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Learning with Meaning: Launching a Virtual Book Club

Learning with Meaning: Launching a Virtual Book Club | Durff | Scoop.it

Announcing a Virtual Book Club discussing  Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time by Julie Lindsay and Vicki A. Davis. The book club was announced last Sunday night in Kyle Dunbar's  school division and  already  thirteen teachers signed up! Even better, we have teachers from across the school division and from all different grade levels. It is a wonderful thing when already busy teachers find time in their lives to discuss powerful educational ideas with their peers.

Now to get some global participation in this book club. There isn't a   better way to brainstorm about global projects than to have teachers from across the globe in the session together. So, Kyle is inviting all teachers, parents, students, thinkers and learners out there to join in for six live meetings to share what they think about the projects, resources, and research discussed in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds.

The BookClub  will be meeting on Mondays at 7:30pm EST on the following dates:
January 7th
January 21st
February 4th
February 18th
March 4th
March 18th
 

Meetings will be at http://tinyurl.com/TheVirtualBookClub   and will last one hour. We will spend the time sharing thoughts about ideas raised in the book. It will also be a great opportunity to connect with other educators that share similar passions and beliefs about flattening our classrooms walls. We will share strategies and resources for building those 21st century skills like collaboration, communication and creativity in authentic ways.

Inspiration for this Virtual Book Club came from Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis themselves. I was lucky enough to participate in a Virtual Book Club hosted by Engaging Educators last spring. It was great because I
actually read the book (instead of the book just staring at me from my book shelf, desperate to be read but collecting dust instead)
met educators from across the United States and around the world
learned about global projects that already exist that I could participate in
was inspired to do more to help students and teachers connect and collaborate
I hope that you can take some time to read the book and join us for our discussions. If you are interested, please complete this quick form so that I know you are interested and I'll get back to you with information about our first meeting. And, please, spread the word!

If you aren't familiar with the idea of a virtual book club or with this text, here's more!

What is a Virtual Book Club?

A virtual book club is one in which readers come together to discuss a text using a web-based platform. Readers connect by logging onto a website in which they can be active learners and collaborators. The virtual room allows readers to speak, listen, chat and read about what others think about the text. All participants need is a web link, a computer with access to the Internet (and preferably a working microphone) and thoughts and ideas about the reading. It is like a book club but you can stay home and be in your pajamas!

What book will we be reading?

We will be reading the text Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis. This book is co-written by classroom teachers that have transformed learning in their classrooms by communicating and collaborating with other classrooms around the world. Learn more about how global learning provides authentic literacy experiences, gets students engaged in their learning and opens up numerous opportunities for differentiation.

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5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom

5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom | Durff | Scoop.it
A conversation with Rob Donatelli on episode 60 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @DTown_MrD talks about the brain breaks phenomenon. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain breaks. Take a brain break today! This episode is sponsored by Bloomz , my favorite tool for parent communication. They are sponsoring April’s free webinar, 5 Habits to Start Now to Thrive in the Fall . You don’t have to give up your summer to prepare. Learn what I do now to make the fall even more wonderful! Register now for the free webinar Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show       In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Backwards classroom race 60-second pitches Face off Smartphone ping pong Penny catch Plus, Rob gives a 40-second pitch to teachers about the reasons they need brain breaks in their classroom. Have some fun! Take a break! You might need these especially as kids are taking high-intensity tests to help kids refresh and gear back up. (I am not crazy about the tests but I am crazy about kids. When I feel things getting too intense, I take brain breaks with my students.) I hope you enjoy this episode with Rob! Want to hear another episode on something fun to try with your students? Listen to Dr. Tim Green talk about using Aurasma in the classroom . Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @DTown_MrD YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRPwbh4u2QQPjCPR0GsYxDw Links coming soon Transcript coming soon. Full Bio As Submitted Rob Donatelli Rob Donatelli is a business & computer science teacher at Dallastown Area High School. He is also the founder of the Donatelli EdZone . His passions include school leadership, education technology, presenting, entrepreneurship, and coaching. Follow him on YouTube at the Donatelli EdZone or on Twitter @DTown_MrD . The post 5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Meet artist Blip Mumfuzz at Serena Imagine Arts Center

