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Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More

The CoolCatTeacher

Greg Smedley on episode 232 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Greg Smedley Warren @kindersmorgie shares his tips and tricks for using technology in kindergarten. It should be simple.

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5 Ways to Amplify Student Voice Using Technology


Post by Instructor: Mason Mason. Follow him on Twitter @EdTechMason.

Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together

Ditch That Textbook

Video calls can get your students connected to others just like them around the country and world! Here's how to do it using Skype, Google Hangouts and others. Graphic by Matt Miller with )It's a big, big world out there, and it's easier than ever to reach out to someone.Does your class reflect that?We We have […].

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Bullis Charter School Students Engage in Global Climate Change Work

Battelle for Kids

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.

How to Keep Disappointment from Derailing Our Dreams

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 13 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Disappointment comes to us all. We believe in someone and are betrayed. Or we apply for a job and it doesn’t happen. Someone makes a promise and they break that promise.

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Teaching Together for Change

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. While 21st-century pedagogy puts group projects and collaborative learning at center stage for students, these cooperative habits have not yet assumed such a prominent role for teachers. But collaboration among teachers — and a desire for that teamwork — is growing, with positive repercussions across schools. A new paper by Susan Moore Johnson , Stefanie K.

Deeper Dialogue around Digital Distractions

Where Learning Clicks

Digital distractions are happening more and more in classrooms around the country, so we discuss ways to work to prevent them with your students. The post Deeper Dialogue around Digital Distractions appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran on episode 231 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia over the past several years as the state moved from testing to transformation.

Three Simple #Productivity Tips #edchat #edtech #edtechchat #pomodoro


At my school, we are spending the month of January talking about Seeking Balance in our Advisory program. I had the chance to share some simple productivity tips with students as one of the activities. I chose to keep things simple with the following — #1: Close Tabs to Avoid Distraction.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Music for the classroom


I can never find suitable music to play in the classroom. It has to be calming, good for concentration, and contain no lyrics. I decided to compile a playlist on Spotify. Click this link to find the playlist: [link]. Just click follow to save it.

What Oberlin reveals about higher ed’s vulnerable business model

The Christensen Institute

Oberlin College, in Oberlin, Ohio, boasts a nearly $800 million endowment and is ranked 26th by US News & World Report. And if you are lucky enough to be admitted to the highly selective school, tuition, room, and board can be yours for just a hair under $70,000 per year. Despite what may, at first blush, seem like an elite school with oodles of wealth, Oberlin is in financial straits.

Are you a Leaner or a Lifter?

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 15 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As my students and I were watching a John Maxwell video yesterday, he quoted this poem which hit me between the eyes. I’m asking myself: do I intentionally lift or do I lean.

Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines


Over the past several decades public education has shifted to focus on literacy and math learning, largely due to high stakes tests measuring those two elements of school.

Diversity at the front of the classroom could mean more diversity among future scientists

The Hechinger Report

Woodrow Wilson High School students in Camden, N.J., see a rich orange flame in a chemistry lab that digs into atomic structure of elements. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report.

A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works)


If you buy it, you better use it. That especially holds true for K-12 school officials who altogether spend more than $8.3 billion on education software each year, according to estimates from the Software and Information Industry Association. Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used.

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Setting Appropriate Expectations for Success

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 17 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some people don’t have realistic expectations for life.

7 Tips on How to Make Lessons More Engaging and Fun


The ideas here have certainly been shared on the site before, but I thought a fresh look at them might be helpful, as many of us continue to look for ideas to spark the new year and bring more. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Three quarters of U.S. public school spending cuts restored

The Hechinger Report

A majority of recessionary budget cuts to education have been restored. National Center for Education Statistics, National Spending for Public Schools Increases for Second Consecutive Year in School Year 2014-15.

Will Online Ever Conquer Higher Ed?


The latest data on the nation’s college and university enrollment shows that online is steadily climbing its way up to more than a third of the student population—as face-to-face continues to plummet. That’s a surprising turn in the long-time arc of academic population growth. If online weren’t in the picture, on-campus enrollments, as reported in the most recent U.S. Department of Education 2016 results, would have fallen by more than 1.5

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Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree on episode 233 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. But that’s not all. She’s also started the Cultivate World Literacy Project and more.

10 Learning Lessons From Albert Einstein

TeachThought - Learn better.

10 Lessons About Learning From Albert Einstein by TeachThought Staff Just because a person is smart doesn’t make them a great teacher, and why that’s true is an interesting topic for another day. In the last century, few intellectuals have been larger influences that Albert Einstein. In fact, because of the significance of his work […]. The post 10 Learning Lessons From Albert Einstein appeared first on TeachThought. Learning

Teaching kids how battles about race from 150 years ago mirror today’s conflicts

The Hechinger Report

Students at a Washington, D.C. middle school work on a Reconstruction lesson. Photo: Rick Reinhard for The Hechinger Report.

Digital goes horizontal: challenges in the cultural sector

Perry Hewitt

Loic Tallon, Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, makes a compelling case that digital is a horizontal function — a collective responsibility that transcends the work of any single, dedicated department.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray on episode 235 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology.

Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand

TeachThought - Learn better.

Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand by TeachThought Staff Whole Child Learning is a thing; Whole Teaching should be a thing too, no? Here at TeachThought, Jackie Gerstein’s usergeneratededucation is at the top of our reading list, in large part for her thinking about the human side of formal education. Much of our […]. The post Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Experienced Teacher

New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

The Hechinger Report

The “Great Dome” on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is hosting an experimental program to recruit physicists, engineers, chemists, linguists, biologists, neuroscientists and other experts and train them to be primary and secondary school teachers.

Pass That Test! 18 Test Taking Resources and Strategies!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“… these tests are unable to measure all of what it is that makes you the valued person who you are.” – Principal Len Christie.

To the Woods

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 12 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As soon as we got home, we threw our shoes into our closets, put on our cutoff bluejean shorts and halter tops and ran out the back door, the screen door slamming behind us.

The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning contributed by Nigel Coutts Ed note: This has been updated from a previous post Part 1 of this 2-part series can be seen here; note that some of the language has been slightly revised from the original post by Nigel. He uses the term passion projects, […]. The post The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Models Teaching Experienced Teacher Genius Hour

4 K-12 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Analytics, virtual reality, makerspaces and digital citizenship top the minds of education experts for the year. Business Intelligence Classroom Data Analytics Digital Citizenship Hardware Internet STEM Virtual Reality