March, 2016

Not Just a Girl

The CoolCatTeacher

5 Ways to Help Girls Achieve Their Potential From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I dropped my end of the heavy battery. Daddy and I needed to “jump off” or start up the irrigation system.

Maine Announces Learning Technology Framework

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The true value of laptops and tablets in schools is not learning to use the technology, but rather using the technology to learn. The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI ) have been in place since 2002 and has certainly helped close the Digital Access Divide in Maine.

Gamification in the classroom: small changes and big results

Neo LMS

Games are fun; learning is not. Kids could play games for hours on end, without asking for food and holding their bladder for as much as they can.

Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development

User Generated Education

Planning educational activities that incorporate social-emotional learning has broad benefits. Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. Durlak, Weissberg et al.’s

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.

20 ways Google MyMaps can enhance lessons in any class

Ditch That Textbook

Maps are a fundamental part of everyday life. Even if we don’t pull paper maps out of our car glove compartments anymore, we still rely on GPS and digital directions. Without maps, we’re lost. With maps, we can clearly see how widespread or concentrated our data and content is.

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What One Teacher Did When He Realized His Kids Weren’t Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

How an Award Winning Teacher Went from Failure to Fantastic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When he started teaching, high school Spanish teacher, Matt Miller had a dirty secret: His students couldn’t speak Spanis h.

The Need to Refocus (Vigorously!) on Learning

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The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) was not designed to be primarily an equity of access to technology program (although that was part of it). And it wasn’t designed to be primarily a program by which students could develop technology skills (although that was part of it).

Letting Students Lead the Learning

Catlin Tucker

According to a Gallup Student Poll (2015) of public school children, 47% report being “disengaged” at school. Unfortunately, this statistic doesn’t shock me. Too many classrooms are not set up with the intention of engaging students.

5 easy ways to create engaging e-learning courses [Infographic]

Neo LMS

Have you ever done things that were fun and easy instead of a really hard and really important thing that you really had to do?

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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.

Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology, and currently serves as Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships. One of my many high school memories is learning the Pythagorean Theorem.

Rigor, Relevance and Transformation at the Ground Level

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Jill M. Hackett Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent, Academic Services/School Accountability, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, MO. Rigor and Relevance can seem like abstract terms until you start to understand how schools and districts apply them in specific ways.

3 Ways to Get Back Up When Teaching Knocks You Down

The CoolCatTeacher

Advice from a National Award Winning Teacher Who Has Had Tough Times Too From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. According to a recent Gallup poll, sixty-nine percent of teachers are not engaged in their work in the United States.

Tricks for Teaching Tech Quickly

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There is an old quote that the true value to learning isn’t learning to use the technology, but rather using the technology to learn.

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.

One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

When I train teachers on blended learning, I am often asked, “Is this the right way to do this?” ” My response is always the same, “There are lots of variations on each blended learning model. They are constantly evolving.

How e-learning can benefit working students

Neo LMS

Working students. Aren't they a character? Interrupting classes because they arrive late, skipping classes altogether and affecting everyone in their learning group by not being totally prepared for the latest course, or turning in late assignments and begging for them to be taken into consideration. And they have the best excuse: they have jobs. Sometimes they seem to forget that a future well-paid job settles above a university degree. Challenges working students usually face.

Framing and Frontloading Maker Activities

User Generated Education

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I come from a background in Experiential Education (yes, it is a specific professional discipline).

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A Principal's Reflections

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." - Ronald Reagan Lately I have really been focused on what true leadership actually is.

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.

How Innovative Educators Plug into Global Ideas

The CoolCatTeacher

The Innovator's Mindset series with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. George Couros said he would argue to his death that Twitter was useless when he started with it. But, now he sees. Should every teacher be connecting online?

Shared Leadership Teams – The Series

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The multiple perspectives, the buy-in from diverse stakeholders, shared leadership teams are a powerful tool in your arsenal for making large-scale school change stick. Shared leadership teams focus on the strategic work of the school. They focus on school change and improvement.

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A student-created digital textbook: Their process and resources

Ditch That Textbook

Garth Holman’s students created something spectacular, and I cringe at calling it a “textbook.” ” That’s the easy description. They created their own digital textbook.

5 tech devices that should be part of all classrooms

Neo LMS

The ancient Greeks thought that the end of the world was today's Morocco and the titan named Atlas bore the weight of the world on his shoulders. Kids today learn about this myth and know better than the most civilized people in the ancient world. Schools bear the same weight on their shoulders, because kids must always know more about our world. There are a lot of aspects to learning and a lot of dedicated people that work together for a better education system.

EdTech at School

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

The Maker Educator Workshop

User Generated Education

I am doing full day workshops on The Maker Educator both at ISTE 2016 and EduTECH in Australia. What follows is both the description-goals and an overview of the workshop’s learning activities. Workshop Description, Goals, and Outline. Description.

Digital Poets! Web Tools, Apps, & Lesson Ideas

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” ” – Robert Frost. April is around the corner and when we are encouraged to inspire learners to celebrate National Poetry month.

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8 Secrets of a Great Language Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Secrets from Language Teacher Isil Boy From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching language is a challenge. Isil Boy from Turkey teaches students how to speak English. Today, she shares her secrets for helping language students learn.

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Manifesting My Perfect Teaching Position

Catlin Tucker

Each year at the start of spring semester, my administration sends every teacher a form called “What’s Your Flavor?” ” It asks teachers a series of questions: Are we planning to continue teaching next year?

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.

22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you don’t have children, you may not have noticed the massive changes going on in the local schoolhouse. Those geeky tech tools that we adults like to avoid are taking over the classroom.

Maximizing collaboration in the classroom

Neo LMS

Long gone are the days when, in a classroom setting, only teachers did the talking and students did the learning. While things did not flip entirely (although teachers could learn a thing or two from the younger generations), students today are encouraged to speak their minds about what they learn.

Extreme Learners

User Generated Education

The idea of extreme learners fits so nicely with my ideas of user-generated education. So what follows is an aggregate of ideas, videos, and graphics related to being an extreme learner. Milton Chen has stated, “Extreme learners aren’t so different from everybody else.”

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