March, 2018

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.

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.

Teachers are the Driving Force of Change

A Principal's Reflections

During virtually every keynote, presentation, or workshop that I give, the topic of change is very much a part of it. Leading the effort to uproot the status quo and prepare kids for anything as opposed to something is easier said than done.

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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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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.

Engagement Doesn't Often Mean Effectiveness

The Web20Classroom

A few weeks ago I asked a group of teachers to describe a lesson where technology was used effectively to impact learning. After some thinking, one of the teachers described a lesson where students were using Google Maps to take a tour of different parts of the world.

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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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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.

Change the Narrative

A Principal's Reflections

No matter our level of digital proficiency, educators grapple with the rough-and-tumble pace that professional connectivity demands in our new age. A change of thinking is in order if we are to face a hyperlinked world of education.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Striving Readers? Hire Librarians.

Digital Promise

As an ESL student and a child from an immigrant, economically disadvantaged family raised in blue-collar northern Ohio, I know first-hand the power a good book can have on a child who feels different and inferior from everyone around him. Aside from being a great escape vehicle, through character dialogue and imagery, books can introduce you to the colloquial language parents cannot teach – creating fewer awkward situations among friends and classmates.

34+ Nonsense Apps, Web Tools and Resources to Wake Up the Brain Cells!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Students can get restless about this time of year. Summer vacation is near and so is April Fool’s Day and Easter. Many students also are testing or gearing up for graduation and this can be a stressful time for both teachers and students. Humor can help you and students avoid burn-out.

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The Journey to Becoming an Author

A Principal's Reflections

I never imagined I would have authored or co-authored a book, let alone six. My unexpected journey began with a decision to give Twitter a try in 2009.

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.

Sketchnotes: A mini-course and #Sketch50 challenges!

Ditch That Textbook

Let’s see if you sound like many people I’ve talked to about sketchnotes (and the former version of myself): “I’d love to be able to do that. I’d love for my students to be able to do it. But I can’t draw! I’m not an artist.”

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Netflix’s Black Mirror: A Cautionary Tale About Social Media

Catlin Tucker

Last night I watched an episode of Black Mirror , which Netflix describes as “ sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.”

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.

Classroom Management and Parent Engagement: 8 #EduGoalsMOOC Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, the Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topics, Classroom Management and Parent Engagement.

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

The reaction to Learning Transformed has been truly humbling. Tom Murray and I have watched many book studies and Twitter chats unfold since the release of the book in June of 2017. We have also had the honor of co-presenting workshops across the United States.

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Game Based Learning in Action

The CoolCatTeacher

Matthew Farber on episode 268 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Game-based learning might not be what you think.

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.

Let’s Focus on the Learning

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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.

Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, The Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topic, Effective Technology Integration. All are invited to join the chat whether you take the online course or not! We were inspired by two incredible edtech gurus who were our guest experts for the chat, Steve Wheeler ( @SteveWheeler ) and Larry Ferlazzo ( @LarryFerlazzo ). We also had many teachers who are edtech gurus in their own right from around the world join the chat.

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.

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.

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.

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].