How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Amanda Johnson on Episode 493 While we have to finish well, those of us who are returning to another year as an educator have to look forward to plan. The goal is to encourage students to read and what Amanda is discovering might surprise you.

How to Hold Better Meetings

The CoolCatTeacher

He also talks about how to improve communication between administrators and teachers (including how to get people to read your emails.). Listen to the Show. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Enter to Win! Enter to Win!

How to Create Powerful Intergenerational Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

In this blog post, Kim describes her unique approach to Powerful Learning. Before my students meet with any Grands, we’ll discuss some possible challenges Grands may be experiencing and think about what it’s like to live with physical challenges that can complicate seemingly simple tasks.

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How to Use Diigo’s New Outlining Tool: Social Bookmarking Made Easy

The CoolCatTeacher

But how? Before students write, have them turn in their outlines to you. I teach how to get a private link for the outline. If you still want it in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, I even show you how to export your outline! 3- How to Sign Up for Diigo [0:28].

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How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

The CoolCatTeacher

Want to see students excited? Want to see them run to class? The fifth graders had an optional meeting at 7 am where they could come to school to meet the other kids half a world away. Kids came early to school so they could meet other kids!

How to Provide Help

Digital Promise

Understanding the appropriate way to seek out help is not a skill every student has. Teachers want to provide help in a way that develops students’ self-awareness and self-efficacy, but that’s complicated, too. Think of goggles: They help swimmers progress to swimming underwater.

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7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, I strive to have personal interest projects for just about everything. Whether you’re already having genius hour at your school or you want to get started, this blog post will give you ideas for getting started with genius hour, no matter the age or grade.

How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries

Edudemic

In the age of information ubiquity and rapidly evolving media delivery formats, today’s librarians have learned how to evolve along with the technology. In addition, librarians actively seek out new means for creative expression and intellectual growth for student library users, and frequently volunteer as early adopters of these exciting resources. The post How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries appeared first on Edudemic.

20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today I want to challenge your thinking about your summer. So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. We have to think differently about summer.

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What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.)

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How to Keep Kids Safe

The CoolCatTeacher

Welcome to episode 296 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. If you’ve ever taught kids who have their own smartphones, you know how quickly social media problems can escalate at school. Listen to the Audio. In 2014, Shannon was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

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How to transform a library into a makerspace

eSchool News

Making learning more real for students allows them to learn better in a much more energized school,” said Luhtala. Through a five-year radical book-weeding process from 2011- 2016, the NCHS library had eliminated all of the library’s free-standing bookshelves.

Guest post: How to encourage parents to help struggling students

EdTech4Beginners

Though you do your best to adapt your lessons for a very wide range of abilities, there are some occasions when a student needs even more time. When 93% of parents feel anxious about their child’s education , how do you turn anxiety into action?

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This is how you build the library of the future

eSchool News

Media specialists operating within the demands of 21 st -century innovation find themselves tasked with the responsibility not only to be as tech-savvy as possible, but to tap into their creativity to create an inspiring library learning environment.

How to Make Your Teaching Something Special

The CoolCatTeacher

Rushton Hurley, author of Making Your Teaching Something Special: 50 Ways to Become a Better Teacher , gives us ideas to build rapport, review for tests, and improve our teaching that will help us be better teachers. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq.

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How to Teach With Videos

Ask a Tech Teacher

I reviewed mysimpleshow , a new tool that is getting a lot of buzz, and then asked them to share how their digital tool addresses this burgeoning interest in video. Including videos in your lesson plan is a great way to modernize traditional lectures or PowerPoint presentations.

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How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Created by LitWorld , past years have found over 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another.

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Fascinating library project has students award peace prize

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This piece is the first in our new monthly series focusing on Innovative School Libraries and Librarians. Be sure to keep checking back during the month of August for new library-focused articles!].

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.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Incorporate STEM Trends into Your Library Makerspace.

How to go Paperless in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are benefits to adopting web-based alternatives to paper: it’s easy to collaborate when everything’s online. teachers can provide feedback on projects that students respond to and resubmit. student work is simple to copy, back up, and share as needed.

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3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? How can you use these platforms in your classroom, and how can you do so safely?

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

During the last four years of using flipped classroom techniques, I’ve come to rely on what is called the “in-flip” — I show the videos in class and interact with students to help them do in-class activities with what they’ve learned. How Does Edpuzzle Work?

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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? How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes?

How to Celebrate Creativity and Caring on International Dot Day

Edsurge

Making the world a better place—it’s not officially on the to do list as a stand-alone item, but it’s part of why we do what we do every day. And one of the celebrations I most look forward to every year is International Dot Day.

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How to transform your media centers into makerspaces

eSchool News

Even with tight budgets, it’s possible to repurpose your libraries or media centers into 21st century makerspaces. Our “a-ha” moment about how to make this rebrand a reality came at a tech conference.

How to Grow Global Digital Citizens

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the rise of online games, web-based education, and smartphones that access everything from house lights to security systems, it’s not surprising to read these statistics: In 2013, 71 percent of the U.S. When they first arrive, all of life’s rules seem to be upended.

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Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Kristen Mattson, author of Digital Citizenship in Action talks about how they’ve integrated digital citizenship into all of their courses at her school and how you can too. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e242.

Libraries Are Often Missing From ‘Student Success’ Initiatives. Researchers Are Asking How to Change That.

Edsurge

Libraries offer a refuge where students study, find books or take the occasional nap. A new report this week explores whether libraries can play a more proactive role in helping community college students succeed. But there has been less focus on the role a library can play in that.” They were really thinking more broadly about wanting to better themselves and help their families,” says Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, a researcher at Ithaka S+R who led the study with Bradlee. “It

E-learning Engagement: Persuasive Design Strategies

The CoolCatTeacher

Elearning design needs to engage and persuade the learner to know how to engage with the content and learning. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e283. So this is a way to reconsider or re-imagine how you design.

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]

Neo LMS

More and more schools adopt BYOD policies and allow students to bring their own mobile phones, tablets, eBooks, and other devices in the classroom, and use them as tools to enhance learning. But these pioneers have to be prepared for both success and failure.

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How to Redesign the K–12 Media Center

EdTech Magazine

How to Redesign the K–12 Media Center. New, 21st-century pedagogies that focus on interactive curricula and collaborative assignments require new classrooms and media spaces to match. You want to ensure that it’s a place your community can take pride in.

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Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Students who use Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, iPads, or any other device can now create books with this versatile, easy-to-use app. Standards: I’m using this project as a summary of all the graphic design lessons that I’ve taught my students, everything from color to fonts.

How to Run a Parent Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Parents often find technology a roadblock to helping their children with classwork. Like students, they don’t want to sound like Luddites, so they struggle for a while and ultimately give up. Both are dangerous to your teaching goals. Option #2: Intro to all things tech.

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