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Global Collaboration for Pre-K

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I am so excited!

I found someone who wanted to do some Pre-K collaboration from North Carolina. I can't even remember how we met (I think it was the Global Education Conference).

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5 Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez

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10MT | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Jennifer Gonzalez From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Technology moves so quickly! Do you know what to try next? Well, today’s guest and edtech expert Jennifer Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy   gives us some amazing tools to try for Five Idea Friday. Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” The Teacher’s Guide to Technology for 2017 is here. Jennifer Gonzalez has done it again with this useful book I’m recommending as part of today’s show. This link is an affiliate link . In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Jennifer’s five tools she recommends teachers try How teachers can prevent being overwhelmed I hope you enjoy this episode with Jennifer! Selected Links from this Episode Jennifer’s Blog http://cultofpedagogy.com Jennifer’s Podcast https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/pod/ Peergrade – https://www.peergrade.io/ Google Docs http://docs.google.com Google Drive http://drive.google.com CommonLit https://www.commonlit.org/ My Simple Show https://www.mysimpleshow.com/ Adobe Spark https://spark.adobe.com/ Elink https://elink.io/ Smore https://www.smore.com/ DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT Episode 20 Jennifer Gonzalez Full Bio Jennifer Gonzalez Jennifer Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy  is a National Board Certified teacher with over 10 years of classroom experience in middle school language arts and teacher preparation at the college level. She is the creator of Cult of Pedagogy, where she now works full-time helping teachers perfect their craft. The post 5 Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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The Lemonade War that Motivated a Whole School to Read

10MT | #18 A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Principal Ryan Kaczmark From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter When I called Principal Ryan Kaczmark @rkaczmark , he bubbled over with excitement from the Lemonade Wars experience. This elementary school-wide reading project is a sizzling combination of reading, parent relations, community service, school spirit, communications, and social media savvy. Listen Now We were going to talk about technology or school design or something else. But I’m happy that he talked about the Lemonade Wars and raising money for Mike’s Lemonade stand to help childhood cancer and everything that had just happened. I had to let him tell his story. So, today’s Wonderful Wednesday with Ryan Kaczmark sounds more like a phone call between an excited educator (Ryan) and a curious one (me) than a “show.” But that’s OK. The 10-Minute Teacher is a journey into what’s happening in schools now and you get a cool project for today’s show. Today, Ryan shares: The story of a literacy project turned community service The joy of learning and helping others How he used social media to spur on excitement The power of having a fantastic team of teachers on your staff The positive community response you get when you use social media for good. Enjoy today’s show with Ryan! Leave a review on iTunes . Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Want to hear another inspiring literacy story?  Listen to Jennifer Serravallo talk about 5 Ideas for teaching writing in the classroom. Selected Links from this Episode Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer – https://www.alexslemonade.org/ The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies – http://amzn.to/2kWWxAU Ryan Kaczmark on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/rkaczmark DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT #18 Ryan Kaczmark Full Bio Ryan Kaczmark The principal of Mercersburg and Montgomery Elementary school in the Tuscarora School District. Father of Alex (9) and Macie (4). Wife Courtney, who is currently a 3-5 Stem teacher. I am a former special education teacher and middle school math teacher. The post The Lemonade War that Motivated a Whole School to Read appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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What is the Aroma of Your Life?

What is the Aroma of Your Life? | Durff | Scoop.it
Living a life well lived From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This morning I was getting ready to hop in the shower. I had my cup of coffee on the bathroom counter and accidentally hit it! Coffee went everywhere. After washing hairbrushes and bottles and hairspray and everything, the coffee was gone. The bathroom smells very much like coffee, though. It led me to this thought, “If my life had a smell, what would it be?” Would it be the fragrance of a life well lived? Of joyful thoughts? Of fragrant conversations? Of sweet smelling friendships? Rotten Because there are some people, who might smell like the trash. They wake up every morning and splash on some bitterness. To that, they add anger. And then on top of it, they toss a little resentment. And that, my friends, is perhaps an aromatic life, but not in a good way. Some people wear the aroma of their life upon their face . As they walk, you see the anger. The pain. The hurt. And I’m not saying that some people’s lives aren’t hard. I’m also not making a statement of my life. We all have struggles. If you don’t think so, let me gently suggest that you look at little closer at other people’s lives before you think they have it easy. Each person is fighting a battle as Tim Hadley said on last weeks’ show. The rotting refuse of a rotten attitude can happen to us all. Because I’ll admit, this time last year, my own attitude smelled more like garbage than flowers. The Choice The greatest most well-lived lives are those we examine. And when we’re too angry to confront ourselves and own up to the fact that while our circumstances are often not our choice — our ATTITUDE IS ONE OF THE ONLY CHOICES WE CAN MAKE — we’re missing out on life. If Viktor Frankl in a Nazi concentration camp can say, Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Then, I think, my friends, who are we to say that we cannot make a choice of our attitude as well? So, let me ask you again, “If your life had an aroma, what would it be?” Would you be pleased? Would others inhale with a smile on their face? Or would they fan their face and go running? I have a tray of perfume in my room. I’m about to go spray some on as the last thing I do before I head to school. I’m also about to decide to have a great attitude today. For, no matter what is going on, my ability to teach is limited or enhanced by the smell of my life. And a great attitude is as pleasing as the sweetest perfume.   The post What is the Aroma of Your Life? appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Quizlet 2017-A quick introduction via Russell Stannard

