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Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Voglesang on episode 209 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero , she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom.

10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Screencast Videos

Teacher Reboot Camp

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” ” – David Warlick. Creating a video of one’s screen (screencasting) is a powerful way to demonstrate knowledge. Our students can create how-to videos to teach others how to use favorite web tools or to demonstrate a process.

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7 Ways to Build Trust with Your School Community #LT8keys

Tom Murray

If serving is below you, leadership is beyond you. – Unknown. In many schools, the community,—particularly parents—feels left in the dark. Within their own walls, schools often work diligently to communicate the latest initiatives, results, and grading practices, or they discuss things such as the Common Core State Standards.

Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Schools continue to make investments in technology to engage students better, improve outcomes, and prepare all learners for the new world of work. We are beginning to see more and more innovative uses of technology not just to personalize, but also to make the learning process more personal. When a solid pedagogical foundation is in place, the stage is set to challenge students to demonstrate thinking and learning in ways that we could never have imagined a few short years ago.

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.

Ten Skills Teachers Need to Support English Learners

Digital Promise

As more schools and districts explore curriculum focused on college and career readiness, expectations on what learners should be able to do across content areas are rapidly changing. While older curriculum standards were typically concerned with curricular breadth, current standards prioritize depth, focusing on deep understanding of underlying disciplinary concepts and the multiple ways they lend themselves to problem-solving.

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Using Kahoot! and others the way your brain craves

Ditch That Textbook

We use tech tools like Kahoot! in the classroom all the time. When we pair them with brain science strategies, they can be even more powerful. Sketch by Matt Miller)Sure, you might think. I use Kahoot! and G Suite and others in the classroom all the time. They're great.But are you using them the way […].

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Tom Loud on episode 212 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. Somehow, he connected with books though and became a high school and college graduate. Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways.

What Are Education Innovation Clusters, and What Were They Up To in 2017?

Digital Promise

It has been an eventful year for Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters). EdClusters are tackling new projects and building new partnerships. They are designing solutions to local challenges and sharing them across regions. They are piloting new tools and evaluating their impact. At Digital Promise, we’ve supported this powerful network of EdClusters in several ways — from working groups to research designs to convenings. What are EdClusters?

8 Apps and Web Tools That’ll Get You Talking and Laughing

Teacher Reboot Camp

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.” ” – Dr. Seuss. Humor is an effective way to reach students, especially if they struggle with understanding difficult concepts or theories. Humor can also help students pay attention to boring or routine facts and drills. One way to add some humor to your lessons is by getting students to use web tools and apps which get them to animate drawings or images with talking mouths.

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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).

Rock these creative Google Slides templates in class (GTT034)

Ditch That Textbook

It’s nice to have some ideas to help kickstart our creative thinking when it comes to using Google Slides in non-traditional ways. That’s where Ryan O’Donnell can help. He’s a technology TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and former social studies teacher from Rocklin, California. Ryan has created some amazing Google Slides templates that you can […].

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New Year, New Mindset

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every year, I make New Year resolutions and ignore them. I don’t promise to fulfill them. I don’t even check my progress and revise as needed. I make-and-forget, check it off the New Year’s To Do list and move on. This year, I’m trying something different: resolutions that aren’t quantified, that won’t take extra time from my too-busy schedule. Resolutions that will, instead, are more about my teaching mindset.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE 4CS

Battelle for Kids

The Skills for Today Research series is jointly produced by Pearson and P21. Each paper summarizes what is currently known about teaching and assessing one of the 4Cs: Collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Our partnership on this series signifies a commitment to helping educators, policymakers, and employers understand how best to support students in developing the skills needed to succeed in college, career, and life. P21 Blog

8 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Animated Character Videos

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” – Walt Disney. Students love creating short films where they create the dialogue and animate the characters. Not only do students learn how to write a script, but they also have to think about the props, music, background, and other elements.

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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.

How to connect EVERY educator to awesome professional learning

Ditch That Textbook

For me, professional development has often meant sitting through a staff-wide meeting about topics with limited interest and little time to practice hands-on. That kind of professional learning stinks. Thankfully, we have TONS of options for fun, hands-on, relevant professional learning — on our own terms. How can find this kind of professional learning — […].

Feeling Thankful? Any Spare Holiday Spirit?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher is a small group of tech-ed teachers with a big goal: provide free and affordable resources to anyone, anywhere that integrate technology into education. It’s an ambitious goal and we rely on donations from readers like you to make that happen. Use the PayPal Donate button below or in the sidebar of Ask a Tech Teacher (aka, Structured Learning LLC–our publisher): About this time of each year, when several of our larger bills come due, we give a shout out for help.

