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Game Mechanics in the Classroom to Engage Learners

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 204 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Game mechanics are elements of gaming that you can design into your lesson plans to engage learners. Teacher Michael Matera shows us how to use them. We can engage students, even going up to year-long junior high version of “Game of Thrones” like teacher Michael Matera has done. (OK, OK, Game of Thrones fans, don’t worry, there are white walkers or red weddings.

3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date

Ask a Tech Teacher

Keeping parents informed about classroom activities is a challenge. They are busy with work, their children, and whatever personal life they can eke out of the sixteen hours that make up their waking day. The best method to reach them is with a short, pithy message that’s informative and easy to access. Here are three tools educators agree do exactly that: DialMyCalls.

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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Ken Eastwood is the superintendent of Middletown City School District , NY, a member of our League of Innovative Schools. In terms of student proficiency, today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We're "detracking" students previously sorted by ability. We're mainstreaming those with special needs. And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English.

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Combatting a Culture of Learned Helplessness

Catlin Tucker

I led a training last week on blended learning and asked teachers to brainstorm the biggest challenges they face in the classroom. One answer resonated with me. “Learned helplessness.” ” On my drive home, I kept mentally returning to this phrase. Then in my own classroom last week, my students were beginning a research project that would culminate in student presentations.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Beginning and Ending Class Like a Pro with Brian Sztabnik

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 203 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The four minutes beginning and ending class matter most according to teacher Brian Sztabnik. Today we talk about how to make the most of those valuable minutes. How you handle these minutes may just determine whether you’re a good teacher or a great one. Sure, there’s lots of reasons for starting class slowly or ending early. The great ones to do neither.

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6 easy ways to start flipping your classroom now

Ditch That Textbook

Flipped classroom is definitely a buzzword in education. It has been for years. And rightfully so — the model leverages technology to create an environment that can make a huge difference in many classrooms. Some people see the flipped classroom as something complex or hard to reach. With a little direction and some determination to [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology flipped classroom flipped learning formative google forms quizizz screencasting snagit

A Multi-Media Post: The Sights and Sounds of Blended Learning Choices

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 7. Driving Question: What Does Blended Learning Look and Sound Like In A Classroom? Our district is gigantic. Buses travel more than 30,000 kms each day to deliver students to our many school sites. Virtual Connections enhance our students' learning opportunity so that no student has to miss any course or topic in the curriculum due to the size or isolation of the local school. P21 Blogazine

The 7 Devices of Transformation in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

What Most People Don't Realize About Change From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m in the airport heading home from Miami Device as I draft this post. I learned so much; I’m exhausted. But some of the biggest things I appreciate are the people. Back in May, I purchased a Mac to use at home, and there are tons of tricks I still don’t know. When I plugged my computer into the projector, I saw something I didn’t know how to fix.

How Teachers Learn About New Edtech Products (Round-up)

Ask a Tech Teacher

How do teachers filter out all the social media noise to find the tech products that will transform their classrooms? I’d like to think we troll the online tech-in-ed ezines, review what the experts say and draw conclusions that fit our class environment. Truth is, most teachers I know don’t have time for that. They’re busy teaching, mentoring, chatting with parents, and grading papers. The folks at SnapLearning !

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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.

Seeing tech in the classroom as “just another thing”

Ditch That Textbook

Jam-packed curriculum. State assessments and required lessons. Field trips and school assemblies. Our lesson plan books are already packed to the gills. Class time is so precious. With all the interruptions and impositions on it, we feel like we have to make the most of every minute, especially when lots of goals and benchmarks ride [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency productivity time management

Blending Technology into Project Based Learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 9. Project Based Learning + Technology = Deeper Learning. Why are Project Based Learning and technology a winning combination? How can they lead to Deeper Learning? How can I make it happen in my classroom? The Oxford dictionary defines integrate as "to combine of two or more things to make something more effective." Integrating technology and instruction can make learning more effective.

5 Lessons Video Games Can Teach Edtech Developers

The CoolCatTeacher

How Can We Move Education Forward From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. In the movie War Games , the computer asked: “Shall we play a game?” ” Matthew Broderick was the actor who played the high school student. I’ll never forget how his eyes lit up! That look — of curiosity and wonder and excitement — we need to see that on every child’s face in every classroom in the world.

