The Facebook Scandal: What Can We Learn as Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Professor Britt Watwood has moved his college classes off Facebook. Today he reflects on the implications for educators and how he’s talking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal with other educators. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. What happened on Facebook?

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Also, learn about other projects throughout the year and how teachers design these projects to meet standards. 7 Ways to Get Started.

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How a Stereotype-Smashing Teen Founded the First All-Girl Muslim Robotics Team


What can a 15-year-old from Chino Hills, CA do to help break down barriers and smash stereotypes? Zaina Siyed answered that question by creating the FemSTEM Robotics Scholarship Program , a free STEM program for Muslim girls aged 10 to 14. Siyed was fed up with never seeing girls—especially Muslim girls like herself—competing in the robotics challenges she loved so much. Over the course of 15 weeks, Siyed coached eight girls with absolutely no robotics experience.

How Robotics Competitions Close the STEM Skills Gap and Build a Diverse Workforce


For nearly 30 years, the global non-profit FIRST has been getting kids hooked on science and technology through hands-on robotics competitions for grades K-12—complete with cheering crowds, adrenaline rushes and teams snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Once the spark is lit, they start to take harder classes, and they are more interested in STEM as a career. He offered insight on why a diverse workforce is the best workforce, and how to go about creating it.

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Perry Hewitt

When are people on Facebook, Reddit, or Gmail? This data dive by Medium’s head of Product Science discovered that the times of day when people read tend to follow consistent patterns each week. . This McKinsey interview examines ways to create a design-driven culture.

Three Career Paths for Educational Innovators—How to Get There and Where the Jobs Are


The seeds of innovation are planted at a young age, and technological advances now provide learners of all ages the opportunity to be creators, builders, designers, producers and makers. STEAM-based learning emphasizes both hands-on and digital experiences with engineering, art, game design, prototyping in makerspaces, authoring, robotics, and much more. Students and teachers are learning to innovate hand-in-hand. I’m the gamification guy,' come talk to me.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Children'

Hack Education

This is part nine of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” “ We Need to Rethink How We Educate Kids to Tackle the Jobs of the Future.” This isn’t simply a matter of “ robots are coming for your jobs.” Really, it’s no surprise that fears about an unsettled, uncertain economy are used to shift and control education’s mission , and it’s no surprise that parents go along with that.

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

Shake Up Learning

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. Jasmine’s awards and accomplishments list is so long that I need to include it separately, so check it out below!

This is What Powerful Learning Looks Like, Students Share Their Stories

Digital Promise

As part of the opening session, I wanted to show examples of what it looks like when students use technology in powerful ways. But before I could make a movie about this, I needed to make sure I knew what powerful learning looks like to me. Zaina: The Saturday Robotics Teacher.

5 Ways to Greet Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Thom Gibson on episode 575 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Thom Gibson has fun ways to greet students as he walks around campus. Learn about these ideas and become the kind of person that kids love to greet! Bring joy to the day to day!

17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 (Infographic and FREE Download)

Shake Up Learning

The post 17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 (Infographic and FREE Download) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 #SUL #edtech Click To Tweet. The new year always inspires us to set new goals, learn new things, and start fresh.

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3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

During a recent trip to the doctor, the office’s affiliate hospital was in the midst of transitioning to a new electronic medical records system. So many headlines focus on automation, robots, artificial intelligence, and the looming loss of jobs.

Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

I read recently that 70% of millennials get their news from Facebook. 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? How Stuff Works.

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


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. I wasn’t trained to teach computer science, how was I supposed to make this work?

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What Can Teachers Look Forward To This Year from Office 365?


This year at ISTE , I had the opportunity to sit down with Tricia Van Hollebeke, Justin Chando and Mike Tholfsen from the Microsoft Education team at the Microsoft Education booth. How to work around the challenges that teachers face in the classroom. Facebook.

Top Blog Posts of January 2016

The CoolCatTeacher

Add to it a great month for Every Classroom Matters and all of you who share and reshare on Facebook and Twitter and you’re looking at more than a million educators reached through the network built around this blog. 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around.

Guest post: 15 EdTech Resources to Use in Classroom


Whether you like it or not, that’s how today’s students see it. They are growing up with all kinds of tech tools by their side, and they are thrilled to see technology involved in the educational process. So what are the best resources to use? Whatever concepts you’re trying to explain, you can find YouTube videos to present them. How cool is that? They can make gorgeous boards to collect documents and web pages they would like to access later.

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4 Ways AI Education and Ethics Will Disrupt Society in 2019


From GDPR to Facebook scandals, many tech CEOs were defending big data, its use, and how they’re safeguarding the public. Meanwhile, the public was amazed at technological advances like Boston Dynamic’s Atlas robot doing parkour , while simultaneously being outraged at the thought of our data no longer being ours and Alexa listening in on all our conversations. I see four AI use and ethics trends set to disrupt classrooms and conference rooms.

Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

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.

“My creed is to help our students become ‘curious minds.’” – Marianna Tarné Éder, Hungary

Daily Edventures

My personal challenge is to make sure my students do not lose internal motivation,” she tells us. Also, students use mobile devices from dawn to midnight, but they don’t know how to use them with purpose. I want to begin to teach this at a very young age.”. Whether they are using Teams , Forms , Sway or Powerpoint, Éder’s 7 to 10-year-old students get a broad range of technology experience, no matter what project they are working on together.

Clippy and the History of the Future of Educational Chatbots

Hack Education

Earlier this year, Microsoft made headlines when it debuted Tay, a new chatbot modeled to speak like a teenage girl, which rather dramatically turned into “ a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours ” of its release, as The Telegraph put it. How would we build such a thing?

‘Learn’-Launching the 2017 Edtech Conversation With Cautious Optimism


Edtech gatherings that attract more than 1,000 attendees, such as LearnLaunch’s Across Boundaries Conference last week in Boston, are usually echo chambers of hubbub and hoopla about technology’s potential to transform education. Yet throughout the two-day gathering of entrepreneurs, researchers and educators, keynote speakers urged attendees to curb their enthusiasm, and evaluate the edtech landscape with a sense of cautious optimism.

How Can LEGO Bricks Be Used To Teach Our Youngest Learners About STEM Education?


At the end of last year, I found out that I was accepted into the first cohort of the LEGO Master Educator Program and would have the opportunity to attend a pretty awesome Meetup in Chicago during the ISTE conference. In August, my oldest triplet and I went to the mall. Facebook.


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Various education-related updates – via The New York Times : “How the Republican Tax Plan Uses School Savings to Hurt States.” ” Via Edsurge : “From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education.” Two school districts in two states are scaling back their use of the Facebook -built Summit Public Schools ’ learning management system. A call to rebrand MOOCs , from Edsurge.

The Student Technology Conference - Saturday Schedule and Welcome!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

While attending the live sessions allows you to participate in live chat with the presenters and other attendees, all of the sessions will also be recorded and available for on the conference site. Visit [link] to see the schedule of sessions in your time zone.

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


–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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Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007

Shake Up Learning

One of her favorite parts of going to school, in fact, is learning! Even though she loves school, there’s one thing Camden wishes she could change: she wishes students were disciplined more to reduce problems with bullying and being mean to other students. Click To Tweet.

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Another tool to improve student mental health? Kids talking to kids

The Hechinger Report

Taos High students work together to untie a “human knot” during an icebreaker led by seniors during the school’s 2018 EQ Retreat. The girl’s face crumpled as friends rushed to her side. I don’t want to die anymore. I’m living to the best of my abilities.”

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A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

NPR Learning and Tech

Facebook. Bloodletting to keep the " humors " in balance was a leading medical treatment from ancient Greece to the late 19th century. That's hard to believe now in the age of robot-assisted surgery, but "doctors" trusted lancets and leeches for centuries.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) Download the transcript by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

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Education Technology and the New Behaviorism

Hack Education

It’s a reaction, I’d say, to the current obsession with artificial intelligence and a response to all the stories we were told this year about robots on the cusp of replacing, out-“thinking,” and out-working us. Talk of “emotion” has also been the focus of several education reform narratives for the last few years – calls for students to develop “grit” and “growth mindsets” and the like. (

STEAM Box Offers Disengaged Students A Path to Empowerment: Choice


When I met her, she was an introvert trying to master English, like millions of students across the country. It took a full school year to even get her to join an extracurricular. But I also saw how smart and talented she was and knew if I could just get her to engage, she would take off like a rocket. Students like Fernanda are the reason STEAM Box exists: to empower the disengaged and disenfranchised. To play! To do what we do best, create!

Teens and Tech: Distinguishing Addiction from Habit


And if they don’t happen to have one out, it is certainly tucked away in a pocket or bag. But are we truly addicted to technology? Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is the author of the 2016 book Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids. To see more, visit [link

Free Images for Your Projects

Learning in Hand

These sites feature images that you already have permission to use on your website, blog, poster, slideshow, video, animation, etc., Also, get tips on how to download these images and advice for finding images to illustrate your ideas. You can choose to buy the image.

Ready Player One: Science Fiction’s Vision for The Future of Education


The weather has gone to extremes. This page-turning novel (which is being turned into a film by Steven Spielberg) follows a geeky protagonist named Wade Watts as he undertakes a mission to win billions by finding an egg hidden inside a virtual video-game universe called the OASIS. We talk about these author's predictions for the future and for how technology is going to change. EdSurge: How are you merging science fiction and reality in the courses you teach?