Meet artist Blip Mumfuzz at Serena Imagine Arts Center | Durff | Scoop.it
On Thursday, April 20 at 10:00 am SLT you will have the opportunity to meet with the artist Blip Mumfuzz. Blip is showcasing recent photographs at Wolves Land. The majority of the images in this exhibit were taken at Ime Poplin's beautiful sim Ashemi. The photographer invites you to view the images as abstracts where elements of the physical (virtual) world provide shapes and colors. You are invited to meet Blip and talk with her about her work and how she creates photographs on Thursday, April 20 at 10:00 am SLT at Serena Imagine Arts Center.
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The Brown Lace Madrigal from Just Imagine

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This lovely lace top and flowing skirt outfit fits classic avatars with a shirt and bra as well as mesh avatar with omega appliers for the shirt and bra. The long mesh skirt comes in 5 sizes for your convenience. Available now in our mainstore http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/215/205/21
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Richard Byrne’s Most Exciting Edtech Tools

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A conversation with Richard Byrne on Episode #57 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Richard Byrne @rmbyrne discusses the edtech tools he’s most excited about today. From video tools, creation tools, to app creation, you’ll hear lots of ideas. Plus, he’ll tell you about his newest project. This episode, blog, and webinar are sponsored by Bloomz , my favorite tool for parent communication. They are sponsoring April’s free webinar, 5 Habits to Start Now to Thrive in the Fall . You don’t have to give up your summer to prepare. Learn what I do now to make the fall even more wonderful! Register now for the free webinar Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe to the show by clicking the network of your choice In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Live video streaming tools and why he’s moving to YouTube Live Blogging and creation tools Why app creation will soon be in the reach of every student Dealing with naysayers and blocking Why he’s not as excited about quizzing tools and heading towards creation tools I hope you enjoy this episode with Richard! Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @rmbyrne Blog: http://http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ Facebook Live YouTube Live Thunkable George Burgess’ Geography app Sample permission form for blogging MadMagz LucidPress From Blog to Job, a Teacherpreneur Jumpstart 279 Days to Overnight Success by Chris Guillebeau Bloomz Free Webinar: 5 Habits You can Start Now to Help Your classroom Thrive in the Fall by Vicki Davis See the transcript of this show with Richard Byrne Full Bio Richard Byrne Richard Byrne is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. He has been invited to speak at events on six continents and would gladly speak in Antarctica too. Richard’s work is focused on sharing free resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences. Richard is a five time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. 2012 saw Richard receive a Merlot Classics award from chancellor’s office of California State University. In 2010 he was a finalist for ACTEM’s (Association of Computer Teachers and Educators in Maine) educator of the year award. Tech & Learning Magazine named Richard one of their “people to watch” in their 30th Anniversary celebration (http://techlearning.com/article/26660). On a daily basis, Richard’s blog Free Technology for Teachers reaches more than 100,000 educators. In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, Richard also maintains iPadApps4School.com and PracticalEdTech.com. Richard’s print work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and contributions to Teacher Librarian. Richard lives in Maine with his daughter Isla and loyal dogs Max and Mason. The post Richard Byrne’s Most Exciting Edtech Tools appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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5 Habits to Start Now to Help Your Classroom Thrive in the Fall

5 Habits to Start Now to Help Your Classroom Thrive in the Fall | Durff | Scoop.it
From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Want to prepare to have an amazing fall now? Would you rather have a summer to just spend some time healing up and getting yourself back together? Here are some tips for what I am doing NOW to make sure fall is awesome (but summer is too!) Join the free webinarThursday, April 27 6 - […] The post 5 Habits to Start Now to Help Your Classroom Thrive in the Fall appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Exhibit Opening Saturday, April 15 9pmSLT at Serena Imagine Arts Center

Exhibit Opening Saturday, April 15 9pmSLT at Serena Imagine Arts Center | Durff | Scoop.it
You are cordially invited to the exhibit opening celebration for the new exhibition by M8ty entitled the 'Hall of Mirrors' on display at Serena Imagine Arts CTR till the end of April 2017. The opening will be Saturday, April 15th at 9pm slt (Sunday 6 am CET )with the singer Chillee Hernandoz. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/125/145/21
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8 Tips for Better Classroom Procedures (in a STEAM Lab)

