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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?

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.

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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.

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.

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?

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

User Generated Education

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. Some makerspace activities may be focusing on how to use the resources available and may not be connecting the activities to the curriculum or around a real world problem. We adapted the Design Thinking Process to include additional phases based on our own experiences in schools with educators and kids.

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Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

The CoolCatTeacher

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM, STEAM, and design thinking are buzzwords in education today. 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. Post on Social Media to enter to win some art supplies!

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.

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!

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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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.

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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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! To give you a closer look, they’re giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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

User Generated Education

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. Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts. They are given the option to write it alone or with a partner.

Toy Take Apart and Hacking

User Generated Education

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. Once you’ve fully dissected your toy, you can use the toy’s parts, your tools, and your imagination to create a new original plaything. ( [link] ). How-To. Participants select the toy they want to take apart.

This Amazing South Bronx School Grows 50,000 Pounds of Vegetables a Year

The CoolCatTeacher

They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. And while they can explore a wide variety of topics from the US Constitution to Ecology and Ancient China, I also like that you can assign these nonfiction texts at three different lexiles to supplement what you’re doing in the classroom.

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. In these spaces students are learning how to tinker collaboratively with a problem and keep trying until they find a solution. They wanted me to help them all the time. A Maker Mindset.

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Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started.

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Makerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I’ve never implemented one myself, and I can’t quite picture the logistics of orchestrating a Makerspace. How do kids know what to do? How can you find out what they’re learning? How do you make time for that with all the other tasks crammed into the school day? And how do you keep the Makerspace from turning into a chaotic mess? In the mood to browse?

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

Pioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula. Digital Promise recently started a coding working group for the League as a forum to share best practices and address challenges in implementing computer science. Relevance to Students. Integrating with the Maker Movement.

Learning Studio Makers Connect to Learn and Play

Digital Promise

What happens when students on different sides of the world connect to learn and play? We explored how students can “Play to Learn” in the most recent Learning Studios design challenge, which asked students to design a game of any format that helps the player learn something new. The design challenge culminated in the Play to Learn Virtual Game Exchange, where students connected on Skype to play their games with students at other Learning Studio sites.

From Tinkering to Technology—Advice from a Middle School Maker

Edsurge

He taught her how to code in her seventh grade Innovation and Design class at Redwood Day School. The following year, he challenged her to design a unique project using Arduino circuits. Hannah built a Whack-a-Mole game—and learned the invaluable skill of troubleshooting, the importance of asking for help, and just how far persistence, curiosity and creativity can take you. EdSurge: How did you become a maker?

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Educator Innovator

Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting. We started out with an introduction for each expert presenter (here is our slidedeck with presenter info and resources we referred to during the session.) Valerie Jopeck , Elementary Library Education Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. How have you connected (or not) with them? Maker Faire.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas! To get times for the keynotes or sessions, go to the conference " attending and schedule " page, which will also have the schedule in customized time zones starting early next week.

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