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Disrupt the paradigm

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What our schools should be doing versus what they say they are doing versus the stark reality................More written by @jackiegerstein at https://t.co/nPqMNvQx

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9 Ways Writing is Reinventing and How to Use Them in the Classroom.  

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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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FREE WEBINAR: 9 Ways Writing Has Been Reinvented in the Classroom

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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

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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

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5-Minute Film Fest: Getting Started With Classroom Apps

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Need a bit of help bringing apps into your classroom? This video playlist and resource collection will help you get started using apps with your students.

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Differentiating Instruction Webinar 

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Learn how award-winning teacher, Vicki Davis, uses podcasts, digital movie-making, a YouTube channel, wikis, blogs, and other tools to involve all of the learning styles of her students and create repositories of information to document and demonstrate learning in her technology classroom. She will also share best practices from educators in other subject areas who are also using these tools to teach.
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Tribute to Escher - Wolves Land - Just Imagine - Serena Imagine Arts Center - second life

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Apmel Meerson missade uppochner-partyt till Eschers ära men utställnigen av Daco Monday fortgår under hela juli på Serena Imagine Arts Centre - Wolves Land.


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ALERT: Fundraising Program With Clorox And DonorsChoose.org

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A great fundraising idea for schools From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Clorox has an awesome new way to help teachers. First, if you’re a high-need school, learn how to double your impact on your DonorsChoose.org project to take advantage of the $100,000 donation from Clorox, GLAD and Hidden Valley to Donorschoose.org. Second, learn about the Clorox receipt program that can help raise money for your school’s projects (or just give you some cash back .)  Third, remember to get your Clorox Disinfecting wipes for back to school! I’m excited to share the new programs for schools from Clorox. Share this blog post with those who help raise money for your school. HIGH-NEED SCHOOLS: How to Double Your Impact on DonorsChoose High need schools “Double Your Impact.” With this program, Clorox will match the donor’s contribution dollar-for-dollar. All you have to do is donate to a project that has the Clorox Company Match offer . Here’s how your project can qualify for this program: Create a project that costs no more than $500 total (this includes the optional donation and any other fees). Clorox Wipes are some of my favorite things to have in my classroom. They keep things healthy and fresh. The project should be focused on health, wellness, or nutrition. Be sure to select Health & Wellness or Nutrition as a Subject Area Your project should be from a “highest poverty” school. This means more than 65% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The match offer will be available as long as funding remains. So, if you are in a high need school and have health, wellness, or nutrition grant needs, you should consider a project to take advantage of this opportunity. TIP: Email this post to your health teachers, school nurses, and nutritionists if you’re in a high-needs school. ALL SCHOOLS: Help Your School (or Get Cash Back) by Buying Clorox, Hidden Valley and Glad Products Visit Clorox for Schools Schools and anyone who wants to should sign up for the receipt validation program. This is for all schools. Sign up at cloroxforschools.com For every $5 spent on Clorox®, Hidden Valley® and Glad® products, you can receive $1 reward* towards DonorsChoose.org or keep as cash for you. (*Delivered via PayPal credit.) Snap a picture of your receipt and follow the instructions on the site to redeem your rewards. (Parents can upload to a dropbox or email you the receipts. Make it easy!) TIP: Create a Dropbox folder or special email account. Get parents to snap a picture of their receipt and send it to you right then. Now is a great time to raise money this way. Email this to your PTO or fundraising groups. Get Ready for Back to School Thank you Clorox for helping schools and students! Get Your Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.  I use these Clorox wipes in my classroom to keep things healthy. Remember to get your Clorox wipes when you’re school shopping. The come in the canister size shown or in to-go pouches. And remember to save those receipts and get cash back or help your favorite DonorsChoose.org project! TERMS: Between 7/12/16 and 9/30/16, purchase any qualifying Clorox product(s). Then, choose to participate in the Offer or the Donation program. If you choose to participate in the Offer, your Offer will be fulfilled 10/31/16. If you choose to participate in the Donation, Clorox will donate $1 for every $5 spent to DonorsChoose.org (up to $100,000 in donations). For all details, including a list of qualifying products, see the Program Terms www.cloroxforshcools.com. For details about DonorsChoose.org, visit DonorsChoose.org. Use products as directed. 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 ALERT: Fundraising Program With Clorox 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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Overcoming the Biggest Barriers to Effective Parent Teacher Relationships

