This is What Happens When You Teach From Antarctica @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Donnie Piercey works as a fifth gradeteacher in Lexington, Kentucky. He is always trying to find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement. You can always check and see what his students are up to by visiting his classroom website, http://www.mrpiercey.com. Donnie has run a 1:1 iPad, Chromebook, and Macbook classroom over the course of his thirteeen year teaching career. Donnie received a B.A. in Theology from Asbury University…

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This is What Happens When You Teach From Antarctica @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Donnie Piercey works as a fifth gradeteacher in Lexington, Kentucky. He is always trying to find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement. You can always check and see what his students are up to by visiting his classroom website, http://www.mrpiercey.com. Donnie has run a 1:1 iPad, Chromebook, and Macbook classroom over the course of his thirteeen year teaching career. Donnie received a B.A. in Theology from Asbury University…

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Fantastic Apps I Use Every Day @coolcatteacher – Education Article

I have picked five of my essential classroom tools. Pick one today to try with your students. I’ve also added some of my favorite new productivity tools for my smartphone, iPad, and a few new ones for my Mac. Today’s Sponsor Thank you to Advancement Courses for making today’s show possible. For over 30 years, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country. They offer over 200 graduate-level…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This past Wednesday, December 6, 2017, I had an opportunity to participate in a “mini-retreat” with colleagues from Casady School (@casadyschoolokc) at the Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma (@ouinnovationhub).This is a group of both faculty and staff, involved in supporting and teaching coding and computer science at different levels at our school. This morning on Saturday, I recorded an almost 10 minute narrated slideshow, reflecting on five things this mini-retreat encouraged me to consider and think about as we strive…

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Pioneering Excellence for Better Computer Science Now @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Doug Bergman is Head of Computer Science at Porter-Gaud independent school in Charleston, SC. He has been the head of the CS department for 18+ years and been in CS education for 23+ years. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems, M.A. in Education Administration, and is 2 courses shy of completing his Online Masters in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He has taught in public schools, private schools, and professional schools and has worked with students from ages…

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Beware of Time-Wasting Low Level Technology Learning @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Tom Murray reflects on his first 1:1 program seventeen years ago with Palm Pilots. He’s concerned that we often celebrate low-level learning. “Just because something is digital does not mean it is any good,” says Tom. The 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology from Jennifer Gonzalez is here! I recommend this handy, useful encyclopedia of education technology tools. Learn more now. He reveals the story about how he learned this important concept. Even though he taught a lesson with 100% engagement…

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How to Get Your Students Out of the Box – Education Article

Chester Asher, MT, MPA, JD is the CEO/Executive Director of Chattahoochee Hills Charter School. He is a dedicated educator and has worked with district and charter schools for the last sixteen years. He has a Master’s of Teaching from Fordham University, an MPA from NYU and a law degree from Cardozo Law School. He has taught every single grade from K to 12 and has also taught seminars to undergraduates at New York University and graduate students at Columbia University.…

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Find Educator Inspiration in the Magic of the Beatles – Education Article

The Pepper Effect: Tap into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration, and InnovationBy Sean Gaillard (Dave Burgess Consulting, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Laura Von Staden In this short guide, middle school principal and Beatles lover Sean Gaillard draws lessons for the education community from the iconic foursome and their album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Gaillard also talks to principals and teachers about the value of our vision, our belief in our passion, and the importance of innovation…

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How to Make Science Thrilling from a “Jurassic Park” Mind @coolcatteacher – Education Article

by Vicki Davis Comment | Share | Tweet | Share | Pin It | email Dr. Ray Havasay was a scientist consulted on the making of the original Jurassic Park. Now, she is Executive Director of The Center for Science Teaching and Learning where she specializes in helping engage students in exciting science learning. Listen to Hear Ideas You Need to Know Dr. Ray Ann Havasay Executive Director Dr. Havasy is the Executive Director of The Center for Science Teaching and…

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How to Get Your Students Out of the Box – Education Article

Chester Asher, MT, MPA, JD is the CEO/Executive Director of Chattahoochee Hills Charter School. He is a dedicated educator and has worked with district and charter schools for the last sixteen years. He has a Master’s of Teaching from Fordham University, an MPA from NYU and a law degree from Cardozo Law School. He has taught every single grade from K to 12 and has also taught seminars to undergraduates at New York University and graduate students at Columbia University.…

