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American higher education must reinvent itself - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

American higher education must reinvent itselfAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)The American higher-education system is running on an unsustainable business model of raising tuition and fees to cover declining government and private funding.
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Wytchwhisper @ SmoothJazz Lounge – SHOWTIME MAGAZINE

Wytchwhisper @ SmoothJazz Lounge – SHOWTIME MAGAZINE | Durff | Scoop.it
http://showtimemagazine.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Wytch-whisper_001.jpgWytchwhisper-Michelle Sakofsky (wytchwhisper.sadofsky) sang her unique blend of songs this afternoon at SmoothJazz Lounge. A musical after my own soul, she readily admits (as I do) that there is but one life and it is the same in RL and SL. Wytchwhisper is a red-haired rebel and it appears her rebellion propels both her performances and creativity.  She is not only a singer but  a songwriter, an actress, dancer, machinimatographer, writer, and designer. The SmoothJazz Lounge is owned by coco (nadine.abrahams). It is a venue focusing on smoothJazz, Jazz, blues, 60`,70`, 80`s, oldies but goldies brought to you by many live entertainers. Wytchwhisper sang a variety of songs - one that caught my ear was “PokerFace” with electronic music in the opening. The twenty-something son here in RL plays electronic music. He doesn’t sing though, so I did thoroughly enjoy this. Connect with Wytchwhisper Website http://wytchwhisper.blogspot.com/ FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/Wytchwhisper/ Listen https://www.mixcloud.com/wytchwhisper/ Schedule https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=wytchwhisper%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York
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http://showtimemagazine.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Ren-Enberg-1_001.jpgThis afternoon, Ren Enberg and Quai Franklin performed at Ce Soir Arts to benefit Stand Up To Cancer. Their stated mission is to “mission is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking transnational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.” Ren and Quai are both singers/songwriters who are married in both worlds. Their voices blend so well together - it was a real treat to hear them perform. They accompany themselves with acoustic guitars but I know I heard a flute in there somewhere! Ce Soir Arts features many live acts throughout the month. They are hosting several this autumn in support of the Stand Up To Cancer charity. Be sure to check out their blog at https://cesoirarts.com/ Connect with Ren & Quai Websites https://renascentwoman.wordpress.com/ & https://quaifranklinradio.com/
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There's a Quiz with Prizes at The E-Learning Garden (Chilbo): Will You Accept the Challenge?

There's a Quiz with Prizes at The E-Learning Garden (Chilbo): Will You Accept the Challenge? | Durff | Scoop.it

The questions are all about one of the most popular activities in Second Life®: taking snapshots.


Screen capture (aka snapshot taking) in SL is a great way for people to express and share their creativity, However, many users do it completely unaware that there is such a thing as an official Linden Lab policy that regulates this activity. As educators, it is important that we tell our students about SL ToS, including the rules regarding snapshot taking. So, here's a challenge: brush up on your knowledge of 'Linden Lab Official Snapshot and Machinima Policy', take the quiz and win prizes! In this case, all the prizes are animations - poses that you can later use for your snapshots.


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This afternoon, Ren Enberg and Quai Franklin performed at Ce Soir Arts to benefit Stand Up To Cancer. Their stated mission is to “mission is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking transnational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.” Ren and Quai are both singers/songwriters who are married in both worlds. Their voices blend so well together - it was a real treat to hear them perform. They accompany themselves with acoustic guitars but I know I heard a flute in there somewhere! Ce Soir Arts features many live acts throughout the month. They are hosting several this autumn in support of the Stand Up To Cancer charity. Be sure to check out their blog at https://cesoirarts.com/ Connect with Ren & Quai Websites https://renascentwoman.wordpress.com/ & https://quaifranklinradio.com/
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4 Excellent iPad Apps for Recording Audio Notes via @medkh9

4 Excellent iPad Apps for Recording Audio Notes via @medkh9 | Durff | Scoop.it
Looking for some good audio note taking apps to use on your iPad? The collection below has you covered.  These are four of our favourit

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"The Curio" by Eleseren Brianna at Serena Imagine Arts CTR