8 Tips for Better Classroom Procedures (in a STEAM Lab) | Durff | Scoop.it
Episode 54 of the 10-Minute Teacher with Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today I  am sharing some of the classroom procedures that make my computer lab hum. I’ve got some wordless ways for knowing who needs help and  how I reboot my classroom as just a few tips. I hope these help some of you who may be struggling with flow. And guess when the best time to try new procedures is? RIGHT AFTER you have the standardized tests, for sure. At the bottom of this post, get my classroom management template pack by signing up for my newsletter. Listen Now Click to listen in iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe to the show by clicking one of these buttons In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Simple wordless ways for knowing when students need help Essentials for starting class effectively How to reboot a classroom that isn’t following procedures Some favorite books on classroom management A simple tool to help reinforce procedures I hope you enjoy this episode with me!! Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @coolcatteacher Blog: http://www.coolcatteacher.com The First Days of School: How to Be a More Effective Teacher by Harry Wong and Rosemary Wong The Classroom Management Book by Harry Wong and Rosemary Wong Get the station cards at the bottom of this email Powerschool Learning 5 Effective Blended Learning Best Practices for how I run the online classroom Fred Jones’ Tools for Teachers Angela Watson Classcraft Click to see the transcript Full Bio You can see my full bio here . You see so many pictures of me in professional attire, here’s an awesome fish I caught over spring break. I love getting outdoors on the water. Something about it rejuvenates my soul. So, this is me, Vicki Davis. The post 8 Tips for Better Classroom Procedures (in a STEAM Lab) appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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A Hooded T-shirt for the men from Just Imagine

A Hooded T-shirt for the men from Just Imagine | Durff | Scoop.it
Dress the man in your life in fashions from Just Imagine. The purple hooded t-shirt is perfect for the change in weather during April. Available in 5 sizes and 4 colors. Remember to wear your group tag to get a discount when you buy at our men's store - now adjacent to our mainstore http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/222/159/22
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Aurasma and Augmented Reality in the Classroom

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A conversation with Dr. Tim Green on episode 52 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Tim Green @theedtechdoctor , Instructional Design Expert, talks today about augmented reality. Specifically he shares his favorite Augmented Reality (AR) instructional tool, Aurasma. Tim also shares a vision for the future of where augmented reality is probably taking us in education. Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe to the show In today’s show, we’ll discuss: How teachers and students are using Aurasma The future of augmented reality in education How we can apply technology like IBM Watson and Microsoft Facial recognition in education Simple principles for where we should be going in education with AR A basic understanding of augmented reality and what it can do I hope you enjoy this episode with Tim! Want to hear another episode on Augmented Reality? Listen to Stephen Anderson talk about Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality .   Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @theedtechdoctor Blog: http://trendsandissues.com   http://theedtechdoctor.com/ Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Show with Steven Anderson Aurasma Creating an Aura in Aurasma See 10 Forthcoming Augmented Reality Glasses You Can Buy for examples of what we discuss on the show Google Glass mentioned on the show is no longer available for consumers but they do have Google Glass at Work for AR Work applications IBM Watson Microsoft Cognitive Services Emotion API – the Microsoft software that recognizes emotions Cows with names produce more milk scientists say See the transcript Full Bio Dr. Tim Green’s Submitted Bio I am a former K12 teacher who has been a professor of educational technology and teacher educator at California State University, Fullerton since 1999. Five of these years I served as the Director of Distance Education at CSUF. I currently run an online MS program in Educational Technology . I am the author of numerous articles and books, as well as a presenter, on the integration of educational technology, instructional design, and online distance education. Some of the more recent books include the award-winning The Essentials of Instructional Design: Connecting Fundamental Principles with Process and Practice (Brown & Green, Routledge), The Educator’s Guide to Producing New Media and Open Educational Resources (Routledge), and Securing the Connected Classroom (ISTE Press). I co-produce (with Dr. Abbie Brown) the award-winning podcast Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences . I am passionate about working with schools and districts on visioning and implementing technology initiatives. I regularly consult with and provide professional develop to schools and districts. I received my Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. The post Aurasma and Augmented Reality 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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Be unforgettable in this lovely outfit this Easter

