June, 2017

Aligning the 10 building blocks for future ready schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion.

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Ditch That Textbook

If you haven’t heard of Flipgrid yet then you will soon be seeing it everywhere. I had my first experience with Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) on March 2nd in a #Ditchbook chat.

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Teaching the “Netflix Generation” #LT8keys

Tom Murray

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” ” – John Dewey, 1915. The availability of content and the multitude of distribution platforms have grown exponentially in recent years.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. jackiegerstein and Barbara Bray @bbray27. Crossed posted at [link]. If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building.

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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.

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15 building blocks to a meaningful #ISTE17 (or any conference)

Ditch That Textbook

When you go to a conference — even for a single day — you’re investing hours of your life into the experience. And if that’s the case, it’s always best when you get a good return on the time investment.

Teaching the “Netflix Generation”

Tom Murray

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” ” – John Dewey. The availability of content and the multitude of distribution platforms have grown exponentially in recent years.

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Cardboard Creations: A Maker Education Camp

User Generated Education

This post discusses my Cardboard Creations Maker Education Camp that was taught to fifteen 5 to 12 year old learners for five days, 2.5 hours each morning during Summer, 2017. It is split into three sections: Rational for Using No Tech, Minimal Cost Materials. Some Pedagogical Perspectives.

A lesson, focused on character description, using an excellent app

EdTech4Beginners

I recently did a lesson which had a focus on character description.

Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 89 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Alan November @globalearner shares an assessment idea that is gaining steam.

Research Webinar: Equity and Maker Learning

Digital Promise

Since the fall 2016 meeting of the League of Innovative Schools , superintendents from around the country have connected with leading researchers in the field of maker learning.

QR codes on the streets of China

Dangerously Irrelevant

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Online or Overseas: 4 Important Tips To Keep in Mind When Teaching ESL Students from China

EdNews Daily

From hours spent in class, to lesson structure and break times, formal education in China is worlds apart from that in America. The chasm is not only caused by physical miles involved, but also the native variable cultures and traditions between the two countries.

Summer 2017 Learning Series-3 Rules For Attending Any Conference

The Web20Classroom

For the next several weeks I’ll be sharing posts that you can use for your summer learning. School may be out for many but the learning we do as educators can last even outside the classroom. These posts will take us through several different ways of extending your learning.

5 Fantastic Websites For English Teachers

EdTech4Beginners

I recently made a video, featuring 5 excellent websites for English teachers. The sites are all packed full of useful resources and teaching tips. Watch the round-up below: Do you have any more to add?

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Blended Learning Hype or Taking Us to New Heights?

The CoolCatTeacher

A global search for education blog post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. No, blended learning is NOT hype, at least not in my experience.

Maker Learning Research Webinar: Maker Empowerment

Digital Promise

For the last year, working groups focused on maker-centered learning and research in the League of Innovative Schools have joined forces to focus on the research behind the national wave of enthusiasm in maker learning.

Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

Tom Murray

A portion of below is an excerpt from the new ASCD book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today , and is co-written by Thomas C. Murray and Eric Sheninger.

10 Summer Jobs For Teachers 2017

EdNews Daily

Summer is here. School is out. Looking for part time summer jobs for teachers or summer teacher employment? Please find 10 summer jobs for teachers in 2017 listed below. These companies are hiring now. You will also find a good variety of online summer jobs for teachers.

Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

Education Elements

Have you ever stopped and looked around your school, your classroom, and asked yourself: “How did this all happen? Where did it all begin? How did we get to this point? When did the transformation occur?”. In year one of being a personalized learning school, I have had many reflective moments like this at Trailside Middle School. I look back on what our classrooms looked like, sounded like, and felt like a few years ago - and the transformation is amazing.

E-Safety: A free poster for your classroom / computer room

EdTech4Beginners

I recently made an e-safety poster using the Canva. You can find my tutorial explaining how to use this excellent tech tool HERE. Please feel free to print the poster – for the high resolution PDF file, click HERE.

ISTE 2017 Schedule #iste17

The CoolCatTeacher

Hope to see you there! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. ISTE 2017 starts this weekend. If you’re going – enjoy.

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Fulfilling the Maker Promise: Year One

Digital Promise

During the 2016 National Week of Making, as a part of President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative, Digital Promise and Maker Ed announced the Maker Promise. A commitment made by school leaders, in-school and out-of-school educators, and community advocates to bringing quality making experiences to all students. By signing the Promise, individuals commit to becoming champions of making, supporting spaces for making, and showcasing what students have made.

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It’s not about technology!

Ascend Math

“Write the following on the blackboard 100 times: Schools don’t want technology. Schools want curriculum. Schools don’t want technology. Schools want curriculum. Etc.” From THE Journal, In K-12, the New, New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Currriculum by Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway. Okay, we have certainly gotten past the premise that technology itself holds answers for education.

What You Should Know About Teaching Online: A Chat with Kelly from 51Talk

EdNews Daily

This is the 8th interview in our thought-leadership series with 51Talk. Quite often, when we look at job reviews from different places online, we tend to forget that there are many reasons behind each review-including good, bad and personal.

25 Focus Areas For Implementing Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In 2015 we published the first edition of our Personalized Learning Implementation Framework (aka PL Framework) based on lessons learned from working with schools and districts over the previous five years. At that time I shared how the PL Implementation Framework was inspired by my Grandma Rose’s love of bingo and the idea that, much like on a bingo board, there are many ways to “win” on the PL Framework.

A new adventure teaching abroad

EdTech4Beginners

After 5 years here, it’s my last week teaching in Thailand. I’m very sad to leave such an amazing place. I will really miss my school, class (pictured below!) and friends.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Jon Corippo on episode 92 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Jon Corippo @jcorippo talks about one of his favorite tools, Quizizz.

Digital Promise Research Map: A Starting Place for Exploring Research on Learning

Digital Promise

Busy education leaders and entrepreneurs don’t have time to sift through hundreds of papers, and often don’t know where to start.

Human Geography Cornerstone Assessment @BullisSchool: Megacity Project Using @Weebly, @SutoriApp, @GoogleMaps #edtech

techieMusings

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve heard me talk about the Megacity Project that all 9th grade students complete in their Human Geography course. This final cornerstone assessment engages students in an extended study analyzing how megacities are transforming the world. It’s hard to believe that this is our fourth year assigning this project!

10 Companies Hiring Teachers Over the Summer

EdNews Daily

Summer is here. School is out. If you are a teacher looking for a summer gig, or unique ways to make extra money over your break, please find 10 companies hiring now. Some of these jobs are remote, too. You will also find a good variety specific for educators.

Beyond Unpacking: How to personalize a standard

Education Elements

If you’re an educator, my guess is that at some point in your career you’ve been to a workshop focusing on unpacking standards. Unpacking a standard refers to the practice of reviewing what is often a long, clause-ridden statement and breaking it down into component parts to identify what students should know and be able to do. Personalized Learning Curriculum

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This amazing tech tool helps pupils, who are new to English, access learning

EdTech4Beginners

Google Translate now works in real time! It has been an invaluable resource for pupils in my class, who have English as an additional language. Simply download the app , choose your language options and then use the scan feature.

16 Things They Don’t Tell You About Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Motivational Monday - episode 91 podcast and blog simul-post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You know, there are some things that I’d really like to tell you as a teacher, some things I wish that somebody had told me. Teaching is Hard.