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

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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.

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. 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.

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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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.)

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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.

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!].

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. How Does Edpuzzle Work?

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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? How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes?

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.

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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.

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e242.

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]

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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.

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. How to Find the books.

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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].

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?

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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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. How to Get Started with Genius Hour? Talk to your students.

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.

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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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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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 to Keep Students Engaged With “Wow” Moments

techlearning

Teacher-librarian and school library media specialist Dayna Derichs wants every one of the 600 pre-K–fifth-grade students at Wheeler Elementary to have opportunities to experience the “wow” moments that happen when technology transforms learning

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!! How does this program work? How to Guides.

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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.

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Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

September is National Library Card Signup Month. I’ve always dreamed that every student in our school would have a library card, but each year it seems to slip off my plate. Barrow Elementary Facebook page. Happy Library Card Month!

How to Redesign the K–12 Media Center

EdTech Magazine

How to Redesign the K–12 Media Center. New, 21st-century pedagogies that focus on interactive curricula and collaborative assignments require new classrooms and media spaces to match. You want to ensure that it’s a place your community can take pride in.

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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.

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? Digital Library?

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

On the Friday before spring break at Meigs Middle School, special education teacher Matt Coe was busy preparing new lessons for his students now that schools were set to close due to the coronavirus crisis. That’s really cool to know that you’re having a positive impact.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

Recently one of our fifth grade teachers, Alice Sikkema, was chosen to present in the poster sessions at Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school.

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

At these times teachers, schools, and districts may decide to give students homework packets with various activities. Parents need to figure out childcare. Additionally, childcare is not as a big of a concern for older children, but what about elementary school students? Once you have a way to stay connected, families can be informed and updated as needed. Send the link to join to all your parents. Try to ensure parents can help their students log on.