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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Resources to Learn More.

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College Admissions Tips and How To’s for Parents and Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. College Admissions Tips and How To’s for Parents and Teachers. Link to show: But is that the right place to start when we’re talking about college admissions with our kids?

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Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom.

Plagiarism Prevention: Best Practices with Urkund

The CoolCatTeacher

In this blog post, I’ll share my review of this product from a company founded in 2000 and will talk about its benefits and features. I’ll also give you a code to receive a free trial of Urkund. Use the code COOLCAT to get a free trial of this product. to deceive the system.”

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MasterMind Educator Groups: Build Safe Spaces for Innovation

The CoolCatTeacher

Mastermind groups are innovative ways to create safe spaces for teachers to grow and learn together. In this show, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares how she has facilitated Mastermind groups successfully. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Kyle helps us understand how to improve math understanding with kids who struggle. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students?

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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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

We’ll have free resources available for downloading. 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.

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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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Acquisition & the Teacher

Fractus Learning

Textbooks all focus on it, seminars are dedicated to it and training programs will not pass you if you cannot demonstrate it in your classroom. I’ll start by readdressing Student Centred Learning, outlining what our goal really is when we decide to work towards a student-centered classroom.

How to Monetize Your Education Technology Product (Hint: Positioning Is Paramount)


Lately I’ve seen quite a few edtech companies that hope to graduate from offering a free product to actually monetizing it. Perhaps that’s a sign of their business’ growing maturity, or maybe it’s because in today’s tighter investment climate, their investors are urgently demanding to know how they will make money. How do your customers see you? But I ask you to be honest with yourself in this matter. then your product lends itself best to a.

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.

Media Literacy Resources for Classrooms

Graphite Blog

Media literacy is a way for us to better understand our world and have our say in it. It involves understanding how -- and why -- a media message is constructed as well as its impact on the world. At the top, there are featured resources as well as more comprehensive curricula.

Time Is an Essential Teacher Resource, So How Can Schools Be More Creative With It?


If it were only up to Loveland High School Assistant Principal Marc Heiser, his school would have flexible modular scheduling , or “flex-mod scheduling.” So, for example, math teachers might want to meet every day for 35 minutes. And everything’s not going to line up.”

StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

What it is: I’ve written about StackUp before here but, over the last three years, the company has grown up enough that it warrants another post! Nick Garvin , the founder of StackUp , was fresh out of school and wanted to apply for a job at Tesla Motors.

3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

Wired Campus

Student privacy, easier-to-use digital tools for instructors, and efforts to offer alternative credentials were some of the most-talked-about topics this week at the South by Southwest Edu conference, an offshoot of the popular South by Southwest music festival. The event brings together a mix of participants from different parts of education — teachers, administrators, and publishers in elementary, secondary, and higher education. Company Watch IT Social Networking Teachin

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We took our school from a physical school on a Friday to a distance learning campus by Monday. However, I want to share and talk more about this. They know how to do distance learning.

Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

Fractus Learning

There is a growing population of students using digital tools to support their specific learning needs. Opportunities for technology are used to meet the needs of personalization and help build a student’s agency. Encourage teachers to model growth mindset and grit—show, not tell.

3 relationships schools shouldn’t underestimate in closing opportunity gaps

The Christensen Institute

It’s tempting to focus on faculty- and teacher-student relationships at the core of schools. But it turns out that there are other relationships beyond that core that can offer real value to students and can bolster outcomes for institutions.

In the Game of School, We Change or Students Lose!

Shake Up Learning

Change is Coming… We have to stop playing the game of school ! If we don’t change, our students will continue to lose. Change is coming to education, slowly but surely, are you doing your part to break barriers and bad habits? I didn’t know how to learn.

The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Once a novelty in many classrooms and makerspaces, 3D printers are again flourishing as valuable classroom tools thanks to advanced technology , lower costs and more products and services geared toward K–12 education. . How Teachers and Students Use 3D Printing in Today’s Classrooms.

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Pittsburgh Schools and Developers Share Tips for Improved Ed-tech Pilots

Digital Promise

Everyone agrees more information is helpful when it comes to choosing the right ed-tech products to support student learning. But is it worth the extra time and effort for schools and product developers to go beyond an informal product pilot and adopt a more rigorous approach to collecting data? According to Todd Keruskin, Assistant Superintendent at Elizabeth Forward School District , “It was a relief on my end to have a third party gather feedback.

The 32 million disruptive adult learning opportunity

The Christensen Institute

A great place to launch new products and services is often in places where there is no competition. In other words, some 32 million adults are nonconsumers of basic education that could help them gain critical skills to bolster their lives and society, according to Tyton Partners.

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AI Is Everywhere. Now It Wants to Teach You Chinese.


Artificial intelligence is well on its way to becoming a ubiquitous element in virtually all software systems. based startup whose flagship products rely on AI technologies to help students learn one of the most difficult languages for non-native native speakers to master: Mandarin Chinese.

‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online


It sounds like a drastic measure: moving every school to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. it seems almost unfathomable, despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start preparing. I’m trying to build a skill here.”

12 of my favorite podcasts for teachers

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I started my Truth For Teachers podcast in January, and since then, I’ve heard from dozens of educators who are now hooked on the format and are anxious to find other great education podcasts to follow. Unsure of where to start?

Hiring? The Secret to Finding Hidden Edtech Talent


Finding the right candidate is not only important in order to get the job done but it is also essential for building a healthy company culture. So how do you find the perfect hire? A big part of that strategy is knowing where to look to find the kind of high-quality candidates you want to add to your roster. We decided to sit down with the EdSurge Job’s team to talk specifically about how to locate “hidden” edtech talent.

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From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

But from time to time I still step back and worry about field-level issues. I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. My end goal isn’t to increase OER adoption. And you don’t have to. A Path to the Other 93%?

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The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. In many cases, school leaders need to justify why the district should invest in the first place. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access.

Businesses say students aren’t mastering basic workplace skills. Are they right?

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story is part of Map to the Middle Class , a Hechinger Report series examining how schools can prepare students for the good middle-class jobs of the future. Most employers are desperate for workers, and willing to train people to do those jobs.

New, free digital citizenship curriculum helps students become responsible tech users

A strong understanding of digital citizenship is essential for students of all ages to be able to make smart choices online and in life. The new, free K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Common Sense Education has lessons for all ages to address the current technology landscape.

Free K-2 Earth Environmental Education Curriculum Now Available

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation, a leading non-profit provider of environmental education for primary and secondary schools, is making its award-winning curriculum available free online. Hilton Foundation, and Southern California Gas Company, along with others.

Here’s What Happens When Every Student Gets a Personalized Learning Plan


High school sophomore Olivia Surdam thought she wanted to have a career in healthcare as a doctor or nurse, but after recognizing that her sensitive stomach would cause barriers for a career path in patient care, Surdam started considering other options with her advisory teacher. She attended an event called “Women Can Do,” where one of the projects was to construct a bridge using toothpicks and marshmallows.

These Education Books Sparked Conversation in 2018—And Give Us A Glimpse At What’s Ahead


Bernard Bull was nominated to share his thoughts by futurist Bryan Alexander, who wrote for the project in 2017. While many people look to news headlines about innovations and promising practices, we are also wise to note several new and substantive books that sparked important conversation over the last year. When I interviewed Caplan early in the year about how to address inequities in education, he didn’t join the common argument of removing barriers to a college degree.