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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.

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5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Connie Hamilton on Episode 495 To create a classroom culture of inquiry, we can follow these five techniques. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you.

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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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Improve Student Behavior Now!

The CoolCatTeacher

Darrian Tanner on Episode 471 of the 10-Minute Teacher I talked to my son, and he says that when a teacher has excellent classroom management, it means he can learn, and when they don’t, it means chaos and stress for everybody.

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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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. We all need to listen to Karen here.

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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3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? How can you use these platforms in your classroom, and how can you do so safely?

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.

How to Pick the Right Instructional Model for Your Classroom

Education Elements

Selecting the right instructional model to personalize learning is a bit like cooking dinner for my family. To better understand this analogy, it is important to be familiar with the three base models that teachers have in their proverbial pantry: station rotation, playlists, and flipped lessons. Let’s first explore where each model is most useful: Personalized Learning Classrooms

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about the current trends in hashtag learning and the popular techniques for harvesting learning from this social network. Visit www.coolcatteacher.com/econ for more information and remember to tweet out your pics about how you teach your students using #PowerofEcon.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I Learn about the 40 Hour Workweek Club for Teachers. This is such a great program that I asked Angela if I could link up with her to recommend her program to all of my readers. How does this program work?

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How to make your year more awesome

iLearn Technology

This week at Anastasis, we watched Kid President’s rules for being more awesome in this new year: “What if all made it our resolution to make this year awesome for somebody else?” I’m taking this resolution to heart and want to help make your year awesome!

GeoGuessr- Build critical thinking skills with this map-based game

iLearn Technology

What it is: GeoGuessr is a fun map-based game where students get virtually “dropped” somewhere in the world, and must explore the landscape around them through Google Street View to determine where in the world they are. All skills that are useful for any kind of learning!

Science for all: How to reach English learners

eSchool News

Many supports are available for ELs (bilingual programs, SIOP, SEI), but the elementary science materials available are disproportionately directed toward grade-level readers. For example, a fifth-grader reading grade-one content is learning that during the day the sun crosses our sky.

Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

iLearn Technology

With ClassPad, you can quickly add mathematical formulas, graphs, spreadsheets, and geometry sheets to share with your students (and other teachers). How to integrate ClassPad into your classroom: ClassPad is a fantastic tool for the mathematics and science classroom.

How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

iLearn Technology

In the last eight years, my posting habits have become pretty sparse, to say the least. As I was considering the best way to jump back into blogging, I couldn’t see going back to the way I’ve posted in the past. Secondly, I still have so much to share!

SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

iLearn Technology

What it is: Recently, the good people at SAM Labs sent me an Alpha Kit to play with and review. I love that as soon as students open it up, it puts them in charge of the learning. Best of all, it encourages the learning to happen through playful trial and error.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). A secondary goal has been facilitating a transition from blended instruction to blended learning.

StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

Nick Garvin , the founder of StackUp , was fresh out of school and wanted to apply for a job at Tesla Motors. His traditional resume failed to document the thousands of hours that he spent online in self-taught learning about the automotive industry.

How to make Cleveland ‘great again’

The Hechinger Report

CLEVELAND— Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. Officials gave themselves till 2016 to show progress.

Photomath: Scan math problems for immediate step-by-step instructions

iLearn Technology

With Photomath , students can scan a math problem and learn how to solve it with step by step instructions and an answer. When students get stuck, or need to check their work/understanding, not only do they have access to the answer, but also to the process.

Woot Math: Adaptive learning for fractions and decimals

iLearn Technology

What it is: Woot Math uses adaptive technology to personalize the math learning experience in new ways for 3rd-6th grade students. With a focus on fractions and decimals, Woot Math allows students many inroads to understanding.

5 reasons why blended learning programs fail-and how to save them

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This story is Part 1 of our April series on Blended Learning. Too often, educators who are considering investing in blended learning pull back after hearing horror stories of good programs gone bad. We want our teachers to see the success.

Swift Playground: Apple’s free app that teaches kids to code!

iLearn Technology

What it is: Swift Playground is an awesome new app from Apple that teaches kids how to code in Swift. This free app for iPads uses games to teach kids Apple’s coding language used to create apps. Students can even post videos of their creation for others to see!

Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

iLearn Technology

What it is: Be Internet Awesome is a fantastic new way to help your students make the most of the Internet by being prepared to make wise decisions as they navigate and interact online. Don’t Fall for Fake- teaching students how to discern real from fake online.

6 ways to improve PD in STEM for every grade level

eSchool News

Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had any specialized education or training in science, leaving them at a loss for PD in STEM. We’ve also learned a few PD in STEM lessons along the way. Featured on eSchool News How-to Professional Development STEM

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8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

iLearn Technology

Kiddle editors hand choose sites that deliver content that is age-appropriate and written in easy to understand language. Best of all, Kiddle’s image and video searches brings about the results you would expect it to for kids. This is a powerful addition to inquiry.

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YouCubed: Think like a Mathematician

iLearn Technology

If you are a math teacher (and even if you aren’t) you need to know about this awesome resource! Links to really wonderful math apps and games, videos and radio shows, tasks (also known as mathematical brain teasers), and visual mathematics resources. Depth of learning!

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

How to integrate My Simple Show into the classroom: My Simple Show is a fantastic option for digital storytelling. Students begin by choosing to write their own script, or by uploading a Power Point presentation. this is an awesome way to check for understanding!),

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Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: Flipgrid is a video discussion platform for your classroom that lets you engage and capture learning in new and awesome ways. It’s simple (and free) to get started, just create a grid and add a topic to spark some discussion.

Check123: Video Encyclopedia

iLearn Technology

How to integrate Check 123 into your classroom: Check123 is a great place for students to begin their research. The short format gives students just enough information to whet their appetites and encourage additional questioning.

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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. Link to show: Date: April 5, 2018.

Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started.

The Cornerstone Blog

Makerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I’ve never implemented one myself, and I can’t quite picture the logistics of orchestrating a Makerspace. How do kids know what to do? Time to review circuits and switches.

DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

iLearn Technology

I was first introduced to DragonBox through their Algebra app. DragonBox Numbers is for kids who are new to numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction. As they play, children learn about how big numbers work, and how to perform long addition and subtraction.

Which One Doesn’t Belong? K-12 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

iLearn Technology

is a site I learned about from @TeamBaldwin today. This math site is for students of all ages and challenges them to look at a set of four images and determine which image doesn’t belong and justify their answer. How to Integrate Which One Doesn’t Belong?

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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Seesaw: The ultimate ePortfolio for every classroom!

iLearn Technology

What makes Seesaw such an awesome option as a digital portfolio is the way that it empowers kids to build and keep a digital portfolio totally independently with features like QR code login for young students. This means that work “travels” with students from year to year.

Mathigon: engage, play, and explore math

iLearn Technology

What it is: Today I was working on our inquiry block framework for the 2017/2018 school year and, as often happens with inquiry, fell down a wonderful rabbit hole that led me to this site. How to integrate Mathigon into your classroom: There are several ways to use Mathigon.

SumBlox: explore number relationships through visual/kinesthetic play

iLearn Technology

** This is not a sponsored post, I’m just super excited about this product and can’t wait to see what our students do with it! I learned about SumBlox just a few weeks ago on Twitter as a share from ISTE from @michellek107 and @sumblox. These are going to be popular!