May, 2017

3 Essentials for Success in a Blended [Literacy] Classroom

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by ThinkCERA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. The use of digital learning spaces has exploded in use in classrooms nearly everywhere.

Expanding the Maker Promise to Support Maker Learning to All Students

Digital Promise

In March 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed issued a call to action for school leaders around the country to commit to growing the next generation of American makers, by dedicating a space for making, designating a champion to lead the effort, and showcasing student work.

12 great ways to grow as an educator this summer

Ditch That Textbook

Ah, summer … that time when all teachers leave school work and school thoughts behind for months to lounge by the pool. Right? Well, in more than a decade of teaching, it’s never been that way for me!

8 New Books to Jump-Start Your Summer Learning

Tom Murray

It’s that time of year again. School leaders begin to make their plans for the summer months; from professional learning days to administrative PLCs. The best teachers begin counting up the time remaining to make a difference in the lives of their kids.

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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.

Ten Quick Questions: A Fantastic, Free Mental Maths Tool.

EdTech4Beginners

Ten Quick Questions is a free program you can download on your computer. It looks quite dated, but is still an excellent tool to use in arithmetic sessions. After using it a few times, I noticed the quick impact it had on my pupils’ numeracy skills. How do I use Ten Quick Questions?

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Jarrod Robinson, the PE Geek, shares on episode 70 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Jarrod Robinson @mrrobbo gives us the apps, tools, and mindset to rock physical education class.

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How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students

Digital Promise

The Digital Promise maker learning team spent some time in Greer, South Carolina this winter observing and filming the Riverside Middle School Library Club students as they worked to design solutions to problems they identified in their community.

Touchscreen Chromebooks: the iPad killers in schools?

Ditch That Textbook

I have worked with all sorts of digital devices in my own classroom — desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, student cell phones and a variety of others. Hands down, the best experience for me has been Chromebooks.

Privileging an ideology of individualism

Dangerously Irrelevant

Audrey Watters said: These new technologies, oriented towards consumers and consumption, privilege an ideology of individualism. In education technology, as in advertising, this is labeled “personalization.”

Consider a classroom ‘flip’

EdTech4Beginners

Teachers are very good at multi-tasking — responding to different needs of different educational levels and demands of a range of children in their classroom. Even so, it’s hard to provide one-on-one attention all the time. That’s where technological supplements, including tablets, can help.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Media Literacy: A Moral Imperative (…and a guide to support your work!)

Tom Murray

I’ll admit, some days I sit back and watch in amazement and find myself imitating the eye rolling emoji. “All Facebook Posts will be Made Public.” ” “Share this link and get a $50 Lowe’s Mother’s day Coupon.” ” “[Politician’s Name] Investigator Found Murdered in D.C. Suburb.” ” “Disney is giving away…Share this post to be entered to win.” ” (HA-HA! This makes me laugh out loud every time.).

5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Ramona Persaud on episode 80 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters , talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns. Listen Now.

360 Filmmakers Challenge Stories: “Raised by Charlottesville”

Digital Promise

The 360 Filmmakers Challenge inspires the next generation of virtual reality creators by encouraging high school students to produce 360° films that make an impact. This is a story about “Raised by Charlottesville,” winner of the Complete 360° Award.

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Teach them HOW at the end of the year

Ditch That Textbook

Now’s the time of year when the “what” takes center stage in many schools. Final exams — and the prep time that comes with them — ask students what they’ve learned. End of the year projects let students demonstrate what they know.

Judging school success by test scores. And only test scores.

Dangerously Irrelevant

John Merrow said: Apparently it’s pretty simple for the folks administering the Broad Prize in Urban Education: Successful School Reform boils down to higher test scores.

Fidget Spinners CAN be a fantastic teaching resource!

EdTech4Beginners

With the craze of fidget spinners, sweeping through classrooms all over the world, I thought there must be a way to use them as a learning tool. Watch the short video below, to see how I am using them in my lessons: Click here to access the ‘Spin Sheets’ They are all free and editable.

Using @SutoriApp for Students to Track Study Progress & Reflections #edtech

techieMusings

In our final three weeks of AP Prep, I give students a variety of resources to study from. Though I still give some full class assignments during this time, I want to make sure that each student is studying based on their specific needs.

