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The Epic E-Book of WebTools

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Kristina Holzweiss shares plain and simple terms some of the most timesaving, enriching online resources available to teachers today.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. He was actually recently featured on the Microsoft blog about what he’s doing. Jeff: Ah, yeah… So I’m using Minecraft Education Edition in my technology classroom with my students.

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7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Genius hour and passion projects are transformational. 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. All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching in augmented reality (AR) for the past several years has been a bit of a challenge, in my opinion, as is often the case with new technologies. This blog post is sponsored by 3D Bear. I’ve found it works better if you have some flat surfaces around, but it will work anywhere Start designing Inside 3D bear are a variety of libraries that you can use.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

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Lindsey Danhoff on episode 308 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness. Then they even started to go the library and find books for their friends. Lindsey: Our library media specialist knows more about this.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building. We adapted the Design Thinking Process to include additional phases based on our own experiences in schools with educators and kids. Define the Problem: The educator along with the learners generate possible authentic problems to explore within their local community (classroom, school, social, community) which includes identification of the intended audience.

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Searching for the Ability to Think: Training our Kids to Go Past Google

The CoolCatTeacher

5 Ways to Teach Students to Think From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Cathy Rubin in her Global Search for Education has posed these questions in my inbox for this month’s global search for education column: “ What should we teach young people in an age where Dr. Google has an answer for everything?” This blog post is my answer. The student is programming a video game in a maker space using Bloxels.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Book Creator, All Opinions My Own From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Here’s a class library for an elementary classroom. Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored blog post.” The post Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

5 Things That Happen When We Empower Students

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Juliani on episode 165 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. I know you write about it a lot in your book and on your blog, and there’s nothing like it in the world.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

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Mandy Froehlich on episode 192 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. What are the common mistakes that educators make when they’re trying to use FlipSnack? Mandy: You know, it’s such an easy tool to use that I haven’t seen … I haven’t had an educator come back to me and say,“Ah I hated FlipSnack. You know, I did have an educator say to me once I like to use it for student portfolios.

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Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course

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Mandi Figlioli on episode 163 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. Blog: [link]. Curriculum Specialist Mandy Figlioli is excited about her school’s adoption of the Inventionland design and prototyping course.

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5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

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Aaron Maurer on episode 140 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Maurer @ coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. Pay attention to the news, read the magazines or the blogs or the social media.

Josh Stumpenhorst’s Learning Commons: Drones, Literature, and Creativity

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Episode 128 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher is directing a library revolution and evolution to Learning Commons at his school. And yes, they’ll be flying drones in the library! ” He also discusses the importance of literature and creativity in the library. Why Reinvent the Library? What Kinds of Changes are Happening in the Library?

3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning

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Erin Murphy on episode 164 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. Vicki: So, remarkable educators, Erin Murphy and her book Hacking Project-Based Learning.

What Should I Buy For My New Makerspace? A Five-Step Framework For Making the Right Purchases

Edsurge

I recently was asked to give a webinar that would guide participants through selecting the right products for their makerspace, where I unveiled my “Worlds of Making 'MAKER' Framework.” Many people associate the Maker Movement with ‘stuff’ like 3D printers, but in my opinion, this isn’t what pushes children outside of their comfort zone, it is that opportunity for open-ended exploration that is key. This piece was adapted from a post on her blog.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills. Libraries are all about inquiry,” says Valerie Jopeck, a former librarian and current education specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. Exploratory, hands-on learning is also known as “maker education.” With open-ended maker projects, trial and error is the name of the game.

TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks

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TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks. As with any publication, blogs and websites are only as thoughtful as their design. This is part of the limitation of a blog, and the allure of social media sites like facebook and pinterest. One of the things that sets TeachThought apart from other education publishers is the development of learning models and frameworks–new ways of teaching and learning and schooling that others can use.

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

Digital Promise

In July 2018, Digital Promise launched a new Maker Learning Leadership Cohort dedicated to professional learning, peer connections, and school transformation in the Pittsburgh region. This blog post is the second in a series where participating districts share why they are committed to providing maker learning opportunities to their students. Innovative learning spaces and equipment do not necessarily make an impactful maker learning program.

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 49 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Blog: [link]. Sylvia Libow Martinez is a co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom helping teachers bring the exciting tools and technology of the Maker Movement to classrooms worldwide. 10-minute Teacher Show Libraries News & Trends STEM Teaching

The Free, Amazing, Library 2.015 Online Events Start Today

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is a GREAT week for library and learning conversations! Then our FIFTH annual (and free) Future of Libraries conference, Library 2.015 , is all day Tuesday , October 20th, with keynotes by conference co-chair Dr. Sandra Hirsh from the School of Information at San José State University, Toby Greenwalt from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Norman Jacknis, president of the board at Metropolitan New York Library Council.

Celebrating the National Week of Making

Digital Promise

Tomorrow marks the first day of the national Week of Making , a week dedicated to celebrating makers and providing opportunities for people across the country to make. We are excited to take part in highlighting the diversity of makers through our three-part video series featuring maker learning happening at different Maker Promise schools across the country. We are working on several new resources and opportunities to support maker learning and Maker Promise signers.

