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Friday, February 24, 2017

5 Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez



10MT | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Jennifer Gonzalez

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Technology moves so quickly! Do you know what to try next? Well, today’s guest and edtech expert Jennifer Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy  gives us some amazing tools to try for Five Idea Friday.

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The Teacher’s Guide to Technology for 2017 is here. Jennifer Gonzalez has done it again with this useful book I’m recommending as part of today’s show. This link is an affiliate link.

In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • Jennifer’s five tools she recommends teachers try
  • How teachers can prevent being overwhelmed

I hope you enjoy this episode with Jennifer!

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Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy is a National Board Certified teacher with over 10 years of classroom experience in middle school language arts and teacher preparation at the college level. She is the creator of Cult of Pedagogy, where she now works full-time helping teachers perfect their craft.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices #DLDay



10MT | #19: 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Researcher Laura Pasquini

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Leaders don’t play king of the hill, they make a bigger hill. Today is Digital Learning Day. This is a day for leaders and learners to level up digital learning. For no organization, group, or community can survive on status quo. As humans, we all lead for a season. And everything we do is either growing or rotting. Decaying or reinvigorating. These truisms are valid for the flowers and the fruit trees and also for the fragrant pollination of ideas happening at the digital water coolers satiating the learning thirst of digital scholars tap tap tapping at keys and pressing send on their smartphones.

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Get out there and break up your status quo. If you’re a digital leader, ask yourself:

  • How are we archiving resources?
  • How are we nurturing new leadership and longevity?
  • Are we welcoming to beginners?

For Thought Leader Thursday today, social media researcher Laura Pasquini explains three defining aspects of effective social media powered professional development. In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  1. The impact of “watercooler” pd online
  2. Best practices for hashtag maintenance and open learning
  3. The lessons learned from effective social media PD
This story is intriguing because so many still define PD the same old way. If we can upgrade our knowledge based on current research, we can not only create better professional development opportunities for teachers, but we can become better online participants. There is no doubt that community organizing has moved online in the education world. Many amazing people chat, catalog and archive, and maintain thriving social media “water coolers” from around the web.
I hope you enjoy this episode with Laura!

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Laura Pasquini

Laura A. Pasquini @laurapasquini is the Department of Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX and a Researcher with The Digital Learning and Social Media Research Group at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Her practioner-scholar work examines digital and open practices, specifically how social technologies impact and influence professional organizations, professional learning/development, and networked communities of practice.

Laura hosts two podcasts. Check them out:


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Lemonade War that Motivated a Whole School to Read



10MT | #18 A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Principal Ryan Kaczmark

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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When I called Principal Ryan Kaczmark @rkaczmark, he bubbled over with excitement from the Lemonade Wars experience. This elementary school-wide reading project is a sizzling combination of reading, parent relations, community service, school spirit, communications, and social media savvy.

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We were going to talk about technology or school design or something else. But I’m happy that he talked about the Lemonade Wars and raising money for Mike’s Lemonade stand to help childhood cancer and everything that had just happened. I had to let him tell his story.

So, today’s Wonderful Wednesday with Ryan Kaczmark sounds more like a phone call between an excited educator (Ryan) and a curious one (me) than a “show.” But that’s OK.

The 10-Minute Teacher is a journey into what’s happening in schools now and you get a cool project for today’s show.

Today, Ryan shares:

  • The story of a literacy project turned community service
  • The joy of learning and helping others
  • How he used social media to spur on excitement
  • The power of having a fantastic team of teachers on your staff
  • The positive community response you get when you use social media for good.

Enjoy today’s show with Ryan!

Leave a review on iTunes.

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Want to hear another inspiring literacy story? Listen to Jennifer Serravallo talk about 5 Ideas for teaching writing in the classroom.


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Ryan Kaczmark

The principal of Mercersburg and Montgomery Elementary school in the Tuscarora School District. Father of Alex (9) and Macie (4). Wife Courtney, who is currently a 3-5 Stem teacher. I am a former special education teacher and middle school math teacher.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What is the Aroma of Your Life?



Living a life well lived

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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What is the aroma of your life?

This morning I was getting ready to hop in the shower. I had my cup of coffee on the bathroom counter and accidentally hit it! Coffee went everywhere. After washing hairbrushes and bottles and hairspray and everything, the coffee was gone. The bathroom smells very much like coffee, though. It led me to this thought,

“If my life had a smell, what would it be?”

