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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

episode 134 with Karen Voglesang on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Lawrence on episode 287 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mike Lawrence, a current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival.

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Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Voglesang on episode 209 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Resources to Learn More.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Dr. Kimberly Tyson and Dr. Angela Peery on episode 94 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page.

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Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Pearce on episode 304 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Make Math Visual.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Sean Nank on episode 228 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments.

How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

Find life balance and get your weekends back From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I I’m in the club and ready to go!! How does this program work? How do I sign up?

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How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

iLearn Technology

In the last eight years, my posting habits have become pretty sparse, to say the least. As I was considering the best way to jump back into blogging, I couldn’t see going back to the way I’ve posted in the past. Secondly, I still have so much to share!

Which One Doesn’t Belong? K-12 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

iLearn Technology

This math site is for students of all ages and challenges them to look at a set of four images and determine which image doesn’t belong and justify their answer. How to Integrate Which One Doesn’t Belong? What it is: Which One Doesn’t Belong?

Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started.

The Cornerstone Blog

Makerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I’ve never implemented one myself, and I can’t quite picture the logistics of orchestrating a Makerspace. How do kids know what to do? Time to review circuits and switches.

SumBlox: explore number relationships through visual/kinesthetic play

iLearn Technology

** This is not a sponsored post, I’m just super excited about this product and can’t wait to see what our students do with it! What it is: Why yes, this is a technology blog. SumBlox also are a fantastic introduction to algebra concepts. These are going to be popular!

Virtual Escape Room

iLearn Technology

Year after year I continue to be inspired, excited, and made to think by my edublog alliance PLN! These are my go to blogs before all others! These real-life rooms are not only fun, they are a great way for students to think critically and problem solve together.

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations.

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Find Your Pi Day

iLearn Technology

The place in the sequence is depicted by a spiral that goes in and out to display the beginnings and ends of such long digit sequences. How to integrate Find Your Pi Day in your classroom: Find Your Pi Day is a neat site to generate conversation and inquiry into Pi.

StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

Nick Garvin , the founder of StackUp , was fresh out of school and wanted to apply for a job at Tesla Motors. His traditional resume failed to document the thousands of hours that he spent online in self-taught learning about the automotive industry.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree on episode 233 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Doug Green on episode 284 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today.

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. The idea is that when people are allowed to work on things they care about, their motivation for the job as a whole will increase. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations. How often to hold Genius Hour.

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

edWeb.net

Only 47% of secondary students surveyed reported being engaged, enthusiastic and committed to their learning. The entire school community needs to partner with students to build a culture of student engagement that will result in students learning to their potential.

We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

The Christensen Institute

A recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years : teachers will not be replaced by machines. Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. We need to start talking more about the best ways to integrate technology and teaching in order to amplify teachers’ impact.

Starting PBL: 30 Amazing Resources To Help Plant A New PBL Idea, Part 2

techlearning

I sure hope you enjoyed that last post on ideas to get you started with that PBL unit. If you missed it then be sure to check it out here. Perhaps there is an online competition that you have used or just come across… how can you turn it into a PBL?

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. Or, in order to avoid writing them down, they create basic passwords that are easily hacked.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? This article originally appeared on Edutopia.

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Introducing MIND’s Thought Leaders & Speakers

MIND Research Institute

Over the years, we’ve worked to share these ideas broadly. Our research, approach to STEM and other thought leadership can be found through our website , social media and blog. Click on a photo to view a speaker’s full profile.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Also, this week, thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge , I published a new post “ How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools? ” And, I also (unfortunately) needed to update my post on the W-2 phishing scam victimizing school districts across the country. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition).

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Preparing Young Students for Home Row Keyboarding: An Unplugged Approach

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve long been intrigued by the physical keyboards teachers and homeschoolers use to introduce keyboarding to the youngest typists. Students are digital natives, but as of yet, no child comes to class naturally able to navigate the QWERTY keyboard.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. At Edmentum , it’s our goal to put educators first in everything we do. One of the ways we do this is by working hard to make teachers' lives easier during the busiest times of the academic year. We believe that when test day rolls around, students’ scores should reflect their content knowledge—not their ability to decode the test itself.

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Used to live in Kigoma, Tanzania. to move to the U.S. Learned enough English to transition into regular classes in 8th grade, finished all high school coursework by 11th grade, now taking 5 AP classes as a senior. What would we like to see more of in the NW region?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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Part 2 Starting PBL: 30 Amazing Resources To Help Plant A New PBL Idea

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to Part Two of starting a PBL project. In this series I wish to help educators find ways to get ideas for a PBL they may wish to do with their class. Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans .

How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps

MindShift

Technically, if one trusts the etymology, the best way for a teacher to confer with other educators would be an educator conference. Unfortunately, it’s often obligatory to passively listen to speeches and then “talk to someone next to you” about a prescribed topic.

10 More Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom…Part 4

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the fourth article in a series devoted to facilitating proper student internet interaction in the classroom. This classroom might be 1 to 1 or might be using technology to leverage student centered learning. January is a great time to travel to Orlando and FETC.

Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative

eSchool News

A recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years : teachers will not be replaced by machines. Fortunately, technology offers a new alternative to the traditional model.

The Power of Positive Climate and Culture

EdTechTeam

As a coach assisting teachers with technology integration and personalized learning, I notice patterns arising from teacher to teacher. One pattern that I have noticed is that a teacher, no matter how strong they are, hits a wall when it comes to progressing to the next level.

ESSA learning more, doing more

NeverEndingSearch

I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. Deb describes the victory, attributing it largely to grassroots networking. After eight years without a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ESSA becomes law with references to school libraries and librarians. Don’t wait to be invited to this party.