How to Learn in an Online Classroom – Student Tutorial

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For synchronous classrooms From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In addition to a learning management system (LMS), students need to know how to learn in an online synchronous classroom. How do they engage? How do they exit?

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How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. Yes, young children have something to say to the world! Danielle shows us how. Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses.

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How to Create Massive Multiplayer Kahoot Games

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Today’s guest, George Pearce, talks about how he streams Kahoot games, handles security and privacy, fights bots that allow cheating and attack his Kahoot games, and also how he deals with a lag to make game competitions more equitable even when hundreds of miles separate the learners.

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Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

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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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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. 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?

How to Encourage Girls in Your Classroom to Get Involved in STEM

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Did you know that despite similar interests and abilities in STEM subjects (defined here as science, technology, engineering, and math), women are considerably less likely to end up in STEM careers? There Is a Gender Gap in STEM Education, and Here’s Why. Latinas in STEM.

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How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

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Dan Meyer on episode 513 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Dan Meyer @ddmeyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it. Listen Now Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Full Bio As Submitted Dan Meyer Dan Meyer @ddmeyer taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math. So how do we start, Dan?

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5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology

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Elementary Math can be exciting. Check out these five ideas to use technology to make math exciting. 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.

Teaching Science Online with Chris Anderson

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As schools are working to blend teaching or go completely online, what about science? Isn’t science supposed to be totally hands-on? Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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Stem Education in 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

A growing focus of schools is STEM. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Brianna, has some general observations about STEM education in 2020: Stem Education in 2020. People keen on mathematics, physics, or IT were awe-inspiring and seemed to have supernatural abilities.

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How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

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Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students. She talks about how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary. 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.

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Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race

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Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e258. So Heidi, tell us about this opportunity and what you’re going to be doing. How can we follow along? Go to: [link].

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How to Teach STEM Every Day

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STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Science is our natural world, from the land we live on to the oceans and space we aspire to visit. It’s the weather that changes our picnic plans to the natural disaster that destroyed a town in our own state. Technology includes the iPads toddlers play on, the smartphones we use to guide our days, the apps that turn our lights on and off–or start our car. C-STEM Studio.

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How to Make Math Moments That Matter

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Kyle Pearce shares how to inspire math learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Math shouldn’t break your heart. But how? Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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How to Teach AI in the Classroom

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These let the teacher: View all student experiences in one place Edit and View Experiences in one place Share Student Experiences as a group Metaverse is free for teachers and students to create as many AR experiences as you want. The new classroom management features in Metaverse are free to try with promo code ARforEDU. Listen to Michelle Zimmerman on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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How to Promote Deeper Learning with the 4 Shifts

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On today’s show, Julie discusses these four shifts and how it compares to other models such as SAMR. Listen to Julie Graber Talk About the Four Shifts Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Julie is a Defined STEM, a K–12 curriculum resource curriculum with engaging project-based lessons that are based on real-world scenarios. This means that if you choose to buy I will be paid a commission on the affiliate program.

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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. 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.

How to make elementary teachers stronger in STEM

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It’s no secret elementary teachers are often weakest in STEM. Despite renewed interest, calls for funding, and presidential appeals, true STEM integration is missing from a large number of classrooms across the country. And to hear Patty Born-Selly tell it that’s especially true at the elementary level. Students, in turn, feel detached from science and math, which may dissuade them from pursuing STEM subjects at higher levels later on.

5 Ways to Help Kids of All Ages Code #HourofCode

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Here are your ideas to get started. Brian Aspinall, author of Code Breaker : 15+ Ways to Get Started with Coding, shares how students from kindergarten to high school can start to learn coding. I’ll be co-hosting a panel conversation on how I help kids learn how to personalize their own learning, how we can differentiate instruction, and we’ll have an “old fashioned” tool share at 2 pm in the room.

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How to Make Science Thrilling from a “Jurassic Park” Mind

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Listen to Hear Ideas You Need to Know Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Dr. Ray Ann Havasay Executive Director Dr. Havasy is the Executive Director of The Center for Science Teaching and Learning, a global STEM education organization. Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Science Teachers Society and Ethics STEM Thought Leader Thursday

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Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

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Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process.

3 Free Ways Teachers and Students Can Collaborate Globally

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They have two STEM challenges running now. Both challenges have students designing STEM or STEAM solutions to our world’s problems and submitting their solutions via video and an online application form. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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How to Encourage Gender Equity and Equality in the Classroom

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As an elementary school teacher, you may think your students are too young for discussions about gender. Here we’ll discuss what gender equality is, how it differs from gender equity, and why both gender equity and equality need to have a place in your curriculum.

How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education with Michael Cohen

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I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. Just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico to learn more. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. He is the author of Educated By Design: Designing the Space to Experiment, Explore, and Extract Your Creative Potential.

50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students

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Teachers, we know how hard it can be to plan remote activities that are engaging and educational. We’ve organized this list into two sections to help you better find what you need. The free coding games on Tynker can make for fascinating virtual STEM activities.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

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Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important. Today in the show, I recommend taking this quiz to see if Angela Watson’s 40-hour workweek club is right for you. Want to hear another episode on helping students learn?

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

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While I use it for my video tutorials, I also have my students make their own screencasts to help me assess their progress. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work. Specifically, I’ll mention features of Screencastify , the tool I recommend for students to use for Google Chrome or Chromebooks. (If For their assessments this week in my class, my students are demonstrating the process they use to code their video games.

20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

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Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

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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. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality.The entry period ends this week – Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

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Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

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Judy Willis in How to Teach Students About the Brain writes: If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step. Even young students can learn strategies for priming their brains to learn more efficiently. Thus, instruction in brain function will lead to healthier learners as well as wiser ones.

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

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Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Kyle helps us understand how to improve math understanding with kids who struggle. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Make Math Visual. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e304. Why do we want to make math visual? Making math visual is something that’s near and dear to my heart.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

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Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e317. Laura: Hyperdocs are basically links that we provide for children to access different websites and articles that we want them to read. See Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers. Okay, so how do literacy task boards work in hyperdocs?

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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. 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?

Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

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Literature teachers are sure to be excited! You can assign texts for students to read. Click to see Owl Eyes. Browse or search the Owl Eyes library to see if your upcoming book is included. How Do Annotations Work? As the teacher, you can see and reply to their annotations within their book! How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes? As students read, you can assign questions to check for comprehension and point out important items.

FREE MATH FUN: The Matific Games are Here

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In this post, I’ll share about the Matific Math games, how to get started, and why Matific is so awesome. Along with being able to set multiple languages, each student can work at their own level through a personal playlist set by the teacher. And right now, you can sign up free to participate in the Matific Games. How Do the Matific Games Work? The goal is to finish with the highest average number of stars collected.

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