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Alec Couros’ 6 Epic Educational Truths

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 193 When you see an accomplished educator like Alec Couros, it is easy to think that he’s always been this way. You might believe that he’s never made mistakes. You might think that everything was perfect from day one. In this conversation, Alec takes us through his educational journey and the truths he’s learned along each step. As we listened to the show, Sylvia Duckworth and I jotted down six epic educational truths. (I

Happy Thanksgiving Week to All!

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I’m taking next week off. I’ll be preparing for my daughter’s holiday visit from her home in DC and my son who’s visiting from El Paso TX (Ft. Bliss–though, now he tells me he may not make it. Argh). I am so excited to see both of them! I’ll be back November 30th. Any emergencies–drop me a line at Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

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Are your students self-directed learners? ?


Are your students self-directed learners? Here we are in the 21st century where students are becoming academically independent. They can learn on their own, oftentimes without the teacher's intervention and most of the time they look for answers on their own. However, not all students are, what I’d like to coin, self-directed learners.

How to Create Engaging Videos for Students With Three Easy Methods

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Teachers often ask us for tips on the easiest way to get started with video creation. Here are three very simple, free tools with no learning curve. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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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.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY about Talking to Children About Terrorism

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 193 How should we be talking to children about terrorism? Did you know children under six shouldn’t be watching the news? Do you know the biggest worries of high schoolers when they hear of terrorism? Child trauma expert Dr. Steven Berkowitz helps parents and teachers understand how we talk to kids of various ages about terrorism. Now is the time to listen to and share this show before Thanksgiving family dinner conversations.

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Is social media an effective tool for learning?


There is this argument on whether social media and learning can coexist, because really, how can the noisy environment of social media become an effective tool for learning? Call it cliché but the first app we usually open on our devices is always Facebook. A status update here, share a post there, Facebook basically owns the majority of our social media life. Everyone who owns an internet-capable device has access to Facebook.

What's on Our EdTech Bookshelf: 15 Books for Educators


There are a handful of edtech reads on our holiday wish list, as well as several old standbys we always recommend to edtech enthusiasts. Sounds like a blog post to me, gang!). Here’s a preview of what books are lining our shelves at Chalkup. All are recommended reads for your Thanksgiving break, or perhaps just some titles to look for if you’re shopping for a techy teacher on Black Friday. Teachers Administrators Inspiration Lifestyle EdTechUpdate

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Project Based Learning: Teaching Students to Be Curators

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 191. What is the secret to effective online project based learning? How can we get kids excited about writing? Nancy White shares how. She reflects upon two big projects. Nancy had one that worked well. She had another one that floundered. What was the difference? Apply Nancy’s principles and have better online writing today. Important Takeaways- Project Based Learning: Teaching Students to Be Great Curators.

How One School Hit the Road with Technology

Digital Promise

Emily is the Project Associate for the VILS initiative at Digital Promise. This fall, each of our 21 Digital Promise Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) rolled out tablet devices to its students and teachers. Device rollout is an exciting time and becomes a huge celebration for the school and the community. Every student and teacher in the VILS project receives a tablet device with a data plan that can be used both in and out of school.

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.

Enabling Social Action in Diverse Classrooms

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 10. Driving Question: How do effective teachers create teachable moments in diverse 21st Century classrooms? Learning to read, write, speak, listen, and count were nice goals for a time that has passed. No more. Today, the most effective teachers link these basics to a bigger goal necessary for this and future generations.

Design Digital Newsletters for Parents

Catlin Tucker

When my daughter began kindergarten, she would come home with notes pinned to her shirt–informationa about upcoming events, permission slips for field trips, and monthly newsletters. I found this incredibly amusing, but I had to admit it was an effective way to get information home to parents when you are dealing with 5-year-olds. As a high school teacher, I often wish I could pin announcements to my students’ clothing or backpacks to ensure they actually make it home to parents.

Top Posts for Teachers This Week

The CoolCatTeacher

News and Trends: Sunday, November 22, 2015 This was a busy week at my school. Kids weren’t too excited to be there but we got so much done anyway. Friday was capped off with sharing with each student something that makes them special. The response was amazing from parents but it was about the students. Every student needs to know they matter. But you can only tell each student how they are unique if you KNOW THEM. You must have a relationship. That is what teaching is about anyway!

When Grading Harms Student Learning


Andrew Miller Assessment Instead of issuing zeros, penalizing late work, and grading formative assessments, teachers should make the classroom a place of hope instead of fear

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.

