February, 2021

5 Ways to Participate in the Mars Rover Landing on Thursday, February 18

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The Perseverance Rover will land on Mars this Thursday, February 18th at approximately 3:55 pm Eastern Time.

Tech Tip #31: 10 Best Keyboarding Hints

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

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22 must-have templates for teachers and students

Ditch That Textbook

Templates provide teachers with a starting point as we design lessons or activities for our students. Templates can also give students a way to organize information and focus on showing what they know.

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6 Ways to support spatial reasoning skills online

Neo LMS

With much of the emphasis on verbal and math aptitudes because they are measured on mandatory standardized testing, spatial reasoning is not a priority in most schools.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

How Does Artificial Intelligence Fit into the Future of Education?

Digital Promise

The term “artificial intelligence” (AI) is increasingly more familiar as we encounter it in our daily lives. Have you asked Siri or Alexa a question lately?)

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5 Health Tips for Teachers to Stay Healthy

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Richard Byrne is a busy teacher. He teaches full time during the day. He writes his Free Tech for Teachers Blog. He’s a father of two, and active in many online spaces.

5 (free) Tech Problem Solving Posters

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, we’ll share five themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired. This month: Problem-solving. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here.

Virtual Improv Activities for Remote Learning

User Generated Education

[link]. Given my experiential education background, I’ve always been fond of and have used group team building and problem-solving activities with all of the age groups I teach – for example, see Team-Building with Elementary Students.

10 amazing assessment ideas

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Batsheva Frankel an educational consultant at New Lens Ed. Batsheva has been in education for over 25 years and is the producer and host of the popular podcast, Overthrowing Education. Batsheva's book, The Jewish Educator's Companion is available at Amazon.com.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Reimagining Student Supports in a Year of Distance Instruction

Digital Promise

There are challenges to teaching in highly uncertain pandemic times that no amount of planning can mitigate. Still, teachers are tirelessly putting in their best effort to make distance learning work for their students.

5 Basic copyright rules for students and teachers

Neo LMS

For teachers, the freedom to create their content and use it in the classroom is a great experience. Each teacher has their own manner of tackling a subject, and when allowed to use their creativity, they feel more motivated and even empowered.

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6 Steps to Teach Book Creation with Book Creator

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Book Creator , the simple ebook authoring program, encourages writing and creativity in kids. They have some new templates as well.

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How Fast Should Kids Type

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get this question a lot from readers and purchasers of my technology curriculum : How fast should kids type? What about Kindergartners? When are their brains mature enough to understand speed and accuracy? When I reviewed the literature on this subject, it is all over the place.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

The Lengths Teachers Will Go For Kids

A Principal's Reflections

While the challenges schools have faced during the pandemic are often portrayed in the media, some notable changes to practice have occurred. Each day I am in awe as I see innovation in action shared on social media, especially in the areas of blended, remote, and hybrid pedagogy.

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Increasing Engagement, Creativity, and Innovation with Minds-On/Hands-On Activities

User Generated Education

COVID has forced many teacher to do remote learning in a virtual environment. Some have struggled with student-centric and hands-on learning. I have always been an experiential educator. Translating that to a virtual environment has been a little challenging but definitely doable.

How to Support Digital Literacy in Adult Learners

Digital Promise

The glare of a smartphone first thing in the morning is an all too familiar picture for many adults. Often our first instinct is to reach for the little device to help us navigate through our days: to provide a weather update, outline our calendars, give us a news rundown, and connect us with others.

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4 Reasons why an LMS is a perfect solution for digital minimalism

Neo LMS

For most of human history, the majority of people didn’t own much: a set of clothes, tools to work the field, and the basic things for cooking. Rich aristocrats and royals lived in luxury, but that “luxury” doesn’t even compare to the average American’s standard of living.

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8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. James Lang has six recommendations in this podcast about how we can better understand student attention and how we can get their attention while we teach – even when teaching online.

Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Thank you so much to Norah Colvin for inviting me as a guest on her wonderful education blog, Norah Colvin. Norah covers so many great topics, I’ve been a long-time subscriber, always coming away a little smarter and up-to-date on teaching our youngest learners.

How to Create a Positive Teacher Experience in Your School

Education Elements

A few Fridays ago I got a message from my colleague Kelly. She asked what I wanted for lunch, said she would order it, and that we would eat together during our Zoom meeting later that day (where we would begin to reimagine what summer school could look like).

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Tips for the Socially Distanced Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Schools have either made or are about to make the transition to some sort of hybrid model. The transition is not an easy one. Just ask those who have already been through it. In the midst of adversity and limited training, educators have valiantly risen to the occasion like they always have.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

How to Build Students’ Multiplicative Reasoning Skills

Digital Promise

Students’ conceptual understanding of multiplication involves much more than just repeated addition. It is quite common to teach multiplication through repeated addition such as 2+2+2+2+2=10 to learn 2×5=10. However, this way of teaching is only part of what multiplicative thinking involves.

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2020 vs. 2021: Notable trends in innovative school practice nationwide

The Christensen Institute

Recently I told a group of high school students that my research investigates how schools are changing during the pandemic. One student’s unprompted reaction in the Zoom chat was so straightforward that it made me chuckle: “Oh we changed a lot.” Indeed.

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5 Ways to Build Trust Between Principals and Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Craig Randall shares how to improve the dialog and improve teaching From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Random Acts of Kindness Day. How Will You Celebrate?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ll never forget the day years ago when I stood in a donut shop, half asleep, bed head, with a monster sugar deficit. As I got to the front of the line, the man before me said, “I’ll pay for hers, too.” ” I didn’t know him.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.