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You are invited for the opening Saturday September 10th, 1pm slt http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/137/118/21
Eleseren Brianna is a new artist in SL, though she has exhibited in Inworldz with the Dreamz and Visionz groups during 2012 and 2013. She is primarily a model and designer in SL, and is just beginning to branch out to photographic art, though still with a fashion focus. Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/105540839@N03/ She is also the editor and curator of The Edge and COO for Kultivate Magazine. In real life, she trained as an illustrator, earning a B.A. with honors in illustration from Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts. She also trained as a couture designer dressmaker and ran her own bridalwear business for several years. Eleseren is a trained art therapist. SL Shows - Windlight Fellow Winter Showcase Jan/Feb 2016 - Ville de Coeur Winter Photo competition Jan 2016 (5th place prize) - Galleria Kakku - Feb 2016 onwards - Burn2 Equinox - April 2016 - The Living Room - April 2016 - Windlight Spring Show�� - Holly Kai Park - April 2016 - Art in the Park - May 2016 - Chelsea Hotel - June 2016 - Raglanshire Art Walk - June 2016 - Kultivate Summer Art Festival - August 2016 (2D and 3D) Bradley University's CVL Fall 2016 Art Show - curated by Valibrarian Gregg - Sept 2016 The Curio Exhibition at Serena Arts Center - 10-30 Sept 2016 2D, 3D and written word Upcoming Burn2 - October - The Glockenspiel 3D Fashion/Art Fusion Exhibition Home Gallery - Epic Chromatic at Windlight
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Tips for Teaching the Classics Without Boring Your Students to Death

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Level Up to Teach Classic Literature Like a Pro From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Classic literature can be exciting. You can teach classic literature like a pro with today’s insight from Starr Sackstein. What do Rodney Dangerfield, Alfred Hitchcock, and Harry Potter have to do with teaching students about classical literature? You’ll have to listen to find out. (I can’t believe all of them came up in one episode!) This wide-ranging conversation hits at the heart of teaching literature. Just because a piece was written hundreds of years ago doesn’t mean that it be irrelevant to the students who read the text. From making annotations to making the book relevant, to finding the “right answer,” Starr talks about the pitfalls and successful strategies she has used to teach kids about classical literature. Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Today’s Sponsor, Owl Eyes If you teach classical literature, you’ll want to check out Owl Eyes! Owl Eyes has a free library with lots of free exemplar texts like Beowulf, Hamlet, and others. Teachers can include their annotations in the book before students download them. As students read, teachers can see student annotations as they’re making them. You can even embed quizzes in the text. (No more waiting — the moment students finish a section, you can check for understanding.) Sign Up for Free Owl Eyes is a game changer for people who teach classic literature. Take time to download Owl Eyes now and see if they have the books your teaching this year in their library. It can save you a lot of time and give you the ability to do things you never could before. Show Notes on how to Teach Classic Literature: How do you encourage students to find evidence for their conclusions? What if their evidence or conclusions don’t align with those of “experts”? How do you make literature relate to students who may not be interested in that book? (I like the example of how Starr relates Pride and Prejudice to some of the male readers in her class who don’t care for the book.) How do you use annotations and close reading techniques to help students read more deeply? What mistakes did Starr make in her earlier years and how did she change to level up her teaching? Who is Starr Sackstein? Starr Sackstein teaches writing and journalism in New York City. She is a National Board-certified teacher and the New York director for the Journalism Education Association. Sackstein is also the author of the book Teaching Mythology. @mssackstein. Starr also appeared in Episode 125 . You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post Tips for Teaching the Classics Without Boring Your Students to Death appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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3 Ways Teachers Can Say to Parents, “We Want To Be On the Same Team”

3 Ways Teachers Can Say to Parents, “We Want To Be On the Same Team” | Durff | Scoop.it
Setting Up Your Classroom to Win From Day One From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As a teacher, I want to have a great relationship with my students and their parents. But there are things I can unknowingly do to sabotage (or improve) that relationship. In today’s show, we’re talking with Mike Hall about how to have the best start of the school year ever with our parents. Parents and teachers should be partners in student progress. At the end of the day it comes back to communication. Communicate early. Communicate often. Communicate in ways that are convenient for parents. Give the parents and students respect that you also want to receive from them. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz Upgrade to Bloomz (It is free!) Bloomz is a powerful, easy to use (AND FREE) parent-teacher communication app. It gives parents a choice of how they want to receive communications: email, notifications, the app or the website. This app also has photo sharing, calendars, messaging, behavior management , and student portfolios . I use Bloomz. Here’s the thing I love about it: once I invite a parent via email — they are IN! Even if they don’t join, they still get my classroom announcements. Bloomz is free and definitely an upgrade to my previous parent communications method. Show Notes: Why should you make a positive phone call early in the year? Why is hosting your own parent night for your classroom a good idea? What are the things we need to use to communicate with parents? What are some fantastic ways to communicate with parents? (I love his tip of giving parents questions to ask kids about what is going on in class!) Why is scheduling parent messages a good idea? What are some ways teachers sabotage their relationship with parents? What is one of the most common gripes parents have about teachers? (How can you prevent it from happening to you?) Some teachers who have the highest standards for kids have the lowest standards 4themselves. Mike Hall @strongfathers Powered By the Tweet This Plugin Tweet This Who is Mike Hall? J. Michael Hall@strongfathers , M.Ed. is an educator, speaker and founder of Strong Fathers-Strong Families, he has presented to more than 165,000 fathers at local schools, Head Starts, as well as regional and national conferences. For his pioneering work over the past twelve years in education and the fatherhood field he was honored as a 2012 White House Champion of Change. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post 3 Ways Teachers Can Say to Parents, “We Want To Be On the Same Team” appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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FREE WEBINAR: 9 Ways Writing Has Been Reinvented in the Classroom