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Tips For Selecting The Best And Most Efficient Web Hosting Provider

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most prospective buyers start by going to the seller’s website before purchasing. An online presence has become a vital importance for not just business owners or service providing companies, but teacher-consultants who offer online classes, mentoring, and lesson plans to fellow educators. Thanks to a plethora of reliable and affordable web hosting companies, you no longer need ‘weebly’ or ‘wordpress’ appended to your online profile.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

The Core 4 of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In some ways, creating a successful personalized learning classroom is similar to winning a basketball game. To give us direction, my high school basketball coach consistently focused on three key areas, which he called the Big Three: Personalized Learning Teachers Blended Learning EdTech

Blended Learning My Way: PBL, the Standards, Technology and Reflection

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 8. Driving Question: What Does Blended Learning Look and Sound Like In A Classroom? "I I give up. I can't keep up. It's all way too much!" Ever felt like giving up when trying to monitor the managing 28-30 students doing projects at one time? Ever wonder how you are going to deal with all the mandates such as Common Core and Next Gen Standards at one time and still reach all our kids? P21 Blogazine

MAD about Mattering: A New Global Collaborative App Project #steam

The CoolCatTeacher

The Next Step in Global Collaboration From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. MAD about Mattering is a new project that is a dream come true for me! Last year, my students learned to program apps using MAD-Learn and released two apps onto the app store. Students were highly engaged but also pushed to new levels of knowledge and achievement in Computer Science as they developed their own apps. But we are ready to collaborate.

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Dear Otto: I need to convert from PDF to Doc–Does that work?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names. Here’s a great question I got from a reader: I have a lesson plan I created in MS Word and then converted to PDF so I could share with my grade level team (everyone doesn’t have Word).

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.

5 Steps Toward Building Successful Digital Communities Infused With Rigor and Relevance

A Principal's Reflections

A dynamic combination of mindset, behaviors, and skills is required for schools to become places where social media and digital tools are integral and beneficial parts of a rigorous program and where they work symbiotically with active, engaged, and applicable learning. How can we take the greatest advantage of this moment in time and create compelling and challenging learning spaces for students?

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The Social Media Site Teachers Should Be Using (But Probably Aren’t)


Open question: why don't more teachers use Reddit? If you're an avid Redditor, apologies for the assumuption. As far as this author is concerned, Reddit is where it’s at for theories related to all of my true crime binge-watching pleasures. Here’s to the Making a Murderer and Serial subreddits, which are wonderful.). All true crime aside, I think there's a big opening for educators on this platform.

Helping Students Write Beautiful Words

The CoolCatTeacher

or "How I Fell in Love in a Graveyard." From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Writing that people choose to read. That is what I’m after. Is it perfect? Grammatically, often not. Sometimes incomplete sentences. Sometimes an awkward word. But riveting, oh yes. Great writing is riveting. I was arrested by this comment in Peter Elbow’s book Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process.

Mobile learning: The good and the bad


Everywhere we go, here and there, people always seem to have a mobile device in their hands, be it a smartphone or a tablet. It’s almost a sin not to own a mobile device. Our mobile devices are online 24/7. People in a café now usually ask the staff for the Wi-Fi password, and if there’s no Wi-Fi one can always tap the power of cellular data and stay connected to friends. Now owning a smartphone is like losing half our lives. We panic when our devices reach 10% battery power.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Disrupting Education in Bold Ways: The Time is Right

A Principal's Reflections

For following is a guest post authored by Dr. Bill Daggett , Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). I believe that this a time when education can change in fundamental ways.

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10 Reasons You Should Start Using Google in the Classroom by @emilyjohnson322


Modern children use digital gadgets daily, and the Internet is high on their list. Thus, creative teachers should get the most out of the digital era and adapt their lessons to include online education as well. Obviously, the educational process can be productive when the working place is well-organized: the fewer distractions pupils have, the… Friends of TeacherCast Google

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The 2016 Student Technology Conference

The CoolCatTeacher

A conference run by students [Guest Post] From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. In 2015, Marymount School of New York’s Student Technology Team pose the question: what if students and teachers from around the world could share ideas about using technology in the classroom? As a result, the Student Technology Conference was born. A Note from Vicki: Again this year, I’m a cheerleader and admirer of this incredible group of students!

Inspiration Stations

Catlin Tucker

This year, I’ve focused on using the Station Rotation Model to create smaller learning communities within our larger class, spend more time working in small groups with students, differentiate instruction, and make the most of our limited technology. Bestseller! Available on Amazon. Blended Learning Learning Online Learning Technology in the classroom Educational Technology

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.