GradeCam: The Teacher’s Friend for Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

This past week, I took a tour of GradeCam, and in this post, I’ll share with you the features of this system and how it can save you time as a teacher. Rubrics : You can set up and fill in a rubric for student work, and then scan quickly to enter it into your grade book.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

The CoolCatTeacher

After what seemed like five minutes, I took off the headset — to find it was 12:30 a.m.! In this blog post, I’ll share my experience, tell you how you can enter to win your own headsets and STEAM lab makeover, and give my predictions for the future of virtual reality.

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. Today we talk to my favorite P.E.

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Top Tech Tools for Kids Who Struggle to Read and Write

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Brian Friedlander discusses the top tech tools for kids who struggle to read and write. From voice dictation to word suggestion and more, this podcast talks about the practical tools that will help kids empower themselves to learn. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. To accomplish this I had to quickly familiarize myself with some new tools.

How to Teach Mouse Skills to Pre-Keyboarders

Ask a Tech Teacher

This little piece of hardware is strictly for desktop devices and maybe add-ons for laptops. These are not intuitive, starting with how to hold the mouse. The moment before students grab ahold of that round little device, teach them how to use it.

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Ten Reasons to Take to an EdTechTeacher Elementary Workshop

EdTechTeacher

All of our elementary instructors have taught in K-5 classrooms at some point in their careers. For that reason, we’ve put together a great set of workshops specific to elementary classrooms. Technology in the Elementary Classroom: July 20-22 in Boston – with Suzy Brooks. iPads in the Elementary Classroom: July 6-8 in Boston -with Beth Holland. 10 Reasons to Attend an Elementary Workshop. They’ve all be elementary teachers.

Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement

Education Superhighway

Last summer, we highlighted Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) , a large suburban school district in Virginia that boosted their bandwidth speed from 2 to 20 Gbps to keep up with growing demands for digital learning. For me, it was difficult to make the transition initially.

Student-Driven Hyperdocs

The CoolCatTeacher

Taken from their popular ISTE 2018 session , learn about the next evolution of Hyperdocs and how they’re being used in the classroom. Learn how at coolcatteacher.com/vr , and see the virtual reality video I shot using my Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset. Listen to the Show.

This is how we used technology to improve our school’s reading scores

eSchool News

However, what we really should be striving to develop are self-sufficient classrooms where students are driving the learning. Ideally, by surpassing compliance goals and student-driven learning, we can get to an even more important goal — critical thinking.

Adobe Spark: Easily create and share videos, images, and newsletters

iLearn Technology

Create social graphics that are stunning and easy to share (you know the kind: flyers, memes, posters, ads). The example above took under 2min to create and share! Produce and share impressive videos for storytelling, projects, or to share to social media.

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8 Great Gifts for Administrators

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Frank Buck, author of Get Organized: Time Management for School Leaders , talks about what to get administrators (and what not to give them.) We have an entertaining chat about all the ideas to make this holiday season very special for your administrator.

How to Create Learning Opportunities For Kids on the Bus

MindShift

That design translates to long swaths of time with energetic children managed in triage fashion. Buses are also expensive to operate, which means most of the more than 25 million children in the U.S. It sounds fanciful, but one district has brought something along these lines to life.

Fascinating library project has students award peace prize

eSchool News

Be sure to keep checking back during the month of August for new library-focused articles!]. The Barrow Peace Prize is a cross-curricular project that allows 2 nd -grade students to consider the character traits of peace and extend their voices to a global audience.

Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

Fractus Learning

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). High-quality learning can happen on laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, or cell phones.

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money

Edsurge

To the other 13 school/district case studies, click here. During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken their positions and were trying to figure out how to meet students’ needs. Like many districts, they serve a lot of low-income students, many of whom struggle in reading in math and reading, and a number who moved to Arizona from another country.

Fearless Teaching Transforms Elementary School Classroom – Tammy Dunbar, USA

Daily Edventures

For Dunbar, the laptops and tablets were just the beginning. Sir Ken Robinson tells us that we’re preparing students for a world that we don’t know what it’s going to look like in five years,” Dunbar says. “He’s

How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

The Hechinger Report

Ron Smith (left), a middle school network superintendent in Oakland, speaks to Jaime Aquino of New Leaders during a “learning walk” at a local middle school. But they didn’t really have the technical language to express it.”. That doesn’t equate to results.

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech and plan your professional development for 2018. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

From collecting data to parent communications to taking care of yourself, Melissa has something for every classroom (as well as a pretty cool pep talk!). It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Field of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

As I write this post I am sitting in the Des Moines airport waiting for my flight back to the East Coast. I was fortunate to spend the last few days here in Iowa as a guest of Scott McLeod who founded and runs the C.A.S.T.L.E. First a little history on 1:1 laptop programs in Iowa.

