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5 Lies I Used to Believe About Teaching But I Don’t Anymore

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki Davis on episode 205 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When I first started teaching, I used to believe some things about the profession that I just don’t believe any more. In today’s final episode of season 2, I reflect on those lies and how I’ve grown in my practice. I hope it helps starts some conversation about what matters in the classroom. How about you?

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education

Digital Promise

Thanks to the successes of campaigns like the Hour of Code and this week’s Computer Science Education Week, educators, policymakers, and families around the country are realizing the value of coding and computer science in K-12 education. But how do “code,” “computer science,” and, “computational thinking,” fit together? What is motivating their introduction into schools, and how might they change education?

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8 Web Tools for Creating Multimedia Timelines

Teacher Reboot Camp

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” ” - Robert Penn Warren. As the New Year approaches we often reflect on the past year to set new goals. One way for learners to reflect on the past is by creating a personal timeline of the important events of the past year.

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20 great podcasts for educators (and how to get them)

Ditch That Textbook

Podcasts are learning on the go: in the car, while working out or as you garden. Here are some great ones for educators. Icons via TheNounProject.com) Podcasts are my lifeblood for generating new ideas, processing the ideas I already have and entertainment. They’re like radio shows on virtually any topic under the sun. Actually, they’re […]. Teaching creative teaching podcasts professional development

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Marina Umaschi Bers on episode 202 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Children as young as four can start coding, but not in ways you might think. Today, Dr. Marina Umashchi Bers from Tufts University discusses her research findings about what works (and doesn’t) with young children in the classroom. You’ll get creative ideas for hands-on programming that works for early childhood.

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20 Resources for Holiday Themed Writing, Doodling and Conversation Prompts

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.” ” – Helen Keller. Tis the season to be jolly! Inspire students to write, doodle, sketchnote, and exchange ideas with the holiday and winter themed prompts below. Find resources for visual, video, and augmented reality writing prompts.

How Learning And Teaching Will Change In The Digital Age

EdNews Daily

Op-ed. Personalized learning needs to go away. I could sit here and argue that it needs to go away because companies are trying to replace our most valued resource – teachers – with computers and algorithms that will sterilize learning. I could also easily argue it’s because privatizing education and giving learning data to closed corporations are the biggest mistakes we’ll ever make.

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Does your work net-work?

Battelle for Kids

Sharing our most promising ideas or strategies is great, but often we leave so much of the thinking behind our work invisible thereby severely limiting collaboration. As NTN has explored formal improvement science with our schools, some practical tools have surfaced. These tools provide promising ways of organizing local school improvement work while also making ideas more visible and accessible to others. P21 Blog

Exploring Wealth Inequities: An Experiential Learning Activity

User Generated Education

One of the legacies I want to leave with my students (of all ages) is a desire to engage in global stewardship. For more about this see my post, Empathy and Global Stewardship: The Other 21st Century Skills. As part of my gifted education classes, I am asking my 5th and 6th graders to choose, explore, research, and report via their own Google Sites on one or two of the 17 Global Goals found at The World’s Largest Lesson.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

8 Web Tools for Creating Digital Magazines

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.” ” – Joseph Pulitzer. When I was a child, my father only accepted homemade gifts. My sisters and I spent several days creating various publications with construction paper and markers, including magazines. Now, creating a digital magazine is much easier.

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20+ strategies to strengthen the link with parents at home

Ditch That Textbook

In the end, parents and teachers really do have the same goals. Parents want to see their kids become the best human beings they can be. Teachers want to see that, too. If teachers communicate their efforts toward that — and if parents communicate to teachers — that chain of communication can only benefit everyone. […]. DitchBook Twitter chat ditchbook parent communication parent engagement parent/child conversations positive discussions remind seesaw social media twitter chat

Is it Time for a Fifth C?

Battelle for Kids

In late November I spent three days working at the inaugural Global Education Summit in Beijing. P21 Blog

Empatico-Build Global Awareness in Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every day it seems, the world gets smaller. Studies show that 244 million people worldwide live in a country other than their birthplace. Doesn’t sound like a lot? In fact, it’s a 44% increase from the year 2000.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

9 Web Tools and Apps for Communicating More Effectively with Parents

Teacher Reboot Camp

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. One goal teachers often struggle with is communicating regularly with parents. Sending emails or texts to every parent is time-consuming. Additionally, English might not be their first language. The following free web tools and apps help teachers communicate with parents quickly and often will translate messages into several different languages.

