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Adapting to the Changing Culture of Teaching and Learning - BAM! Radio Network

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Our guest explains why some educators are struggling with how teaching and learning are evolving. She close with recommendations.

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Education Next Generation Online Conference

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Sign up for this online conference at plt.ontraport.com/t?orid=4160&opid=2

The Education: Next Generation Online Conference is completely FREE. Please join me for this important online event from May 23-27. You’ll hear 25 experts offering holistic approaches to how we can raise kids who are passionate about learning and changing the world.
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Dance the Night Away dressed in the Edera Copper Gown

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Take time for yourself and a special someone to visit the new Starry Dome to dance the night away under the stars. Dazzle eyes while dressed in the Edera Copper Gown by Just Imagine. This beautiful mesh gown comes in 5 sizes for the best fit. Remember to wear your group tag to receive a 10% discount!
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FABLE by Just Imagine

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NEW AT JUST IMAGINE: Fable A beautiful gown with fairy wings - this outfit includes a shirt, pants, lace gown, bow, particles. Your very own dream dance is included in the package. Remember to wear your group tag to receive a 10% discount! �� �� Price is 300 L$ Since 2008 Just Imagine has offered stunning designs for ladies who love simplicity, style and elegance for every moment of their day. When you visit our main store at Wolves Land, remember to join our group so you will never miss a notice, a gift or discount. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/215/205/21
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1 Easy, Fun Way to Ignite a Love of Reading

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A Tip for Parents and Teachers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter He was dyslexic. I’m not sure if there is such a thing is “very” dyslexic. If there was, he was. I had a trick that worked with my older children. But would it work for him? The “trick” was simple. On a long trip, I would start reading the Chronicles of Narnia . I would put as much excitement and energy my reading as I could. Usually, I would read for thirty minutes to an hour each day on the book. I would wait until the kids were fascinated by the book. I could tell. For example, when we would stop for gas, the moment we were back in the car, they’d beg for me to read again. It was almost cruel to stop reading right there. But that is what I did. I would yawn, stretch my arms, and say, “You know what? I’m really tired.” I would hear howls from the backseat. They wanted to know what happened next. So, I would turn around and say, “Read it for yourself. I won’t stop you.” (My older two kids never asked why I happened to have two copies of the book with me on the trip!) And with that, there was no stopping them. My kids read. And read. And read. Within weeks, they would be finished with the whole series. That summer, each of them read thousands of pages of books. I can’t take credit for this idea. My fifth-grade teacher Ginger Collins used it on me. Mrs. Collins was very pregnant. Huge. Miserable. On those hot South Georgia days, she would sit in her rocking chair. She read A Wrinkle in Time to us. Sometimes we got a chapter; sometimes we got a little less. But I remember getting frustrated when the book got great. I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! So I went to library got the book and finished it. It was such a good book that even though she read it after I finished it, I still enjoyed it the second time. That was the beginning my journey. There was no stopping me. The summer after fifth grade, I read everything. From Homer to James Michener, I inhaled books. So, would this work with a child who struggled with dyslexia? I only needed one copy of Narnia, but that summer changed everything. There was no stopping my youngest child. He became an amazing reader. He still is. To be fair, I have to note, this event was the turning point. But this was not the FIRST time I read to the kids. To put it simply, I read with all of my children until they were motivated to read for themselves. But it took a challenging book a bit past their reading level and several hours in the car. Taking time to read shows kids that it’s important. We read to them just about from the moment they were born. Books represented warm, snuggly time with parents who loved them. But in that plot twist moment in the car, books became riveting. So, on your next trip — put up those movies! Put up those games! Read! It might just be the most worthwhile trip you’ll ever take. You may just start your child on a journey that lasts a lifetime. This post is part of the Global Search for Education series with Cathy Rubin of CM Rubin World. Be sure to find out all the answers on her blog. The post 1 Easy, Fun Way to Ignite a Love of Reading appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Wolves Land - Just Imagine - Serena Imagine Arts Center

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Wolves Land is a quiet, romantic SIM where you can go for quiet walks, to meet people, or just to relax under a tree. There are several nooks and crannies to explore. All are welcome experience Wolves Land. The sim has a moderate rating. -Landing Point: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/153/117/22
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35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101

35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101 | Durff | Scoop.it
I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. The collection includes Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, technology and a tonne of fun facts – so there is sure to be something for everyone!