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Start the School Year Right -- Sponsored by @BloomzApp From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Social media and technology have changed parent-teacher relationships. If you’re smart, you can harness their power. Today, educator Joe Mazza shares how you can overcome barriers to creating successful partnerships with parents. Joe believes is not our job as an educator to dictate where someone wants to get their information about the school. We should be flexible and communicate ways that parents want to receive information. Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz 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 . If you’re using another communication app, you should give Bloomz a try. Parents don’t have to chase down information. Bloomz also has a Bloomz for schools which lets you coordinate and set things up quickly in one place. I also love the “Facebook” button which lets you quickly send pictures or updates to your Facebook page with a click. It is just easier to have everything in one place. Check out Bloomz Show Notes: What are “hard copy families?” How does giving parent communication choice empower parent participation? How can we onboarding parents into successful school involvement? What problem does parent camp solve for schools and communities? How can an open-minded attitude towards parents can help a school improve? What resources does Joe recommend for parent relationships? Dr. Joe Mazza @Joe_Mazza   is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Formerly principal of “lead learner” at Knapp Elementary School, he currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and the digital strategist for c64KID INNOVATIONS, LLC. Resources from this Show Parent Camp @ParentCamp – http://www.parentcamp.org National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement @NAFSCE nafsce.org Institute for Educational Leadership @IELconnects  iel.org American Reading Company curates books based on the community. https://www.americanreading.com/ Harvard Family Research Project @HFRP  http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/connected-educators-connected-families You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post Overcoming the Biggest Barriers to Effective Parent Teacher Relationships appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Tips for Minimizing Teacher Stress [ebook]

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You love teaching but you can't stand the stress? Do you want to feel good so you can be a better teacher? Here is the favorite advice from teachers in one quick ebook. What will you learn? Discover 10 stress-busting secrets for healthy teachers. What simple routines will help you handle the stress? Simple advice for coping with stress at work, Learn tips to help you deal with difficult colleagues and students (even those who "hate" you -- yes it is possible!). This ebook is perfect for those who want to encourage and motivated teachers. It includes research, links, and graphics to motivate and encourage teachers. Wish you could get this ebook for free? You can for a limited time! Sign up for my newsletter. I send it out 2-3 times per week. Or, if you have enough email, just buy the book and get motivated!
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Under the hood: discover 13 hidden iPad features

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Apple’s tablet has a host of easy-to-miss tricks, many of which work on the iPhone too. We take a tour…
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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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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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How to Unleash Student Intrinsic Motivation from Day One

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Global Teacher Prize Finalist Mike Soskil Shares His Secrets From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You can unleash a student intrinsic motivation from the first day of school. First, you start the school year with authentic connections. Second, you create a culture of learning.  In today’s episode, Mike Soskil, award-winning science teacher and Global Teacher prize finalist, shares his ideas for starting school. Additionally, he shares secrets for creating a culture that unleashes student intrinsic motivation. While Mike is an elementary science teacher, I learned many techniques that apply to my middle and high school classrooms. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Today’s Sponsor: Freshgrade This episode is sponsored by Fresh Grade . Freshgrade has a free tool that lets you create student portfolios . To make them even more powerful, these portfolios can include video, sound, various kinds of media, text and more. In fact, you can even include student and parent comments! In light of their flexibility, consider using Fresh Grade for your student portfolios. Take time to test out Fresh Grade. It’s free for parents, students and teachers. Check out Freshgrade’s Portfolio System If you go to Fresh Grade’s site, you’ll get a bonus episode with Todd Whitaker about The Biggest Mistake Teachers Make When Giving Their End of the Year Grade .” Show Notes: How letting his students share their learning in more meaningful ways other than passing the test on Friday made magic! How does Mike give students powerful global experiences from the first day of class? What is mystery animal Skype? How does Mike start the school year in a strong way? What do you do and say to develop a classroom culture of respect and learning? Can you help students become more intrinsically motivated? What is the advice Mike would give to himself as a first year teacher? Michael Soskil @msoskil was a top-10 finalist for this year’s Global Teacher Prize, widely considered the Nobel Prize of Teaching. Mike has been recognized for the innovative ways he empowers his students to use learning to solve problems around the globe. Additionally, he was a 2012 winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Currently, Mike teaches elementary science in northeastern Pennsylvania. . You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post How to Unleash Student Intrinsic Motivation from Day One appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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VIDEO: 50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom

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Get great ideas on how to use technology in your classroom. This turbocharged edtech-packed video from Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher will give you lots of practical ideas for your classroom. Purchase this video and replay it anytime you want. Single User License - $10. Click the license button to see pricing for multiple licenses.
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50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom - @coolcatteacher

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WEBINAR With Vicki Davis "Reserve Your Seat Now, for this webinar training that will change the way you think about using technology..."
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The Amazing Benefits of Student Created Classroom Design

