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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Improve Your Teaching By Doing a Few Things Well



The Innovator's Mindset with George Couros

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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There are too many apps. Too many ideas. Too many initiatives. Too many jobs to do. Too many strategic objectives. Too many standards. Lack of focus plagues almost every aspect of education. What if by doing less, we can achieve more? What if simplicity is the way forward? In today’s show, George Couros points out the importance of simplicity in schools, in the classroom, and in our personal lives. You’ll learn easy tips to apply in your life as a teacher.

Welcome to episode 301 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, George Couros and I discuss how to bring teachers and schools into an open culture of learning and teacher improvement. Check out the full series.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What mistake did George make by sharing too many apps with his teachers?
  • What happened when George’s previous school just focused on three apps for three years?
  • How can teachers do more by focusing on less?
  • Why are schools struggling with complexity and what are some solutions?

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About Us

George Couros is joining us for a series of shows on Every Classroom Matters where we talk about the eight characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset (George’s new book.) This is part 8 of the series. See the full series here

For more information on simplicity, listen to the Innovate Like a Turtle episode.

Host: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. Winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award 2006  and Best Talk Show Host in Education 2014 and many Best Teacher Blog awards, Vicki seeks to shine a spotlight on what works in education wherever it happens in the world. Vicki has created more than 30 global collaborative projects, programmed apps with her students, and is now shooting a full-length movie with her digital film class. Read more about her here.

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How to Embrace an Open Culture in Your Classroom



Learning and Sharing Can Spread from Teacher to Teacher with George Couros

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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As a teacher, there is nothing worse than irrelevant, impractical and (dare I say it?) boring professional development. In fact, I learn more from other teachers both in my school and online than I have from most professional development. This type of learning is called an open culture of learning and George Couros, author of the Innovator’s Mindset, shares how it works.

Welcome to episode 300 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, George Couros and I discuss how to bring teachers and schools into an open culture of learning and teacher improvement. Check out the full series.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What is the definition of open culture and learning?
  • How does open culture relate to teacher professional development?
  • What are some ideas for creating a more open culture in your school?
  • What is the impact of trying to keep your school as a closed culture?

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About Us

George Couros is joining us for a series of shows on Every Classroom Matters where we talk about the eight characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset (George’s new book.) This is part 8 of the series. See the full series here

Host: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. Winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award 2006  and Best Talk Show Host in Education 2014 and many Best Teacher Blog awards, Vicki seeks to shine a spotlight on what works in education wherever it happens in the world. Vicki has created more than 30 global collaborative projects, programmed apps with her students, and is now shooting a full-length movie with her digital film class. Read more about her here.

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How to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences



The 8th Innovator's Mindset with George Couros

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Students often look at the teacher and ask, “why is this important?” Students wonder what a subject means! George Couros talks about how to make learning meaningful in our classroom. When he says that innovative classrooms have less classroom management issues, I’ve found this to be true!

Welcome to episode 299 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, George Couros and I discuss how to make meaningful learning experiences. This is the eighth aspect of the Innovator’s mindset. Check out the full series.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How can we make more meaningful learning experiences for teachers?
  • Can innovation experiences improve classroom management?
  • How can we make time for innovation in the curriculum?

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Turnitin has a new tool, Revision Assistant. Turnitin’s new tool, Revision Assistant automates the process and delivers personalized, immediate feedback. The colorful icons and simple feedback can help students improve their writing. Check it out!

Learn about Revision Assistant

About Us

George Couros is joining us for a series of shows on Every Classroom Matters where we talk about the eight characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset (George’s new book.) This is part 8 of the series. See the full series here

Host: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. Winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award 2006  and Best Talk Show Host in Education 2014 and many Best Teacher Blog awards, Vicki seeks to shine a spotlight on what works in education wherever it happens in the world. Vicki has created more than 30 global collaborative projects, programmed apps with her students, and is now shooting a full-length movie with her digital film class. Read more about her here.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Innovate Like a Turtle



A simple strategy any teacher can use to improve teaching

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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We teachers are too busy. There’s too much to do! But eleven years a go, I hit upon something that works for me. I realized that I didn’t have much time, but I could take 15 minutes just two or three times a week to learn and try new things. That is when “innovate like a turtle” was born. Since then, my classroom has changed. My students are more excited. I’m a better teacher. And as I travel and tell my simple story of powerful transformation, other teachers are doing it too with incredible results. Join us. It isn’t that hard.

innovate like a turtle

But what does it mean?

Welcome to episode 297 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Annette Lang and I discuss how her decision to “innovate like a turtle” has transformed her classroom. Understand how this can work for you.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How can a teacher innovate when they have no time?
  • Does slow, steady innovation really work?
  • Can any teacher apply these principles and make their classroom better?

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About Us

Today’s Guest: Annette Lang

Annette Lang@msalang has been a technology teacher for over 12 years, with a Master of Arts in Teaching. She completed her library endorsement and worked as a district librarian. She has taught middle school through high school. Currently, she is working as a technology educator to Freshman and Sophomores at Bio-Med Science Academy.

Host: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. Winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award 2006  and Best Talk Show Host in Education 2014 and many Best Teacher Blog awards, Vicki seeks to shine a spotlight on what works in education wherever it happens in the world. Vicki has created more than 30 global collaborative projects, programmed apps with her students, and is now shooting a full-length movie with her digital film class. Read more about her here.

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A Simple Guide to Podcasting in the Classroom



How to improve learning and listening in the classroom

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Teachers want their students to create, but don’t want to fight with clunky technology. Listening skills and learning can be improved with podcasting. Today’s show will help you understand one of the simplest technologies to use in the classroom: podcasting. Podcasting sparks imagination, creativity, and builds listening skills. Just about any teacher with a smartphone and an internet connection can have their students podcasting quickly!

A simple guide to podcasting in the classroom

In this episode, Tom Daccord and I discuss how to using podcasting in the classroom.  Welcome to episode 298 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How is podcasting being used in the classroom?

  • How can students publish podcasts for the world?

  • What kind of impact can podcasting have on learning?

  • How can you use podcasts to improve listening skills?

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Listenwise is a fantastic way to use podcasts in your classroom and improve listening skills at the same time. I like that you can search by standard and topic (they have a ton of great books like A Wrinkle in Time, Beowulf, and Catch-22 as just a few listed this week. These podcasts aren’t a reading of the book, but relate the topics to the real world!  Check Them out! 

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About Us

Today’s Guest: Tom Daccord

An educational technology speaker, instructor, and author, Tom Daccord @thomasdaccord  is Director of EdTechTeacher and has worked with schools, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Host: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. Winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award 2006  and Best Talk Show Host in Education 2014 and many Best Teacher Blog awards, Vicki seeks to shine a spotlight on what works in education wherever it happens in the world. Vicki has created more than 30 global collaborative projects, programmed apps with her students, and is now shooting a full-length movie with her digital film class. Read more about her here.

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