Would it be the fragrance of a life well lived? Of joyful thoughts? Of fragrant conversations? Of sweet smelling friendships?

Rotten

Because there are some people, who might smell like the trash. They wake up every morning and splash on some bitterness. To that, they add anger. And then on top of it, they toss a little resentment. And that, my friends, is perhaps an aromatic life, but not in a good way.

Some people wear the aroma of their life upon their face. As they walk, you see the anger. The pain. The hurt. And I’m not saying that some people’s lives aren’t hard. I’m also not making a statement of my life. We all have struggles. If you don’t think so, let me gently suggest that you look at little closer at other people’s lives before you think they have it easy. Each person is fighting a battle as Tim Hadley said on last weeks’ show.

The rotting refuse of a rotten attitude can happen to us all. Because I’ll admit, this time last year, my own attitude smelled more like garbage than flowers.

The Choice

The greatest most well-lived lives are those we examine. And when we’re too angry to confront ourselves and own up to the fact that while our circumstances are often not our choice — our ATTITUDE IS ONE OF THE ONLY CHOICES WE CAN MAKE— we’re missing out on life. If Viktor Frankl in a Nazi concentration camp can say,

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Then, I think, my friends, who are we to say that we cannot make a choice of our attitude as well?

So, let me ask you again,

“If your life had an aroma, what would it be?”

Would you be pleased? Would others inhale with a smile on their face? Or would they fan their face and go running?

I have a tray of perfume in my room. I’m about to go spray some on as the last thing I do before I head to school. I’m also about to decide to have a great attitude today.

For, no matter what is going on, my ability to teach is limited or enhanced by the smell of my life. And a great attitude is as pleasing as the sweetest perfume.

 

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#17: Microsoft One Note: Useful Tips and Tricks for the Classroom



10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Dr. Tom Grissom

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Let’s learn about One Note with Dr. Tom Grissom. But perhaps to understand why I’m a Microsoft One Note fan, I’d like to tell you a story from several months a go. This past fall, I ran into my former student, Miller, at an away football game. She had made the University of Georgia website as a top student and was just starting medical school.

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We are hosting a giveaway for three lucky reviewers of the show. Dave Burgess is giving away books to 3 (three) winners! The winners will pick from all 22 of the books from Dave Burgess consulting! See the list. Wow! Thanks, Dave.

All you need to enter is head over to leave a review on iTunes and just include your Twitter or Instagram handle so we can reach you. Full rules at the bottom.

As it goes when I connect with very dear students, we had a long talk about her life and future. She’s truly exceptional and was such a joy to teach. Then, she said,

“Do you know the most useful thing you ever taught me?”

I didn’t know and she said,

“One Note. I pulled in my professor’s slides and took notes. I could do so many useful things. It was the best thing you’ve ever taught me.”

So, I admit, I dusted off some old lessons and did a little more teaching with One Note this year. This jewel of a notetaking app is free on all platforms. It is also the subject of today’s Tech Tool Tuesday with Dr. Tom Grissom. Tom is using One Note with his higher ed students in all kinds of ways.

In today’s show, Tom shares:

  • An explanation of One Note
  • The collaborative features of One Note
  • How One Note relates to current cognitive theories of learning

I hope you enjoy today’s show with Tom!

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Want to hear another Tech Tool Tuesday? Listen to my favorite 31 tech tools from last Tuesday.


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Dr. Tom GrissomTom Grissom One Note

Tom Grissom, Ph.D. is the Director of the Instructional Technology Center at Eastern Illinois University. The ITC is one of the premier teacher education resource centers in the State of Illinois serving the faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education & Professional Studies.

Dr. Grissom is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert (MIEE) and focuses on the strategic implementation of technologies to improve the teaching and learning process. His specialties include the use of OneNote notebooks and digital inking in the classroom and beyond.

Dr. Grissom oversees and produces a growing collection of online resources including the TechTalk4Teachers podcast (now in its tenth year), ITC Techshare YouTube Channel, a Docs.com Journal, and many OneNote notebook examples. You will find links to these and many other resources at:
http://eiu.edu/itc


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Dave Burgess Talks Student Engagement #MondayMotivation #tlap



From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Great teachers attract their students to today’s topic of learning like a 3-year old boy to a mud puddle. Hooking students into a lesson is part of our essential craft of teaching. In my opinion, this artisanal craft of “hooking in” or “engaging” our students into a topic is best captured in Dave Burgess’ best-selling book, Teach Like a Pirate.

