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Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

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She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards. ” The post Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

5 Ways to Participate in the Mars Rover Landing on Thursday, February 18

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His Job: Planetary Protection for the Perseverance Mars rover and Mars Sample Return (Mars sample return “break the chain technology). From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.


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Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

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Librarians in the Shawnee Mission School District are making way for “ the maker movement ,” and some worry where that story is going. The Ray Marsh Elementary School directory lists Bombeck as “librarian” because she is state-certified to be one. That’s the language of the maker movement, which seeks to convert once-quiet school spaces — usually in the libraries — into hands-on laboratories of creation and computer-assisted innovation.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

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Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Obviously, they’re doing simpler tasks, maybe they’re not as complex and in depth, having tor but the type of problem solving they’re doing — the type of debugging, and having to sequence their instructions and reiterate and do trial and error — all of those things that we see the older students doing, we’re finding that with the newer technologies we can get these younger students doing the same thing.

How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education #notatiste19

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Michael Cohen "The Tech Rabbi" and author of Education by Design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of Education by Design talks about classroom design. Subscribe to the Show Special ISTE19 Episodes From Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 27, the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast will be airing some episodes full of education technology learning from popular ISTE speakers.

Teaching Python: How Children Can Learn Python Programming

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Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. Kelly has a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology. She got started with integrating technology in the classroom in 2003 and dabbled with app design in File Maker and HTML. Episode 720 with Kelly Schuster-Paredes and Sean Tibor From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

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Amanda Johnson on Episode 493 While we have to finish well, those of us who are returning to another year as an educator have to look forward to plan. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. As a first year librarian, Amanda has hit the ground running with her students, setting up the library in Henry County’s new elementary school.

Minecraft in the Classroom

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Jeff: Ah, yeah… So I’m using Minecraft Education Edition in my technology classroom with my students. One thing that I wanted to do with Minecraft Education Edition was bring something to the students that 1) they probably had never done before, and 2) give them opportunities for things that they wouldn’t be able to experience if it wasn’t for being in a technology class. So with Minecraft Education Edition, that’s what I was able to accomplish.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

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Steve Jobs said in his final Apple keynote introducing the iPad 2, “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.”. Former secretary of education, William Bennett, says, “An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

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Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. 5 Ideas for Writing with Technology. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Jacqui Murray @askatechteacher about writing with technology. But, Jacqui, how do we teach writing with technology? Jacqui: I think what happens to a lot of teachers is that they confuse the idea of teaching writing — when they are talking about technology — with teaching handwriting or keyboarding.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

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Pam Moran, superintendent in Albemarle County in Virginia, shares about some cool virtual reality in Virginia, some challenges with helping new teachers get started, and how she thinks education is entering a new Renaissance of creativity and innovation. Educating Kids for Life Not for Tests. Now, last time in episode 231 , we discussed education reform in Virginia and how they have been moving away from overtesting. The goal, the end in mind was educate kids for tests.

Virtual Valentines and 2 Other Cool, Easy Collaborative Ideas for Teachers

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Virtual Valentines Awesome Squiggles Project San Diego Zoo Teacher Field Trip Dyane Smokorowski Instructional Technology Coach Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools. She wants her students to develop a love for culture, communication and technology, but also to understand how to use that love and passion to advance their own future, as well as that of the global community.

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching in augmented reality (AR) for the past several years has been a bit of a challenge, in my opinion, as is often the case with new technologies. ” The post 3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

5 Ways Adobe Premiere Rush Encourages Creativity in the Classroom

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In my Computer Science course, my students have been studying the convergence of technology. ” The post 5 Ways Adobe Premiere Rush Encourages Creativity in the Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

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6 Super Science Edtech Ideas: Using Technology to Level Up Science Classrooms

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Leah, today, we’re going to talk about how to use technology to make science more exciting and more effective. So, Leah, what’s your first idea for using technology to engage kids in science? So one of the things I try to do is give the students the technology that takes their ideas and enhances them for them, just in their everyday conversation. Is technology a distraction? Can we have a fifth idea for technology and science? Leah is a 20-year veteran educator.

How to Create in AR and VR

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AR VR and MR for All Classrooms Jaime Donally’s’s Bio as Submitted Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. Her desire to build relationships have brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

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They’ve already loaded objects that you can add to scenes, including pop culture and common objects needed in educational topics. ” e The post How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Metaverse is a powerful augmented reality (AR) programming app for classrooms.

iPads in Kindergarten

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Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen on episode 512 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Karen Lirenman ( @ KLirenman ) and Kristen Wideen ( @ mrswideen ) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology.