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5 steps to successfully run a student-led tech team – Education Article

One-to-one device initiatives have exploded in popularity and have dramatically changed the classroom environment. Dedicated device access doesn’t just benefit students through improved educational outcomes, but also benefits districts by enabling innovation and providing a clear return on educational investment. IT teams, however, can struggle with the greatly increased burdens of managing fragmented device platforms, and the increased staffing that 1:1 initiatives often demand can limit funding for other important initiatives. In 2016, Lafayette (IN) Catholic School System was preparing…

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5 things standing between K-12 schools and innovation – Education Article

Sustaining and scaling innovation is one of the top hurdles K-12 district leaders face as they strive to bring new and bold ideas to education, according to a new CoSN report. Hurdles are more than just “pesky obstacles” to innovation, the authors note in Driving K-12 Innovation: 2019 Hurdles. These challenges slow down progress and force educators to make sure they’re prepared for the leap to innovation. The report is the first of three in a series focusing on hurdles,…

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5 big ideas for education innovation in 2019 – Education Article

Over the last year, education innovators around the country continued to pursue expanded definitions of student success, personalized approaches, and wholly new models of school. For many, the very real challenges of change management and discovering ways to promote scale with quality dominated 2018. But for those conversations to go a level deeper, we can’t assume that these new measures and new models are fully baked or that everything deemed “new” is at it seems. Looking ahead, here are five…

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When There’s a Will There’s a Way – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Kid-Centric Schools: When There’s a Will There’s a Way Kid-Centric Schools: When There’s a Will There’s a Way When I wrote Uncommon Learning back in 2015, the premise was to set the stage as to how we could create schools that work for kids. A good deal of the strategies presented came from what we successfully implemented at New Milford High School where I was the former principal. To get a better gist of the main focus…

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Killing Classen SAS in Oklahoma City Public Schools – Education Article

This past Tuesday evening, January 22, 2019, the superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools gave an important and divisive presentation to the OKCPS board and community. I was not able to attend in person, but did view the livestream on YouTube along with our middle daughter, who just graduated from ClassenSAS last year in 2018. Our son is a 2016 graduate of ClassenSAS. Our youngest daughter attended ClassenSAS as a sixth grader in 2015-16. There are (and now “were”) many…

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9 innovation tips from pioneering schools – Education Article

Stories about innovation seem to be everywhere, and with good reason–educators are searching for groundbreaking strategies to inspire and improve education for every student in every classroom. Because innovation is topmost in many educators’ minds, eSchool News put out a call for innovative educators, schools, and districts across the U.S. through the inaugural Distinguished Innovator Awards program. (Read more about our winners here!) Our panel of judges chose one winner per category, but we received so many inspiring nominations that…

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No 1 to 1 devices? You can be an awesome tech-using school anyway! – Education Article

I have been an Instructional Technology Coach in Prince William County, Virginia for the past 15 years. I am ISTE-T Certified, an avid user of Microsoft 365 products, and a Tech4Learning Innovative Educator. I co-plan, co-teach, and collaborate with teachers to develop technology-enhanced lessons within the blended learning model in classrooms.  I also provide professional development for my school and the county. <script… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Vicki Davis Read Full Article

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5 Sure Fire Ways to Create Remarkable Graphics – Education Article

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki DavisFollow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Tony Vincent is a pro at creating graphics. His blog and work is full of amazing graphics. Today, he teaches us five sure-fire ways to create remarkable graphics. We can teach our students or use them to promote the causes we care about. Listen to Hear Ideas You Need to Know Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Tony Vincent Fifth Grade Teacher Tony Vincent currently…

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Virtual Valentines and 2 Other Cool, Easy Collaborative Ideas for Teachers @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools. Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills in communication, planning, research and project implementation. Her 17-year passion for global collaboration has led Mrs. Smoke to design over 75 projects for teachers and students around the world. She wants her students to develop a love…

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How to Motivate Teachers to Change with Joy Kirr – Education Article

