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How to Turn off Blue Light on Your iPhone/ Ipad at Night

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Keep Your Phone from Waking You Up From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Not sleeping? You might need to turn off blue light on your phone. This week, I was interviewing John Medina, author of Brain Rules, for a future episode of Every Classroom Matters. He made the offhand comment, “blue light wreaks havoc with your brain.” We’ve known this since 2006 , This Psychology Today article can help explain why your teenager may be awake ALL NIGHT. Thank goodness we can turn off blue light on Apple devices now. I recorded a quick video and am telling everyone I know to make sure they set their iPhones and iPads up this way — especially for kids. I turn off blue light in the evening until the morning so that if I have to look at my phone, it won’t wake me up so much. Note that after you follow these instructions, your iPhone or iPad will have a brownish twinge to it because the blue light is turned off. You want that. It took me two days to get used to but it isn’t that big of a problem for me. Tell all the parents you know. (They’ll thank you.) Here’s a quick tutorial I just uploaded to YouTube. How to Turn Blue Light Off on your iPhone or iPad by using Night Shift Why Does Blue Light Wake You Up? This would be a fantastic science project for kids. Here are some resources about this phenomenon: National Geographic, “How Light Wakes Up the Brain “ Scientific American, “Q&A: Why Is Blue Light before Bedtime Bad for Sleep “ How artificial light is wrecking your sleep and what to do about it  (Note: use the tip above, you don’t have to use blue light goggles anymore to look at your iPhone and iPad!) What’s in a color? The Unique Human Health Effects of Blue Light Bipolar Disorder, Light, and Darkness  – this article is a bit concerning as it relates to mental health.   The post How to Turn off Blue Light on Your iPhone/ Ipad at Night appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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5 Steps for a Successful STEAM Lab

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How to Mix Problems, Passion, and Projects to Excite Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Implementing a  STEAM Lab Program can be a challenge.  (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.) Today’s guest, Alicia Roberts has navigated this process several times and gives us five steps to make it happen. If you’re ready to implement STEAM or if you’re doubtful, learn from someone who has successfully implemented STEAM. Listen to this show: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Thank you, Wonder Workshop, Today’s Sponsor Learn about Wonder Workshop Last year I judged a robotics competition for Wonder Workshop. I was amazed at the incredible things students could do with Dash and Dot. Wonder Workshop robots make a fantastic addition to any STEAM Lab. Their robotics clubs make a great addition to any school. Today’s Sponsor is Wonder Workshop:  The Wonder Workshop robotics club is an excellent way to get students excited about STEAM. Sign up to start a club . (They have some cool things to help you get going.) My son loves the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop. He has been programming them over the summer as I continue to reinforce Computer Science at home. These cute robots will have a prominent place in my STEAM lab this fall. Show Notes: How do you get students and parents excited about STEM? How do you “sell” STEAM to administrators? What are fun STEAM activities that students love? How do you implement STEAM when you have everyone on board and ready to go? What is a typical 5-year implementation plan for a STEAM lab? What are some measurable points to determine if your STEAM program is successful? How do you get STEAM back on track when it is not working for a school? What are some of the common mistakes people make when implementing STEAM labs? Alicia Roberts @teach2inspireu is currently the Educational Technology Specialist at Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory K-12 and founder of Teach2Inspire,LLC, an educational consulting firm working with districts, schools, and teachers to support a successful implementation of Technology Instruction related to the Common Core State Standards, and Curriculum Mapping. She has worked with leaders in the industry to design workshops sharing the best free web-based education resources for K-12 educators. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post 5 Steps for a Successful STEAM Lab appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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It's not to late to see the 'Up/Down" tribute to Escher !

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Daniele DACO Costantin (daco.monday) has created an exhibition in tribute to Escher. You are cordially invited to view the exhibition at the Serena Imagine Arts Center.  

