How to Make Classroom Games with Easy, Awesome Educaplay

The CoolCatTeacher

This week, I began using Educaplay to make fun classroom learning games for my students. In addition to easy game creation, sending the games to Google Classroom was easy, as was student work, automatic grading, and engagement. Tip #2: Skip to 47 seconds on the Tutorial Videos.

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Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect and learn more about Urkund today. Listen to Lisa Scumpieru Give an overview of Hyperdocs Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. This is a lot to do.

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Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s guest is a perfect guide for those of us who want to make videos with students. But he also teaches us how to do this with students. Use the code CoolCat50 to get $50 off your course. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks. So, Tim, today you’re going to share some of your secrets for making awesome YouTube videos. How do we make amazing videos? What do they need to know?

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Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s guest is a perfect guide for those of us who want to make videos with students. But he also teaches us how to do this with students. So, listen to the show today and get started. And tweet me links to the videos you make, I’d love to see them! And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers.

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How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

We, as teachers, know exactly what our students need much better than a textbook company hundreds or thousands of miles away. Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readersI’m a huge fan of creating custom resources for student learning. For me, that often came in the form of Google Docs with information my students were responsible for and a website for pointing students [.].

Save Time Digitizing Your Worksheets with TeacherMade

The CoolCatTeacher

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. 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. Sign up now to see if it can help you.

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How to ensure home broadband access for every student

eSchool News

When the coronavirus pandemic forced students into remote learning this past spring, many telecommunications companies stepped up to offer free or deeply discounted home broadband access to families who couldn’t afford it. Now, those temporary offers have largely expired — and yet remote learning seems likely to continue in at least some capacity when school resumes this fall.

How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. With the advent of more device-agnostic digital classrooms, many tech-savvy teachers and schools are taking a step back and reevaluating how best to use technology to support their goals. How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students?

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How to Create a Summer Writing Notebook

The CoolCatTeacher

Angela Stockman on Episode 508 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman challenges teachers and students to create a summer writing notebook with the #flaneur challenge. This is going to be fun! The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Listen Now Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to Aaron Johnson on Engaging Students through Zoom.

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Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

How can we help? Today we take a dive into digital equity and the issues we should all consider — and it is not just those with poverty who may not have access. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. EdTech Leaders’ Beliefs: How are K-5 teachers supported with the integration of computer science in K-5 classrooms? This means that if you choose to buy I will be paid a commission on the affiliate program.

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Evaluating Sources

Wisewire

How can we determine whether the information we search for is true? The better question, then, is how we may determine whether a source is credible. Unfortunately, there is no set of rules guaranteed to sort the good sources from the bad. How has the information been published?

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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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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. Plus, I’ll tell you how to get your free 30-day trial. The challenge for many K-2 to teachers who have tablets in their classroom is finding the right app.

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How to Build Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

In this first blog post, we’ll address how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers. Part two will discuss how edtech vendors can return the favor to develop great working relationships with educators. Whether you’re an educator or product developer, one of the key components to the educational technology (edtech) selection and purchase process is creating a mutually beneficial partnership. Here’s how we use it.

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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. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect (just use the code COOLCAT ) and learn more about Urkund today.

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5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e245. Vicki: Today we’re talking to Mike Dougherty from Ohio. Today I’d like to do a show for my parents at my school, as well as for parents around the country, I’d like to make a resource to be able to share with parents.

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Could This Montessori Learning Company Be the Airbnb of Education?

Edsurge

I think that there is an opportunity to achieve what ride-sharing apps or Airbnb have achieved: show the world another way of doing education at a sufficient scale. EdSurge: What’s your vision for Higher Ground, and how is technology helping you get there?

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

Within inclusion settings, all students are placed in the same room to learn alongside each other, as opposed to removing students with disabilities to a separate space. Read more: How AI is changing special education. While students with disabilities may be spending more time collaborating with their peers, there is still a long way to go in terms of inclusion in schools. 4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion.

5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload

The CoolCatTeacher

Cognitive overload happens to students and teachers. Often looking like ADHD, cognitive overload can happen for a variety of reasons including challenges to your working memory. Todd Finley some ways to help your students and yourself when you struggle with cognitive overload. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload.

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Podcasting Equipment Setup and Software I use on the 10-Minute Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Rather than typing this email over and updating it each time, here’s a post you can bookmark that I’ll keep up to date with information on the podcasting equipment setup and software we’re using now. We’re happy to share. The microphone setup will hook to most computers. This is an upgrade from the Blue Snowball that I used to use and I’m much happier with it. When we’re on Skype (not face to face).

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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How to Empower Students With Timely Knowledge Using “The Week”

The CoolCatTeacher

As I’ve reviewed The Week, I believe this is a valuable resource for teachers to use because the week surveys a variety of news sources that students can access and read. Each week comes with a lesson guide to help you plan and select appropriate topics of conversation. As we work to integrate nonfiction texts into student reading, it is helpful to use reliable online tools for this purpose.

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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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OPINION: Equity in online learning is about much more than technology access

The Hechinger Report

Even before the global pandemic pushed many colleges and universities to teach students remotely, online learning had become an increasingly important part of higher education. Yet, as this spring’s pivot to online learning showed us, equity remains a significant challenge.

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.

How To Engage in Science Talk: A Look at the Splash and Bubbles for Parents App

Digital Promise

With so many early learning media and apps available to parents and caregivers, finding ones that are educational and developmentally appropriate can be time-consuming. How does the Splash and Bubbles for Parents app aim to address this? How was the idea born?

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How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The updated guidelines take into account nearly all edtech products today in the cloud, providing more access to teacher and student usage data. Districts are more frequently asking for their own student and teacher product usage data to perform their own studies.

Wonderful World of Wearables in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

An Epic Guide to Wearables From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How many hours you sleep at night and more. To be sure, wearable technologies have many uses in the classroom an in our world. Given that research predicts a 46% growth of wearables in education between now and 2020, we all need to understand them. Understandably, physical education is one of the first areas to use biometrics. Education How to Guides.

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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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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. Along with being able to set multiple languages, each student can work at their own level through a personal playlist set by the teacher. And right now, you can sign up free to participate in the Matific Games. How Do the Matific Games Work? The goal is to finish with the highest average number of stars collected.

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Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Even though I’d ask, students wouldn’t pause the video to do something.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Literature teachers are sure to be excited! 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? As students read, you can assign questions to check for comprehension and point out important items.

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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How to Engage More Girls in Coding

EdNews Daily

When Sheena Vaidyanathan teaches computer science to middle school students, she draws upon her experience as an art teacher. Vaidyanathan has her students learn the basics of coding by creating clever art and animations—works that would be nearly impossible to create with a pencil and paper but can be done with just a few lines of code. Tapping into students’ creativity is one of the keys to engaging more girls in what continues to be a male-dominated discipline.

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