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Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Jodie Pierpoint on episode 243 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor.

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300+ Digital Tools Crowdsourced by Educators #LT8Keys

Tom Murray

Simply put, educators are some of the most dynamic, creative, brilliant people on the planet. When we work alone, our effectiveness will be capped at our own potential. When we work together, our brilliance will only be capped by our own egos and pride. So how can we best leverage our collective expertise? Attending a large number of conferences each year, and running a number of Future Ready events, I have the opportunity to work alongside so many educators from coast to coast.

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How to use ‘Green Screen’ / ‘Chroma Key’ tech to look inside the human body!


Our new class topic is called ‘iDoctor’ – in a nutshell: human biology with a STEAM focus. I decided to ask the children to use ‘Green Screen’ / ‘Chroma Key’ technology to look inside the human body! How do you do it? First, get to grips with using ‘Green Screen’ / ‘Chroma Key’ – it’s really easy.

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Learning Beyond the Classroom

Catlin Tucker

The discussion about learning and what constitutes “good learning” is almost always couched in the context of a classroom. Yet today’s students have more access to information and resources beyond the classroom than any prior generation. They can jump online and watch a video tutorial to learn how to do something that interests them. They can explore the globe with Google Earth, go on a virtual tour of the Louvre or the MoMA, or tinker, build, and create in the comfort of their homes.

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.

5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Daugherty on episode 245 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Today, we discuss five options for filtering and why it is something parents should discuss with IT Director Mike Daugherty from Ohio. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here.

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10 Edtech Tools to Try in 2018


The EdTech industry continues to grow with new products. These edtech products are available to educators and school administrators. Each one can make a big difference in your teaching and your students learning. Do you want to introduce a new product in the classroom? Here’s a complete list of must-try Edtech Resources and Technology Tools for Teachers: BOOK CREATOR. Insert Video: [link]. Any student can create, publish, and share online books using Book Creator.

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The Voice Typing Challenge: Save time, get things done

Ditch That Textbook

We talk faster than we type. Using voice typing (dictation) can save us tons of time in the classroom. Learn how and take the challenge!I I had a project recently that was going to require a lot of sitting and typing. But I was stuck in the car and couldn't get started on it.I knew that […]. Ed Tech dictation edtech educational technology effectiveness efficiency productivity speech to text voice typing

The Power of the iPad: Using Tablet Tech to Improve Student Performance

Battelle for Kids

Integrating iPad tablets into the classroom is becoming commonplace in schools all across the country. Statistics show that from as early as kindergarten all the way up to medical school , utilizing iPads for coursework and lessons make students more efficient learners. P21 Blog

Cikumas–an LMS that’s easy to understand

Ask a Tech Teacher

Swiss-based Cikumas makes the creation and implementation of virtual classrooms quick, intuitive, and without the steep learning curve that so often accompanies LMSs (Learning Management Systems). The minimalist nature of this ecosystem makes it easy for students to complete their work and teachers to engage with them.

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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).

Rhode Coder and Data Navigators: Helping Adult Learners Gain Coding and Computer Science Skills

Digital Promise

A recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than applicants who can fill them. This nationwide technical talent shortage has drawn the attention of many and spurred various efforts to address it. The majority of these efforts, bootcamps for example, require significant financial resources or, in the case of coding and computer science programs in K-12 schools, a supportive educational environment.

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Why the Truth Matters: The Shocking Lie that Killed 30,000 People

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 29 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. In May 1902, the island of Martinique was in the throes of a hotly contested election. There was another hot thing on the island — the local volcano, Mount Pelée. Locals could see the smoke and fire coming out of the volcano and started to worry.*.

Blended learning with G Suite (GTT040)

Ditch That Textbook

Many classrooms are coming into the digital age, but that doesn’t mean that face-to-face interaction has lost its value. In fact, when they’re both used together, fantastic, engaging learning can happen. That’s the beauty of blended learning: a combination of in-person, face-to-face activities and digital learning. G Suite has plenty of options for making this […].

Let’s Celebrate World Read-aloud Day (#WorldReadAloudDay)

Ask a Tech Teacher

On Feb. 1, 2018, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages. Created by LitWorld , past years have found more than 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school as part of classroom activities , or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another.

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.

