September, 2021

How to Get the Most Out of Google Apps Now with Eric Curts

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some awesome changes have happened with Google Apps over summer 2021.

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Announcing the 2021-2022 League of Innovative Schools Cohort

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is thrilled to announce 37 districts—including 26 new districts and 11 returning districts—will join the ranks of the League of Innovative Schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

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A Book New–and Veteran–Teachers Will Want to Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

They Call Me Mom. by Pete Springer. Pete Springer’s memoir They Call Me Mom (Outskirts Press 2019) about his first years teaching will delight new teachers and have experienced educators nodding along with him.

Creating more interactive learning spaces in the new school year

Neo LMS

At the start of a new school year, especially with some unknowns when it comes to whether we will be full in-person or shifting between learning environments, having various tools available as educators is necessary.

Trust is a Leader's Best Friend

A Principal's Reflections

When I began the journey to become a school administrator many years ago, I took the typical courses that were required. These focused on topics such as school law, instructional leadership, change management, school finance, and curriculum development, among many others.

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20+ ways to use 10 BIG Flipgrid updates

Ditch That Textbook

Once again Flipgrid released BIG updates to its camera, user experience, help center and more. Here are 20+ ways to use those updates in the classroom. For many students, video is just part of the way they speak. Snapchat. Instagram. YouTube.

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Battling Blended Learning Burnout and Finding Balance

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tiffany Wycoff, the co-author of the bestselling book, Blended Learning in Action , talks about the state of blended learning today.

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Lesson Plan: Online Art Sites

Ask a Tech Teacher

Lots of kids think technology is technical, another word for complicated/difficult/math-like. Here are six websites students can visit that will change their minds: Note: Mr. Picasso Head is no longer available. Click image to enlarge if it’s blurry.

8 Ways teachers can better deal with digital fatigue

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published in EdTech Magazine , on June 18, 2021. Teaching is a profoundly caring profession. Just like doctors, nurses, and therapists, teachers deeply impact the lives of all the people they work with.

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Four Practical Ways to Blend

A Principal's Reflections

When it comes to blended learning, it is essential first to have an underlying understanding as to why this pedagogical strategy is valuable in the classroom. Let’s take a step back before diving into the nuts and bolts.

Captain of a hook: 10 engaging lesson introduction ideas

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Megan Diede and Kara Risby. Megan and Kara both currently teach primary at Prairie Wind Elementary in Gillette, Wyoming. They are also the founders of IntegratED LLC a framework that challenges teachers to find a new norm and their teaching.

How to Help Struggling Readers in Grades 6-12 with Pam Allyn

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students are coming back to school and many of them are reading below grade level. While this has always been a challenge, this year it may be even more so.

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Center & Empower Educator Voice in Edtech Market: A Collaborative Vision

Digital Promise

Let’s center educator voice in the design and selection of edtech tools. Over the last year and a half, the level of urgency to find flexible tools that support educators and learners in creating powerful learning experiences increased tenfold, with edtech application use nearly doubling in one year.

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10 Ways Any Teacher Can (and Should) Use Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Common Core tells us: New technologies have broadened and expanded the role that speaking and listening play in acquiring and sharing knowledge and have tightened their link to other forms of communication.

3 Strategies for Ed. Companies to Reach Teachers Through Social Media

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Cognitive ToyBox conducted an experiment to find out which forms of advertising via social media are most effective in reaching educators. The post 3 Strategies for Ed. Companies to Reach Teachers Through Social Media appeared first on Market Brief.

Shifting from Time-Consuming Teacher-led Workflows to Sustainable Student-led Workflows

Catlin Tucker

I had the pleasure of chatting with Matt Miller this week for my podcast, The Balance. During our conversation, we explored aspects of the teaching profession that are time-consuming and create work-life imbalance.

Google’s buried treasure: 20 hidden tricks and tools

Ditch That Textbook

Google is a behemoth. With all of its tools and apps and programs and initiatives, there’s no way to keep tabs on everything. As such, it’s easy for newer Google tools — and even some that have been around for a while — to slip through the cracks.

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Using Pop Culture to Teach Writing Skills

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nancy Barile has an incredible story of how she uses the show The Walking Dead to engage learners in writing skills and more.

