March, 2018

Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (ENCORE)

The CoolCatTeacher

The top Monday Motivation episode of 2018 so far with John Spencer 276 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Students Learn More When THEY Do the Work

Catlin Tucker

A major barrier to innovation in the classroom is teacher exhaustion. I regularly work with teachers who like the idea of trying new teaching strategies, blended learning models, and technology tools, but they don’t have the time or energy to experiment.

Understand NGSS in 5 Minutes: Sort of

The Journal

NGSS – The Next Generation Science Standards – is the hot new way to teach science in K-12. NGSS is a revolution in science education. In our blog, we briefly try to do that revolution justice by explaining its five key terms

7 Digital Learning Theories and Models You Should Know

Teacher Reboot Camp

While pursuing our teaching degrees we were introduced to various learning theorists and their insights about how people learn best. Some familiar names, included Piaget, Bandura, Vygotsky, and Gardner.

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.

How Early Is Too Early to Teach Computer Science?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Good news for parents concerned about kids getting too much screen time: It's possible to teach computer science concepts to very young kids without using computers at all. The post How Early Is Too Early to Teach Computer Science? appeared first on Market Brief.

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Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move [ENCORE]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways.

Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

The Station Rotation Model is a blended learning model where students rotate through a series of online and offline stations. This model is an easier shift for elementary teachers who are already use learning stations with students.

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Reflecting on Maker Experiences with Reflection Cards

User Generated Education

I’ve discussed the importance of reflection in my Framework for Maker Education ; and specifically discussed reflecting on the maker experiences in several of my blog posts: Reflecting on the Making Process [link]. The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner [link].

The school of tomorrow: Designing great spaces to learn

Neo LMS

I read an interesting article this week, about the future of leisure vs. the future of work, which in a way reflected what I was chatting about in my post about future proofing.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Let’s Focus on the Learning

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Inspiring Students to Take Action through Service Learning

Digital Promise

Schools around the country have embraced the value of service learning for developing and nurturing students’ civic values and attitudes, as well as building academic competencies. Service learning provides authentic education experiences where students can both learn and apply their learning in real world contexts and intrinsically motivates students by allowing them to select projects they care about.

7 Ways My Interactive Display is a Key Part of My Student-Centered Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by SMART Technologies From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today, I had 15 photos on my interactive display at the front of the classroom.

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Swarming the Classroom

EdTech4Beginners

American poet and etymologist John Ciardi once remarked, “The classroom should be an entrance into the world.” In contrast, we are not providing the most optimal entrance.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

The Magic of Making: The Human Need to Create

User Generated Education

Recently I had the privilege of facilitating two half day workshops entitled, A Framework for Maker Education. The workshop including several mini-sessions of participants creating their own maker projects (Paper Circuits, Squishy Circuits, Gami-Bots, Brush bots, and micro:bit projects).

It Takes More Than Passion! Our Young Girls Need Resilience to Thrive!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”- ”- William Shakespeare. Savvy, my baby girl, is an incredibly curious, brave, and happy child. She sees the world as an adventure and believes she can do anything.

Teaching tricks: Better data strategies to ease teacher workload

Neo LMS

We need to talk about teacher stress and workload. It’s a serious, and not very well publicized, crisis that is bleeding the education system of some of its brightest lights. The numbers speak for themselves.

Implementing Research-based Technology Programs in Workforce Training

Digital Promise

Using the specific context of language learning in the workforce, Dr. Katharine Nielson, Chief Education Officer of Voxy, outlines in this webinar what we know from research on second language learning and discusses ways to implement a strong, research-based program.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

If You Won’t Cry With Someone, Don’t Expect an Invitation to the Victory Party

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 66 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Yesterday’s post didn’t happen. An emergency that took precedence did.

5 things you might not know about Kahoot!

Ditch That Textbook

When I do presentations and workshops with teachers all over the United States and beyond, hands go up all over the room when I ask if they’re familiar with Kahoot! It launched in August 2013 and has taken off like a rocket. In May 2017, it had 50 million monthly active users.

Are We Talking Technology or Are We Talking Learning

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More and more, educators are recognizing that the true value of technology isn’t learning how to use the tools and devices, but rather using the tools and devices to learn (see here , here , and here ).

Using Clips App for Small Moments and Student Reflection

iTeach with iPads

Many teachers use portfolios to collect and showcase student work throughout the year. These portfolios demonstrate growth over time, provide a means for authentic assessment, promote communication and reflection, and can give some students an alternative means to demonstrate mastery of skills.

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Teacher tricks: Better lesson planning to ease teacher workload

Neo LMS

In my last post we examined the eye-popping statistics to do with teacher job satisfaction, and the resultant impact on losses in the teaching profession, not to mention on student outcomes.

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Partnerships that Work: Tapping Research to Address Learner Variability in Young Readers

Digital Promise

Education technology and innovation continue to evolve, making it easier for teachers to harness the power of technology to improve education outcomes for learners. At the same time, a growing field of learning sciences research offers more precise knowledge of how learners learn.

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Service Learning: Grants and FREE Resources to Help Your Students Serve and Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by We Are Teachers, The Allstate Foundation, and WE. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Service learning is when students learn by serving others.

20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students

Ditch That Textbook

The standard lecture has plenty of detractors, and rightfully so. Done poorly, it can be an uninspired stream of facts, delivered in sit-and-get style that get forgotten quickly. However, we can turn the standard lecture — and its tool of choice, the presentation slide! — on its head.

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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.