August, 2021

6 Ways to Help Kids Learn Real-World Skills

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. With free financial literacy courses for high school and middle school, social-emotional learning, and digital literacy classes, today we highlight six ways you can help students learn real-world skills.

15 Back to School Resources

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve collected a series of back-to-school tips that are suited for in-person or remote learning. Pick those that work for you: 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School. 3 Apps to Help Brainstorm Next Year’s Lessons. 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School.

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Teach Students To Treat Their Learning Like They’re Making a Documentary

Catlin Tucker

Learning is a dynamic process that requires active engagement. Unfortunately, many students have gotten comfortable in their roles as passive observers or consumers in the classroom. Yes, that is a less cognitively and socially taxing role, but it is not nearly as interesting or engaging.

The 6 Dimensions of Disruptive Thinkers

A Principal's Reflections

What is really needed for success in the world today? I think this might be the million-dollar question. Even though it is difficult, if not impossible, to predict the future, we can examine current trends and societal forces to determine the competencies that learners need to thrive.

Computational Thinking Strategies to Support Young Children’s Learning

Digital Promise

Computational thinking (CT) is the thought process involved in determining how to solve problems in effective and efficient ways. CT is not thinking like a computer, but it is thinking like a computer scientist to solve problems.

Offering Electives to Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Electives, as we all know, are classes that students choose to take. Electives are typically chosen based on interests, passions, a need to learn something new, and/or because of future goals. It is not clear to me why elementary students are rarely offered elective courses.

How to Use Gamification for Attention-Getting and Fun Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Paolo Tolomeo gets kids excited about learning math and language arts by sailing the 7 seas.

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20 back to school templates to save you time

Ditch That Textbook

Back to school is an exciting time. It can also be overwhelming. Teachers have a LOT to plan: lessons, communication, organization, building community. and that just scratches the surface!That's That's where templates come in.Templates can save us time.

No Act of Kindness is a Wasted Effort

A Principal's Reflections

I fly a lot. Even during the heart of the pandemic, I was on the road coaching in numerous school districts as part of long-term projects. Now things are absolutely crazy but in a good way.

Habits that Drive Great Teams

Education Elements

Early in my career, when I was a middle school science teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, I didn’t think that the ritual of shaking my students’ hands, fist bumping, or hugging my students as they entered our classroom meant anything. But now, I realize it’s the opposite.

Fostering the development of SEL skills in your classroom

Neo LMS

As educators have seen, especially during this past school year, it has become increasingly important to focus on the mental health and wellness of our students. Finding balance and making time to focus on our own self-care is essential so that we can model this for our students.

15 Real-World Lessons You Can Teach Kids NOW

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The time for financial literacy and real-world learning is now. And there is no better free resource for educators to use than Everfi.

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Book Review–My Secret EdTech diary

Ask a Tech Teacher

My Secret EdTech Diary. by Al Kingsley. Al Kingsley’s My Secret EdTech Diary (John Cott Educational 2021) is a big-goaled, meandering overview of edtech (educational technology) available and pertinent to teachers and students.

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Largest Cohort to Date Joins Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Initiative

Digital Promise

As another school year begins, the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative is excited to welcome its largest cohort ever.

Choice Boards: Benefits, Design Tips & Differentiation

Catlin Tucker

Student agency, or a students’ ability to make key decisions about their learning experience, is an essential aspect of blended learning. Student agency requires that we design our lessons to offer students meaningful choices.

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RTI and Personalization: A Dynamic Duo

A Principal's Reflections

Recently I was working with the leadership team at Moanalua Middle School (MMS) in Hawaii. One of the coaching topics that came up was how to improve the Response to Intervention (RTI) process as a means to support learners.

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4 Ways teachers can use edtech to create personalized learning experiences for students

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published on April 13, 2021, in Independent Education Today. Education technology (edtech) is on the path to conquering every classroom.

365 Inclusive Learning Strategies to Help Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Karen Janowski and her coauthors have written a book Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year.

