April, 2021

The Opportunities to Have Disruptive Thinking in the Classroom with Eric Sheninger

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We all have undergone disrupted thinking because of our disrupted society due to the pandemic. But many of us hope we don’t go back to business as usual.

Leadership During Crisis: Lessons and Learnings from the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted traditional classroom instruction, but it has not stopped schools from fostering meaningful connections and engaging in robust, student-centered teaching and learning.

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Classroom Activities for Earth Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

April 22nd is Earth Day, a day when (historically) more than 1 billion people in 192 countries put the Earth’s health ahead of convenience, habits, and cultural norms.

20 ideas for exit tickets in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Class is done. How can we end it effectively? Using digital exit tickets can bring closure to your day.Class is done. We’ve learned a lot. We’ve tried some new things. We’ve had some great discussions.So … now what?How How can we make the most of the end of class? How can we tie a bow on […].

Will Existing Mental Models Threaten Post-pandemic Progress in Education?

Catlin Tucker

Over the last 14 months, people have asked me, “What do you hope the silver lining of this tough year will be?” ” I hope educators and educational institutions use this year and the lessons learned to reimagine “school” and how we design and facilitate learning.

Learning Recovery Through Acceleration

A Principal's Reflections

There is an emerging sense of relief amongst educators as more and more schools are welcoming back students or that the most difficult year is finally coming to an end.

5 Fab Ways to Make Sustainability Fun for Students Every Day

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sustainability is a hot topic. In this blog post, we discuss ways to help students understand how to take care of the world and have fun at the same time.

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Tips for incentivizing your teachers team while working remotely

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is a how-to article from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor describing clever ways to make remote teaching work. A recommended read if your remote program isn’t working as you’d hoped: Tips for incentivizing your teachers team while working remotely.

Kidz Type – a great website to learn touch-typing skills

EdTech4Beginners

KidzType is a great website which has lots of fun, engaging games for all ages! When you enter the site, the main option is Dance Mat Typing. Level 1 starts you off with individual letters and spaces, and when you reach Level 4, you will be challenged to use semi-colons and the shift key.

Pile of Words: Drive Deeper Engagement with Vocabulary at the Beginning of a Unit, Text, or Project

Catlin Tucker

Each new unit, text, or project presents learners with vocabulary words that may be new and unfamiliar. So, how do we get students to think more deeply about vocabulary? How can we make learning new vocabulary more engaging and meaningful?

Using Feedback to Create a Culture of Excellence

A Principal's Reflections

Growth is a huge component of the change process. In order for each of us to pave a path for success, there must be feedback along the way.

How a Student Held a Virtual Summer Camp in Summer 2020

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sophia is a student in Oman. During the 2020 shut down, Sophia wanted to help the children in her neighborhood have a fun learning experience — so she created a virtual summer camp online.

Announcing the 2021 Cohort of HP Teaching Fellows

Digital Promise

We’re excited to announce the 2021 cohort of HP Teaching Fellows! The new cohort includes 26 educators from across the United States and Canada, selected for their excellence in powerful teaching and learning with technology. HP Teaching Fellows Exemplify Powerful Learning.

Need math resources? Have students try these

Ask a Tech Teacher

Struggling with helping students learn math when you can’t be at their side? Try these videos ( check here for updates to links ): Bright Storm math videos. Khan Academy –online progressive math program; free. Math Class with Terry V. Math DrBob . Math Videos. Math videos –clean, nice.

Spring into creativity with these 5 digital tools!

Neo LMS

As a language teacher, I am always looking for new ideas or tools for my students to try in our classroom that enables them to create something more authentic and personalized.

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Game design in the classroom: 8 steps to get started

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Jon Spike. Jon is a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Integration at UW-Whitewater, collaborating with preservice teachers and instructors to leverage technology in innovative ways. He teaches courses on topics such as Digital Tools and Video Games & Learning.

Organize, Streamline, and Empower Learning with H?para

A Principal's Reflections

The world has radically changed in unprecedented ways. Educators navigate uncharted waters that continually fluctuate as a result of COVID-19 and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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How to Talk About Sustainability In Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Caring for our earth is a focus of Earth Day. Today we discuss ways that any classroom can talk about sustainability and caring for the environment, no matter the political landscape of your community or school.

