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Don’t Chase the Cat: Determining When Interruptions Are Worthwhile

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 5 Challenge of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Interruptions can come in all forms. Some interruptions are worthwhile. Others are not. I was interrupted three times today with people asking for password resets. No fun. But I was also interrupted by a child who needed to have a life-changing conversation. It wasn’t necessarily fun, but it was meaningful and important. This post is day five of 80 days of excellence.

The World’s Largest Lesson: Global Goals Activities

User Generated Education

I have a strong belief that education should assist learners in developing the desire and skills for global stewardship. I discussed this in my post, Empathy and Global Stewardship: The Other 21st Century Skills [link]. Learners, grades 5 and 6, in my gifted class do the global goals projects one hour per week. What follows are some of the activities they have done. Introducing and Choosing the Goals.

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The Waze of Great Leadership

Tom Murray

Being one who travels virtually every week, I often find myself in remote locations, driving to hotels I’ve never seen, in a town I’ve never been. Upon landing at the closest airport, I’ll typically grab my carry-on luggage, proceed down an escalator, and if my destination is too far for an Uber, I’ll find the closest Hertz Car Rental. Years ago, I would have been carrying state maps, an atlas, or asking at the desk for directions before leaving.

Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity

Ditch That Textbook

This post is co-authored by Ditch That Textbook’s Matt Miller and Laura Steinbrink. Laura is a high school English teacher and tech coach from Plato, Missouri. Check out her blog, Rockin’ the Boat, at rockintheboat.wordpress.com. If you are like me (Laura), you are constantly searching for a new, fresh activity to help connect your students […].

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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.

8 Cool Resources for Students to Use to Conduct Interviews

Teacher Reboot Camp

“There’s only one interview technique that matters… Do your homework so you can listen to the answers and react to them and ask follow-ups.” ” – Jim Lehrer. Our learners are inundated with news and information on a daily basis. In order for students to make sense of all this information and evaluate what is true they need to develop a critical eye. Part of this critical eye is learning how to gather knowledge from reputable sources.

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Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

My advanced degree is in counseling. I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. One of the most powerful learnings from my training as a counselor was a comment I heard at a conference, Counselors need to be purveyors of hope since many clients get in trouble and/or seek counseling due to a lack of hope. I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in).

Podcasting Equipment Setup and Software I use on the 10-Minute Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

A Behind the scenes peek at the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’ve been asked about the podcasting equipment setup and software that we use on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast. After 220 episodes in one year and over 430K downloads, we’ve settled on a configuration we like. In this post, I’ll share the setup and help you get started. Just today, teacher Eric Walters from Marymount emailed me about the setup I use.

Two Words to Inspire My Students This Year: Try and Stun!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I teach college freshmen and soon will meet a new batch of learners. Students who take my class are preparing themselves for their official Freshman English class. This means my students didn’t receive strong scores on their reading and writing exams. I believe reading, writing, and learning is tied to engagement and interest. Everyone can read, write, and learn and likes to but many need don’t like to do any of this in school.

Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs. But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time. Starting last year, I sought out your opinions: how dependable is it. how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers.

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).

How To Become An Edupreneur: The Top 5 Voices You Need To Follow

EdNews Daily

An edupreneur is an entrepreneur who works within in the education sector. Edupreneurs are usually mission-driven and live for bringing to light positive impact. They can be found building new education organizations and businesses, developing the latest edtech tools, running new schools, and giving keynote speeches around the world. They lead with a 21st-century education mindset and are known globally inside and outside of the classroom.

Into the Rhythm

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. In an ELA classroom’s scramble to cover all requirements — novels and short stories, grammar and vocabulary, expository and creative writing — poetry can get pushed to the sidelines. Teachers and students alike can assume poetry is dense, bewildering, and unnecessary. But engaging young people with poetry today may be easier than it seems.

8 Great Ways to Develop Relationships

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 3 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Why is it surprising that we need people? “As iron sharpens iron, so one person can sharpen another.” ” ( Proverbs 27:17 ) But it can be so hard to make friends. I admit, before I was bullied terribly starting in fifth grade, I had lots of friends and trusted people. Since then, I don’t trust as easily.

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3D Printing News Briefs: January 5, 2018

Ask a Tech Teacher

Welcome to 2018, and the new year’s first edition of 3D Printing News Briefs – the 3D printing industry doesn’t stop for anything, not even midnight celebrations. We’ll kick. View the entire article via our website.

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.

3 Ways Leaders Can Support Ongoing Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

When I was leading an Instructional Technology program, one of the hurdles my team had to overcome was the lack of involvement from our leadership on the professional development we were delivering. In the feedback we would get from teachers we would hear that the learning was good, but that their Principal, AP, Curriculum Director, whom ever, didn’t know what they were learning, or why they were learning it.