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Great resources and ideas can be found from this award winning blog.

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A collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources - including Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, and technology - that will inspire and motivate both you and your students.
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This is  a good list of young STEM based integrated, 21st Century classroom resources for your teaching and learning environments.
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I Taught for Years Without Reflecting Until... - BAM! Radio Network

I Taught for Years Without Reflecting Until... - BAM! Radio Network | Durff | Scoop.it
Reflection is an essential part of the innovator's mindset. Join us as we talk about why reflection is so important and how to make time for reflection during your busy school day.

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2 Ways to Unleash More Energy By Examining Your Relationships

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Living an Epic Life Full of Meaning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Examine your relationships. You may find a secret stash of energy waiting to be unleashed. The People Who Drain Our Energy Some people are vampires . When they come around, you taste dread. Inevitably, they will suck your blood. Well, not literally, they won’t suck your blood. But certainly they’ll absorb your will to live . You are less energized when you leave their presence. Supposedly Picasso was a vampire . The sculptor Constatin Brancusi literally “unfriended” Picasso. He said being around Picasso was exhausting. Picasso took everyone else’s life drained them of it and put it into his paintings. The first step to having more energy is to start noticing how interactions with others make us feel. Are we being sucked dry? If we aren’t aware of how people affect our energy, we can find ourselves drained all the time. We need stamina. We can’t always eliminate the vampires. But just like a real vampire, the closer he gets, the more likely he’s going to bite. We can limit our exposure to negative, angry, bitter, life-sucking people. Or, we can just guard our heart when we are around them and keep perspective on trying to please people who cannot be pleased. The People Who Boost Our Energy and Help Us Achieve Great Things Some people are Dragonslayers . They are real people too.  Not like Don Quixote fighting a windmill– these people fight real problems and vanquish them! What’s great about dragonslayers is their energy and determination. These people are so inspirational! We want to hang out with people who make big problems seem smaller. They make us feel like we can kill the hidden monsters of the sea. Life is full of problems. We all get knocked down. But the true Dragonslayer fights the dragon until it moves on or until the dragon is defeated. Oh, to labor alongside a Dragonslayer once or twice in life! For they are out there. So, the second thing you’ll want to do is to surround yourself with people who fight and win. You become like the people you think about and hang around the most. So, if dragonslayers are your friend, you’ll find yourself drawing your sword and taking on your own dragons. You’ll kill problems. You’ll be the person who reaches the unreachable child. You’ll be the person who pays off that huge credit card debt. You’ll be the person who fights to save a relationship. You won’t fall on your sword anymore, you’ll use it to fight and win. You Have a Choice Are you more like a vampire? Are you more like a Dragonslayer? Are we problem solvers or problem creators? I don’t know if one can be neutral. You have to choose. You can also change direction if you realize you are sucking the life out of those you love. We can change. But then again if you’re the Dragon, I guess the Dragonslayer is a vampire. The post 2 Ways to Unleash More Energy By Examining Your Relationships appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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STEM can be fun, just do this.