Support Students to Be Accountable for Learning

MiddleWeb

Giving students a full share of accountability for learning requires significant school leadership, say Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn. The goal: require students to demonstrate understanding by successfully completing key tests and assignments. Articles Student Accountability Barbara R. Blackburn Instant Credit Recovery Model parent resistance principals Ron Williamson school leaders student accountability understanding of content

10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Avatars

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Identity will be the most valuable commodity for citizens in the future, and it will exist primarily online.” ” – Eric Schmidt. One of the first steps for participating in any social network or online community is creating a digital image of ourselves, an avatar. We often have several avatars across many social networks. Some look like us and others are symbols or graphical representations of us.

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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.

Contextualized Learning Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Contextualized learning, the idea that some students learn better in a hands-on, real world context, has gained traction recently among adult educators. Resources to support contextualized learning are often difficult to find, however. In this webinar, Dr. Patricia Erwin from Kentucky Educational Television (KET) showcases a set of workplace resources developed by KET and available for free on PBS LearningMedia.

An amazing 3D scanning app

EdTech4Beginners

I recently discovered Qlone (pronounce clone). It is an amazing tech tool for the classroom. Have a look at this video tutorial on how to set it up: How could you use it in the classroom? Saving pupils’ artwork such as sculptures. 3D manipulation: scan in objects, and challenge children to change colours and edit the appearance (exporting the scan to a program like Blender would work best). In a maths lesson, 3D shapes could be scanned, and children could label the properties.

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Part II: Does your work net-work?

Battelle for Kids

In part one of this blog series, we shared our most promising ideas or strategies on ways to organize local school improvement work. In review, the following chart summarizes the tools we included to support school improvement work. P21 Blog

3 Things Great Teachers Do

The CoolCatTeacher

Joe Fatheree on episode 207 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do. He shares his observations and also his hopes for improving the profession. This encore episode is the number fourteen episode of 2017 on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

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!

Stereotypes Can Hold Boys Back in School, Too

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. By age six, girls are less likely than boys to view their own gender as brilliant and express interest in activities described as for “really, really smart” children, according to new research published in Science. Many major media outlets reported these findings.

On This Episode of Mythbusters: Personalized Does Not Mean Digital

Education Elements

If Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters looked deep into the world of personalized learning, they would quickly note that one of the biggest misconceptions schools and teachers have is that personalization equals technology. I was in high school prior to the advent of Facebook, the iPhone, the Chromebook, and the popularization of blogs (ironic, given the medium of this article), and to this day, my most personalized educational experiences happened as a high school senior.

Beyond Band Aids: How Do We Heal Education?

CUE

Ed note: This blog was co-authored by David Culberhouse, Jon Corippo, and Cori Orlando. “Is that quick fix, that Band-Aid, what is needed for truly sustainable change? It’s time for a new conversation, time for a different plan of action…we need to look deeper than the surface wound.”- ”- Orlando, Culberhouse, Corippo. Urgency. The time to create educational change is now, it isn’t an option.

Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books

The CoolCatTeacher

Brett Bigham on episode 208 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Autistic children can struggle with unfamiliar places. However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places.

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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.

After net neutrality: how should educators respond?

Bryan Alexander

On December 14th, 2017, the United States FCC ended its policy of net neutrality. I’ve been writing about this topic for some time ( on balkanization ; on EDUCAUSE ; on Internet2 ; on ISTE and NMC ; on zero rating ) and now would like to pick up on one emergent theme. How should the education world respond to the demise of net neutrality? What are our possible strategies? First I’ll list options and their advantages. Next, reasons not to act will appear at the end of this post.

My article for a joint project between TES and the British Council

EdTech4Beginners

I recently wrote an article for a joint project between the Times Educational Supplement and the British Council. It featured a wide range of teaching strategies and ideas for language teachers to use in their lessons. Click here to access the full article. Tagged: language teacher , languages , mfl , teaching , teaching ideas , teaching languages. education language teacher languages mfl teaching teaching ideas teaching languages

CUE’d Up with Sarah Thomas – Episode 1 featuring #AdaKat

CUE

This week on. Adam Juarez and Kat Goyette. There’s Something About #AdaKat… Adam is a Technology Coach in Cutler Orosi Joint Unified School District. He is a Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2, Google Certified Trainer and AppsEvents Admin 1 &2 certifications. He has been in education since 2003 and was a 2017 CUE Leroy Finkel Fellowship Finalist. He has also presented at ISTE. Katherine is an Educational Technology & Integrated Studies Consultant in Tulare County.

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