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

The CoolCatTeacher

Mandy Froehlich talks about a tool she uses in her classroom, Flipsnack. Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Making Music with iPads and #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Justin Kamp @kampmiltonmusic Kids can learn to make music with iPads and technology. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Technotunes and how to use them.

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How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They’re creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they’re making students more enthusiastic about school.

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How To "Amp Up" Your Traditional Lesson Planning in Today's Classrooms

Kleinspiration

If We Expect Students to Collaborate, Are WE Leading By Example? Any observer can see the vast amount of student collaboration transpiring online from teachers sharing their classroom practices via Twitter chats, class blogs or websites, Instagram, Periscope and more.

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Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

MindShift

It’s easy to focus on academics and college transcripts when children become tweens and teens, but retaining the agency and creativity inherent in play is crucial for them, too. “Older kids need those same tactile, hands-on experiences to learn as well.”

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. She holds firm to the belief that student access to technology is the great equalizer.

5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month

The CoolCatTeacher

Eric Curts gives us five ways to use Google apps, extensions and tools to celebrate Poetry Month. From blackout poetry to rhymefinding extensions, learn about some tools you can use all year long in your language arts classes. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom… Putting the Arts in STEM

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post that recognizes that the Arts must be in STEM! Take some time to enjoy this wonderful journey of STEAM Resources. First, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. Do you want to save some cash?

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Students can co-create curriculum and their classrooms with teachers for powerful learning experiences. Learn how students are teaching each other drone piloting and other examples from Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

TCEA 2019: How One K–12 Principal Put Google Classroom to Work

EdTech Magazine

TCEA 2019: How One K–12 Principal Put Google Classroom to Work. Google Classroom has changed the game for teachers. Google Classroom Proves a Robust Organizer for K–12 Resources. When the time was right to launch a new initiative, she tapped Tickle for help. .

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom. to teach kindergarteners the basics of coding. “It It helps explain the step-by-step nature of coding,” says Todd Burleson, resource center director for this Winnetka Public Schools District 36 elementary school. When we needed to take it to the next level, it felt very natural to go from coding to robotics.”. Expose Students to Progressive Technology.

What one thing should a student know, understand, or be able to do by the time they leave elementary school?

Reading By Example

I don’t want to know how many other faces have been pushed into this toy. My daughter and I were in a waiting room today, trying to occupy ourselves while my son was with the dentist. No surprise; I have found the bigger the pond, the less likely I am to get a bite.

3 Ways to Add Student Voice to Anything!

Kleinspiration

When Jacob came home last year with a project for school, he wanted to use the iPad. He even started making tutorial videos to teach others how to make forts. LiveScribe Sound Stickers As an affiliate of LiveScribe, you can click here to get 15% off a Pen now.

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom: Putting the Arts in STEM

techlearning

A look at the works of Leonardo da Vinci will attest to this! The very first time I heard the idea of integrating the Arts into STEM education was while watching a keynote made by Daniel Pink at the NECC Conference in Washington DC… yes prior to ISTE Conferences!

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Learning First, Technology Second #motivationmonday

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Liz Kolb @lkolb talks about how we can put learning first and a very important reason technology should be second. Click to download the PDF transcript or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

The Open Classroom: A Perspective on Differentiated Instruction

Leadership Lounge

In the 1960s, when America became frightened by the Soviets' rapid space advancements during the Cold War, educators pushed new approaches on how students should be taught and how they should learn. We wanted students to know not only how math concepts operated, but why.

Discovering the “Ultimate Classroom”: A Student Led Project Based Learning Inquiry

EdTechTeam

As a teacher, I knew all about project based learning and how rewarding it could be for students, but I struggled to imagine how I would make it work in my 4th grade classroom. As we returned to school in January, our inquiry took off.

Going Beyond the Hour of Code

Digital Promise

Code.org has created a great compilation of resources for how students can continue learning. In this post, I’d like to suggest some ideas for how teachers who are new(ish) to CS can go beyond the Hour of Code. Read a book, blog, or magazine.

Encouraging Out-of-School Reading and Writing Habits

Digital Promise

A recent Scholastic survey of kids and families’ reading behaviors shows that only 39 percent of children ages nine to 11 read for fun most days of the week. This drops further to 27 percent of children ages 12 to 14. Encouraging peers to make recommendations to each other.

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One District's Journey From 'State of Emergency' to Student Success

Edsurge

Then Dr. Margaret Gilmore stepped in to lead a district-wide overhaul, and suddenly the story changed—for the better. EdSurge: How did you know where to begin such an immense district overhaul? What are some specific steps you’ve taken to improve teaching and learning?