Be unforgettable in this lovely outfit this Easter | Durff | Scoop.it
The Unforgettable gown by Just Imagine comes in 5 sizes, including the original flexi gown, as well as three different rose adornments. Visit the mainstore at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/215/205/21
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC | Durff | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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 good infographic on critical thinking
 
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Help your students with their critical thinking skills. 
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I think this could be very useful. 
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Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more) | Durff | Scoop.it
Episode 49 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Sylvia Martinez @smartinez co-author of Invent to Learn talks about tinkering today. Some teachers have a misconception that kids just pick up and play with materials and learn, but it is a little bit more nuanced than that. Sylvia does a fantastic job of helping us understand the drawbacks, possibilities, and essential nature of tinkering in the classroom. Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe to the show     Today’s giveaway contest is Sylvia’s book Invent to Learn.  You can enter the drawing by suggesting a guest for the show, following Sylvia on Twitter or other ways. You have one week to enter, and then we draw! Click here . In today’s show, we’ll discuss: How to make time for tinkering Assessing making and tinkering The risks of using reflection as your only tool for assessing making Three of the biggest mistakes teachers make when tinkering When to let students struggle and when to step in I hope you enjoy this episode with Sylvia! Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @smartinez Blog: http://sylviamartinez.com Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager Hummingbird Robotics Kit Download the Transcript Full Bio Sylvia Martinez Sylvia Libow Martinez is a co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom helping teachers bring the exciting tools and technology of the Maker Movement to classrooms worldwide. Previously, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, evangelizing student leadership through modern technology. Sylvia also headed product development for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies. Martinez started her career designing high-frequency receiver systems and navigation software for GPS satellites.She holds a masters in educational technology from Pepperdine and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA. Other Links from this author: Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom http://inventtolearn.com Constructing Modern Knowledge Summer Institute http://constructingmodernknowledge.com Constructing Modern Knowledge Press http://cmkpress.com Today’s Contest I like to support people who support the show. To do this, when guests are willing – we host a giveaway! Thanks Sylvia for donating one of your books to a lucky listener! Use the widget below to enter! Invent to Learn Book Giveaway Contest The post Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more) appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Blip Mumfuzz photographs now at Serena Imagine Arts Center

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Blip Mumfuzz photographs now at Serena Imagine Arts Center Please visit the exhibit of photographs by Blip Mumfuzz during the month of April at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/128/109/21
The majority of the images in this exhibit were taken at Ime Poplin's beautiful sim Ashemi. The photographer invites you to view the images as abstracts where elements of the physical (virtual) world provide shapes and colors, etc. See the attached poster for more details.
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Tips for Successful Digital Parenting

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A conversation with Weston Kieschnick on the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How much time on devices is too much time? Should kids put up their smartphones and talk to each other and parents sometimes? Are we using technology too much as parents? Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, Weston KieschnickWeston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick  and I have a conversation about digital parenting. There aren’t easy answers but one thing is sure, we won’t find answers without having the hard conversations. This episode, blog, and webinar are sponsored by Bloomz , my favorite tool for parent communication. They are sponsoring April’s free webinar, 5 Habits to Start Now to Thrive in the Fall . You don’t have to give up your summer to prepare. Learn what I do now to make the fall even more wonderful! Register now for the free webinar Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe or rate the show by clicking the button for iTunes or Stitcher In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Digital overuse and digital deserts and the need for balance The dangers of letting kids have devices during time for sleep The challenges faced by parents in today’s digital age Questions for parents to consider about moderation Experiences and observations about digital overuse and misuse I hope you enjoy this episode with Weston! Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @wes_kieschnick Blog: http://www.coachweston.com The article I wrote for Edutopia that I referred to in the show: The Insanity of the New Humanity: Put Up the Cell Phone and Be There Teens who take their phones to bed are twice as likely to be sleep deprived – Cell Phone Addicts Most Sleep Deprived in Sleep Review: The Journal for Sleep Specialists Sleep Problems Have the Same Affect on Students’ Grades as Drug Abuse, New Study Finds – PBS News Hour Scary Ways Technology Affects Your Sleep Sleep.org How to Turn Blue Light Off on Your Phone and iPad – a quick tutorial Study: Teen cell phone use at bedtime leads to insomnia, poor performance in school George Lucas Hasn’t Been on the Internet in 15 years: not email even (written in 2015) The World is Flat v 3.0 by Thomas Friedman 5 Things You Can Do Now to Thrive in the Fall – Free webinar Thursday, April 27 at 6pm EDT Read the transcript for this episode Full Bio Weston Kieschnick Weston Kieschnick is a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education. His thought leadership around blended pedagogy has been published in Education Week, Ed-Tech Magazine, and The Learning Transformation: A Guide to Blended Learning for Administrators . He also created and hosts Teaching Keating , an acclaimed podcast where pop-culture and pedagogy collide. Mr. Kieschnick has worked with teachers and school leaders from every state in the US and more than 30 countries around the world. Districts where Weston provides keynotes, teacher development, and coaching have been recognized among the top ten in the country for their work in educational technology. During his tenure in education, Weston has served as an award-winning Teacher, Assistant Principal, and District Level Administrator. Weston resides in Colorado with his wife Molly and his children, Everett and Charlotte. The post Tips for Successful Digital Parenting appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Blue Tank for men from Just Imagine

