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5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. 5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management. Now, Mike, you have five ideas for us today, to do formative assessments.

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. We created Assessment Items.

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20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

All Subjects Assessment Blended Learning and E-Learning Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Trends and Topics Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) STEM Teachers Tech Tips Technology Tools Web Tools

How to Promote Deeper Learning with the 4 Shifts

The CoolCatTeacher

Her many areas of expertise include deeper thinking with technology, authentic learning, curriculum design, and performance tasks and assessments. Julie is a Defined STEM, a K–12 curriculum resource curriculum with engaging project-based lessons that are based on real-world scenarios.

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Top 8 Advantages of an Interactive STEM Curriculum

Kitaboo on EdTech

What is STEM? The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. More recently, arts were added to this educational model, as educators believed that art and creativity play an important role in the understanding of the former subjects in the STEM Curriculum , thus changing the acronym from STEM to STEAM. Why is STEM Training Important? And that is precisely why it is important to create more awareness of STEM.


Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

From stop motion to video controls and cool add-ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools – Google Slides. Vicki: Oh, see, I love this, because we’re getting ready to use Google Slides for our app presentation for Shark Tank.

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Over 40 STEAM Resources… Creative Thinking, STEM, and PBL at FETC 2020

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In regard to Creativity, check out my last post, which covers facilitating and assessing Creativity in the classroom. Over 40 STEAM Resources… Creative Thinking, STEM, and PBL at FETC 2020. It actually is quite obvious that the Arts should be included in STEM education.


6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future

eSchool News

STEM education would emphasize problem-solving, interdisciplinary approaches and the value of discovery and play, according to a new 10-year vision from the American Institutes for Research for the U.S. Department of Education’s STEM Initiatives Team. News STEM

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Part 3: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Engineering

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to number Three 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 and 35 resources geared toward STEM Technology.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

I use a variety of apps that not only show the current presentation on the board, but it also show on student devices. Small, handheld devices like mobile phones are good for viewing static slides, but they’re epic for sending formative assessment data to the teacher and the whole class.

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District Leadership: Teacher-Driven Curriculum Design

The CoolCatTeacher

We went from assessment to materials and on and on through the curriculum, and we identified those things. It makes me proud to represent them recently at our board meeting and stand before the board and present something that sixty-five teacher leaders worked together across sixteen schools.

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IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

She is a Fuse RI Fellow, working to collaborate with the state’s districts to assess readiness, analyze data, and help disseminate best blended learning practices based on each district’s specific needs.

Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. It can even be done in the elementary curriculum.

5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards

The CoolCatTeacher

The reality is, especially for states that are implementing NGSS in totality, and the assessments are going to become based on the NGSS standards, it’s not going to be like any book. I’ve been saying this about STEM for years, too, right?

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Part 2… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this second of many posts that will bring you over 70 STEM links. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations.

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Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. The assessment piece is important for kids.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

STEM Idea #1: Teach with Passion. And I think that sometimes as adults, especially when we start talking about STEM or STEAM or whatever buzzword it is that your school uses, we muddy the learning.

Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

They are examples of things he is using and that he has presented about virtual reality. Enrique Chachafeiro @ @8bitbiologist is an amazing presenter. She saw Enrique present in Second Life recently about how we can really change things using Virtual Reality.

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5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. 5 Idea Friday Blogging Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) How to Guides.

Flipping Awesome Science

The CoolCatTeacher

There was a meme a couple of years ago about this little elementary kid. Presenting at state and national conferences has developed Marc’s love for collaboration with teachers and administrators of all levels and disciplines.

Science Education Leaders Smithsonian and Carolina Biological Launch New Engineering Program for Elementary


With school demand for new STEM products that address Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and are easy to implement, the Smithsonian Science Education Center responded with a new generation of high-quality curriculum materials—Smithsonian Science for the Classroom.

New EL STEM Report Highlights the Need for Better Curriculum and Learning Experiences

MIND Research Institute

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a consensus study report in October 2018 entitled English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives. English Learners in STEM Subjects report.

Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

And you know, to be honest, by having them be a part of those provocations — they can bring them in, we can bring them in — and then from there, we can connect to other plans that we have in our curriculum and with regards to our assessment, right?

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Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum

User Generated Education

” For subjects like science, this is a little easier as the labs that often accompany science lessons often have a hint of STEM or maker education. Assessment : How will learners be assessed? Peer Assessments. Presentations to Local Students and Community Members?

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. The state’s just reduced that to a requirement of one science, one social studies, one math, and a reading and writing assessment.

How AR and VR Can Inspire Innovation—and Boost College and Career Readiness


That’s why for the past two years we’ve been running a pilot project in four of our elementary schools where we use zSpace’s AR/VR technology to teach science. Simulations for STEM Learning. If we look at the four schools and how they're performing on the NWEA assessment in science, we see that these schools are very easily on pace with or outpacing the national average in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.

?How Game-Based Learning Encourages Growth Mindset


Math games activate prior knowledge before presenting the learning objective. Grading student work by hand takes time and there is always a lag between students’ assessment and the resulting feedback. What’s more, traditional math feedback—presented to students as a letter grade or percent correct—signals the end of learning. In the gaming world, perseverance, problem solving, and creativity are the keys to success.

Hacking project-based learning: tips for management, assessment, & more from Ross Cooper & Erin Murphy

The Cornerstone for Teachers

But it’s not always simple to plan, and manage, and assess, so we’re going to talk about some practical teaching strategies today. With PBL, kids show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.

The 2013 Reform Symposium This Week - Online, Free, and with Amazing Speakers and Presenters

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The fourth annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) starts this Friday, October 11th, running for three days and in conjunction with Connected Educator Month.

I Moved a Drone With My Mind. Soon Your Students Will Too.


He explained that one important principle in mindfulness training is to practice being fully present. In the city, one of the most violent in America, the Holistic Life Foundation worked with more than 21 elementary and high schools in the area in 2018 to implement its Mindful Moment Program, which combines meditation and yoga to promote self-regulation. Education Technology STEM Whole-Child Learning 21st Century Skills Artificial Intelligence

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

It allows each person to contribute with shorter deadlines and individual deliverables and makes it easier to assess each person’s contribution. Students must show how they used feedback to improve their design in the final presentation.

12 Projects for your STEAM program

Ask a Tech Teacher

STEAM–Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math–is education’s new STEM. I’ve written before on ways to use STEM every day in classwork. If you have another platform, try Draw a Stickman (well-suited for elementary school ages).

The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning

User Generated Education

For the past several decades, I have had my feet in both elementary education and teacher training and development. Hands-on and experiential learning is used in some elementary schools but this diminishes as students get older.

A World of PBL… 25 Authentic Resources To Connect Students Beyond The Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, Makerspace, Inquiry, Computational Thinking, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. I have done 100’s of workshops and presentations.

Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning?


Edison is a small yet powerful programmable robot for introducing STEM in the classroom and familiarizing students with coding at an early age. An emotionally active robot like MONICA assesses the students’ cognitive states, i.e., is the student concentrating, distracted, or inactive?