Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by World101 and Listenwise   Disclaimer 1: This post was written in the Spring of 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, so a lot of the information here is discussed through the lens of distance learning launched by a global pandemic. I have attempted to broaden the lens beyond our current situation to take other distance-learning situations into account. Disclaimer 2: I recommend quite a few tech tools in this…

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Kick the IDK Bucket: How to Rid Your Classroom of “I Don’t Know” – Education Article

Listen to the interview with Connie Hamilton: Sponsored by World101 and Listenwise This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   We have all experienced it: Your lesson is rockin’ and you pause to check for understanding. Expecting to hear an elaborate student articulation of the deep learning occurring, you are jolted by three words: I don’t know.…

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8 Free Online Resources to Recommend to Families – Easy EdTech Podcast 054 – Education Article

In this episode, I’ll share a few of my favorite online learning tools that you may want to recommend to families. If your students will be out of school for closures, these free tools are ones parents can easily access on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: Resources to Recommend to Families So let’s make this EdTech easy… 1.  Decide “why” you want to share a resource with families 2. Choose how to…

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Are Your Diversity Strategies Missing the Mark? Nine Ways to Get it Right – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Hedreich Nichols: Sponsored by Extempore and Participate   For most of my life, I’ve found myself in the role of the OBF, the One Black Friend in an otherwise white circle of people. While that doesn’t qualify me to be The Voice of Black Teachers and Students everywhere, my experiences have taught me a lot about what teachers can do to help students from different backgrounds feel fully included in the classroom, or in some…

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13 Tools to Record Audio on Chromebooks and Other Devices – Education Article

Audio is a great learning and reflection tool. So I’ve put together a list of 13 Tools to Record Audio on Chromebooks and Other Devices. Now that we can add audio to our favorite Google Slides projects, we need to make sure we have some options for creating those audio files. Chromebooks have become the most popular classroom device, now in millions of classroom worldwide. Find the best tools for Chromebooks can sometimes be challenging. So I put together this…

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How to Create a Project Based Learning Lesson – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Jenny Pieratt: Sponsored by Pear Deck and Participate This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   If you would have asked me a decade ago if I thought Project Based Learning would ever expand beyond a small pocket of innovative schools I would have said “I doubt it”; I could never have…

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Making Cooperative Learning Work Better – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Pear Deck and Participate   As a middle school English teacher, I incorporated plenty of group work into my instruction. I did it for a number of reasons. Sometimes it was because a task seemed like a natural fit for cooperative learning, like days when I wanted students to brainstorm ideas together. Other times it was just to mix things up and do something different. And then there was the “fewer…

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Why innovation is Crucial in Education #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

  Sanée Bell shared the following quote from her book, “Be Excellent On Purpose,” and it has stuck with me: “Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet the needs of all students. Our goal has to be to create schools where excellence is the standard.” I thought about this quote when I…

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5 Places to Listen to a Podcast – Easy EdTech Podcast 048 – Education Article

In this episode, you’ll learn about five places to listen to a podcast whether you’re at home or on the go. You’ll also hear about online and offline options for listening to podcasts from spots other than just your phone. Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: Although I’ve listened to a podcast on a train, on a boat, on a plane, and plenty of other places, this podcast episode has a different angle. I want to share with…

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The Rock Star You’re Ignoring: How Afterschool Staff Can Take Your Class to the Next Level – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Eva Jo Meyers: Sponsored by Pear Deck and Participate   When I was a teacher in New York in the late ‘90’s, the afterschool program at my school felt invisible at best, and annoying at worst. The afterschool staff were like shadows to me, vaguely showing up on the recess field as I dismissed my class, disappearing as I headed out the door. I don’t think I ever even knew their names. When the program…

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6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2020 – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Pear Deck and ViewSonic   It’s that time again!!   As I do every January, I’m releasing an all-new update of my Teacher’s Guide to Tech. If you’re not familiar with the guide, here’s a quick video I made last year to give you an idea of what it is:     With every new release, I also put together a list of tools I think are worth checking out in…

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Making an Impact on One Person (#Podcast) – George Couros – Education Article

This week, I have released episode 1 of a weekly podcast that I have planned for years but, finally, have taken the initiative to put together and release it to the world.  Each podcast is meant to be 10-20 minutes long and discuss something I have been thinking about, and hopefully provide some inspiration or challenge thinking for the week. There is no script; it is just me talking about some points and sharing ideas. This week, I posted about…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Today I taught a lesson in which I shared a 4.5 minute excerpt of an amazing 55 minute NASA podcast, featuring an April 2019 interview with Dr. Harrison Schmitt, the Apollo 17 lunar module pilot and the only geologist to walk on the Moon to date! In this post, I’ll share my workflow and steps I followed to create this audio media collage, shared as a video on YouTube. Before sharing my workflow, I’ll address copyright / intellectual property issues.…

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Top 10 EdTech Favorites of 2019 – Education Article

It’s been a wild and wonderful year here at Class Tech Tips! Just like in years past, 2019 included school visits, conference visits, and webinars, both close to home and many miles away. In addition to sharing EdTech favorites on the blog, this year I launched a new podcast and a new membership site, too. With a new decade approaching, I’m excited to bring you more free resources like the blog and podcast. You’ll also find more resources in 2020…

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A Closer Look at Open Educational Resources – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Karen Vaites (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and Chill Expeditions   For as long as the internet has been around, teachers have been able to find free resources online. But while it’s great to not have to pay for things, free instructional materials don’t exactly come without problems. One major concern is quality. When a resource is free, it’s often hard to tell whether it was created by someone with a solid education background or…

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Quick Ways to Share Student Videos with an Audience – Easy EdTech Podcast 043 – Education Article

In this episode I’ll share some of my favorite quick ways to share student videos with an audience.  You’ll also hear some tips and resources to make sharing student videos a success this school year! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: Share Student Videos So let’s make this EdTech easy… 1.  Have students save their videos (either a link or file) 2. Decide where you want to share student creations 3. Asks students to write a short introduction…

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