June, 2016

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? Well, we submitted and it is happening today!Today, Today, June 29 at 8:30 am at the ISTE 2016 conference, I’ll be moderating.

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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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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. Think of Ken Burns’ The Civil War , or Colin Low’s City of Gold.

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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. Teachers want to achieve the best results from students even on subjects that are information heavy and not that appealing to them. How can they do this? By including as much visual and interactive elements as possible in the learning process.

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The SaaS Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every SaaS business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.

Differentiation vs. Tracking

Catlin Tucker

I recently had a reader ask me to clarify the difference between tracking and differentiation. I said that tracking refers to the systematic grouping of students into classes based on their overall achievement. By contrast, differentiated instruction is the adjusting of lesson activities and tasks for students in a single class who are at different levels. . Students grouped for an activity by ability level.

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Blended Learning Slides and Resources #iste2016

The CoolCatTeacher

Presentation from the panel Monday, July 27 at 8:30 am From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This morning at ISTE Tom Arnett, Jon Bergmann, Mike Gwaltney, Aaron Sams, Stephanie Sandifer, and Jerry Obermyer all did an incredible job discussing blended and flipped learning. Shell Terrell shared the session on Periscope. watch here ). I tried to upload these slides to ISTE, but they only take 5MB of files and this file is much larger.

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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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. It’s becoming more common as students start life on iPads: Do you have any suggestions for kids who have developed substitute patterns for using home row keys?

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. Like many others, I think customizing learning more deeply to match students’ interests, needs, and aspirations is what we should be doing to prepare today’s children for success in an ever-shifting, technology-fueled society and workplace.

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.

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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Resource: The Guide to Pinterest for Educators

Catlin Tucker

Social media offers educators the perfect avenue to stay connected, continue learning, and be inspired, however, getting started can be daunting. Some educators love Twitter while others prefer Facebook or Pinterest. USC Rossier Online has created The Guide to Pinterest for Educators to help educators get started. There are tips for curating content, organizing your Pinterest boards, collaborating with other educators, and even connecting with students online.

#iste2016 Mindsets and Classroom Management for Making and Inventing in Every Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Presentation Resources From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The third panel I’ll be moderating this ISTE is full of some of the best in the business of people who are making and inventing. As with the sketchnoting slides I shared earlier, it will be best to see this in person, but so many of you can’t be here at ISTE 2016 in Denver! Here are the slides from today’s presentation.

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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The Ultimate Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.

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. That might work for adults, but it’s a prescription for boredom and failure with K-8 students. They require a mixture of activities, only one of which is drill. I’ve discussed my eclectic mixture in earlier posts.

How school can look more like an episode of Phineas and Ferb

Ditch That Textbook

With three elementary-aged kids at home, I’ve seen my fair share of Disney Channel shows. It started with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse many years ago and has since evolved to Good Luck Charlie. (I’ll I’ll actually get the theme song for that one stuck in my head and sing it all day. Not by choice.) I’ll tolerate [.]. Teaching creating creative teaching creativity innovation inpsiration phineas and ferb student engagement

Announcing the Winners of the Deeper Learning Micro-credential Challenge

Digital Promise

We are thrilled to announce our winners for the Deeper Learning Micro-credential Challenge and spotlight their journeys into educating college- and career-ready learners. Our 1st Place team winner comes from Ypsilanti Community Schools in Ypsilanti, MI, and both our 2nd and 3rd Place team winners come from Kettle Moraine School District in Wales, WI. Congratulations!

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. This post provides an overview of how maker education is being implemented based on the teaching practices as defined by the Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy (PAH) continuum. Created by Jon Andrews.

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.

Things Every Teacher Should Know About Digital Citizenship

The CoolCatTeacher

Educate yourself to prevent the nightmare From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Picking the wrong technology tool can unleash a nightmare. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. If you look over the shoulder of one of Gord Holden’s 10,000 students, it looks like they are playing a video game. They are not. They are learning. They are safe, too.

Get Learners Moving With Mobile Devices

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.” ” – John Holt. Unlike many other technologies, mobile devices can support physical health along with learning. With a mobile device students can create, problem solve, critical think, and engage with the world around them. In my digital book, Learning to Go , you’ll find rubrics, handouts, and lesson plans for some of the activities listed below.

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. Map skills should be basic to student education early in their journey and then used often to measure distances, calculate routes, preview field trip locations, explore historic sites, and more. For many of you, I’m not saying anything you don’t already know — but have you tried to personalize a map?

[Guest Post] Giving Up Control: A Teacher’s Perspective on the Personalized Learning Journey

Education Elements

When I gave up control of my classroom, true learning started taking place. Giving up control felt liberating and inspiring. I handed the baton of teaching to my students. I was no longer the focus of the lesson. Student’s voices traveled through our classroom with excitement and engagement. I happily took the role of facilitating and the words of my students amazed me. The more I put on the students the more they produced.

Wireless Projecting with Google Meet

Wireless projecting using Google Meet to replace the Google Cast for Education extension!

Innovative Schools Prioritize Maker Learning

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. Over 1,400 U.S. school leaders have answered the call by signing the Maker Promise. For many members of the League of Innovative Schools , a network of the nation’s most forward-thinking superintendents, this is just an acknowledgement of the work they have long championed.

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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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. I can wish for something that never will be and not do what is right in front of me.

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. This week I am attending the Badge Summit and ISTE convention in Denver, Colorado.

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.