May, 2021

How to Assess with Respect with Starr Sackstein

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessment is part of what teachers have to do in school. Although it is required, we teachers can make sure we assess with respect.

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Four Questions Education Leaders are Asking to Find the Best Edtech

Digital Promise

After a year of fast-paced, high-pressure decision making, you’re now called on to figure out which edtech products will support your learners and educators. Should you continue to use the products you implemented before the rush to distance learning?

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How Companies Can Support Bilingual and Multilingual Children

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are steps that organizations can take to build their cultural awareness in helping bilingual and multilingual students, explains Emily Guo, who is working with Cognitive ToyBox. The post How Companies Can Support Bilingual and Multilingual Children appeared first on Market Brief.

Universally Designed Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

There are two things I am certain of in education. First, learner variability is the norm, not the exception. Second, technology is here to stay. So, how do we design and facilitate learning experiences to remove barriers and allow all students to succeed?

12 Websites for Digital Books Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. Usually, that meant desktop computers, iPads, and laptops, either in small groups or 1:1.

Evolving Instruction in a Rapidly Changing World

A Principal's Reflections

We all first learned of idioms probably during the middle school years in English class. There are so many out there, such as “it’s raining cats and dogs,” “you hit the nail on the head,” and “there are bigger fish to fry.”

3 Things Educators Should Debate As We Return to In Person Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As we return to in-person learning, we should not return to business as usual. David Bott gives us three things that, based upon current research, we should rethink in schools.

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5 teaching practices to keep from remote learning

Ditch That Textbook

The pandemic changed the way we teach and in some ways for the better! Here are 5 parts of remote teaching we'll keep.The pandemic changed a lot about education.

5 End-of-the-Year Activities

Catlin Tucker

As this year winds down, I encourage teachers to take the final weeks of the school year to create closure, collect feedback, and help students look forward. Needless to say, the 2020-2021 school year has been intense. Teachers and students alike are eagerly anticipating the summer.

Is It Worth Teaching School Kids SQL?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of interest from high school teachers about teaching databases. These digital tools allow users to query vast amounts of information based on specific areas of interest. They are one of the most effective ways to apply higher order thinking to the world around us. .

5 Awesome online tools for game-based learning

Neo LMS

I have long believed that spring presents an excellent time for educators to explore new ideas and try some new digital tools in the classroom.

5 Steps to Choose Your Summer PD

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Choosing your summer PD is essential as we look forward to the fall. Just as we discuss personalizing learning for students, we as teachers have a responsibility to personalize learning for ourselves.

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Deepening Engagement with Students and Teachers of Color During COVID-19

Digital Promise

The Center for Inclusive Innovation ’s Community Advisory Council is made up of social change leaders who work collaboratively with the Center, offering guidance on community-driven design, network building, and more.

End of the Year THRIVE-al (Not Survival) Guide

Ditch That Textbook

The end of the school year is a unique animal: extra time, review time, not enough time, etc. Here are some ideas and tools to help you thrive.As I write this, my kids have a little less than three weeks left of school yet. It’s the time of year when attention spans get shorter and […].

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Blended Learning: Designing with Balance in Mind

Catlin Tucker

I am concerned about the impact that the imbalances in education have on teacher engagement and job satisfaction. I know firsthand the toll that the imbalances caused by traditional workflows in education can have on a teacher. Those unrealistic workflows almost drove me out of education.

5 (free) Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed

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: Internet and Websites 1. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here.

How to Make Learning Stick

A Principal's Reflections

It is no secret how we retain information, construct new knowledge, and develop competencies critical for success in the world of work and, more importantly, life.

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How Teachers Can Be Intentional About Self Care

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We teachers need to take care of ourselves.

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Exploring Design Thinking Micro-credentials in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Low science and math proficiency in Nevada’s public school system indicates there are inherent and structural inequities that exist. As a researcher and innovation leader, I wanted to explore the “why” behind the low proficiency rates.

Making spider web discussions work in synchronous online classes

Neo LMS

Student engagement in online classes seems to be a never-ending quest for teachers. That’s because building a classroom culture is harder to do in an online environment if you’ve never done that before. Consequently, it shows when it comes to classroom discussions.

