Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Vicki Davis and I've been teaching with technology since 2002. Wow! We've seen some changes since then, haven't we?
This website has over 5,000 blog posts and over 1000 podcast episodes (between the three podcasts over the years).
There's a lot on this site, so here are some tips!
- Use the search box at the top right or the podcast page to find just what you want.
- I've organized it by grade level and by what your job is in the school so use the menu bars at the top of the page.
- If you think something is missing or have a question, message me on Twitter or send an email via my contact page.
Some things I do…
During the day, I teach. I have since 2002. On my weekends I love spending time with my three grown adult children and husband, Kip, who has also produced the podcast for many years. Now, our youngest son, John, produces the show.
Over the years, my students have amazed me. I share my classroom experiences on this blog, speaking, and on the show. However, I also want to share the stories of every educator I can find. I love to share
- Cool Classrooms
- Cool Apps and Technology
- Cool Teaching Tips
Children who learn differently or struggle have my heart and I love to unleash their learning and excitement. (Never say the word disability around me. Every child is able to learn, some just learn differently.)
You can click on the things I do below to learn more.
This blog, the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, was originally named by my students in 2005. I created it so I could learn how to blog and teach them. It was incredible when people started reading my blog! Then, some nominated it for awards. What a blessing! From Edublog Top Teacher Blog awards to others, it has been a cool journey, for sure. I'll never forget that it has happened because teachers have found the site helpful and shared it with other teachers. That fills me with joy!
What a blessing to host two iTunes chart-topping education podcasts. Currently, I interview teachers and education thought leaders on the 10 Minute Teacher podcast.
Originally, the podcast was 5-days a week (the pandemic changed that a little). When it launched on February 1, 2017, it hit a top 10 spot in the K12 iTunes store within the week.
With over 760 episodes, many of the podcasts are used to teach teachers and help them create remarkable classrooms. The great thing about the show is the star of the show is not me — it is the amazing teachers everywhere who tell their stories — over 700 of them!
I have created or co-created more than 30 global collaborative projects, helping kids connect around the world. When the pandemic struck, the principles I learned in global collaboration helped my school not miss any days of instruction and move forward with learning.
My books Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds and Reinventing Writing share many of the best practices I still use today. Students need to be able to work independently but also need to collaborate and work together. The work I've done in this area was in Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat (version 3), Don Tapscott's Grown Up Digital, and Curt Bonk's The World is Open for this work.
With 166K followers (or so) on Twitter, Twitter has long been a way that I connect and build my PLN. I want to be helpful. Several times my @coolcatteacher account has been named a top edtech influencer account on Twitter. My goal is to be helpful.
During Fall of 2021, I co-authored a devotional book Stay in the Boat: 30 Days of Hope for Hard Times with some friendss. That was fun!
A great joy of mine through the years has been to take my students around the world to share and demonstrate how they use technology. My students have presented in Qatar, India, China, Hawaii, Dubai, and my home state of Georgia where they ran a conference for librarians. Over the years, they have presented online quite a bit. I'm always eager to help my students share what they are learning. They are the stars of the my classroom and I love them!
My husband Kip and I have had a marvelous journey since 1993 as we have raised three precious children. They are the reason I became a teacher. As they struggled to learn, I learned more about education technology and helping them learn.
We've been through some hard knocks with our own children but through experience, I can tell you that every child can learn and succeed. I refuse to believe test scores because I've seen my own children raise their percentiles over 30 points. Every child can learn and my experience with this has started at home at my own kitchen table. I love my children so much! Being a Mama is a calling on my life.
Over the years I've spoken and keynoted at over 100 conferences. See some of the topics. From Dubai to Mumbai, Moscow to Maine, Honolulu to Beijing — oh what fun it has been!
I teach about technology but also a model of innovation that works for everyone. My simple 3-step “innovate like a turtle” model is transformational and can help every teacher reach every child even when you don't have a huge budget or lots of expensive technology. Contact me about speaking.
I have been a judge for the $1million Global Teacher Prize since 2015, the year it was founded. Through this, I've gotten to interview and meet many of the top teachers in the world. What a thrill!
In an odd turn of events, my software tutorials are used by thousands on YouTube each month. The Cool Cat Teacher YouTube channel. You'll see lots of tutorials I make as well as a syndication of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast
My classrooms are special places. We use Computer Science to program, make apps, and crate things. We make 3D rollercoasters in VR. We create AR experiences. My student genius projects find them making original movies, music singles, video games, and more. It is so much fun to learn and innovate with my students!
Videos Through the Years
Over the years, Edutopia and other organizations have created videos about what happens in my classroom. Here are some of those videos.
My Top Posts
If you are new to my site, it might be helpful to start by reading some of the top posts that others have found helpful.
- 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn His Day Around
- Notetaking Skills for 21st Century Students
- 4 Writing Tips to Make Writing Easier
- 10 Stress Busting Secrets of Great Teachers
- 6 Ways to Motivate Teachers
- When Is it Time to Quit Teaching?
- Finding Your Beautiful Moment the last week of school
- What Do You Do When Someone Hates You?
- How to Use Padlet, a Fantastic Teaching Tool
- 100+ Great Google Classroom Resources
- Extensity: The Essential Chrome Extension Everyone Needs
- 15 Best Google Drive Add Ons
How To Guides…
If you're looking for something specific, use the sidebar on the top of my blog to search. It is faster.
Vicki is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director since 2002. She teaches or has taught Computer Science, Digital Filmmaking, Keyboarding, Computer Fundamentals, Accounting, and Computer Graphic Design.
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