The Serena Imagine Arts Center is a place for artists, the arts, and art lovers to gather to appreciate current exhibitions. Serena Imagine has hosted many exhibitions in the Arts Center. Since 2010, the Serena Imagine Arts Center has hosted artists in SL who wish to exhibit their works. Nominated in 2015 for an AVI Choice Award in the favorite art gallery category, this gallery showcases the best artists in SL.
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10 Ways To Get Your Students Talking About The Lesson 

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We know that when students talk about what they learning, they learn more deeply. Here's how you can facilitate that discussion.

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Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM

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Getting kids engaged and excited about learning in the STEM Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Robin Ellwood moved from lecture to hands-on STEM with her eighth graders and shows us how. Robin’s students designed a remote underwater vehicle (ROV) that  went to Antarctica. She was intimidated when she started thinking about it. But she learned it with the kids as she went. What blows my mind is that Robin has her PhD and yet she still learned how to make the ROV together with her students. Robin’s transparency encourages all of us to a new model of learning in the STEM classroom. Robin even shares her first “disaster” and how she turned it into a dream. Hands-on exploration is the way to go with kids and STEM!   Learn about a Wonder Workshop robotics club Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Thank you, Wonder Workshop, Today’s Sponsor Last year I judged a robotics competition for Wonder Workshop. I was amazed at the incredible things students could do with Dash and Dot. This would make a great summer activity at home for kids or check out their robotics clubs. Today’s Sponsor is Wonder Workshop:  The Wonder Workshop robotics club is a great way to get students excited about STEM. Sign up to start a club . (They have some cool things to help you get going.) My son loves the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop. He’ll be programming them over the summer as I continue to reinforce Computer Science at home. Show Notes: How Dr. Ellwood didn’t know everything but didn’t let that stop her. How students and Robin learned together about how to make the underwater ROV. What are the things that almost stopped Robin from moving to hands-on learning in STEM? How Robin enjoys teaching so much more with this new model of STEM teaching. The active, messy learning that happens now that Robin’s class does STEM. Robin shares her first failures as she tried to make this move and how she pushed passed it and helped the class have a common language. How classroom disasters don’t have to be career ending! You can turn them into a dream! How DOING STEM forces us to move from scripting. Robin shares her views on authentic direction versus scripting. The balance that challenges kids appropriately at their cognitive level without overwhelming them. Robin Elwood has a bachelor’s degree in zoology, a master’s and doctorate degree in science education, and has been an 8th grade science teacher for 24 years; she has particular passions for inquiry-based and STEM-based science education and strives to have her students participate in “real-world” science, such as building, testing, and deploying an underwater ROV into the icy depths of Antarctica! 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 a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. The sponsor does not influence or endorse the content of the show. 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 Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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My favorite app for communicating with parents: Bloomz

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A live from #iste2016 update From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Bloomz is the free tool I currently use for communicating with parents. Bloomz was one of my sponsors for ISTE 2016 this year, and I appreciate their support. So, I sat down with Bloomz and did an interview about the product and how it works. They have some cool new features including Bloomz for schools, video, and student timelines. (Timelines are a portfolio-like tool to share student work with parents.) Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Recent awards:  Bloomz won the 2016 Edtech Digest Cool Tool Award for best new product or service. They also won the American Association of School Librarian’s Award for Best Websites for Teaching and Learning: Social Media 2016.  ISTE is one of the only times you’ll ever hear me do an interview about a particular product.  Bloomz is a great tool. I use it personally and highly recommend it. Thank you to Bloomz, Today’s Sponsor Bloomz is your one-stop solution for parent-teacher communications. More than just connecting with their cell phones, you can send long or short messages. You can share pictures and links. You can even coordinate volunteer schedules, donations, and parent-teacher conferences. I’m using Bloomz in my classroom. Show Notes: The private way you can share photographs with parents. Scheduling posts to parents to save time. Student timelines (portfolios) being added to Bloomz. New behavior tracking features. (Positive behaviors.) Support for video inside Bloomz. They now have a free school-wide product.   Who is Horatio Ochoa? Horacio Ochoa has been head of Marketing at Bloomz @BloomzApp since it’s launch in early 2015. He has years of experience in consumer and technology brands, including Pepsi and Microsoft. Horacio is originally from Mexico and holds a Masters degree from the University of Texas. 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 My favorite app for communicating with parents: Bloomz appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Daco Monday at Serena Imagine Arts Ctr

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Daco Monday presents an exhibition in tribute to Escher. You are cordially invited to the opening party on Sunday, July 2 at 1:00 pm SLT at the Serena Imagine Arts Center.The Serena Imagine Arts Center is a place for artists, the arts, and art lovers to gather to appreciate current exhibitions. 

