What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

10MT #22 | An Interview with Librarian Chad Lehman

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Guess what? Great maker spaces often have arts and crafts too! Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.) Maker spaces are great places for kids to explore and learn, so take a trip inside the new library — one with a Maker space.

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Today we’re continuing our drawing for a Kids Deserve It! Book, bracelet and sticker! Thanks Todd Nesloney!

All you need to do is head over to leave a review on iTunes and just include your Twitter or Instagram handle so we can enter you in the drawing. See Todd’s show for guidelines.

In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

So much making and building is going on in Chad Lehman’s library, that they are converting an adjacent computer lab into the maker space. All this activity has created some challenges, but Chad sees these as great challenges. The library is popular again!

  • The technologies Chad has in his maker space
  • The arts and materials he also has on hand
  • How Chad introduces students to the space
  • The biggest challenge Chad has with setting up the maker space
  • What Chad is doing next to solve his maker space problems
  • How a maker space changes learning in the school library.

I hope you enjoy this episode with Chad!

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Chad Lehman @imcguy

I am happy to be a middle school library media specialist. The move to middle school comes after almost fifteen years in elementary education as a third grade teacher and as an elementary library media specialist. I also spent about three years working for Discovery Education as the Community Manager for the Discovery Educator Network, affectionately known as The DEN. When I’m not at working, I’m probably online, playing or watching sports, riding my Harley, or spending time with my family.

These students are programming Ollie robots.

Students are programming, creating and inventing in the maker space.

Students are programming, creating and inventing.

Keva plank challenges are a popular happening n Chad Lehman's library maker space.

Keva plank challenges are a popular happening nowadays.

The student is programming a video game in the maker space using Bloxels.

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How to Triumph Amidst the Struggle to Teach #mondaymotivation

10MT #21 | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Todd Nesloney

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To be remarkable teachers, we must learn to rise above our problems and bring our best self to the kids. Have you ever struggled to get out of the car to walk into school on Mondays? I have. As for me, I needed this Monday morning pep talk from Todd Nesloney, author of the book Kids Deserve It!.

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Todd is giving away a Kids Deserve It! Book, bracelet and sticker! Thanks Todd!

All you need to do is head over to leave a review on iTunes and just include your Twitter or Instagram handle so we can reach you. 

Teaching is important. It is awesome. But teaching is hard. (If you teach, you don’t need me to tell you. You live the struggle.)
 
In today’s show Todd and I discuss:
  • Leaving your stress in the car when you head into school
  • Getting parents excited to receive your phone calls
  • Unleashing student intrinsic motivation
  • How to deal with failure
  • The biggest mistake educators often make when trying to reach struggling kids

I hope you enjoy this episode with Todd.

Need some more Monday Morning Motivation? Check out last week’s show with Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a Pirate.
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Todd Nesloney @TechNinjaTodd is the Elementary Principal at Webb Elementary in Navasota, Texas. He is a White House Champion of Change and the Bammy Award Recipient for Elementary Teacher and Elementary Principal of the year. He is also the co-author of the best-selling book Kids Deserve It!

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5 Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez

10MT | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Jennifer Gonzalez

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Technology moves so quickly! Do you know what to try next? Well, today’s guest and edtech expert Jennifer Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy  gives us some amazing tools to try for Five Idea Friday.

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The Teacher’s Guide to Technology for 2017 is here. Jennifer Gonzalez has done it again with this useful book I’m recommending as part of today’s show. This link is an affiliate link.

In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • Jennifer’s five tools she recommends teachers try
  • How teachers can prevent being overwhelmed

I hope you enjoy this episode with Jennifer!

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Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy is a National Board Certified teacher with over 10 years of classroom experience in middle school language arts and teacher preparation at the college level. She is the creator of Cult of Pedagogy, where she now works full-time helping teachers perfect their craft.


