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How to transform a library into a makerspace

eSchool News

Making learning more real for students allows them to learn better in a much more energized school,” said Luhtala. Through a five-year radical book-weeding process from 2011- 2016, the NCHS library had eliminated all of the library’s free-standing bookshelves.

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.

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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. How Does Edpuzzle 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! 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? How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes?

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. How to Find the books.

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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. How to Get Started with Genius Hour? Talk to your students.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

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The Most Epic Digital Library For Kids and Educators

Kleinspiration

Today most kids prefer screen time to any other sort of entertainment. Children aged 5 to 16 on average spend 6.5 hours a day in front of a screen as compared to 3 hours in 1995. How to NOT waste your kid’s screen time? Digital Library?

How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I This is such a great program that I asked Angela if I could link up with her to recommend her program to all of my readers. I’m in the club and ready to go!! How does this program work? How to Guides.

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Barrow Night at the Athens Clarke Public Library

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

September is National Library Card Signup Month. I’ve always dreamed that every student in our school would have a library card, but each year it seems to slip off my plate. Barrow Elementary Facebook page. Happy Library Card Month!

Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula. While some teachers have already started to come up with creative ways to inject computer science into their programs, others may still be lost on how to introduce the concepts into the classroom. .

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Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

Recently one of our fifth grade teachers, Alice Sikkema, was chosen to present in the poster sessions at Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school.

5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Five Ways to Flip Your Classroom.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills. A library is a safe space for students to learn and explore their own interests,” Jopeck said.

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.

How to Use iBeacons in the Classroom – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

Practitioners begin to think about ways to redesign their learning spaces and schools in the upcoming 2015-16 school year to encourage innovative teaching and learning, making this the perfect opportunity to introduce an emergent technology called iBeacons.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. Provide Out-of-School Access on Devices. Out-of-School Access Chart.

How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading

MindShift

Over the years, the sixth grader from Washington, Michigan, has been on the receiving end of various incentives to gently nudge him into doing more reading: his elementary school used reading logs and rewards for time spent reading, and at home he is allowed to stay up 30 minutes past his bedtime if he reads an actual book. Schools have traditionally taught children how to read, and have always tried to encourage reading. Who loves to read most?

7 Ways We're Confronting Internet Access Challenges—and Our Own Blind Spots

Edsurge

Alex’s excitement was palpable as this was the first computer to ever enter his home: He was now participating in digital learning and exploration, and he appeared as enthusiastic as anyone. I had worked hard to give students choices and resources for them to collaborate, explore and create. The project got off to a good start, and the students seemed to embrace their learning and the collaborative process.

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech and plan your professional development for 2018. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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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.

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library

MindShift

Excitement about school makerspaces has been in the air, but many educators eager to create hands-on learning spaces in their schools still aren’t sure how to get started or why it’s worth the effort. New Canaan High School librarian Michelle Luhtala recently jumped headfirst into creating a makerspace in her library and documented what she learned, how her space changed and how it affected students along the way. I encourage you to be bold.”.

Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move

The CoolCatTeacher

Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works.

Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, both from New Canaan High School in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace.

Home visiting in high school: Trying an intervention for toddlers on teenagers

The Hechinger Report

Cannon doesn’t hesitate: She wants him to finish high school, get a job and maybe go to college. “I I want you to have better things than I ever had,” Cannon tells her son. You don’t want to live on a check monthly by monthly. You don’t want to do that.

Learning Revolution Free PD - Next Week's Great Library Events - Global Ed Stories - Michael Levine "Teaching with Games" Special Event

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 1st, 2014 There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library. The great majority of these events are free to attend. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

Traci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, and junior Ulises Santillano Tlaseca troubleshoot a 3D printing job in the library’s maker space. When my library is quiet, that’s a red flag,” said Chun. So far, it seems to be working.

Why Gen Z needs librarians now more than ever

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note : This story is Part 2 of our month-long series on “What it means to teach Gen Z.” Click here to read Part 1 on Gen Z and parents. Check back every Monday in April to read the next installment!]. Featured on eSchool News School Libraries Thought Leadership

10 New Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers – From Beth Holland

EdTechTeacher

Several summers ago, I wrote 10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers in response to a request from a Summer Workshop participant. For this update, I would like to credit the fantastic work of Kristen Wideen and Meghan Zigmond. How To Writing.

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

How to integrate My Simple Show into the classroom: My Simple Show is a fantastic option for digital storytelling. Students begin by choosing to write their own script, or by uploading a Power Point presentation. this is an awesome way to check for understanding!),

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On INFOhio’s light

NeverEndingSearch

I was sincerely inspired by their presentation, their energy and their efforts to ensure all Ohio learners have access to the resources to which they are entitled. You don’t necessarily have to be in Ohio to learn from INFOhio’s model and its resources.

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123D Design: The simplest (FREE) way to get ideas into 3D

iLearn Technology

What it is: 123D Design is a free super powerful, but simple to use, 3D creation and editing tool. There is also a quick start guide and a library of video tutorials that will explain how the different tools within the app work. Tips: Sign up to become a member of Autodesk 123D.

Let’s Make Our Mark and See Where It Goes for Dot Day 2015

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

How do you and your students want to make your mark on the world this school year? International Dot Day, which is September 15ish, is the perfect time to make connections with other schools, spark creativity and collaboration, and see where it takes you for the rest of the year.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Scheivert and his team also plan to build towers at a few schools.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

— Inside a high-ceilinged library at Northridge High School here, seniors are typing on 16-year-old laptops donated by a local Rotary Club. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. They have to learn early.”. They also take field trips to area manufacturing firms.

Animonths: DoInk, Food for Thought

SpeechTechie

If you were intrigued by my post on Scratch yesterday , but have committed to being an iPad-only kind of person, I mentioned there was an analogue app. That said, Scratch''s instruction cards make it pretty accessible.

Encouraging Out-of-School Reading and Writing Habits

Digital Promise

A recent Scholastic survey of kids and families’ reading behaviors shows that only 39 percent of children ages nine to 11 read for fun most days of the week. This drops further to 27 percent of children ages 12 to 14. Encouraging peers to make recommendations to each other.

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Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. A few months ago I was alerted to an opportunity by one of my favorite collaborative partners, Gretchen Thomas. The Georgia State Department of Education was inviting educators to apply to takeover their Instgram account for one week. This honor, of course, came with rules to follow.

IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

Educational Technology Guy

The IBM Foundation has launched a free, online software to transform the way K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn. The software, called Teacher Advisor with Watson , uses Watson artificial intelligence technology to help teachers instantly find math resources.

Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools

techlearning

After successfully piloting the Workbench solution during the 2017 - 2018 school year, the district is expanding the use of the Workbench Education platform to an additional seven of the district’s 21st Century Schools. Height Elementary, Forest Park High, Ft.