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Back to School Classroom Design -- sponsored by Carson-Dellosa From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Sixth graders created their own classroom design. Not only were these kids excited to come to school, but they got passionate about learning!   Furthermore, the results in Catherine Stanley’s classroom should make us all wonder why more of us don’t let our students customize their classrooms. As an example of how you should share YOUR successes, this episode is coming to you because of a tweet. When Catherine Stanley tweeted pictures about what her students did when they redesigned her classroom, she got lots of us who follow her excited! Surprisingly, she said they came up with an original design that changed everything. Listen to some of what her sixth graders said as they evaluated their classroom design options: “I thought we should place encouraging testing strategies around the room that are age-appropriate for sixth graders.” “Different mindsets could be placed at different learning stations. We could talk to each other and learn from one another instead of just Ms. Stanley. It might make things easier on her.” 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. Carson-Dellosa has fantastic tips to help you with: Seating Charts Decluttering Your Classroom 6 Smart Strategies for Classroom Management First-year Teacher Tips Getting Started with Differentiation Get Carson Dellosa’s Classroom Organization Strategies www.carsondellosa.com/classroomorg Show Notes: Why would a teacher want to involve students in classroom design? Can you increase student engagement with classroom design? How can a teacher involve students in classroom design? What are the benefits of student-created classroom design? What design tips made the biggest difference in Catherine’s classroom? Did the students change things that increased their academic performance? Catherine Stanley is a sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. She is passionate about fostering inclusive learning environments that are shaped and led by students. As a former NC Teaching Fellow, Catherine enjoys reflecting on pedagogy through blogging. She also serves on her school’s Advisory and PBIS Committee. Educator Resources from this Episode Catherine Stanley’s before and after blog post about the design process 100+ Epic Design Resources [the blog post mentioned] You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere . Use the RSS feed  or listen via the media player above. The post The Amazing Benefits of Student Created Classroom Design appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Back to School Twitter Party tonight 8/3 at 7pm EDT

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#StaplesforStudents Twitter Party with $2,000 in Give aways From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Tonight Erin Klein and I are hosting a Twitter party with @Staples and @DonorsChoose. We’ll be using the #StaplesforStudents hashtag. We’ll give away $2,000 in prizes to some lucky members of the chat. We have: 8 $100 Staples Gift Cards 8 $75 Donorschoose.org Gift Cards 1 $500 Staples Gift Card 1 $100 Donorschoose.org Gift Card #StaplesForStudents Hashtag How to Get Ready So, to prepare for a Twitter party, here are a couple of things you can do. Make sure you have a Twitter account. This tutorial will help you make sure you know how to join.  Just use #StaplesForStudents as your hashtag. I’ll be giving out prizes, so follow @coolcatteacher . You’ll probably want to follow @KleinErin @Staples and @DonorsChoose too! Go ahead and tweet out a link and invite your friends! We’ll be watching the twitter stream for engaged people in the session. Look over the questions and snap some pics and get ready to chat! What will we discuss? Well, back to school, of course! I’m not going to tell you all the questions but there are few questions that might take a little prep: Do you have a place in your classroom that kids LOVE? Take a pic! Got favorite decorations or supplies ? Take a pic! Got organizational tips ? Think about them. (Pics are great too.) Make sure you’ve got a DonorsChoose.org project set up and a link. Got school supply suggestions or ideas? (See my post for ideas .) We’ll be online with the Twitter party tonight from 7-8 pm EDT. Thanks to Staples for sponsoring this Back to School Twitter chat! So much fun! 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 Back to School Twitter Party tonight 8/3 at 7pm EDT appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Stunned by the voice of an angel

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I was enjoying the improvisational piano concert by Rulie Cisse this morning live from Japan. Everyone around me in this secondlife venue was speaking Japanese. 
At the very end, Rulie was pressured to perform an encore. She did. And I fell off my chair. She SANG! And not only did she sing, she has the voice of an angel. This surprising performance by Rulie with her strong high soprano voice took me totally by surprise.
I hope that she includes vocals with her already fantastic piano performances in the future.  More information at her blog > http://rulie.net/blog/
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Relax this August at Wolves Lands

Relax this August at Wolves Lands | Durff | Scoop.it
What a Great Spot to Catch Some Rays in late summer! Wolves Land is a quiet, romantic SIM where you can go for quiet walks, to meet people, or work on your tan. There are several nooks and crannies to explore. All are welcome experience Wolves Land. Our sim has a moderate rating. -Landing Point: Serena Imagine (153,117,22)
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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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