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Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

A special Valentine's Day Episode of 10MT with Links to Tools and Tech I Use From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you want to know my productivity tips and tricks? How about what I use for digital film class? The technology I use in my classroom everyday? Well, Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m showing love to my dear teacher friends by just sharing all the tools and tips that have me excited right now. I’ve included links below for you.

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Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

This past weekend I was searching for a particular feature inside the Facebook app while on my cell phone. As I scrolled through some of the settings, I realized that a new feature had been added. Having worked on connectivity issues at the national level, and having seen the vast inequities in opportunities that are available to the 5 million students that are unconnected while at home , this new feature offers me hope. Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?


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You HAVE To Try Black-Out Poetry.  


I recently saw a great idea on Pinterest: black-out poetry. When I tried it with my class recently, it worked really well; my students enjoyed the lesson and it was particularly effective at developing their word selection skills. How do you do it? 1) Find an old fiction book. 2) Rip a page out for each child. 3) The pupils must use a pencil to select and circle words on the page to form a poem (this is harder than it seems, so a pencil allows for errors to be erased).

3 Tips to Move Your Ed-Tech Tool Into the Classroom

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Even the best teachers can be reluctant to use new technology in the classroom. Here are some ways to overcome that. The post 3 Tips to Move Your Ed-Tech Tool Into the Classroom appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Apps Communication APPtitude Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Innovation Lean Startups Reading/Literacy Startups

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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.

Artificial Intelligence is Not the Silver Bullet for K–12

The Journal

Due to a number of high profile successes (e.g., beating the world Go champion) recently, Artificial Intelligence technologies have been receiving a great deal of attention by companies and by the press. K–12 doesn’t want to be left out! But, in this week’s blog post we argue that, for good reason, K–12 shouldn’t be looking to AI to solve its problems

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Edit and Share Videos Like a Rock Star

Ask a Tech Teacher

The engine of learning is not always fueled by reading. In fact, knowledge is often acquired via audio, video, role-playing, and other approaches that address the varied learning styles of today’s students. One communication method that has seriously grown up from even a generation ago is video. Where movies used to be considered babysitting — the activity of last resort for tired or unprepared teachers — that’s no longer true.

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5 Simple Ways to Gamify Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Jessica Gordon shares her tips on the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You can gamify your classroom. It isn’t hard. Sixth-grade teacher Jessica Gordon@ 1337teach gives us tips, ideas, and links for how to gamify our classrooms now. Game based learning can be simple and free. Listen now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Download this episode as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.”

The Meemic Foundation to Give Out $500,000 in Grants to Local Educators in 2017

EdNews Daily

Virtually all teachers wind up paying out of their own pocket for supplies. In fact, according to the Education Market Association , on average, most spend nearly $500 per year, and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more. Last year, a total of $1.6 billion in school supply costs was shifted from parents – or struggling districts – onto teachers. Grants for Teachers in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. Will the cloud continue to reign? Will more schools embrace student-centric mobile devices? These were the pressing questions of the time – a time 8-months after the release of the first iPad and 6-months before the release of the first Chromebook.

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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).

What’s a Digipuzzle?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Netherlands-based Digipuzzle is an online educational resource that offers hundreds of G-rated learning games for younger audiences, many in both Spanish and English. Topics include math, animals, typing, geography, spelling, letter recognition, holidays, seasons, dinosaurs, USA, other games, and more. Many of these are divided into subcategories — for example: Math includes games and counting, fractions, addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Digipuzzle even offers holiday games.

Game Based Learning: Make Fast Teaching Games with SMART lab

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored Post by SMART Learning Suite From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Formative assessment and game based learning make a powerful combination in the classroom. I love SMART lab, a new feature of the SMART Learning Suite. Recently, when they sponsored several of my 10-Minute Teacher episodes, I tested SMART Notebook. While testing their software as part of the vetting process, I fell in love with SMART lab. So, here’s a tutorial.

Got an Idea for an Edtech Tool to Support Special Education? NewSchools Ignite Might Fund it!

EdNews Daily

Announcing up to $1.5 Million in New Funding Opportunities for Edtech Entrepreneurs! NewSchools Venture Fund is excited to announce the launch of its next ed tech funding opportunity: the NewSchools Ignite Special Education Challenge. This challenge targets ed tech entrepreneurs with a product that supports Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in special education. The opportunity will be open from February 16 till March 12.

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IRS Official to Schools: “One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams We’ve Seen”

Doug Levin

“This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time. It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns. We need everyone’s help to turn the tide against this scheme.’’. – IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (2/7/2017).

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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.

169 Tech Tip #116–How to Take Screenshots

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #116–How to Take Screenshots. Category: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT. Sub-category: Keyboarding, PC, Mac, iPad, Chromebook.

