My Amazing Movie Poster: Free Project Plan to Teach Graphic Design

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Students can be filmmakers in this fun, engaging project that teaches graphic design, photography, the prototyping process and more. I’ve created the unit plan, lesson plan, and rubrics for this project-based learning experience that brings together the graphic design concepts I teach in my class. They are uploaded to Adobe Education Exchange and make a […]

Google Classroom Bootcamp Duo Demo: Student and Teacher Views

Alice Keeler and Vicki Davis demo both sides of Google Classroom

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As so many of us schools are having to move quickly to Google Classroom, Alice Keeler sat down with me recently to do what we’re calling a “duo demo.” She played the role of the teacher and I played the role of the student as we shared what various actions look like on both sides […]

How to Learn in an Online Classroom – Student Tutorial

For synchronous classrooms

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In addition to a learning management system (LMS), students need to know how to learn in an online synchronous classroom. Educators need to establish protocols and systems for this as well. This short video is made as a student tutorial and to help educators make decisions about how they will educate students on effective online […]

Teaching Science Online with Chris Anderson

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As schools are working to blend teaching or go completely online, what about science? Isn’t science supposed to be totally hands-on? In today’s session, we interview Chris Anderson, an instructional technology coach and the executive producer of Science Around Cincy, a web series that features the scientists and engineers in the Cincinnati area. He reflects […]

16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

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As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best. We have one more reason– when you already have an online space for your classroom, it is a smaller step […]

Coronavirus, Kobe Bryant and News Literacy with Darren Hudgins

Darren Hudgins talks about how to help kids sort through viral news stories

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As the Coronavirus spreads, so does the news about it. Some stories are accurate. Some stories are not. And some stories are full of half-truths. All designed to get people to read and for the clicks to come. Today’s guest, Darren Hudgins is co-author of Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking In The Age of […]

7 Tips for Making Great Student “Pitch” Videos

7 Tips for Making Great Student “Pitch” Videos

As I’ve recently blogged about several contests where students create “pitch” videos for learning, some teachers probably want some advice on creating such a “pitch” video. This blog post will give you several tips for making great student pitch videos. This blog post is sponsored by Discovery Education. The CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge is for […]

How Parents Can Help Kids with Math: 5 Tips that Work

Math teacher Jon Orr shares tips for parents

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Parents can encourage math success just like reading success. Parents can help kids with math! Today, Jon Orr helps parents through five things they can do to help their child become more successful at math. These can be applied from very young children to older students. Math is something everyone can do but we must […]

3 Free Ways Teachers and Students Can Collaborate Globally

Michael Drezek shares about Our Global Classroom and other ways we can collaborate (for free!)

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Connect your classroom! It can be done. Today Michael Drezek takes us into the “Our Global Classroom” Community and shares three of the many ways students are collaborating. Join in! Sponsor: Discovery Education Today’s podcast is sponsored by Discovery Education. They have two STEM challenges running now. The Stanley Black and Decker Making for Good […]

6 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills

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Communication can be challenging for many who feel invisible. In today’s show, Dr. William Lane offers encouragement for those who struggle to communicate. With six simple steps, he helps us understand how to empower those who struggle to communicate by starting small. I hope this show will help educators both empathize and encourage our students […]