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Monday, February 20, 2017

Dave Burgess Talks Student Engagement #MondayMotivation #tlap



From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Great teachers attract their students to today’s topic of learning like a 3-year old boy to a mud puddle. Hooking students into a lesson is part of our essential craft of teaching. In my opinion, this artisanal craft of “hooking in” or “engaging” our students into a topic is best captured in Dave Burgess’ best-selling book, Teach Like a Pirate.

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This book (called #tlap by those who follow its guidelines) is like an overstuffed tackle box for teachers full of useful tools, ideas, and tips for engaging kids and staging exciting experiences.

In today’s show, Dave and I discuss:

  • Some of the craziest things Dave has done to engage students
  • Why Dave decided he had to be different as a teacher
  • How Dave feels about leaving the classroom
  • What Dave would do differently if he was in the classroom now
  • A Monday Morning motivational “pep talk” for teachers that will REV YOU UP for your week of teaching
Dave is giving away books to 3 (three) lucky reviewers of this show! The winners will pick from all 22 of the books from Dave Burgess consulting! See the list below. Wow! Thanks, Dave.

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. 

I hope you enjoy this episode with Dave!

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Want to hear another author of one of Dave Burgess’ published books. Michael Matera talks about how to gamify your classroom in Explore Like a Pirate(One of the books you could win if you enter the contest today.)


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Full Bio


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Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE, co-author of P is for PIRATE, and the president of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. which delivers powerful, inspirational, and innovative books, keynotes, and professional development.

He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.  At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

Dave delivers the ultimate professional development experience for your teachers that is perfect for all circumstances from truly inspirational opening keynotes to full-day hands-on workshops.  It is a high-energy, interactive, and entertaining experience that will leave your staff unbelievably inspired, motivated, and with the practical skills to dramatically increase student engagement.

His presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. All techniques and methods are modeled and fully explained so as to leave no doubt about how to apply the methods in the real-world. Participants will leave with a tool-box full of dynamic presentational ideas that they can immediately use to improve their lessons.

As a teacher in San Diego, California, he was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He was voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

5 Simple Ways to Gamify Your Classroom



10MT | Jessica Gordon shares her tips on the 10-Minute Teacher Show

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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You can gamify your classroom. It isn’t hard. Sixth-grade teacher Jessica Gordon@1337teach gives us tips, ideas, and links for how to gamify our classrooms now. Game based learning can be simple and free.

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Jessica is giving her book away free to 10-MT Listeners for Random Act of Kindness day! Click the link to go download it on Kindle today! (US Story only, sorry international friends.)

Today’s FREEBIE! Today only, February 17, to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, Jessica is having her own random act of kindness to 10-MT listeners by giving away the Kindle version of her book free on the US Amazon Kindle store!”It’s a Teacher Thing! FAQ Guide and Reflective Journal for New Teachers” is currently available in eBook and paperback through Amazon Kindle. Visit  — and it is free today on Kindle in the US Amazon store! Enjoy and thank you, Jessica!

Jessica Gordon , 6th grade teacher from Missouri gives us simple tips to gamify our classrooms. Jessica Ratliff-Gordon is an elementary educator, author, and doctoral student at Northcentral University.  Currently, she serves as a sixth-grade geography teacher for the Poplar Bluff School District as well as a Project Manager for Hilton Publishing.

In today’s show, we’ll discuss:

  • 5 cool tools: Wheel Decide, Breakout Facebook groups, challenges, some awesome quizzing tools (see links below)
  • Simple tips on making any lesson more fun
  • The big mistake many educators make when working to gamify their classroom

I hope you enjoy this episode with Jessica !

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Want to hear another episode on game based learning? Listen to Michael Matera, teacher and author of Explore Like a Pirate, share ideas for using games in your classroom. See the full list of shows.


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Editor’s Note: See the 10MT Interview with Breakout EDU cofounder Adam Bellow for more on BreakoutEDU and Breakout Classrooms

DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT #15 Jessica Gordon and Adding Games to Your Classroom

This post is being added to the more than 100 resources in my Epic Guide to Game Based Learning. You might also be interested in a tool I use to quickly create games that I blogged about yesterday

Full Bio


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Jessica Ratliff-Gordon is an elementary educator, author, and doctoral student at Northcentral University. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she first began her teaching career at Buder Elementary within the St. Louis Public School District. Currently, she serves as a sixth-grade geography teacher for the Poplar Bluff School District as well as a Project Manager for Hilton Publishing. For more information about the author and her current publications follow her on Twitter @1337teach, Goodreads, or search for seller “1337 Teacher” on Teachers Pay Teachers.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Game Based Learning: Make Fast Teaching Games with SMART lab



Sponsored Post by SMART Learning Suite

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Formative assessment and game based learning make a powerful combination in the classroom. I love SMART lab, a new feature of the SMART Learning Suite. Recently, when they sponsored several of my 10-Minute Teacher episodes, I tested SMART Notebook.