FREE WEBINAR: 9 Ways Writing Has Been Reinvented in the Classroom | Durff | Scoop.it
Join me, August 25 at 7pm EDT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Writing has been reinvented. Learn about the tools, techniques and writing tips that are changing everything. Thursday, August 25, 7pm EDT Register Now The webinar is live and free. As with the other webinars, I’ll be recording and posting this on the store. Check out my book Reinventing Writing . Reinventing WRiting teaches you about the 9 tools that are changing writing, learning and living forever and how to teach with them.   The post FREE WEBINAR: 9 Ways Writing Has Been Reinvented in the Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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50+ Ways to Use Technology in Your Classroom Webinar and Training Kit

50+ Ways to Use Technology in Your Classroom Webinar and Training Kit | Durff | Scoop.it
Cool Cat Teacher, Vicki Davis, shares her favorite tools and tips in this one-hour video. This turbo-charged etech-packed video presentation from a full time
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The 100 Best Android Apps of 2016

The 100 Best Android Apps of 2016 | Durff | Scoop.it
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Top de aplicações Android de 2016.
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9 Ways Writing is Reinventing and How to Use Them in the Classroom.  

9 Ways Writing is Reinventing and How to Use Them in the Classroom.   | Durff | Scoop.it
Nine tools have changed writing, learning, and living forever. Learn about these tools and the teaching strategies that you need to know to improve writing in your classroom now. You can't reinvent your classroom without reinventing how you write. This spotlight is a practical session is based upon the book, Reinventing Writing updated to include new tools and exciting best practices not included in the book.
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Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment | Durff | Scoop.it
a Talk with Tony Vincent From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged us to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. When I did, I would discover that the rest of the class did not master the material and I had moved on too quickly! We all struggle to know what students know “in the moment” so we can adjust our teaching. We need them to master the material. We need to teach it. But how can we know what they know without depending on hand raising and verbal feedback from just a few students? Formative assessment is the answer. Formative assessment can supercharge your classroom learning. Technology can make formative assessment easier for you. Lesson flow. Formative assessment gives us the ability to quiz every single student in the class. Every teacher should have one or two formative assessment tools that are part of their lesson flow. In today’s show, you’ll get lots of options. Find one or two that work for you and start using them. I would go so far to say that formative assessment is one of the greatest gifts of education technology to the classroom. A teacher with a smartphone has amazing tools in hand. Used properly, they can save time and help you understand students better. My question is why more teachers don’t use these tools. I guess they don’t realize the time savings. One of our biggest problems as teachers is not having enough time. Here’s how I saved time using these tools. When I used to teach binary numbers, it used to take me 2-3 hours a night to grade the quizzes. (After all, binary numbers is all 1’s and 0’s. That is it. So, I also made mistakes.) Now, the moment a student hits a button on the last question, the quiz is graded, and I can go over what they missed with them! It is fantastic. Let’s dive deeper into formative assessment in today’s show! I challenge you to find ONE tool and try it out. (Listen to the show and check out the links at the bottom of this post.) SPONSOR BUTTON Teaser Paragraph Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes Easy Grading Gradecam – Today’s Sponsor Formative assessment options can save you time. GradeCam is a quick grading tool for formative AND summative assessment. You get instant feedback on what students know. Gradecam lets you print out forms. You can take a quick picture of their answers. It grades in a snap using your smartphone.  If you are taking the grade for the quiz or test, you can send those grades to your Gradebook software in a snap. If you visit Gradecam from this blog post , you can get a 60-day free trial. You can also listen to a bonus episode I recorded about the “Biggest Formative Assessment Mistake that People Make ” with Tony Vincent. Show Notes: What is formative assessment? How can technology empower a teacher to ask the whole class a question and get their answer? How does a formative assessment fit in the moment of teaching? What are some examples of technology and formative assessment in the classroom? What mistakes do many teachers make when they use Plickers in the classroom? How can teachers collect open ended questions from students? How can word clouds help you visualize data at the beginning of a unit of study? How does formative assessment give every student voice? How can students share using drawings and images? How can we have evidence of learning in the moment? Formative Assessment Tools and Blog Posts Mentioned in this Show: Tony Vincent’s Formative Assessment blog post Gradecam  – they are giving a 60 day free trial Socrative Plickers Kahoot Google Forms Poll Everywhere GoFormative Nearpod ClassKick Time Magazine Article mentioned in the show Who is Tony Vincent? Tony Vincent likes to learn, teach, and make things. Since 1998 Tony been a pioneer in digital learning, and he continues to help educators use technology for teaching and learning. @tonyvincent You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic | PBL | eSkills

Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic | PBL | eSkills | Durff | Scoop.it
The Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic presents how teachers can use google apps in project-based learning to streamline learning.


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Aplicaciones de Google en el aprendizaje basado en proyectos. Infografia útil y clarificadora!

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More reasons to use Google apps for education with your students. 

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http://showtimemagazine.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Fornego1_001.jpgOrny Forcella sang today at The Lexi Zone. This Italian powerhouse of a voice sang just what I needed - Wake Me Up Songs. There is no napping during a Forcella performance! She delivers an energizing performance from Rome, Italy. This afternoon, Fabs Keytarman (fsmusic) was the host and my translator. He is also the co-owner of the Lexi Zone along with Lexi Freespirit. Both are fine musicians in their own right. The Lexi Zone is a live music venue where an international cast of talented entertainers are featured performing a wide variety of music including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Pop, and Love Songs . Connect with Orny Forcella FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/orny.forcella Connect with The Lexi Zone FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/TheLexiZoneLiveClub Schedule https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=thelexizoneclub@gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles SLURL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mariposa%20Isle/37/218/25
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Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives

Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives | Durff | Scoop.it
Use technology to help you teach math From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Use the real world to teach without the mess of physical manipulatives. In brief, virtual math manipulatives are powerful tools for math teachers everywhere. On the whole, many teachers don’t understand how to use them. So, today, you’ll get a simple tour of virtual math manipulatives from expert David Wees. In light of the fact that NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) and other organizations highly recommend manipulatives in the math classroom, today’s topic is essential for math teachers. At this point, pretty much every standard out there has math manipulatives you can use to teach it. Despite what some may think, virtual math manipulatives AREN’T videos — they are tools that allow students to interact and manipulate objects as they learn.   Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes Today’s Sponsor Matific Virtual math manipulatives are awesome. However, finding the perfect manipulative takes time. Matific does the work for you. To simplify the process for teachers, they’ve aligned their virtual math manipulatives to Common Core and State Standards. You can even look up popular math textbooks and it will give you the manipulatives that will work for you (by chapter and page!) You can assign students different manipulatives to use. Moreover, if you have ELL students, they have 27 languages you can assign to students. So, you can set the “primary language” for a student and they’ll receive instruction in that language. (You can print out parent reports in their native language too.) I took a tour of Matific and came away excited to see the future of math education. It saves time for teachers and makes math instruction easier. Check out Matific , take a tour, and play with the manipulatives that align with your textbook today. In summary, Matific lets you use math manipulatives without the work of finding just the right one for your unit of study. See Matific in Action Show Notes on Virtual Math Manipulatives What are virtual manipulatives? How can I use them in a math classroom to teach math? What are examples of how teachers might use virtual manipulatives to teach math concepts? Can virtual manipulatives be used as formative assessment tools? How do students learn math? Can a teacher’s expert bias can cause teachers to make a mistake when using virtual manipulatives? Research on Math Manipulatives as mentioned in the show. What mistakes did David make in the early years of teaching math? The mistakes teachers make when students struggle that can cause gaps in learning. Places to Find and Use  Virtual Math Manipulatives for your Math Classroom NCTM Illuminations National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Matific (today’s sponsor) has a free trial so you can play with those as well. Who is David Wees? David Wees is currently a Formative Assessment and Instructional Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools in New York City. He has worked as a mathematics and science teacher in New York City, London, Bangkok, and Vancouver. Twitter id: @davidwees You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Tips For Acquiring Inexpensive STEAM Materials - Wee Warhols