Since 2010, the Serena Imagine Arts Center has hosted artists in SL who wish to exhibit their works. Nominated in 2015 for an AVI Choice Award in the favorite art gallery category, this gallery showcases the best artists in SL.

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Sextortion: Your Students Are at Risk, Teachers Can Help

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Get Netsmartz, the free program to help educate teachers, parents and students. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Sextortion is a shocking new way online predators are targeting kids. At ISTE this week, I was upset when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children explained this disturbing trend to me. So, I recorded a show. Educate yourself. Talk to kids. Keep them safe. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher The time to talk is when they get their smartphone. RIGHT THEN. Share this show with parents, teachers, and everyone. It could even happen to you if you aren’t aware. Today’s Sponsor: Netsmartz Free Teaching Digital Citizenship Course Netsmartz is a free online training program from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This free course is designed to help you teach the latest in internet safety and digital citizenship for your students. It is free. It is online. Learn at your own pace. Most people can complete this course in just an hour.What is stopping you? Every school and teacher should take the time to go through the Netsmartz course this summer. Just enroll here:www.netsmartz .org/training . Sextortion Show Notes: Sextortion is a new form of victimization and exploitation of children. How some pornographers are spamming kids to sextort pictures from kids. (I’m so surprised by this.) Ashley Reynolds and her fight against sextortion. Why we should talk to kids about what to do after they sext on their smartphones. How adults and parents can prevent their children from falling victim to sextortion. How suggestive photos put you at risk. The sextortion PSA from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Who is Laurie Nathan? Laurie Nathan is a child safety advocate dedicated to raising awareness of abduction prevention, child sexual exploitation, and Internet safety in communities nationwide. As Director of National Outreach at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Laurie partners with organizations on child safety issues and educates professionals at national and regional events, including the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference, Internet Crimes Against Children National Conference, and YMCA of the USA EXPO. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post Sextortion: Your Students Are at Risk, Teachers Can Help appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Sketchnoting Superstars Panel from #iste2016

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Slides and Resources From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Sketchnoting is a fascination for me. So, ISTE was a dream for me. What if we got some of the best in sketchnoting together to share their secrets and how this applies to education? Well, we submitted and it is happening today!Today, June 29 at 8:30 am at the ISTE 2016 conference, I’ll be moderating Today, June 29 at 8:30 am at the ISTE 2016 conference, I’ll be moderating Sketchnoting in Education: The Best Practices, Benefits and How-To’s of Sketchnoting. Panelists include (alphabetical).  Carrie Baughcum   Vicki Davis   Sylvia Duckworth   Judi Holst   Marie-Andree Ouimet   Kathy Schrock A big shout out to Kathy Schrock (see her sketchnoting guide ), she has really taken leadership to make this slide deck incredible. While being there in person is best, perhaps you can learn a few things from the slides.   SKETCHNOTING IN EDUCATION: THE BEST PRACTICES, BENEFITS AND HOW-TO’S OF SKETCHNOTING from Vicki Davis The post Sketchnoting Superstars Panel from #iste2016 appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Blended Learning Slides and Resources #iste2016

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Presentation from the panel Monday, July 27 at 8:30 am From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This morning at ISTE Tom Arnett, Jon Bergmann, Mike Gwaltney, Aaron Sams, Stephanie Sandifer, and Jerry Obermyer all did an incredible job discussing blended and flipped learning. Shell Terrell shared the session on Periscope. (watch here ) I tried to upload these slides to ISTE, but they only take 5MB of files and this file is much larger. So, I’ll add the link and here are the slides. ISTE 2016 Panel Blended Learning Classrooms: Pedagogies, Skills and Tools for Teaching from Vicki Davis The post Blended Learning Slides and Resources #iste2016 appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Let’s Catch up at #iste2016 : Here’s how

