Teaching makers: unraveling the maker movement

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I think that hands-on experimentation, design, invention and creating is one of the most stimulating things you can engage students in, and I lap up anything I can on the thriving maker movement. Teachers have been puzzling out how to make practical their lessons for eons: making rocket ships from matchsticks, paper mâché solar systems, cabinets in Woodshop and Beef Wellington in Home Ec. How can it be built so it does work?

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Elementary and primary students can learn to code. For Hour of Code week this week, learn how you can go past the Hour of Code and use coding all year long! Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. And why do we even want to code?

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Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

Master music teacher Amy Burns shares how her music students use Seesaw as a place for performance and sharing with parents and grandparents. Right now, my students are creating and managing a project as they are creating a podcast to record powerful stories from the recent storms in our area. Listen to the Show. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom.

How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect and learn more about Urkund today. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Stay tuned, also, to the Cool Cat Teacher Blog for some other learning.

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

Augmented Reality Lessons You Can Use Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Do you need safe, fun ways for students to connect and learn while keeping their distance in the classroom? Remarkably, there are best practices you can use to teach math, ELA, and more using Augmented Reality. This is going to be fun! Subscribe to the Show.

How to Create in AR and VR

The CoolCatTeacher

These let the teacher: View all student experiences in one place Edit and View Experiences in one place Share Student Experiences as a group Metaverse is free for teachers and students to create as many AR experiences as you want. The new classroom management features in Metaverse are free to try with promo code ARforEDU. Listen to Jaime Donally on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

The CoolCatTeacher

In this blog post, I’ll share the vocabulary I use for teaching programming, how I teach with Metaverse, and some new features that help us manage our classroom as students program in AR and share with each other. This is because Metaverse is simple and easy to use. Getting Started in Metaverse: Use this Metaverse Studio tour video to get started whenever you’re ready. The Metaverse YouTube channel is full of tutorials that you can send your students to get them started.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how. 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. This fun, gamified site is sponsoring Math games this February and students can compete to win prizes for themselves and your school. This is a great way to try out matific, help your kids boost their math skills and have fun.

Teaching Python: How Children Can Learn Python Programming

The CoolCatTeacher

Kelly Schuster-Paredes and Sean Tibor host the Teaching Python Podcast where they share how to help kids of all ages learn this valuable language. Before you think it is too hard or too difficult, you’ll want to hear their story about how Kelly is a teacher who became a coder and Sean is a coder who became a teacher and how it can be done at your school as well. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the coupon code COOL20.

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?

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

If you want to join a group of teachers doing Virtual Valentines, you’ll want to listen to the show and sign up by February 2. Also, learn about other projects throughout the year and how teachers design these projects to meet standards. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e237. We’re going to talk about Virtual Valentines and lots of other ways that you can connect and collaborate with other classrooms.

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.

Holistic Learning: Where Students Work Problems That Matter

The CoolCatTeacher

They are in the midst of an app building project that will require not only technical skills but will develop individual agency, development of new competencies and learning how students want to interact with the world. When students form teams based on their ideas and plan and create apps to bring those ideas into reality, they are being given a developmental experience that is transformative. Problems to Solve. It Takes Time to Develop and Learn.

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. There are those who want you to think that virtual reality will be everything. I don’t think a cartoon environment like in Second Life , is going to excite everyone.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. I use this tool when students are making Scratch video games for them to record their games and explain their scripts. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools

The CoolCatTeacher

They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e270. But today we’re going to talk about five ideas to change teaching with digital tools. How cute!

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. Former secretary of education, William Bennett, says, “An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul. Work to integrate arts into your lesson this week.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart is working with teachers in traditional subjects to let students immerse in the subject in Minecraft. In today’s show, learn about Minecraft EDU and how it is being used to teach. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. This is a perfect idea for special ed teachers and parents who want to use today’s show and make books Book Creator will let you record audio and video AND share the link with parents.

5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. Right now through August 31, 2017, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers – go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I’d like them to “make” that character.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. A big thank you to Karen. She couldn’t stand that I wasn’t able to get the Merge Cubes in my local Walmart and sent me one! I got in the mail TODAY (Tuesday) as I’m prepping this post to go live. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e288.

What Will It Take to Push the K-12 Maker Movement to Be More Inclusive?

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These days, schools are trying to figure out how to bring making into every facet of the school day, with mobile kits, clubs and more. And when it comes to incorporating making into everyday curriculum, Cicely Day and Knikole Taylor are experts. Cicely Day works in Oakland, California at Burckhalter Elementary School as an instructional teacher leader, where she helps support teachers and students in ELA/math and in the computer lab. Everyone's a maker.

Virtual Valentines and 2 Other Cool, Easy Collaborative Ideas for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dyane Smokorowski talks about Virtual Valentines, the Awesome Squiggles Project, and a fun trip with teachers to the San Diego Zoo this summer. Now is the time to sign up for Virtual Valentines where you’ll be paired with a classroom in another part of the world. Her 17-year passion for global collaboration has led Mrs. Smoke to design over 75 projects for teachers and students around the world.

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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3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

For example, I had to assess “over the shoulder” by looking at what students were doing. Now, using 3DBear , I’m able to offer students a classroom where they can create and share. Also, I’m able to easily assess and share their work in AR. Simply explained, augmented reality lets students add digital elements to their physical world using their phone’s camera lens while looking through the screen. Check out 3D Bear How are teachers using AR to teach?

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

While I won’t claim to ever be perfect, I have learned so much over the last seventeen years. It’s also true that you can’t always wait until you have that relationship to start teaching. So I prefer to teach with methods that help build relationships as I teach. They are sponsoring this post, and since some of their most popular courses are on the topic of classroom management, they asked me to create a resource for helping teachers with classroom management.

5 Ways Adobe Premiere Rush Encourages Creativity in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Product Review: Features, Lesson Plan Ideas, and Tips From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Adobe Premiere Rush is a simple to use video creation tool that includes powerful camera features, video editing, and publishing features. Here’s how.

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Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

The CoolCatTeacher

In addition to true STEM projects, we also work to include the arts in all subjects. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is open to children aged 4 – 15 in the United States. How to Use the U.S. As you can see, students can use imagination and artistry to share dreams of the automobile’s future. In summary, in addition to their artwork, students will need the entry forms and their parents to sign off on their entries.

6 Super Science Edtech Ideas: Using Technology to Level Up Science Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now. And thanks to Legends of Learning for sponsoring science week this week on the 10-Minute Teacher. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coollcatteacher.com/e272. Tools to enhance student voice. You know, you have to be careful.

Making Better Videos and Movies with Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e297. Joe: Anywhere you want to. I teach a graduate class, and I challenge my teachers to do it, regardless of what they teach. Every time a teacher says we’re going to divide, there’s a groan in the room.”. You want to have a purpose, though. But it just HAS to be there.

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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. 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. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e241. You don’t have to choose!

Different Schools for a Different World

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Scott McLeod, co-author of Different Schools for a Different World , has a frank conversation about the change that needs to happen, how long it will take to happen, and the next steps for promoting creativity in schools. That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community.

Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey , co-author of the Google Cardboard Book , shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. Right now through August 31, 2017, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers – go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Donnie has sent photos and items to embed for you! I always like to use Google Maps.

Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program

The CoolCatTeacher

Teaching kids to code starts with helping them understand the concepts behind coding before you get into syntax. This week I’ll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more.

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. Link to show: Date: April 5, 2018. How have we gone off track? How is standardized teaching different from a one-size-fits-all teaching? Who wants to be standard?