Standards-Based Grading: How to Start the Journey

The CoolCatTeacher

Today we talk to an award-winning French teacher turned Instructional Technology Program Manager who can help us understand the pitfalls and possibilities of successful implementation. Listen to Nicole Naditz talk about Standards-Based Grading Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Prior to that, she taught French for 25 years, winning numerous awards for her work designing authentic relevant learning experiences for her students.

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How to use an LMS for teaching and professional learning

eSchool News

Picture this: You roll out a new learning management system (LMS) for students, but all of your professional learning is either hosted on a different platform or conducted in person with notes shared via email afterward.

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Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM can level up and it must begin to include underrepresented communities of women and minorities. Summer is a great time to learn how to do that as you prepare for fall and back to school.

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Palm Trees and Professional Learning

Buncee

This past weekend, I had the honor and privilege to travel with Buncee to Teach Your Heart Out in Miami, Florida. I was so excited about sharing my love for Buncee and to meet and learn from so many educators that inspire me daily. I wanted to write this blog to share some of my takeaways from the event. It was the best way to start the event and our morning! One tool that he shared that I can’t wait to learn more about is Empatico.

A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning

edWeb.net

Faced with implementing new standards and inquiry-based instruction for over 180 school districts and over 30,000 social studies teachers with a department of two people, the social studies team at the Georgia Department of Education turned to virtual learning communities on edWeb.net to reach Georgia teachers and leaders. How they did it. The impact on student learning. What they’ve learned over the past two years as they start year three.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. 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. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e243.

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5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards

The CoolCatTeacher

Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. 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. 5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards. You don’t have to start all over again.

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5 Strategies for Coaching Instructional Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

Targeted to both administrators, instructional coaches, and technology coaches – Sherry has five practical ideas to get us started. Sherry is the author of Coaching Redefined: A Guide to Leading Meaningful Instructional Growth. Listen to Sherry St. Clair talk about effective instructional coaching Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! You don’t need Twitter to read it.)

How to Use Google Keep in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

She uses it to organize her students, clubs, and so many things. She’ll share her tips and tricks and even when she decides to use Evernote instead. Learn all about this tool that has educators talking (especially those with Chromebooks.). Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Want to hear another episode on productivity and organizing? Listen to Aaron Sams talk about 5 Ways to Master Tech and Not Be Its Slave.

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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.

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. Makerspaces support hands-on exploration and learning.

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Shoot, I Did It Again: 3 More Ways to Implement Video in Professional Learning

Edsurge

More and more schools and organizations are wanting to integrate video as a professional learning tool for teachers. At Edthena , a video coaching and professional learning platform, we work with many organizations working with video for the first time. A common concern for administrators and teachers is the how-to of integrating video into their culture of practice. Coaches end up providing more feedback to teachers with a more efficient process.

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

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Why being in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) is essential for the growth of a 21st century teacher.

Linways Technologies

If you are really interested in teaching, maintaining a relationship with your community of teachers is elementary for your growth in terms of both private life and career-wise. A community, in this sense, would be a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers. It is a community that exists on mutual share and learn of information. The learning happens in the form of feedback, insights, documentation, new contacts, or new business opportunities.

Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Others paid attention to the data and rising number of coronavirus cases and used their summers more wisely to design for better remote/hybrid learning and teaching than the mostly-low-level direct instruction, digital worksheets, and paper homework packets that we saw last spring.

2 hours, up to 200 people, 1 low price

Dangerously Irrelevant

Schools who are trying to focus on deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion are finding the protocol to be helpful in their efforts. 1 or 2 follow-up sessions to go deeper (e.g., 1 or 2 follow-up sessions to go deeper (e.g.,

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. In today’s show, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach discusses helping kids in poverty succeed and: How we start helping kids in poverty. Subtle bias of educators and how to address it. Want to hear another episode on helping kids in poverty? 12 Course Bundle from PLP for Summer Learning .

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How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Coaching a coach is an exciting experience, but everyone has struggles that they need to mastermind one in a while. Alison Jalufka is a Learning Coach at an elementary school in her Central Texas school district. She started her teaching career in elementary education as a first-grade teacher and now has the opportunity to make an impact as a tech coach. .

SEL Skills Are More Vital Than Ever. Here’s How to Choose the Right Tools.

Edsurge

In January, our team published a report on social-emotional learning research that has taken on new importance during the past few months. Millions of students have been home for months now and are unwitting participants in a real-time distance learning experiment.

