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20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.) Maker spaces are great places for kids to explore and learn, so take a trip inside the new library — one with a Maker space. See Todd’s show for guidelines.

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Your Guide to Preventing and Responding to School Bullies

Waterford

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded by PACER to eradicate bullying across the country. According to school bullying statistics, 37% of children report having been bullied before, but only 31% of this number reported it to an adult.[5] 5] This means that although nearly two-fifths of all children will be bullied at some point, you may not hear about it unless you’re aware and make an effort to stop it. Virginia Libraries, 2018, 63(1).

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How Differentiated Instruction Can Help You Reach Every Student in Class

Waterford

If you can adapt your instruction to reflect your students’ needs and learning preferences, you can make class time more effective and help students become more engaged. While the subject material itself remains consistent, the way you teach it to students may vary depending on their needs.[7].

A padlocked drinking fountain, tree stump seats and a caution-taped library: See how the coronavirus has transformed schools

The Hechinger Report

In Florida and Wisconsin, schools have padlocked or sealed drinking fountains to keep kids from using them. As more schools reopen, we want to continue sharing your photos from around the country. You can find directions here for how to submit your images and videos.

The 5-Second Rule And Other Myths: How to Protect Kids’ Health At School

EdNews Daily

Five seconds might fly by to us, but to microbes, it’s plenty of time to hitch a ride on fallen food. Of course, try telling that to a hungry kindergartener whose ham sandwich hit the cafeteria floor. Far too many kids are getting sick or worse thanks to rising strains of bacterial and viral diseases. According to WebMD researchers, the kitchen floor and toilet floor were ranked 10th and 11th, respectively, for having the most bacteria per square inch.

Celebrating Culturally Diverse Winter Holidays in the Classroom

Waterford

In much of America, it can be easy to focus only on the Christmas holidays. And even the most progressive and well-meaning teachers can show implicit bias when it comes to holiday events. Guidelines for Inclusive Holidays Celebrations.

Demonstrating the Impact of Powerful Learning: HP Teaching Fellows and Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

If you’ve ever found yourself in Baltimore and walked into Katie Dell’s classroom, you would see students personalizing their learning experience by choosing from an array of activities that are designed to help them work toward their learning goals.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building. If there is someone other than the teacher managing the makerspace or there is a schedule for the school, your kids may only be able to use it once a week or month. Some makerspace activities may be focusing on how to use the resources available and may not be connecting the activities to the curriculum or around a real world problem.

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Essential Guide to Digital Citizenship for CIPA and E-Rate

Graphite Blog

But complying with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) -- a requirement of E-rate -- doesn't have to be. It also provides an overview of E-rate, with answers to commonly asked questions about eligibility, services supported, and audits. Read on to learn more.

Carolina Biological Launches Remote Learning Add-Ons to Award Winning K-8 Science Curriculum Kits with Teacher Planning Features

eSchool News

Carolina updated its award-winning K-8 science programs to support essential remote instruction in elementary and middle schools this fall. All programs are available now and were designed to provide high-quality, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) science instruction.

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Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

But I also bemoaned the lack of opportunities available to non-CTE students who wish to work with their hands. Loosely defined, makerspaces are areas in schools that provide students with tools, materials and some assistance in constructing hands-on projects that are usually connected to an academic assignment. Many are being assembled and supported by industrious librarians looking for new ways to offer their students hands-on learning opportunities.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

edWeb.net

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST. Faced with fast-changing instructional models, varying infection rates, decreasing revenue sources, and a variety of natural disasters, how can education finance officials meet the short-term needs of their districts as well as longer-term requirements?

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

In others, schools use PBS’s “Nova” program to help teach science. Elsewhere, teachers hold daily virtual office hours to check on the academic and emotional well-being of students they can no longer meet face to face. Blaney Elementary School in Elgin, S.C.,

What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

PORTLAND, Maine — On a recent fall morning in the library of King Middle School here, four seventh-grade girls interviewed an immigrant from Peru named Luis Millones, now a Spanish professor at Colby College. Why did he come to America? The writing and photos would be bound into a book and sold to parents and others, with proceeds donated to a local nonprofit helping new immigrants. And how to listen to each other.”. How am I doing?

