Game Based Learning in Action

The CoolCatTeacher

On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of Game-Based Learning In Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games , talks about how to use games in the classroom effectively. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e26 8.

Learning Science Through Authentic Investigation

The CoolCatTeacher

She discusses how to incorporate the observation of phenomena and other Next Generation Science Standards in elementary science. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I want to go inside!”.

How to Get Students Moving for Academic Advantages

EdNews Daily

Without a doubt, teachers want the best academic and holistic outcomes for their students. Sit tight: Science suggests the secret to boosting brain power might be to keep kids moving. seated) to an active experience. Motivate children to learn by doing and presenting.

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Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula. While some teachers have already started to come up with creative ways to inject computer science into their programs, others may still be lost on how to introduce the concepts into the classroom. .

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How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students

Digital Promise

Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise? Research shows there are four elements that help students become naturally motivated to learn: challenge , goals , feedback , and curiosity. Below we share her tips, along with other research-based ideas to help developers create products to improve student motivation.

3 ways to leverage elementary coding for NGSS standards

eSchool News

If we are going to take instructional time to work with students to code more, we are going to have to quit doing something else in order to have the time to do it. eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News How-to STEM

How to Help Kids in Poverty Succeed in Life and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Click here to download the transcript or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Subtle bias of educators and how to address it. Want to hear another episode on helping kids in poverty?

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Standout with these 5 Lesson Improvement Tips

Wisewire

Tedious, time-consuming, and difficult are among the most common words used to describe the process. Small businesses that have a plan in place are proven to be twice as likely to succeed as those without. So how do you prepare for the school year?

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How to retain great teachers: Start with leadership opportunities

eSchool News

Finding and retaining effective teachers is one of the surest ways to improve student outcomes, according to research published in the Elementary School Journal and the Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education.

Blending with Playlists

A Principal's Reflections

In an effort to personalize learning more and more educators are turning to blended learning strategies. Before getting into the specifics of this post, it is important to flesh out each concept to ensure the efficacy of these shifts in pedagogy. Here’s how it works.

How To Ease Students Into Independent Inquiry Projects

MindShift

One early experience with a student in inquiry convinced me I was on to something. Throughout the course I saw Chris raise his hand during a class discussion only once, and it was to ask permission to use the washroom. To say he was a “good artist” would be an understatement.

How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning

MindShift

The digital landscape of American childhood is in flux, according to surveys: Most children under the age of 8 now have access to mobile devices in their homes. From Literacy to Literacies. What does it mean to be literate in a world where screens are ubiquitous?

Reflective Learning as the New Normal

A Principal's Reflections

The quest to improve pedagogy, and in turn learner outcomes, is a focus of many schools. We toil away at chasing the next big innovative idea, trend, or tool as a path to improvement yet little changes. Getting better at this seems to be a potential rallying cry.

How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change

Edsurge

Its roots can be traced back to the 1990s when Congress reauthorized Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) required the development or adoption of state assessments and tied them to Title I funds. These assessments, as well as the later assessments under NCLB, were originally envisioned as an effective means to measure student learning and hold educators accountable, but the results haven’t lived up to the promise.

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Sown to Grow: Nurturing a Growth Mindset Through Reflection

The CoolCatTeacher

How Student Goal Setting and Reflection Can Be Game-Changing in the Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sown to Grow is a student-driven platform where students set goals and reflect on their learning. Overview of Sown to Grow.

How to Craft a Learner-Centered Classroom – Guest Post from Ann Feldmann

EdTechTeacher

How can we craft learning environments that take advantage of technology to help students become independent, engaged, and reflective of their work? Knowing how to use the technology with the curriculum is critical to crafting a digital age learning environment.

How to Make Math More Emotionally Engaging For Students

MindShift

She didn’t consider herself a “math person,” but pre-calc came more easily to her than it did to most of her peers, and she spent a lot of time helping fellow students grasp the concepts. “It It felt good to be able to understand something and then be able to walk someone else through it,” she said. “It It was so gratifying, and made me want to stay on top of the subject.”. This goes beyond learning how to balance a checkbook,” Immordino-Yang adds.

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So Many Classroom 3D Printing Options – How to Choose the Right One

Fractus Learning

Since the technology is just beginning to enter classrooms and is new for most schools, choosing a good partner and printer is important when diving head first into this new world. How are 3D Printers being used? What to consider?

Summer learning loss widens the achievement gap. Here’s how to change that

The Hechinger Report

A third-grader examines his new box set at a school luncheon to promote summer reading. After schools close in June, parents struggle with finding safe, affordable ways to keep their children engaged. Added to this is the impact that summer break can have on student achievement.

5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters , talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns. Check out the free resource: Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better from Angela Watson. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

With insights on everything from Minecraft, to digital inking, to common mistakes made with technology and SEL, Michelle gives us an important overview of two things often not discussed together. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson.