Creating Conditions for Powerful Technology Use

Digital Promise

Instructional technology is a critical component of teaching and learning in today’s world. Technology, when aligned to research-based practices, supports teachers in delivering instruction that is adapted to meet the needs of all students.

Creative Options for Remote Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

With schools closed for in-person learning and many children being educated at home, parents are scrambling for quality alternatives that work in a home environment.

Personalized Learning: Reflection and Goal-Setting

Education Elements

Reflection and goal-setting is the simplest way to begin personalizing learning because it mirrors a practice we engage in every day of our lives. Sometimes this shows up in small ways, like aiming to show gratitude more often, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or reading more.

Standard-aligned Rubrics: Assessing Progress Toward Firm Goals While Allowing for Flexible Means

Catlin Tucker

In our book UDL and Blended Learning , Dr. Katie Novak and I encourage teachers to work toward firm, often standards-aligned, goals. We also stress the importance of providing students with flexible means.

Digital reflection tools your students can use in class

Neo LMS

The concept of reflective practice is an essential part of the learning process.

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Blended Learning Best Practices During the Pandemic with Thomas Arnett

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thomas Arnett from the Christensen Institute Shares What the Insitute has learned from administrators and teachers about best practices for teaching during the pandemic. Sponsor: Screencastify.

The supreme importance of innovation theories

The Christensen Institute

In a recent podcast with Future Africa, Michael Seibel, CEO and partner at Y Combinator (YC), noted that, “80% of the companies that do YC raise money on demo day. Only] 2% build successful companies.”

SEL in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

SmartBrief, news on technology in education, recently published an article, Uniting technology and SEL to teach the whole child, on the importance of SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) in an educational landscape shaped by COVID-19.

What are Schools Getting Right at the Start of Another Year in COVID Education?

Digital Promise

Schools have, for the most part, opened, which has been a monumental lift for districts, schools, and most of all, teachers. I have three kids in school, coached in school districts with tens of thousands of students, and supported programs running in schools across the country.

Personalizing Learning: Targeted Instruction

Education Elements

In our earlier versions of our Core Four of Personalized Learning, targeted instruction was primarily a teacher action separated from another Core Four element, data driven decision making.

7 Outside of the box ideas for teaching students who don’t like writing

Neo LMS

Writing is seen as the topmost skill to master by students. Case in point, most Higher Education institutions require strong writing abilities. It’s no wonder that educators focus on writing from as early as kindergarten.

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What Every Student Needs to Know About Money

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Financial literacy is a must-teach topic for students, a topic Kailen Stover has been teaching for years. In this show, she shares what every student needs to know and how to teach them. Money matters.

Three reasons anti-poverty programs don’t work, and how there’s a better way

The Christensen Institute

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be directly affecting more people in growth economies , it’s clear that more people will be pushed into poverty.

16+ Websites on Assessments

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to. Blendsapce –if you create your lesson plans in BlendSpace, it includes opportunities to assess learning. Easy CBM. Educreations –video a whiteboard explanation of how students are completing a task (app).

Watch MY World 360° Media During the Global Week to #Act4SDGs

Digital Promise

The post Watch MY World 360° Media During the Global Week to #Act4SDGs appeared first on Digital Promise. 360 Story Lab Blog Educators

Personalizing Learning: Flexible Pace & Path

Education Elements

In 2014, Education Elements promoted the notion of "Integrated Digital Content" as a core component of blended learning. In 2017 we changed this term to “Flexible Content and Tools,” recognizing that both online and offline content have an important role to play when personalizing learning.

20+ interactive digital lessons for class tomorrow

Ditch That Textbook

Need some lesson ideas for class tomorrow? The Applied Digital Skills curriculum from Google for Education teaches practical digital skills with free video lessons.Post sponsored by Google for Education You've got lessons to plan for tomorrow. Or next week. Or your next unit. Let's be honest.

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SEL Spotlight: Dr. Marc Brackett – How Kids Learn Right Now

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Eco-education: From eco-schools to eco-citizens

Neo LMS

Theodore Roosevelt famously said : To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.