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I spent this morning at the Maker Tech Camp at Edwards Elementary here in Ames. Teresa Green is an innovative teacher who received a grant from the district last year to purchase various ‘maker’ resources. Since then she has been busy putting them and her students to work!

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Steve Floyd on episode 249 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. I want it to go over there.”.

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Micah Brown on episode 237 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. 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.

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT #22 | An Interview with Librarian Chad Lehman From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. How Chad introduces students to the space.

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What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom. It starts with a game of Robot Turtles, a board game by Thinkfun that’s being used at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Ill., to teach kindergarteners the basics of coding. “It It helps explain the step-by-step nature of coding,” says Todd Burleson, resource center director for this Winnetka Public Schools District 36 elementary school. Schools Get Started in Robotics. I use Twitter a lot.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Fleming says whether the district sets up a makerspace in an elementary school library, in a middle school classroom or in a high school cafeteria, each makerspace has a unique quality. Why not offer robotics in the makerspace to the entire student population ?

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Fleming says whether the district sets up a makerspace in an elementary school library, in a middle school classroom or in a high school cafeteria, each makerspace has a unique quality. Why not offer robotics in the makerspace to the entire student population ?

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

Catherine Davis-Hayes on episode 153 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Work to integrate arts into your lesson this week. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How exciting!

[On-Air Coaching] Staying Focused on the Learning Goals, Not the Technology – SULS006

Shake Up Learning

Jasmine is a second-year fourth-grade teacher at Marrington Elementary School near Charleston, South Carolina. Originally from California, Jasmine fills her time with a wide array of hobbies ranging from tandem bike riding to volunteering to singing in foreign languages.

Help Kids Learn to Code with Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

How kids can explore and create in STEM with ease From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We’ve finished our portfolios and it is time to celebrate. We have 3d printing, robot making, and all kinds of building going on.

Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah LaCrosse on episode 272 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science.

CUE Presents the LeRoy’s Big Idea 2017 Finalists

CUE

CUE is always looking for ways to not only acknowledge those efforts, but to support them. To support you. We want to help you bring your ideas to life, and in that way help your students to grow and succeed. We also pLAN to purchase 1-2 Spheros.

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Google Classroom: Top New Features to Learn Over the Summer #gafe

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Alice Keeler on episode 97 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.)

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This Teacher Started a Hands-On PD Lab That’s Sparking Change Across the District

Edsurge

In 2013, I was hired to teach computer science (CS) and video game design to students in grades K-5 at Monte Sano Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala. A year earlier, I had graduated with a teaching degree in elementary education.

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Beyond the Play: Code Career Day

EdTechTeam

So when “toys” are brought into the classroom, students think it is one of the greatest things to have happened since fidget spinners and slime. Teaching coding with robotics allows for that perception; toys in the classroom. How am I perfect for this topic, you ask?

Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 89 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. How it applies in middle and high school. Twitter handle: @globalearner.

Q&A: Adam Welcome on How K–12 Educators Can Integrate Technology for Engagement

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Adam Welcome on How K–12 Educators Can Integrate Technology for Engagement. One of the main draws of technology integration is finding new ways to engage students. However, many educators struggle with finding creative ways to introduce new classroom tools. . Twitter.

Part 2… 34 NCAA Basketball Lesson Plan Resources and Links … A PBL Series

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a second post containing 17 more amazing links to use during the NCAA Basket Ball Tournament. First, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans . image CC.

Learn Along with Me this Summer

My Paperless Classroom

This wasn''t going to be a summer of running summer camps, or teaching middle school students to blog. What was this summer going to be about? I am energized to work with teachers to get them creating digital content for their students.

How This Educator Bridges Creativity And Teaching Through Project-Based Learning

EdNews Daily

As you will see below, her love of teaching, personalized education and connecting to students to the real-world shines through. I have a dual certification in elementary and middle school ages. This training has enabled me to work students of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

The Facebook Scandal: What Can We Learn as Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Britt Watwood on episode 327 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today he reflects on the implications for educators and how he’s talking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal with other educators.

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Research from School Library Journal indicates that maker activities at elementary and middle schools increased by 4 percent from 2014 to 2017. Thomas School Dedicates Space to Bolster STEM Learning. Foster interest by allowing students to create STEM clubs.

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Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Isn’t Facebook a place to share personal information, stay in touch with friends and families, post pictures of weddings and birthdays? So why do students turn to it for news? Once again: Who gets news from Twitter? How Stuff Works. How to Research.

