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Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done, the advantages, and insights on student motivation. 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. Open Badges in Elementary School.

Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Listen to Lisa Scumpieru Give an overview of Hyperdocs Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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150+ Digital Activities for the K-2 Classroom Inside One Simple App

The CoolCatTeacher

Digital Learning Collection has over 150 apps for kindergarten to second-grade classrooms. Perhaps you’re wondering how more than 150 apps can be inside one? The Really Good Stuff team has curated the best apps in education for the K-2 to classroom — all in one place.

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16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best. We have one more reason– when you already have an online space for your classroom, it is a smaller step to teaching totally online when necessary.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Below are ten strategies I hope will help elementary teachers to engage their young learners online. #1 1 Create Virtual Word Wall with a Bitmoji Classroom or Padlet. 6 Tell Me How on Seesaw or FlipGrid.

How to Encourage Gender Equity and Equality in the Classroom

Waterford

As an elementary school teacher, you may think your students are too young for discussions about gender. Here we’ll discuss what gender equality is, how it differs from gender equity, and why both gender equity and equality need to have a place in your curriculum. Then learn how to make your classroom a safe and welcoming place for all students. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of and find ways to affirm your students’ identities.[14]

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM can level up and it must begin to include underrepresented communities of women and minorities. Summer is a great time to learn how to do that as you prepare for fall and back to school. Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM.

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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others.

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How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

On the Friday before spring break at Meigs Middle School, special education teacher Matt Coe was busy preparing new lessons for his students now that schools were set to close due to the coronavirus crisis. That’s really cool to know that you’re having a positive impact.

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality.The entry period ends this week – Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e317. Laura: Hyperdocs are basically links that we provide for children to access different websites and articles that we want them to read. See Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers. Okay, so how do literacy task boards work in hyperdocs?

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

While I use it for my video tutorials, I also have my students make their own screencasts to help me assess their progress. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work. Specifically, I’ll mention features of Screencastify , the tool I recommend for students to use for Google Chrome or Chromebooks. (If For their assessments this week in my class, my students are demonstrating the process they use to code their video games.

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. How to Make Math Visual. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e304. Why do we want to make math visual? Making math visual is something that’s near and dear to my heart.

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10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching online and blending classrooms is a hot topic, but there’s always room for improvement. As teachers, we need to constantly refresh and update topics to improve our distance learning skills.

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Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

Edpuzzle solves so many of my flipped classroom problems. During the last four years of using flipped classroom techniques, I’ve come to rely on what is called the “in-flip” — I show the videos in class and interact with students to help them do in-class activities with what they’ve learned. If you use my link to sign up for Edpuzzle , you’ll gain access to a curated library of 50,000 free videos to use with your school.

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FREE MATH FUN: The Matific Games are Here

The CoolCatTeacher

In this post, I’ll share about the Matific Math games, how to get started, and why Matific is so awesome. The NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) highly recommends the use of manipulatives in the math classroom and the Matific site is full of virtual math manipulatives. Along with being able to set multiple languages, each student can work at their own level through a personal playlist set by the teacher. How Do the Matific Games Work?

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Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Literature teachers are sure to be excited! Owl Eyes does several things for reading literature: You can create a classroom and invite students. You can assign texts for students to read. Click to see Owl Eyes. Browse or search the Owl Eyes library to see if your upcoming book is included. How Do Annotations Work? As the teacher, you can see and reply to their annotations within their book! How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes?

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

The CoolCatTeacher

After what seemed like five minutes, I took off the headset — to find it was 12:30 a.m.! In this blog post, I’ll share my experience, tell you how you can enter to win your own headsets and STEAM lab makeover, and give my predictions for the future of virtual reality.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Video and Infographic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teachers are moving from face to face classrooms to online classrooms quickly. Top online course designers who have also taught face to face tell us how. Here is the video and infographic to help you. Use the code COOL20 to receive 20% off your teacher professional development.

iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? Want to help a student with a unique character spell their name? Today, Tony Vincent shares six ideas every iPad teacher needs to know. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Matific is a fantastic site full of math manipulatives and customized playlists of activities to help students at every level master math. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books

The CoolCatTeacher

However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. Learn about this technique and how to help children travel who may have fears. You can even make books for kids (or some older students might be able to as well.) It was so terrible to see.