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Supporting Teachers in a Hybrid Learning Environment

Digital Promise

Do you remember that first-day-of-school excitement? Everything is placed neatly into your school bag, the classroom is beautifully made up, and all the seats and materials are ready to go for students.

15+ Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

Financial Literacy Month is recognized annually in Canada in November, [1] and National Financial Literacy Month was recognized in the United States in April 2004, [2] in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach citizens how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

7 Activities to improve online class participation rates

Neo LMS

Are you happy with how your online class is going? All teachers will answer this question at one point or another. A low participation rate is usually one of the biggest problems with online classes.

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10 ways to improve students’ long-term learning

Ditch That Textbook

Research has a lot to say about improving students' long-term memory. Here are 10 ideas you can use in class. Long-term memory and recall are important throughout the school year. But at state testing time, they get a LOT of attention. How can students remember some things for the rest of their lives. but other […]. The post 10 ways to improve students’ long-term learning appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

3 Ways To Teach Students Email Safety, Mass Emails, and More

EdTech4Beginners

Teach your young students how to protect themselves from phishing attacks and how to use multiple email features such as mass emailing. The internet can be an amazing place for your students to learn about subjects they may have never known about before, but there are still dangers online.

Choose Your Own Adventure Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Professional Development can be an adventure! Yes, you can create fun, exciting learning. In this show, learn how Laurie Guyon uses hyperdocs and a “choose your own adventure” format.

Adding a Computational Boost to Your K-8 Lessons

Digital Promise

How can K-8 teachers integrate computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) into classrooms? Are there teacher-friendly examples and professional development to support such work?

Here’s a Preview of May

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in May: More. Comments are closed but feel free to contact me via Twitter (@askatechteacher). Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Podcast pedagogy: Leveraging audio programs for learning

Neo LMS

It was probably over ten years ago when our after-school multi-media club began creating podcasts for our school using GarageBand on our MacBook Pro.

Peer Feedback: Making It Meaningful

Catlin Tucker

Feedback is how students feel seen and supported. It is also how we communicate to our students that we value the process over the product. When we give feedback as students work, we signal that the work they are doing is important, and we care about their progress.

Teacher Tech Tok: Seeking out opportunities for micro PD

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Lindsay Zilly. Lindsay is the Director of Professional Learning for Illinois Digital Educators Alliance. She is a Google Certified Educator, Apple Learning Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Seesaw Ambassador and Apple Teacher 2016.

10 Ways to Move Forward: Learning Gaps and Post Pandemic Learning [Free Webinar]

The CoolCatTeacher

Tuesday, April 20 at 7 pm ET join us for the free webinar From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. It is time to move forward in education. As we do this, we want to examine the research and apply it to what we are doing in schools now.

RISE UP Coalition to Address the Compound Inequity Facing Black and Brown Students

Digital Promise

The ripple effects of historically inequitable institutions—from education to healthcare to housing and beyond—are resulting in severe and long-lasting impacts on our students and families of color.

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Whiteboard Apps You’ll Love

Ask a Tech Teacher

Whiteboards have long been a de rigeur staple in classrooms, occupying pride-of-place at the front of the room. Despite the popularity of hi-tech Smartscreens, the simple whiteboard remains the favored method of sharing information during class time. But one change has revolutionized their use: They can now be projected from your iPad. Before introducing three amazing must-have whiteboard apps, let me note that there are dozens of options , all with varied traits and prices.

The uberization of Higher Education: fad or fab?

Neo LMS

With the enormous changes brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a new kid on the block that people seem to be talking about a lot lately: the uberization of education. The topic is not new.

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Post-Pandemic Possibilities for School

Education Elements

About a year ago, we dealt with one of the largest supply shortages we've faced as a modern country. While toilet paper was certainly in high demand, it was actually active dry yeast that had people scrambling.

50 Ways to Teach Using Music in Your Classroom

Waterford

Music has the power to calm minds, inspire joy, and help people process tough emotions all at once. But did you know that teaching children about music can boost school performance?

5 Ways to Teach About Earth Day with Monica Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day. As citizens of this planet, we should all care about caring for this world.

Leveling Up Computer Science Teaching through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As teachers, we are trained to encourage higher-level thinking skills, including meta-cognition, in our students. We teachers should also engage in that same exercise to strengthen our teaching practice.