Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

The question is if we’re equipping that child and the others to go behind them with the knowledge and intuitive exploration of making things work together for success through rich making and STEM spaces.

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Google Jamboard

The CoolCatTeacher

Google Jamboard is a fun interactive app. You just download it on Google Play or iTunes and use it with your touch Chromebook or iPad after listening to Tom Mullaney share how it works. Google Jamboard. Now first of all, I have never heard of Google Jamboard.

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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. So accessAccess.

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Top K–12 Tech Tools for Teaching STEM

EdTech Magazine

Top K–12 Tech Tools for Teaching STEM. As companies and market experts forecast computer science and engineering skills as crucial to the future workforce , K–12 schools have been rapidly developing STEM programs in order to prepare their students to be the employees of tomorrow. . “[It’s]

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. jackiegerstein and Barbara Bray @bbray27. Crossed posted at [link].

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Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. Google Masters for Kids of All Ages.

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This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

The Hechinger Report

Related: An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM. In a Colorado district, 80 students work a combined 350 to 400 hours per month, earning $10 per hour doing STEM-related jobs.


20 STEM Activities For Kids This Summer

TeachThought - Learn better.

20 STEM Activities For Kids This Summer. To combat summer learning loss and keep those STEM skills fresh over the summer, Project Lead The Way put together a list of super simple (and fun) STEM activities you can do with your children over summer break. Maker Movement stem

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Searching for the Ability to Think: Training our Kids to Go Past Google

The CoolCatTeacher

Next week, my tenth graders will have to invent a new way to access the Internet. But what I haven’t seen is kids Googling anything to help them with this project. There’s a reason why this Invention project is a Google-free zone.

Part 2: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Technology

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to number two in a series of four posts bringing you over 150 amazing resources for STEM education. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts of STEM being a Verb a few posts back, along with the 40 resources geared toward STEM Science in the last pos t.

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4 Ways for K–12 Administrators to Master Google Classroom

EdTech Magazine

4 Ways for K–12 Administrators to Master Google Classroom. Here are four ways to put Google Classroom to work for you. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how blended learning platforms such as Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams can improve student engagement.

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Part 4: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Math

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to number four in a series of four posts bringing you over 150 amazing resources for STEM education. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts of STEM being a Verb a few posts back. Math STEM Resources. It is a free platform giving access to high-quality teaching resources.

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Defined STEM Adds Portfolio Assessment Manager for Project-Based Learning


Defined Learning today announced its latest extension to Defined STEM , the Portfolio Assessment Manager. The Portfolio Assessment Manager makes all the information that teachers and students need accessible in one location and also integrates with tools like Google Classroom.


eGFI - Dream Up the Future - STEM Resource for Students and Teachers

Educational Technology Guy

There are also digital magazines and newsletters that the students can access for more information. Related: Engineering Resources for Educators STEM Resources for Educators -. Follow me on Twitter and Google+. career information engineering STEM Engineering - Go For It!

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With 3D Technology, Special Education Students Can Focus on Content—Not Access


McKenzie has since created dozens of his own designs for objects to help bridge the accessibility gap between his visually impaired students and the sighted counterparts with whom they share classrooms and teachers. Make content accessible “A fact of life for these students is that they have to deal with the extra burden of getting accessible materials before they can even tackle the content,” says McKenzie. He can worry about content, not access.” “What’s an ox?”

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

In Washington’s Most Diverse District, STEM Opportunities Provide New Paths to Success


Current statistics show that scholars of color and females are underrepresented in STEM fields across the country, and so FWPS is actively taking steps to provide STEM and STEAM (STEM with an emphasis on the arts) opportunities for each scholar from kindergarten through high school graduation. We know STEM and STEAM project based learning will empower scholars with the skills they need to be successful in college, career, and civic life. STEM Exploration Night.

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@VybeSoftware Offers Students a FREE Opportunity to create Apps on the App Store and Google Play!


In this episode of EdTech in the Classroom, we learn how every student can have access to a FREE Coding and Programming Curriculum through DevKit, a fantastic application from Vybe Software. . Edtech in the Classroom Coding and Programming Hour of Code STEM

10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Specifically, I’ll mention features of Screencastify , the tool I recommend for students to use for Google Chrome or Chromebooks. (If Bandwidth Savings when Uploading to Google Drive. For example, you might want to make sure that students understand how the advanced Google search works.