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10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try

Ditch That Textbook

The basic functions of Google Drive and Google Classroom are only the starting point for the innovative and creative uses one can use in the classroom. Alice Keeler, my co-author in our upcoming book Ditch That Homework, proves that again and again. Alice is one of the only people I know personally who codes for [.]. Ed Tech add-ons coding edtech educational technology g suite for education gafe google apps for education google classroom gsuiteedu

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Learning Sciences Research Necessary to Drive Personalized Learning For All

Digital Promise

The second installment in Digital Promise Global’s Making Learning Personal For All series, “ Research and The Promise of Personalized Learning ” explores advances in the learning sciences that underscore key Learner Factors that must be considered in order to better support students based on their unique learning needs.

3 Fast, Free Lesson Plans to Fight Fake News

The CoolCatTeacher

Example Fake News Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans and Bellringers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The fake news epidemic is disturbing. How do we fight it? Well, we can take a hint from how the medical community fights the flu or any other virus. We inoculate ourselves. In this post, I’ll teach you how I teach about fake news.

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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.

An Introduction to Blended Learning Instruction

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kiddom , a transformative approach to teaching and personalized learning, has a new guide available for teachers–and it’s free: Blended Learning 101: An Introduction to Blended Learning Instruction. You can download it by clicking the link. Learn how to start a blended learning program in your classroom or at your school. For more about Kiddom, see my review, What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? More on tech integration: What parents should ask teachers about technology.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


How edtech in school districts has evolved since the rise of 1:1 and the Common Core. The post The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017 appeared first on Blog. Marketing 1:1 schools chromebooks CIPA cloud-based web filtering digital citizenship EdTech Update parents

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A Primer on Maker Learning: Audience

Digital Promise

This post is part of a series in which we frame maker learning in terms of three core values — Agency , Authenticity , and Audience — as the key components to creating the highest quality making experiences for learning. Seymour Papert is often seen as one of the most important founding figures of the maker movement in education, and the value of audience in maker learning is derived explicitly from his learning theory of Constructionism.

Cheap or free hacks to redesign your classroom


Back in my school days classrooms were pretty standard: double desks with a small built-in space for your backpack, the teacher’s desk at the front, a blackboard, a country map, two or three hanging pots with leafy green plants and a waste basket. If the teacher was lucky enough to have a larger classroom then there would also be a small cabinet to store some basic stationary and teaching materials. Regardless of the learning activity, students had to stay put all day long, in the same seat.

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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!

Are Teachers Truly “Shifting Away from the Station Rotation Model?”

Education Elements

Today we are trying something new. This blog post is being posted here and on the Clayton Christensen Institute website and is a collaboration between our organizations. We consider the Christensen Institute to be great partners in the field, pushing districts forward in great ways, but we don't always agree on everything. Check out our reactions to their post about station rotations below.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


How edtech in school districts has evolved since the rise of 1:1 and the Common Core. The post The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017 appeared first on Blog. Marketing 1:1 schools chromebooks CIPA cloud-based web filtering digital citizenship EdTech Update parents

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Reimagining Financial Literacy Professional Development through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Digital Promise and the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at George Washington University have collaborated to develop 20 personal finance micro-credentials for educators, covering skills in credit card use, saving, and mobile financial management. Each micro-credential is aligned to personal finance national standards, all of which explore topics and situations relevant to students’ daily lives.

Fundraising While Running a Startup Company

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Fundraising takes a lot of time. As an ed-tech startup, you have to raise money and grow the company at the same time. The post Fundraising While Running a Startup Company appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Angel Investors bootstrap bootstrapping Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur Fundraising investors lean startup Listenwise Revenue startup

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.

5 Online Tools That Will Help Every Learner.


We live in the developed, computerised world. People are striving for professional success and personal growth with the help of modern technologies. Currently, the revolutionary innovations that have occurred in the field of computers and the internet have changed the entire generation even more than the press, radio, television and the internal combustion engines. The usage of computer technologies is considered to be an integral part of modern life, especially among pupils and students.

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Supporting students achieve deep learning


People can remember easily what happened a week or a month ago, but as time passes by, it becomes harder to hold on to memories. Interestingly, we have a hard time remembering what happened precisely 20 months ago but at the same time we have early memories from our childhood that stay with us forever.

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Memory and Sense of Self May Play More of a Role in Autism Than We Thought

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. It’s well-known that those with autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome develop difficulties with social communication and show stereotyped patterns of behavior. Less well-studied but equally characteristic features are a weaker sense of self and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. These are connected with a weaker ability to recall personal memories, known as autobiographical memory.

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