Quizlet 2017-A quick introduction via Russell Stannard | Durff | Scoop.it
Quizlet 2017 is a useful vocabulary practice and revision site. It offers thousands of free flash cards that you can use to revise vocabulary in many languages

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StoryKit on the App Store

StoryKit on the App Store | Durff | Scoop.it
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about StoryKit. Download StoryKit and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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A nice simple free app for creating digital books.

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The Heartwarming Story Behind the Viral Video and Principal Tim Hadley’s Stand Against Bullying

The Heartwarming Story Behind the Viral Video and Principal Tim Hadley’s Stand Against Bullying | Durff | Scoop.it
10MT Episode #14 A Positive Way to Stand Against Bullying From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Bullying is so hard to handle. Often it is difficult to know what to do. Is it true? Was the student who is upset just overly sensitive? And then, those who do the bullying are often in the majority and “close ranks” so it can be almost impossible to get at the behavior. That is why Principal Tim Hadley’s (@MrHadleyHistory ) stand against bullying by shaving his head is so remarkable. His unique solution changed the conversation at his school, showing us that we educators really do have an opportunity to change the conversation. Listen Now Whether we realize it or not, the toughest situations are the canvas upon which we can paint the most vivid positive memories of how to live life. Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, let’s  think about how we can use unconventional responses to the most difficult problems we face at school. Tim Hadley is the principal at Pekin CSD Middle School in Packwood, Iowa. When a little boy, Jackston, came to school with a bald head in support of his grandfather with cancer and was picked on, Mr. Hadley’s unconventional solution has gone viral, and rightly so. Our ACTIONS often have more power than our WORDS.  This is one of those episodes you’ll want to share just because it hits at the heart of who we are as educators. We have thousands of examples of how NOT to handle bullying. Well, today, here’s a masterful example of what TO do. In this episode we cover… What happened when Tim got a call at home from a parent about bullying The creative way Tim decided to solve the problem The positive response from the student and parent How students are sorry for behavior and positive conversations have started Tim’s thoughts on handling bullying and what really works I hope you enjoy this episode with Tim! If you like the show, would you leave a review on iTunes ? Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Want to hear another inspiring story?  Listen to Jim Forde’s recording of “You’re the Teacher” and the inspiring message for teachers he shares with it. Selected Links from this Episode I found the raw, unedited video so you can see exactly what happened. There are other “polished” versions on Inside Edition, etc. but I wanted you to see it as it was. Just watch the beginning until the head shaving. I just think that the speech he gives about supporting one another and being a family is one every school should have and aspire to have. Tim Hadley Twitter @MrHadleyHistory Tim Hadley Blog Page http://preachinthechoir.blogspot.com/ DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT #14 Mr. Hadley Shaves His Head to Stand Against Bullying Full Bio Tim Hadley Tim Hadley is the current junior high and high school principal at Pekin Community Schools in Packwood, Iowa. Mr. Hadley has a passion for motivating all students to achieve the best they are capable of in all areas of life and education. He and his wife, Bethany, a Math teacher, reside in Ollie, Iowa with their two children. The post The Heartwarming Story Behind the Viral Video and Principal Tim Hadley’s Stand Against Bullying appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Imagine yourself in Red by Just Imagine

Imagine yourself in Red by Just Imagine | Durff | Scoop.it
A Valentine's Day outfit designed for you by Vita Theas. This flattering red mini dress comes in 5 mesh sizes with an optional long lace skirt. Available now at our mainstore http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/245/214/22
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A Song for Teachers: You’re the Teacher by Jim Forde #MondayMotivation