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Game Based Learning and Twine

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Dr. Matthew Farber in episode 67 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Dr. Matthew Farber @matthewfarber talks about game-based learning in his classroom and a new tool he loves: Twine.

Creating iChampions in Texas Elementary Schools

Digital Promise

A fourth grader dressed as Super Mario rushes over to another student sporting a Luigi hat, who is frantically gluing green paper titles to complete a math puzzle.

Raid the Supply Closet: 50+ creative remixes of standard class supplies

Ditch That Textbook

We know that poster board makes posters and that paper clips hold papers together. But what if they had hidden super powers? The things you may have laying around the classroom may be the keys to unlocking some exciting, engaging learning activities. (Or

Skills for Today: Cultivate Passion, Purpose, Hope Along with 4Cs to Grow Global Citizens

P21 Blogazine

South Bronx educator Stephen Ritz routinely welcomes visitors from around the world to the awe-inspiring learning space he has designed atop a 100-year-old New York schoolhouse.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

In spite of the fact that online education has been massively developing over the last decade, we cannot deny the fact that the majority of teaching still takes place in a traditional classroom.

How Technology is Transforming the Way Students Feel About Learning

Kleinspiration

This was a sponsored post. All views are my own. Nowadays it’s expected that one can request a wi-fi password when visiting a local coffee shop. Throughout the day we use our devices more than we may realize for a number of productivity tasks and entertainment outlets.

iPads in Kindergarten: Creating, Innovating and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Caitlin Arakawa on episode 82 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Caitlin Arakawa @caitlin_arakawa shares what she learned in her first year with iPads in kindergarten. Tools. A DIY Soundbooth.

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If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. If I was still doing that now, I would be incredibly excited because so many wonderful resources would be available to my classroom.

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5 ways to get back to SOLID teaching and learning

Ditch That Textbook

After working with tons of schools and teachers around the United States and beyond, I’m noticing a trend. We love our technology — sometimes to a fault. Don’t get me wrong. Technology has been a huge catalyst in my own classroom and in my life.

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Reflections on our Epic Personalized Learning Summit

Education Elements

Epic Lip Sync Battle. I almost feel like I could both start and end this post with just those 4 words and a short description of what it was like to be in a room full of educators singing and dancing their hearts out (some in costume!) on Thursday night of Education Elements' 3rd Annual Personalized Learning Summit.

Everything You Need To Run A Whole School Maths Mastery Event

EdTech4Beginners

I recently organised an event in my school: ‘Mastering Maths Day’ The aim was to encourage further embedding of ‘ mastery ‘ activities in everyday maths lessons and also to boost enjoyment of the subject.

The One Private, Social Network for Your School Community!

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Help Kids Learn to Code with Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

How kids can explore and create in STEM with ease From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This week has been genius week in eighth-grade keyboarding! We’ve finished our portfolios and it is time to celebrate.

Video Game Design with Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers

Ditch That Textbook

Google Drawings is the hidden gem in the core G Suite tools for education. Everyone is familiar with Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets. They correlate nicely with the Microsoft Office products we used for years and years. Google Drawings doesn’t fit into a nice, neat box like that. Here it is in a [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology g suite google apps for education google drawings graphic organizers infographics visual notetaking

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It’s Not About Twitter, It’s About Teacher Collaboration

Education Elements

Well, it’s a little about Twitter. Twitter provides an amazing social media tool for teacher collaboration. Twitter provides an innovative platform for professional development. Twitter promotes an engaging forum that excites and drives teachers. 3 years ago we were inspired by Jimmy Fallon to launch discussions on Twitter around a hashtag. Our understandings about leading and participating in Twitter Chats have evolved into a practice that promo.

‘Choose your own’ adventure stories using Google Slides.

EdTech4Beginners

Are you looking for an interesting way to encourage your class to write? ‘Choose your own’ adventure stories worked brilliantly for me! What is this type of story? It is simply a story which has options for the reader to choose from. They decide what happens to the character.

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360 Filmmaker Challenge Stories: The Drama Community

Digital Promise

The 360 Filmmakers Challenge inspires the next generation of virtual reality creators by encouraging high school students to produce 360° films that make an impact. This is a story about “ The Drama Community ,” winner of the Complete 360° Award. What makes your community special?