Joy Kirr is the author of the book Shift This! How to Implement Gradual Changes for Massive Impact in Your Classroom, but she is a 7th grade ELA teacher first. She’s in her 24th year of teaching, and it is truly her passion. As she does not have children of her own, every year she takes her 90 12-year-olds under her wing. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning and has even gone so far as to be…

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Are You a Critical Consumer? – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Are You a Critical Consumer? Are You a Critical Consumer? Digital literacy is more important now than it has ever been.  The exponential evolution if the Internet and social media tools have allowed for the quick sharing of knowledge, ideas, images, videos, and opinions.  The result has been a double-edged sword.  In one respect everyone with a  smartphone has instant access to information at any time and from anywhere. I for one love the fact that I…

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Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Yesterday, I presented a new keynote for the NJAIS Innovation Symposium, The Keys to Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L. The purpose was to help teachers facilitate and inspire student innovation. As I prepared for my keynote, I had to think about how teachers who perhaps didn’t define themselves as “innovators” might go about inspiring students to be innovative. First, I defined innovation as finding solutions to problems. Then, I propose that the main role of schools, who…

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A Principal’s Reflections: What Learners Really Need – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: What Learners Really Need What Learners Really Need A great deal has changed since I began writing this blog back in 2009. For starters, my primary device to connect on Twitter was a Blackberry.  I didn’t even have a Facebook page until a year later.  Additionally, my views on education regarding teaching, learning, and leadership were beginning to evolve in ways that would eventually help my school experience innovative success while also pushing my professional practice into…

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5 Creative Ways to Connect Young Adults to Reading – Education Article

| Share | Tweet | Share | Pin It | email Librarian Karen Scott challenges us with some non-traditional practices to get kids interested in reading including organizing her library by genre and using social media and graphics to inspire a love of reading. For over 30 years, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country. They offer over 200 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas covering both…

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The foundations of innovation in L&D – Education Article

There are two sides of the innovation coin in corporate learning & development: technology and pedagogy. The former is rather obvious and is often conflated with the term innovation. Futuristic hardware and magical software that educates everyone at the press of a button are tempting “solutions”. Some folks call this mindset Shiny New Toy Syndrome, and by golly, it’s a pandemic. The latter is less obvious because it involves thinking, and I’m not being facetious when I say that thinking…

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Question Formulation Techniques with Chris Fancher – Education Article

Chris Fancher is a Middle Years Program (MYP) design teacher at a public International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school in Round Rock, TX. He has taught every course, from pre-algebra to calculus, in more than 20 years of public education. As a military spouse, he found himself teaching mathematics in four states and two countries, as well as teaching college algebra and college statistics for the University of Maryland University College. Chris honed his project-based learning (PBL) skills at the nationally…

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Why You Should NOT Quit Facebook or Twitter – Education Article

Powerful tools can be used, by definition, in BIG ways. “With great power comes great responsibility.” Social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, are globe spanning technological marvels. Unfortunately, these platforms have been used maliciously and abusively in recent years to radicalize politics, fuel genocide, and fracture cultural bonds in communities worldwide. At the same time, however, these powerful platforms have been used to positively connect people, empower organizations, and democratize free expression around our planet more than any previous…

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The best of both worlds – Education Article

There’s no point landing the perfect plane at the wrong airport. That’s an analogy someone shared with me several years ago to explain Design Thinking, and it has resonated with me ever since for two reasons. Firstly, it exposes the solution-first approach that pervades the corporate sector; and secondly, it challenges our obsession with perfection. When I look across the business landscape, I’m continually surprised by the decisions that some companies make on behalf of their customers, without those decisions…

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Gift horses | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. I’m fascinated by this quote that Henry Ford may or may not have uttered. In The best of both worlds I promoted Design Thinking as a means of using customer insights to inform strategic decision making. However, as the above quote suggests, customers don’t know what they don’t know. Sometimes it takes an expert to show them. In an era in which the very existence of…

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15 trends that hinder, accelerate, and enable K-12 innovation – Education Article

While new trends such as extended reality and mobile devices are enabling expansive changes in K-12 education, innovation is often impeded by obstacles such as clunky professional development and digital equity, according to new research. These new insights on what hinders and what support K-12 innovation come from CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation series, which highlights new trends supporting the use of emerging technology in K-12 education. As part of the initiative, CoSN convenes a global advisory board of K-12 leaders,…

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