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How to Make Classroom Games with Easy, Awesome Educaplay

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Sixteen types of games, Google Classroom and LMS compatibility and auto-grading From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This week, I began using Educaplay to make fun classroom learning games for my students.

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A Look Back at 2020 Teaching What It Means for 2021

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Researcher Pamela Livingston Gaudet shares her findings From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Virtual Bulletin Boards: How School Counselors Connect with Kids Today

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Episode 715 with Emma Tagariello From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. School counselors and teachers are working to creatively and authentically connect with students in both face to face, distance, and hybrid environments.

Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

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Episode 716 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. One of the most popular shows of 2018 was with Tom Mullaney on Google Jamboard so we’ve updated it for 2021!

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

How to Improve Google Classroom & Remote Learning Experiences with Kasey Bell

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How to Improve Google Classroom & Remote Learning Experiences with Kasey Bell Teaching online is challenging for many teachers.

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Learn How to Overcome Your Self Limiting Beliefs

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Episode 714 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes our own beliefs can limit our ability in the classroom – these are called self-limiting beliefs.

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9 EdTech Ideas to Use Now

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H?para: The Essential Tool for Every Google Classroom School

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I’ve seen one tool improve student engagement in Google Classroom significantly — H?para.

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Rather Stand

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poem by Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Rather Stand by Vicki Davis. I’d rather stand alone for the right thing … than be popular for the wrong one. I’d rather be wise. than smart.

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.

Practical Strategies for Flipping Our Classrooms this Fall

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Kate Baker with Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Blended learning and distance learning will be different this fall. Dig into flipping your classroom and how it looks when you teach effectively in an online classroom.

Current Research and 4 Trauma-Informed Principles to Help Students Now

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Eric Rossen from NASP shares From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Current Research and 4 Trauma-Informed Principles to Help Students Now with Dr Eric Rossen Students experiencing the coronavirus crisis are experiencing trauma. So are teachers and parents.

Research Based Strategies for Distance Learning with Dr. Matthew Rhoads

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Research-Based Strategies for Distance Learning with Dr. Matthew Rhoads Dr. Matthew Rhoads is teaching at a distance and coaching other teachers to improve their teaching as well.

Successful Distance Learning for Young Kids

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You may be worried that the youngest kids can’t learn at a distance, but Dr. Nancy Frey, co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook comes along side us to help us understand how it can be done.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Research on Returning to School After Natural Disasters with Dr. Brianna Kurtz

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The Quick, Easy Way I Show Kids Thankfulness

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thankfulness is a way of life all year long. As a student, however, I think I caught what teachers taught by how they lived their lives.

eSports: The Growing Extra-Curricular Activity NOW!

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Believe it or not, gaming is gaining popularity in schools, not just as a pastime, but as part of curriculum. Dr. Kristy Custer is one of the pioneers of the video gaming movement in schools.

New Research on Student Engagement Best Practices

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Engagement is such a challenge for schools—now more than ever. Lots of anecdotal evidence is floating around, but right now, we need answers for what produces strong student engagement.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Creating Your Own Tutoring and Teaching Company with Megan Padden-Shin

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creating Your Own Tutoring and Teaching Company with Megan Padden-Shin Megan Padden-Shin has successfully built a tutoring and teaching company during the past two years.

7 Things to Consider As We Return to Learn This Fall

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we prepare to learn this fall, we need to consider some teaching best practices.

Creativity Now with Best Selling Author Sean Thompson

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity Now with Best Selling Author Sean Thompson Sean Thompson, author of Creativity is Everything , talks about his first day back at school and how he is bringing creativity, physical and emotional wellbeing to his students.

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How I Plan My Lessons Digitally with Planboard

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Why I Use Chalk and Planboard for Planning Now From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter It’s no surprise that the pandemic has caused a lot of headaches for educators.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

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August 18-20, 2020 -a Free PD Experience for Blended Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This school year is dependent more than ever upon our ability to blend face to face (hopefully) and online learning.

How to Engage Students in Zoom and Teach Effectively at a Distance

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Aaron Johnson shares the techniques to help us do it better From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Johnson Shares His Way to Engage Students Even at a Distance. Many of us are learning to traverse between online and in-person learning environments.

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Writing: Teaching it Right Now

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Elyse Eidman-Aadahl from the National Writing Project Teaches Us How From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Writing has a powerful place in our classrooms right now.

3 Ways to Activate Genius Mode & Creativity (Even at a Distance) with David Dubczak

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Episode 711 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. 3 Ways to Activate Genius Mode & Creativity (Even at a Distance) with David “Creative Dave” Dubczak.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

How I Teach About Big Data and Lesson Plan

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How I Teach About Big Data and Lesson Plan with Vicki Davis In this episode, I give you a peek into my classroom.

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5 Ways to Be Kind Right Now with Houston Kraft

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We can be kind now in the classroom and online From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How to Be Kind Right Now and Where to Start with Houston Kraft.

Love Letter to Teachers: Boundaries, Good Health and Encouragement

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Hello teachers, you are not alone! Shannon Reed knows all about the importance of setting boundaries and self-care and gives you encouragement to survive and thrive this fall.

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Save Time Digitizing Your Worksheets with TeacherMade

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The fast, free tool to help you with distance or hybrid learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter One of the biggest challenges we teachers have faced this year has been maintaining our quality of instruction in the midst of change. There are some simple answers, though. This post will share how teachers can quickly digitize handouts, check-ins, worksheets, quizzes, lab reports, and paper of all kinds that support classroom activities.

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.