How to Design Learning Spaces in Libraries

The CoolCatTeacher

Carolyn Foote on episode 578 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Many schools are reimagining the learning spaces that some call libraries or media centers. Carolyn Foote takes us to the center of this trend to take us inside how she redesigned her learning space and the thought process behind it. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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. Today, media specialist Amanda Johnson talks about the massive success of some new sections she added to the library last summer and how she’s going to improve her library even more this summer.

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This is how you build the library of the future

eSchool News

Media specialists operating within the demands of 21 st -century innovation find themselves tasked with the responsibility not only to be as tech-savvy as possible, but to tap into their creativity to create an inspiring library learning environment. The 4 C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity) will drive our pioneering approach to developing the libraries of the future.

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.

7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, I strive to have personal interest projects for just about everything. Whether you’re already having genius hour at your school or you want to get started, this blog post will give you ideas for getting started with genius hour, no matter the age or grade. This young man made an app for his genius hour at school and has some great feedback to help us teachers revise and improve genius hour. ” They want to do work for an audience.

How to Build a Summer Reading List for Your Incoming Students

Waterford

School may be out, but it’s still important to keep students reading and learning over the break. Assigning a summer reading list to your incoming students can be a helpful way to prepare kids for the next school year and limit literacy-related summer learning loss.

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How to Put Kindness in Your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kindness is exactly what it sounds like — being friendly, generous, and considerate to others whether or not you think they deserve it. It’s not a payoff to someone who treated you well; it’s an attitude that seeps into every action in a person’s life. It’s unfortunate to note that some don’t see kindness in their homes. You must always have your antenna up, noticing when you need to intervene to tweak actions.

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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. The library is popular again!

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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. We start with “What do you want to know? What do you want to know about?”. They are using time to research and create a presentation of what they know. How does that work?

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

During the last four years of using flipped classroom techniques, I’ve come to rely on what is called the “in-flip” — I show the videos in class and interact with students to help them do in-class activities with what they’ve learned. If you use my link to sign up for Edpuzzle , you’ll gain access to a curated library of 50,000 free videos to use with your school. Even though I’d ask, students wouldn’t pause the video to do something.

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COVID-19 Is Forever Changing How Students Experience Libraries

Edsurge

There’s a ritual that kicks off every new quarter in Michelle Luhtala’s library at New Canaan High School, one where English teachers send a gaggle of students through her doors to pick a new batch of books. But how they execute their vision undoubtedly has.

Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Literature teachers are sure to be excited! You can assign texts for students to read. Click to see Owl Eyes. Browse or search the Owl Eyes library to see if your upcoming book is included. How Do Annotations Work? As the teacher, you can see and reply to their annotations within their book! How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes? As students read, you can assign questions to check for comprehension and point out important items.

Fascinating library project has students award peace prize

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This piece is the first in our new monthly series focusing on Innovative School Libraries and Librarians. 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.

iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? Want to help a student with a unique character spell their name? Today, Tony Vincent shares six ideas every iPad teacher needs to know. 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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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How to transform a library into a makerspace

eSchool News

In a recent edWebinar , hosted by edWeb.net, Michelle Luhtala, library department chair, and Donna Burns, technology integrator, both from New Canaan High School (NCHS) in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace. Making learning more real for students allows them to learn better in a much more energized school,” said Luhtala.

Public Libraries Can Improve Remote Learning. Here’s How.

Edsurge

At the moment, school districts across the country are grappling with the decision of whether to return to face-to-face instruction. It is important to note that teachers and schools offered from March through May was, in most cases, not best practice online learning.

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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Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Students who use Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, iPads, or any other device can now create books with this versatile, easy-to-use app. Standards: I’m using this project as a summary of all the graphic design lessons that I’ve taught my students, everything from color to fonts. I’m expecting them to use these principles in their books, but I’m also hoping that they’ll create a great keepsake commemorating why their hero is so special to them.

Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Kristen Mattson, author of Digital Citizenship in Action talks about how they’ve integrated digital citizenship into all of their courses at her school and how you can too. Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Vicki: How interesting.

How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

She said that the counselor from a college-enrollment effort was “a game changer” in helping her plan, apply, pay for — and navigate — her journey to campus. forcing a choice: Go to school exhausted or skip classes and learn the material on her own. That seems to be happening.

12 of the Best School and Classroom Grants and How to Apply: A Guide for Educators

Waterford

School funding issues have been both brought to light and exacerbated due to the COVID-19 crisis. As schools adapt to teaching in these new circumstances, many educators are in need of resources to make their lessons accessible online.

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Help Autistic Kids Travel by Making Ability Guidebooks

The CoolCatTeacher

However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. Learn about this technique and how to help children travel who may have fears. You can even make books for kids (or some older students might be able to as well.) It was so terrible to see.

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How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Incorporate STEM Trends into Your Library Makerspace.

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].

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? Instead of looking at this reality as a detriment, teachers can look at it as a chance to implement some creative teaching techniques. How can you use these platforms in your classroom, and how can you do so safely? Here’s a snapshot of how Snapchat works. Link snaps together to create a story.

How to Prevent the Summer Slide and Help Reduce Educational Inequality

Waterford

School’s out, and it’s time for both teachers and students to relax before preparing for next year. But even over summer break, students still need educational opportunities so they can return to school strong and ready to learn more. Three Ways to Prevent Summer Slide.

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Have you seen “What Works” for your schools? Amplify success with a video library of teaching

Edthena

Or even teaching fractions in a late-elementary classroom. Has every relevant teacher in your district been able to observe this teacher to learn from her example? But if you had a video recording and a way to share that video securely to all staff, it would be possible.

How to improve schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to students

The Hechinger Report

Summer break gave school leaders time to reflect on the lessons of the spring and create more effective reopening plans for the fall. I spoke to students — some attending school virtually, others in person — who shared their struggles and ideas for improvement.

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How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

Kleinspiration

This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting. It’s important to let them explore new things that may not be present in your curriculum but are in your students’ heads all the time. This is how we can awaken curiosity in young children and help them develop creative thinking. How to Get Started with Genius Hour?

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.

Bring back joy by teaching outdoors: A how-to guide

The Cornerstone for Teachers

It’s made me happy to see a renewed interest since COVID in the great outdoors, and folks who are tired of being cooped up and having limited travel options look for places they can go without huge crowds. Listen to the audio below, . How can we make it more accessible to all students?

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. This subscription-based tuition model doesn’t limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period, enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. 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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How Teachers Can Just Work 40 Hours a Week?

The CoolCatTeacher

Scroll down to download her free getting started guide. (I 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. I’m in the club and ready to go!! Members can choose to pay monthly or quarterly if they’d like, but these are installment payments. It’s not a month-to-month thing where people can drop in or out, and it’s not a bill they’re stuck with for the rest of their life.

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ADHD in the Classroom: How to Teach and Support Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Waterford

A survey of educators found that the majority lack enough information and classroom management strategies for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that they don’t feel capable to help them.[2] Tendency to fidget and trouble holding still.

Digital Technology in the Elementary Music Classroom

Tech Helpful

Elizabeth is a tech-savvy teacher and I knew she would have good tools to share! It is important to know what your goals are as well as what your students' level of proficiency is with the device they are using. Here's a non-exhaustive list of the digital music technology I use in my classroom, and a perspective on the benefits/disadvantages for elementary school students. It is also easy to set up midi through your computer keyboard or an external device.