How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Resources to Learn More.

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5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman gives our writing workshop a makeover. 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.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom.

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. Scroll down to enter the giveaway contest! Cool Lesson Plans to Help Kids Learn to Code.

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.

iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? Want to help a student with a unique character spell their name? Today, Tony Vincent shares six ideas every iPad teacher needs to know. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games.

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Ten Reasons to Take to an EdTechTeacher Elementary Workshop

EdTechTeacher

All of our elementary instructors have taught in K-5 classrooms at some point in their careers. For that reason, we’ve put together a great set of workshops specific to elementary classrooms. Technology in the Elementary Classroom: July 20-22 in Boston – with Suzy Brooks. iPads in the Elementary Classroom: July 6-8 in Boston -with Beth Holland. 10 Reasons to Attend an Elementary Workshop.

Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday

The CoolCatTeacher

Popular author, Dr. Barbara Blackburn, gives us some tips to start summer school or any school year in a way to help struggling learners set goals. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. How can they reach those kids?

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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. How cute!

How to build an engineer: Start young

The Hechinger Report

Aliah Corona and Dakkota Ryf, both 8 in this photo, check the force it takes to move a bag of potatoes six inches using wheels during their third-grade STEAM enrichment class at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy, Washington. You get to use a lot of your creativity more.”.

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Easy Paperless Contact Logs

The CoolCatTeacher

She talks about how she did it, the time she’s saving, and her recommendations for building relationships with parents by becoming more organized with your contact logs. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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For Teachers, a STEAM Workshop Where Arts Are Key

Edsurge

Las Vegas — Inside a science lab here on a scorching summer day, 27 kids sit in small groups itching to get started on the day’s science activity: putting finishing touches on their model volcanoes. Think about where your lava is going to go,” she advises, as kids start brushing on coats of black and brown paint and rivulets of red dripping off the sides. Students work on a volcano project developed from a special STEAM workshop for educators.

Special Needs #edtech treasure chest with Jennifer Cronk

The CoolCatTeacher

Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” ” Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. How to help students guide their eyes in online reading.

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The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) #mtbos #iteachmath

The CoolCatTeacher

To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It).

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How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation. Talk about a big change in culture: A short two years ago, Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts had no network to speak of and even fewer computers available to students. Today, we have a gigabit wireless network deployed at our elementary, middle and high schools , and starting this fall, we expect to have deployed more than 3,000 Chromebooks to our students, teachers and administrators.

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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. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

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Learn How To Make a Muppet-Style Puppet By @SamPatue

My Paperless Classroom

This video explains how to create a simple muppet-style puppet. This video was created as a resource for a workshop on Design Thinking in Elementary education at SXSWEdu 2017. How Do I Get Started?

Year Two - Elementary Tech Team Plan

Tech Helpful

Our elementary school creates an opportunity for our fourth and fifth-grade students to take part in Friday afternoon electives where they choose from about 7- 8 choices that teachers lead from their passions. The answer was, "we want to have a better understanding of our STEAM tools."

How To Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project Based Learning

Kleinspiration

Collaborative Project Based Learning with Analytics - click here to try Ignite Teaching - I firmly believe each teacher must start integrating technology at the point where he or she is most comfortable. I'm often asked, "How I do it all." Just give them the email you used to register.

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Vernier Kicks Off Its Spring 2018 Data-Collection Workshop Series

techlearning

BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 23, 2018 — Vernier Software & Technology will host 21 free hands-on workshops to help science and STEM educators learn how to integrate Vernier data-collection technology—including the new Vernier Go Direct wireless sensors—into their curriculum.

How to Create a School Culture Where Teachers Lead Innovation

Edsurge

Teachers have awesome ideas but it can be challenging for school systems to surface them and turn them into reality. Gwinnett County Public Schools teamed up with The Teachers Guild to help create a mechanism to do this and KIPP LA Public Schools created an in-house mini grant competition. Each fall, all 1,300 staff members including teachers, operations staff, and instructional support staff are able to post ideas onto an online platform and comment on ideas for a month.