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ISTE 2016 is here! I hope to catch up with so many of you out there. Here’s the schedule of where I’ll be presenting and sharing this year. It is always great to go. Since I only go every other year, it is always extra sweet to see people that I’ve not seen in a […]
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MUTATION by THEDA at Serena Imagine Arts Center OPENING NOW 

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I'm very glad to invite you at Wolves Land for the opening of the THEDA exhibition TODAY June 19th - 1pm SLT. The exhibit will be held at Serena Imagine Arts CTR till the end of July 2016. Looking forward to seeing you here! Thanks Vita http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/139/119/23
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How to Become a Morning Person

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We’ve all heard the benefits of becoming a morning person. But how do you become one? In this post I provide a nine steps you can take starting today.
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A Getting Started Guide to Digital Citizenship Education

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How Model Teachers Model Digital Citizenship From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter A one time assembly about digital citizenship is not enough. So, Susan Bearden believes digital citizenship should be reinforced daily with kids. In light of how much work we have to do in schools, this whole-school approach brings out so many questions! How do you bring everyone together to understand digital citizenship? What is the role of schools, parents, and faculty?  In today’s show, digital citizenship expert, Susan Bearden tackles these questions and more. Moreover, she helps us figure out where to start if we’re not already doing this in our school today. Listen to this show: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Today’s Sponsor: NetSmartz Netsmartz is a free online training program from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This free course is designed to help you teach the latest in internet safety and digital citizenship for your students.  It is online. Learn at your own pace. Most people can complete this course in just an hour.What is stopping you? Every school and teacher should take the time to go through the Netsmartz course this summer. Just enroll here: It is online. Learn at your own pace. Most people can complete this course in just an hour.What is stopping you? Because it is so simple (but important), every school, teacher, and parent should take the time to go through the Netsmartz course this summer. Just enroll here: www.netsmartz .org/training . Check out free NetSmartz training Show Notes: What are the most common mistakes schools make about digital citizenship? Whose responsibility is teaching digital citizenship? How do we change student behavior? How to educators deal with the drama that can accompany digital citizenship conversations? What are some ways to deal with volatile issues without having to confront them head on? Why do educators need to talk to kids to understand their social media world? How do you make time for digital citizenship when you’re not a technology teacher? What do we say when parents are angry about what schools should be teaching about digital citizenship? Where should educators start when they know nothing about digital citizenship education? Susan M. Bearden is the co-moderator of #edtechchat, cohost of edTechChat Radio and creator of @tweechmeApp. She is the author of Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach , a speaker, frequent guest blogger, and a contributing author to the Huffington Post, she was ranked #9 on their list of “The 50 Most Social CIOs on Twitter.” You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post A Getting Started Guide to Digital Citizenship Education appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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11 Things Students Need to Know to Be Successful

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All software is useless if we don’t invest in the greatest software in the world… the human brain. The software within our children is the most important software being created. We can’t program it. We can’t carve it. But what we put into their minds, determines the future for all of us. But what should that […]
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3 Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Reading and Writing

