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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How to Assess Digital Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

On my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher , I run a column called Dear Otto where I answer teacher questions about how to integrate technology into their classes. Of late, the most common question is, “How to I assess student digital literacy?” How do I assess faculty digital literacy so I can teach them what they don’t know?” In the past, I discussed the eight skills required for students to be considered digitally literate.

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How to manage assessments in the blended classroom

Neo LMS

Technology is part of our daily lives. Schools have taken big steps towards using online resources and tools, but we can expect online learning to have a more important role in students’ education due to the pandemic. However, summative assessments offer a limited perspective.

How To Effectively Use Educational Assessment Tools

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Overview of educational assessment tools focusing on Summative assessment and Formative assessment. A comparison of summative assessment and formative assessment. The main components of being an educator are preparation, teaching, and assessment. Today we will dive in deeper into the discussion of educational assessment. According to Edutopia.org educational assessment is an integral part of instruction and the learning process.

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.

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6 Ways to Increase Student Assessment Scores

Wisewire

Every teacher wants their students to succeed, and assessments are a great way to measure success. And with the new year in full swing, the time to start preparing students for their assessments is now. . Use Current Events to Engage Students. Students who are engaged tend to be more alert, take notes, ask questions, and generally are active learners. One interesting way to draw students in is to teach using current events.

How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project Case Study

The CoolCatTeacher

A district is assessing itself with a massive project for 800 eighth graders. Jennifer Gonzalez is updating her Teachers Guide to Technology for 2018. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project is an Example. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e223. The winning teams get to Skype their solutions to real experts in the field the following day. How the “winning” works.

How to Assess Learning in a Pandemic

Edsurge

As colleges ask faculty to prepare for a possible online, hybrid or altered in-person fall semester—or all three simultaneously—many instructors are wondering how to best measure student learning. Blum: I've been teaching over 30 years, so I've had a lot of time to evolve.

Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. We all struggle to know what students know “in the moment” so we can adjust our teaching. We need them to master the material. We need to teach it. Formative assessment is the answer. Show Notes: What is formative assessment?

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. 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.

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 Be a Better Instructional Coach

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based tool that lets you customize assessments with multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and more. See how Gradecam can save you time and speed up your grading. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. How to Be a Better Instructional Coach. Why do we need to change the dynamic between instructional coaches and teachers?

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How to Create Effective Learning Playlists

A Principal's Reflections

Educators have been working valiantly to make either remote or hybrid learning work. These represent new methodologies for some, while others are now applying what they had already been doing to the current situation in the form of blended learning.

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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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My article for the TES: How to… Use technology to support assessment.

EdTech4Beginners

It was about ways tech tools can support assessment in the classroom. Have you got any other tech tools which help when assessing pupils? Tagged: apps , assessment , edtech , education , tech , technology. education apps assessment edtech tech technologyI recently wrote an article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES). Read the full article by clicking here. Leave a comment below.

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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50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom [Video]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher YouTube Channel Looking for new ideas for using technology in the classroom? Trying to figure out what’s next? Well, recently I had to record a video just in case the weather wasn’t so great in Pittsburg, Kansas for my virtual keynote. I thought that some of you might be looking for a little summer PD and would take the 45 minutes or so to learn something new. You can use technology in the classroom.

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How to Do Student-led Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

I remember report card days as a child, me sitting outside on a brick wall, scared to death as my mother met with the teacher and received the (always bad) news about how I wasn’t doing. It never motivated me to try harder, didn’t make me like school better, and angered me at everyone involved. Fast forward to me as a K-5 teacher. I love report card days now because this is when I get to meet parents. Here’s how: Students become leaders.

How to Improve Checks for Understanding

A Principal's Reflections

Regardless of the terminology that is used, virtually every plan follows a format to help achieve this outcome. As much as these elements are critical to effective instructional design, what’s more vital are continuous checks to determine if students understand. Image credit Checking for understanding consists of specific points during the lesson or task when the teacher checks to see if the students understand the concept or steps and how to enact them to achieve the target.

