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Teaching makers: unraveling the maker movement

Neo LMS

I think that hands-on experimentation, design, invention and creating is one of the most stimulating things you can engage students in, and I lap up anything I can on the thriving maker movement. So let’s unpack three of the pedagogically relevant concepts that drive the Maker Movement.

How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

Michael Cohen "The Tech Rabbi" and author of Education by Design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of Education by Design talks about classroom design.

How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Amanda Johnson on Episode 493 While we have to finish well, those of us who are returning to another year as an educator have to look forward to plan. The goal is to encourage students to read and what Amanda is discovering might surprise you.

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Elementary and primary students can learn to code. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

Master music teacher Amy Burns shares how her music students use Seesaw as a place for performance and sharing with parents and grandparents. Amy believes this pedagogical shift is a game changer in the music classroom Learn more. Listen to the Show.

How to Create in AR and VR

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Jaime Donally talks about all the ways kids can create and make inside Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom. They have a new classroom management tool called Collections.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Metaverse is a powerful augmented reality (AR) programming app for classrooms. This is because Metaverse is simple and easy to use. That said, I want my students to end up coding.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart is working with teachers in traditional subjects to let students immerse in the subject in Minecraft. In today’s show, learn about Minecraft EDU and how it is being used to teach. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser.

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

For example, I had to assess “over the shoulder” by looking at what students were doing. Now, using 3DBear , I’m able to offer students a classroom where they can create and share. Also, I’m able to easily assess and share their work in AR.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

Kindergarteners and first graders explore their “wonderings” in Lindsey Danhoff’s classroom. 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.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how. 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. Favorite tools to use with younger kids.

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

If you want to join a group of teachers doing Virtual Valentines, you’ll want to listen to the show and sign up by February 2. Also, learn about other projects throughout the year and how teachers design these projects to meet standards. 7 Ways to Get Started.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Students who use Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, iPads, or any other device can now create books with this versatile, easy-to-use app. Standards: I’m using this project as a summary of all the graphic design lessons that I’ve taught my students, everything from color to fonts.

Virtual Valentines and 2 Other Cool, Easy Collaborative Ideas for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dyane Smokorowski talks about Virtual Valentines, the Awesome Squiggles Project, and a fun trip with teachers to the San Diego Zoo this summer.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

The CoolCatTeacher

After what seemed like five minutes, I took off the headset — to find it was 12:30 a.m.! In this blog post, I’ll share my experience, tell you how you can enter to win your own headsets and STEAM lab makeover, and give my predictions for the future of virtual reality.

5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Holistic Learning: Where Students Work Problems That Matter

The CoolCatTeacher

They are in the midst of an app building project that will require not only technical skills but will develop individual agency, development of new competencies and learning how students want to interact with the world. Problems to Solve. It Takes Time to Develop and Learn.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

As 2007 State Teacher of the Year in Rhode Island, Catherine Davis-Hayes is passionate about helping every teacher use the arts in their classroom. Today’s Sponsor: Edpuzzle is my new favorite flipped classroom tool. Work to integrate arts into your lesson this week.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. A big thank you to Karen. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I’d like them to “make” that character.

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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6 Super Science Edtech Ideas: Using Technology to Level Up Science Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Tools to enhance student voice.

Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey , co-author of the Google Cardboard Book , shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Donnie has sent photos and items to embed for you!

What Will It Take to Push the K-12 Maker Movement to Be More Inclusive?

Edsurge

These days, schools are trying to figure out how to bring making into every facet of the school day, with mobile kits, clubs and more. And when it comes to incorporating making into everyday curriculum, Cicely Day and Knikole Taylor are experts. Cicely Day works in Oakland, California at Burckhalter Elementary School as an instructional teacher leader, where she helps support teachers and students in ELA/math and in the computer lab. Everyone's a maker.

Making Better Videos and Movies with Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn practical tips and ideas from Joe Brennan for making movies in the classroom. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e297.

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What’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

The CoolCatTeacher

From Project based learning, global projects and steam to the biggest heartbreaks of second-grade teachers, Carol shares it all. She gives a pep talk for second-grade teachers that will get you excited to innovate! Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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.

Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program

The CoolCatTeacher

Teaching kids to code starts with helping them understand the concepts behind coding before you get into syntax. 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.

Different Schools for a Different World

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Scott McLeod, co-author of Different Schools for a Different World , has a frank conversation about the change that needs to happen, how long it will take to happen, and the next steps for promoting creativity in schools. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

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.

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

User Generated Education

If there is someone other than the teacher managing the makerspace or there is a schedule for the school, your kids may only be able to use it once a week or month. The educator can assist learners in the interview process including how to develop interview questions.

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Its 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?

Edsurge

When tech giant Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters site, cities across the country scrambled to produce persuasive pitches. In Loudoun County, Virginia, fourth-graders from Goshen Post Elementary School took up the challenge personally. To create compelling video arguments, student teams interviewed experts in economic development, researched state history and geography, and even wrote poems to sing the praises of their region.

This Amazing South Bronx School Grows 50,000 Pounds of Vegetables a Year

The CoolCatTeacher

They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free.

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. A Maker Mindset.

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5 Tips for Planning a Kidcamp, the Student-Driven #Edcamp

Edsurge

By now you’ve probably heard of edcamps —free, organic, participant-driven, “un-conferences” that empower educators to maximize professional learning experiences and peer networks. As a longtime enthusiast, what I love most about the movement is that at its heart it’s all about educators teaching and empowering other educators. Parker Elementary School. This event was open to any staff from across the district and in other schools throughout the tri-state area.

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.

Why Tech Doesn't Just Mean Computers and How It Can Be Used in Alternative Ways to Change Classroom Dynamics

Saving Socrates

For years, I''ve been working in schools where they have attempted to implement "tech" in the classroom. It asks the teacher or administration to place more computers in a classroom and increase their use during classroom instruction. While this is certain a huge part of any tech initiative, it sort of ignores other key technological innovation that are also taking place that our children would profoundly benefit from being exposed to in a school environment.

Making MAKEing More Inclusive

User Generated Education

The maker movement and maker education, in my perspective, are such great initiatives – really in line with what student-centric education should be in this era of formal and informal learning. 9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers ).

Get Qurious: Interactive and Digital Play Kit

iLearn Technology

What it is: Get Qurious is a company who’s goal is to keep kids curious, creative, and expressive by combining technology and play. The Get Qurious Maker Box is packed full of interactive play opportunities. Each piece comes to life when scanned in the app.

Learning Studio Makers Connect to Learn and Play

Digital Promise

What happens when students on different sides of the world connect to learn and play? We explored how students can “Play to Learn” in the most recent Learning Studios design challenge, which asked students to design a game of any format that helps the player learn something new. The design challenge culminated in the Play to Learn Virtual Game Exchange, where students connected on Skype to play their games with students at other Learning Studio sites.