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Vicki Davis

CO14: Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools that are changing how to teach Online Class by V... - 5 views

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    CO14 is happening this weekend and so many great people are presenting. It runs from February 7-9 and is free. My session is sharing how writing has been reinvented as I share the 9 tools that have changed how we teach forever (a sneak preview of my book coming out in May.) If you teach writing, work with curriculum or teach, feel free to join in. The session is at 8 am EST on Saturday morning, February 8. Anyone can join. Lots of amazing presenters are speaking so check it out.
Vicki Davis

3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms | Edutopia - 1 views

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    Nice post by Margaret Regan on Edutopia's blog with 3 Strategies to promote independent thinking. With some practical examples and use of a word I haven't heard -- "autotelic" or those happiest when absorbed in complex activities. That would describe many of us coder types. Great post.
Vicki Davis

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Back to School With Google Docs - 15 views

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    If you want to create an inbox for those Google Docs, use this to help you track what they've turned in and whether you've graded it.
Vicki Davis

12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education - Edudemic - Edudemic - 1 views

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    An awesome graphic (click on the buttons on the graphic) from Edudemic sharing some excellent ways to use Google Drive in Education including templates, writers workshop, self grading quizzes, assignment tracking and more.
Vicki Davis

How To Handle A Student Who Habitually Calls Out - Smart Classroom Management - 10 views

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    This is a tough one and I've had two or three this year who will call out - in a disruptive way. Sometimes it is when I'm speaking. I have one great class that causes me to struggle because of several who have a bit of a problem with knowing the appropriate time to engage (not in the middle of a question or when someone else is talking.) I encourage kids to have a pencil and paper or a tablet in  hand to jot down notes of what they want to say - sometimes they are afraid they'll forget. Other times, when it is class discussion, I use poker chips. Each student gets two. When they want to interject, they spend their chip. Every student must participate twice before anyone can have a third input. It is a daily grade and so easy to assess b/c everyone must give up their chips.  This article takes it much further and is a good one if you're struggling with this. "Namely, how do you deal with a student who, despite receiving consequence after consequence, continues to call out in class? Before we get to the solution, it's important to note that there are times during a normal school day when you may want to allow your students to respond to you or their fellow classmates without raising their hand"
Vicki Davis

"How Can I Coach a Resistant Teacher?" (Part 1) - The Art of Coaching Teachers - Educat... - 7 views

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    This is a discussion to have with all IT integrators. Many adopt the attitude of leaving the hibernating bear alone. After all, eventually, the resistant teacher will come out of the den ready to enjoy the springtime of learning? No. Not necessarily. But technological change is as much emotional and psychological as it is instruction. If you don't first have the teacher in the mood to learn, you'll be struggling. So, be careful of labeling the teacher as resistant in the first place and be willing to teach and encourage the teacher wherever he/she is. This is a nice article from Elena Aguilar. Check out part 2 after reading this one.
Vicki Davis

iTunes - Podcasts - Every Classroom Matters With Cool Cat Teacher by BAM Radio Network ... - 1 views

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    Here's the iTunes podcast for Every Classroom matters, the new show I"m hosing on BAM radio network. I'll have one post a week go live from here on out as I interview the best, most exciting teachers I know. Let me know if you want to nominate someone.
Vicki Davis

Sheppard Software: Fun Free Online Learning Games And Activities For Kids. - MentorMob - 4 views

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    Use the buttons on the left to play this interactive whiteboard set of tools for some of the best things you can find for interactive whiteboards. This list was made by Theresa Allen and you should share it with all your teachers who use IWB's. GREAT games and tools. Thanks, Theresa.
Vicki Davis

K4STEMLAB | Fueling students' love of learning through Science, Technology, Engineering... - 6 views

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    I love how STEMlab teacher Kevin Jarrett shares what students are learning in his STEMlab. The lab focuses on engineering, science, technology, and math and is such a powerful learning experience. I like this format better than just "technology" lab because it integrates what you're trying to be not just a checklist of point and clicks that will be outdated. "This post is part of my continuing series of weekly lesson summaries. My goal is to give parents & caregivers in our school community the resources needed to extend student learning at home, and to share my professional practice with teacher colleagues around the world in the hopes of improving my craft."
Vicki Davis

Amazon.com: Public Library Books for Kindle - 1 views

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    HOw to borrow Kindle books from your local library. It often requires setup of overdrive here in the US. This is an important skills for modern students, particularly if they have a tablet device, they should know how to check out books from their local library. Don't show them how to use the card catalog, set them up on overdrive and show them how to use it.
Vicki Davis

Lesson Planning and the Common Core: A Unit Based on TED.com | Edutopia - 7 views

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    Using a TED.com video in a Common Core aligned writing assignment as students learn about speech patterns with the purpose of driving a TED-like conference at the school.
Vicki Davis

Curriculum Exemplars | EngageNY - 7 views

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    Engage NH has some examples of lessons that they consider exemplars for English Language arts grades 6-12 and math grades 1,2,7, and high school. IF you're looking to see what this looks like in practice, here are some that you'll want to review.
Suzie Nestico

Teaching and Assessing Creativity - WeAreTeachers - 1 views

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    Useful rubrics for assessing creativity & innovation Catalina rubric on critical and creative thinking (as well as several other fantastic rubrics): http://www.cfsd16.org/public/_century/centMain.aspx   Metiri's creativity rubric http://akron4.metiri.wikispaces.net/Creativity+Rubrics   A great blog post on the subject by The Science Goddess, one of my favorite Twitter people to follow: http://blog.whatitslikeontheinside.com/2009/10/curiouser-and-curiouser.html   Good perspective from a career cluster perspective: http://www.careerclusters.org/resources/institutes/cci2006/pre-institute/Creativity-InnovationFinal....  
Vicki Davis

NSEW collection - Resources - TES - 3 views

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    Some great lessons to use for science and Engineering week (in the UK but why not bring it over the pond) March 9-18th. If you are promoting STEM here are some fun lessons including the squashed tomato challenge.
Vicki Davis

5 Tips to Better Connect with Your Students - 10 views

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    You can connect with your students. Here are five ways I strive to do this in my own classroom. (In a piece I wrote for the Atlantic.com) 95% of what you accomplish is because of your habits. What are the habits in the classroom that will help you reach more students?
Vicki Davis

Hackasaurus - 10 views

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    Mess around with web pages. This is from David Warlick's post on Educon that I posted as part of the daily news. You're not REALLY changing the page but changing it locally on your machine, but is is still a lot of fun. There are also links to using this site to teach how to make websites.
Vicki Davis

TES collection Chinese New Year - Resources - TES - 3 views

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    Chinese New Year Collection with many different lessons at all age levels along with downloadables to use. If you are expecting your students to have global literacy, you cannot afford to ignore China. This is a fun time to teach about it - kids love dragons and fireworks!
Vicki Davis

Lesson Plans - ReadWriteThink - 3 views

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    Language arts teachers of all ages will love the free lesson plans on this website. They are standards based and organized by grade level.
Vicki Davis

Lesson plans for teachers - 15 views

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    Free lesson plans that you can filter by age and how many class periods that you have teach as well as the topics. This is by Microsoft so it is using Microsoft projects. This is perfect for those of you who want cool lessons but are restricted from using a lot of the web 2 tools.
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