June, 2016

5 Ideas for Friday: Ideas for Teachers In and Out of School to Try Today

The CoolCatTeacher

A sample Cool Cat Teacher newsletter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Happy 5 idea Friday! Today is the day I send my newsletter subscribers the ideas to help them be better teachers.

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9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

A digital story is a series of images connected with text and/or a narrated soundtrack — captured by a digital device such as an iPad or smartphone — that tell a story. It can be fiction, non-fiction, narrative, biographic, expository, or even poetry.

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Let’s Inspire Each Other During #ISTE2016 #NotAtISTE16

Teacher Reboot Camp

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole (education) community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” ” – George Bernard Shaw.

Top 5 things to consider when designing an LMS

Neo LMS

In a previous post I talked about why should schools focus on visual elements and user experience instead of features when selecting an LMS. The reason for this is quite simple.

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Personalized learning in the context of a person, not a school

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is the current big buzz in education. Everyone is trying to figure out how best to personalize the learning experience for each and every child. I applaud this effort.

Beyond OER: K-12 Needs An Open Standard for 'Deeply Digital Lessons'

The Journal

OER – open education resources are a boon to K-12. But OER is a start, not an end. As K-12 moves to fully 1-to-1 and blended learning, K-12 needs to go beyond digitized versions of paper-based lessons (and proprietary formats) and develop an open standard for the "deeply digital lesson

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Dear Otto: My Students Think Hunt-and-Peck is Good Enough. What do I do?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. . I got this question from a teacher.

ISTE Highlights: Supporting New Teachers

Teacher Reboot Camp

On Tuesday, June 28th, I took part in the New and Pre-service Teacher Support event organized by Lisa Dabbs ( @teachwithsoul ) and sponsored by Amazon Inspire.

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Maker Education: Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy

User Generated Education

Maker education is currently a major trend in education. But just saying that one is doing Maker Education really doesn’t define the teaching practices that an educator is using to facilitate it. Maker education takes on many forms.

How to Sidestep 6 Common EdTech Fails

Where Learning Clicks

Recently, AIR released a brief on the common pitfalls of edtech initiatives. Why are these challenges so hard to avoid? The post How to Sidestep 6 Common EdTech Fails appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. EdTech

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5 Tips for Integrating Ed-Tech Into Students’ Daily Lives

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There’s been a lot of talk about whether ed-tech should be evolutionary or revolutionary. Should it build on existing systems and instructional philosophies, or completely revamp how we think about education?

Sketchnoting Superstars Panel from #iste2016

The CoolCatTeacher

Slides and Resources From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sketchnoting is a fascination for me. So, ISTE was a dream for me. What if we got some of the best in sketchnoting together to share their secrets and how this applies to education?

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3 Online Keyboarding Programs Students Will Choose

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teaching kids keyboarding isn’t about finding the perfect online website or downloaded software and setting students lose on a year-long self-directed journey of progressive lessons hoping their speed and accuracy improves.

The Fabulous Field Trip Guide: Planning

Teacher Reboot Camp

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller. In 1996, I joined an internship to design educational activities and exhibits to open the Witte Museum’s Science Treehouse. The internship taught me valuable lessons in organizing engaging field trips, summer camps, and camp-ins with student learning and safety at the forefront. Each field trip included hands-on learning with an expert.

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Developing a Flexible & Risk-Taking Mindset

User Generated Education

A flexible and risk-taking mindset rather than a fixed one will benefit all stakeholders in an educator’s realm: the educator’s learners, colleagues, her or his learners’ families, the community, the field of education-at-large, and of course, the educator him-or herself.

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'The Times They Are A-Changin' – Dylan Got It Right!

The Journal

David Thornburg, our guest blogger, looks back and looks forward – and sees Chromebook’s DNA in the history of computing and forecasts all sorts of provocative software that this "new" platform will engender

Challenge your pupils to design an App!

EdTech4Beginners

Recently I asked my students to design a new app. I kept the explanation brief and just told them that it would need to be useful or entertaining. They began by researching ideas in teams. After, they discussed their ideas and came up with a final concept.

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What Is Your Mental Momentum About Teaching?

The CoolCatTeacher

What has to happen before you can make your classroom better From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We have a problem in the hearts and minds of many educators everywhere. I’m guilty of it sometimes, too. Sometimes my momentum is not moving forward.

14 Ways to use Scribble Maps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Map skills borrow concepts from many different disciplines, including Math, Art, Language and of course Geography.

20 Web Tools and Apps for Learners to Create Fun Videos

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Humans are incredibly visual and powerful, moving images help us find meaning… video helps capture and contextualize the world around us.” ” – Dan Patterson. Students enjoy producing short videos and showing their creativity. Planning a video project doesn’t have to be a huge headache.

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Maker Camp: Toy Making and Hacking

User Generated Education

For the past two summers, I have gotten the marvelous opportunity to teach maker education camps to elementary level students, ages 5 to 12. Each week has a different theme and each theme meets for the five weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 with a half hour break.

How Startups Can Become Social Media Influencers

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

We are excited to be recognized as one of the top 100 most influential ed-tech brands in the country! OK, we were a little bit off the top 100 coming in at #102, but it’s still pretty impressive for a company that’s only three years old.

A nifty tech trick to increase the accuracy of recording in science lessons.

EdTech4Beginners

Slow motion (slowmo) is a video effect in which time appears to be slowed down. To create a slowmo video, simply record something and then apply the effect.

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5 Ways to Make Learning Personal

The CoolCatTeacher

with Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey share five very important concepts in today’s show.

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9 Google Apps Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top 9 nine Google Apps tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Embed a File from Google Drive. Google Apps lesson plan. 8 Google Apps Tricks Every Teacher Should Know. Google Hangouts–Are You Using Them Yet? How to Embed Student Work into Digital Portfolios.

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11 Tips for Engaging Parents

Teacher Reboot Camp

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. One of the best survival lessons I learned as a teacher was to engage parents. This past week at the ISTE conference, I shared my tips and resources for engaging parents. Take this summer to create a plan for communicating with parents better.

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Proving LMS ROI: Is an LMS a worthy investment?

Neo LMS

A learning management system is a complex software that is supposed to support an educational institution in achieving its scope: that of educating students. To some extent, an LMS is the most important part of the technological side of education today.

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Innovative Ed-Tech Tools Should Bring Real Personalized Learning to Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When it comes to integrating ed-tech into middle and high school classrooms, it’s not enough to create software “that works.” Instead, creating effective personalized learning solutions is just the first step.

My Article For The International Teacher Magazine: Using Minecraft To Engage Students In Learning.

EdTech4Beginners

I recently wrote an article for the International Teacher Magazine about simple ways to use Minecraft in the classroom. Click here for the full article. Have you used Minecraft in a lesson? Please leave any comments below.

Sextortion: Your Students Are at Risk, Teachers Can Help

The CoolCatTeacher

Get Netsmartz, the free program to help educate teachers, parents and students. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sextortion is a shocking new way online predators are targeting kids.