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Every Classroom Matters with Dr. Linda H. Mason From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Improve reading skills by helping students learn how to set their own goals. Dr. Linda Mason helps us understand how to help students become better readers with goal setting, self-regulating, and self-assessment strategies. Linda shares lots of practical research-based advice on helping struggling readers. I find her revelation about students with ED and the impact these strategies have on their reading and writing very exciting. We cover a lot of ground in today’s episode. Check out the Book Creator App Listen to this show: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Book Creator: The App that Lets Teachers and Students Publish Books Today’s sponsor, Book Creator is an app that lets students write, collaborate and publish books together. We’ve had guests on the show previously talking about how they’ve had students create books in the classroom who use this app. Students can collaborate with other students both in their classroom and around the world. When the final book is done, you can export to a variety of ebook formats and even a YouTube video! Try it free here . You’ll also be able to listen to a bonus episode I recorded with Dr. Mason “Avoiding the Biggest Mistake with Struggling Readers and Writers “ Show Notes: How do we start when we need to help students become better readers? How do we help students learn to set their own reading and writing goals? What are examples of effective and ineffective reading and writing goals? How can we help students become more self-regulating and self-assess their own work? What does the research say about this method of helping students become better readers? The astounding impact of these methods on students with emotional struggles versus average readers? What are some strategies for helping students become more metacognitive about reading? What is a practical way to help students understand their reading speed and improve reading? Dr. Linda H. Mason is a Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She conducts research on Self-Regulated Strategy Development for reading comprehension and writing. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post 3 Strategies for Students Who Struggle with Reading and Writing appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Make Every Monday #MatteringMonday and Help Kids Learn

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Start the School Week of With What Matters: Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Mondays are hard for (almost) everyone. What if we started the week with reminding students how much they and their work matters? Let’s challenge every teacher we know to begin celebrating Mattering Mondays . We know that we need students to be more engaged . We also know that when students feel like they matter and they are doing work that matters that they are more engaged . What if the learners and teachers knew that Mondays would be not drudgery but a reminder of how important they are to the world ? Why do we need #matteringmonday in schools? I’m all in on Mattering. My problem is that it is easy to do something one time and forget. I DON’T WANT TO FORGET MATTERING I want to do it all the time. Don’t you? So, every Monday, I will intentionally level up mattering in my classroom. While kids matter every single day, Monday is my day to intentionally pull mattering into the curriculum . Will you join me? As our part of this effort, Angela Maiers and I are recording a series of shows. Every other Monday, they post live on my podcast Every Classroom Matters. (Subscribe here .) How Our Questions Can Show Students That they Matter As part of #matteringmonday this week, Angela Maiers talks about how the right questions show people that they matter. Beautiful questions are exciting. (See all of the episodes in this series here. ) Resources in this Show @angelamaiers A Beautiful Question: The Magic of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Listen to all episodes of this series. The post Make Every Monday #MatteringMonday and Help Kids Learn appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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What Makes a Good Assessment?

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Assessment strategies that show what students have REALLY learned From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Assessments should cover what is taught and address important learning goals. Thomas Guskey reflects today on what makes a good assessment. He also shares the four kinds of data that are most valuable to teachers in year-end assessment. This is a must listen for any educator working with assessment. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes Thomas shares the problems with many of today’s assessments. You’ll rethink how you look at assessments and data after listening to this thought-provoking show. Thank you, Fresh Grade, Today’s sponsor This episode is sponsored by Fresh Grade . They have a free tool that lets you create student portfolios. These portfolios can include video, sound, various kinds of media, text and more. You can even include student and parent comments! Use Fresh Grade for your student portfolios. Take time to test out Fresh Grade. It’s free for parents, students, and teachers. If you go to Fresh Grade’s site, you’ll also get a bonus episode with Todd Finley about “The Biggest Mistake Teachers Make When Giving Their End of the Year Grade .” Show Notes: How should we measure assessments to make sure they are good and fair? How are states assessing rigor between schools? What do teachers need to do in this case? Why are tests that are a “surprise” to teachers are unfair to both teachers and kids? What is an “instructionally insensitive” test (like the SAT or ACT)? How should teachers and principals should consider an instructionally insensitive test? The are the keys to effective assessment? What are the four kinds of data that are valuable to teachers in year-end assessment? What is the best use of year-end assessment data? What are two ways to use preassessment as you start the school year? Is preassessment fair? How should we re-think preassessment? Why should we consider assessing prerequisites instead of preassessment? Why should we consider giving year-end test data to the next year’s teacher? What are the obstacles that keep us from doing this now? Who is Thomas Guskey? Thomas Guskey is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. His research focuses on on professional development and teacher change, program evaluation, assessment of student learning, grading and reporting, instructional effectiveness, and educational reform. @tguskey He recorded a previous show, Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge , that is one of our most popular of 2016. 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 a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. The sponsor does not influence or endorse the content of the show. 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 What Makes a Good Assessment? appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Do Students Learn Better in Chairs or Couches?

