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Game Based Learning in Action

The CoolCatTeacher

Game-based learning might not be what you think. On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of Game-Based Learning In Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games , talks about how to use games in the classroom effectively. He shares a four-part model including playing the game, debriefing, reflecting, and then creating. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Game-Based Learning in Action.

How to Create Massive Multiplayer Kahoot Games

The CoolCatTeacher

Did you know that you can play massive Kahoot games with many students as players? He also shares the software he uses and tips to get started. You’ll be able to use what you learn for any multiplayer gaming you want to hold across your school, district, or even across the world.

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How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Elementary and primary students can learn to code. For Hour of Code week this week, learn how you can go past the Hour of Code and use coding all year long! Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. How far did you get?

Try SplashLearn for Summer Learning and Fall Success

The CoolCatTeacher

Personalize learning and make it fun for students. I recommend SplashLearn for parents this summer to strengthen the foundations of Mathematics (Pre-kindergarten to Grade 5) and Reading (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2.) Help your children have a splash and learn fearlessly.

5 Ways to Help Kids of All Ages Code #HourofCode

The CoolCatTeacher

Here are your ideas to get started. Brian Aspinall, author of Code Breaker : 15+ Ways to Get Started with Coding, shares how students from kindergarten to high school can start to learn coding. SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp! This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3 pm Eastern Time, Edweek is hosting an event about personalized learning. Get ready to talk about Personalized Learning.

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Augmented Reality Lessons You Can Use Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Do you need safe, fun ways for students to connect and learn while keeping their distance in the classroom? Remarkably, there are best practices you can use to teach math, ELA, and more using Augmented Reality. This is going to be fun! Subscribe to the Show.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Kimberly Tyson @ tysonkimberly and Dr. Angela Peery @ drangelapeery share their advice for helping students learn blended vocabulary. 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. Learn more. Want to hear another episode on helping students learn?

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5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Matific is a fantastic site full of math manipulatives and customized playlists of activities to help students at every level master math. This fun, gamified site is sponsoring Math games this February and students can compete to win prizes for themselves and your school.

7 Ways My Interactive Display is a Key Part of My Student-Centered Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

When they voted to eliminate a photo, they’d remove it until we selected the final photograph. In this post, I’ll be sharing seven pedagogical shifts that make interactive displays a key to a student-centered classroom. The interactive display is a digital workspace that can operate demonstration computers, display a copy of student screens or smartphones “thrown” to it for discussion, become a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space, or show video and other content.

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Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

He also discusses how educators can join the innovators who are crafting and exploring this new education paradigm today. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e204. I have to give a hat tip to Dr. Lisa Durff, who is my research assistant. She saw Enrique present in Second Life recently about how we can really change things using Virtual Reality.

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Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart is working with teachers in traditional subjects to let students immerse in the subject in Minecraft. In today’s show, learn about Minecraft EDU and how it is being used to teach. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. This is a perfect idea for special ed teachers and parents who want to use today’s show and make books Book Creator will let you record audio and video AND share the link with parents.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. A big thank you to Karen. She couldn’t stand that I wasn’t able to get the Merge Cubes in my local Walmart and sent me one! I got in the mail TODAY (Tuesday) as I’m prepping this post to go live. coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8.

Motivating Teachers to Be Excellent in the K-2 Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

She shares her thoughts on innovation and how to stay motivated when you’re exhausted. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! This app is a digital supplemental curriculum solution for K-2nd grade – aligned with standards it includes over 150 curated apps inside their one simple app to install. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Innovative Science Teaching in Grades 6-12

The CoolCatTeacher

From augmented reality to game-based learning and online portfolios, she has a variety of ideas to share about how she amps up her science teaching with technology. SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp! This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3 pm Eastern Time, Edweek is hosting an event about personalized learning. Even if you cannot attend live, you can sign up to review the links and transcripts later.

Active Learning in the Science Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Thirty-three-year Presidential Award Winning science teacher Glen Westbroek believes in creating active learning experiences in his science classroom. Today we kick off science week on the 10-Minute Teacher talking about active learning, Next Generation Science Standards, and what an engaging science classroom looks like. Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards.

Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

The CoolCatTeacher

Now having moved to 5th grade, Mrs. Yonker is continuing her tech encouragement with the #MakingGoogleMasters. She also shares her micro-credential badging approach that has her fifth graders excited to learn. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. With insights on everything from Minecraft, to digital inking, to common mistakes made with technology and SEL, Michelle gives us an important overview of two things often not discussed together. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

From Project based learning, global projects and steam to the biggest heartbreaks of second-grade teachers, Carol shares it all. She gives a pep talk for second-grade teachers that will get you excited to innovate! Even if you don’t teach second grade, you’ll learn a lot. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12.

A Fun Game and Mission to Teach Students About Giving Good Instructions

Teacher Reboot Camp

I recently took on a new position teaching 400+ elementary students Computer and Technology. After the first few weeks of going over procedures and an introduction to computers, I noticed my students were getting restless. I’m taking the time before we go into coding to help students learn about giving instructions, since the most important thing all my elementary students learned this past week is that a computer works by following instructions.

