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5 Teacher Myths and How to Dispel Them: The Truth About Teaching in America

The CoolCatTeacher

— These are just two of the myths that social studies teacher Aaron Pribble tackles in this motivating, uplifting talk about what it is really like to be a teacher in America today. 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. 5 Teacher Myths and How to Dispel them. So when are you going to do it?

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A Shakeout Coming for Online Program Management Companies

Wisewire

With so many online program management companies offering similar services, many market observers agree: something’s got to give. Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs. Now by some counts, roughly three times that many are working with colleges — striving, and sometimes struggling, to expand their businesses. Some companies have already found a niche and are doing well, said Kim.

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5 Ways to Teach Digital Citizenship (and the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship)

The CoolCatTeacher

What are the essential things we need to teach students about digital citizenship? How can we simply help them understand using examples and research (because we know lecture doesn’t work so well on this topic.) All of the nine topics that I like to teach begin with P: passwords, property, photographs, permissions, privacy, professionalism, permanence, and protection. I wrote about these in Reinventing Writing and in other articles.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

The CoolCatTeacher

In this blog post, I’ll share the vocabulary I use for teaching programming, how I teach with Metaverse, and some new features that help us manage our classroom as students program in AR and share with each other. This is because Metaverse is simple and easy to use. Getting Started in Metaverse: Use this Metaverse Studio tour video to get started whenever you’re ready. The Metaverse YouTube channel is full of tutorials that you can send your students to get them started.

20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters

The CoolCatTeacher

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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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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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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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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How to create beautiful online courses: colors

Neo LMS

Have you ever bought something not because you really needed it, not because it offered much value to you, but simply because it had a nice packaging? The company allegedly melted other commercial chocolate, while claiming they were making bean-to-bar chocolate. This is a classic example of packaging that’s better than the product itself. I invite you to read this Quartz article and be amazed by the power of visuals in a business and marketing strategy.

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23+ Tips to Help Kids Organize by Learning Styles

The CoolCatTeacher

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. And here’s an important point: while the items discussed here will help kids succeed all year long, your ongoing job is to be a consultant of sorts and help students know how to use them. Take Home to Mom – audience.

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Free Webinar: 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

What research points to the need for inquiry-based learning? Simple ways to get started with inquiry-based learning in the classroom. 10+ practical examples. If you want to implement or improve inquiry-based learning at your school, this webinar is a must join. I’ve written about their 150 nonfiction science and history articles and how they support inquiry-based learning. It is going to be fun and very informative.

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How to Use Tech to Help Graduating Students Find Jobs

Ask a Tech Teacher

If they aren’t going to college, they’re job hunting. Sara Stringer, Ask a Tech Teacher guest blogger, has several ideas on how to make that more efficient: As a teacher, you’re fully aware of how much the world is advancing through technology. Undoubtedly, innovation has touched many aspects of how you teach. The Internet has made it easier to gather, evaluate, summarize and disseminate information. Best places to network for jobs online.

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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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5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Rebecca Klemm @ numbersalive shares how to help numbers come alive for all ages. From toddler to teenager to Ph.D., Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. 5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive. Vicki: So today we are talking with Dr. Rebecca Klemm, the “Numbers Lady ” about five ways to help numbers come alive in our math classroom. Because we’re going to have those variables.

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The Compassionate Achiever: Understanding Empathy and Compassion So We Don’t Burn Out

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Chris Kukk, author of The Compassionate Achiever , combines neuroscience with social sciences to discuss why compassion helps us achieve more. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: Date: February 19, 2018. How do these two combine? How do you combine neuroscience and social sciences? I was really interested in how people — and why people — make the decisions that they make. Just as an example — kids on playgrounds?

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Game Based Learning: Make Fast Teaching Games with SMART lab

The CoolCatTeacher

In this article, you’ll learn how to use SMART lab to build fast games and lessons. We’ll also look at how using this tool changes the lesson planning workflow. For example, for me, the SMART Notebook makes it easier to present student games, formative assessment, and contentin a smooth, seamless way. Tutorial: How to Make a Fast Game Based Learning Lesson with SMART lab. See the video tutorial for how I did it.).

Take the 21-day Productivity Challenge #makeitstick

The CoolCatTeacher

Now is the time to get organized. In this blog post, I’ll give you my 1-2-3 steps to stress less and 5 productivity hacks. I use them all the time, from storyboarding, to drafting articles, to accenting my DIY planner. So, as part of my work with Post-it® Brand, I’ve been asked to design a 21-day challenge to boost productivity. Focus is necessary to get anything done. See below for how I brain dump my list to organize it.).

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How I Became More Productive with Post-it® Brand Products #makeitstick

The CoolCatTeacher

To prepare, I took a quiz using the Post-it® Brand Productivity Tool to find out what type of planner I am. Regardless, I only recommend products that I believe are good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. Now, in this post, I’m going to share three things based on what I’ve learned during the last twenty one days. What I learned from the 21-day challenge and how it will change my planning going forward. So, I went back to that.

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7 Productivity Power Tools for the Busy Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e227. Vicki: Today we’re talking to one of my dear friend, Dr. Frank Buck @DrFrankBuck. We’re going to talk about seven productivity power tools for the busy educator. That’s where everything that I have to do “lives.” I can add to it with my voice. I can move unfinished tasks en mass to a future day.

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EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

Over the past several years, MIND Research Institute has been endeavoring to change the conversation around edtech evaluations. MIND’s Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson has made the case time and time again that the “one good study” paradigm is insufficient for edtech practitioners to base decisions on, and that a model of repeatable results at scale is one that should be adopted across the education industry. Dietrich, 2004), to name a few.

