October, 2015

Why Minecraft in Schools is the Modern Marvel: 5 Epic Ideas

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode #180 History, literature, and math teachers are desperate for easy ideas to engage kids. We want kids to be excited about our subject, and we want to use technology. But we don’t want anything really hard. What can we do?

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Announcing the 2015 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

In 2015, it’s no longer a new story that technology is being used in the classroom. It’s a part of everyone’s daily lives and it’s no surprise that it’s becoming a part of students’ lives as well.

Reflecting on the Making Process

User Generated Education

My background is in experiential education. One of the strategies used in experiential education is debriefing or reflecting on the experience. In other words, learning from direct experience is not left to chance.

20 Tools, Apps, & Tips for Engaging Assessment

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I encourage teachers to reflect on the way they assess their students for Goal 17: Re-evaluate Value. Assessment shouldn’t make students feel like quitting. Instead, assessment should help students celebrate the learning they’ve grasped and reflect on their journey achieving that learning.

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.

It's Not a Technology Issue

A Principal's Reflections

Technology still gets a bad rap in many education circles. Perception and lack of information influence the decision making process.

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How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Useful Tools for Teachers Padlet is a versatile, easy to use tool for every teacher’s toolkit. Let’s dive into Padlet and Learn the Basics. At the bottom of this post, I have a Padlet that is temporarily open for you to post and share your favorite edtech tools.

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Six New Findings on Teacher Ed-Tech Usage

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A new survey of 1,000 teachers found that educators are using more technology than some think, and that the driver is student learning. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. blendedlearning digitallearning edtech teacher

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The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Originally published at [link]. Perfect Storm : an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically.

STEAM It Up with the 8 C’s! 50+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The reason why young people are getting into things isn’t because they want to make a lot of money, but because they want to solve really big problems.”- ”- Noor Siddiqui, female CEO of Remedy. Recently, I was in Indiana presenting about teaching Science Technology Engineering Arts Math (STEAM/STEM) in ways that engage digital learners. General Electric is setting the example by engaging learners with science through Vine , Snapchat, and Tumblr.

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.

3 Reasons to Use Bing in the Classroom

Kleinspiration

image credit: @rosscoops31 - click to check out Bing in the Classroom - 3 Reasons to Use Bing in the Classroom Helping students to be more independent learners is important in today's classrooms. However, letting go of complete control can be challenging.

Phonics Strategies for Young Learners Using the iPad

iTeach with iPads

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.-Kate Kate DiCamillo. I am sorry for my low profile lately…for the last 10 weeks, I have been taking statistics for my doctoral program and it has owned me!

Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It’s Hard

The CoolCatTeacher

The Cellist of the Schoolyard In 1992, thirty-seven-year-old Vedran Smailovic was principal cellist of the Sarajevo Opera. Because of the fighting, Sarajevo was being called “the capital of hell.” ” On May 27, a long line waited in front of one of the last bakeries in town.

5 Best Practices for Digital Portfolios

Ask a Tech Teacher

Digital portfolios have become a critical part of today’s classroom.

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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 Educator as a Maker Educator: the eBook

User Generated Education

I compiled all of my blog posts about Maker Education into an ebook that I published via Amazon Kindle. The price is $3.99. It can be accessed at [link].

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The Power of a Goal-Minded Teacher

Teacher Reboot Camp

There are moments, days, and even years when teaching overwhelms us. We have a grand mission to transform the world even if currently society, nor policy takes great care of its teachers. At the beginning of civilization, teachers were revered. Cicero once said, “What greater gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?” ” How do you keep your fire, your joy, your sanity, and peace of mind throughout out your teaching career?

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10 Google Apps tips EVERY teacher should know

Ditch That Textbook

Most of us have worked for years with Microsoft Office before Google Apps was unveiled.

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Quick List of Classroom Blogging Resources

The Web20Classroom

I originally wrote this in 2013. Since then a few resources have changed and I've come across some different ones. Enjoy! Blogging is an important part of who I am as a professional.

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.

Top 10 Education Tweets of October

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Topics on Twitter October is a busy month for teachers. It is also a hard month. We’re all looking for inspiration. These resources are being shared by teachers on Twitter. But you don’t have to join Twitter to click the links and read the hot topics.

Let Students Learn From Failure

Ask a Tech Teacher

Too often, students–and teachers–believe learning comes from success when in truth, it’s as likely to be the product of failure. Knowing what doesn’t work is a powerful weapon as we struggle to think critically about the myriad issues along our path to college and/or career.

The Mindset of the Maker Educator: Presentation Materials

User Generated Education

During Connected Educators’ Month I did a virtual presentation on The Mindset of the Maker Education.

10+ Halloween Apps to Spook The Learning Out of ‘Em

Teacher Reboot Camp

“There is magic, but you have to be the magician. You have to make the magic happen.” – Sidney Sheldon, Are You Afraid of the Dark? Halloween is one of the most fun holidays.

EdTech at School

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

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with the entire leadership team of District 59 in Arlington Heights, Illinois for SEVEN days. Yes, seven entire days with every central office administrator, every building administrator, and many of their teacher leaders.

Reaching The Community With Periscope

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am on the road a lot. Traveling the country, working with teachers and districts to improve the way they use technology and bridge the gaps in the way they communicate with their communities.

Top 10 Education Tweets of the School Year So Far – Fall 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

The top 10 education tweets of the 2015 school year so far include lots of sketchtnotes. Sketchnotes! Educators love them. SAMR, growth mindset, new tools, blogging, and back to school were hot topics for my PLN.

8 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

When kids read that America’s $18 trillion+ debt is accepted by many experts as ‘business as usual’, I wonder how that news will affect their future personal finance decisions. Do they understand the consequences of unbalanced budgets? The quandary of infinite wants vs. finite dollars?

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.

In Support of Teachers: First State Micro-credential Initiative

More Verbs

The iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program was announced Thursday, Oct. 15, by ACTEM and the Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team. What if schools and teachers had support for professional learning that met their needs and was on their own terms? This is the kind of support iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program is designed to provide. ILearnMaine was announced at the ACTEM Conference (Maine’s education technology conference) on Thursday, October 15.

The 7 C’s of Meaningful Learning Begin with Citizenship

Teacher Reboot Camp

ICEIndiana 2015 Keynote Selfie Shelly Sanchez Terrell. Literacy has always been defined by the technology. Before the printing press, your ability to orally recite something meant [you were] literate.” – Nichole Pinkard. Thousands of years ago we communicated with images, drawings, and symbols.

The (Native) App is Dead; Long Live the (Web) App

The Journal

On 28 October 2014, the W3C approved a standard version of HTML5, a programming language for the web. For K-12 at least, HTML5 is totally disruptive – in a GOOD way!

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