The workshop model: Beyond the basics

The Cornerstone Blog

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Jen Bengel explains the workshop model, how to create mini-lessons, and how to get students excited about books. Jen’s going to do a deep dive into an ELA or reading workshop model. Want to listen instead of read ?

Young Adults Don’t Read. Here’s What We Can Do About It.

Edsurge

It’s that they choose not to. In 1980, 60 percent of 12th graders said they read a book, newspaper or magazine every day that wasn’t assigned for school, one study found. Reading has the potential to open doors, expand horizons, and provide escape. So how do we open the door?

The 2013 Highlights from Kleinspiration!

Kleinspiration

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family and caring friends. I''m lucky to have a job that I adore and hobbies that support what I enjoy doing. Because of these experiences, I''ve had the opportunity to meet many of you in person. Hugs to you all!

Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. In today’s show, Alan November discusses a groundbreaking new assessment strategy to make you think: The origins of this strategy. How it applies in middle and high school. I’ve learned not to try.

Chrome Can: Interactive, Non-linear Stories

Dr. Shannon Doak's Blog

One way to help make learning to write and building a students competency in writing for a variety of audiences and styles is to give students a chance to practice writing different genres. A great place to start is at the Twine Wiki.

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5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Makerspaces — a key element of STEM education — are popping up in classrooms and libraries across the U.S. Research from School Library Journal indicates that maker activities at elementary and middle schools increased by 4 percent from 2014 to 2017.

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Making MAKEing More Inclusive

User Generated Education

Maker education (often referred to as “Maker Ed”) is a new school of educational thought [at least in terms of having an “official” educational label – JG] that focuses on delivering constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units to students.

5 Ways to Build Real Teacher-Student Connections for the Year Ahead

Edsurge

Summer is the time for many educators to reboot, relax, and re-energize for the upcoming school year. Some attend conferences, participate in webinars, or read up on educational trends to learn and grow before putting their newly-acquired knowledge into practice in September. I also spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about how my son will adjust as he enters his first year of high school. Perhaps they too are using the summer to think about the same thing.

Organizing the Edtech Toolbox

edWeb.net

Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at Milford Public Schools, MA, talked about why they wrangled their technology and how having a defined edtech toolbox improved teaching and learning overall. Teachers aren’t able to come home from a conference anymore and download the latest app.

Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

techlearning

This is no small feat, considering that she and now-NJ Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet stepped into a struggling district with 75% of students reading below grade level (half of those being three-to-six grades below).

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How YOUR response to student behavior can change the trajectory of a child’s life & disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline

The Cornerstone Blog

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast, I talked to educators about the school-to-prison pipeline and how restorative justice in the classroom (which starts with you) can change the trajectory of a child’s life. Want to listen instead of read?

How YOUR response to student behavior can change the trajectory of a child’s life

The Cornerstone Blog

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast, I talked to educators about the school-to-prison pipeline and how restorative justice in the classroom (which starts with you) can change the trajectory of a child’s life. Want to listen instead of read?

Will the real Montessori please stand up?

The Hechinger Report

A child in a classroom for the youngest students at Hill Country Montessori sets up his workspace. Located in a south Austin home, the daycare center boasted more than half an acre of land for children to explore and on which they could grow vegetables in their own gardening plots.

Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

But I also bemoaned the lack of opportunities available to non-CTE students who wish to work with their hands. Many are being assembled and supported by industrious librarians looking for new ways to offer their students hands-on learning opportunities.

How Middle School Obsessions Can Shape Career Paths.

Edsurge

Think back to your days in middle school, specifically to what you did after you slung your backpack off at home and began to unwind. My memories involve shopping for JNCO jeans, using AOL Instant Messenger to chat with friends and obsessively listening to music from popular boy bands including Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and especially Hanson. I lived in a small town and didn’t know how I was going to meet him. Fast forward to 2018.

If You’re Serious About Designing Edtech Solutions, Start With the Learners

Edsurge

Growing up in San Francisco with parents who devoted their lives to the nonprofit and public education sectors, my primary contact with Google, Facebook, and Apple was as a user. I was only vaguely aware of their physical presence off the 101 freeway on the way to my grandparents’ house, and I can’t remember ever talking to anyone who worked in tech. So how do we know we’re contributing to the solution and not aggravating the problem?

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Part 4: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Turning STEM to STEAM… 24 Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this fourth post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs. Take a moment to watch the video.

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