12 Websites for High School Drivers Ed

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to reinforce Drivers Ed in High School courses: Crash Test Simulator. Driver Education and Training Videos. Edriving –driving simulations. Operation Lifesaver. Simulated driving (fee). Driving and Texting.

How Can We Close the Digital Learning Gap This School Year?

Digital Promise

In the last week, I have spoken with many school superintendents and school leaders, each of them navigating the complexities of the new school year.

Teacher Tips: Starting the Year with Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

Guest post written by Amy Tobener-Talley. The station rotation model is a great way to introduce your class expectations to a new group of students while simultaneously building relationships and developing your class community.

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Sparking Inquiry in the Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

As a kid, I loved nature. Growing up in a rural part of New Jersey and spending summers at the beach probably played a significant role in developing this interest. My parents would buy me and my brother all sorts of field guides to help support our curiosity and genuine interest in living creatures.

20 brilliant teacher hacks for the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Teachers are nothing less than incredible, creative, brilliant people. They find ways to solve problems in ways that are not only ingenious but also usually pretty cheap!We We call these "teacher hacks".We

How to Use Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum is a fantastic free resource of lesson plans, videos, and learning experiences for students everywhere.

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5 Tips for Helping Children with Homework

Ask a Tech Teacher

Often, students are expected to work independently at school and on their homework. That is a great idea for learning if you provide simple guidelines that allow them to be more effective, less frustrated.

Cultivating a Culture of Coaching to Support Powerful Use of Technology

Digital Promise

Coaching is a critical component of supporting teacher effectiveness. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of instructional technology, and instructional technology coaching is key to assisting teachers with powerful uses of technology.

Yes, the global middle class is growing, but the real growth opportunity is already here

The Christensen Institute

Even with the economic setbacks brought about by the pandemic, the global middle class has grown rapidly in recent years. Between 2011 and 2019, the number of people living on $10 to $50 a day grew by 54 million per year on average. .

6 Digital tools for giving feedback to students

Neo LMS

Learning is the attribute of students, but it cannot happen without feedback, which is the attribute of teaching. Our students need us to guide them through their learning process and offer them feedback every step of the way.

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10 ways to make the most of your LMS

Ditch That Textbook

In many ways, your learning management system (LMS) is the digital home for your classroom.Students find assignments there.You give them announcements there.They communicate with you and with each other there.Because you likely spend lots of time there, it's a great place to be more efficient and effective, saving you time and sanity.

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10 Ways I Use Evernote to Manage My Life

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Evernote has been my go-to tool for over 10 years.

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Here’s a Preview of September

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in September: What is Genius Hour and Why Should I Love it? teacher-Authors. Free Posters. Websites to teach Chemistry. 9/11… Mouse Skills Webtools. Tech Tips. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

The Show Must Go On: Virtual Arts with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

While most school districts are working to offer in-person learning to students this school year, hybrid or virtual learning will likely continue for many.

Governments can’t—and shouldn’t—do it all. Entrepreneurs can help.

The Christensen Institute

In many ways, it has never been more difficult to be a public servant as governments across the world are now more responsible for more than they ever have been.

Vision Boards: Start the Year with a Visual Goal Setting Exercise

Catlin Tucker

When I began my doctoral program, one of my first assignments was to create a vision board. I was instructed to imagine my life in the future and create a visual to represent what I wanted that reality to look like. What did I want to be doing personally or professionally in five years?

Navigating e-learning cybersecurity threats as a teacher

Neo LMS

Last year, as schools were closing their gates, e-learning cybersecurity wasn’t exactly a top priority for most teachers. In general, when it comes to securing our devices and online solutions, we tend to assume that what we do is usually good enough.

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Getting the Brain Ready to Learn Math

The CoolCatTeacher

Liesl McConchie talks about how the brain learns math From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When students come into your math class, are they ready to learn? Is their brain in a ready state?

Tech Tip #96: How to Add Zip to a Slow Computer

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.

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