Innovation

Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution “Don’t prepare kids for something. Prepare them for anything!” I remember a world without the Internet, smart devices, mobile phones, 3D printers, and 4K televisions sets. After all, this was the world that many of us grew up in. There was an abundance of playing outside, reading, walking around the mall, going to the movies, and talking on the phone. Sure, we had our technology…

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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. Somehow, he connected with books though and became a high school and college graduate. Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Today we’ll talk about unleashing the potential in every child. And yes, you’ll hear birds chirping, but that is ok! Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention…

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5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @DTown_MrD talks about the brain breaks phenomenon. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain breaks. Take a brain break today! Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web…

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Fordham Institute and Center for American Progress Collaborate on “Moon Shot” for Kids – Education Article

You probably thought that the rightwing Thomas B. Fordham Institute, which supports charters and vouchers but not public schools, was on the opposite side of the political aisle from the Center for American Progress, which is described by the New York Times and the Washington Post as “left-leaning” (which is inaccurate). Well, they are on the same page in sponsoring a low-budget “moon shot for kids.”  By August 1, 2019, submit a brief application through our online portal. We are…

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How Kids Really Learn @coolcatteacher – Education Article

How do kids learn and remember? Teacher Andrew Stadel, @mr_stadel founder of the popular site estimation180.com, talks about this pursuit of learning in the classroom. This topic is his summer research topic. As you ponder the classroom, look at what you’ll research to become a better teacher. Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by…

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20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Today I want to challenge your thinking about your summer. So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. This is a blog post / podcast simulpost. You’ll find the same content in slightly different form so you can read or listen to this content. Enjoy! Blog Post/ Podcast Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD…

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How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices @coolcatteacher – Education Article

First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. Yes, young children have something to say to the world! Danielle shows us how. Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

(Also see part 2 in this blog post series, “Discussing ClassenSAS Future at Northeast Academy in OKCPS.”) 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.…

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How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices @coolcatteacher – Education Article

First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. Yes, young children have something to say to the world! Danielle shows us how. Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional…

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10 Tips for Awesome Digital Citizenship @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Tech Coach Penny Rayhill shares ten tips for awesome digital citizenship. If you’re looking for some sites to explore – here they are! Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more.…

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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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Innovation is More Than an Idea or Tool – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Innovation is More Than an Idea or Tool Innovation is More Than an Idea or Tool What makes something innovative? There is no shortage of debate on this topic in the least bit. From articles to blog posts to books, that subject has been covered in great detail. One can look at numerous companies and develop his or her conclusions.  Take Uber and Airbnb for example. Each in their own right came up with a new and…

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The Relationship Between Failure and Success – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Relationship Between Failure and Success The Relationship Between Failure and Success In life, there are certain truths. One of these is that to succeed, many times, you must first fail. Obviously, this is not always the case, but if you are like me and many others, success doesn’t come easily or on the first try.  Learning to ride a bike is one of many great examples that proves my point.  The process begins with training wheels…

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Tap Into Your Full Potential – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Tap Into Your Full Potential Tap Into Your Full Potential “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi There are many elements to change. However, one of the most powerful is that of self-efficacy.  Almost everyone can identify goals they want to accomplish, accomplishments to achieve, or personal and professional aspects they…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Digital Leadership: Leading Change from Where You Are – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Digital Leadership: Leading Change from Where You Are | #DigiLead Digital Leadership: Leading Change from Where You Are | #DigiLead A great deal has changed over the past few years not just in society, but also in education. Many of these changes are a result of the exponential advances in technology and the role these tools play in shaping both our personal and professional lives.  As a result, innovative practices emerged in many shapes and sizes. To…

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Raspberry Pi Guy, Rocketboards, and Robots – Education Article

Matt Timmons-Brown is the “Raspberry Pi Guy” on Youtube. If you don’t know what the Raspberry Pi is, it is an amazing small computer from which you can make amazing things. Matt is the author of Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi. This 19-year old student at the University of Edinburg talks about how he interested himself in Computer Science and shares his insight on how to engage his generation in a powerful career. Listen to the Raspberry Pi Guy Matt…

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