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Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices #DLDay

10MT | #19: 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Researcher Laura Pasquini

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Leaders don’t play king of the hill, they make a bigger hill. Today is Digital Learning Day. This is a day for leaders and learners to level up digital learning. For no organization, group, or community can survive on status quo. As humans, we all lead for a season. And everything we do is either growing or rotting. Decaying or reinvigorating. These truisms are valid for the flowers and the fruit trees and also for the fragrant pollination of ideas happening at the digital water coolers satiating the learning thirst of digital scholars tap tap tapping at keys and pressing send on their smartphones.

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  • The impact of “watercooler” pd online
  • Best practices for hashtag maintenance and open learning
  • The lessons learned from effective social media PD

This story is intriguing because so many still define PD the same old way. If we can upgrade our knowledge based on current research, we can not only create better professional development opportunities for teachers, but we can become better online participants.

There is no doubt that community organizing has moved online in the education world. Many amazing people chat, catalog and archive, and maintain thriving social media “water coolers” from around the web.

I hope you enjoy this episode with Laura!

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Want to hear more about digital learning? Listen to Billy Krakower talk about using Twitter for professional development and how to join social media chats.

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Get out there and break up your status quo. If you’re a digital leader, ask yourself:

  • How are we archiving resources?
  • How are we nurturing new leadership and longevity?
  • Are we welcoming to beginners?

For Thought Leader Thursday today, social media researcher Laura Pasquini explains three defining aspects of effective social media powered professional development. In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  1. The impact of “watercooler” pd online
  2. Best practices for hashtag maintenance and open learning
  3. The lessons learned from effective social media PD
This story is intriguing because so many still define PD the same old way. If we can upgrade our knowledge based on current research, we can not only create better professional development opportunities for teachers, but we can become better online participants. There is no doubt that community organizing has moved online in the education world. Many amazing people chat, catalog and archive, and maintain thriving social media “water coolers” from around the web.
I hope you enjoy this episode with Laura!

Leave a review on iTunes.

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Laura Pasquini

Laura A. Pasquini @laurapasquini is the Department of Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX and a Researcher with The Digital Learning and Social Media Research Group at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Her practioner-scholar work examines digital and open practices, specifically how social technologies impact and influence professional organizations, professional learning/development, and networked communities of practice.

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The Lemonade War that Motivated a Whole School to Read

10MT | #18 A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Principal Ryan Kaczmark

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When I called Principal Ryan Kaczmark @rkaczmark, he bubbled over with excitement from the Lemonade Wars experience. This elementary school-wide reading project is a sizzling combination of reading, parent relations, community service, school spirit, communications, and social media savvy.

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We were going to talk about technology or school design or something else. But I’m happy that he talked about the Lemonade Wars and raising money for Mike’s Lemonade stand to help childhood cancer and everything that had just happened. I had to let him tell his story.

So, today’s Wonderful Wednesday with Ryan Kaczmark sounds more like a phone call between an excited educator (Ryan) and a curious one (me) than a “show.” But that’s OK.

The 10-Minute Teacher is a journey into what’s happening in schools now and you get a cool project for today’s show.

Today, Ryan shares:

  • The story of a literacy project turned community service
  • The joy of learning and helping others
  • How he used social media to spur on excitement
  • The power of having a fantastic team of teachers on your staff
  • The positive community response you get when you use social media for good.

Enjoy today’s show with Ryan!

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Want to hear another inspiring literacy story? Listen to Jennifer Serravallo talk about 5 Ideas for teaching writing in the classroom.

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Ryan Kaczmark

The principal of Mercersburg and Montgomery Elementary school in the Tuscarora School District. Father of Alex (9) and Macie (4). Wife Courtney, who is currently a 3-5 Stem teacher. I am a former special education teacher and middle school math teacher.


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What is the Aroma of Your Life?

Living a life well lived

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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What is the aroma of your life?

This morning I was getting ready to hop in the shower. I had my cup of coffee on the bathroom counter and accidentally hit it! Coffee went everywhere. After washing hairbrushes and bottles and hairspray and everything, the coffee was gone. The bathroom smells very much like coffee, though. It led me to this thought,

“If my life had a smell, what would it be?”