STEM can be fun, just do this. | Durff | Scoop.it
STEM lessons can be fun. Whether it is origami jumping frogs or making a boat out of cement, Mandy Casto has eight high-energy ideas for making STEM fun.
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Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: MAD about Mattering Final "Shark Tank". After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the event.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: MAD about Mattering Final "Shark Tank". After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the event. | Durff | Scoop.it
MAD About Mattering, a global project that challenges teams of students to develop apps that tackle social problems, today announced that at 3:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, students will present their apps to an esteemed panel of EdTech experts. One app selected by the judges will be formally submitted to App stores by Crescerance. The media and members of the public are invited to watch the final presentations online, at 3:30 pm EDT on May 10, by registering here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/e06ba6f0efc691d9c5b9141539e44ee6. More details are available here: https://www.smore.com/1av9r-mad-about-mattering-app-finals The final judges for the MAD about Mattering App Challenge are: Rohit Agarwal, General Manager of Amazon Education Lindsay Bayne, Senior Marketing Manager; Microsoft in Education Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Ankur Goel, VP Product Strategy, MAD-learn by Crescerance The apps that the students will present address a broad range of social problems, including sex trafficking, suicide, animal abuse, self-harm, and poverty. See below for a full list of the student apps and how to access them. MAD About Mattering was launched in January 2016, through a collaboration among global collaborative pioneer teacher Vicki Davis (http://www.coolcatteacher.com), Choose2Matter founder Angela Maiers (http://www.choose2matter.org), and Co-founder of MAD-learn by Crescerance, Alefiya Bhatia (http://www.crescerance.com). The collaboration had six goals: 1. To use compassion driven innovation & collaborative teamwork to develop an app that matters to the world 2. To facilitate collaborative social entrepreneurial teams using leading computer science technology to create apps that tackle important problems to the students 3. To develop a network of supporters and investors to help fund & develop student apps and take them to market. 4. To document and demonstrate the next generation of global collaboration harnessing the power of collaborative technology, social media, and emerging partnerships of organizations wanting to help students pursue their passions and become excellent collaborators in the world today. 5. To create a duplicable model of quad-engineering where four classrooms work together to solve important global problems and release that model as an open education resource (OER )for teachers around the world to use and adapt. 6. To ensure that students are not just consumers of technology, but also creators of it To view all of the student-created apps, download the “MAD-store” app on iTunes, Google Play or in the online MAD-store - http://mad-store.mad-learn.com/ Below is a list of all of the student-created apps. The first five apps listed below will be presented in the finals. Use the codes below next to each app to see it on a mobile device. Stop Sex Trafficking - 219-413-839 Suicide Prevention App - 049-983-312 No Excuse for Abuse - Animal Abuse - 775-278-758 Overty - Anti-Poverty - 925-168-917 Uncut - Self Harm - 356-189-777 Choose2Matter - Mattering - 269-775-793 Enough - Domestic Violence - 269-993-976 Bullyproof - Anti-Bullying - 222-366-436 In Special Shoes - People w/Mental Illness & Physical Disabilities Matter - 491-687-169 Quit the Addict - Addiction - 096-952-053 StressLess - School Stress - 262-668-762 Texting and Driving App - 378-499-598 WeCancervive - Cancer Support and Prevention - 685-946-667 Students from five schools were a part of the initial launch of MAD about Mattering and were led by these amazing, courageous, trail-blazing teachers: Susan Bearden / @s_bearden / Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, Florida, Junior Bernadin / @jbernadin / The Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta, Georgia Vicki Davis / @coolcatteacher / Westwood Schools, Camilla, Georgia Dawn Madden / @coachdawnmadden / Flowery Branch High School, Flowery Branch, Georgia Natalie McKalip / @NatalieMcKalip / Lee L. Driver Middle School, Winchester, Indiana To participate in the next cohort, in any manner, please fill out this form: http://crescerance.com/mad-learn-contact/ Global Problems. Student-created solutions. MAD about Mattering. Media Contact: Kathryn Brannen 404-913-2737 madaboutmattering(at)crescerance(dot)com http://www.madaboutmattering.com #appsthatmatter

