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 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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Making Music with iPads and #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Justin Kamp @kampmiltonmusic Kids can learn to make music with iPads and technology. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Technotunes and how to use them.

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How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

Ask a Tech Teacher

At some point in your child’s education journey, you’re going to feel the need for tutoring. She lives in Illinois with her two-year-old Bridgette (who already knows how to count from one to ten) and a pet dog. Request to Interview the Tutor.

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How To "Amp Up" Your Traditional Lesson Planning in Today's Classrooms

Kleinspiration

If We Expect Students to Collaborate, Are WE Leading By Example? Granted, we (as educators) are pushing each other's thinking and offering ideas, but how are we taking our practice a step further and truly connecting with those who we collaborate with online?

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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.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. She holds firm to the belief that student access to technology is the great equalizer.

Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month

The CoolCatTeacher

Eric Curts gives us five ways to use Google apps, extensions and tools to celebrate Poetry Month. From blackout poetry to rhymefinding extensions, learn about some tools you can use all year long in your language arts classes. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how students are teaching each other drone piloting and other examples from Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e241. Vicki: Well, I have to tell you this, Pam.

What one thing should a student know, understand, or be able to do by the time they leave elementary school?

Reading By Example

I don’t want to know how many other faces have been pushed into this toy. My daughter and I were in a waiting room today, trying to occupy ourselves while my son was with the dentist. No surprise; I have found the bigger the pond, the less likely I am to get a bite.

3 Ways to Add Student Voice to Anything!

Kleinspiration

When Jacob came home last year with a project for school, he wanted to use the iPad. He even started making tutorial videos to teach others how to make forts. LiveScribe Sound Stickers As an affiliate of LiveScribe, you can click here to get 15% off a Pen now.

Learning First, Technology Second #motivationmonday

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Liz Kolb @lkolb talks about how we can put learning first and a very important reason technology should be second. Click to download the PDF transcript or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

Going Beyond the Hour of Code

Digital Promise

Code.org has created a great compilation of resources for how students can continue learning. In this post, I’d like to suggest some ideas for how teachers who are new(ish) to CS can go beyond the Hour of Code. Read a book, blog, or magazine.

Encouraging Out-of-School Reading and Writing Habits

Digital Promise

A recent Scholastic survey of kids and families’ reading behaviors shows that only 39 percent of children ages nine to 11 read for fun most days of the week. This drops further to 27 percent of children ages 12 to 14. Encouraging peers to make recommendations to each other.

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Young Adults Don’t Read. Here’s What We Can Do About It.

Edsurge

It’s that they choose not to. In 1980, 60 percent of 12th graders said they read a book, newspaper or magazine every day that wasn’t assigned for school, one study found. Reading has the potential to open doors, expand horizons, and provide escape. So how do we open the door?

TCEA 2019: How One K–12 Principal Put Google Classroom to Work

EdTech Magazine

TCEA 2019: How One K–12 Principal Put Google Classroom to Work. Now, districts are discovering that it can be equally transformative for administrators, giving principals, teachers and staff a better way to manage the nuts-and-bolts tasks that keep schools running smoothly. .

Chrome Can: Interactive, Non-linear Stories

Dr. Shannon Doak's Blog

One way to help make learning to write and building a students competency in writing for a variety of audiences and styles is to give students a chance to practice writing different genres. A great place to start is at the Twine Wiki.

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The 2013 Highlights from Kleinspiration!

Kleinspiration

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family and caring friends. I''m lucky to have a job that I adore and hobbies that support what I enjoy doing. Because of these experiences, I''ve had the opportunity to meet many of you in person. Hugs to you all!

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom… Putting the Arts in STEM

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post that recognizes that the Arts must be in STEM! Take some time to enjoy this wonderful journey of STEAM Resources. First, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. Do you want to save some cash?

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Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. In today’s show, Alan November discusses a groundbreaking new assessment strategy to make you think: The origins of this strategy. How it applies in middle and high school. I’ve learned not to try.

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Research from School Library Journal indicates that maker activities at elementary and middle schools increased by 4 percent from 2014 to 2017. Thomas School Dedicates Space to Bolster STEM Learning. Foster interest by allowing students to create STEM clubs.

