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Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

Former secretary of education, William Bennett, says, “An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul. They were studying magnets in science.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Are you studying Mars? Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Why not let students go live there?

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

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One girl brought in books and she said “I know so-and-so is studying this type of animal, so I picked up this book for them.”. As a change maker herself, she is passionately co-leading a grassroots movement in order to spark a systemic cultural shift towards an innovative model of education.

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

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During that time, I participated in the Study Tour of the Former Soviet Union and lived in the Russian House. Santha Walters on episode 282 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

For example, we use in my 8th-grade science class Book Creator for students to develop everything from science lab reports to personal studies that they do — like individual investigations — and even just topic research.

Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program

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Vicki: We’re also talking about teaching kids in elementary, middle, and high school. 2016) found in their study of high school students who were involved in gamification that flow and engagement had a positive association with learning.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

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I was over in one of the elementary schools the other day, and three years ago we were all in awe and kind of gaga about a high school student who was all in with drones, and sort of building and flying, and learning about aviation and drones with his high school peers.

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

One of the big things that we would like to know is how many miles away you are from different people, so we’ve got a little map going for social studies. Now back in December you did the Gingerbread STEM Community in Maker Space. Gingerbread STEM Community Challenge.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

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Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Problems occur when administrators, educators, learners, and communities come to believe that maker education is synonymous with these tools and spaces.

This Amazing South Bronx School Grows 50,000 Pounds of Vegetables a Year

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This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. All Grades Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation Maker Movement Math Teachers Monday Motivation Science Teachers STEM Teachers

Beijing Science Teachers' NJ Visit to RYNJ, Fair Lawn, and Ridgewood

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Utilizing the approach of learning through doing, the teachers were simultaneously learning about one of the most innovative concepts in science education today, the Maker Movement. They then discussed the real world application of this Maker Movement activity to a classroom. Chinese teachers teach physics in elementary, middle, and high school as well. Beijing best practices China collaboration STEM visit

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Iris Lapinski - CEO, CDI Apps for Good - "Apps for Good - Growing a new generation of problem solvers and makers" Dale Dougherty - Founder, President, and CEO, Maker Media, Inc.; Sueann Galt, STEM Coordinator Does the use of ‘Learning Menus’ increase students’ intrinsic motivation?

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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.