8 Epic Edtech Tools to Try This School Year

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He was a high school social studies teacher before becoming a full-time technology integration specialist. Richard Byrne on episode 532 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Innovate and try some new apps.

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7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

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Innovation Inquiry Based Learning Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Project Based Learning Students Teachers

The ‘Maker’ Movement: Understanding What the Research Says

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Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot–or as under-researched–as “Maker” education. The Maker Movement has its roots outside of school, in institutions such as science museums and in the informal activities that everyday people have taken part in for generations. There is growing interest in whether Maker education can help boost student learning outcomes, including test scores. The Maker Movement in Education (Erica R.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

Or, exploring areas of social studies with the arts is a very, very easy way. They were studying magnets in science. Catherine Davis-Hayes on episode 153 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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?

7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom

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Try to integrate into math, into science, into social studies, into language. Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Innovation IT Coaches and Directors Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Maker Movement Project Based Learning STEM Teachers Tech Tips Tools

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

The CoolCatTeacher

I was a science educator, so I’m pretty comfortable and confident using technologies of all kinds, although the kids have really surpassed me when we start to get some of the newer tools that their using, particularly as part of their Maker Work.

Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Two out of every three high school seniors graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, 30 percent higher than the state average for all school divisions. Pam Moran on episode 246 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

The CoolCatTeacher

A student is allowed to select a project in a course of study that is of personal interest. Maker Movement. Many schools are creating maker spaces or “ Fab Labs ” so students have a space and place to invent. Essential Information on the Maker Movement.

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.

Different Schools for a Different World

The CoolCatTeacher

So Lauren Resnick, who did this wonderful study for the federal government, said that our schools were never designed to prepare large numbers of critical thinkers and problem solvers — which is exactly what we need now. I think we’re starting to make some movements in this direction.

Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

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Donnie: The original idea this past October… You know, I’d given them some geography questions to work on, as I’m a fifth grade social studies teacher. Episode 127 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program

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2016) found in their study of high school students who were involved in gamification that flow and engagement had a positive association with learning. Challenging games help students learn: An empirical study on engagement, flow and immersion in game-based learning.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Two out of every three high school seniors graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, 30 percent higher than the state average for all school divisions. Pam Moran on episode 241 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course

The CoolCatTeacher

He was going back into the classrooms during his study hall, during his lunch, constantly trying to improve that prototype. Mandi Figlioli on episode 163 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher

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We broke them across class groupings into science and social studies and English and math, and… Vicki: I had a technology group. Administrators All Grades All Subjects Assessment Education Maker Movement Project Based Learning Teachers Thought Leader Thursday

The Myth of Neutral Makerspaces

User Generated Education

Recently, I attended the Nation of Makers Conference whose theme was intentional inclusion. Per the study, student participation rates change dramatically from K-8 (where there’s nearly equal participation by gender) to high school (where male students outnumber females by a factor of three).

Google Jamboard

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So let’s say we’re studying Andrew Jackson, just to throw an example out there. Tom’s education experience includes Special Education, Social Studies, and educational technology coaching in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

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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. 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.

“It’s vital your Makerspace reflects the culture of your school.”

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Math students study volume by calculating how far the compost pile will spread across the garden, while science students study biology in the kitchen while teaching nutrition to pregnant teens. As for that nuclear reactor, its “Maker” is using his creation in his application to M.I.T.

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

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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. Education Technology Assessments Flipped Classroom Government Digital Learning Student Voice Gaming Maker Movement 21st Century Skills

Futurizing the Stacks: How Makerspaces Can Modernize College Libraries

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The answer, in part, lies in the so-called maker movement, a trend studded by hobbyists, inventors, students and even entrepreneurs who creates products or gadgets for educational or industrial purposes. In a report that analyzed the state of the maker movement in 40 U.S. universities, the Makeschools Higher Education Alliance identified student engagement in projects that transcend traditional learning to be a flagship quality of the emerging maker movement on campus.

Maker Culture Has a ‘Deeply Unsettling’ Gender Problem

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The goal wasn’t to count the number of 3D printers or robotics clubs, but rather to take a more “ethnographic” view of the phenomena, says Youngmoo Kim, the director of Drexel’s ExCITe Center and an author of the study. For the study, researchers recorded interviews and daily observations and used a research process known as linguistic coding to identify patterns in speech and intent. Education Technology Maker Movement Community

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

What Motivates Maker Educators?

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Who are the people spearheading maker education? These are just a few of the questions behind a new study (PDF) from SRI International on the. Maker Education Initiative. According to the report, many maker educators believe “making can help students develop real-world skills” such as creativity, problem-solving acumen, critical thinking and perseverance, along with “dispositions associated with positive work and life outcomes.”

Making STEM Equitable With Beautiful Ideas, Affordable Projects and Serious Play

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Take an online maker class - free to teachers and students. He studied educational psychology (and played Ultimate Frisbee) at Dartmouth and international education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Education Technology Maker Movement Community STEM EducationFun is science educator Sam Haynor’s superpower. There are schools out there—you know who you are—with reputations as places “where fun goes to die.”

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The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Maker Movement: The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers, a convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ).

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Maker Movement: The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers, a convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ).

Documenting Learning

User Generated Education

A recent research study published via Harvard Business Review concluded that: Learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection-that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience.

The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner

User Generated Education

Studying the Reflective Practitioner During Graduate School. During several of my graduate courses, the idea of the reflective practitioner was introduced through studying the works of Donald Schon and Stephen Brookfield. Reflection in the Maker Process. The maker movement and maker education are becoming very popular in school and after school settings, libraries, and community centers.

Top 4 microtrends in e-learning

Neo LMS

While being an entrepreneur may not be everyone’s destiny, the skills required to succeed as an entrepreneur are useful for almost any student, regardless of what career or course of study they choose. Last week I introduced three megatrends affecting e-learning.

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Supporting self-directed learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

Maker Spaces. These days even goliaths like GE (General Electric) are appreciating the rapid popularity of the maker movement, and the consequent commercial benefits of maker spaces.

Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development

User Generated Education

Maker Education and Social Emotional Learning. Maker education, when planned around skills acquisition, can enhance social-emotional development. For many, design thinking goes hand-in-hand with the maker movement and maker education.