MAD About Mattering, a global project that challenges teams of students to develop apps that tackle social problems, today announced that at 3:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, students will present their apps to an esteemed panel of EdTech experts. One app selected by the judges will be formally submitted to App stores by Crescerance. The media and members of the public are invited to watch the final presentations online, at 3:30 pm EDT on May 10, by registering here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/e06ba6f0efc691d9c5b9141539e44ee6. More details are available here: https://www.smore.com/1av9r-mad-about-mattering-app-finals The final judges for the MAD about Mattering App Challenge are: Rohit Agarwal, General Manager of Amazon Education Lindsay Bayne, Senior Marketing Manager; Microsoft in Education Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Ankur Goel, VP Product Strategy, MAD-learn by Crescerance The apps that the students will present address a broad range of social problems, including sex trafficking, suicide, animal abuse, self-harm, and poverty. See below for a full list of the student apps and how to access them. MAD About Mattering was launched in January 2016, through a collaboration among global collaborative pioneer teacher Vicki Davis (http://www.coolcatteacher.com), Choose2Matter founder Angela Maiers (http://www.choose2matter.org), and Co-founder of MAD-learn by Crescerance, Alefiya Bhatia (http://www.crescerance.com). The collaboration had six goals: 1. To use compassion driven innovation & collaborative teamwork to develop an app that matters to the world 2. To facilitate collaborative social entrepreneurial teams using leading computer science technology to create apps that tackle important problems to the students 3. To develop a network of supporters and investors to help fund & develop student apps and take them to market. 4. To document and demonstrate the next generation of global collaboration harnessing the power of collaborative technology, social media, and emerging partnerships of organizations wanting to help students pursue their passions and become excellent collaborators in the world today. 5. To create a duplicable model of quad-engineering where four classrooms work together to solve important global problems and release that model as an open education resource (OER )for teachers around the world to use and adapt. 6. To ensure that students are not just consumers of technology, but also creators of it To view all of the student-created apps, download the “MAD-store” app on iTunes, Google Play or in the online MAD-store - http://mad-store.mad-learn.com/ Below is a list of all of the student-created apps. The first five apps listed below will be presented in the finals. Use the codes below next to each app to see it on a mobile device. Stop Sex Trafficking - 219-413-839 Suicide Prevention App - 049-983-312 No Excuse for Abuse - Animal Abuse - 775-278-758 Overty - Anti-Poverty - 925-168-917 Uncut - Self Harm - 356-189-777 Choose2Matter - Mattering - 269-775-793 Enough - Domestic Violence - 269-993-976 Bullyproof - Anti-Bullying - 222-366-436 In Special Shoes - People w/Mental Illness & Physical Disabilities Matter - 491-687-169 Quit the Addict - Addiction - 096-952-053 StressLess - School Stress - 262-668-762 Texting and Driving App - 378-499-598 WeCancervive - Cancer Support and Prevention - 685-946-667 Students from five schools were a part of the initial launch of MAD about Mattering and were led by these amazing, courageous, trail-blazing teachers: Susan Bearden / @s_bearden / Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, Florida, Junior Bernadin / @jbernadin / The Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta, Georgia Vicki Davis / @coolcatteacher / Westwood Schools, Camilla, Georgia Dawn Madden / @coachdawnmadden / Flowery Branch High School, Flowery Branch, Georgia Natalie McKalip / @NatalieMcKalip / Lee L. Driver Middle School, Winchester, Indiana To participate in the next cohort, in any manner, please fill out this form: http://crescerance.com/mad-learn-contact/ Global Problems. Student-created solutions. MAD about Mattering. Media Contact: Kathryn Brannen 404-913-2737 madaboutmattering(at)crescerance(dot)com http://www.madaboutmattering.com #appsthatmatter

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Online Press Release Distribution Service | PRWeb

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Press release distribution helps you create buzz, increase online visibility and drive website traffic.
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7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding - BAM! Radio Network

7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding - BAM! Radio Network | Durff | Scoop.it
Though many teachers have no interest in coding, demand for the subject is growing rapidly. Increasingly, teachers are being asked to teach elements of coding in their content areas. Our guest offers some simple tips.

