Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

There’s tons of information on there, and if you want to know anything about it, please feel free to reach out to me on social media, through Twitter or my e-mail address. There’s another show that I’ll link to that actually shows that kids who are using Minecraft can improve in their social-emotional learning. Dr. Michelle Zimmerman – Edtech and Social Emotional Learning – talks about this research.

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

First, I work hard on social media to share my attitude and love toward the students I teach. While it would be nice to think that social media is just for personal use, this is the only communication that some parents may read from their child’s teacher. Zombies , Jazz , Fairies , Super Mario and just about anything that teachers love is being used to teach.For me, my PLN and social networks bring experts and other classrooms to the forefront of learning.

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Are Jim Henson's Doozers the Hipsters of the Maker Movement?

My Paperless Classroom

For those of you who don''t know Klout, I would describe it as a mostly silly social media metric generator. As a teacher working with elementary kids I find myself looking for messages I approve of in media for kids. In this cartoon there was problem solving, cooperation, innovation and a strong m"maker" ethic. When I opened my email on Tuesday night I was sorting through the "promotions" section of gmail and I came across a Klout perk.

5 Ways Adobe Premiere Rush Encourages Creativity in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Cloud Sync Options By default, Adobe Premiere Rush saves all media and projects to Creative Cloud. Create Engaging Projects The third way Adobe Premiere Rush promotes creativity is the interest students have in YouTube, Instagram, and social media style videos.

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What’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

The CoolCatTeacher

FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. Carol: Of course, STEAM is a big thing that teachers are wanting to do in Maker Space. Carol has been an elementary educator in the primary grades for 26 years. Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Game Based Learning Get Connected (PLN Building) Maker Movement Social Media STEM Teachers Wonderful Classroom Wednesday

Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

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Post on Social Media to enter to win some art supplies! Show us the cool cars that your students are drawing in your classroom on social media! Art and Music Teachers Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Free Resources Gifted Teachers High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Lesson Plans Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Parents Project Based Learning Science Teachers STEM Students Teachers Web Tools

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. Pay attention to the news, read the magazines or the blogs or the social media. Aaron Maurer on episode 140 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Maurer @ coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen: About a month ago, I started seeing stuff on social media. They had to include media in the review. They started putting together the media, again because they could just take photos and videos through the apps themselves. Because you can record media with the apps, there are just a lot of different ways that you can use that to smash it together. All Subjects Education Game Based Learning History and Social Sciences Teachers How to Guides.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

Define the Problem: The educator along with the learners generate possible authentic problems to explore within their local community (classroom, school, social, community) which includes identification of the intended audience. This is typically done by sharing documentation of learning and final reflections through social media. Learners, many being savvy at the use of social networks, can then choose how they want to share out their reflections.

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The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education. Problems occur when administrators, educators, learners, and communities come to believe that maker education is synonymous with these tools and spaces.

Why Making and the Arts Need Each Other to Survive and Thrive in Schools


My answer to you is this: We must bring more arts programming—and blend it with the maker movement—into our schools. Stretching resources: Why the maker movement can’t survive on its own in schools The sharing economy, the do-it-yourself movement, and the resurgence of entrepreneurial activity have pushed acceptance of the maker movement, as well. Maker culture can infuse any and all areas of performing and visual arts—and here are a few examples.

Its 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?


In Loudoun County, Virginia, fourth-graders from Goshen Post Elementary School took up the challenge personally. In the process, they also learned plenty about social studies and civic engagement. In hindsight, Kay can identify three phases that have been critical in the 21st century learning movement. The third and current phase of the 21st century learning movement is all about “empowerment,” says Kay.

Making MAKEing More Inclusive

User Generated Education

The maker movement and maker education, in my perspective, are such great initiatives – really in line with what student-centric education should be in this era of formal and informal learning. Maker education spaces can be as large as full high school workshops with high-tech tools, or as small and low-tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. 9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers ).

Striving to be a Strong Digital Leader

Fractus Learning

As a principal of an elementary school, it could be a lonely job. This is a social media world, one of continual connectedness. I rely heavily on social media to propel me forward as a digital leader. All school leaders should be active in social media. Maker Movement. So today, the maker movement is my additional part of being a digital leader. This maker movement has opened wonderful conversations for my staff.

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Educator Innovator

Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting. Valerie Jopeck , Elementary Library Education Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. They discussed “student generated content that educators could share with stakeholders via social media and online platforms.” Maker Faire.

Most Memorable Blogs Posts of the Year – 2016

Reading By Example

Here he writes about the importance of journalism in the era of the 24 hour news cycle and social media. Building poems, art, music, mathematical solutions and so on are all part of the ‘maker movement’ in my mind. Dr. Brad Gustafson, an elementary school principal, shares his debate on whether to host an all schol picture using a drone for his building’s 50th anniversary.

Learning Revolution Free PD - It's All About the GEC (GlobalEdCon) - Amazing Keynotes - Announcing the Student Technology Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Department of Education, John Mergendoller of the Buck Institute for Education, Tonya Muro , AFS-USA’s Director of School Outreach and Educational Partnerships, Omashani Naidoo of SchoolNet South Africa, Alaine Newland of OpenIDEO, Toni Olivieri-Barton , IB Coordinator & Teacher Librarian at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School, Lisa Parisi , elementary teacher at Herricks UFSD, Leslie Paynter , Principal at Voyager Academy Elementary, Rohit K.

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

TeachThought - Learn better.

The elementary school might evolve. In 2013, most elementary schools are simply diminutive high schools, with a balance of reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and other “core” skills, while character training supplements academic work. As society evolves at a more rapid pace than ever, literacy is changing, and elementary schools must respond in kind—with literacy not as a goal, but its sole purpose: Reading, writing, and emerging critical thinking skills.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Jim Vanides - Global Education Program Manager, HP - Sustainability and Social Innovation; Larry Johnson - CEO, The New Media Consortium; Yolanda Ramos - Director of Professional Development Services, International Society for Technology in Education; Mano Talaiver - Director, Longwood Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative practices (ITTIP) - "HP Catalyst Academy: A new approach to professional learning, designed especially for STEMx teachers."