Would it be the fragrance of a life well lived? Of joyful thoughts? Of fragrant conversations? Of sweet smelling friendships?

Rotten

Because there are some people, who might smell like the trash. They wake up every morning and splash on some bitterness. To that, they add anger. And then on top of it, they toss a little resentment. And that, my friends, is perhaps an aromatic life, but not in a good way.

Some people wear the aroma of their life upon their face. As they walk, you see the anger. The pain. The hurt. And I’m not saying that some people’s lives aren’t hard. I’m also not making a statement of my life. We all have struggles. If you don’t think so, let me gently suggest that you look at little closer at other people’s lives before you think they have it easy. Each person is fighting a battle as Tim Hadley said on last weeks’ show.

The rotting refuse of a rotten attitude can happen to us all. Because I’ll admit, this time last year, my own attitude smelled more like garbage than flowers.

The Choice

The greatest most well-lived lives are those we examine. And when we’re too angry to confront ourselves and own up to the fact that while our circumstances are often not our choice — our ATTITUDE IS ONE OF THE ONLY CHOICES WE CAN MAKE— we’re missing out on life. If Viktor Frankl in a Nazi concentration camp can say,

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Then, I think, my friends, who are we to say that we cannot make a choice of our attitude as well?

So, let me ask you again,

“If your life had an aroma, what would it be?”

Would you be pleased? Would others inhale with a smile on their face? Or would they fan their face and go running?

I have a tray of perfume in my room. I’m about to go spray some on as the last thing I do before I head to school. I’m also about to decide to have a great attitude today.

For, no matter what is going on, my ability to teach is limited or enhanced by the smell of my life. And a great attitude is as pleasing as the sweetest perfume.

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#17: Microsoft One Note: Useful Tips and Tricks for the Classroom

10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Dr. Tom Grissom

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Let’s learn about One Note with Dr. Tom Grissom. But perhaps to understand why I’m a Microsoft One Note fan, I’d like to tell you a story from several months a go. This past fall, I ran into my former student, Miller, at an away football game. She had made the University of Georgia website as a top student and was just starting medical school.

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We are hosting a giveaway for three lucky reviewers of the show. Dave Burgess is giving away books to 3 (three) winners! The winners will pick from all 22 of the books from Dave Burgess consulting! See the list. Wow! Thanks, Dave.

All you need to enter is head over to leave a review on iTunes and just include your Twitter or Instagram handle so we can reach you. Full rules at the bottom.

As it goes when I connect with very dear students, we had a long talk about her life and future. She’s truly exceptional and was such a joy to teach. Then, she said,

“Do you know the most useful thing you ever taught me?”

I didn’t know and she said,

“One Note. I pulled in my professor’s slides and took notes. I could do so many useful things. It was the best thing you’ve ever taught me.”

So, I admit, I dusted off some old lessons and did a little more teaching with One Note this year. This jewel of a notetaking app is free on all platforms. It is also the subject of today’s Tech Tool Tuesday with Dr. Tom Grissom. Tom is using One Note with his higher ed students in all kinds of ways.

In today’s show, Tom shares:

  • An explanation of One Note
  • The collaborative features of One Note
  • How One Note relates to current cognitive theories of learning

I hope you enjoy today’s show with Tom!

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Want to hear another Tech Tool Tuesday? Listen to my favorite 31 tech tools from last Tuesday.

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Tom Grissom, Ph.D. is the Director of the Instructional Technology Center at Eastern Illinois University. The ITC is one of the premier teacher education resource centers in the State of Illinois serving the faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education & Professional Studies.

Dr. Grissom is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert (MIEE) and focuses on the strategic implementation of technologies to improve the teaching and learning process. His specialties include the use of OneNote notebooks and digital inking in the classroom and beyond.

Dr. Grissom oversees and produces a growing collection of online resources including the TechTalk4Teachers podcast (now in its tenth year), ITC Techshare YouTube Channel, a Docs.com Journal, and many OneNote notebook examples. You will find links to these and many other resources at:
http://eiu.edu/itc


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