A Song for Teachers: You’re the Teacher by Jim Forde #MondayMotivation | Durff | Scoop.it
#11 Teacher Jim Forde shares his inspirational message for teachers and the story behind it From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Jim Forde (@stemnetwork ) is a middle school science teacher in Stamford, CT for over 20 years experience. He is a past Stamford teacher of the year and a 2016 White House Champion of Change honoree for work in CS in Education. As a STEM/CS advocate, he curates the @stemnetwork twitter feed (with over 3800 followers) when not singing and songwriting. Leave a review on iTunes to enter today’s contest for the Makerbot Replicator Mini+. See below for contest rules. Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Jim Forde’s song “You’re the Teacher” and his inspiring message helps us remember why we’re in this profession. Happy Motivational Monday! Get excited and ready for the week with today’s guest and motivational song. I hope you enjoy this episode with Jim Forde ! Want some more motivation for this Monday? Listen to last week’s show with Sylvia Duckworth about the most motivating sketchnotes in education today. Selected Links from this Episode You’re the Teacher – Song to purchase from Jimmy and the Keyz Jim Forde on Twitter https://twitter.com/stemnetwork Download Transcript 10MT #11 “You’re the Teacher” with Jim Forde Full Bio Jim Forde Jim Forde (@stemnetwork ) is a middle school science teacher in Stamford, CT for over 20 years experience. He is a past Stamford teacher of the year and a 2016 White House Champion of Change honoree for work in CS in Education. As a STEM/CS advocate, he curates the @stemnetwork twitter feed (with over 3800 followers) when not singing and songwriting. Contests included in this show MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Giveaway Contest Rules Manner of selection of winners: All classroom teachers with a valid Twitter or Instagram handle who leave a review on iTunes for the 10-Minute Teacher show will have their handles put into a random drawing to determine the winner. Those who leave a review between 2/1/2017 and 2/3/2017 will have two entries for each review. The winner will be required to verify that they are a classroom teacher and that the MakerBot Mini+Replicator will be used in the classroom. Or, if the winner is not a classroom teacher, we must verify with an appropriately designated principal or administrator of the location in a classroom where the device will be placed. Winning another prize during the contest period from the 10 Minute Teacher Show does not exclude the winner from winning this prize. All reviews of the show are eligible for entry. Geographic Area and Eligibility : Due to shipping costs, this contest covers the United States and Canada. Classroom teachers or those in schools who will place the device in a classroom for student use are eligible to apply. Dates: February 1, 2017 – February 14, 2017 at midnight EST. How Prizes Will Be Awarded : All names of people who leave reviews will be put into a random drawing by the prize administrator. Determination of date of winner : February 15, 2017 the name will be drawn and the winner notified and verified to be a classroom teacher or to place the device in a classroom. If the winner does not meet qualifications, another winner will be selected. No purchase necessary. Alternate method of free participation : You may mail your name, mailing address, email, phone number, and school name to ATTN: Lisa Durff 26 Beall Street, Frostburg, Maryland 21532. Winner’s name will be posted on this blog before February 27, 2017. Void where prohibited. The post A Song for Teachers: You’re the Teacher by Jim Forde #MondayMotivation appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Senjata @ Surfside Hideaway – SHOWTIME MAGAZINE

Senjata @ Surfside Hideaway – SHOWTIME MAGAZINE | Durff | Scoop.it
http://showtimemagazine.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Senjata-senjata.witt1_001.jpgSenjata (senjata.witt) played this evening at the Surfside Hideaway. This woman can sing and on key! She plays her guitar to accompany her distinctive soprano which a wide range. This musician from Seattle delivers a performance reminiscent of Joan Baez. Surfside Hideaway features an extensive list of entertainers. Be sure to check out this venue set on an island and owned by Desirae Beaumont. Beware the sharks under the floor! Connect with Senjata FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/Senjata-Witt-200250419995121/?fref=nf Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/sen-flashwitt Google+ https://plus.google.com/117078736000075811194   Connect with Surfside Hideaway Calendar https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=j459kshcmupbmp56mebvgg432c@group.calendar.google.com
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Why Nurturing Student Creativity is Essential (and 7 Ways to Do It) by Lee Watanabe Crockett

Why Nurturing Student Creativity is Essential (and 7 Ways to Do It) by Lee Watanabe Crockett | Durff | Scoop.it
by Lee Watanabe Crockett