Tips For Acquiring Inexpensive STEAM Materials - Wee Warhols | Durff | Scoop.it
I am a bit of a collector — some may say hoarder — of craft supplies or anything that I think my kids, myself, or my students can create or build with.  I love to hunt for cool items and I LOVE to get a good deal.  Before recycling or throwing anything away, I think, “What could we make with that?”  I realize that not everyone is like this and some people don’t want to sort through trash to find that cool treasure.  If you think that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education is costly, I’m here to let you know it doesn’t have to be. Please let me share some money-saving resources with you to help make incorporating STEAM into your home or classroom easy and affordable.

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300 Ways to Help Students Love Writing

300 Ways to Help Students Love Writing | Durff | Scoop.it
Ideas from the "The Reading Strategies Book" From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Do you want to help students love writing? In this segment, we talk about a new book including 300 strategies to get students excited about writing. So, if you’re struggling to teach writing and get students engaged, listen to Jennifer Seravallo’s ideas. From peer review across the entire process to engaging students in writing, Jennifer is full of high-impact ideas to improve classroom writing. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Today’s Sponsor, Write the World Write the World is a fantastic free tool to encourage writing in your classroom. Not only can teachers run writing contests but they can also assign classroom writing prompts. Also, students can join the monthly contests and global writing prompts with other students around the world. Furthermore, Write the World has a schedule of their writing prompt s for the year. So, when you’re planning, include these cool contests. Targeted to students aged 13-18, Write the World is a powerful, fun community for writing. Even more importantly, the site is easy it is to use. Make writing exciting this year in your classroom. There’s no cost for teachers to join with their classrooms. Given all these benefits, I recommend this site for writing teachers of students aged 13-18. So, join Write the World and get kids excited to write! Look at Write the World Help Students Love Writing: Show Notes Can we help students learn to write and love it? How can students set writing goals in motivating ways? What are secrets to encourage peer review among writers? Can we have writing partners throughout the writing process? (And not just during the editing phase.) What are ways that students can write together? What is a writing club? How is it structured? If students are groaning when you ask them to write, how can you turn it around? Who is Jennifer Serravallo? Jennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant, speaker, and the author 11 books and resources including The Reading Strategies Book and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment Series. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post 300 Ways to Help Students Love Writing appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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10 Interesting Ways to Integrate QR Codes in Your Teaching (Infographic) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Interesting Ways to Integrate QR Codes in Your Teaching (Infographic) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Durff | Scoop.it

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Great ideas for a beginning-coding needs to become more of a main dish in our curricula!
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FREE CLASS: 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom

FREE CLASS: 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom | Durff | Scoop.it
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7pm EDT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I’m continuing the Education Technology Series that I’ve been running this fall. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm, EDT I’ll host 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom . In this 1-hour and 15-minute class I’ll share: 5 reasons most teachers fail to consistently bring global collaboration into their classroom How to connect and build projects that transform learning and thinking. The top 4 reasons to connect your students globally. The 8 simple steps to creating and continuing engaging global collaborative experiences for your classroom. Register now You’ll receive a workbook for notetaking once you register and some free materials if you attend the class. If you cannot attend, you can pre-order this class at the Cool Cat Teacher Store . You’ll get the workbook, PDF copies of the slides, and a link to download the video.   The post FREE CLASS: 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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3 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Student Learning