Tips for Implementing Design Challenges in Your Makerspace

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A successful school makerspace needs an enthusiastic maker community, school-wide participation, and staff support. In “ Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace ,” Diana Rendina, Media Specialist and Writer, Tampa Preparatory School, Tampa, FL, presented tips for design challenges and shared experiences from working in the makerspace during her time at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL. edWeb Blog challenge-based learning Makerspace school library

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. Updates Partner Spotlight Partner Announcements Calendar of Events Deadlines Highlighted Recordings NMC Navigator Top Ten Conversations Updates "Participatory, Continuous, Connected" | Top Trends from the Library 2.014 Conference.

How Librarians are Rockin’ the Makerspace Movement

Educator Innovator

You’re in the library! As the great-granddaughter of a librarian, I was brought up to know that the quiet of the library was sacred space. After a year of ordering materials with limited library money, they realized that students were more likely to participate in crafty upcycling than what they had spent the funds on anyway. Engaging Older Makers. Many students are unaware of this maker movement that’s starting in their media centers.

Hack Your Notebook

Educator Innovator

Following Hack Your Notebook Day, a nationwide paper circuitry and applied STEM learning event held this summer that brought together makers from around the country, libraries and other connected learning spaces have continued “hacking” notebooks by holding independent events for diverse groups of learners around the country. In August, a group of teens gathered at the San Francisco Public Library, a member of the YouMedia network, to do some electrical engineering.

Maker Programs Strive to Reach All Students

Educator Innovator

Through training and outreach, maker programs aim for greater diversity among future innovators. The maker movement is everywhere it seems. Kids tinkering with sewing machines or laser cutters, designing their own cookie cutters to “print” in a 3D-printer at libraries, museums, maker camps, or classrooms across the country. “It’s a way to get maker out in the community,” he explained.

5 Ideas for Friday: Ideas for Teachers In and Out of School to Try Today

The CoolCatTeacher

A sample Cool Cat Teacher newsletter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Five idea Friday isn’t online in a blog post. Blog posts. I post my blog posts and shows here on Cool Cat Teacher. You’ll get great blog posts, how-to articles and information here that you can get in your RSS reader. Get lessons from PBS (grades 7-12 ), New York Times , AES Education , or use the topic to teach English.

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From MakerSpace to MakerFaire – Guest Post from Christine Boyer

EdTechTeacher

Our makerspace is a small room off of our library that was once an office and storage space. It is now a vibrant hub of activity, stocked with a variety of high-tech and low-tech supplies that challenge and inspire our little makers. This past year has helped to give our maker movement stronger momentum with the addition of school sponsored clubs (multi-grade makers club and Lego Robotics). Creating Maker Spaces.

Educators Make, Play, and Connect This Summer

Educator Innovator

But we also know that for many educators summer is a time to collaborate, try new tools, and come up with ideas. Studies have shown that the gap between what high- and low-income families spend on education enrichment has tripled in the last 40 years. Today, high-income families spend nearly $7 in education enrichment for every $1 low-income families spend. In Pittsburgh, kids might join the growing Maker Movement or pick up some engineering skills while making robots.

Let's Build Something Together-Maker Spaces and 20% Time

The Web20Classroom

Maker Movement 20% Time Genius Hour The idea of students looking away from ridged content focus all throughout the school day and giving them back some time to explore and make is gaining a foothold in many classrooms. Educators are turning towards ideas like the Maker Movement and 20% Time to foster creativity and innovation in their classrooms and to get their kids thinking and doing more. So what is a maker space? First, Maker Spaces.

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Educator Innovator

Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting. In our interactive session for “ Makerspace in the Library: What it means for your Classroom ,” we really let our participants drive the learning. Zach Duensing, Nashville Public Library. Valerie Jopeck , Elementary Library Education Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. Maker Faire.

5 Ideas for Friday: Ideas for Teachers In and Out of School to Try Today

The CoolCatTeacher

A sample Cool Cat Teacher newsletter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Five idea Friday isn’t online in a blog post. Blog posts. I post my blog posts and shows here on Cool Cat Teacher. You’ll get great blog posts, how-to articles and information here that you can get in your RSS reader. Get lessons from PBS (grades 7-12 ), New York Times , AES Education , or use the topic to teach English.

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Makerspace for Little or Nothing

The Daring Librarian

When we have testing in our Library, I put all our Makerspace stuff on an AV cart and roll it into our server room. You can take baby steps into the Maker Movement. I've been saying that for 7 years or so.long before I blogged about it, I tried it out. I'm not 100% sold, even after 7 years of talking about the Maker Movement, that it's something that's here to stay and not just a fad. Big or small, lavish or little, it's all about the maker mindset.

Makerspace Lessons Learned from Elon Musk

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As an educator, particularly one who is quite invested in the maker movement, I was captured by his conversations and transparency. Of course there are countless lessons the education community can learn from Mr. Musk and his work, but Mr. Musk's involvement with the events in Thailand, made me think specifically about what we could learn from his approach to design. Design Thinking is a process that has been widely adopted in education.

Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

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In my last blog post , I wrote about the rebirth of career and technical education (CTE) in U.S. I closed by suggesting the growth of maker labs — or makerspaces — in schools presented some interesting opportunities. But one site, a prestigious all male prep school, decided instead to use its funds to build a full-scale makerspace in the school’s former library. It's primarily focused on educators working with elementary age students.