How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

The CoolCatTeacher

Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students. She talks about how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. WE get to choose.

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How to Boost Family Involvement through Parent-Teacher Conferences

Waterford

It’s easy to let the conference season catch us by surprise, but did you know that parent-teacher conferences are one of the best ways to boost parent engagement? A parent-teacher conference gives you a chance to discuss a student’s progress in-depth with families.

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20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

What to do when you lose a digital document

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s simple to track, isn’t it? There’s a learning curve to knowing where to save, how to do that correctly, and then ultimately how to retrieve it. I start very (very) simply and scaffold year to year.

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

While I use it for my video tutorials, I also have my students make their own screencasts to help me assess their progress. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work. They’re explaining their code and how it works.

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: www.coolcatteacher.com/e308.

District Leadership: Teacher-Driven Curriculum Design

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how this process not only helps develop curriculum, it also develops teacher leaders and promotes the important conversations that need to happen. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e319. If not, what do we need to do?

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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.

A first year teacher shares elements of an awesome mentoring experience

The CoolCatTeacher

Not only do they use Google Docs to plan, but they have a positive personal relationship. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e321. How has your first year gone? I don’t know what to think,” and she helped you with that?

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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. I got in the mail TODAY (Tuesday) as I’m prepping this post to go live.

10 Ways to Personalize Learning for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

This blog post also comes with an infographic (PDF) that you can print and use to figure out tools to help you in your studies. To get links to all of these sites and information on installing Read&Write, download this handy infographic. Learn to Voice Type.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

Recently one of our fifth grade teachers, Alice Sikkema, was chosen to present in the poster sessions at Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school.

How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation. Talk about a big change in culture: A short two years ago, Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts had no network to speak of and even fewer computers available to students. Today, we have a gigabit wireless network deployed at our elementary, middle and high schools , and starting this fall, we expect to have deployed more than 3,000 Chromebooks to our students, teachers and administrators.

How to Leverage Technology Tools for Tutoring (sponsored post)

EdTech4Beginners

The conversation around how technology can enhance education can be a controversial topic, and that carries over into the tutoring industry as well. This week is National Tutoring Week : a decade old celebration of how important Tutors are to students’ education.

How to Go Back to School, Higher-Ed Leadership Edition

Edsurge

Dear Bonni, My question is how to prepare yourself for a doctorate in leadership in higher ed, even when you are over 50! I am a former high-tech executive with an MBA, turned severe special needs elementary educator, mother of 7 (4 in college, 3 in high school) who is looking at that next step in my career. I have created what I’m calling my “prep syllabus” and hope to set a solid foundation for myself. This was already evident to her through the grade book.

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Peer Instruction 3.0 – When students do the teaching…with video

Turn to Your Neighbor

Inaugural Neighborhood Innovators: Bretzmann, Cernaro, Lovdahl, Morris, Thomasson (Left to Right). WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD . The Neighborhood is a special Turn To Your Neighbor series where we invite innovative educators from around the globe to discuss a variety of education topics. . This strategy takes Peer Instruction to a fascinating new level. What is the most exciting result you have had with asking your students to create videos?

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How to Use Your Private School’s Website to Increase Enrollment

Hubbli

But having a website is not enough to increase enrollment numbers. Instead, it should be viewed as an extension of your admissions department and used to actively recruit new students. Not sure how to turn a standard school website into an effective recruitment and enrollment machine?

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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.

This is how we used technology to improve our school’s reading scores

eSchool News

However, what we really should be striving to develop are self-sufficient classrooms where students are driving the learning. Ideally, by surpassing compliance goals and student-driven learning, we can get to an even more important goal — critical thinking.

23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning #iste19 #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

Eric Curts from Ctrl Alt Achieve From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Eric Curts @ ericcurts teaches us twenty-three ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

How to Create and Collaborate Online with Microsoft Excel – from Jennifer Carey

EdTechTeacher

It’s important to note that while Office Online is free, Office 365 is a paid resource ($99/year home and $69/year personal annual subscription; K-12 institutions have their own pricing tiers) and will give you greater access to resources, including free full-use of Mobile and Computer apps.

How To Ease Students Into Independent Inquiry Projects

MindShift

One early experience with a student in inquiry convinced me I was on to something. Throughout the course I saw Chris raise his hand during a class discussion only once, and it was to ask permission to use the washroom. To say he was a “good artist” would be an understatement.

How to Teach with Chromebooks

The Electric Educator

How can I use Chromebooks in my classroom? Each course has a specific audience in mind - from the teacher who has never used a Chromebook to the one who only uses Chromebooks. I want to help you teach with Chromebooks this year! Elementary students CAN use Chromebooks!

How to Support Teacher Innovation Within a Strict State Accountability System

Edsurge

An overwhelming majority of America’s public schools continually perform at the bottom of the totem pole when compared to their international counterparts in science and mathematics; we have come a full 64 years after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision and we see in glaring fashion the return of separate and unequal public schooling. We couldn’t wait for a miracle, we needed to make one. To do so would assure a short-lived tenure as McComb’s superintendent.

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Q&A: Class Tech Tips Blogger Monica Burns Explains How to Work with Digital Tools

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Class Tech Tips Blogger Monica Burns Explains How to Work with Digital Tools. Starting in the fall of 2011, Burns spent two years working in a one-to-one environment with tablets in an elementary school setting. Connect IT blogger Amy Brown spoke with Burns to discuss how technology can enhance a classroom experience. BROWN: What are some tips for teachers seeking to inject technology into their courses?

Fascinating library project has students award peace prize

eSchool News

Be sure to keep checking back during the month of August for new library-focused articles!]. The Barrow Peace Prize is a cross-curricular project that allows 2 nd -grade students to consider the character traits of peace and extend their voices to a global audience.

How to Get the Most from Your G Suite for Education Implementation

Gaggle Speaks

It’s highly recommended to use one G Suite account, regardless of how many domains you have. In other words, Google strongly cautions you not to create separate accounts/environments for multiple domains. There are several ways for you to provision accounts.

Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students

MindShift

All of this data can certainly be useful, helping us notice patterns we might not have seen without aggregating our numbers in some way, looking for gaps and dips and spikes, allowing us to figure out where we are strong and where we need help.

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Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

Fractus Learning

I have had a lot of noneducators talk to me about technology in the classroom. Most don’t have informed opinions (so I’m happy to share mine with them). In addition to debating the best type of technology, I often hear that blended learning can only happen in a 1:1 environment.

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.

How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change

Edsurge

Its roots can be traced back to the 1990s when Congress reauthorized Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) required the development or adoption of state assessments and tied them to Title I funds. These assessments, as well as the later assessments under NCLB, were originally envisioned as an effective means to measure student learning and hold educators accountable, but the results haven’t lived up to the promise.

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How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations.

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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.

6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

From collecting data to parent communications to taking care of yourself, Melissa has something for every classroom (as well as a pretty cool pep talk!). It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

It’s simple (and free) to get started, just create a grid and add a topic to spark some discussion. Embed YouTube or Vimeo videos, upload images for your students to discuss, feature a file or a weblink. Flipgrid makes for an excellent addition to the portfolio.