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7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, I strive to have personal interest projects for just about everything. Whether you’re already having genius hour at your school or you want to get started, this blog post will give you ideas for getting started with genius hour, no matter the age or grade.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show:

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

During the last four years of using flipped classroom techniques, I’ve come to rely on what is called the “in-flip” — I show the videos in class and interact with students to help them do in-class activities with what they’ve learned. How Does Edpuzzle Work?

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Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Kristen Mattson, author of Digital Citizenship in Action talks about how they’ve integrated digital citizenship into all of their courses at her school and how you can too. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e242.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion


One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned?

Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula. While some teachers have already started to come up with creative ways to inject computer science into their programs, others may still be lost on how to introduce the concepts into the classroom. .

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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. Most definitely.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Students Over the Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton gives us five ways to connect with our students over the summer. Download the PDF transcript by clicking here or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

Let’s get it started in here!


There’s been a lot of very expectable buzz on the TL Blogosphere as well as on Future Ready Librarians Facebook Group relating to new ways folks are getting things started. I’ve tried to steer away from a traditional orientation where students hear the do’s and don’ts in the library.

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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Motivating Ourselves to a More Epic Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

He uses the “hero’s journey” to make his classroom more epic. His students make books to celebrate local heroes. The goal is to make his classroom more epic and I think he has succeeded! Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video.

Media Literacy Strategies for Tackling Fake News

Twenty years ago it was easier to identify fake news. Now, between the number of online information sites and the proliferation of social media apps, plus near constant mobile phone use, determining a story’s credibility seems to call for advanced detective skills.

ESSA learning more, doing more


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’s presentation ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for School Library Programs , shares critical background on the ESSA reauthorization and a plan for moving forward. Deb describes the victory, attributing it largely to grassroots networking. We have to organize locally.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to to join in. Today we talk about the conference, what people can expect from the conference and how to sign up. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

Students who lack these skills may not be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of key concepts in math, reading or writing on online assessments. Still, the application of the skills to demonstrate knowledge was a clear need with the use of online assessments.

Makerspace Materials: Stock the Staples to Ignite Imaginations

Fractus Learning

Less than one year ago, we opened the doors of our Learning Lab Makerspace to our students, who have since experienced creating, tinkering and play. Here is our top ten list of elementary makerspace must-have materials. To our kids, they are the best colors and designs out there!

Will the real Montessori please stand up?

The Hechinger Report

They weren’t specifically looking for a Montessori program, but that style of learning appealed to the three parents; it was a sort of added bonus to a school that advertised itself as a “Montessori garden” where kids would spend most of their time outside.

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?


Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC), our IMLS-funded study, uses simulated Google result lists to examine what happens when student researchers make real-time search engine result page decisions. Wikipedia appears to be an exception. Elementary think alouds.

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3 Great Special Needs Digital Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

Tech-infused alternatives to granular education activities such as note-taking, math, and reading allow students with specialized needs to use their abilities (strengths) to work around their disabilities (challenges). Free to try; fee to keep.

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What I’m Reading: March 2019

Reading By Example

I read this aloud to my son. It was hard for him (us) to put it down. This book would definitely work as a read aloud for upper elementary and invite students to explore more books by Snyder. A staff member recommended this title to me not long ago.

What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

PORTLAND, Maine — On a recent fall morning in the library of King Middle School here, four seventh-grade girls interviewed an immigrant from Peru named Luis Millones, now a Spanish professor at Colby College. Why did he come to America? And how to listen to each other.”.

4Cs Series: Creativity


There are a lot of definitions of creativity in the education world today. No one would argue with this but it doesn’t really help teachers understand how to instill something in our students that we may never have had in us. Inquiry, then, is the key to creativity.

For Your Summer Leisure: 17 Good Reads Recommended by the EdSurge Staff


But breaks can be just as recharging as they are rewarding—and give us an opportunity to return to our favorite timeless hobby: reading. Binging too much “Black Mirror” and the bickering on social media and cable news may well lead one to believe that’s the case.

Class Tech Tips: Tips for Using Nearpod with Early Learners


This year I’ve had the chance to visit classrooms and work with teachers in different parts of the country. I modified the most recent lesson I used with a group of Pre-K students from their library of pre-made content. You can edit the lesson to tailor it to your group of students.

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An Eleven-Year-Old’s Quest To Spotlight Black Girls In Literature


But the books she was reading at school were starting to get on her nerves. She enjoyed Where The Red Fern Grows and the Shiloh series, but those classics, found in so many elementary school classrooms, were all about white boys or dogs … or white boys and their dogs, Marley says.

Learning to Code: New Possibilities Through Collaboration at School


It's shaping up to be the year of coding! Code, the language of our digital world, is used to build all the websites, computer software, and smartphone apps that benefit practically every industry and occupation. Earlier this year, the White House unveiled the “CS for All” initiative, which provides over $4 billion in funding to expand and support K-12 computer science education. Students at DCPS’ Burrville Elementary School complete an Hour of Code session.

Part 2: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 40 Amazing STEM Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this second post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.

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Julia Steiny: Teachers Must Be Mindful of Traumatized Children

K-12 Schools - Education News

Today we’re in the brightly painted library of an urban elementary school. While they sigh over how quickly the season passed, the vibe among them is jolly and warm. Then, with sincere apologies, Simpson introduces her audience to a YouTube recording.

21 Things Every 21st Century Educator Should Try This Year (2018 Version)


Part of the popularity of the post was due to the Sean Junkins created infographic that accompanied the post. All that to say – Congratulations! If you are reading this post it means that you have taken the time to click on a link before just looking at the infographic.

Tinkering in Our Open Makerspace

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared what has been going on in our open makerspace time, but there has definitely been a lot. Students sign up for a 30-minute segment to come and explore a pre-chosen topic. At each session, 3-4 UGA students come to support students.

Out of poverty, into the middle class

The Hechinger Report

His dream is to become a business owner. Editor’s note: This story is part of Map to the Middle Class , a Hechinger Report series exploring how schools can prepare young people for the good middle-class jobs of the future. Elementary school: hated it,” Amber says.

Why six states still spend nothing on preschool

The Hechinger Report

Aaron Thompson and Peyton Stilwell, both 4, race a car around a track in their Head Start classroom, which is housed in a public elementary school in Caldwell, Idaho. We can’t go to the museum; we can’t go to the Discovery Center. forestl and, according to the U.S.

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How one Chicago high school turned the corner using full-time internships

The Hechinger Report

He had work to do. Numbers used to intimidate me.” With this “Real-World Learning” program, ChiTech joins a growing number of schools devoting big chunks of the year to internships, despite the perennial classroom time crunch. If I’m not able to do it, then I don’t deserve it.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. It’s hard to keep it all in focus.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

It was a nod, in part, to Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking , a book that I’ve found useful in understanding how grief clouds our thinking, how grief makes use want to believe the unbelievable, how it “ruptures the rational,” as I wrote then.