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Imagine your man in this blue tank from Just Imagine. The blue tank top is entitled, 'Let my mind wander' is available in 5 mesh sizes exclusively from Just Imagine available now in our men's store adjacent to the women's mainstore Serena Imagine (219,158,21)
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How the African STEP Dance Ignited Kids at Ron Clark Academy

How the African STEP Dance Ignited Kids at Ron Clark Academy | Durff | Scoop.it
A conversation with Junior Bernadin on episode 58 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Junior Bernadin @jbernadin African Step, based on the African Gum Boot Dance, has an American version with a competition. Insert is one of the STEP coaches at 3-time national champion winning Ron Clark Academy. Learn about this marvelous type of song/ dance and its role in African American culture. Also, hear about Junior’s commitment to excellence and what students learn from competing in this dance competition. Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe by clicking on the iTunes or Stitcher links below. In today’s show, we’ll discuss Junior’s work with the RCA step team: The origins of step How step came to Ron Clark Academy What students learn from step competition His students’ story from beginning step to winning the national championship The journey Junior has taken with the students I hope you enjoy this episode with Junior! Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @jbernadin @ ronclarkacademy MAD about Mattering 2017 Ron Clark Step Team Video (2015 National Winning Performance) Gumboot Dancing from South Africa Susan Barnes has info on the Ron Clark Academy Staff Page The “Divine 9” African American Fraternities and Sororities The National Step League The Georgia Stepper’s League National Stepping Association See the transcript of this episode Full Bio Junior Bernadin Junior Bernadin is a Dean of Students and IT Director at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy (RCA). In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team. In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team.   Photographs of Students on the STEP Team provided by Junior Step team members are required to do community service as part of their work. Step Practice at Ron Clark Academy Step competitions are colorful and beautiful. (see the video above) Community service as part of participating in step. Three-time national champions – Ron Clark Academy step team The post How the African STEP Dance Ignited Kids at Ron Clark Academy appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Visit scenic Wolves Lands during your Easter break

Visit scenic Wolves Lands during your Easter break | Durff | Scoop.it
Wolves Land is a quiet , romantic SIM where you can find places to chill, meet people or just relax under a tree. There are many nooks and crannies to explore and all are welcome to experience the sim this Easter. The sim has a moderate rating. Visit Wolves Lands at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/210/175/22
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Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation

Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation | Durff | Scoop.it
A special needs conversation with Jennifer Cronk on episode 56 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Empowering special needs students with technologies is one of the greatest ways to motivate and ignite their learning. Jennifer Cronk @jenniferacronk shares two tearful but joyful stories of people with special needs unleashed (including her own.) Let’s start this Monday motivation remembering the joyful opportunity we have to help every child with technology! Today’s show is sponsored by Bloomz , my favorite tool for parent communication. They are sponsoring April’s free webinar, 5 Habits to Start Now to Thrive in the Fall . You don’t have to give up your summer to prepare. Learn what I do now to make the fall even more wonderful! Register now for the free webinar Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe to the show by clicking your favorite podcast network   In today’s show, we’ll discuss: How to empower special needs students to champion themselves Examples of alternative assessment and contribution for those with special needs How Jennifer motivates students and teachers to unleash learning A breakthrough story of Jennifer’s own son who wanted to honor his teacher The moving thing that happened last week to Jennifer with a special needs teacher I hope you enjoy this episode with Jennifer! Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @jenniferacronk Blog: http://www.transparentlyteaching.com Show links coming soon Transcript will be posted soon! Full Bio Jennifer Cronk Jennifer Cronk is an Assistant Manager of Emerging Technologies for the Southern Westchester BOCES in New York. She currently oversees and strategically plans the Google Apps transformations of several school districts in Westchester county. Jennifer began her career in 1996 as a computer teacher and passionately pursued the ed tech field for twenty years. Jennifer presents nationally at instructional technology conferences, and workshops on integrating Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Google Education Trainer. In addition, Jennifer is also certified: administrator, english teacher, elementary teacher and educational technology specialist. Jennifer also blogs about “digital parenting”, professional development and educational technology at www.transparentlyteaching.com and is a co-host of the blab.im show “Positively Special Ed”.   The post Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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5 Things Every Digital Citizen Should Know #digcit

5 Things Every Digital Citizen Should Know #digcit | Durff | Scoop.it
A conversation with Alice Chen on Episode 55 of the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Alice Chen @wondertechedu  teaches us about digital citizenship. She discusses five things every digital citizen should know. For each digital citizenship item, she gives classroom examples. Several important topics arise including how to talk to your students about their positive online presence and online professionalism. Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe to the show by clicking your favorite network button below In today’s show, Alice and I talk about 5 things every digital citizen should know including: Three basic internet safety issues The need for students to have a positive online identity Helping students interact online using the language of success – academic language. (Editor’s Note: In my opinion, the way Alice teaches IM speech versus academic speech is powerful.) Authentic audience and blogging I hope you enjoy this episode with Alice! Want to hear another episode about digital citizenship? Listen to 5 Ideas to Connect Your Classroom with TW Williamson who teaches in Taiwan. Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @wondertechedu Blog: http://wondertechedu.blogspot.com The 9 C’s of Digital Citizenship by Alice Chen Google Classroom Schoology The Value of Authentic Audience on Edutopia by Monica Burns Kidblog Creative Commons licensed See also Copyright 101: A Simple Lesson in Licenses video tutorial See the transcript of this episode with Alice Chen Full Bio Alice Chen Alice Chen is a teacher and technology coach in Southern California. In addition to these roles, she is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, 2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator, and PBS SoCaL American Graduate Champion. During the course of her career, she was a two-time recipient of the UCSD Outstanding High School Teacher award, a 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning U.S. Finalist, and the 2012 Teacher of the Year at her school. She is also a consultant and presenter who regularly speaks at regional and national conferences. The post 5 Things Every Digital Citizen Should Know #digcit appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Visit scenic Wolves Lands during your Easter break

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Wolves Land is a quiet , romantic SIM where you can find places to chill, meet people or just relax under a tree. There are many nooks and crannies to explore and all are welcome to experience the sim this Easter. The sim has a moderate rating. Visit Wolves Lands at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/210/175/22
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Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets #spedchat

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A conversation with Karen McCallum in episode 53 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Karen McCallum is a special ed elementary teacher in Alberta, Canada. She has specialized in special education and behavior support programming. Today she tells a heartwarming but powerful story about how two puppets are helping transform the social emotional learning of elementary special needs kids. Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe to the show now     In today’s show, we’ll discuss: How she decided to use puppets to reach a nonverbal student Modeling appropriate and inappropriate behaviors How 15 minutes a day with the puppets can transform behavior Calming special needs kids using puppets Some funny and powerful stories of using Matts and Penny to help kids learn appropriate behaviors I hope you enjoy this episode with Karen! Want to listen to another show about social-emotional learning? Listen to teacher Michelle Cotrelle-Williams talk about how vulnerability can make your classroom a safer place . Selected Links from this Episode Transcript of this episode is coming soon! Full Bio Karen McCallum I am a elementary vice principal and kindergarten teacher in Okotoks, Alberta. I am in my 33rd year of teaching. My entire career has been in the primary area. I have my Master’s degree in Special Education and have spent half of my career working in special education and behavior support programming. The post Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets #spedchat appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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When Kindness goes Viral #Mondaymotivation