7 Ways to Creatively Ask Questions in the Classroom Using iPads!

Kleinspiration

What I love most is that I don''t have to change the way I teach, alter my curriculum, or jump through hoops to use the technology. One needs to know if the students are understanding the concepts being introduced and discussed. To get started, you need to know two things.

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Amazon wins $30M contract to sell e-books to NYC schools

eSchool News

A big move into education, Amazon edges out OverDrive to capture NYC e-book contract. Under the terms, Amazon would have the right to sell e-books and other content but not devices like Kindles through an internal marketplace site.

8 Wonderful Websites for Easy Coding Activities for Any Age or Level!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Throughout my 20 plus years of teaching I’ve integrated technology in the various subjects I’ve taught because the world needs all our learners to gain the digital skills needed to thrive, connect, and contribute in a connected world.

Barrow Oral History Project: An Update

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Back in 2009, the 5th grade classes, teachers, and I worked on an oral history project to try to capture some of the stories of Barrow’s history. Each student worked with a partner to interview a guest from Barrow’s past. This allowed them to just focus on recording.

K–12 Districts Turn to Professional Services After 1:1 Rollouts

EdTech Magazine

K–12 Districts Turn to Professional Services After 1:1 Rollouts. Anyone involved in a one-to-one initiative knows it can be much more complicated than just rolling out a cartful of Chromebooks and logging on to a Wi-Fi network.

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The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

This is especially evident over the decade, as schools have increasingly adopted mobile learning as a signature initiative using BYOD and 1:1 programs and investing in tablets to provide their students with access to a wealth of relevant educational content and learning opportunities.

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. How did you achieve that?

PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

They teach students how to think critically and solve evidence-based problems. Enter award-winning PASCO Scientific with a commitment to providing innovative, affordable tools for K-12 science and math programs. They provide a wealth of rugged, inquiry-based products to educators in more than 100 countries around the world. the Ergobot to teach both Forces & Motion and Programming & Robotics. It can detect movement within a range of 15 cm to 4 m.

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Jumpstart Engagement with Interactive Whiteboard Classroom Technology

ViewSonic Education

The interactive whiteboard stands out for its ability to amplify web-based resources and transform the way an entire roomful of students interacts with educational content. The Road to the Interactive Whiteboard. And classroom collaboration was set to skyrocket.

How TV Can Help In The Classroom And On The Field

Ask a Tech Teacher

It informs students in emergencies, updates them on historic events, and now–with extensions like Apple TV–connects them on a granular level to what they learn in their textbooks. Educational shows can be a great asset to a classroom, no matter what age the children are.

The Most Epic Digital Library For Kids and Educators

Kleinspiration

Today most kids prefer screen time to any other sort of entertainment. Children aged 5 to 16 on average spend 6.5 hours a day in front of a screen as compared to 3 hours in 1995. How to NOT waste your kid’s screen time? What else is there to love?

Reacting to Secretary DeVos at SXSW Edu

Leadership Lounge

Reacting to Secretary DeVos at SXSW Edu. Actually going to work each day to improve the system to create opportunities for students is hard. Adapt or die: how to cope when the bots take your job. Have a story to share?

Giving Voice to the End Users in Districts’ Technology Decisions

Digital Promise

Also be sure to check out our procurement study: Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing. In Baltimore County Public Schools, where I’m the purchasing manager, we’re underway on a strategic plan to prepare students for their chosen college or career path. Richard L.

How Tech is Part of my Education, Through the Eyes of a Student

Ask a Tech Teacher

He contacted me for help promoting his blog and I persuaded him to tell his story about the part technology has played in his education. I encourage all of you to read this, add your thoughts under comments, and then drop in on Tyler’s brand new blog to get him started.

AI Curriculum Is Coming for K-12 At Last. What Will It Include?

Edsurge

And when Cozmo said her name, “she was so excited she didn’t know what to do with herself.” Even better, it was Ayanna who had programmed Cozmo to say it. It’s one of several initiatives that promise to make AI as common in the classroom as it’s becoming in our lives. elementary and secondary schools teach the subject, maybe because there are so few curricula available for students. But that’s starting to change.

Teachers Teaching Refugee Children via Skype with Koen Timmers

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

OPINION: ‘Programs that give every student a computer instead of time with a teacher are misguided’

The Hechinger Report

This past semester I had the opportunity to observe two elementary classrooms using technology in new and exciting ways. One was a fifth-grade class at Whelan Elementary School in North Providence, Rhode Island, that had just agreed to begin a commercial personalized learning program. The other was a third-grade blended-learning classroom at Lincoln Central Elementary School, in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Teryl Magee @teryl_magee gives us five ways to use Flipgrid. She shares essential tips on how to use Flipgrid. This fun video tool is a great way to engage students at the beginning of school. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How does this work?