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Vernier Software & Technology to Host 38 Free Professional Development Workshops this Fall

techlearning

BEAVERTON, Oregon, August 13, 2018 — This fall, Vernier Software & Technology will host 38 free, hands-on workshops around the country to help science educators learn how to best incorporate probeware and data-collection technology into their curriculum.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”.

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.

How to Teach with Chromebooks

The Electric Educator

How can I use Chromebooks in my classroom? Each course has a specific audience in mind - from the teacher who has never used a Chromebook to the one who only uses Chromebooks. I want to help you teach with Chromebooks this year! Elementary students CAN use Chromebooks!

Real talk on how to make differentiation less time-consuming

The Cornerstone Blog

Last season of the podcast, I introduced you to a new episode format I’m calling the Productivity Roundtable. I’ve always thought it would be really cool to get a group of master teachers together to hash out some of their toughest challenges and also to share what’s working.

How to Introduce Engineering Principles Early to Help Inspire Interest in STEM

MindShift

A few years ago, a young female engineer named Isis Anchalee was featured on one of her company’s recruiting posters only to be subjected to a barrage of digital feedback questioning whether she was really an engineer. You get to use a lot of your creativity more.”.

CS for All: Teaching CS in Elementary Schools #SXSWedu #CSForAll

EdTechSandyK

CS for All: Teaching CS in Elementary Schools SXSWedu 2017 Workshop As the Computer Science for All initiative jump starts around the world, more students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to take computer science courses. Ex: How to make a PB & J sandwich.)

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

MindShift

While instruction may challenge kids with no previous exposure to math, it is often not engaging enough for the growing number of kindergarteners with some math skills. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”. Were students willing to take risks?

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?

How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

MindShift

It’s easy to focus on academics and college transcripts when children become tweens and teens, but retaining the agency and creativity inherent in play is crucial for them, too. “Older kids need those same tactile, hands-on experiences to learn as well.”

Seven Things to do this Summer to Prepare for Your Flipped Class

Turning Learning On Its Head

Yet, on the other hand, summer gave me time to rejuvenate, play, and learn. One of the beauties of summer is that there is more time to learn and prepare for the coming year. It is possible that your school may o ffer a workshop. Connect with others: It is hard to flip alone.

Research Schools: What are they and how do they work?

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how they work, why more schools don’t use them, and common mistakes schools make as they implement this model. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry-based learning. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free. It does hold your feet to the fire.

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money

Edsurge

To the other 13 school/district case studies, click here. During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken their positions and were trying to figure out how to meet students’ needs. Like many districts, they serve a lot of low-income students, many of whom struggle in reading in math and reading, and a number who moved to Arizona from another country.

How to Empower Girls Through Art, Activism and Female Friendship

Edsurge

“She goes to school, feels uncertain about who she is, tryin’ to hide behind the curtain so she lashes out, out of fear of bein’ known, inside and out.” These vulnerable lines open the music video “ Jagged ,” an award-winning film written, directed and starred in by elementary school students at Rocketship schools in California. After completing the program, our young Queens demonstrate mastery through a community project reflecting the learnings of each workshop.

How to streamline assessment and spend less time grading

The Cornerstone Blog

I’ve always thought it would be really cool to get a group of master teachers together to hash out some of their toughest challenges and share what’s working. More specifically, how to reduce the amount of time you spend grading papers. Can any of you speak to that?

Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

Empowering special needs students with technologies is one of the greatest ways to motivate and ignite their learning. Let’s start this Monday motivation remembering the joyful opportunity we have to help every child with technology!

Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides. From stop motion to video controls and cool add-ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools – Google Slides. Just go to coolcatteacher.com/shake to learn more.

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The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. It’s hard to keep it all in focus.

How to Teach Online MOOC: Aloha Discussion

EdTechnocation.com

Author: Mathieu Plourde {(Mathplourde on Flickr) This week marks the beginning of the How to Teach Online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). A MOOC is very similar to university courses but typically do not offer course credits. How will you contribute?

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