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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.

#05: 5 Ideas for Using Game-Based Learning in your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

Helping educators learn about the power of a gamified immersive learning environment is Michael’s passion. Get a free 45-day trial of SmartLab for Game Based Learning. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor. Mini Games. Use Game Mechanics.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

The CoolCatTeacher

In this blog post, I’ll share the vocabulary I use for teaching programming, how I teach with Metaverse, and some new features that help us manage our classroom as students program in AR and share with each other. This is because Metaverse is simple and easy to use.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how. Sponsor: FREE MATH RESOURCE The US Matific Games are coming this February. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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. Three components to help teach vocabulary. Learn more.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by SMART Technologies From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When they voted to eliminate a photo, they’d remove it until we selected the final photograph. SMART Technologies sponsored this post.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jarrod Robinson @mrrobbo gives us the apps, tools, and mindset to rock physical education class. This conversation is so much fun and will give PE teachers and coaches lots of ideas for using technology to improve sports performance and get fit. how do we start?

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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.

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3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Check out 3D Bear How are teachers using AR to teach?

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. I got in the mail TODAY (Tuesday) as I’m prepping this post to go live.

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.

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! Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Innovative Science Teaching in Grades 6-12

The CoolCatTeacher

Isabella Liu is a science teacher in Hong Kong who is using technology with her grade 6-12 classrooms. 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.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

He shares how you can use this tool to teach vocabulary and save time for other things! Download the transcript by clicking here or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. to 3.

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.

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How to Play: Models for Game-Based Learning #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Learning is a deep challenge. How do we approach game development and what role does it have in learning? Play is fundamental to how we learn. How to make them work in education is the question. Learning things that are challenging for kids to learn is a process that unfolds over time across multiple media and experiences. What process are you seeking to support and where does a game fit in the process?

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. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. 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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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. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq.

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7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about global Kahoots, how she tweets with her class and more global collaborative techniques in this show. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Below is an enhanced transcript, modified for your reading pleasure.For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

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.

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! Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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 decided to try this mission out with my 5th graders.

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 decided to try this mission out with my 5th graders.

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. These classes are mixed ages ranging from 4 to 10 year old kids. Robot Turtles Game.

This District Rolled Out Minecraft and Teacher Collaboration Skyrocketed

Edsurge

When Roanoke County Public Schools gathered educators for their first training in how to teach with Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE), “you could hear the rumble in the room,” says Jeff Terry, the district’s director of technology. While Terry was surprised to hear that stat, he was also excited. It’s also helping students become opportunity ready in a state where business is finding it tough to fill technology-focused roles. Learning with Minecraft.

3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or anytime.) Download the transcript of this show or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

Recently one of our fifth grade teachers, Alice Sikkema, was chosen to present in the poster sessions at Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school.

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. With the advent of each new technology—like AI, automation, VR/AR, and nanotechnology—comes economic shifts that demand different skills from employees and creates new challenges for both employers and educators. 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.

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

Edsurge

Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success. Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” D2L's Resources for Teaching and Learning.

50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning in 2015. We’ve discussed the merits and utility of video games in the classroom before, so we won’t beleaguer the point. To select each of these games, we focused on 3 basic criteria: 1. YOU are about to PLAY GOD.

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Why School Leaders Need To Be Trained Like Jet Pilots

Edsurge

Right before your first staff meeting you are confronted with a challenge with which you have no experience: a teacher comes to you in great distress because she is being bullied by a fellow teacher. If you are uncertain how to proceed, you’re not alone. New developments in computer simulation, however, point to a solution. Sample Sims to Play and Watch. Imagine you are a newly promoted principal, replacing a principal who’d left the job after only one year.

How to Use iBeacons in the Classroom – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

This point in the school year is often a time of reflection for teachers, instructional technology coaches, and administrators. This technology, which works with iOS7 or iOS8 devices such as cell phones and iPads, allows students to react to pingable content that is presented in the classroom.

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.

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. 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.

10Q: Helen Keegan

Learning with 'e's

We are fortunate to have many innovators in education. In the primary (elementary) and secondary (high) school sectors some can be conspicuous, because through various Teachmeets around the world, and also online during Twitter #edchats, they make their work known to the wider community.

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10 Keys of Purpose Driven Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Michael Matera @ mrmatera , author of Explore Like a Pirate , talks about Purpose Driven Learning in the classroom. That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. We all can learn.

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. Teachers using the NEO LMS platform can use a host of nifty tools to really make learning accessible, self-paced and fun.

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Building a Learning Company: Three Entrepreneurs Dish Out Advice

Edsurge

Playing games in the classroom is not a new concept. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are game-based edtech companies hoping to leave a mark in classrooms. But what goes into building a game-based learning startup—or any edtech startup? At the Intentional Play Summit, a conference focused on the intersection of gaming and education in Mountain View, Calif., It’s like a bridge to a bridge to a bridge,” Krajewski said. “At