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How to Play: Models for Game-Based Learning #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

How do we approach game development and what role does it have in learning? Play is fundamental to how we learn. How to make them work in education is the question. Learning things that are challenging for kids to learn is a process that unfolds over time across multiple media and experiences. What process are you seeking to support and where does a game fit in the process? Teachers are often surprised by how their students respond to games.

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.

8 Wonderful Websites for Easy Coding Activities for Any Age or Level!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Throughout my 20 plus years of teaching I’ve integrated technology in the various subjects I’ve taught because the world needs all our learners to gain the digital skills needed to thrive, connect, and contribute in a connected world.

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

It’s simple (and free) to get started, just create a grid and add a topic to spark some discussion. Embed YouTube or Vimeo videos, upload images for your students to discuss, feature a file or a weblink. Flipgrid makes for an excellent addition to the portfolio.

How We Got to Now: a student created mini museum

iLearn Technology

In November, I wrote a post about the book/PBS documentary series “How We Got to Now” by Steven Johnson. It reminds us just how interconnected the world is and that innovation doesn’t happen in isolation, but as a result of connection.

EdTech that “Sparks Joy”

Neo LMS

Ever keen to catch a trend on the upswing, I’ve curated a list of EdTech tools, apps and programs that are not only effective, but teach through joy. Teachers using the NEO LMS platform can use a host of nifty tools to really make learning accessible, self-paced and fun.

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1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?

Neo LMS

Project-based learning , as we have often examined in this blog, is a powerful way to not only impart information, by exploration, but has the added advantage of stimulating and developing a range of other skills and habits such as communication, creativity, curiosity, confidence and collaboration.

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Helping Learners to be Kind Online and Offline

Teacher Reboot Camp

I like to focus on getting students to spread kindness and feel the benefits of being kind versus being mean to others. To help students reflect more on how their words and actions impact others our objective this month is, “How to be kind online and offline!”

Response to the Claim that K has Become the New 1st Grade

Saving Socrates

This post is a response to a rather poorly drafted article in the Washington Post lamenting that Kindergarten has become the new 1st grade. Before reading this post, I strongly suggest you skim the article to better understand my response. Our nation and the left over 1960''s hippies continue to promote non-educationally sound ideas that don''t prepare our kids, or the poor, to really succeed anywhere. I learned how to read fluently by mid 1st grade.

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Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams for Education: Find the Blended Learning Tool that Works Best

EdTech Magazine

There are a number of digital classroom offerings available for K–12 teachers to use. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how K–12 schools can get started with using blended learning platforms. In Microsoft Teams, for example, students and teachers have access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Show me the evidence: Do new staffing arrangements actually work?

The Christensen Institute

As future-thinking schools experiment with ways to personalize learning—such as blended, project-based, exploratory, and mastery-based learning—it seems only logical that they also reconsider how they organize their instructional teams. Given the persuasive anecdotes and achievement results we saw from the schools we studied, innovative approaches to staffing seem like a worthwhile idea. Does non-traditional staffing help schools improve their outcomes?

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Q&A: Rachel Gorton On How K–12 Schools Envision the Future of Education

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Rachel Gorton On How K–12 Schools Envision the Future of Education. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how modern learning environments offer K–12 educators new teaching opportunities! EDTECH: What is Vision One91and how was it developed? We have 14 pathways for students to explore.

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Does Your School Offer Enough P.E.? These Statistics Will Shock You! #ProtectPE #ad

Kleinspiration

How Important Is Physical Education In Schools? I was fortunate enough during my first year of teaching to attend several Brain Gym classes and learn about how vital it is for students to have movement throughout the day. What Can You Do To Help?

Jumpstart Engagement with Interactive Whiteboard Classroom Technology

ViewSonic Education

The interactive whiteboard stands out for its ability to amplify web-based resources and transform the way an entire roomful of students interacts with educational content. The Road to the Interactive Whiteboard. And classroom collaboration was set to skyrocket.

New ways to identify struggling students

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. That’s a big change from how things happened before.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. At Edmentum , it’s our goal to put educators first in everything we do. One of the ways we do this is by working hard to make teachers' lives easier during the busiest times of the academic year. We believe that when test day rolls around, students’ scores should reflect their content knowledge—not their ability to decode the test itself.

Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

Blended-learning proponents can point to a growing number of schools that consistently achieve extraordinary student learning results. But is technology the key to their success? Recently, I visited five blended-learning schools in Las Vegas and the San Jose area that are earning accolades for serving low-income and minority students and achieving strong student learning outcomes: Dr. Owen C.

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

edWeb.net

While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., both education consultants, advocated for using groups to assist student learning. The gifted group. The slow group.