While testing their software as part of the vetting process, I fell in love with SMART lab. So, here’s a tutorial. Set up a free trial and try it yourself.

In this article, you’ll learn how to use SMART lab to build fast games and lessons.  We’ll also look at how using this tool changes the lesson planning workflow. For example, for me, the SMART Notebook makes it easier to present student games, formative assessment, and contentin a smooth, seamless way.

Tutorial: How to Make a Fast Game Based Learning Lesson with SMART lab

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My Typical Workflow for Teacher-Guided Discussions

Typically, when I have content and am going to teach it directly in the classroom, my workflow goes like this:

  1. Create an open-ended response activity
  2. Make the slides
  3. Make the formative assessment games and activities
  4. When I’m presenting, switch back and forth.

Admittedly, I do teacher-guided lessons far less than I used to — maybe 30 minutes a week per class. However, when I do, I want my lessons to be fun, exciting and promote cooperative learning. So, game based learning is a big part of most lessons. I also know formative assessment works and use it heavily.

What are SMART lab and SMART Learning Suite?

So, for those of you who are curious — SMART Learning Suite is the software that comes with SMART Boards. However, you don’t need a SMART Board to use their software. (I didn’t know that or I would have been using it already.)

A screenshot creating questions for Monster quiz in SMART lab a gbl game based learning tool for the classroom.

This is an example of how you enter questions quickly into SMART lab. Once you have your question bank entered, you can quickly pull the questions into a variety of fun, fast games for the classroom. (See the video tutorial for how I did it.)

Learn more about Smart Learning Suite

 I was very excited when I learned the SMART software could be used on my board for one big reason — Smart Exchange. I remember many years ago looking at all the resources and wishing I could get a SMART Board just for the software.

SMART lab Overview

The SMART lab feature is my favorite part of the SMART Learning Suite. Think Kahoot but with lots more options. My students like that the questions appear on their screens. I like that I can enter the questions in a bank (as I demonstrate in the video above) and make many different games off of one set of questions. That way, I can mix it up.

Ok, so I have already shared my workflow.

Not surprisingly, my big problem was just getting confused. I’d have PowerPoint or Keynote open. I’d have multiple Kahoot quizzes to open. I’d also have a Socrative ready to go. I didn’t have a flow. I’d get confused. The students would have to go into several things. It wasn’t a method I could really recommend to other teachers.

Now, my presentations flow.

Monster Quiz is part of SMART lab a gbl game based learning tool I use in my classroom

Ninety-five percent of my students prefer monster quiz to Kahoot as the questions show on the mobile devices. There are other games that do not require individual devices. This is just their favorite.

My Workflow Now with SMART Notebook

So, this workflow is much easier in the SMART Notebook:

  1. I create my presentation and embed my games in SmartNotebook.
  2. I start the notebook and launch into full screen and we’re ready to go.

The only tip — because I use the activities in multiple classes — is to end the activity and remove the students before the next class arrives. Now that I know how to do this, it takes less than a minute to set up between classes.

Most of the games can be played as a class from the board or projector.

My Favorite Game

The overwhelming class favorite is the Monster Quiz game. (see video) My students like seeing the questions on their own phone. I had them vote and compare and in each of the two classes. I had 95% of the students prefer the monster quiz game to Kahoot.

Monster quiz has every student use a device and is much like Kahoot but with one big difference — the questions are randomly shown on each student’s screen. Each student has their own quiz. Furthermore, if they miss the questions, they are presented the question again.

The program makes setting up teams a snap. I feed the points into our other game-based learning activity so their avatars can level up in Classcraft.

I timed it, it takes me less than 5 minutes to put in a quick 8-question game to play. It takes us about 4 or 5 minutes to play it, making this a fast formative assessment tool. I also like that I can go from activity to activity with a quick click like from one slide to another. I don’t have the long process of stopping a game in Kahoot, finding the next one and starting it again.

How SMART lab works with my students?

So, last Friday I had presented some material to my ninth graders on programming concepts. On Monday, we played a review game about programming concepts. Then, we reviewed and discussed. To finish, I ran the game again with different teams. The students recalled the concepts and I found them using the terminology in class.

So, then I tackled my very big project — SAT review. I’ve got SAT slides and review games scattered everywhere, so I’m using SMART Notebook to bring it all together in one place.