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

A few months ago, Google Helpouts —a barely two-year-old effort to connect users to on-demand experts via video chat—folded. Such a marketplace could expand students’ access to human beings otherwise entirely out of their reach, potentially expanding their reservoir of social capital.

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5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

Tool #1: Make Bookshelves in Google Books. Richard: So this is one that’s right under everyone’s nose when ever they go to Google, but whenever I share it, people are like, “Oh! It’s Google Books. Now, there’s two versions of Google Books. Tool #4: Google Expeditions.

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Tyler – a 7th Grade App Builder Spurred on By Genius Hour

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve given you ideas in a blog post I’ve written called 7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects – go to to access this post. If you don’t have Google Docs, just use this PDF.

5 ways to prevent cheating on your Google Form Quiz

The Electric Educator

Google Forms is a tremendous tool for organizing and automating digital quizzes. Here are five tips for designing "cheat proof" Google Forms! ?? Note: Google Forms does have a "shuffle question order" feature, however using it can lead to issues.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura: Hyperdocs are basically links that we provide for children to access different websites and articles that we want them to read. Vicki: So it’s a Google Doc, and they can make a copy of the doc, review it read only, right?

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25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects

Shake Up Learning

The post 25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Are you ready to use audio in Google Slides? One of the most common questions that I get is how to insert audio in Google Slides, a feature that many have missed after leaving PowerPoint.

Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Fab School Labs Contest is officially open for submissions! Win a dream STEM Lab.

Educational Technology Guy

The contest is designed to drive student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – otherwise known as STEM - by giving public middle schools the opportunity to create the STEM lab of their dreams, made possible by a grant of up to $100,000 for each. Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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Defined STEM Adds Portfolio Assessment Manager for Project-Based Learning


(CHICAGO, IL) April 11, 2018 —In an effort to support project-based learning, Defined Learning today announced its latest extension to Defined STEM , the Portfolio Assessment Manager. For more information about Defined STEM, visit

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sometimes in the Hyperdoc then, you can do like a flipped classroom type of thing, where they can access the Hyperdoc. So is it almost like somebody’s in Google Classroom, and the doc is like a page or a webpage you would have in your LMS?

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Students can log in with their Google ID or set up an account. I think every classical literature teacher should have an Owl Eyes account just to access the annotations and lesson plans.

Using Arduino UNO To Teach Programming, STEM and Maker Skills

Fractus Learning

There, you can learn about the platform, download and install the necessary software, and access free Arduino project instructions and code from the programming community. Finally, a Google search will turn up hundreds of project ideas, instructions, and code.

The Google Infused Classroom


This past summer I had the pleasure of reading The Google Infused Classroom by Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith. Luckily, I teach in a Google for Education county so all of my students have Gmail accounts and access to all of the Google apps for education. The second week of school I gave my students time to explore and create their very own Google site. STEM Fair Presentation using Google Slides. Analytic writing pieces using Google Docs.

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PD for Writing Teachers: STEM Workshops, Rockstar Camps, Twitter and More!


At various Rock Star camps, I have learned such things as: Google Apps for streamlining my workflow and collaborative writing among students. One of my favorite PD experiences ever was as one of the few English teachers at a STEM workshop. One of my favorite PD experiences ever was as one of the few English teachers at a STEM workshop sponsored with stipends by my county department of education at Urban Workshop. “Must be nice to have summers off!”

School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science: Tips and Advice to Find the Fit

The CoolCatTeacher

So what are some of the resources that counselors can access that will help them in this area? It’s completely free and very accessible. Sometimes when we’re talking about STEM, we’re looking at science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use. Suggestions for extensions/apps to be preloaded on Chromebooks Edmodo Google Keep - notes and lists Evernote Web Adblock Plus Evernote Web Clipper WeVideo - Video Editor and Maker GeoGebra math app Read&Write - reading support EasyBib Desmos Graphing Calculator A to Z of Google Services

Virtual field trips bring students face-to-face with Earth’s most fragile ecosystems

The Hechinger Report

Unlike textbooks or video, virtual reality fully immerses users in a dynamic virtual world – and the headset device can be as simple as a mobile phone inserted into an inexpensive Google Cardboard viewer. And over 900 VR Expeditions are available on the Google Expeditions cellphone app, including tours of the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. K-12 News online learning STEM teachers Technology access