16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Whether you want to or not, go ahead and set up now.

Epic Sketchnoting Resources: How to Get Started Teaching Sketchnoting

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Useful Pedagogies and Tools for Educators Sketchnoting is not just an attractive way to take notes, it can improve retention and learning. These sketchnoting resources will get you started with your students. You don’t have to have a ton of talent, just a little know-how.

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How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

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Dan Meyer on episode 513 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Dan Meyer @ddmeyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it. Listen Now Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

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The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Listen to Lisa Scumpieru Give an overview of Hyperdocs Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. On Monday, they’re going to peer edit.

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How to Make a Yearbook with Google Slides

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She’ll also announce a giveaway of her new course that teaches you how to do it. From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects.

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How to Build Great Teachers

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Dan Brown talks about practical things we can do to help build great teachers. From best practices to policy, Dan shares what works (and some of what doesn’t.) It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.

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Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s guest is a perfect guide for those of us who want to make videos with students. But he also teaches us how to do this with students. So, listen to the show today and get started. And tweet me links to the videos you make, I’d love to see them!

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How to Be a Better Instructional Coach

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See how Gradecam can save you time and speed up your grading. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. How to Be a Better Instructional Coach. They don’t want to know the “new thing.”

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How to Pick the Perfect Color and Use it Anywhere

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Practical Graphic Design Tips Anyone Can Use Graphic designers need to understand color. But there are some basics we all need to know. We should remember: a little bit of color theory, how to pick colors, and how to use them. Free Resources How to Guides.

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Resources for Teaching Students HOW TO LEARN

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Why do Schools Rarely Teach Students How to Learn? Schools are so caught up in teaching fundamentals like reading, writing, and good old “‘rithmatic”, as and knowledge required to pass. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

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How to Set Healthy Screen Time Habits: A Guide for Parents

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Depending on how we use it, technology can be either a priceless tool or endless distraction. Too much screen time, however, isn’t healthy for anyone and can lead to serious consequences. It’s also important to understand the difference between active and passive screen time.

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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

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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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How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

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Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Elementary and primary students can learn to code. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

How to Manage Student Devices for Remote Learning

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As schools across the country have rapidly shifted to distance learning due to school closures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19), students have been sent home with school-issued devices like laptops or tablets so they can continue their learning from home.

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

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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 Help Children Recover from the Trauma of a Storm

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I reached out to him last week and ask if he’d take the time to help all of you out there helping children cope with the aftermath of Harvey. Kip and I met last week to determine what we could do to help. I hope this will be a resource that helps many of you.

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Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race

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Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race.

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How to Eteach in a Covid-19 Pandemic

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If your teaching has been moved online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, learn which webtools make online learning exciting for kids and easy for you in this class–starts March 23rd! Click to sign up. To enroll, click the link above and sign up. Click to view slideshow.

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How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices

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Yes, young children have something to say to the world! Danielle shows us how. Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses.

College Admissions Tips and How To’s for Parents and Teachers

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Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. College Admissions Tips and How To’s for Parents and Teachers. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e239. But is that the right place to start when we’re talking about college admissions with our kids?

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Podcasting How To’s and Tips with Jeff Bradbury and Vicki Davis

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Jeff Bradbury, IT Coach and Podcaster at the Teachercast Network and I talk about education podcasting and how it all works. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. I go to work. You’re good to go.

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How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project Case Study

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Jennifer Gonzalez is updating her Teachers Guide to Technology for 2018. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project is an Example. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e223. How the “winning” works.

How to Provide Help

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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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How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

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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 Unleash Student Motivation to Succeed

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While he started as a journalism teacher, now Chris works with students to try to help them understand motivation and success principles. You can’t just tell students to “have grit” but there are things you can say instead. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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How to Turn off Blue Light on Your iPhone/ Ipad at Night

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You might need to turn off blue light on your phone. I recorded a quick video and am telling everyone I know to make sure they set their iPhones and iPads up this way — especially for kids. It took me two days to get used to but it isn’t that big of a problem for me.

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How to Make Math Moments That Matter

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Kyle Pearce shares how to inspire math learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Math shouldn’t break your heart. But how? Then, dig into the resources that help us do it. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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How to Use Fortnite in the Classroom

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Unknown to many educators, Fortnite has three modes of play. He takes us through lessons that teachers are teaching in Fornite and also the two warnings that educators need to keep in mind when teaching with this tool. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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OER: How to Find, Use and Share Free Teaching Tools and Resources

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Want to save time? Want free resources? Open education resources (OERs) can help busy teachers everywhere! Do you know how to find them? Today’s guest, Sue Jones, has created a helpful guide to OERs and is using them in her highered classroom.

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Service Learning: Grants and FREE Resources to Help Your Students Serve and Grow

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We Volunteer Now has fantastic resources, and they’re awarding $250 grants for 500 schools to use toward volunteer projects. Transform your school by helping students design their own project to inspire and improve their community. Teacher checklists to keep you on track.

Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

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30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Classroom Design Resources.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

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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.

How to Create in AR and VR

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These let the teacher: View all student experiences in one place Edit and View Experiences in one place Share Student Experiences as a group Metaverse is free for teachers and students to create as many AR experiences as you want. Also listen to Virtual Reality Protocols in the Classroom.,

How to Teach Critical Thinking

Ask a Tech Teacher

Subjects like math and science — the ones only “smart” kids do well in — demand that you find patterns, unravel clues, connect one dot to another, and scaffold knowledge learned in prior lessons. Don’t jump in to solve problems. How to Critically Think.

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How to Do Student-led Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

I remember report card days as a child, me sitting outside on a brick wall, scared to death as my mother met with the teacher and received the (always bad) news about how I wasn’t doing. Fast forward to me as a K-5 teacher. Here’s how: Students become leaders.