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How To Create An LLC For Your Educational Podcast

TeacherCast

You are here wondering how to create an LLC for your educational podcast … that's great! Or, perhaps you are here looking to learn how to set up a small business and form an LLC … that's also great! Taking the steps needed to turn your ideas (or hobby's) into an official company is pretty darn awesome. In 2011, I created the TeacherCast Podcast and built a little website simply so I can have a place to put my audio recordings.

SEL Skills Are More Vital Than Ever. Here’s How to Choose the Right Tools.

Edsurge

Written in partnership with New Schools Venture Fund, the report sought out practices that lead to positive outcomes for students learning skills, such as goal setting, relationship building and independence. Ever try to engage in emotional regulation when you are hungry?

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11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

The CoolCatTeacher

Simple Updates to Your Classroom Procedures and Workflow sponsored by EdTech Software From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Use this checklist and infographic to make sure you’ve included the edtech essentials in your workflow this year. In Google Chrome, Momentum and Limitless have some cool features to help you focus. Some people like speed dial but most web browsers pull in links to pages people go to often.

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The K-12 Business Model: How to Innovate in an Ever-Changing Learning Environment

EdNews Daily

And with that type of model in mind, it leads us to wonder what effect annual student influx has on technology adoption in the classroom and the cultural effect on the ability to experiment and personalize. Meeting this year’s students “where they are” is going to look different than it did for last year’s class. And therein lies the challenge for both educators and EdTech leaders – how can we best serve an industry that’s constantly evolving every nine months?

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom. This post is actually intended to supplement the “Cycle of Learning Innovation” model that will be publishing tomorrow (7.7.2015), which means this is less about analysis and context and more about the examples. In short, by “disruption,” we are referring to something that causes the kind of impact that leads to change. ” What are some examples of disruptions in the classroom, then?

How to Build a Successful Instructional Coaching Program

Insight Education Group

Atul Gawande, an acclaimed surgeon and research scientist, wrote in a 2011 New Yorker article , “Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.”. But before launching a coaching initiative as a principal, you need to have a thoughtful implementation plan in place. How to Build a Plan. An ILT can provide the process and quality control to ensure your coaching program succeeds. Article from Getting Smart).

Vetting Social Studies Resources Is Important. And Hard. Here’s How to Do It Well.

Edsurge

This article is part of our upcoming guide, Social Studies: It's Time to Reinvest. There’s a long history of political disagreement about what social studies classes should study – and even whether to use the term “social studies” at all – as well as what knowledge and skills constitute a high-quality social studies education. How do we select and vet resources that foster engagement and deeper learning? How do AP US History students use this resource?

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How to Decode a Tweet

EdTechSandyK

When you first start using Twitter, one of the things you have to figure out is how to decode Tweets. If you are using an app or third-party service like Hootsuite or TweetDeck to read your Tweets, they might look slightly different, but the parts will still be there somewhere. Scroll on down under the sample Tweet to see brief explanations of the parts! Avatar - A photo or graphic which represents the person or company sending the Tweet.

How to use Sphero the Robot in STEM and Beyond – From Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

However, this past year my school received a robot grant that provided ten robots for us from the company Sphero. Sphero emphasizes the power of play in education and has a variety of lessons that are aligned to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards on their website. Once you are ready to use Sphero, you take it off the charger stand and give it a “tap-tap” to “wake it up.” Once it turns blue, then you know that it is paired and ready to go.

How to Use the Vaping and Juuling Trend to Teach Media Literacy

Graphite Blog

It's estimated that 3 million students vape , a shocking stat to many but not to teachers, who have seen it take over school campuses firsthand. Juul, like other vaping products, has been marketed as a safer alternative to tobacco, lacking smoke and tar. So how did Juul and other e-cig products get to the point where 20.9% Some point to the clever, social media-friendly ad campaigns and marketing efforts of Juul in the early 2010s. How can you tell?

6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful

eSchool News

“Just do it” may be an effective slogan for a sporting shoe company, but it is not an effective change management technique to move to blended learning. The move to blended learning has been labelled as “disruptive” by many, such as Clayton Christensen in his book “ Disrupting Class.” Thus, it would seem obvious that substantial professional development should be available to staff involved in this change. Blended learning models and how to implement them.

How to Champion the Four C’s in the Classroom

Kyle Pace

This article is a guest post cross-posted at Edsurge for their “Fifty States Project: Stories from the 2015-2015 Edtech Classroom” The flood of edtech tools that teachers are presented with has been staggering over the last several years, and continues to be this way. In my experience, edtech tools tend to revolve around the 4Cs of 21st century skills: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. What Companies Should Do.

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How to Fight Phishing in Your School District

Leadership Lounge

Fast-growing phishing scams — where perpetrators use social engineering tactics to trick people into giving up information — are targeting school districts and businesses alike. And these perpetrators are crafty; they research organizational charts and reporting structures from your district’s website to find enough information to start their scam. Here's an example: On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 10:26 AM, (YourSuperintendent) wrote: Hi Lori, Do you have a moment?

How to Champion the Four C’s in the Classroom

Kyle Pace

This article is a guest post cross-posted at Edsurge for their “Fifty States Project: Stories from the 2015-2015 Edtech Classroom” The flood of edtech tools that teachers are presented with has been staggering over the last several years, and continues to be this way. In my experience, edtech tools tend to revolve around the 4Cs of 21st century skills: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. What Companies Should Do.

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How to Monetize Your Education Technology Product (Hint: Positioning Is Paramount)

Edsurge

Lately I’ve seen quite a few edtech companies that hope to graduate from offering a free product to actually monetizing it. Perhaps that’s a sign of their business’ growing maturity, or maybe it’s because in today’s tighter investment climate, their investors are urgently demanding to know how they will make money. How do your customers see you? But I ask you to be honest with yourself in this matter. then your product lends itself best to a.