New Year Leadership Challenge 1: Same-age grouping

Dangerously Irrelevant

[Instead of just challenge-based learning , how about challenge-based leadership?]. Sir Ken Robinson said in Creative Schools : The principle of linearity works well for manufacturing; it doesn’t for people. Educating children by age group assumes that the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture. In practice, different students learn at different rates in different disciplines. A child with natural ability in one area may struggle in another.

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5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

Richard Byrne on episode 225 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows. In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department.

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B2B Social Media Trends We are Going to See in 2018

Ask a Tech Teacher

Social media has been around for some time now. Twitter launched 11 years ago, LinkedIn 14 years ago, Facebook 13 years ago — and you know what? They are still as relevant as ever. Companies across the globe continue to use social media as a vital part of their marketing strategy — creating content to connect and engage their audience. Marketers have found their stride on social media, and B2B activity on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms has increased significantly in the past year.

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.

It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…

CUE

Happy New Year!! This day is often a time for retrospection and planning forward. People create lists of things they want to accomplish in the coming year. There is hope, there is renewal…but is there actual change? I know that I, for one, never do well with New Year’s Resolutions. There is always some obstacle, detour, roadblock as to why I can’t start or follow through with something. So I challenge myself and you, to look beyond New Year’s.

In the News…2018

Tom Murray

Flexible Classroom Design: How to Create a Student-Centered Learning Environment, PlanBook , Link. EduTalk Radio w/Tom Murray, EduTalkRadio , Link. The Great EdTech Communicator, EdTechDigest , Link. Exclusive Podcast and Mindshare Learning Moment with Thomas C. Murray, MindShare Learning Technology , Link. 10 Fantastic Teaching and Education Blogs to Follow, Tutorfair , Link. El Buen Liderazgo Se Ejerce Por Accion [Spain], Tiching , Link.

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Today’s Challenge: Focus on Where You Are

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 4 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I wish my phone had three “do not disturb” settings. One is the regular, turn everything off except those few important family members. From 8 pm to 7 am, that is on now. However, I think many of us have a problem focusing both at work and at home. So, I wish that I had a “work only” mode for my phone and that all social media would be blocked.

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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!

?What Studying Education Taught Me in 2017—And Where Tech Can Take Us This Year

Edsurge

I’ve developed somewhat of a complex in the last year being a college student with an interest in the education system. As a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, the more I dive into conversations and debates around pedagogy, the more I find myself thinking about how I am experiencing or witnessing the problems that I want to help solve. In 2017, this was especially true while taking a computer science course on data structures and algorithms.

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Fake News about the Future of Education

Doug Levin

I’ve been at this technology in education thing for a long time – much of it as an analyst and researcher, some of it as a (pretty good) policy advocate. I’ve been funded by industry and provided advice to investors and brands. I’ve received support from some of the most prominent philanthropies funding in the space, and I’ve even been paid by the federal government to help them craft (and market) their educational technology plans to Congress and the states.

What To Do When Students Come to You Unprepared and Other Reflections

The CoolCatTeacher

Reflect, Reset, Refocus and Reach in 2018 with Patrick Holt on episode 200 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As Thomas Paine recommends we must “smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” In today’s show we discuss how teachers should respond when students come to us unprepared and other reflections on teaching with International Educator Patrick Holt.

Time savers for teachers: A more efficient you!

Ditch That Textbook

Time is always a factor for teachers. Looking for some time-management, productivity ideas to get more done? Look no further. Public domain image via Pixabay.com)It's something we're always looking for as teachers. Something always holding us back.Time. We never seem to have enough of it. If we had more of it, we could get more […].

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.

Why Can’t We Have These Predictions for 2018?

Education Elements

I’ve mentioned to a few people that I’m having my education mid-life crisis. After almost 20 years in education, I’ve seen various initiatives, software solutions, and programs come and go. Hundreds of millions are spent each year trying to move the needle, yet we continue to get similar results. It isn’t without the sweat, blood, and tears of all the educators in the country that work so hard. Personalized Learning Leaders Competency-Based Education School Districts Classrooms

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Neo LMS

Welcome to NEO Blog 2018! This year you can look forward to ever-more interesting news and views on the hot ed-tech and e-learning topics currently doing the rounds of academics, pedagogic experts and teachers across the globe. Today we launch right in with a topic that is on the minds and hearts of many teachers – the “digital divide”; that silent, pernicious socioeconomic gap between students that have and students that do not have access to technology.

How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project Case Study

The CoolCatTeacher

Mark Wise on episode 223 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A district is assessing itself with a massive project for 800 eighth graders. No grades. Just learning and sharing. Despite worries that it wouldn’t work – it has been working for years and is just getting better. Learn about the Global Challenge Project with Mark Wise. Jennifer Gonzalez is updating her Teachers Guide to Technology for 2018.