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Removing Barriers with UDL and Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Recently, a teacher posted a comment to my blog lamenting that direct instruction consumed much of the class period. Like many, this teacher felt intense pressure to teach the standards and wasn’t sure how to embrace Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and blended learning. This is not unusual.

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Happy Memorial Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking the day to honor our all soldiers on America’s Memorial Day. Without their sacrifice, where would we be? I tried to keep the videos to three and failed miserably. Once I got started watching, I got lost. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Student Success Relies on Future-Proofing Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Imagine if we all had a crystal ball? It sure would have come in handy prior to the pandemic. What if I told you that we might have actually had one in the form of a retro animated series that aired over fifty years ago that predicted some modern technological innovations?

Joel Lookadoo: 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Joel Lookadoo, 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, shares why he loves teaching. He also shares the stories he is seeing of teachers (and students) overcoming and gives encouragement for teachers now.

Inviting Teachers to Reflect on Their Use of Technology During COVID-19

Digital Promise

What a difficult school year it has been for teachers. Thank you for your work on the front lines to ensure our children and youth’s health and education were sustained throughout this difficult year.

15 ways to use Genially in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Are you looking to create professional looking presentations, websites, videos, and more from easy to use templates? Here comes Genially. This post is co-authored by Manny Curiel and Karly Moura. Manny Curiel is an educational technology specialist for Cypress Fairbanks ISD near Houston, Texas.

The Role of Kits in Maker Education and STEM Learning

User Generated Education

There has been a fair amount of criticism leveraged against “paint-by-numbers” types of STEM and maker kits. This criticism revolves around the stifling of the creativity of learners. I contend that learners need foundational skills so that they can be freed up to be creative.

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Kids’ Computer Posture Explored

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great article on a topic I don’t talk about enough–proper posture at the computer. Written by “Karen Weaver a 3rd grade elementary school teacher and author of the upcoming children’s book “The Magic Pencil”, it covers all the basics.

Empowerment Through Choice

A Principal's Reflections

Agency in the classroom is about giving students more control over their learning through greater autonomy and purpose. It is driven by many factors, one of which is choice.

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Out of Gas: The School Year Isn’t Over Yet!

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Well, in addition to the interesting school year we’re having, now we have a gas shortage caused by a cybercrime syndicate.

New National Survey Analyzes Impact of COVID-19 on Teaching and Learning

Digital Promise

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Three Types of Leaders Every Learning Organization Should Have

Education Elements

One of the best things about living your professional life in education is the assumption implicit in the field that everyone has something valuable to contribute, and there is always an opportunity to level up.

Guest post: Digital Tools For The Timid

EdTech4Beginners

Are you still traumatized by your first experience using an interactive whiteboard in the classroom or attempt to share a screen in an online class ? Don’t let small tech glitches prevent you from stepping into the 21st century classroom. With these 2 simple apps, you will look like a pro even if it is your first time using digital tools. And the best part, they are free to use! Do I have to? What would you say to a student retreating from an activity because of anxiety or lack of motivation?

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Teacher Appreciation Week–Gifts for the Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week: The First Full Week of May. There’s always been something mystically cerebral about people in technical professions like engineering, science, and mathematics. They talk animatedly about plate tectonics, debate the structure of atoms, even smile at the mention of calculus.

The 6 principles of mastery-based learning

Neo LMS

Innovation in education is a must if we want to keep up with technology and global advancements. The traditional teaching methods no longer serve today’s learners. There has to be a paradigm shift in our approach to education.

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30 K–12 IT Influencers to Follow in 2021

EdTech Magazine

Educators who rose to the many challenges presented this past year often did so with the aid of educational technology. Many K–12 districts adapted to new learning styles, sometimes more than once, as the year progressed.

Digital Promise Launches Project to Promote Equity-Driven Learning and Employment Records

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is launching a new collaborative research and development project to co-design and promote Learning and Employment Records (LERs) for greater equity. LERs are digital records of an individual’s skills, credentials, diplomas, and employment history.