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Meet Oskar Cymerman, the science teacher on a quest to Starbucks his classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Design your classroom to be intentional and inviting. Today’s guest, Oscar Cymerman, has decided to “Starbucks” his classroom. Oskar says, “Rows are for compliance but Starbucks is for collaboration.” Now, he’s reorganizing his science lecture area with Starbucks in mind. Yes, there’s still room for experiments, but you have to listen to the show to see what he’s done. Click to listen on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Today’s Sponsor, Carson Dellosa Carson Dellosa has been helping teachers engage students with supplemental education products for 35 years. This year, they are offering funding to help you create your own dream classroom! Click here or “dream classroom ” to see Carson Dellosa’s five funding opportunities. Register by July 20! Enter the Carson Dellosa ‘Dream Classroom’ Shopping Spree Show Notes on “Couches or Chairs” How Oskar created a vision for his classroom that fits with his pedagogy. How blended learning, Chromebooks and a desire for more collaboration (and less teacher Powerpoints) led Oskar to want to “Starbucks” his classroom. How Oskar is rallying his community and the students to help fulfill his vision. About Oskar Cymerman Oskar Cymerman@focus2achieve  is a Chemistry and Principles of Engineering Teacher at Woodbury High School in the Twin Cities Metro Area, MN. He is interested in and frequently blogs about brain-based approaches to learning and classroom design. In addition to starting the “Starbucks My Classroom Project” and #StarbucksMyRoom, he is currently writing a book titled “Crush School: Every Student’s Guide To Killing It In The Classroom.” You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post Do Students Learn Better in Chairs or Couches? appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Support teachers with @Staples and Donorschoose.org

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and enter to win a $50,000 scholarship & trip to meet Katy Perry From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter So many teachers spend their own money on school supplies for their classrooms. In the US, some estimates show 99.5 of all public school teachers use their money to equip their own classroom. I’m so excited that Staples is again supporting DonorsChoose.org  and partnering with Katy Perry to encourage people to make their donation to support US public school teachers. This is a great campaign that can help a lot of teachers. So, here’s what you can do: If you’re a US public school teacher, make sure you register at DonorsChoose.org now! When you shop at Staples stores, supportDonorsChoose.org as part of your back to school shopping when you check out. You can also donate at StaplesforStudents.com  and register for the sweepstakes below. Here’s a cool tip: When you shop at Staples and spend $25, you’ll receive an entry code on your receipt. Then, you can enter the sweepstakes at StaplesForStudents .com . One grand prize winner will win a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry . Four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles, two nights stay and spending money to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration. (Lots of kids I know would be excited about this.) The Katy Perry Public Service Announcement about Supporting Teachers I love the story Katy Perry shares. Idea and dream boards are awesome. You can use your makerspace supplies to make idea boards like this. In fact, using DonorsChoose.org to stock your makerspace is a great idea. Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” 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 Support teachers with @Staples and Donorschoose.org appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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#iste2016 Mindsets and Classroom Management for Making and Inventing in Every Classroom

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Presentation Resources From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter The third panel I’ll be moderating this ISTE is full of some of the best in the business of people who are making and inventing. As with the sketchnoting slides I shared earlier, it will be best to see this in person, but so many of you can’t be here at ISTE 2016 in Denver! Here are the slides from today’s presentation. A big shout out to the panelists: Dr. Jackie Gerstein, David Jakes, Erin Klein, Karen Lirenman, Sylvia Martinez. Lisa Dabbs is going to be our backchannel moderator! We’ll be presenting at 10:15 on the last day of ISTE. Mindsets and Classroom Management for Making and Inventing in Every Classroom from Vicki Davis The post #iste2016 Mindsets and Classroom Management for Making and Inventing 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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Blended Learning Slides and Resources #iste2016

