August, 2016

ALERT: Fundraising Program With Clorox And DonorsChoose.org

The CoolCatTeacher

A great fundraising idea for schools From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Clorox has an awesome new way to help teachers. First, if you’re a high-need school, learn how to double your impact on your DonorsChoose.org project to take advantage of the $100,000 donation from Clorox, GLAD and Hidden Valley to Donorschoose.org.

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Bring Your Textbook to Life! 18 Ideas

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ” – John Locke. Your textbook is just another tool in your teacher’s instructional kit. The problem is that for many of us it becomes a crutch when we first begin lesson planning. The textbook can be very useful for planning curriculums and lessons. It is a framework and guide that provides us a general overview of what should be covered within our classes.

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Tech-Savvy Seniors: Myth or Present-Day Reality?

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I don’t cover enough in Ask a Tech Teacher is how seniors handle the onslaught of technology in their lives. Thankfully, Beata GREEN, Director of HeadChannel Ltd. London-based bespoke software development company, has experience in this area and was willing to share her ideas. Beata is responsible for overall strategic direction and overseeing the company’s continuing growth, building closer client relationships and maintaining best working practices.

10 sites for students with free time on their hands

Ditch That Textbook

As a teacher, there’s always been a question that I wanted to have an answer to. “I’m done. What do I do now?” ” Early in my teaching career, my answer was, “If you’re done, you’re done.” ” That was my veiled answer for, “I don’t know what you should do next.” ” If you’re ever stuck without [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology free time students technology integration

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Ed-tech Developers: Share How You Use Research

Digital Promise

With more and more educational technology tools on the market, schools and universities , the government , and parents all want to know, Which products are effective for which teachers and students? In response, ed-tech developers are using research to inform the early stages of product design and development, and to conduct evaluations of their products’ effectiveness.

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Back to School Advice for Principals and Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Start #back2school strong From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Heading back to school with the right attitude is vital to our success as educators. These are important days, days that change everything. Educator, your importance is tremendous! You know why you’re so important? Well, you can change everything about a kid’s life. There are few turning points in life. First days of school are often life-changers.

Lesson Planning Survival Tips! 40+ Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Socrates. Within the garden of learning is the students’ gained knowledge put into use. The way we design our lessons and activities determine how successful our learners will be in grasping new knowledge. We also have to ensure students pass tests and achieve learning objectives. Our lessons can help us achieve both.

10 Tips for Digital Storytelling You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are eight of the top Digital Storytelling articles according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: 9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools. Storyboard That–Digital Storyteller, Graphic Organizer, and more. Digital Storytelling Apps. Digital Storytelling Websites. Common Core Writing–Digital Quick Writes. 42 Great Story Websites You’ll Love. Monday Freebies #28: My Storybook. Weekend Website #29: Storybook Maker. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

12 tips for using Google Apps with young students

Ditch That Textbook

There’s a common misconception with students and Google Apps: sometimes, they’re just too young to use them yet. Not so, says Christine Pinto. She teaches kindergarteners and previously taught four-year-olds in a transitional class. Regardless of their age, her students use Google Apps. No, more specifically, her students thrive with Google Apps. They create. They take pictures. [.].

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

What We Learned from Seymour Papert

The Journal

Seymour Papert passed away on July 31. He was 88. We share with you, in this week’s blog, what we learned from him: why children should learn to program

The First Days of School: Setting the Climate for Year

User Generated Education

I have written before about the beginning of the school year, Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content. I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between each other and with me. I want students to learn about one another in a personal way. I want to learn about my students so my instructional strategies can be more personalized and tailored to their needs and interests.

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The Amazing Benefits of Student Created Classroom Design

The CoolCatTeacher

Back to School Classroom Design -- sponsored by Carson-Dellosa From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sixth graders created their own classroom design. Not only were these kids excited to come to school, but they got passionate about learning! Furthermore, the results in Catherine Stanley’s classroom should make us all wonder why more of us don’t let our students customize their classrooms.

Goal: Share Your Failure Story

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ” – Henry Ford. Goal: Share your failure story with another teacher, a new teacher or share your failure story in a blog post. Some of the most rewarding reflections from 30 Goals’ teachers are the heartfelt ones where we share our fears and failures.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Fun Videos from BoomWriter That You’ll Relate to

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of my new favorite online writing tools is BoomWriter. It is a free group writing website for teachers where their students can develop and enhance their writing, reading, vocabulary, and peer assessment skills through three collaborative tools. I won’t go into detail today–that’ll come later–but I did want to share this humorous video I got from them about the Pre-Conference–that meeting teachers have with the principal before he comes in to observe your class.