An Update on What You Need to Know about ESSA

edWeb.net

Due to the rapid transition from NCLB to ESSA, it is important for educators and vendors to be aware of the key differences between the two. Steve Rowley, CEO of Acumen Partners, with Michael Campbell, Vice President of Acumen Partners, presented the latest updates on ESSA in the webinar, “ Making Sense of ESSA: What You Need to Know ,” co-hosted by edWeb.net and MCH Strategic Data. Each state must be aware of how to accurately track their benchmarks.

9 New Teacher Survival Tips

The Daring Librarian

But, I always try to answer and help. Recently, I spent so much time answering, linking to past posts, and giving paragraphs and paragraphs of advice I thought - This would be a good blog post! I'm kind of passionate about being a passionate teacher, being positive, and just choosing one NEW thing at a time to try. So, though it's taken me a better part of a week to write this, and I warn you -- it's LONG. Everyone has to start somewhere. I try not to look weak.

3 LMS adoptions that go way beyond the basics

eSchool News

Learning management systems originally got their start in higher education, serving as central hub for college students to drop in assignments, check grades, and contact their professors. Needless to say it caught on with universities—and eventually school districts. Any time schools get a new software program, they tend to pick off the low hanging fruit—i.e. Here’s what these institutions are doing and how it’s working for them. So she decided to build her own system.

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The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. I would like to reinforce the positive influence of social networking.

Social and Cultural Literacy Resources for Classrooms

Graphite Blog

As much as we want to deny it, we all have biases based on our life experiences. We must learn to negotiate those differences to better understand each other and our worlds, and to advocate for a better, more equitable future.

Learning Revolution Week's Events - Evernote in the Classroom - Yong Zhao - Google+ vs. Ning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted. - We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email admin@learningrevolution.com.

Why students are ignorant about the Civil Rights Movement

The Hechinger Report

Students first learn about Mississippi history in fourth grade, and that’s the first time they are supposed to delve deeply into the history of the movement to end racial segregation and discrimination. Yet, in the book most districts use — titled “Mississippi Studies” and published in 2005 — only five of 100 pages are devoted to civil rights struggles. Howard , or the Congress of Racial Equality , an organizer of the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign to register black voters.

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Week of April 11, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. EFACILITATE: HOW DO YOU TEACH OTHERS TO EFACILITATE? There are quite a number of ways in which you can learn to be an online facilitator. How did you learn? What would you share with teachers who are new to the role of e-facilitator? How would you support Let''s explore the strategies, best practice and courses available for learning about efacilitation.

Global Collaboration Week Begins - Find a Project and Connect!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate global collaboration as back-to-school season begins in the northern hemisphere. The primary goals of this event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources, projects, and networks that are available to educators today. How should we teach?

Creating Products to Show and Share Learning

Learning in Hand

Nowadays students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves. These tools can turn students into teachers and are great for sharing their answers to a project’s driving question. You may want to read the first two posts, Crafting Questions That Drive Projects and Investigating Authentic Questions. As an adult, I continue to enjoy creating things. So does “How can we teach second graders about helpful insects?”

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

It was a nod, in part, to Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking , a book that I’ve found useful in understanding how grief clouds our thinking, how grief makes use want to believe the unbelievable, how it “ruptures the rational,” as I wrote then. 2016 was such a terrible, terrible year, and as I composed my reflections on it for this annual series, I wanted to start by recognizing the pain and the loss.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” In other Department of Education bureaucratic nightmares, “Dozens of Colleges’ Upward Bound Applications Are Denied for Failing to Dot Every I,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Key Net Neutrality Rules.” Perhaps that is how you “scale.”