Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done, the advantages, and insights on student motivation. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

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. The goal is to encourage students to read and what Amanda is discovering might surprise you.

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 Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

The CoolCatTeacher

Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students. She talks about how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. WE get to choose.

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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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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.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e308.

How Liberty 53 Integrates Trauma-Informed Practices

Digital Promise

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are characterized by severe, frequent stressors or traumatic situations such as abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction, all of which can be detrimental to children’s long-term health and wellbeing. The Liberty 53 Approach to Trauma.

10 Ways to Personalize Learning for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

This blog post also comes with an infographic (PDF) that you can print and use to figure out tools to help you in your studies. To get links to all of these sites and information on installing Read&Write, download this handy infographic. Learn to Voice Type.

Service Learning: Grants and FREE Resources to Help Your Students Serve and Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

We Volunteer Now has fantastic resources, and they’re awarding $250 grants for 500 schools to use toward volunteer projects. Transform your school by helping students design their own project to inspire and improve their community. Teacher checklists to keep you on track.

5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. 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.

Recognizing Human Trafficking and What To Do About It in Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, Ashley Burkett talks about the signs that a child is being trafficked, how children are being recruited, and what schools should be doing. This is an important topic to discuss so we can protect innocent children. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Free Webinar: 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

What research points to the need for inquiry-based learning? Simple ways to get started with inquiry-based learning in the classroom. If you want to implement or improve inquiry-based learning at your school, this webinar is a must join.

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Ann Oro: Developing A Digital Citizenship Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e314. We were just talking about how we’re pretty sure we met just about ten years ago to the day that we are recording this, in Princeton way back in 2008. They want it to be sticky.

5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Rebecca Klemm @ numbersalive shares how to help numbers come alive for all ages. From toddler to teenager to Ph.D., Rebecca informs us about the building blocks that build math success. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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How to Use Robots in Elementary Classrooms – From Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

Two years ago, my school obtained a grant from the Sphero Robotics company that brought 10 Sphero Robots to our school. My elementary faculty impressed me with their ability to use these 21st-century robots in a variety of subject areas including language arts and humanities.

Kayla Delzer: 3 Ways to Promote Student Leadership in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Kayla Delzer motivates us to relinquish control and empower students with three powerful examples. From student-led social media to students calling parents with score reports and student-led conferencing, these three ideas can help empower students in your classroom. It has to be kind.

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5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rick Rando, school empowerment speaker, shares what schools can do to help stop bullying. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e260. Rick: Well, basically, it all comes down to culture.

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A Stress Free Plan for Closing Out Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. In today’s show, Angela Watson talks about the best way to close down your classroom at the end of the school year: Why taking things down too soon can cause behavior problems.

Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, infographic pro, Eileen Lennon, shares how she uses infographics, creates them, and why they’re such a powerful tool. 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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Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. How’s that going?

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Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

We talk about targets, those who bully and how to respond when helping those embroiled in this situation. October is the month we work to take a stand against bullying, so this is a topic of emphasis this month for many of us. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq.

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5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools

The CoolCatTeacher

They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How cute!

How to increase LMS success using training

Neo LMS

When you implement a new LMS in your school , you want to ensure its success. But how can you measure LMS success? An easy way to do this is by setting goals for what you want to achieve with it and measure them. The best way to control this is through training.

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5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

5 Ideas for Teaching Fire Prevention and Safety

The CoolCatTeacher

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has fantastic resources to help educate children on preventing fires. In addition to fire prevention week materials, they are also launching a brand new safety app for kids. Start here to get resources and plan your week’s activities.

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Easy Paperless Contact Logs

The CoolCatTeacher

She talks about how she did it, the time she’s saving, and her recommendations for building relationships with parents by becoming more organized with your contact logs. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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How to Build Your PLN

Ask a Tech Teacher

’ You might even understand the purpose of a PLN–to provide educators with a collaborative learning environment–but think you don’t need one, or staff development provided by your school is all you can handle. According to D. How to build a PLN.

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5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I’d like them to “make” that character.

How to build an engineer: Start young

The Hechinger Report

Aliah Corona and Dakkota Ryf, both 8 in this photo, check the force it takes to move a bag of potatoes six inches using wheels during their third-grade STEAM enrichment class at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy, Washington. You get to use a lot of your creativity more.”.

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Why Elementary Schools Should Teach Kids to Play Poker

Edsurge

Maria Konnikova doesn’t buy the "10,000 hour rule"—that theory popularized by Malcolm Gladwell that it takes at least 10,000 hours of serious practice to become a world-class expert at an activity. She believes she’s found a way to short-circuit it, and it involves marshmallows and poker.

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.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They’re creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they’re making students more enthusiastic about school.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It).

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How to Get Students Moving for Academic Advantages

EdNews Daily

Sit tight: Science suggests the secret to boosting brain power might be to keep kids moving. A fascinating study published in the Journal of School Health indicates that when elementary-age children’s lessons incorporated physical activity, their focus improved more than 70 percent.

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QR Codes for Class Night Sign Ups?

Tech Helpful

One of the things I'm quickly learning as an instructional technologist is that teaching parents how to use technology you are using in the classroom eases their mind a bit and gives them a sense of understanding. Both home team and visitors will be able to learn more about your school.

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5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

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Elementary Adventures in 3D Printing

Fractus Learning

The demand for these opportunities for our students to explore and create is greater than ever before. However, when a school has an opportunity to add some high tech features and tools, it is very exciting as well. We can take our making and creating to a new level.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

A teacher has to teach over 20 students with different learning styles, skills and priorities, which is a challenging task, especially when the classroom time is limited. To create a “good blend” to simply add computers to the classroom is not enough.