RSS and Feedly: Stay Up to Date without the Hassle

Feedly helps you pull together many great sources of information around the web. RSS readers have been part of my curriculum for 10 years. It is time to learn to master this technique to make your life easier. In today’s tutorial video I’ll teach you how to set up Feedly (just the basics) and add 3 […]

RSS and Feedly

January 31: the First Student-Led Technology Conference is Here! Join in.

So what if we put students in charge of planning a global student technology conference? It is happening Saturday, January 31 as students from around the world connect and share about technology. Encourage your students to present, participate, and learn. I asked Eric Walters, the teacher of the students organizing this event to share. As […]

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Formative Assessment Toolbox (1)

When you test you should already know what they know. You should know if your students understand your content EVERY SINGLE DAY. Two weeks or two days is too long to wait to know what they know.

This isn’t just “one more thing” it is THE THING EVERY teacher should learn to do THIS YEAR. It isn’t hard. It is actually very easy. You can do this. Here’s my formative assessment guidebook. (Edutopia posted it on their site.)

Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, chat tools, Plickers, and mobile scanners are ways any teacher can use formative assessment. A class not using formative assessment is a class not reaching its potential.

I’m reminded of economist John Maynard Keynes. His work impacted economic theory in the 20th century. He asserted:

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from the old ones.”

Teaching for 2 weeks and then testing is not only an “old idea” – IT DOESN’T WORK!

Formative Assessment is Easy and Useful

Start Now by Reading: 5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools on Edutopia

I’d love to hear your stories. I’m looking for some teachers to interview on Every Classroom Matters on this topic.

Best of Cool Cat Teacher – Reflection on 2014

Look forward at this year but you should also look back to celebrate and appreciate! I’m so grateful for all of you who read the Cool Cat Teacher Blog. Most of these posts are written in the wee hours of the morning, when I come home tired or sometimes in the car (with Kip driving, […]

Top posts for the Cool Cat Teacher Blog in 2014

Copyright 101: A Simple Video Lesson in Licenses

Teaching about copyright, Creative Commons, and how to license your work can be a challenge. I’ve created a lesson to explain this simply. All of the videos I’m creating now on the Cool Cat Teacher TV YouTube channel now have essential questions with them. Feel free to use them with your students. Copyright 101: A Simple […]

Copyright 101 and Licenses

Advice About Young Children and Technology with Teacher Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson advocates using technology with primary students. She feels it is appropriate for short periods of screentime and with engaging activities even for young primary students. Add @MrsNelsonCWA to Your PLN @MrsNelsonCWA Technology in Early Childhood Karen Nelson – Show #82 – Generation C: When Very Young Children Are Connected to Technology Karen Nelson […]

Karen Nelson #82

15 Uses for the Swivl

The Swivl is a robotic recorder of your classroom, but it can also do many other things. The Swivl is one of the most simple devices, but it is also diverse in its uses. After learning the specs of the Swivl, and just having some fun with it, I finally learned how to effectively use the […]

15 uses for the Swivl video capture device.

Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength, I rely on Him twenty-four hours a day. (Location 101)

God allows the failure but He does not want the discouragement. (Loc 110)

Be kind to each other: It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness . (Loc 291)

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. (loc 231)

Let us conquer the world with our love. Let us interweave our lives with bonds of sacrifice and love, and it will be possible for us to conquer the world. (loc 264)

Never bother about people’s opinions. Be humble and you will never be disturbed. The Lord has willed me here where I am. He will offer a solution. (loc 301)

If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed, you won’t be discouraged; if anyone calls you a saint, you won’t put yourself on a pedestal. (loc 437)

“I have called you by your name,” Jesus said. “You are mine. You are precious in my sight. I love you.” (loc 1130)

Let us understand the tenderness of God’s love. For He speaks in the Scripture, “Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have carved you on the palm of my hand” (see Isaiah 49:15–16). When you feel lonely, when you feel unwanted, when you feel sick and forgotten, remember you are precious to Him. He loves you. (loc 247)

Mother Teresa
No Greater Love (New World Library; First Trade Paper Edition edition (October 4, 2010), 2010), Such a fantastic book by Mother Teresa. It reminds us of our service and our love of others. That we love others because we were first loved. We should humbly serve in our calling without need for recognition. We should show love in even the simplest of deed. For true greatness is often in simply serving without seeking attention.

Thank You Teacher for Your Presence

In the last nine years there have been 9,600 attacks against schools in 70 countries. “They are bombed, burned, shot, threatened and abducted precisely because of their connection to education,” said Diya Nijhowne, director of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack. There are those of you out there that bemoan the fact that […]

Thank you teachers for your presence