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How to reduce digital distractions & improve the focus in online classrooms

Linways Technologies

But this time, we are going to explore a different perspective. It’s one of the biggest ironies of the 21st century that we save a lot of time using technology only to spend it back in the same. To-do-lists and calendars. So schedule breaks and timeslots to use social media.

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Service Learning: Grants and FREE Resources to Help Your Students Serve and Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

We Volunteer Now has fantastic resources, and they’re awarding $250 grants for 500 schools to use toward volunteer projects. Transform your school by helping students design their own project to inspire and improve their community. This post is brought to you by WeAreTeachers, The Allstate Foundation, and WE. We Volunteer Now helps schools organize service projects and gives grants to classrooms and clubs that can help them with their volunteering goals.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Pittman said that “if you can’t see what [students] need and it’s not an obvious disability then [accessibility] is something that should be addressed for all students.” Dudycha articulated that “inclusion has a new definition along with accessibility.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

In spite of the fact that online education has been massively developing over the last decade, we cannot deny the fact that the majority of teaching still takes place in a traditional classroom. A teacher has to teach over 20 students with different learning styles, skills and priorities, which is a challenging task, especially when the classroom time is limited. To create a “good blend” to simply add computers to the classroom is not enough.

How to Build a Summer Reading List for Your Incoming Students

Waterford

School may be out, but it’s still important to keep students reading and learning over the break. Assigning a summer reading list to your incoming students can be a helpful way to prepare kids for the next school year and limit literacy-related summer learning loss. We’ve put together a few tips on how to create a summer reading list that will prepare students to enter your classroom ready to learn.

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ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Stephanie calls this the ACE method of mentoring: Access, Collaboration and Experimentation. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stephanie Golden: ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e316. So accessAccess.

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Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level

EdTechTeacher

In February, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. – Consider student access to hardware, software, and the Internet. Students at home might not have control over their access or environment. Don’t limit students to just one app or tool when answering driving questions and producing content. Google Classroom, Seesaw). By Tom Driscoll ( @TomDriscollEDU ).

Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

Several virtual reality options are available for classrooms. He also discusses how educators can join the innovators who are crafting and exploring this new education paradigm today. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e204. I have to give a hat tip to Dr. Lisa Durff, who is my research assistant. And it’s almost hard to get your arms around, isn’t it?

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12 of the Best School and Classroom Grants and How to Apply: A Guide for Educators

Waterford

School funding issues have been both brought to light and exacerbated due to the COVID-19 crisis. As schools adapt to teaching in these new circumstances, many educators are in need of resources to make their lessons accessible online. In this article you’ll find a brief primer on what educational grants, along with a list of a few of the best school grants to apply to. Why Grants Are a Useful Way to Secure School Funding.

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5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rick Rando, school empowerment speaker, shares what schools can do to help stop bullying. Check out Reinventing Writing , the book I authored that teaches about the nine collaborative writing tools, how to build writing communities, and tips and tricks for collaborative writing in Google Docs and more. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e260. We’re going to spotlight it.

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How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

Kleinspiration

This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting. It’s important to let them explore new things that may not be present in your curriculum but are in your students’ heads all the time. This is how we can awaken curiosity in young children and help them develop creative thinking. How to Get Started with Genius Hour?

Help Autistic Kids Travel by Making Ability Guidebooks

The CoolCatTeacher

However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. Learn about this technique and how to help children travel who may have fears. You can even make books for kids (or some older students might be able to as well.) It was so terrible to see.

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How Differentiated Instruction Can Help You Reach Every Student in Class

Waterford

If you can adapt your instruction to reflect your students’ needs and learning preferences, you can make class time more effective and help students become more engaged. In this article, we’ll go over what differentiated instruction is and how using this learning strategy can provide your students with the resources they need to succeed. Differentiated instruction is an educational strategy in which teachers adapt their instruction to meet the needs of their class.

Top Tech Tools for Kids Who Struggle to Read and Write

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Brian Friedlander discusses the top tech tools for kids who struggle to read and write. From voice dictation to word suggestion and more, this podcast talks about the practical tools that will help kids empower themselves to learn. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry-based learning. The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles.

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