A Fun Game and Mission to Teach Students About Giving Good Instructions

Teacher Reboot Camp

I recently took on a new position teaching 400+ elementary students Computer and Technology. After the first few weeks of going over procedures and an introduction to computers, I noticed my students were getting restless. I’m taking the time before we go into coding to help students learn about giving instructions, since the most important thing all my elementary students learned this past week is that a computer works by following instructions.

Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides. From stop motion to video controls and cool add-ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools – Google Slides. Just go to coolcatteacher.com/shake to learn more. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e322. If you go to File ?

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5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free.

The Future of STEM Education: 5 Innovative Ideas About to Break Through

Educational Technology Guy

The Future of STEM Education: 5 Innovative Ideas About to Break Through by Kate Began With our world becoming increasingly technology-driven, there is growing demand for workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. To meet this demand, there has been ongoing discussion on how to best educate our kids for a STEM-focused future. How can we best equip our kids with the necessary skills to face future challenges?

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Coding and Bots

User Generated Education

I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. The description is: Learn how to code first by playing games and then by coding some bots including Sphero, OZOBOT, and Dash and Dot. Two things to note about this class are, first, I learned last summer not to underestimate the learning potential of very young kids.

5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs

Edsurge

Every year, it seems increasingly difficult to predict what tomorrow’s workplace will look like. Working in tech and media for the past 20 years, I’ve seen some of these changes firsthand, and one thing has proven consistently true: Engagement is critical when learning new information and mastering new skills. Incorporating gaming into education doesn’t necessarily mean more screen time. I believe the answer has been in front of us this whole time: video games.

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Coding in the Classroom: Six Tips to Get Even Reluctant Teachers—and Students—Started

Edsurge

If there is a non-tech way to do something, I will find it,” says Shanti Williams, a teacher at P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry elementary school in Brooklyn, NY. Williams may have never considered herself to be a "tech person," but she recognized the value of code and discovered how a supportive community could empower her and her students to learn. Now, she’s referred to as LEGO Lady at P.S. 34, where she teaches science, LEGO engineering, and robotics.

Top 8 Advantages of an Interactive STEM Curriculum

Kitaboo on EdTech

What is STEM? The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. More recently, arts were added to this educational model, as educators believed that art and creativity play an important role in the understanding of the former subjects in the STEM Curriculum , thus changing the acronym from STEM to STEAM. Why is STEM Training Important? And that is precisely why it is important to create more awareness of STEM.

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Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

Fractus Learning

What is the ideal blended learning environment? I have had a lot of noneducators talk to me about technology in the classroom. Most don’t have informed opinions (so I’m happy to share mine with them). Many ask me what the best device is for learning. Good teaching and sound student-directed learning is not, and should not be, device dependent. High-quality learning can happen on laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, or cell phones.

Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program

The CoolCatTeacher

Teaching kids to code starts with helping them understand the concepts behind coding before you get into syntax. 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. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more.

EdTech that “Sparks Joy”

Neo LMS

Ever keen to catch a trend on the upswing, I’ve curated a list of EdTech tools, apps and programs that are not only effective, but teach through joy. Developers have naturally found a niche for “joyful” tech in the elementary phases, where the idea of allowing younger kids to have fun while learning is all but a credo. Teachers using the NEO LMS platform can use a host of nifty tools to really make learning accessible, self-paced and fun. E-learning

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Top 25 Sites/Apps of 2018

Technology Tidbits

Again, this years list sees a lot of tools for STEM that focuses on programming/coding. Book Creator - A fantastic mobile (iOS/Chrome) app for creating stunning eBooks/presentations, that can be used for digital storytelling, project based learning, and more. Dystopia 2153 - An innovative new site that teaches programming/coding through the use of game based learning and graphic novels. It's the time of year again for my favorite annual sites and apps.

Top 50 Sites/Apps of 2015

Technology Tidbits

The reason for this as not as many new learning tools came out this year compared to years past, while more current tools focused on regular updates. However, that does not mean there are not a lot of new items to look through, as sites/apps for programming/coding, Math/STEM, and Game Based Learning played a predominant role in this year's list. Sketch Nation - A great free site/app (iOS/Android) for creating games.

Learning Revolution Free PD - Next Week's Great Library Events - Global Ed Stories - Michael Levine "Teaching with Games" Special Event

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 1st, 2014 There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library. Andrew Carnegie The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. We want to hear from you!

8 Tried and True Edtech Tools to Try in 2018

The Sales Hunter

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers has several online professional development options to check out: GSuite for Teachers , Teaching History with Technology , and Practical Edtech Coaching. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Tried and True Edtech Tools to Try in 2018. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e222. He was one of my first blogs that I read, and first podcasts I listened to. Read How to Use Padlet.