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This book (called #tlap by those who follow its guidelines) is like an overstuffed tackle box for teachers full of useful tools, ideas, and tips for engaging kids and staging exciting experiences.

In today’s show, Dave and I discuss:

  • Some of the craziest things Dave has done to engage students
  • Why Dave decided he had to be different as a teacher
  • How Dave feels about leaving the classroom
  • What Dave would do differently if he was in the classroom now
  • A Monday Morning motivational “pep talk” for teachers that will REV YOU UP for your week of teaching
Dave is giving away books to 3 (three) lucky reviewers of this show! The winners will pick from all 22 of the books from Dave Burgess consulting! See the list below. Wow! Thanks, Dave.

All you need to do is head over to leave a review on iTunes and just include your Twitter or Instagram handle so we can reach you. 

I hope you enjoy this episode with Dave!

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Want to hear another author of one of Dave Burgess’ published books. Michael Matera talks about how to gamify your classroom in Explore Like a Pirate(One of the books you could win if you enter the contest today.)


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Dave BurgessDave Burgess

Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE, co-author of P is for PIRATE, and the president of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. which delivers powerful, inspirational, and innovative books, keynotes, and professional development.

He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.  At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

Dave delivers the ultimate professional development experience for your teachers that is perfect for all circumstances from truly inspirational opening keynotes to full-day hands-on workshops.  It is a high-energy, interactive, and entertaining experience that will leave your staff unbelievably inspired, motivated, and with the practical skills to dramatically increase student engagement.

His presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. All techniques and methods are modeled and fully explained so as to leave no doubt about how to apply the methods in the real-world. Participants will leave with a tool-box full of dynamic presentational ideas that they can immediately use to improve their lessons.

As a teacher in San Diego, California, he was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He was voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

5 Simple Ways to Gamify Your Classroom



10MT | Jessica Gordon shares her tips on the 10-Minute Teacher Show

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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You can gamify your classroom. It isn’t hard. Sixth-grade teacher Jessica Gordon@1337teach gives us tips, ideas, and links for how to gamify our classrooms now. Game based learning can be simple and free.

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Jessica is giving her book away free to 10-MT Listeners for Random Act of Kindness day! Click the link to go download it on Kindle today! (US Story only, sorry international friends.)

Today’s FREEBIE! Today only, February 17, to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, Jessica is having her own random act of kindness to 10-MT listeners by giving away the Kindle version of her book free on the US Amazon Kindle store!”It’s a Teacher Thing! FAQ Guide and Reflective Journal for New Teachers” is currently available in eBook and paperback through Amazon Kindle. Visit  — and it is free today on Kindle in the US Amazon store! Enjoy and thank you, Jessica!

Jessica Gordon , 6th grade teacher from Missouri gives us simple tips to gamify our classrooms. Jessica Ratliff-Gordon is an elementary educator, author, and doctoral student at Northcentral University.  Currently, she serves as a sixth-grade geography teacher for the Poplar Bluff School District as well as a Project Manager for Hilton Publishing.

In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • 5 cool tools: Wheel Decide, Breakout Facebook groups, challenges, some awesome quizzing tools (see links below)
  • Simple tips on making any lesson more fun
  • The big mistake many educators make when working to gamify their classroom

I hope you enjoy this episode with Jessica !

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Want to hear another episode on game based learning? Listen to Michael Matera, teacher and author of Explore Like a Pirate, share ideas for using games in your classroom. See the full list of shows.


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Editor’s Note: See the 10MT Interview with Breakout EDU cofounder Adam Bellow for more on BreakoutEDU and Breakout Classrooms

DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT #15 Jessica Gordon and Adding Games to Your Classroom

This post is being added to the more than 100 resources in my Epic Guide to Game Based Learning. You might also be interested in a tool I use to quickly create games that I blogged about yesterday

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Jessica Ratliff-GordonJessica Ratliff-Gordon - YmP7_fGu_400x400 (1)

Jessica Ratliff-Gordon is an elementary educator, author, and doctoral student at Northcentral University. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she first began her teaching career at Buder Elementary within the St. Louis Public School District. Currently, she serves as a sixth-grade geography teacher for the Poplar Bluff School District as well as a Project Manager for Hilton Publishing. For more information about the author and her current publications follow her on Twitter @1337teach, Goodreads, or search for seller “1337 Teacher” on Teachers Pay Teachers.


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