared Barile to watch the zombie show, saying he’d study if she did.

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Immigrant students find hope in soccer, but some states won’t let them play

The Hechinger Report

NEW ORLEANS — In Honduras, Carlos Chirinos-Padilla said, it was too dangerous to run. Soccer games were short and confined to the street in front of his house. A high school squad, he thought, would be the best place to start. Cohen teachers wanted to create a team.

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Held back, but not helped

The Hechinger Report

To her, earning her diploma, even two years late, feels like something of a miracle. It was hard to get up in the morning and go to school,” she said. “I I wanted to give up. I felt like I was already behind and I was too old to still be in high school.”.

Part 2 Starting PBL: 30 Amazing Resources To Help Plant A New PBL Idea

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to Part Two of starting a PBL project. In this series I wish to help educators find ways to get ideas for a PBL they may wish to do with their class. Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans .

What Does it Mean to Build a School?

Edsurge

and next to him, the new principal of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. Children are the reason we want to build a just society, an equitable society, an embracing culture. Then I paused, and assured them that, “I’m not naive, I’ve been a New York City Police Officer, I’ve seen a world of violence, and,” in a nod to the fire expert who sat across the table from me, “I went to a huge high school that burned to the ground.” “But

OPINION: College or technical ed? Here’s why students need both

The Hechinger Report

. It’s a powerful advantage for young people: Career and technical education (CTE) prepares graduates with skills to enter the workforce directly after high school. million students participated in secondary-level CTE nationwide in 2016-17, and more than 61,000 of them were in Massachusetts.

White Fragility in Teaching and Education: An Interview With Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Edsurge

Why are white women prone to crying when discussing this topic (and how can those tears silence women of color)? Why do some leaders feel uncomfortable and reluctant to get feedback on how their actions and behaviors are perceived? If these sound like familiar reactions—or how you respond yourself—to conversations around race, you’re not alone. To begin, can you give us a basic definition of what white fragility is? What would you say to them?

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Department of Education Updates District Leaders

Leadership Lounge

Persons who are interested in identifying what is new or innovative nationally in K-12 education, and in determining how those innovations can be successfully evaluated, scaled, and disseminated.” Very similarly to the Privacy Technical Assistance Center, or PTAC.

The Power of Positive Climate and Culture

EdTechTeam

As a coach assisting teachers with technology integration and personalized learning, I notice patterns arising from teacher to teacher. One pattern that I have noticed is that a teacher, no matter how strong they are, hits a wall when it comes to progressing to the next level.

What are your edtech resolutions?

eSchool News

This year, I resolve to … Support high-quality learning. For 2019, our IT emphasis will be on cybersecurity and on high-availability, high-resiliency, high-speed wireless access to support 24 x 7 x 365 learning. Kristina Stratton, principal, Westside Elementary School, Florida. “In

Starting PBL: 30 Amazing Resources To Help Plant A New PBL Idea, Part 2

techlearning

I sure hope you enjoyed that last post on ideas to get you started with that PBL unit. If you missed it then be sure to check it out here. Perhaps there is an online competition that you have used or just come across… how can you turn it into a PBL?

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. Or, in order to avoid writing them down, they create basic passwords that are easily hacked.

We’re back with Day 2 of Applied Digital Skills Week

EdTechTeam

Today we’re exploring Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum to see what kinds of projects you can do with your students. How to enter challenge #2: Share a link to an Applied Digital Skills lesson and tell us how it will help your students (of any age!).

How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement

MindShift

Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. While it’s easy to envision using math picture books in elementary school classrooms, literature for older grades poses a bigger challenge.

Themes This Year: School Culture, Student Behavior And Inspirational Teaching

MindShift

This is one of those years: trauma in the classroom, building school culture, strategies to handle difficult student behaviors, teacher self-care and ideas to reach every learner all resonated with MindShift readers. They just want to be loved—equal opportunity.”.

How Being Part of a ‘House’ Within a School Helps Students Gain A Sense of Belonging

MindShift

30, 2016 was a big day for Lake Canyon Elementary. Students, teachers, and staff arrived at the Galt, California, school wearing white shirts and before long were sent to stand by one of six large cardboard boxes. As music played, the boxes were ripped open to reveal matching T-shirts.