Making Math a Family Thing

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Recently overheard in a preschool classroom: Child 1: 100 is big. . Child 2: Infinity is really big. . Child 3: Infinity is counting forever. . Child 2: Zero means nothing. . Child 1: People who are 100 hit their heads on the ceiling. As this conversation suggests, little children have some big ideas about math (as well as some misconceptions).

When Lonely Leadership is the Price of Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 25 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. After writing about mountain climbing last week, I began wondering when climbing mountains might not be a good idea. So, Kip and I watched the movie Everest over the weekend. Now, I warn you, if you want to see the movie, don’t read further as it contains some spoilers. The Deadly 1996 Everest Expedition that Killed 12 People.

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Introducing game design into the modern classroom


The American Optometric Association found that 79% of children use some form of technology for up to 4 hours a day. The 21st century child is growing up surrounded by computers, laptops, smartphones and other electronics. Children are capable and comfortable with using the latest technology, more so than most adults, and the benefits of doing so are quickly being discovered.

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169 Tech Tip #102: Doc Saved Over? Try This

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #102–Doc Saved Over? Try This. Category: Google Apps. Sub-category: MS Office, Problem-solving. Q: My students often save a blank document over their document.

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.

To Fail Forward You Need to Believe in Yourself

A Principal's Reflections

" Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." - Henry A. Ford I was never one to embrace the mindset that failing at anything was good for you. For the most part, my educational experiences kept me in a box where success was determined by the destination, not the journey. Grades and marks were the main indicators of how well I did and with a few exceptions, the learning process focused on a linear path.

Why Do We Climb? Face Your Fears. Climb to New Heights of Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 24 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Why do we climb when we cannot stay upon the mountain? Why do we love when we know that the other person or we will be parted in death? Why do we love colleagues when we know one of us will retire or go first? Why do we aspire for great achievements when we know that, if we are honest, we know that another will come along one day and wrest away whatever title we attain?

The Composition of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Aside from my family, Drew Brees, and my work in education, I have another great passion - photography. I fell in love with cameras and editing photos when I first set foot in a darkroom in high school. Up until that point, I would look at a picture and judge its impact based on my own personal interest or something of beauty that I saw in the photo.

What You Might Have Missed in January

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of January: 10 Options for Polls and Forms in Your Class. Keyboarding 101. What is a Growth Mindset? Technology and Writing: A Conversation with Vicki Davis. Remote Learning: Tips for Thriving in This Ecosystem. Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom. Virtual Reality in the Classroom: It’s Easy to Get Started. 2 Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans and a Book. Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide.

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!

Teacher Tips: Handling a Helicopter Parent


In a previous blog post I spoke about helicopter parenting , and we explored some actual research about what some of the impacts of an overbearing parenting style can be. Over and above placing strain on both the children’s and parent’s lives, I’m sure many teachers will concur that helicopter parents can have a draining and often times damaging impact on a teacher’s life, affecting the all-important relationship teachers need to have with parents.

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Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move

The CoolCatTeacher

Suzanne Creswell on episode 244 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving.

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School Websites are Bad, Just Not How You Think

Doug Levin

New Study of School Websites Reveals Widespread Online Security and Privacy Issues. According to a new study released today by EdTech Strategies, Tracking: EDU – Education Agency Website Security and Privacy Practices , state and local education agency websites were found to lack important security and privacy protections for students, families, and educators.

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Big, moonshot-sized ideas for changing classrooms and schools

Ditch That Textbook

In the midst of the chaos of our educator lives, it’s hard to find time to think big. Lesson plans. Grading. Emails. Meetings. When do we get the opportunity to dream, to cook up crazy-big ideas that can really change the course of our students’ lives — and our community, or maybe even the world? […].

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.

Sleepless in Seattle: Personalizing Learning In The Pacific Northwest

Education Elements

It is an exciting trend that educational agencies across the United States are launching regional initiatives to create deep, enduring models of personalized learning in an effort to adopt a new vision of public education that addresses our nation’s diversifying student body. One such agency is the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) near Seattle, Washington.

Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Kristen Mattson on episode 242 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Digital citizenship education doesn’t work in a lecture format. Dr. Kristen Mattson, author of Digital Citizenship in Action talks about how they’ve integrated digital citizenship into all of their courses at her school and how you can too.

Patterns of Innovation: Student Agency More Ways than One

Battelle for Kids

In just a few months P21 will welcome 400 educators from around the world to our Patterns of Innovation conference in Napa. P21 Blog