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How to choose technology for online classrooms

Linways Technologies

Our teachers and institutions are already using multiple platforms and tools to manage online education. Check out our previously blog about choosing the right technology for classrooms. The easiest way is to simply refrain from saying “yes” at the first encounter itself.

5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Link to show: Date: March 2, 2018.

7 Authentic Assessment Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

Assessments have become a critical piece to education reform. To prepare students well for college and career means they must deeply learn the material and its application to their lives and future learning.That means assessing student knowledge authentically and accountably. Good assessments should verify: that students have unpacked a lesson and applied it rigorously. that students have connected lessons to other learning and applied it to their lives.

Learn How to Teach Online with This Free Course

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Do you need help in learning how to teach online? Here’s a free 3-hour course, Launching Online Learning , to get you started. Sponsored by Advancement Courses How to teach online – learning outcomes Set up, organize, and find digital resources for your online learning environment. Learn how to create digital assessments.

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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.

How to do more with less screen time

Neo LMS

However, the attempts to squeeze normalcy into an extraordinary situation removed that luxury in most cases this fall. Read more: From normal to better: Using what we’ve learned to improve education. One of the best things you can do is to get them moving.

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5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

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. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

How to assess student performance in online classes

Linways Technologies

6 creative methods of assessment in online learning. As online learning is becoming to be the new normal in education, we need to equip ourselves with the right tools, techniques, and information to deal with all aspects of teaching-learning. In order to be prepared, here’s a helpful article for teachers on assessment techniques to measure student performance in online classes. Before we begin, there’s something we need to get in order.

How to Make Remote Instruction Work

EdNews Daily

Perhaps the biggest question we had was, “Is remote assessment as effective as in-person assessment?” As we attempted to prepare for everything—and […]. The post How to Make Remote Instruction Work first appeared on EdNews Daily.

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How to Teach Critical Thinking

Ask a Tech Teacher

Subjects like math and science — the ones only “smart” kids do well in — demand that you find patterns, unravel clues, connect one dot to another, and scaffold knowledge learned in prior lessons. Take the helm of your own country and work together with others to solve international problems! Kids love playing games, leveling up, and finding the keys required to win. So why the disconnect among teachers and parents when applying gameplay to learning?

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A Lesson in Assessing Web Content Validity

EmergingEdTech

A Lesson Using Kathy Schrock’s “5 W’s” to Evaluating Web Site Content I teach an introductory level technology course at The College of Westchester, focused on emerging. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

How to Eteach in a Covid-19 Pandemic

Ask a Tech Teacher

If your teaching has been moved online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, learn which webtools make online learning exciting for kids and easy for you in this class–starts March 23rd! Click to sign up. The 21st century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. To enroll, click the link above and sign up. Learn to use tech collaboratively, purposefully, and as good digital citizens.

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How Today's Education Crisis May Improve Tomorrow's Assessments

Edsurge

But after only a few minutes of conversation, it’s abundantly clear that Kyra Donovan and Dr. Julie Miles share a passion for learning and a strong conviction that assessment is essential to creating the best educational outcomes for students of all abilities.

How to assess your district’s digital readiness

eSchool News

How do you know if your school system is high performing in its use of technology? While there are many free, self-assessments, how do you get a rigorous, outside expert assessment? A first step is for districts to learn about CoSN’s new Digital Leap Success Matrix (Matrix) which outlines the practices needed to be a successful digital school system. Key is ensuring that instructional goals precede technological goals.

How to Teach With Videos

Ask a Tech Teacher

I reviewed mysimpleshow , a new tool that is getting a lot of buzz, and then asked them to share how their digital tool addresses this burgeoning interest in video. Here are some ideas: Educators – as you know, we’re in a digital world, and using technology in the classroom such as video as a means of communicating messages is taking over. Academia is transforming in a way that responds to most of its younger inhabitants: digital natives who have a knack for technology.

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