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5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Connie Hamilton on Episode 495 To create a classroom culture of inquiry, we can follow these five techniques. Connie Hamilton, author of Hacking Questions: 11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom.

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Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero , she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero , she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning.

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Improve Student Behavior Now!

The CoolCatTeacher

Darrian Tanner on Episode 471 of the 10-Minute Teacher I talked to my son, and he says that when a teacher has excellent classroom management, it means he can learn, and when they don’t, it means chaos and stress for everybody.

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How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. It’s up to them.

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

We’ll also be giving away of their book Blended Vocabulary for K12 Classrooms: Harnessing the Power of Digital tools and Direct Instruction and you can enter by clicking here and following the instructions. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

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How to Pick the Right Instructional Model for Your Classroom

Education Elements

Selecting the right instructional model to personalize learning is a bit like cooking dinner for my family. To better understand this analogy, it is important to be familiar with the three base models that teachers have in their proverbial pantry: station rotation, playlists, and flipped lessons. Let’s first explore where each model is most useful: Personalized Learning Classrooms

3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? How can you use these platforms in your classroom, and how can you do so safely?

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. To accomplish this I had to quickly familiarize myself with some new tools.

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. 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.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). A secondary goal has been facilitating a transition from blended instruction to blended learning.

The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) #mtbos #iteachmath

The CoolCatTeacher

To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It).

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How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I This is such a great program that I asked Angela if I could link up with her to recommend her program to all of my readers. I’m in the club and ready to go!! How does this program work? How to Guides.

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Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

iLearn Technology

You can create original teaching materials for the math classroom quickly and easily. With ClassPad, you can quickly add mathematical formulas, graphs, spreadsheets, and geometry sheets to share with your students (and other teachers).

How to make your year more awesome

iLearn Technology

This week at Anastasis, we watched Kid President’s rules for being more awesome in this new year: “What if all made it our resolution to make this year awesome for somebody else?” I’m taking this resolution to heart and want to help make your year awesome!

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: Flipgrid is a video discussion platform for your classroom that lets you engage and capture learning in new and awesome ways. It’s simple (and free) to get started, just create a grid and add a topic to spark some discussion.

Seesaw: The ultimate ePortfolio for every classroom!

iLearn Technology

What makes Seesaw such an awesome option as a digital portfolio is the way that it empowers kids to build and keep a digital portfolio totally independently with features like QR code login for young students. This means that work “travels” with students from year to year.

GeoGuessr- Build critical thinking skills with this map-based game

iLearn Technology

What it is: GeoGuessr is a fun map-based game where students get virtually “dropped” somewhere in the world, and must explore the landscape around them through Google Street View to determine where in the world they are. Tips: Want to create your own GeoGuessr challenges?

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.

Science for all: How to reach English learners

eSchool News

Nationally, English learners (ELs) make up nearly 10 percent of PK-12 classrooms and almost 15 percent of urban classrooms, and these numbers are on the rise. In our work in local districts with high EL populations, we regularly see upper elementary students using K-1 science texts.

DOGO News: current events and non-fiction for your classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: DOGO News is a great place for kids to learn about current events, read non-fiction articles, and access customized content that you curate. DOGO Teachers allows you to create a special page for your students. How to integrate DOGO News in your classroom: DOGO News is a fantastic resource for you (and students) to find, read, and interact with non-fiction news articles in your classroom. The site is very easy for kids to navigate.

Photomath: Scan math problems for immediate step-by-step instructions

iLearn Technology

With Photomath , students can scan a math problem and learn how to solve it with step by step instructions and an answer. How to integrate Photomath into the classroom: On the surface, the Photomath app might look like the ultimate way for students to “cheat” their learning.

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. Not being in the classroom impacts this as well. When I was in the classroom, my posts had an immediate purpose; they were things that I was doing or dreaming of doing, with my students the next day.

How to make Cleveland ‘great again’

The Hechinger Report

CLEVELAND— Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. Officials gave themselves till 2016 to show progress.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. I use this tool when students are making Scratch video games for them to record their games and explain their scripts. They love to play.

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills.

Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

iLearn Technology

What it is: Be Internet Awesome is a fantastic new way to help your students make the most of the Internet by being prepared to make wise decisions as they navigate and interact online. Don’t Fall for Fake- teaching students how to discern real from fake online.

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

iLearn Technology

Kiddle editors hand choose sites that deliver content that is age-appropriate and written in easy to understand language. Best of all, Kiddle’s image and video searches brings about the results you would expect it to for kids. This is a powerful addition to inquiry.

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6 ways to improve PD in STEM for every grade level

eSchool News

Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had any specialized education or training in science, leaving them at a loss for PD in STEM. In traditional “sit and get” PD, it’s easy to overwhelm teachers with content or pedagogy.

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The Letter Project: Spreading good to girls through handwritten letters

iLearn Technology

The last week has been heartbreaking to watch unfold. As an educator I know that when we take away all of the labels that we use to categorize each other, when we look each other in the eye and listen to each other’s stories, we find out that we are all human after all.

Swift Playground: Apple’s free app that teaches kids to code!

iLearn Technology

What it is: Swift Playground is an awesome new app from Apple that teaches kids how to code in Swift. This free app for iPads uses games to teach kids Apple’s coding language used to create apps. Students can even post videos of their creation for others to see!

YouCubed: Think like a Mathematician

iLearn Technology

If you are a math teacher (and even if you aren’t) you need to know about this awesome resource! Links to really wonderful math apps and games, videos and radio shows, tasks (also known as mathematical brain teasers), and visual mathematics resources.

SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

iLearn Technology

What it is: Recently, the good people at SAM Labs sent me an Alpha Kit to play with and review. Best of all, it encourages the learning to happen through playful trial and error. Tips: The Alpha Kit that SAM Labs sent me to play with is impressive even with a limited number of bricks.

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

How to integrate My Simple Show into the classroom: My Simple Show is a fantastic option for digital storytelling. Students begin by choosing to write their own script, or by uploading a Power Point presentation. this is an awesome way to check for understanding!),

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Aurasma: Create Augmented Reality Experiences in Under 2 Min.

iLearn Technology

What it is: Aurasma is an app (also a website) that allows learners to quickly create augmented reality experiences for others. Aurasma makes it simple to quickly create these types of experiences for others.

Check123: Video Encyclopedia

iLearn Technology

How to integrate Check 123 into your classroom: Check123 is a great place for students to begin their research. The short format gives students just enough information to whet their appetites and encourage additional questioning.

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Literature-Map: Help students find new authors to fall in love with

iLearn Technology

It is really easy to discover a new author. Click on any name on the map to travel further and find more recommendations. Then they come to the end of their journey and a sort of sadness hangs over them, there is nothing more.

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?

DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

iLearn Technology

I was first introduced to DragonBox through their Algebra app. DragonBox Numbers is for kids who are new to numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction. As they play, children learn about how big numbers work, and how to perform long addition and subtraction.

Adobe Spark: Easily create and share videos, images, and newsletters

iLearn Technology

Create social graphics that are stunning and easy to share (you know the kind: flyers, memes, posters, ads). The example above took under 2min to create and share! Produce and share impressive videos for storytelling, projects, or to share to social media.

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