Sat.Feb 13, 2016 - Fri.Feb 19, 2016

6 Ways Awesome Administrators Help New Teachers Face the First Year with a Smile

The CoolCatTeacher

Leadership and Support of the New Teaching Professional From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The first year is the toughest. Pretty much every teacher will tell you that. It is when the students will try you.

Future-Focused Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Dr. Bill Daggett , Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Dr. Guy Sconzo , Superintendent of Humble ISD in Humble, TX.

Learning Targets and Student-Led Conferences More Pathways to Communication

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 7. Driving Question: How does a 21st century classroom communicate student outcomes?

A Conversation about Keyboarding, Methods, Pedagogy, and More

Ask a Tech Teacher

Bill Morgan and I have engaged in several months of spirited conversation about keyboarding, pre-keyboarding, and how it can best serve students. Bill is the brilliant creator of Keyboarding Arts and the giant floor keyboard for classrooms.

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 Any Teacher Can Use Lee Sheldon’s Multiplayer Classroom Model

The CoolCatTeacher

Powerful Pedagogies for Every Teaching Professional From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Star Trek script writer and professional game author Lee Sheldon has designed his entire college course as a game.

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Communication With Parents: More Than A Grade

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 9. Driving Question: What if I do more than share grades with parents? I recently met with two parents and their son. It was a conference to discuss how he was doing in class and what they could do at home to help.

Using the iPad for Writing in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. -F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve always believed we learn to write by writing. My students have a lot to say, but often have difficulty finding topics to write about.

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Make Every Monday #MatteringMonday and Help Kids Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

Start the School Week of With What Matters: Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mondays are hard for (almost) everyone. What if we started the week with reminding students how much they and their work matters?

From Tech Newbie to Ninja to Sensei

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates. Recently, I conducted a webinar for SimpleK12’s technology day, Technophobe to Technoninja. I had a fun time creating the presentation, The Tech Ninja Guide , which is full of tips for integrating technology effectively.

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Four Ways Teachers Can Stay Connected With Their Student’s Parents Using Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Learner Empowerment

User Generated Education

A major theme during the Educon 2.8 conference in Philadelphia during the last week of January, 2016, was learner empowerment. Here is a Storify of tweets about empowerment from the conference: https://storify.com/jackiegerstein/what-conditions-are-necessary-for-empowerment-in-s.

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Riveting Ways to Engage Girls in STEM, Achieve High Test Scores

The CoolCatTeacher

How to reach every learner every day from a teacher who is doing it From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Physics can be taught with a total project based learning approach and have high test scores. Teacher Ben Owens demonstrates this every day.

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Real projects. Real responsibility. Real contributions.

Dangerously Irrelevant

In 2009, the Blue Valley Schools in Kansas launched their Center for Advanced Professional Studies. Unlike traditional trade or vocational schools that historically have prepared students for ‘blue collar’ jobs, the CAPS model immerses students in ‘white collar’ professional settings.

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.

7 Innovative Writing Methods for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Knowledge is meant to be shared. That’s what writing is about–taking what you know and putting it out there for all to see. When students hear the word “writing”, most think paper-and-pencil, maybe word processing, but that’s the vehicle, not the goal.

Sticky note inspiration: What kids REALLY need

Ditch That Textbook

Think back to what got you into education in the first place. A specific content area or a bent toward a certain age level might have helped you find your place in the education world. But I’ll bet it didn’t get you into education all together.

How to Teach Students Discussion Forums

The CoolCatTeacher

An Essential 21st Century Literacy From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Discussion forums and threaded conversation are a basic digital literacy. I teach these using Reddit and the Wikispaces discussion forum.

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Project-based learning in Northwest Iowa

Dangerously Irrelevant

Many schools in Iowa are trying to find small chunks of time that allow students to engage in some inquiry- or project-based learning. These might be class-level projects, teacher-led exploratories, or student-led ‘genius hours.’

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

5 Tech Tools That Motivate Every Reader

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love having guest posts on Ask a Tech Teacher because I always learn a lot. In this case, efriend and fellow educator, Jessica Sanders from WhooosReading.org , shares her favorite tools for kick-starting readers.

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Personalizing the learning experience

Neo LMS

Each student has an individual way of learning and their own pace when it comes to addressing different subjects. Wouldn't it be wonderful if teachers could meet all individual learning needs for each student? It definitely would! A personalized learning approach would come with a shift of perspective, changing the focus from the educational system to the students, giving the latter more control over their learning experience and connecting learning with their interests, talents and passions.

How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

The CoolCatTeacher

The two types of calendars every collaborative project needs From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Want to see students excited? Want to see them run to class? I’ll never forget the time we skyped with Govinda and his students in Nepal.

Two Students Take the Lead with Technology

Digital Promise

The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative gives students an opportunity to take ownership of their own learning. These schools are using technology to enhance learning in exciting new ways. Classroom lessons are changing and becoming more innovative and personalized.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Dear Otto: Can We Eliminate Blogs–Teachers Hate Them!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

Learning Targets and Student-Led Conferences Part II

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 8. Driving Question: How does a 21st century classroom communicate student outcomes? In yesterday's post, we shared about learning targets. Today it is student led conferences incorporating learning targets.

Personalizing the learning experience

Neo LMS

Each student has an individual way of learning and their own pace when it comes to addressing different subjects. Wouldn't it be wonderful if teachers could meet all individual learning needs for each student? It definitely would! A personalized learning approach would come with a shift of perspective, changing the focus from the educational system to the students, giving the latter more control over their learning experience and connecting learning with their interests, talents and passions.

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Two Students Take the Lead with Technology

Digital Promise

The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative gives students an opportunity to take ownership of their own learning. These schools are using technology to enhance learning in exciting new ways. Classroom lessons are changing and becoming more innovative and personalized.

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.

Summits

Dangerously Irrelevant

Summit. noun) A day-long ’sit and get’ event designed to draw political and media attention to the powers-that-be at the top. Usually comprised of speeches, panel presentations, and non-interactive breakout sessions.

New Podcast from MindShift: Stories Teachers Share

Catlin Tucker

In the last ten years, the narrative about teaching and education has struck me as extremely negative. I hear about schools failing students and bad teachers hiding behind tenure.

What Are The Best Apps For Learning About Dissection and Anatomy? | #AskTheTechCoach

TeacherCast

On this episode of Ask The Tech Coach, we examine some of the most popular apps for teaching dissection and anatomy. Join Jeff and Rob as we discuss this hot topic of digital learning. What does that mean??? Hit the play button and check it out today! Don’t forget to subscribe to us in iTunes.