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A conversation with Principal Will Parker in Episode 51 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Will Parker @williamdp has seen kindness go viral on his campus. Learn how his faculty and student council worked together to create a nurturing environment. And how one Post-It Note moved the whole to go viral with a movement of kindness. Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” Subscribe to the show now   In today’s show, Will discusses: How his student council created a nurturing environment for kindness to grow What happened in the girls’ bathroom that changed everything How the faculty noticed and encouraged the movement of kindness The impact the kindness movement has had on the school How to share good news from your school I hope you enjoy this episode with Will! Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @williamdp Blog: http://www.williamdparker.com Kindness goes Viral – Will Parker’s Blog Post News Video about the Wall of Kindness See the Transcript Full Bio Will Parker’s Biography William D. Parker is principal of Skiatook High School, just north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. As a high school teacher, he taught Language Arts, creative writing, and Advanced Placement English. An Oklahoma educator since 1993, he was named Broken Arrow Public School’s South Intermediate High School Teacher of the Year in 1998. He became an assistant principal in 2004 and was named the 2011 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year. As principal of a Title I school, his school’s innovative approaches to collaboration, remediation and mentoring have resulted in marked improvements in student performance. He is regularly asked to speak to principal associations, school leadership conferences, and graduate classes on effective leadership practices, organizational behavior, and digital tools for enhancing school communication. In 2014 he released his first book, Principal Matters: The Motivation, Action, Courage, and Teamwork Needed for School Leaders . His second book, Messaging Matters: How School Leaders Can Inspire Student, Motivate Teachers, and Communicate with Parents is scheduled for publication August 2017 with Solution Tree Publishing. Parker hosts a weekly podcast called Principal Matters and writes a weekly blog that he shares on his website www.williamdparker.com . He is also a contributing author on ConnectedPrincipals.com , and a guest blogger for the National Association of Secondary Principals. Most recently, he has been hosting monthly webinars so that his state’s principal association members can connect and share innovative ideas for growing in school leadership. Mr. Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in English Education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his master’s degree in education leadership from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He has been married for twenty-three years to his wife Missy, and they are the proud parents of four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. When he is not supervising school events or shuttling his children to practices, he also enjoys running, hiking, and playing guitar or piano. Photos submitted by Will The post When Kindness goes Viral #Mondaymotivation appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Wear the Madrigal outfit to your next event - available now at Just Imagine

Wear the Madrigal outfit to your next event - available now at Just Imagine | Durff | Scoop.it
This lovely lace top and flowing skirt outfit fits classic avatars with a shirt and bra as well as mesh avatar with omega appliers for the shirt and bra. The long mesh skirt comes in 5 sizes for your convenience. Available now in our mainstore http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/215/205/21
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5 Ways to Get a Laugh in Your Classroom

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Celebrating Episode 50 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today I’ll tell some crazy stories about the lengths I’ll go to get a laugh in my classroom. These 5 ways are how I introduce a little laughter into my classroom and still get a lot done. We’re celebrating 50 episodes of the 10-Minute Teacher! Thanks for your support and sharing the show!!! Listen Now Listen on iTunes Stream by clicking here . Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.”   Enter to win an autographed copy of my book Reinventing Writing to learn the 7 ways writing has been reinvented in the classroom. Click here for the ways to enter . In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Dress up and drama activities Humor on my flipped classroom videos Using stories Changing the environment Being in the moment I hope you enjoy this episode with me! Selected Links from this Episode Twitter handle: @coolcatteacher Drama in the Classroom: 2 Examples with Bellringers other links coming shortly Transcript coming soon Full Bio It’s me! You can see my bio here . The post 5 Ways to Get a Laugh in Your Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Something new for Gentlemen Wolves at Just Imagine

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Vita has created a Tank Tee, Hooded T-Shirts and Sweaters just made for the gentlemen among Just Imagine friends. Each item is available in 4 colors or more. Remember to wear your group tag to receive 10% off. Now at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/235/166/22
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