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This morning at ISTE Tom Arnett, Jon Bergmann, Mike Gwaltney, Aaron Sams, Stephanie Sandifer, and Jerry Obermyer all did an incredible job discussing blended and flipped learning. Shell Terrell shared the session on Periscope. (watch here) I tried to upload these slides to ISTE, but they only take 5MB of files and this file is […]
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#iste2016 Day 0 Recap

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Here's my storify to capture a tiny bit of what happened. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter ISTE 2016 is here. It is simply impossible to capture everything, so I’ll share what I can. If you’re not here, I’ve included some powerful ways you can JOIN IN! Give it a second to load! [View the story “ISTE 2016 Day 0” on Storify ] The post #iste2016 Day 0 Recap appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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10 Important Password Tips Everyone Should Know

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Less than .1% of us have a completely unique password. Everyone should know these 10 tips to keep your password and identity safe.

our bank data, your accounts, your email, and your life are all wrapped up in your ability to create secure passwords and remember them. And yet most educators (and their students) struggle to remember passwords. With so many passwords stolen, there are things all of us SHOULD know to make our identities and bank accounts safer.

Mark Burnett, author of the most commonly used passwords wordcloud featured on this post, says that the top 10,000 passwords represent 98.8% of all users. (This was said before services like Last Pass began being used.) So this means that if a hacker has those 10,000 passwords and takes a crack at your account, then 98.8% of us are at risk. Wake up and smell the cybercrime, friends. It is time to get savvy. 1 – Never Tape It On Your Desk Most password theft happens because of “social engineering.” Most people keep their password taped under their keyboard or in the right or left hand drawer or wallet. Get an app like Password Caddy (http://j.mp/pcaddy) on your phone and store your password there, not out where the world can see it. 2 – Switch to a passphrase Use a phrase instead with uppercase, lowercase, and numbers included. Ilovetofishat6:00am! is an example. 3 – Don’t be obvious If you look at the worst passwords of 2013 (http://j.mp/worstpass) 123456 and password top the list. (Sunshine and letmein are also in the top.) Don’t use your spouse’s name, kids, grandkids, birthdays, phone numbers or a keyboard row of any kind. 4- Never save your passwords in your web browser Unless you’re using LastPass or another secure service, this is the worst way to save your passwords. 5 – Have a unique password for your bank and email account NOW When you sign up for a site that asks for your email and password – DON’T ENTER YOUR PASSWORD TO YOUR EMAIL. It is asking you to set up a NEW password for that particular site. No one will ever ask for your email password. No one. Your email password and your banking password should be unique and NEVER USED AS THE PASSWORD ON ANY OTHER SITE. 6 – TRICK: substitute numbers and letters Pick certain numbers to replace letters – like a code — you could always use the number 7 instead of T’s for example. 7 – TRICK: Use the site name somehow in the password You can have a system for passwords but make them unique by using the site name you’re logging into somehow. 8 – Use a password manager Many experts are recommending password managers after the Heartbleed bug impacted 60% of e-commerce websites. (http://j.mp/pwdmgr) Remember that if you mess up and forget your master password for one of these services you’re locked out of everything permanently. You could write it down and lock it in your safety deposit box. One Password, LastPass, Dashlane are 3 good ones. (I use LastPass and love it but it does take some getting used to.) 9 – Use a fingerprint reader Biometrics or the using of your fingerprint or some other unique identifier related to your biology is definitely the way things are going. I love the fingerprint unlock on my iPhone 5s. (NYMI has a heartbeat sign in tool they say is coming.) 10 – Lock your screen and log out If you step away from your computer or mobile, set it to lock or log out. This is particularly important for teachers. If all of this overwhelms you, get LastPass and be done with it. Only .18% of us have completely unique passwords. It is time to wise up – we can do better. Having a method to remember highly secure passwords will keep you and your loved ones safe. Spread the word. This article was adapted from one Vicki Davis published in my newspaper column for the Camilla Enterprise/ Pelham Journal.

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SL Community Celebration

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The Shared Adventure! One more day until SL13BD opens - be sure to look for Vita Theas of Serena Imagine Arts Center!

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