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Part 2… 30 NCAA Basketball Lesson Plan Resources and Links … A PBL Series

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a second post containing 15 more amazing links to use during the NCAA Basket Ball Tournament. First, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans . dates are already beginning to fill!

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Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

edWeb.net

Making learning more real for students allows them to learn better in a much more energized school,” said Luhtala. This process created both an opportunity and a challenge for Luhtala and Burns to convert this newly created space into a makerspace. Follow her on Twitter @mluhtala.

Code With Kids and See What Happens #hourofcode #edtech #edchat #caedchat

Adam Welcome

Do you think it’s here to stay? Kevin Honey (Middle School Principal) has a coding class for all 6th graders at his school, way to go beyond just #hourofcode - how about #yearofcode! Fun can often be a signal that something is relevant to students. Robots are cool.

21 Things Every 21st Century Educator Should Try This Year (2018 Version)

techlearning

Part of the popularity of the post was due to the Sean Junkins created infographic that accompanied the post. All that to say – Congratulations! If you are reading this post it means that you have taken the time to click on a link before just looking at the infographic.

Integrating Coding with SpheroEdu

EdTechTeam

These little ball robots have opened up so many possibilities. And the beauty is you can use this little robot in any lesson, in any subject, and with any age. For me, it all started in 2015 when I asked for a Sphero to use with my after-school Environmental Club. Our thought was to use the robot to create recycling videos for our school. It was amazing how swiftly my students learned the basics of coding. Twitter: @smilelearning.

Part 2… 30 NCAA Basketball Lesson Plan Resources and Links … A PBL Series

techlearning

Welcome to a second post containing 15 more amazing links to use during the NCAA Basket Ball Tournament. First, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans. Please stake a moment to enjoy these next 15 links.

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Computer Coding for Kids!

Kleinspiration

A parent stopped me during a recent social at our school to tell me how excited her son was to program an app. While we aren''t programming apps in class, I''d sure like to learn how! We traveled back in time to see what it would be like during the early 1900’s.

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Code With Kids and See What Happens - written with Karly Moura!

Adam Welcome

Do you think it’s here to stay? Kevin Honey (Middle School Principal) has a coding class for all 6th graders at his school, way to go beyond just #hourofcode - how about #yearofcode! Fun can often be a signal that something is relevant to students. Robots are cool.

Creating Professional Development

EdTechTeam

Unfortunately, I couldn’t even draw a straight line, so I how could I envision a career that allowed me to have a creative outlet? Fast forward to 2017 and technology has opened up doors to do things that were once inconceivable.

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Discovering the “Ultimate Classroom”: A Student Led Project Based Learning Inquiry

EdTechTeam

As a teacher, I knew all about project based learning and how rewarding it could be for students, but I struggled to imagine how I would make it work in my 4th grade classroom. As we returned to school in January, our inquiry took off.

Mahopac’s K-5 Students and Teachers Exemplify Best Technology Practices

EdTechTeam

Administrator’s were curious as to the best way to exemplify the use of instructional technology to parents within the Mahopac community. The original idea was to have me present on our technology program and outline some of the highlights of projects within the district.

Discovery Education Adds Engaging New Content Supporting Social Studies, the Earth Sciences and More to Award-Winning Digital Services

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. Content Exploring the Science of Happiness: Studies show that two out of three American teens are stressed and many don't know how to handle it.

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Technology Integration in a 21st Century Science Classroom

EdTechTeam

Students gather around the lab table helping one of the group members focus in on a specimen on a flat panel screen from a USB camera connected to the microscope. Another group of students is using a remote sensor that is strapped to a matchbox car traveling through banked turns and loops. The sensor remotely sends data, such as acceleration, angular velocity, and altitude to a spreadsheet on the student Chromebook in real time. How do we accomplish this in our classrooms?

Forward Failures, Future of Work and What’s (Not) the Next Big Thing in Edtech

Edsurge

In its 20th year, the Summit had a feeling of rolling up its sleeves: People talked about the tensions of trying to have civil dialogue between people who hold different points of view; they struggled with the ongoing challenge of trying to figure out “what works” in edtech and reform, particularly when efforts don’t seem to live up to expectations. We think it’s time to update our schools.” Some of it led to progress, and some of it did not,” said Childress.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Also, this week, thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge , I published a new post “ How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools? ” And, I also (unfortunately) needed to update my post on the W-2 phishing scam victimizing school districts across the country. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition).

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