Getting It Right: What Effective Teachers Tell Us About 21st Century Learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 11. I agree with John King, incoming U.S. Secretary of Education. When asked about his one wish for education, he replied without hesitation—"an effective teacher in every classroom".

Developing a BrandED Strategy

A Principal's Reflections

Here is a reality check for everyone that does not believe in the value of branding in education. Your brand is what stakeholders and others say about you as well as your district/school. Social media has changed the landscape and broadened the concept of branding to education whether you like it or not. Your digital footprint is not only crafted by what you create and post, but also what other people and organizations create and post about you.

3 Learning Experiences You Should Give to Every Student

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 192. Writable surfaces. Movable spaces. Micro environments. Never heard these terms? Our classroom design helps us create learning experiences for students. David Jakes explains modern classroom design. Essential Questions: 3 Learning Experiences You Should Give to Every Student. How can classroom design improve learning? What are cutting edge trends in classroom design? Are there simple, inexpensive ways to improve the classroom? Look at your classroom.

13 ways to connect music and lyrics to class

Ditch That Textbook

Songs can embed themselves deeply in our minds and our memories. Can you remember a specific song that immediately takes you back to a place and time in your past? For me, these three have very vivid memories: When I was moving into the dorms at Indiana State University my freshman year — a wide-eyed [.]. Teaching creative teaching edtech educational technology lyrics music parodies

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Battelle for Kids

We will take this day off and see you with the new theme, Professional Development: Who Owns It? on Monday, November 30. Thanks To all of our authors for their posts and to you, our readers for your interest and support. Thanks to the P21 staff, most notably Lizzette Arias, for her contributions to the Blogazine beyond her many other duties.

EdTech and Screen Time are Awkward Friends


I work in a 1-to-1 school. Every student and teacher has a device used for accessing resources, carrying out learning activities, and communicating and collaborating for academic purposes. My title is Digital Learning Specialist, so I love the tech. But I’m also a mom, so I understand worries about distraction and detachment. When our entire […]. The post EdTech and Screen Time are Awkward Friends appeared first on OnCUE.

Top 10 Education Tweets of the Week: November 21, 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Tweets that Have People Talking Emotions and relating to other humans is reflected in a subtle way on this week’s top education tweets. Teachers are telling kids and each other that they matter. Teachers are talking about making their own music in their classroom. Thanksgiving-themed lesson plans are being shared while many educators gear up for Hour of Code in December (may the force and Minecraft be with you).

4 Math Add ons for Google Docs – from Jennifer Carey


This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. Google Docs is a popular word processing tool. However, many people don’t realize that there are 4 great add-ons for Math that allow teachers and students to harness the power of Google. You can add any of these features to a Google Doc by selecting Add-ons → Get Add-ons. g(Math). g(Math) is a popular tool for Math students and teachers.

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.

I’m Not Racist, But My Kid’s Not Going There [On Segregation]

The Jose Vilson

It starts the same. “I heard what you’re saying about integration and everything, and I agree with you in general …” “Yes?” ” “And I hear you on fighting for all schools and not just mine …” “Mmmhmmm.” ” “And I’m not racist, but I don’t want to take my kids out of a well-resourced school so they can go to a school with gang violence.” ” “Excuse me, what ?”

4 Reasons You Need a Mobile Reading App on Your Smartphone


It’s a great time to be a book lover. Not only are we graced with libraries and bookstores full of all kinds of stories and information, but we also have the vast catalogues of online info and eBooks. Any book you want to find, you can purchase and read within seconds. Many applications exist to help us access and read this information. These apps are available on many devices, including smartphones.

Can You Fix Twitter Counts? (and Why They Are Broken)

The CoolCatTeacher

Social Media Insights Twitter counts on blog posts are broken. Can you fix Twitter counts? Why did this happen? Is Twitter in trouble? Let’s not panic, let’s analyze what has happened and how we can still find Twitter counts on a page (for now.). Although Twitter announced some time ago their plan to get rid of the counts that show how many times a page has been tweeted, they turned off the service on November 20.

How do communities define school success?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Last week in a session at the Iowa Association of School Boards annual conference, we were asked how our communities defined school success. Superintendents and school board members started voicing their mission and vision statements, which sounded quite lofty. I chimed in that, despite our school systems’ rhetoric, the reality for most community members probably was quite different.

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.