How to Assess with Respect with Starr Sackstein

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment is part of what teachers have to do in school. Although it is required, we teachers can make sure we assess with respect. Listen to Starr Sackstein share how to assess with respect. Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

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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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Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done, the advantages, and insights on student motivation. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Open Badges in Elementary School.

Standards-Based Grading: How to Start the Journey

The CoolCatTeacher

Nicole Naditz on episode 478 Standards-based grading — where students are assessed by specific standards — is being discussed or implemented in many districts. Today we talk to an award-winning French teacher turned Instructional Technology Program Manager who can help us understand the pitfalls and possibilities of successful implementation. Listen to Nicole Naditz talk about Standards-Based Grading Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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Creating Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw

The CoolCatTeacher

When you have shared iPads, Seesaw is a fantastic way to get the work off the iPads and into the online classroom. Seesaw embodies simple authentic assessment. If you’re using iPads, your whole elementary school can have their own personal portfolios in a safe, private way. This is a tool you’ll want to notice if you’re using iPads. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.”

10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify and Screencasting for Formative Assessment (a sponsored post) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Screencasting is a useful assessment tool. 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. They’re explaining their code and how it works.

GradeCam: The Teacher’s Friend for Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

This past week, I took a tour of GradeCam, and in this post, I’ll share with you the features of this system and how it can save you time as a teacher. It will also help you with both formative and summative assessments, and it will enter your grades into any electronic grade book directly from GradeCam. Simple Assessments of All Kinds. First, let’s look at the ways you can use GradeCam for assessments. Setting up assessments is fast and easy.

5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Elementary Math can be exciting. Check out these five ideas to use technology to make math exciting. This week I’ll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more.

5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. 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. This is a great way to try out matific, help your kids boost their math skills and have fun.

Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

The CoolCatTeacher

Monica Burns, author of #FormativeTech , shares essential tools and tips for effective formative assessment. Learn how to get results. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” ” In today’s show on formative assessment, Monica will discuss: What is successful formative assessment. What are some of Monica’s favorite tools for formative assessment. Learn how to get results.

5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist — students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research. Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

The CoolCatTeacher

Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students. She talks about how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom. So thanks to NNSTOY for having me to present but also letting me talk to so many amazing teachers. We all need to listen to Karen here.

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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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 Promote Deeper Learning with the 4 Shifts

The CoolCatTeacher

On today’s show, Julie discusses these four shifts and how it compares to other models such as SAMR. Listen to Julie Graber Talk About the Four Shifts Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Her many areas of expertise include deeper thinking with technology, authentic learning, curriculum design, and performance tasks and assessments. This means that if you choose to buy I will be paid a commission on the affiliate program.

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How to Integrate Computational Thinking with “Look Fors”

Digital Promise

What does it look like to integrate computational thinking and computer science in the classroom? Digital Promise has been working with districts and educators from across the United States to integrate computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) into K-12 classrooms.

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important. Today in the show, I recommend taking this quiz to see if Angela Watson’s 40-hour workweek club is right for you. Want to hear another episode on helping students learn?

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7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

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. ” They want to do work for an audience.

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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5 Ideas to Experience Inquiry in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Kimberly Mitchell talks about how we can promote inquiry in the classroom. From helping students to effectively generate questions to modeling curiosity, we have five practical ideas to bring inquiry into our classroom. ” Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today.

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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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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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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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5 Ways to Help Kids of All Ages Code #HourofCode

The CoolCatTeacher

Here are your ideas to get started. Brian Aspinall, author of Code Breaker : 15+ Ways to Get Started with Coding, shares how students from kindergarten to high school can start to learn coding. I’ll be co-hosting a panel conversation on how I help kids learn how to personalize their own learning, how we can differentiate instruction, and we’ll have an “old fashioned” tool share at 2 pm in the room.

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How to Boost Family Involvement through Parent-Teacher Conferences

Waterford

It’s easy to let the conference season catch us by surprise, but did you know that parent-teacher conferences are one of the best ways to boost parent engagement? If you’re a parent preparing for the conference season, we’ve also included a list of tips to make the most out of meeting with your child’s teacher. A parent-teacher conference gives you a chance to discuss a student’s progress in-depth with families. For Educators: How to Run a Parent-Teacher Conference.

Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Students who use Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, iPads, or any other device can now create books with this versatile, easy-to-use app. Standards: I’m using this project as a summary of all the graphic design lessons that I’ve taught my students, everything from color to fonts. I’m expecting them to use these principles in their books, but I’m also hoping that they’ll create a great keepsake commemorating why their hero is so special to them.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (#4 episode of Season 3)

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Video and Infographic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teachers are moving from face to face classrooms to online classrooms quickly. Top online course designers who have also taught face to face tell us how.

7 Ways My Interactive Display is a Key Part of My Student-Centered Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

When they voted to eliminate a photo, they’d remove it until we selected the final photograph. In this post, I’ll be sharing seven pedagogical shifts that make interactive displays a key to a student-centered classroom. The interactive display is a digital workspace that can operate demonstration computers, display a copy of student screens or smartphones “thrown” to it for discussion, become a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space, or show video and other content.

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How to Prepare for the SAT

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, it represents a last desperate attempt to qualify for the college of their dreams. 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. The student account can be linked to their College Board account. How NOT to Assess Student Writing.

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Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

The CoolCatTeacher

She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better. Note: There were so many great quotes in this show, I’ve made some graphics for you to share. Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and even handwritten numeric answers that can be read and scored by Aita – Gradecam’s Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant. So how can we do that?

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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., Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and even handwritten numeric answers that can be read and scored by Aita – Gradecam’s Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant.Score assessments, generate reports, and transfer grades automatically.

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