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. So let’s unpack three of the pedagogically relevant concepts that drive the Maker Movement.

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

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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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education #notatiste19

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The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. 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

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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.

7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

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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.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

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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.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

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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.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

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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. Favorite tools to use with younger kids.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

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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.

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

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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. 7 Ways to Get Started.

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

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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.

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

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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.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

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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.

Holistic Learning: Where Students Work Problems That Matter

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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. Problems to Solve. It Takes Time to Develop and Learn.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

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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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools

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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. How cute!

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

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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. Work to integrate arts into your lesson this week. How exciting!

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

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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. I got in the mail TODAY (Tuesday) as I’m prepping this post to go live.

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

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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. How does AR work in 3D Bear?

Minecraft in the Classroom

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I’d like them to “make” that character.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

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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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Making Better Videos and Movies with Students

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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. You want to have a purpose, though.

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

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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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Tools to enhance student voice.

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.

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

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Today Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey , co-author of the Google Cardboard Book , shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. 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.

Different Schools for a Different World

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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. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

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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.

Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program

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Teaching kids to code starts with helping them understand the concepts behind coding before you get into syntax. 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.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

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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’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

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From Project based learning, global projects and steam to the biggest heartbreaks of second-grade teachers, Carol shares it all. She gives a pep talk for second-grade teachers that will get you excited to innovate! Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Displays: A Maker Education Project

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I have the privilege of working with gifted kids at two elementary schools with over 80% Hispanic students. See Halloween Wars: An Interdisciplinary Lesson with a STEM, STEAM, Maker Education Focus for more about this. Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

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If there is someone other than the teacher managing the makerspace or there is a schedule for the school, your kids may only be able to use it once a week or month. The educator can assist learners in the interview process including how to develop interview questions.

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Toy Take Apart and Hacking

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I have done it multiple times during my summer maker camp for elementary level kids, my gifted students, and at conferences as part of teacher professional development. Use screwdrivers, seam rippers, scissors, and saws to remove your toy’s insides. How-To.