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Creativity is NOT overrated.
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Gallery Opening

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GRAND OPENING EVENT WED @ all-new ART DREAMS GALLERY ! � Wed Feb 8 at 5-7 pm slt Special Guests - DJ SUGAREE will be charming us with her superb special order tunes : ) Dancing and merrymaking encouraged ! Smooth Caribbean Jazz featured.....smokin' tunes. the Vision of ART DREAMS explained by Becky Kenaan ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ART DREAMS STUDIO & GALLERY in Avalon Towne original art work Taught by Masters from the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts.... Jolie's style and techniques blossom with color and sensuality. Her work is post -Impressionist and Fantasy.. Additionally Jolie earned a dual B.A. in Art Studio, Art History and received a state Teacher Certification in Art Education K-12. After many rewarding years teaching Art in public schools Jolie is happily exploring new worlds in digital arts. ~*~ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tabula%20rasa/46/121/26 � RL signature: Jolie.Lisa SL name : JolieElle Parfort Buy ART DREAMS Online: █ http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jolie-lisa.html?tab=artwork █ FLICKR https://www.flickr.com/photos/127710262@N04/ � My work in virtual/digital art is a new direction in a long art career. I am classically trained in plein-air technique in real life and studied intensively to painting from life, be it portrait, still life or landscape. I started showing in publlc shows at the age of 19 and that same year worked as a sidewalk portrait artist for Walt Disney World. In the next few years I was often involved in instruction of drawing and painting as well. It was then I decided to complete a university degree in Studio Art and Art History combined with a state certificate in Art K-12. I taught many wonderful children in many schools, mostly inner city, After finding myself retired I discovered an extremely enjoyable virtual world with my new computer and became immersed in Second Life. In this world the landscapes and tableaux available seem never ending and various; there is always a new scene or setting to challenge me and to capture.
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Homage to Leonard Cohen

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You are cordially invited to attend the exhibit open now at Serena Imagine Arts Center. The exhibit entitled, "Homage to Leonard Cohen" is crafted by Lantana Silverweb. She enjoys communicating through 3D visual art within SL and has RL experience in artwork. Visit today at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/127/139/22
 
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Sweety Grey Gold Casual Outfit by Just Imagine

Sweety Grey Gold Casual Outfit by Just Imagine | Durff | Scoop.it
The Sweety Grey Gold mesh outfit includes a skirt and top in 5 sizes. This is the perfect chic outfit to wear for casual events during your second life. Available now at Just Imagine http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/245/214/22
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Check out this Second Life Marketplace Item!

Check out this Second Life Marketplace Item! | Durff | Scoop.it
Thanks for choosing my store! Please come anytime to visit it, you will always be welcome.

Since 2009 Just Imagine has been creating qualit
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Don't miss the Cohen exhibit at Serena Imagine Arts Ctr.

Don't miss the Cohen exhibit at Serena Imagine Arts Ctr. | Durff | Scoop.it
Now is a great time to visit the exhibit by Lantana Silverweb now at Serena Imagine Arts Center. The exhibit entitled, "Homage to Leonard Cohen" is crafted by Lantana Silverweb. She enjoys communicating through 3D visual art within SL and has RL experience in artwork. Visit today at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/127/139/22 Exhibit available through February 28th.
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Evernote aims for speed and simplicity with its new iOS app

Evernote aims for speed and simplicity with its new iOS app | Durff | Scoop.it
How do you keep loyal users after quickly stepping back from a potentially intrusive new privacy policy? For Evernote, it's by releasing a new app tha

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Chou Chou Cocktail Dress by Just Imagine

Chou Chou Cocktail Dress by Just Imagine | Durff | Scoop.it
Get ready for your next cocktail party in a layered lace dress designed for you by Just Imagine. This dress comes in 5 mesh sizes with flexi lace and includes a rose decoration. Available now at our mainstore at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/245/214/22
 
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Tackling Behavior Problems by Acting out Negative Stereotypes