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Sam Patterson on episode 201 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Elementary and primary students can learn to code. For Hour of Code week this week, learn how you can go past the Hour of Code and use coding all year long!

To Move Forward We Need to Let Go

A Principal's Reflections

“ We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.” ― C. JoyBell C. There is nothing easy about change. The process is fraught with many obstacles and challenges.

16 Holiday Websites and 13 Projects For Your Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Need a few websites to fill in sponge time? Here are Holiday websites that will keep students busy while teaching them: 12 Days of Christmas. Christmas puzzles and games. Christmas—history—fun video. Gift Hunt –updated version of 12 Days of Christmas–just as much fun. Holiday Crossword. Holiday Elf Games. Holiday Hangman II. Holiday music II –sing along with the music–the site provides the words. Holiday—find the word. Holiday—Math Facts. Holiday—North Pole Academy.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

15 Web Tools and Apps for Students to Design Games

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Games are an extraordinary way to tap into your most heroic qualities.” ” - Jane McGonigal. Students love playing digital games and research shows that powerful learning can occur with game-based curriculums. This is why the first mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions , has students create video game walkthroughs for their peers.

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Teaching History with Simulations and Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Dave Harms on episode 208 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. History teacher David Harms uses simulations to teach history. Whether it is World War 1, 2, the Cold War or the American Civil War, learn how these immersive “games” teach history much more deeply than most textbooks. We can engage and excite this generation about history. Here’s how. Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool.

Creative Computing

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. It’s Computer Science Education Week , a chance to reflect on the increasingly central role of computing in our lives, workplaces, and schools.

Have Santa Call Your Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa. Imagine the look on your child’s face when they receive a personalized phone call from Santa with his or her name on it!

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

11 Comic Creation Web Tools and Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

“In comics you see the drawing, you see words, you see rhythm, you see the story.” ” - Lorenzo Mattotti. Students enjoy learning with comics and creating them. Comics help students visualize their learning. I’ve gotten students to create comics to illustrate logical fallacies , summarize articles, provide instructions, and express themselves. The frames break up the content into chunks, which helps their brains make sense of the material.

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Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

Enrique Cachafeiro on episode 204 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Several virtual reality options are available for classrooms. Today’s guest, Enrique Cachafeiro talks about the hardware, software options, and future of virtual reality. He also discusses how educators can join the innovators who are crafting and exploring this new education paradigm today. If you’re interested in VR, today’s show is a must listen.

Working memory exercises for students of all ages

Neo LMS

Working memory, sometimes called short-term memory, is the part of your brain’s memory capacity that deals with immediate tasks. Remembering directions, where you saved the document you were just typing, or what you said you’d pick up from the store are all tasks that require effective working memory. It’s especially important for kids to develop strong working memory to help with literacy, social skills, and confidence in the classroom.

What You Might Have Missed in November

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of November: 10 ways to use QR Codes for Hour of Code. 10 Projects to Kickstart Hour of Code. Websites for Hour of Code by Grade. Coding and US Security. 18 Thanksgiving Sites and Apps and 4 Projects for the Holiday. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Lesson expectations prompt card – a free download

EdTech4Beginners

I recently was at a meeting about what a good lesson looks like – but from solely looking at pupils’ work. From the main points of the session, I made a prompt card for my classroom which my pupils (and I!) find really useful: Here’s the high quality PDF if you want to print it: Have You Remembered… Lesson prompt card. Have you got any more tips or ideas? Let me know Tagged: education , learning , teaching , teaching ideas , teaching resources.

In the News: The Problems with FERPA and COPPA

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Schaffhauser, Dian. “ The Problems with FERPA and COPPA in 21st Century Learning.” T.H.E. Journal. 5 December 2017. Doug Levin, president of EdTech Strategies, suggested that the two agencies review their rules from the perspective of school student data security.

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Get inspired by Project Based Learning! 3 Awesome PBL case studies

Neo LMS

We discussed constructivism a while back: in a nutshell constructivist teaching methods hold that students build knowledge through their experiences, rather than through instruction. The key concept is active learning , which dovetails neatly into today’s topic where I will share with you three incredible Project Based Learning (PBL) case studies, that I hope will inspire you to be more ambitious in designing, developing and implementing PBL in your classroom. What is PBL?