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Research on classroom design with Peter Barrett From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Peter Barrett gives us an overview of his classroom design research in today’s show. Peter and his co-authors found a 16% impact of classroom design on the learning of 3766 primary school students in the UK. Peter breaks down the study into individual factors like light, air quality, and nature. But, perhaps the most astounding impact is the power of personalization and helping students “own” the classroom on learning. This personalization aspect impacts all teachers! Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Today’s Sponsor: Carson Dellosa As you design your classroom, use the fantastic resources by today’s sponsor Carson-Dellosa . As can be seen by the points made in today’s show, we should all check out these tools and resource s at Carson-Dellosa. Additionally, they have great tips on decluttering their classroom and a first-year teacher’s guide. This week, Carson Dellosa is featuring a set of interactive notebooks that allow students to show what they know. Get Classroom Design Info at Carson Dellosa Show Notes: The studies he conducted looked at primary children in the United Kingdom. To understand the impact of classroom designs they tried to incorporate as many aspects of the classroom as possible. Everything from lighting to air to what’s on the walls, it was all included in the study. They found a 16% impact of school design on student learning in this study. Questions We Discussed What are the important factors of classroom design realting to the learning of younger children? What is the impact of students feeling like they own their own classroom learning? What is the impact of natural light on the classroom? And isn’t enough just to do big windows can big windows actually decrease learning in the classroom? What is the impact of air quality? What kind of light is best for children? Is there such a thing as overstimulation? What colors are best? How can student personalization of the learning space amp up learning? What are common misconceptions by teachers of younger children on classroom design?  Who is Peter Barrett? Peter Barrett MSc PhD DSc is Emeritus Professor at Salford University in the UK and and an Honorary Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Department of Education. After initially training as a surveyor he has since carried out academic research in many areas, most recently around the impact of buildings on people, and more specifically of school design on pupils’ learning rates. Educator Resources from this Episode Peter Barrett’s Research quoted in the podcast Clever Classrooms You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post 3 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Student Learning appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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3 Ways to Teach the Way the Brain Wants to Learn

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A best selling neurologist shares how the brain really works From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How do exercise, sleep, and the unique composition of the human brain impact learning? Today’s guest, neuroscientist John Medina , shares his views on where schools are falling short. Today’s show is a thought-provoking and edgy discussion sure to evoke a lively discussion in your PLC. If you love Brain Rules , listen to today’s show.   Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Plan an Exciting Student Trip with Rustic Pathways See Rustic Pathways Student Trips Today’s Sponsor: Rustic Pathways .  The most memorable experiences in my teaching career happened on trips with students. Today’s sponsor Rustic Pathways can help plan your trip and make learning meaningful. Take time now to plan an incredible trip with your students. Go to groups.rusticpathways.com/cool-cat/ to learn more about the exciting trips you can plan with students. Show Notes: How do schools ignore brain differences? Can you teach to the norm of a class? Why does the current grade structure in schools cause concern? Is there an optimal student-to-teacher ratio according to neuroscience? How do exercise and learning relate? What did a group of engineers do to increase their rate of Mandarin Chinese language acquisition 20% faster? How do you optimize your brain for learning? What impact does the loss of sleep have on student achievement? Who is John Medina? Dr. John J. Medina @brainrulesbooks , a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School — a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His latest book is Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five . You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post 3 Ways to Teach the Way the Brain Wants to Learn appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Differentiating Instruction with Technology Training Kit

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In Video #2 of Cool Cat Teacher's Edtech Training Series, learn how to build a classroom toolkit to reach every student. Learn how to select technology tools
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Why You Shouldn’t Babysit Kids with Tablets! (And What to Do Instead)

Advice about Tablets and Young Children: What Works and Warnings from an Expert. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You’ve seen it. Young children engrossed in tablet devices. But how much is too much? Today’s expert, Diane Levin, gives technology guidance to the parents and teachers of young children. Check out Tiggly Parents and teachers need to interact with students. Kids need the real world. Hands-on manipulatives help them learn, as well. Today’s guest helps us with balancing the physical world and the virtual tablet-based world many young children inhabit. Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Hands on Manipulatives and iPad Games with Today’s Sponsor, Tiggly Check out Tiggly . Informed educators and parents are looking for better ways for their children to interact with technology. Tiggly combines the best of physical play with their apps. Tiggly combines hands-on manipulatives with iPad games. In my opinion, Tiggly strikes the balance that we discuss in today’s show. While you’re on Tiggly’s site, check out the Bonus Segment, Avoiding the Biggest Mistake We Make with Kids and Tablets by today’s guest, Diane Levin. Show Notes about Kids and Tablets: What risks do tablets pose for young children? What experiences are necessary for a child’s optimal development? Why do children need blocks and manipulatives? What are ways that parents and teachers can engage with kids as they use tablet devices? How can we help children learn to self-regulate their use of tablet devices? How do you select activities and games appropriate for your child? Who is Diane Levin? Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education at Wheelock College in Boston. She is the author of Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood (NAEYC) and So Sexy So Soon . She is a founder of Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment and Defending the Early Years. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to edit and post it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.) The post Why You Shouldn’t Babysit Kids with Tablets! (And What to Do Instead) appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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