Tackling Behavior Problems by Acting out Negative Stereotypes | Durff | Scoop.it
10MT Episode #13 Interview with Todd Clinton about the "School Perfect" Project From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How do you reduce problem behaviors? Could it be as simple as acting out negative behaviors? At first glance, the School Perfect project — where students act out inappropriate stereotypes — may be counterintuitive, however, sometimes kids need to know what NOT to do. Today, we’re focusing on two things: a project that is reducing negative behaviors and a story of how one teacher started on his journey of innovation. Listen to the show The teacher who has started School Perfect , Todd Clinton @motivatedthe , is a special education teacher in a middle school. He works with students with behavioral disabilities, typically autism, ADHD, and EMD. He was previously a banker, before deciding to pursue his passion of working with kids. He is a proud dad to one and loves teachers so much he married one. Topics include: Todd Clinton’s “School Perfect” YouTube project How this project is reducing negative behaviors in his school How we can use negative and positive modeling to improve classroom behavior His story of innovation and how he’s grown through the fear and push to innovate I hope you enjoy this episode with Todd! Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Want to hear about another way to engage students besides filmmaking? Listen to the podcast episode with Adam Bellow as he discusses breakout edu boxes and how they work. Selected Links from this Episode School Perfect YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZbPpT3j9qBOuI-5ofaPEvA/videos These students are beginning a journey. They are openly talking about things that are not helpful for learning and starting to understand how to make film. It is interesting to see their progress as you look at their films as they improve. I also wonder about the discussions they are having behind the scenes about appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Also, for those of you who may not like the topics discussed, these are real issues for teenagers and things that we classroom teachers often have to handle. If you think some of them are immature, it is because they are. These are kids and they’re not grown up yet! Todd Clinton’s Blog: http://www.themotivatedteacher.com/ Dude Perfect https://www.youtube.com/user/corycotton iMovie http://www.apple.com/imovie/ Innovate Like a Turtle – http://www.coolcatteacher.com/innovate-like-turtle/ DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT #13 Todd Clinton and School Perfect Full Bio Todd Clinton I am a special education teacher, in a middle school. I work with students with behavioral disabilities, typically autism, ADHD and EMD. I was previously a banker, before deciding to pursue my passion of working with kids. I am a proud dad to one and I love teachers so much I married one. The post Tackling Behavior Problems by Acting out Negative Stereotypes appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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A Song for Teachers: You’re the Teacher by Jim Forde #MondayMotivation

A Song for Teachers: You’re the Teacher by Jim Forde #MondayMotivation | Durff | Scoop.it
#11 Teacher Jim Forde shares his inspirational song for teachers and the story behind it From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Jim Forde (@stemnetwork ) is a middle school science teacher in Stamford, CT for over 20 years experience. He is a past Stamford teacher of the year and a 2016 White House Champion of Change honoree for work in CS in Education. As a STEM/CS advocate, he curates the @stemnetwork twitter feed (with over 3800 followers) when not singing and songwriting. Leave a review on iTunes to enter today’s contest for the Makerbot Replicator Mini+. See below for contest rules. Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Jim Forde’s song “You’re the Teacher” and his inspiring message helps us remember why we’re in this profession. Happy Motivational Monday! Get excited and ready for the week with today’s guest and motivational song. I hope you enjoy this episode with Jim Forde ! Want some more motivation for this Monday? Listen to last week’s show with Sylvia Duckworth about the most motivating sketchnotes in education today. Selected Links from this Episode You’re the Teacher – Song to purchase from Jimmy and the Keyz Jim Forde on Twitter https://twitter.com/stemnetwork Download Transcript 10MT #11 “You’re the Teacher” with Jim Forde Full Bio Jim Forde Jim Forde (@stemnetwork ) is a middle school science teacher in Stamford, CT for over 20 years experience. He is a past Stamford teacher of the year and a 2016 White House Champion of Change honoree for work in CS in Education. As a STEM/CS advocate, he curates the @stemnetwork twitter feed (with over 3800 followers) when not singing and songwriting. Contests included in this show MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Giveaway Contest Rules Manner of selection of winners: All classroom teachers with a valid Twitter or Instagram handle who leave a review on iTunes for the 10-Minute Teacher show will have their handles put into a random drawing to determine the winner. Those who leave a review between 2/1/2017 and 2/3/2017 will have two entries for each review. The winner will be required to verify that they are a classroom teacher and that the MakerBot Mini+Replicator will be used in the classroom. Or, if the winner is not a classroom teacher, we must verify with an appropriately designated principal or administrator of the location in a classroom where the device will be placed. Winning another prize during the contest period from the 10 Minute Teacher Show does not exclude the winner from winning this prize. All reviews of the show are eligible for entry. Geographic Area and Eligibility : Due to shipping costs, this contest covers the United States and Canada. Classroom teachers or those in schools who will place the device in a classroom for student use are eligible to apply. Dates: February 1, 2017 – February 14, 2017 at midnight EST. How Prizes Will Be Awarded : All names of people who leave reviews will be put into a random drawing by the prize administrator. Determination of date of winner : February 15, 2017 the name will be drawn and the winner notified and verified to be a classroom teacher or to place the device in a classroom. If the winner does not meet qualifications, another winner will be selected. No purchase necessary. Alternate method of free participation : You may mail your name, mailing address, email, phone number, and school name to ATTN: Lisa Durff 26 Beall Street, Frostburg, Maryland 21532. Winner’s name will be posted on this blog before February 27, 2017. Void where prohibited. The post A Song for Teachers: You’re the Teacher by Jim Forde #MondayMotivation appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Lantana Silverweb exhibit now at Serena Imagine Arts Ctr

