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.

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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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.

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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Designing and Facilitating Learning for an Alternating A-B Hybrid Schedule

Catlin Tucker

As schools prepare to accommodate more in-person learning, many are opting for a hybrid schedule that divides the student body into two groups that will alternate days on campus to keep numbers lower in classrooms and allow for social distancing.

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.

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.

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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 (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.

Reading Resources for Your Blended or Online Class

Catlin Tucker

As I reflect on the last year, it’s my books that have provided a sense of freedom and adventure while I’ve been in quarantine and felt socially isolated. My books have transported me through time and space in a year when I have barely left my home.

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.

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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Starting and Sustaining a Data Habit in Your School

Education Elements

Knowledge is Power! Measure what Matters! If our cliches are an indicator, we all know that data collection, review, analysis, and understanding is important.

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Extending Grace to Yourself

A Principal's Reflections

The shift to remote and hybrid learning has not been easy, and I don't think anyone would claim that the journey was smooth sailing. As I continue to work with districts and schools on an on-going basis, I try my best to help them overcome continuous challenges and frustrations.

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.

Would You Rather: Designing with Choice in Mind

Catlin Tucker

My children love “would you rather” questions. Would you rather go to the beach or the snow? Would you rather eat a cookie or a brownie? Would you rather watch a movie or read a book? They enjoy being presented with two options and getting to choose one.

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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 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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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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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.

What You Might Have Missed in January

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of January. Classes in Remote Teaching. 5 (free) Shortkey Posters. 9 Great Websites to Inspire 3rd Graders. Ten Most Important Keyboard Keys. Great Websites for Special Needs. Edtech Trends From 2020 And Beyond. Game-based Learning in Remote Teaching.

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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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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The Adult Learner: Understanding Their Variability to Customize Their Learning

Digital Promise

COVID-19 has laid bare a long-standing challenge to America’s economic landscape: an underpaid, underappreciated, and underprepared workforce that has recently faced the harshest of economic blows.

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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10 TikTok tips for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

It probably seems like everyone you know is on TikTok sharing the latest viral video or dance craze. And if you are a parent of a teenager or a teacher of middle or high school then you definitely know all about it! As an educator, you can use it for MORE than just dances and lip […].

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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.

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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Creating Fun Family & Classroom Experiences for Kids Online

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can create fun ways to enjoy time with our families online in Zoom, Google Meet, Teams, and more. Today’s guest, Sandi Johnson, is an IT Integrator in Indianapolis.

Seen, Heard, Valued: Listening to the Leadership of Teachers of Color

Digital Promise

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm. To begin to address the teacher of color shortage, Digital Promise engaged teachers of color to lead the development of solutions aimed at improving teachers of color recruitment and retention.

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Diversity in the Classroom, Part 2

Wisewire

As society moves toward greater understanding and acceptance of diversity, many teachers are faced with a challenge: how can I include more diversity in my classroom?

10 ideas for creating an interACTIVE classroom

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Joe and Kristin Merrill. Kristin is a fourth grade teacher, and Joe is a first grade teacher. They would love to stay connected with you! Follow them on Twitter at: @FriendsInFourth (Kristin), @MrMerrillsClass (Joe), and @TheMerrillsEdu (collectively).

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.

Adapting Ideas to Drive Real Change

A Principal's Reflections

One of the joys and challenges of blogging regularly is trying to come up with original content that has substance. I can tell you firsthand that this is no easy feat as it seems like virtually everything has been written about in some form or another.

Going hybrid or already have? Join the conversation

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. My friend Larry Ferlazzo in California looks like he’s going hybrid.

Laying the Foundation for Distance Learning Success

Digital Promise

Schools across the country were forced to rapidly shift to distance learning last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the 2020-2021 school year began in the fall and teachers and students were still trying to adjust to this “new normal,” those in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program had an advantage.