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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Resources to Learn More.

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How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Lawrence, a current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. It’s up to them.

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5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Connie Hamilton on Episode 495 To create a classroom culture of inquiry, we can follow these five techniques. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you.

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Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom.

Improve Student Behavior Now!

The CoolCatTeacher

Darrian Tanner on Episode 471 of the 10-Minute Teacher I talked to my son, and he says that when a teacher has excellent classroom management, it means he can learn, and when they don’t, it means chaos and stress for everybody. This school year will mark ten years of teaching secondary ed ELA.

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important.

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It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. To accomplish this I had to quickly familiarize myself with some new tools.

3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? How can you use these platforms in your classroom, and how can you do so safely?

OPINION: How to shatter the education system’s glass ceiling

The Hechinger Report

When we committed to developing a prepared, diverse cadre of leader-candidates dedicated to student-centered visions of change, we saw an encouraging number of candidates of color earn top jobs. Then we looked at how many women had ascended to chief positions and the result was a punch in the gut. In response, we’ve spent the last year developing a leadership program specifically for women in education.

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research.

The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) #mtbos #iteachmath

The CoolCatTeacher

On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon.

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How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I This is such a great program that I asked Angela if I could link up with her to recommend her program to all of my readers. I’m in the club and ready to go!! How does this program work? How to Guides.

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How to make your year more awesome

iLearn Technology

This week at Anastasis, we watched Kid President’s rules for being more awesome in this new year: “What if all made it our resolution to make this year awesome for somebody else?” I’m taking this resolution to heart and want to help make your year awesome!

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. Learn about her transformation into a global educator because her students got excited and led the way. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. They love to play.

World Education Games 2015! Math, Literacy, Science

iLearn Technology

What it is: You guys, the World Education Games is back again, taking place around the world October 13-15, 2015! The World Education Games includes World Literacy Day, World Math Day (which has been around since the first World Education Games), and World Science Day.

Technology: the savior of education?

iLearn Technology

I loved the freedom of writing my own curriculum every day, and getting to know my students. I had a great time helping other teachers learn how to use technology, and coming up with ideas for how they could integrate it into their classrooms. Fast forward again to 2009.

How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

iLearn Technology

In the last eight years, my posting habits have become pretty sparse, to say the least. I miss the cadence of posting regularly and interacting with my education friends virtually. I also am unwilling to retire iLearn Technology all together. How is art used in celebrations?

Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

iLearn Technology

What it is: Be Internet Awesome is a fantastic new way to help your students make the most of the Internet by being prepared to make wise decisions as they navigate and interact online. Don’t Fall for Fake- teaching students how to discern real from fake online.

How to make Cleveland ‘great again’

The Hechinger Report

CLEVELAND— Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. Our staff reporters will provide education coverage from Cleveland and Philadelphia.

6 ways to improve PD in STEM for every grade level

eSchool News

Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had any specialized education or training in science, leaving them at a loss for PD in STEM. million Math-Science Partnership Grant from the Florida Department of Education.

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YouCubed: Think like a Mathematician

iLearn Technology

If you are a math teacher (and even if you aren’t) you need to know about this awesome resource! Links to really wonderful math apps and games, videos and radio shows, tasks (also known as mathematical brain teasers), and visual mathematics resources.

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

How to integrate My Simple Show into the classroom: My Simple Show is a fantastic option for digital storytelling. Students begin by choosing to write their own script, or by uploading a Power Point presentation. this is an awesome way to check for understanding!),

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Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). A secondary goal has been facilitating a transition from blended instruction to blended learning.

The Letter Project: Spreading good to girls through handwritten letters

iLearn Technology

The last week has been heartbreaking to watch unfold. As an educator I know that when we take away all of the labels that we use to categorize each other, when we look each other in the eye and listen to each other’s stories, we find out that we are all human after all.

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

iLearn Technology

Kiddle editors hand choose sites that deliver content that is age-appropriate and written in easy to understand language. Best of all, Kiddle’s image and video searches brings about the results you would expect it to for kids. This is a powerful addition to inquiry.

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DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

iLearn Technology

I was first introduced to DragonBox through their Algebra app. DragonBox Numbers is for kids who are new to numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction. As they play, children learn about how big numbers work, and how to perform long addition and subtraction.

SumBlox: explore number relationships through visual/kinesthetic play

iLearn Technology

** This is not a sponsored post, I’m just super excited about this product and can’t wait to see what our students do with it! What makes those blocks and numbers super amazing: each block size corresponds to the number that it represents. (1 These are going to be popular!

How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change

Edsurge

Its roots can be traced back to the 1990s when Congress reauthorized Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) required the development or adoption of state assessments and tied them to Title I funds. In an effort to salvage the usefulness of end-of-level testing, supporters have proposed that data from these tests can be used to inform student learning.

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Virtual Escape Room

iLearn Technology

Year after year I continue to be inspired, excited, and made to think by my edublog alliance PLN! These are my go to blogs before all others! These real-life rooms are not only fun, they are a great way for students to think critically and problem solve together.

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

It’s simple (and free) to get started, just create a grid and add a topic to spark some discussion. Embed YouTube or Vimeo videos, upload images for your students to discuss, feature a file or a weblink. Flipgrid makes for an excellent addition to the portfolio.

“What if we started a school?” – Come see us in action!

iLearn Technology

So often I see the same sentiment from educators involved in education dialogue, “Wouldn’t it be nice if a school were doing _. I would love to see a school who actually implemented _, instead of just talking about it.” ” As an educator, I felt the same.

Plan It Green: build an energy efficient model city

iLearn Technology

What it is: Plan It Green, the Big Switch is an online game/simulation from National Geographic that allows students to create their own energy-efficient city of the future. Plan It Green would also be a great way to end a unit, after students have learned about different types of energy.

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Watch the Debates: help your students explore this debate and the history of debates

iLearn Technology

While I can’t say that I’m going to miss the absurdity that has been this debate, Watch the Debates is a pretty wonderful site! In addition to the ability to watch tonight’s debate live, students can also explore past presidential debates.

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations.

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Seesaw: The ultimate ePortfolio for every classroom!

iLearn Technology

What makes Seesaw such an awesome option as a digital portfolio is the way that it empowers kids to build and keep a digital portfolio totally independently with features like QR code login for young students. This means that work “travels” with students from year to year.

How We Got to Now: a student created mini museum

iLearn Technology

In November, I wrote a post about the book/PBS documentary series “How We Got to Now” by Steven Johnson. It reminds us just how interconnected the world is and that innovation doesn’t happen in isolation, but as a result of connection.

How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

The Hechinger Report

Ron Smith (left), a middle school network superintendent in Oakland, speaks to Jaime Aquino of New Leaders during a “learning walk” at a local middle school. But they didn’t really have the technical language to express it.”. That doesn’t equate to results.