January, 2021

How to Make Classroom Games with Easy, Awesome Educaplay

The CoolCatTeacher

Sixteen types of games, Google Classroom and LMS compatibility and auto-grading From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This week, I began using Educaplay to make fun classroom learning games for my students.

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Public Domain Day and Happy New Year!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every year, January 1st, is P ublic Domain Day. This is an observance of when copyrights expire and works enter into the public domain–free for all to use.

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20+ tips for using Canvas LMS

Ditch That Textbook

Canvas is a full-featured learning management system, and when I say "full featured", I really mean FULL featured. In fact, to illustrate the point. I like to compare Google Classroom to an airport. It's the way to get to the destinations of your dreams.

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Making Headway with Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it is now time to focus on the present with an eye to the future. Many difficult lessons were learned during the pandemic, and a few more are sure to materialize over the next couple of months.

New BIPOC-Led Coalition to Address the Impact of Educational Inequities

Digital Promise

On Friday, January 22, the Biden-Harris Administration released an executive order calling for the development of interagency plans for safely reopening schools.

Slow Pivots — What’s Driving the Change to Reimagine School Schedules?

Education Elements

School schedules and use of time are one of the few remaining relics of the industrialized learning model. Even when most schools moved to virtual learning in March 2020, many organizations replicated the existing bell schedule and instructed teachers to move their onsite instruction online.

Learn How to Overcome Your Self Limiting Beliefs

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 714 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes our own beliefs can limit our ability in the classroom – these are called self-limiting beliefs.

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10 green screen project ideas for the classroom

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.

A Message to School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

A great deal has been written on the heroic efforts of teachers during the pandemic. I, for one, have penned my fair share of posts that highlight the exceptional work they have and continue to do under extraordinarily challenging conditions.

Digital Promise Appoints Jean-Claude Brizard as New President and Chief Executive Officer

Digital Promise

Digital Promise’s board of directors has appointed Jean-Claude Brizard as its new president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective March 1. Brizard succeeds Karen Cator in the role and will assume day-to-day leadership of Digital Promise while also joining its board of directors.

Virtual Schooling Is Here to Stay: Reimagining Post-Pandemic Virtual Learning in Public Schools

Education Elements

From North Carolina to California to Alaska, public schools around the United States are planning to preserve a virtual school option for students after the pandemic is over.

Virtual Bulletin Boards: How School Counselors Connect with Kids Today

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 715 with Emma Tagariello From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. School counselors and teachers are working to creatively and authentically connect with students in both face to face, distance, and hybrid environments.

Tech Tip #161: Ten Most Important Keyboard Keys

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.

3 Tips for Building Community Online

Catlin Tucker

Last week, my class of teacher candidates explored the topic of building an online learning community. We talked about the importance of nurturing a learning community over time and providing regular opportunities for students to engage with each other to build relationships.

20 Schoology tips to save you time

Ditch That Textbook

With all of the features that Schoology boasts as a learning management system (LMS), you can be well on your way to creating some exciting learning opportunities. You can also be well on your way to something else. Overwhelm.

Are You Using Micro-Credentials in Rural Communities?

Digital Promise

Is your organization using or exploring the use of micro-credentials in rural industry, education, or training initiatives? Does your initiative promote social mobility for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people impacted by poverty in rural communities? If so, we want to know about it!

5 innovations to help students (re)connect in 2021

The Christensen Institute

2020 put all of us, and especially our education systems, to the test. The challenges students and educators faced were not just academic, but social.

A Look Back at 2020 Teaching What It Means for 2021

The CoolCatTeacher

Researcher Pamela Livingston Gaudet shares her findings From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Great Websites for Special Needs

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of Special Needs websites. I’ll display it below but click the link for an updated library: Occupational Therapy –a long list of great apps including stress, social skills building, and more.

Teaching in the Concurrent Classroom: Four Strategies to Make it Work

Catlin Tucker

On Thursday night, I presented a 30-minute webinar with AJ Juliani for educators focused on the concurrent classroom.

4 Scenarios for the new normal of education

Neo LMS

Education is undergoing a historical moment. We may not notice the magnitude of the changes brought by the pandemic, but it’s obvious that things are not going to be the same.

Feeding a Science Education Revolution: Micro-credentials for OpenSciEd Facilitators

Digital Promise

It seems simple. We just need two things: great instructional materials designed for the latest research in science education, and transformative professional learning to advance instructional practice and get the most out of the materials.

Why most schools won’t ‘reinvent’ themselves after the pandemic

Dangerously Irrelevant

A number of folks have been eagerly encouraging schools to ‘reinvent’ themselves after the pandemic. Here is a smattering of such articles: A time for disruptive innovation in education. COVID-19 as a catalyst for educational change.

Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 716 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. One of the most popular shows of 2018 was with Tom Mullaney on Google Jamboard so we’ve updated it for 2021!

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Edtech Trends From 2020 And Beyond

Ask a Tech Teacher

Hi there, my name is Roman Zhidkov, a happy contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher. I’m the CTO of a tech company and for more than five years I have been busy with teaching programming courses and sharing my expertise with novice specialists.

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15 Diverse Books for Kids to Include In Your Classroom Library

Waterford

It’s crucial to provide your students with books that explore a diverse breadth of identities and experience for two reasons, both of which tie into equity and access. First, it makes sure every student in your classroom feels that they have a voice and belong.

The pivotal role of edtech in the hybrid classroom

Neo LMS

This post was originally published in eSchool News , on December 14, 2020. The United States, just like most countries across the globe, witnessed the life-altering impact of coronavirus first-hand. In particular, students and educators saw their usual routine completely turned upside down.

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A Turning Point For People and Planet

Digital Promise

As we enter 2021, and what our partners at the UN SDG Action Campaign are calling a “turning point for people and our planet,” we are excited to announce the launch of a new round of MY World 360°. Immersive Stories Inspiring People Everywhere to Take Action.

Reflecting on Your Leadership Through a Year of Unexpected Firsts

Education Elements

2020 was, among many things, a year of firsts. The first time a non-English language movie, Parasite, won Best Picture at the Oscars. The first time millions of people stopped their daily commute and set up a home office, classroom, or waited to resume their jobs and typical routines.

Save Time with The 5 Minute Lesson Plan with Ross McGill

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about resources and methods you can use to save time! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Here’s a Preview of February

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in February: Subscriber Special. 100th Day of School Activities. World Read Aloud Day. Free Posters. Why Kindergartners Must Learn Tech. Math Word Problems. Shortkeys. Great Websites for Remote Teaching.

The importance of social studies and information literacy

Dangerously Irrelevant

As someone who grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and whose parents worked for the federal government, today’s events have been… challenging.

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Diversity in the Classroom, Part 1

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?

Every Instructional Coach Deserves an Effective Coach

Digital Promise

What are the key ingredients for a beneficial professional learning experience? At the top of the list, you will probably find that successful professional learning is ongoing, personalized, and of high quality. These components are naturally embedded within effective coaching and/or mentoring.

7 Must-Have Features for Online Learning Platforms

EdTech4Beginners

You can find a wide variety of learning platforms on the internet. Online learning complements and sometimes even replaces traditional classrooms. It serves multiple needs of teachers and learners due to its flexibility.

Overcome, Learn, and Excel at Engage 2021 on February4

The CoolCatTeacher

Join me and other education innovators on February 4, 2021 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Join me and other education leaders at the upcoming online conference Engage 2021 sponsored by Kognity.

9 Great Websites to Inspire 3rd Graders

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire third graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Riding the Wind with Kalani. Weather Websites. Wild Weather Adventure. All About Americ a. USA Puzzle. 360 o views from around the world.