Lantana Silverweb exhibit now at Serena Imagine Arts Ctr | Durff | Scoop.it
Now is a great time to visit the exhibit by Lantana Silverweb now at Serena Imagine Arts Center. The exhibit entitled, "Homage to Leonard Cohen" is crafted by Lantana Silverweb. She enjoys communicating through 3D visual art within SL and has RL experience in artwork. Visit today at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/127/139/22
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Senjata @ Surfside Hideaway

Senjata (senjata.witt) played this evening at the Surfside Hideaway. This woman can sing and on key! She plays her guitar to accompany her distinctive soprano which a wide range. This musician from Seattle delivers a performance reminiscent of Joan Baez.   Surfside Hideaway features an extensive list of entertainers. Be sure to check out this venue set on an island and owned by Desirae Beaumont. Beware the sharks under the floor!   Connect with Senjata FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/Senjata-Witt-200250419995121/?fref=nf Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/sen-flashwitt Google+ https://plus.google.com/117078736000075811194   Connect with Surfside Hideaway Calendar https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=j459kshcmupbmp56mebvgg432c@group.calendar.google.com
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When Social Media Breaks Bad: Why I STILL Want My Students Using Social Media | Tech Learning

When Social Media Breaks Bad: Why I STILL Want My Students Using Social Media | Tech Learning | Durff | Scoop.it

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I love the referenced TED Talk though some of the images are not appropriate for students, which is unfortunate. But putting one's digital footprint in the context of a tattoo is an interesting idea and might help students have a more concrete idea about what they post and where.

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MAD About Mattering 2017 Kickoff! #appsthatmatter

MAD About Mattering 2017 Kickoff! #appsthatmatter | Durff | Scoop.it
Global Collaborative App Development From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Last night we kicked off the MAD about Mattering 2017 project. Last year, we started with five schools. This year, we have fifteen schools. We’ll be in two cohorts– the Mad-junior group (kids under 13) and the MAD-senior group (kids 13 and up.) Right now, it looks like around 1,000 students making apps that matter. Last year was a fantastic time full of learning and we’re excited to kickoff this year. The picture on this post is from our teacher kickoff meeting. We like to give a high five when we collaborate and work together. I’ve recommended all of the teachers and organizers grab a copy of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds as I’ve found the principles Julie Lindsay and I outlined in that book to remain tried and true when it comes to global collaboration. The MAD about Mattering Keynote Kevin Honeycutt has uploaded a great keynote to spur on student excitement and thinking as we encourage them to create apps that matter. The Organizers Hats off to organizers Alefiya Bhatia and her team at MAD-Learn from Crescerance for working so closely with us teachers to create such a great project. I do not work for Crescerance (my assistant Lisa Durff will be working for them some because of the amount of support needed and her expertise with global collaboration)  — but am lead teacher for the MAD-senior team. I have 53 ninth and tenth graders from here at Westwood in the project. It is part of our goal here to be leading/bleeding edge in our use of technology and collaborating with the world. We’re so excited to connect with other classrooms around the US, Canada, Australia, and the Mariana Islands! Fun! They are working closely with teachers to give us the support we need to collaborate. This is the first time I’ve really had a company who understood the pitfalls and struggles of global collaboration and is working to build something that we can use as teachers. It excites me greatly. I also appreciate Angela Maiers for helping us kick off the project last year. Her #choose2matter movement is blossoming and I support her work 100%! Her encouragement to help us do work that matters to students is always first in my mind. I’ll be sharing our work some here, but feel free to take a look at our wiki where we’re kicking off student work: http://madaboutmattering2017.wikispaces.com/ The simple goal is to have students create apps that matter in collaborative teams. Stay tuned.   The post MAD About Mattering 2017 Kickoff! #appsthatmatter appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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