Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. How’s that going?

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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. So, what if we gave our students the same opportunity their teachers have to learn alongside one another, lift each other up and maximize their learning experiences, all while promoting empathy and kindness? Parker Elementary School. Here are some tips to make the most of the experience.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

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How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps

MindShift

Technically, if one trusts the etymology, the best way for a teacher to confer with other educators would be an educator conference. Unfortunately, it’s often obligatory to passively listen to speeches and then “talk to someone next to you” about a prescribed topic.

"Edcamp Style" PD- Personalizing teacher learning on a required PD day!

Tech Helpful

Last year our school had the opportunity to host Chattanooga's EdcampGigcity. Several of the elementary teachers at our school attended and many plan on attending again. On one day in August before the students came, and again in January of this year we set up Edcamp style PD days.

Notes from the "Makerspace for Elementary Schools" Session @ #edcampsteam

Saving Socrates

Electronic with robots, goal is use to do it yourself concept. In elementary school, a little more guided. Can be low tech teaching kids how to knit or wood and soldering irons, kids have gotten away from making things. This is a philosophy getting back to why and how things are made and how you can be a part of it. Coding to learning about circuits using rasberry pi or the makey makey. Want to get it off the ground.

Changing The Way We Educate Incrementally

Tech Helpful

Finding the balance on when to push and when to coast is a fine science. I've found that I enjoy looking at opportunities to do education differently but not for the sake of different- for the sake of solving an issue. Change doesn't have to come roaring in like a lion.

Math Teacher: 5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

The 5 C’s of the awesome math classroom are conjecture, communication, collaboration, chaos (listen to the show and don’t be afraid), and celebration according to 25-year educator Gerald Aungst. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e320.

The 2013 Highlights from Kleinspiration!

Kleinspiration

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family and caring friends. I''m lucky to have a job that I adore and hobbies that support what I enjoy doing. Because of these experiences, I''ve had the opportunity to meet many of you in person. Hugs to you all!

This summer’s ultimate ed tech professional development guide

Nureva

Time to step off the teaching treadmill for a well-deserved break. But I’m guessing it won’t take long before your mind turns to the next school year – all your goals and dreams for your students, and (perhaps) how technology can help. It’s officially summer.

Today’s Classrooms Should Be About Flexible Teaching—Not Furniture

Edsurge

At the end of June a group of passionate, dedicated educators gathered for one of New Jersey’s last EdCamps of the 2017 school year. The idea is that, instead of assigning students in traditional rows of desks, they would have a choice as to where they sit. The facilitator shared pictures of sleek, stylish yet functional seats, tables and “Starbucks”-style setups while others asked questions and shared ideas about how to get the latest furniture in their classrooms.

10 tips to retool your tech PD for the innovation age

eSchool News

This has hit education like a tidal wave, leaving precious little time for our teachers to process it, and especially to learn how to do it well. Most teachers were used to the “sit and get” approach to PD that allowed them to be passive consumers of information.

To Build Teamwork, Breakout EDU Challenges Students to Think Out of the Box

Edsurge

I was on my way to my new gig as an elementary teacher one morning when I first heard the term “PBL paralysis” on a podcast. Erin Murphy and Ross Cooper, authors of Hacking Project Based Learning , were using the term to describe the hesitance that teachers feel when jumping into Project Based Learning (PBL), a hands-on model which encourages students to learn through doing. In some groups, students were downright mean to each other. So how to fix the problem?

How a Cheapskate Introduces Technology Tools

Tech Helpful

I have grand schemes and wishes but no funding to have expectations. Now the Google Expedition AR Pioneer Team is planning to come to Chattanooga Christian School the first week in May. I've had edu-friends come and lead sessions for our teachers to help them grow.

My #ISTE17 Takeaways

Tech Helpful

Rachelle and myself Traveling alone to ISTE this year gave me lots of time alone with my thoughts and my learning. Meeting up with my friend Rachelle Poth on the last day led to one of my greatest moments of reflection.

Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

Education Superhighway

Walking into a Merritt Elementary School classroom today, you’ll find students using iPads to figure out math problems and submit their answers, while teachers grade those answers and provide feedback and follow-up support in real-time. The Path to a Successful Upgrade.

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

My heart sunk when I thought about how this space - a cemetery - resembled the first classroom learning environment that I had created for my first class of fourth graders. Simply Hop on Over to Tom's Blog to Download My Free 18 Page eBook with Printables, Classroom Photos, and More!

If Ferris Bueller Was At Our School #savmp #KidsDeserveIt #PrincipalsInAction #edchat

Adam Welcome

Jon is Vice-Principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School and his blog is featured on EdWords and BAM Radio! Adam is Principal at Montair Elementary School and co-founder of Kids Deserve It. Adam could have written this post solo, but how fun would it be to have another perspective to add.

Big ideas and ed trends from the #ASCD15 conference

The Cornerstone Blog

In addition to many, many teachers and teacher leaders in attendance, there are always huge numbers of superintendents, principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, and district office members.

Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

There is no box

I was their first full time “IT Guy” And when I say full time, I’m stretching a bit, as I was actually farmed out to one of the feeder elementary schools for 2 days a week. How do we get reliable bandwidth at a decent rate?

Literacy in the Digital Age: 9 Great Speaking & Listening Tools

Educator Innovator

The majority of the tools mentioned in this post and the four earlier posts in our series, transform the student experience from passive consumers of information to active creators of content, employing multiple English Language Arts standards and skills along the way. We firmly believe this ought to be the new norm in the modern classroom. Kids have access to information; we must teach them how to navigate a world constantly evolving where content is at their fingertips.

8 keys to avoiding teacher burnout (part two)

The Cornerstone Blog

If you are feeling burned out right now or just a little crispy around the edges, I want this episode to reassure you that your feelings are normal, that you can handle the responsibilities you’ve been given no matter how overwhelming they seem, and that the rewards of teaching outweigh the costs.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via ProPublica : “DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White.” Senate would open up Pell Grants to low-income students who earn college credits while still enrolled in high school,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via The Washington Post : Governor Scott “Walker wants Wisconsin to be first state to stop dictating how much time kids should go to school.” Education Politics.

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Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

3, and Connected Educator Month in October--how are we still standing?!), but we''re raring to go now, and we hope you are, too! Join us this year to hear what your colleagues have been doing this past twelve months or to hear from our great lineup of keynotes (see below!).