How to Engage Kids in Distance Learning

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter The last few weeks of school can be the hardest – even in a face to face classroom. Some teachers are finding that online, it is almost impossible.Are your grade books like Swiss Cheese?

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6 articles on teacher-assigned summer reading

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Here is a quick collection of six articles and blog posts on teacher-assigned summer reading: Rethinking summer reading. Stop killing the magic of books with required summer reading. How to stop killing the love of reading. Want students to be more creative and innovative? The school year is ending for most children here in America, and that means we also often see the imposition of schoolwork on students’ free time over the summer months.

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Epic Sketchnoting Resources: How to Get Started Teaching Sketchnoting

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Useful Pedagogies and Tools for Educators Sketchnoting is not just an attractive way to take notes, it can improve retention and learning. You don’t have to have a ton of talent, just a little know-how. I’ll update these sketchnoting resources, so tweet me or leave a comment to add your favorites. Twitter Tip: If you want to find and share great sketchnotes, follow the # edusketch hashtag on Twitter. Smashing Magazine’s Article on Sketchnoting.

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Top Fourteen Articles for Back to School

Ask a Tech Teacher

To help you adjust, here are the Top Ten articles on putting technology into your back-to-school plans: How to Prepare Students for PARCC Tests. 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School. 5 Tools To Shake up the New Year. 3 Apps to Help Brainstorm Next Year’s Lessons. How to Build Your PLN. Back to School–Tech Makes it Easy to Stay On Top of Everything.

How to Use Diigo’s New Outlining Tool: Social Bookmarking Made Easy

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But how? Before students write, have them turn in their outlines to you. I teach how to get a private link for the outline. If you still want it in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, I even show you how to export your outline! Then, why do we have students printing a fifty page Wikipedia article or a 10-page document to verify one quotation? You can even link Diigo to other services like Evernote using IFTTT.com. But how?

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Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race

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Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e258. So Heidi, tell us about this opportunity and what you’re going to be doing. How can we follow along? Go to: [link].

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10 Articles on Using Tech to Teach Math

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top Math-and-tech tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics. How to Interest the Next Generation of Great Minds to Work in STEM Fields. 32 Websites to Support Math Automaticity in K-5. 3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class. How to Teach Students to Solve Problems. Math Books for Elementary Grades. How to Use Khan Academy (free lesson plan).

How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study!

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The post How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study! How to Plan an AWESOME Book Study! Book studies are a great way to level up your professional learning! I get a lot of questions about different ways to run book studies for educators, how to choose a book, what tools to use, and how to keep your group engaged. Some books were great, some were not. How to Plan an Awesome Book Study!

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How to Crowdfund Your Classroom

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In fact, this Forbes article explains that teachers spend an average of $513 each year on classroom supplies, books, and their own professional development. The post How to Crowdfund Your Classroom appeared first on Edudemic. Articles Featured How To crowdsource featured finance online resources If you’re like most teachers, you spend a crazy amount of your own money on your classroom.

7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

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Now, I strive to have personal interest projects for just about everything. Whether you’re already having genius hour at your school or you want to get started, this blog post will give you ideas for getting started with genius hour, no matter the age or grade. This young man made an app for his genius hour at school and has some great feedback to help us teachers revise and improve genius hour. You can investigate through a book.

Here’s How to Get Started with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher is a group of tech ed professionals who work together to offer you tech tips, advice, pedagogic discussion, lesson plans, and anything else we can think of to help you integrate tech into your classroom. Our primary focus is to provide technology-in-education-related information for educators–teachers, administrators, homeschoolers, and parents. Here’s how to get started on our blog : Read our varied columns. Hello!

How to Use Google Apps

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Here’s a collection of Ask a Tech Teacher articles addressing individual Google Apps: Google Docs. This isn’t meant to be comprehensive. If your favorite Google App isn’t listed and you’d like me to review it, fill out the form below: Loading… More articles on Google Apps: How do I teach Google Drive to K/1? Google Drawings. Google Forms. Google Hangouts. Google Keep. Google Voice.

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How to Build Your PLN

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’ You might even understand the purpose of a PLN–to provide educators with a collaborative learning environment–but think you don’t need one, or staff development provided by your school is all you can handle. According to D. More simply, it’s: …an extended group of knowledgeable people you reach out to for answers, and trust to guide your learning. If they don’t know how, they’ll have a friend who does.

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How to go Paperless in Your Classroom

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There are benefits to adopting web-based alternatives to paper: it’s easy to collaborate when everything’s online. teachers can provide feedback on projects that students respond to and resubmit. student work is simple to copy, back up, and share as needed. To kickstart your paperless digital classroom requires a modicum of preparation. If the school’s WiFi network constantly goes down, teachers will learn not to depend upon it.

20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today I want to challenge your thinking about your summer. So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. You’ll find the same content in slightly different form so you can read or listen to this content. Blog Post/ Podcast Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! We have to think differently about summer.

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Your Guide to Preventing and Responding to School Bullies

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded by PACER to eradicate bullying across the country. According to school bullying statistics, 37% of children report having been bullied before, but only 31% of this number reported it to an adult.[5] 5] This means that although nearly two-fifths of all children will be bullied at some point, you may not hear about it unless you’re aware and make an effort to stop it. Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying.

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How To Book More School Tours

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Referencing back to my previous article that breaks down the 8 strategic focuses of private school business success, this post will give you the most powerful strategy for increasing your inquiries. Here is a list of tactics any school can adopt to book more school tours.