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Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

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Toyota Dream Car Art Contest From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM, STEAM, and design thinking are buzzwords in education today. ” Real World with Imagination Integration Certainly , the future of automotive technology is a fascinating topic for technology courses. Help Your Students Enter the U.S.

What Will It Take to Push the K-12 Maker Movement to Be More Inclusive?


Cicely Day works in Oakland, California at Burckhalter Elementary School as an instructional teacher leader, where she helps support teachers and students in ELA/math and in the computer lab. But despite the work of on-the-ground educators like Day and Taylor, the maker movement in K-12 schools is far from perfect. What does it really take, for example, to diversify the communities of maker educators and mentors out there? Everyone's a maker.

Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

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Thank you, Pam for your time and wisdom and I hope everyone has enjoyed this four-part series with a truly remarkable educator. And I was describing to them that, “We got here with a long-term commitment to stay on a course of — really, if you want to call it, progressive education, but trying to really stay focused on trying to educate kids for lifelong learning, not just simply to build a transcript to take some test and to be able to walk across a stage.”

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

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SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package. As a change maker herself, she is passionately co-leading a grassroots movement in order to spark a systemic cultural shift towards an innovative model of education.

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

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OK, well, educators, just remember that you can use technology in any classroom. You can use technology in any classroom. I was educated at the University of Alabama and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Russian Language and Literature in 1993. After graduation, I pursued and obtained my Masters in Secondary English Education.

Making Better Videos and Movies with Students

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I also have two green walls in my studio technology office area. He is an American Film Institute Screen Educator and an Apple Distinguished Educator. The post Making Better Videos and Movies with Students appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Joe Brennan on episode 297 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools

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You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. She’s been in education or 33 years, but for 21 years she’s been helping so many of us with our professional development, keynoting our conferences, speaking, and encouraging us to really use technology in the classroom. I just wrote a series of five books with 26 practicing educators. How many poster boards must die from these elementary years?

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

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Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. I can’t even remember how long it’s been since you and I met, but just how much you shaped me and understanding that we can have educational excellence and less testing. You don’t have to choose — testing or education.

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

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Vicki: Today we’re talking with Micah Brown @mbrownedtech , an Instructional Technology Specialist in Kansas. OK, so let’s say that I’m a teacher and I’m not super comfortable with technology. We can help make sure that your technology’s all set up and ready to go, so that you can show your students’ awesome creativity. Now back in December you did the Gingerbread STEM Community in Maker Space. in Elementary Education.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

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Aaron Maurer @ coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. Now, he has a non profit 212 STEAM labs , but he also works with his whole district to help everyone be amazing in STEAM and with technology. So, sometimes as educators we are the biggest obstacle.

Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

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And so like my kids took these images that they collected inside and outside our building, and they actually presented and shared at the International Society for Technology (ISTE) this year, which is really neat. Now what did they learn as they did this, besides all of the incredible technology? You know, how can we as educators use this brand new technology to really kind of change the learning in our classroom?

Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program

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This week I’ll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. And that really was the motivation and the premise behind Potato Pirates — to try and provide a universal first step into the world of programming without having educators have to set up an entire class’ infrastructure.

Different Schools for a Different World

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If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. I’ve been trying to talk to schools about four big shifts: The shift from low-level recall and regurgitation to deeper learning, The shift from teacher-directed to greater student agency, The shift from isolated-disconnected classroom work to more real-world authentic work, And then finally, using technology in robust ways to facilitate those first three.

3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning

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Vicki: So, remarkable educators, Erin Murphy and her book Hacking Project-Based Learning. In addition to Project Based Learning, she also regularly consults with other leaders and learners regarding Literacy, Technology, and Leadership. The post 3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

A New School Makerspace

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I am beyond elated – our PreK-6 elementary school received monies, through our district’s Computer Science Resolution 2025, to create a STEAM (science, technology, arts, math) makerspace. Integrating Maker Education Activities Into the Curriculum. Maker education needs to be intentional.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

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However, I do believe mixed reality gives us one of the most fantastic tools to help students understand the real world using VR technology. Being surrounded by reality will get people excited, especially us educators who want to help our students see the world. Acer Education is partnering with Microsoft Education to run a STEAM lab makeover giveaway. The contest promotes immersive technology and illustrates how impactful mixed reality can be in a classroom setting.

What’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

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FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. I happen to know the educational director, one of the education directors at the zoo, and I wanted to do something with animals that was a big standard that we had. Carol: Of course, STEAM is a big thing that teachers are wanting to do in Maker Space. Second graders are amazing in technology.