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Teaching and Learning Strategies, Resources, Tips,

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Todd Finley's professional blog, sharing teaching and learning strategies.
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Wolves Lands welcomes visitors

Wolves Lands welcomes visitors | Durff | Scoop.it
Wolves Land is a quiet, romantic SIM where you can go for quiet walks, to meet people, or just to relax under a tree. There are several nooks and crannies to explore. All are welcome at Wolves Land. Our sim has a moderate rating. - Landing Point: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/153/117/22WolvesWolves
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THE STARRY DOME at Wolves Land

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It doesn't THE STARRY DOME.matter if you are alone or with a special friend - I created the Starry Dome with you in mind. If alone you can sit a unicorn - doesn't everyone want to do that? Or maybe you could play the piano like a virtuoso! Would you like to sit on the moon? Wouldn't it be nice to strike up a conversation with a new friend as you wander the Dome? The Starry Dome will accommodate your desires. If you're with a partner there are places to sit, chat, cuddle or dance as you listen to the beautiful music.
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Finding Faculty: Hiring Practices That Work (from personal experience as academic hiring leader) | Online Teaching Guest Blog

Finding Faculty: Hiring Practices That Work (from personal experience as academic hiring leader) | Online Teaching Guest Blog | Durff | Scoop.it
It's a monumental investment of time and money when you seek to hire quality faculty. There is no magic bullet or system of guarantees when you want to add the best of the best to your team. As a 20 year educational administrator, I understand the tremendous responsibility it is to secure high performing faculty.

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Most of you are looking for online teaching work. It helps to understand the hiring process from the administrative side of the desk.  The next time you get frustrated filling out long detailed applications, remember hiring is a 'High Stakes" operation for all involved.

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1 Easy, Fun Way to Ignite a Love of Reading

1 Easy, Fun Way to Ignite a Love of Reading | Durff | Scoop.it
From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter He was dyslexic. I’m not sure if there is such a thing is “very” dyslexic. If there was, he was. I had a trick that worked with my older children. But would it work for him? The “trick” was simple. On a long trip, I would start reading the Chronicles of Narnia . I would put as much excitement and energy my reading as I could. Usually, I would read for thirty minutes to an hour each day on the book. I would wait until the kids were fascinated by the book. I could tell. For example, when we would stop for gas, the moment we were back in the car, they’d beg for me to read again. It was almost cruel to stop reading right there. But that is what I did. I would yawn, stretch my arms, and say, “You know what? I’m really tired.” I would hear howls from the backseat. They wanted to know what happened next. So, I would turn around and say, “Read it for yourself. I won’t stop you.” (My older two kids never asked why I happened to have two copies of the book with me on the trip!) And with that, there was no stopping them. My kids read. And read. And read. Within weeks, they would be finished with the whole series. That summer, each of them read thousands of pages of books. I can’t take credit for this idea. My fifth-grade teacher Ginger Collins used it on me. Mrs. Collins was very pregnant. Huge. Miserable. On those hot South Georgia days, she would sit in her rocking chair. She read A Wrinkle in Time to us. Sometimes we got a chapter; sometimes we got a little less. But I remember getting frustrated when the book got great. I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! So I went to library got the book and finished it. It was such a good book that even though she read it after I finished it, I still enjoyed it the second time. That was the beginning my journey. There was no stopping me. The summer after fifth grade, I read everything. From Homer to James Michener, I inhaled books. So, would this work with a child who struggled with dyslexia? I only needed one copy of Narnia, but that summer changed everything. There was no stopping my youngest child. He became an amazing reader. He still is. To be fair, I have to note, this event was the turning point. But this was not the FIRST time I read to the kids. To put it simply, I read with all of my children until they were motivated to read for themselves. But it took a challenging book a bit past their reading level and several hours in the car. Taking time to read shows kids that it’s important. We read to them just about from the moment they were born. Books represented warm, snuggly time with parents who loved them. But in that plot twist moment in the car, books became riveting. So, on your next trip — put up those movies! Put up those games! Read! It might just be the most worthwhile trip you’ll ever take. You may just start your child on a journey that lasts a lifetime. This post is part of the Global Search for Education series with Cathy Rubin of CM Rubin World. Be sure to find out all the answers on her blog. The post 1 Easy, Fun Way to Ignite a Love of Reading appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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5-Minute Film Fest: Getting Started With Classroom Apps

