October, 2016

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Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video

Ditch That Textbook

Once, it was so handy to carry one of those disposable film cameras around in our pockets. Once, we were so thankful for our point-and-shoot digital cameras because they made instant photography so much easier. Today, so many of us carry cameras around in our pockets.

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140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The curious teacher opened up Twitter.

The chasm between math research and classroom practice

Dangerously Irrelevant

Steve Leinwand and Steve Fleischmann said: In mathematics instruction, a chasm exists between research and practice. For evidence of this gap, look no further than the mismatch between what research says about developing students’ conceptual mathematics understanding and what we actually do.

50 Hacks That Make Every Single Student Love You and Your Class

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Do students hate your class? Do they hate you? Think long and hard before you answer. I often hear my own children say, “I can’t stand that class”. There were plenty of times in my 23 years as a classroom teacher that students were saying, “I hate Mr. Barnes”.

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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10 Google Classroom time savers for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

If you and your students are using Google Apps in the classroom, Google Classroom can save you tons of time and effort. It helps you assign, collect, grade and return work seamlessly. But, like anything else, there are tricks that can help you do the same work in less time. They make you more efficient [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency gafe Google Apps google classroom time management

6 Riveting Ways to Make Reading and Writing Fun for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Creative Literacy Lessons with Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Therapy dogs. Lunch bunch. Reading groups. These are just of a few ideas you can use to excite students about reading and writing. Writing can be fun. So can reading.

Leveling Up: How Digital Game-Based Learning Is Altering Education

EdNews Daily

At the turn of the 21st century, public interest in games as learning tools took hold. In the eyes of digital game-based learning proponents, the general public and today’s teachers finally understood something that students and educational researchers knew all along.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

The global extreme poverty rate has reduced to less than 10 percent…so what?

The Christensen Institute

In October 2015, for the first time ever, the World Bank estimated that the global rate of people living in extreme poverty (calculated as people living on less than $1.90 per day) fell to just under than ten percent. Consider this—in 1990, there were approximately 5.2

How Librarians Hold the Key to Future Ready Schools

Digital Promise

Do you see librarians as part of the future? Courtesy Mark Ray Mark Ray is the Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools. I posed that question in my recent TEDx talk during the 2016 Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools meeting in San Diego.

Improve retention, re-teach less with this learning technique

Ditch That Textbook

What if you didn’t have to spend so much time re-teaching material to your students? What if that material was securely saved in their minds, ready for recall whenever necessary? And they could apply that knowledge to whatever they were learning at the moment?

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Games are fun. We can use them to teach. It isn’t that hard. Game based learning excites learning in my classroom.

SmartFeed - quality, curated content for kids

Educational Technology Guy

SmartFeed is the trusted platform & tool for parents to easily and conveniently curate and manage kid's digital media - across all content and device platforms.

11 Ridiculously Easy Classroom Cleaning Hacks

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. You spend lots of time before school even starts making sure that your classroom is in great order—supplies away, surfaces sparkling, shelves and cubbies totally organized. And then the students arrive.

If poverty is not a resource problem, then what is it?

The Christensen Institute

In his 1949 presidential inaugural address, popularly referred to as the Four Points speech, Harry Truman introduced the concept of international development as we know it today.

The Top 4 Reasons Why Teachers Should be Using Google Classroom

EdTechTeacher

This fall, as part of our #ETTchat series , Communications Editor James Daley will be chatting with our EdTechTeacher instructors about some of their favorite tools, apps, and strategies for the classroom.

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50 people and hashtags you MUST check out on Twitter

Ditch That Textbook

Getting connected professionally on Twitter was the single most important, most powerful thing I ever did as an educator. The most important. I’m not overstating that. And I can remember exactly when it happened.

How Do You Mend a Broken Teacher?

The CoolCatTeacher

Life Lessons from Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Broken. It happens. It hurts deeply. I have had days when I didn’t know how I would get out of bed and make it to school.

Learning About Ormiboard-Part 1

The Web20Classroom

When I began to introduce Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to my former district one of the questions (albeit anxiety filled) from teachers was with all these devices in the classroom how will we make sure students are doing what we need them to be doing?

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I made my classroom look like the real-world—and test scores soared

eSchool News

Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after graduation. Are employees evaluated using bubble-in tests to prove they know the ins and outs of their job? Do they learn and use new skills one at a time in a vacuum?

Are students buying what we’re selling?

The Christensen Institute

Calls for innovation in education seem to get louder by the day.

A Primer on Maker Learning and How You Can Get Involved

Digital Promise

Teachers, school leaders, parents, and, most importantly, students have been rallying around hands-on, creative, and design-centered learning that we have come to call “maker learning.”.

5 ways tech can truly improve learning (with examples)

Ditch That Textbook

Trainers, bloggers and education pundits tend to use lots of catch phrases and buzz words to talk about the power of technology in education. You’ll hear things like this: Technology is a game changer. Technology can do so much for education. The Internet is full of resources we can use.

How Do We Teach Politics to Kids During an R-rated election?

The CoolCatTeacher

The US Presidential Election Can Be Taught: But How? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The fifteen thousand pound Statue of Freedom placed upon the US Capitol Building is dressed to defend her country.

Technology does not equal innovation, but using technology is often crucial to innovation.

The Principal of Change

Lately I have been doing things a little different in my workshops. Instead of slowing down and showing step-by-step every little thing that I am doing with technology, I am purposefully going fast and showing people the speed of how quickly I can get things done amazingly well with the technology.

Implementing Wearable Technology at Schools Boosts Engagement, Motivation

EdTech Magazine

By Courtney Pepe, Stephanie Talalai These best practices from a New Jersey school for students with disabilities outline four ways wearable tech can head to the classroom. Classroom Digital Content Mobility STEM Wearables

Uncovering what works in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

To scale effective blended and personalized learning environments, we first need to develop a better understanding of what learning approaches work, for which students, in what circumstances.

Celebrating Five Years of Leadership with the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

This week, as we celebrate Digital Promise’s fifth anniversary , we also welcome the districts who are part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the League of Innovative Schools. Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools are changing the model of traditional public education and building policies, programs, and practices that demonstrate how forward-thinking leadership, combined with driven, empowered educators and smart technology use, can transform learning.

20 books by teachers, for teachers to inspire your teaching

Ditch That Textbook

I wrote my book, Ditch That Textbook, in 2014 and it was published in spring 2015. When that book was published, I didn’t realize that I would be part of a huge movement to equip and empower teachers. My book was published by Dave Burgess Consulting, led by Dave and Shelley Burgess. Dave wrote Teach [.]. Teaching books creative teaching edtech educational technology inspiration motivation

45 Minute Goals Can Transform Your Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Shelly Sanchez Terrell dives deep into the transformative program From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Don’t walk in the classroom defeated. Make professional development personal. Start tomorrow. It is easy in simple, small steps.

Does the classroom of the future look more like a coffee shop?

eSchool News

Peek inside Brittany Horning’s second-grade class at L’Ouverture Elementary School, and you’ll see kids sprawled on large ottomans, perched atop bouncy seats, lying back on gamer-style recliners and using footstools as makeshift desks.