8 Ways to Help New Teachers Thrive (and Veteran Teachers Too!)

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Immediately, we can start to help new teachers and help each other in the process. The research gives us some insight into how each of us can help other teachers thrive. We have to do better. We have to help and encourage each other. The Research About Keeping Teachers First, let’s dive into some research about how to help teachers thrive (and not quit teaching.)

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10 Books You’ll Want to Read This Summer

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Summer is a great time to reset your personal pedagogy to an education-friendly mindset and catch up on what’s been changing in the ed world while you were teaching eight ten hours a day. Yes, there is a lot wrong with education around the world but I wanted a selection of books that would send me — and you — back to teaching in the fall with a can-do attitude for how to accomplish miracles with your next class of students.

How to Be Heard Worldwide from Your Classroom

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Whatever you know, sharing it outside school walls can inform policymakers, journalists, the public, other teachers, researchers, and professors – who can use your classroom discoveries to better serve students. Educator and writer Jenny Grant Rankin shows how.

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How to Teach Social Media Safety

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These days, teachers should introduce students to the world of social media so they can begin to develop the skills they need to live a safe digital life. How can these skills be taught? Kids often feel freer to taunt or bully someone online because they feel protected behind the computer or smartphone screen. Before posting anything online, think how your grandmother would feel about you saying it. More on social media: 10 Ways to Use Twitter in Class.

How to Prepare for the SAT

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For many, it represents a last desperate attempt to qualify for the college of their dreams. In an earlier article , I focused on preparation for the essay portion of the SAT. I’ve based my selections on the following criteria: ease of use — accounts are easy to set up with access to both the site and materials quick and intuitive. Here are eleven options for SAT preparation, from my Top Five choices to six Honorable Mentions.

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

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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.

8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love reading, but there are so many books out there, it’s challenging to pick the right one for my education needs. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Karen Dikson, came to the rescue. She curated a great list of essential tech-minded books for today’s teachers. Here are her suggestions: We live in an extremely stimulating and dynamic era, and it’s hard to predict what is going to happen tomorrow, let alone in the next few years.

How to Prepare for the SAT Essay

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Driven in part by the educational imperative to minimize student testing, what better solution than a test already heavily vetted as being inclusive and cross-cultural that many students are familiar with. In this article, I’ll focus on preparation for the SAT essay portion. Here are three different approaches to preparing for the essay portion: Khan Academy — work on the students’ unique writing problems experienced in their PSAT or earlier SATs.

Lesson Planning with the Classroom Chef Model

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John Stevens talks about a method of lesson planning to help teachers “serve up” more exciting lessons to students. Learn how at coolcatteacher.com/vr , and see the virtual reality video I shot using my Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset. Listen to the Show.

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

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Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. For purposes of this article, we’ll call these “the bricks.” We’ll also be hosting a free webinar where I give you a behind-the-scenes look at how I set up my Learning Management System on November 30 at 4:30 EST. Register here. In the final analysis, don’t think that blending doesn’t apply to your classroom. I use it to capture my iPhone and iPad and more.

Plagiarism: What it is and how to identify it

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In fact, it’s illegal to do this. BUT a single copy may be used for scholarly research (even if that’s a 2nd grade life cycle report) or in teaching or preparation to teach a class.” One out of three high school students admitted that they used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment. This article deals with commonly-accepted international guidelines and specific rules aligned with the laws of the United States. How do you know if you plagiarized?

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How to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Class

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It is challenging to include those characteristics in classes when you are concurrently trying to achieve school goals, comply with curriculum timelines, juggle parent concerns, and blend your lessons with those of colleagues. It teaches students how to quiet themselves — get to a place where their mind is settled sufficiently to pay full attention to the task at hand. Teach students to look at classmates while speaking.

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How Differentiated Instruction Can Help You Reach Every Student in Class

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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.

How to Triumph Amidst the Struggle to Teach #mondaymotivation

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To be remarkable teachers, we must learn to rise above our problems and bring our best self to the kids. Have you ever struggled to get out of the car to walk into school on Mondays? As for me, I needed this Monday morning pep talk from Todd Nesloney, author of the book Kids Deserve It! Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Book, bracelet and sticker! How to deal with failure.

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23+ Tips to Help Kids Organize by Learning Styles

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As I organize my tenth grader for back-to-school, I’m realizing that we’re still missing some important items. I’m glad all of the products I mention here are in stock all year long at Staples because kids will need them to get organized. Judith Kolberg’s Conquering Chronic Disorganization is one of my favorite books, but there are others that have also helped me come up with the following tips. Take Home to Mom – A cheerleader folder. Try not to hide things.

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If You Don’t Know these 22 Things About Computer Security, You’re Headed for Trouble

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Everything from our wills to our accounting software is on our home computers. But one drive around a neighborhood with my phone looking for hotspots, and I can see dozens of homes ready for a hacker to steal their information. Computer Security Software & Hardware to Check Out. Ninite – to help you quickly install updates for all your software. Zone Alarm – only if you need it (listen to the recommendation). How to Guides.

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The Best E-Book Yet: 40Must-know Web 2.0 Edutools

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Tools in Education Series created by our friend Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi , as we have been publishing articles about his different works for over a year. Dr. Amin has created some great guides to using Web 2.0 technology and I''ve received a lot of positive feedback on how these tools have helped many in the classroom. Today I am happy to very happy to present his landmark new piece, 40 Must-know Web 2.0 This e-book is available for free through Scribd.

5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Here are five things to consider as you plan your summer. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. Listen to this blog post. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. First of all, I think one of the most important things that we can do is to rest up. Did you know that lack of sleep can reduce your pain tolerance and causes to perceive events as more stressful than we would otherwise?

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