5-Minute Film Fest: Getting Started With Classroom Apps | Durff | Scoop.it
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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What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

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Two educators put the research to the test. When (and how) are iPads in the classroom most effective?
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Ending the School Year with Epic Ideas and Intrigue

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End the School Year Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Your legacy moment as a teacher is the last day of school. In today’s high-energy show Dave Burgess will get us all motivated to end the school year well. Don’t wind down, you’ve got to wind up at the end of the school year! @burgessdave #tlap Powered By the Tweet This Plugin Tweet This Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher Learn about Student Trips with Rustic Pathways Show Notes: Some epic (but easy) ideas for ending the school year. Great ideas for teachers who are burning out and tired that will get your students excited and end the school year on an up note. The kind of stuff every teacher should be trying at the end of the school year. Dave Burgess @burgessdave is a teacher and highly sought after professional development speaker, well known for his creative, entertaining, and outrageously energetic style. He is the author of Teach Like a Pirate . 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. You can also hear a Bonus episode with Dave Burgess, “Avoiding the Biggest Mistake Teachers Make at the End of the School Year .” Educator Resources from this Episode Teach Like A PIRATE . John Berray’s Bottle of Dreams You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post Ending the School Year with Epic Ideas and Intrigue appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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MADAboutMatteringWinners

The judges, teachers, and Sounding Board classrooms wish to thank all the student participants in this pilot of the MAD About Mattering project. The winner
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STEM can be fun, just do this.

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8 Ideas for Fun STEM Learning with Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM lessons can be fun. Whether it is origami jumping frogs or making a boat out of cement, Mandy Casto has eight high-energy ideas for making STEM fun. She also shares her favorite ways to find new ideas and about the success of school-wide “STEM Time” for the students each week. Learn about Wonder Workshop Robotics Clubs Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher 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. If you sign up to start a club before July 10, you may be eligible for a $10,000 grant to get your club started. (They also 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: 8 Lessons Mandy used to make STEM fun The benefits of having “STEM TIME” in your school. How to connect all subjects with STEM in unique ways. (You can connect history, ELA and more to STEM.) How Mandy helps students become more courageous and creative. Mandy’s favorite places to find ideas to make STEM fun. Mandy Casto @thatmathlady is a middle school math and science teacher in Concord, North Carolina. She currently teaches students in a STEM program and is constantly amazed by the impact of STEM education on her students. Note: I promised the link to the other show where we talked about pumpkin chunkin . You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post STEM can be fun, just do this. appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding

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21st Century Skills Made Simple From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Grant Smith helps teachers learn to code. Surprisingly, he says that teachers have less to learn about teaching coding than programmers do! Today’s episode will help you learn how you can teach coding too. Download a FREE Coding Kit from DK Randomhouse From simple sites to the tips and tricks to get you started, now is the time to learn to code. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher DK.com  has created a free Computer Coding Kit to get you started. It includes a poster, coding cards, and tips as you begin your coding journey. You can also go there and hear the bonus segment with Grant Smith, 3 Mistakes Teachers Make When They Try to Teach Coding . Show Notes: Why just taking students to the websites for coding is not enough. What the research says about the teacher’s role in coding instruction. The use of coding journals in elementary schools to assess learning and blogs for older students. How some schools are meeting ELA (English Language Arts) standards using coding. Other options for math, science and history teachers to meet standards and use coding to do it. Some simple places to get started with teaching kids to code. Grant Smith@wgrantsmith  is an elementary computer science teacher trainer, consultant, and curriculum developer. He loves working with school districts to implement CSforAll initiatives at the primary grade levels. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere , get the RSS feed , or listen via the media player above. The post 7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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3 Epic Ways to End the School Year - BAM! Radio Network

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Join us as our guest rattles off a list of creative and memorable ways to end the school year.

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Every Classroom Matters on BAM! Radio Network

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Mandy Casto is a middle school math and science teacher in Concord, North Carolina. She currently teaches students in a STEM program, and is constantly amazed by the impact of STEM education on her students.

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