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How to create beautiful online courses: colors

Neo LMS

Have you ever bought something not because you really needed it, not because it offered much value to you, but simply because it had a nice packaging? Don’t be ashamed if you did; you’re not the only one. It’s not your fault. It’s your brain’s. We simply have this weakness for beauty. Everyone that ever bought a MAST chocolate bar fell into this trap. The company allegedly melted other commercial chocolate, while claiming they were making bean-to-bar chocolate.

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50 Minute Periods Are Killing Teacher Creativity

Catlin Tucker

“I’d love to do [ fill in the blank with some creative idea or activity ], but I just don’t have time. My classes are only 50 minutes.” ” I hear this lament frequently when I lead professional development. Teachers get super excited about integrating technology or want details about a project, assignment, or routine I do with my own kids.

A Model for Teacher Development: Precursors to Change

User Generated Education

Too often teachers are passive recipients of professional development rather than being active agents of their own development and change. Several recent reports have indicated that teacher professional development, as it is being implemented in most schools, is ineffective and a waste of time and money. Several studies over the past few years that have found professional development to be largely ineffective or unhelpful for teachers.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Overcoming the Biggest Barriers to Effective Parent Teacher Relationships

The CoolCatTeacher

Start the School Year Right -- Sponsored by @BloomzApp From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Social media and technology have changed parent-teacher relationships. If you’re smart, you can harness their power. Today, educator Joe Mazza shares how you can overcome barriers to creating successful partnerships with parents. Joe believes is not our job as an educator to dictate where someone wants to get their information about the school.

Goal: Have a Conversation with Your Leadership

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ” – Henry Ford. Goal: Have a conversation with your leadership about implementing an idea or making a change to the school environment. Many of us have innovative ideas to improve our classrooms or school environments. It is important to try and get our leadership to support our initiatives.

Subscriber Special: August

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. August 1-10. 169 Real-World Ways to Put Tech into Your Class NOW. get 10% off with coupon code SUBSCRIBERSPECIAL. 169 Real-World Ways to Put Tech Into Your Class Now provides 1) an overview of the tech topics most important to your teaching, and 2) practical strategies to address common classroom tech problems. Each tip is less than a page long–many only a third of a page.

Virtual Reality in education brings the future closer

Neo LMS

Out of all the trends in e-learning right now, I have to say that I have a soft spot for Virtual Reality, or VR. The things that it allows you to do and/or see are astonishing. For example, who wouldn’t like to go and visit Mars without leaving the room? Or go inside one of Dali’s paintings ? Or jump off a building without getting hurt? Ok, maybe not everyone would like the last one, but you get the idea.

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

How Educators Can Foster Student Motivation

Digital Promise

Intriguing research shows that popular approaches to motivate students using rewards such as money, gold stars, or points (called “extrinsic motivators”) may in fact lead them to lose interest in learning (1). But when students have intrinsic motives for learning, or learning because they find the activity itself interesting and gratifying, they become more likely to attach meaning to their work, explore new topics, and persist in the face of learning challenges (2,3,4,5).

Gooru.org: Making it Easier to Use OER

The Journal

Gooru.org is an OER marketplace with 5,000,000+ open education resources. But, most excitingly, they are posting "just" 35 full courses that teachers can "copy and customize." We applaud gooru.org for taking this major step in providing support for teachers who are trying to #GoOpen

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3 Ways to Teach the Way the Brain Wants to Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

A best selling neurologist shares how the brain really works From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How do exercise, sleep, and the unique composition of the human brain impact learning? Today’s guest, neuroscientist John Medina , shares his views on where schools are falling short. Today’s show is a thought-provoking and edgy discussion sure to evoke a lively discussion in your PLC. If you love Brain Rules , listen to today’s show.

Goal: Revamp a Lesson

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” ” – John Dewey. Goal: Improve a lesson plan or activity to create a meaningful learning experience for your students. This can be a previous lesson you feel students have struggled with in the past or you can adapt a lesson plan you find on a website. Find 1000s of lesson plans and tips for lesson planning here.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.