March, 2017

Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace

The Web20Classroom

When I was 6 or 7 years old I was at home on a boring rainy weekend. Being an inquisitive kid and generally looking for mischief I found some tools in a closet and decided something in my house needed taking a apart.

Why EdTech Initiatives Fail (…and a support to help!)

Tom Murray

Over the past decade, as school district budgets have remained relatively stagnant, spending on educational technology has continued to accelerate.

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Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #29 Steven Anderson talks technology trends From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality and virtual reality. Are these buzzwords or are they things that can be used to improve learning?

Coding or Critical Thinking?

EdTech4Beginners

As the Hour of Code again approaches, I ponder the efficacy of encouraging all schools to participate under the banner of coding. To be involved in EdTech is to interact with articles , TED Talks , and apps that encourage coding.

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.

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3 Ways To Combat Recipe Learning

The Web20Classroom

When I was a middle school science teacher I regularly assigned projects. At the time I thought that the projects would be a great way for me to understand what my students understood about particular concepts and topics.

6 Best Practices for Building Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Chances are you didn’t need Hattie or any researcher telling you about the importance of student-teacher relationships. As a first year teacher, I somewhat smugly felt when it came to student-teacher relationships, “You either have it, or you don’t.”

Creating a Student Centered Library Where Kids Love to Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #23 A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Micki Uppena From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Librarian Micki Uppena has a student centered library.

The Digital Natives We Teach Are Creating A Number Of New Challenges.

EdTech4Beginners

Digital natives are individuals who were born during or after the surge of digital technologies (the internet, mobile devices etc.). Because the majority have been surrounded by tech from an early age, they are used to it and are usually very good at it.

How This Teacher Took A Risk And Found Happiness In Her Work

EdNews Daily

This is our fifth interview from our thought-leadership series from teachers who work at 51Talk. Elizabeth, please tell us about your education background.

10 ways Google Keep can help streamline life at school

Ditch That Textbook

For a long time, I’ve been a list-maker and a note-taker. You should see my desk. It can get littered with them pretty easily. The worst is when I would take down some valuable details and then leave the paper sitting on my desk at school. I have literally driven to school late at night [.].

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Measuring the Progress That Matters

Digital Promise

The importance of assessing student strengths and growth in areas that matter is a topic of frequent conversation among superintendents in our League of Innovative Schools.

5 Coping Mechanisms for Bouncing Back from Your Bad Teaching Day

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 5 Coping Mechanisms for Bouncing Back from Your Bad Teaching Day by James Sturtevant Just because I’ve authored a couple of books and host a podcast on engagement does not mean that I don’t have challenging days in the classroom. Last Friday was one of those days!

Making Music with iPads and #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

A Conversation with Justin Kamp on the 10-Minute Teacher #42 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Justin Kamp @kampmiltonmusic Kids can learn to make music with iPads and technology.

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Some Brilliant Websites & Apps To Create Word Clouds.

EdTech4Beginners

I recently taught a lesson in which it was important for me to highlight keywords; a few of them were new to the class. I decided to ask the pupils to generate word clouds to find the words of most importance and then find the meanings. It was an effective way of doing so.

Top 5 Tips for Teaching English Online

EdNews Daily

Every day, more teachers leave the classroom, and they are looking for different ways to stay in education and still make a difference using their skills, talents, passion and knowledge. Becoming an online teacher is a big step , one that most educators have never even considered.

Customized email newsletters for every kid with Google Forms

Ditch That Textbook

Classroom newsletters are kind of hit and miss. If you’re sending photocopies of them home in students’ backpacks, I’ll bet your success rate is less than 50 percent. And that’s being generous.) There’s a big reason I believe that these newsletters — which could be great parent/teacher communication tools — fall on deaf ears (or [.].

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Music Training Speeds Up Brain Development in Children

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Observing a pianist at a recital – converting musical notations into precisely timed finger movements on a piano – can be a powerful emotional experience. As a researcher of neuroscience and a pianist myself, I understand that the mastering of this skill not only takes practice, but also requires complex coordination of many different brain regions.

Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Yes, there are mounds of curricula students must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others.

5 Ways to Be Technology’s Master and Not Its Slave #productivity

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Aaron Sams shares productivity secrets on episode #25 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aren’t you tired of being overwhelmed by technology? Do you really need the latest thing to be more productive?

Go Noodle is such a fun tech tool!

EdTech4Beginners

Go Noodle is a great website which encourages your students to be active. Have a look at my quick video tutorial on how to navigate the site: My students absolutely loved it! Have you used Go Noodle? What did your class think? Let me know by commenting below.

How the ‘Pre-Professionals’ Title Gives High Schoolers the Upper Hand

EdNews Daily

The high school years are a time for discovering oneself — learning strengths and weaknesses, identifying dreams and goals for the future, developing key communication and real-world skills, and mapping out plans for college or a career after graduation.

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Tools to work with, annotate, create and convert PDF files

Educational Technology Guy

PDF , or Portable Document Format, files are ubiquitous these days. The format is a great way to share files since every operating system, including mobile devices, has free software available to read the files.

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Developing a Vision for the Future of Learning

Digital Promise

Lindsay Unified School District (LUSD), a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools , is a rural district in central California that is widely recognized as a national leader in competency-based education. LUSD was recently named one of the top 30 districts worth visiting nationwide.

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From Heartache to Hope

Tom Murray

This post is dedicated to the five people that lost their lives and the many that were affected by the events at the Fort Lauderdale airport on January 6, 2017. January 6th began like so many other travel days for me. After keynoting an event the night before, I woke up, packed my belongings from the hotel where I was staying, grabbed breakfast with some new friends I had met while at the event, and later that morning caught an Uber ride to the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

5 Ideas to Level Up Language Arts #5ideaFriday

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 30: Excellent Language Arts with Teacher Alex Corbitt on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast | 10MT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today teacher @Alex_Corbitt from the Bronx has 5 created ideas to help improve and make language arts learning fun.

How do you deal with cyber-bullying in schools? 

EdTech4Beginners

Recently, I have noticed that cases of cyber-bullying are being reported more and more often in the news. As social media and technology is already a central part of children’s lives, online safety is an incredibly important issue to tackle. What is cyberbullying?

KidZania: Hands-On Kid Sized Cities Coming To America

EdNews Daily

The world’s fastest growing experiential learning center for children is coming to the U.S., promising to bring unique educational experiences to American children.

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How do you ditch “safe teaching” when prepping for THE test?

Ditch That Textbook

In a recent blog post, I suggested that what we consider “safe teaching” might be risky teaching after all. In this post, I talked about how all the traditional, overused teaching techniques — lectures, worksheets, etc. — are easy for students to ignore. And when they’re ignoring instruction, there might as well be no instruction [.]. Teaching Uncategorized creative teaching edtech educational technology high-stakes testing student engagement

Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

Like many other districts in the League of Innovative Schools, our team at Bristol Warren Regional School District (BWRSD) has a firm understanding of best practice and current research. However, the difficulty in scaling any innovation is converting the theory into action.

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The Web20Classroom - Untitled Article

The Web20Classroom

Steven Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth lay out what Connected Educators do and how it’s a always a work in progress. Educators today can no longer just walk into the classroom, shut their door and teach.

How Perla Zamora and Her students in Mexico are Tearing Down Walls

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #34 The 10-Minute Teacher on Global Collaboration From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Perla Zamora @pzamoraats from Tampico, Mexico is tearing down walls.

A Fantastic Construction Game, With Lots Of Uses In The Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

What is The Sandbox? The Sandbox is an app in which you can build vast worlds (think Minecraft but in 2D). Have a look at the intro video: How did I use it in a lesson? As part of our topic on mountains, as a starter activity, I asked the pupils to build a mountain and then map the different zones.