Hello, fellow educators and lifelong learners! I'm Vicki Davis, classroom teacher, mom, and author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and host of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast.
My journey in education, beginning in 2002, has led to some pretty amazing acknowledgments like top education influencer awards and a feature in USA Today, but the award closest to my heart is being named STAR Teacher at my school and district this year.
Over the years, this blog has grown into a vibrant community of over 6000 posts, and I’m the excited host of the 10 Minute Teacher podcast, recognized as a top podcast in education. Each post and episode is a fresh chapter in our shared adventure in education and technology. I've also written some books.
You might wonder about the ‘Cool Cat’ part. Well, my trusty sidekick Cheeto (yes, a very opinionated feline) insists she's the inspiration. (Never mind that she didn’t exist in 2005 when this blog started. 🐱)
When the school bell rings, you'll find me in my 22nd year of teaching, juggling roles as an IT Director, Computer Science, and Digital Tech teacher, and even guiding my students on exciting digital film projects. My classroom is more than just a space; it’s a dynamic, fun learning community that extends beyond school walls, as we share and engage with the world.
My home team includes my husband, three unique children, two of whom learn differently (never say the word “disability” around me. Every child can learn, they just learn differently), two dogs, and yes – Cheeto!
The varied educational journeys of my children ignite my drive to inspire every learner, celebrating their individuality. That's what I do here – I celebrate Cool Classrooms, explore Cool Apps and Technology, and share Cool Teaching Tips.
Now, when I'm not immersed in a film project, assisting teachers, or fending off gnats in my hometown of Camilla, Georgia, I love to spread my wings. Over the years, I've conducted over 100 workshops, keynotes, and spotlight sessions globally, often with my students in tow! My passport boasts stamps from the chilly reaches of Moscow to the bustling streets of Beijing, the sunny sands of Dubai, and busy streets of Mumbai.
Recently, I’ve been speaking about the necessity of using AI wisely in the classroom, as a tool to empower our students for their future while maintaining a strong ethical stance.
Navigating this blog is as easy as the sigh of relief when that last bell rings. You can use the search box or the menu bars. Can't find what you're after? Just tweet or email me.
So, whether you’re here for a chuckle, a new strategy, or to share, know that you’re in good company. Let’s continue to innovate in education together because we are the ones making every classroom a cool one! And to you, the remarkable teachers reading this, you know the daily struggles and victories we face. We're on this incredible journey together.
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 also hosted Every Classroom Matters for three years with BAM Radio and won the BAMMY for Best Talk Show Host in Education. You can access the archives of the 301 episodes of the show here.
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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