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California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Broadens Partnership with Discovery Education Transforming Instruction Districtwide

techlearning

­ - District Chooses Discovery Education’s STEM Connect to Bring STEM Lessons to Life for Students Districtwide - Silver Spring, Md. September 25, 2018) – California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) today announced it is expanding its partnership with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

How to Find the Best iOS Apps for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Find the Best iOS Apps for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The App Store is NOT the best place to find apps for your classroom. The best way to find apps is to connect and learn from other teachers using apps in their classroom. I have also included a list of hashtags, as well as a fantastic list of educators to follow on Twitter! Teach her how to find apps, she can facilitate learning for a lifetime.”

A Shopping List for Mathematics in the Digital Age

edWeb.net

As mathematics pedagogy moves further toward thinking about the process of getting the answer rather than just the answer itself, developing problem-solving skills is key to student success. Students should be able to clearly find and refer to rubrics as they review teacher feedback.

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. Unfortunately, teachers and students are often unable to be sure there will be dependable, robust access outside of school depending on family and community circumstances. Teachers are available to even collaborate after hours and comment right then and there on the actual documents,” said Dr. Cory.

Multistate Initiative Will Help Elementary Teachers Integrate Coding and Robotics into the Classroom

techlearning

Nonprofits in eight states are first to partner with developer of popular educational robots; Wonder Workshop initiative will provide teachers with professional development to support state-of-the-art coding and robotics education. Providing educators with training to teach coding and robotics is necessary for schools and districts to meet the growing demand for these skills from parents, teachers, and principals.

How a Principal Uses edWeb to Personalize PD

edWeb.net

In May, when edWeb.net surveyed principals, personalized professional development for teachers was the number one topic of interest. With all the responsibilities and tasks on principals’ plates, relevant, engaging professional development focused on best practices can be extremely challenging. Teachers are expected to be the best every single day, and this expectation can weigh heavy on them unless principals support them with productive instructional practices.

Geo-Inquiry in Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Geo-inquiry helps students learn through geographic based explorations. Geo-inquiry expert Jim Bentley (author of the free National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Educator Guide ) talks about what this project-based learning method looks like in his fifth-grade classroom. This Wonderful Classroom Wednesday melds together PBL, inquiry-based learning, Geography, Science, and Social Entrepreneurship into a fascinating approach that teachers will want to understand.

Class Tech Tips: How-To Find Success in Your Co-Teaching Partnership

techlearning

Professional development can take many forms. The most powerful professional learning is relevant and actionable. I’m so excited to share a new online course from a former colleague and fellow Participate author. Finding Success in Your Co-Teaching Partnership is now open for enrollment, and you’ll want to check this out! Co-Teaching Partnership As a classroom teacher, I had the opportunity to teach in a co-teaching placement.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

He shares how you can use this tool to teach vocabulary and save time for other things! Download the transcript by clicking here or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. In today’s show, Jon Corippo talks about how we can transform teaching vocabulary with Quizziz: How Quizziz is different from Kahoot and Secretive. Making it easier to teach vocabulary.

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with the entire leadership team of District 59 in Arlington Heights, Illinois for SEVEN days. We met approximately once per month from September to May. They allowed us to go both broad and deep, to chart a progression over time that would build leadership understanding and capacity. How could we make them better? How could we make them better? Scott was a model for how to teach.

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Announce Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Elementary School Contest Winner, Set to Empower the Next Generation of Fiscally Fit Leaders

techlearning

Mary’s Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska as the $10,000 grand prize winner of the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! The contest invited elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.” Mary’s was also awarded a $1,000 prize to donate to a charity of their choice, with the goal of teaching students about the value of making donations. Mary’s Elementary School, Bellevue, Nebraska. “St.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Ask most teachers what they think of their district’s professional development (PD) and you’ll most likely get a grimace or an outright groan. But PD tools don’t have to be unproductive. Video coaching with Edthena provides us with a sustainable and scalable professional development model. Being able to leave timestamped comments has allowed us as coaches to create conversations at the specific point in time that we want the teacher to reflect on.

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Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e305. We are going to talk about five ways to help kids understand digital safety without scaring them to death. Wanda, how do we get started? Give kids an opportunity to practice.

Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak

The CoolCatTeacher

He also shares how flexible seating should go with more student voice and choice in their learning. Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit in classrooms today! Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system out there. I’ve included a comparison matrix with features to help you figure out what system is best for you. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Amazon Alexa in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Bill Selak @ billselak shares how he’s using Amazon’s Alexa via the Echo and Dot in the classroom. He shares the ideal grades (in his opinion) and how the Echo is an “assistant” of sorts for his teachers. He also talks about how his school made an app for the Echo and about the biggest mistake they made in implementation. Download the transcript or scroll down to read an organized transcript on this page. And I do want to warn you.