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Making MAKEing More Inclusive

User Generated Education

Maker education (often referred to as “Maker Ed”) is a new school of educational thought [at least in terms of having an “official” educational label – JG] that focuses on delivering constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units to students.

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?

NeverEndingSearch

Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC), our IMLS-funded study, uses simulated Google result lists to examine what happens when student researchers make real-time search engine result page decisions. Wikipedia appears to be an exception. Elementary think alouds.

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What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom. to teach kindergarteners the basics of coding. “It It helps explain the step-by-step nature of coding,” says Todd Burleson, resource center director for this Winnetka Public Schools District 36 elementary school. When we needed to take it to the next level, it felt very natural to go from coding to robotics.”. Expose Students to Progressive Technology.

Discovering the “Ultimate Classroom”: A Student Led Project Based Learning Inquiry

EdTechTeam

As a teacher, I knew all about project based learning and how rewarding it could be for students, but I struggled to imagine how I would make it work in my 4th grade classroom. As we returned to school in January, our inquiry took off.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia over the past several years as the state moved from testing to transformation. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

5 Ways to Build Real Teacher-Student Connections for the Year Ahead

Edsurge

Summer is the time for many educators to reboot, relax, and re-energize for the upcoming school year. Some attend conferences, participate in webinars, or read up on educational trends to learn and grow before putting their newly-acquired knowledge into practice in September. I also spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about how my son will adjust as he enters his first year of high school. Perhaps they too are using the summer to think about the same thing.

Organizing the Edtech Toolbox

edWeb.net

Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at Milford Public Schools, MA, talked about why they wrangled their technology and how having a defined edtech toolbox improved teaching and learning overall. Teachers aren’t able to come home from a conference anymore and download the latest app.

Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

techlearning

This is no small feat, considering that she and now-NJ Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet stepped into a struggling district with 75% of students reading below grade level (half of those being three-to-six grades below).

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In April, I will do Poetry.

techlearning

I adore how words make me feel and think And speak for me when anxiety shuts me down. When strung together in poetic ways, Words reflect who we are and show us who we’re meant to be. I want my students to feel their power and surrender to the possibility.

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom: Putting the Arts in STEM

techlearning

A look at the works of Leonardo da Vinci will attest to this! The very first time I heard the idea of integrating the Arts into STEM education was while watching a keynote made by Daniel Pink at the NECC Conference in Washington DC… yes prior to ISTE Conferences!

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The Open Classroom: A Perspective on Differentiated Instruction

Leadership Lounge

In the 1960s, when America became frightened by the Soviets' rapid space advancements during the Cold War, educators pushed new approaches on how students should be taught and how they should learn. We wanted students to know not only how math concepts operated, but why.

Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

But I also bemoaned the lack of opportunities available to non-CTE students who wish to work with their hands. Many are being assembled and supported by industrious librarians looking for new ways to offer their students hands-on learning opportunities.

Research-Based Solutions to Address Math Anxiety

MIND Research Institute

Headlines about math anxiety never seem to stop making the rounds on my newsfeed: Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. High anxiety: How worrying about math hurts your brain – TIME Magazine.

If You’re Serious About Designing Edtech Solutions, Start With the Learners

Edsurge

Growing up in San Francisco with parents who devoted their lives to the nonprofit and public education sectors, my primary contact with Google, Facebook, and Apple was as a user. I was only vaguely aware of their physical presence off the 101 freeway on the way to my grandparents’ house, and I can’t remember ever talking to anyone who worked in tech. So how do we know we’re contributing to the solution and not aggravating the problem?

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Part 4: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Turning STEM to STEAM… 24 Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this fourth post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.

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How Middle School Obsessions Can Shape Career Paths.

Edsurge

Think back to your days in middle school, specifically to what you did after you slung your backpack off at home and began to unwind. My memories involve shopping for JNCO jeans, using AOL Instant Messenger to chat with friends and obsessively listening to music from popular boy bands including Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and especially Hanson. I lived in a small town and didn’t know how I was going to meet him. Fast forward to 2018.