I’ve created a quick tutorial video (above) to show how to find and add things to the SMART Notebook. There are lots of learning objects in the gallery. From graph paper to graphics, pretty much everything a teacher would want is in the software. At first, I just browsed, but then, I started searching in the box for what I wanted to add.

Second, you have the option of going to SMART Exchange and finding things other teachers have made. There are ways you can import and export and share with just other teachers at your school but SMART Exchange has lots of features in it.

There is a new Math Equation editor that I’m using for the math review portion of the SAT.  Also, you can insert objects and items from Geogebra.

I also found a robust library of material for grammar review.

A tip for multiple classrooms

I did find out that I need to make sure that click “end activity” before I open the next activity. Also, keeping a separate notebook for the different classes is best.

I think SMART Learning Suite is a much better way to have games, content, and my presentations put together. I highly recommend that you download the trial and play Monster game for yourself. See what game based learning can do for your classroom.

 

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The Heartwarming Story Behind the Viral Video and Principal Tim Hadley’s Stand Against Bullying



10MT Episode #14 A Positive Way to Stand Against Bullying

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Bullying is so hard to handle. Often it is difficult to know what to do. Is it true? Was the student who is upset just overly sensitive? And then, those who do the bullying are often in the majority and “close ranks” so it can be almost impossible to get at the behavior. That is why Principal Tim Hadley’s (@MrHadleyHistory) stand against bullying by shaving his head is so remarkable. His unique solution changed the conversation at his school, showing us that we educators really do have an opportunity to change the conversation.

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Whether we realize it or not, the toughest situations are the canvas upon which we can paint the most vivid positive memories of how to live life. Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, let’s  think about how we can use unconventional responses to the most difficult problems we face at school.

Tim Hadley is the principal at Pekin CSD Middle School in Packwood, Iowa. When a little boy, Jackston, came to school with a bald head in support of his grandfather with cancer and was picked on, Mr. Hadley’s unconventional solution has gone viral, and rightly so. Our ACTIONS often have more power than our WORDS.  This is one of those episodes you’ll want to share just because it hits at the heart of who we are as educators.

We have thousands of examples of how NOT to handle bullying. Well, today, here’s a masterful example of what TO do.

In this episode we cover…

  • What happened when Tim got a call at home from a parent about bullying
  • The creative way Tim decided to solve the problem
  • The positive response from the student and parent
  • How students are sorry for behavior and positive conversations have started
  • Tim’s thoughts on handling bullying and what really works

I hope you enjoy this episode with Tim!

If you like the show, would you leave a review on iTunes?

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Want to hear another inspiring story? Listen to Jim Forde’s recording of “You’re the Teacher” and the inspiring message for teachers he shares with it.


 

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I found the raw, unedited video so you can see exactly what happened. There are other “polished” versions on Inside Edition, etc. but I wanted you to see it as it was. Just watch the beginning until the head shaving. I just think that the speech he gives about supporting one another and being a family is one every school should have and aspire to have.

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Tim Hadley

Tim Hadley is the current junior high and high school principal at Pekin Community Schools in Packwood, Iowa. Mr. Hadley has a passion for motivating all students to achieve the best they are capable of in all areas of life and education. He and his wife, Bethany, a Math teacher, reside in Ollie, Iowa with their two children.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

3 Fast, Free Lesson Plans to Fight Fake News



Example Fake News Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans and Bellringers

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The fake news epidemic is disturbing. How do we fight it? Well, we can take a hint from how the medical community fights the flu or any other virus. We inoculate ourselves. In this post, I’ll teach you how I teach about fake news.

This blog post is part of the CM Rubin World Global Search for Education which poses a question each month to leading educators for reflection and sharing. This month’s question is “how do we fight the fake news epidemic?”

Just as the flu shot exposes a person to enough of the dead “harmless” virus to cause immunity, we can also expose students to things that have already been verified or shown to be fake. By exposing our students to things that look very real, we can help them notice and understand that many things that look real, are lies. We can also help them understand why shady companies and organizations actually benefit from fake news (like a movie coming out this month in one of these examples.)

How does a “fake news” lesson flow?

First, you ask students to research to see if something is true or not. Second, ask students to recommend what a person should do about the information. These mini-lessons can take from 8-15 minutes and so, they are perfect for short, beginning of class “bellringers.”

When students come to class, they get a copy of the bellringer and have a timer (usually 4-5 minutes — there should be some time pressure) set for them to give their recommendations.

I’m including screenshots in this post, but if you fill out the form at the bottom, I’ll email you the PDF copy of these three lesson plans.

Example #1: Breaking News Bellringer

In this case, we share a tweet and some “news sources.” When selecting topics, I like them to be recent enough as to feel real to students and also so that Google search results aren’t “full” of the answer.

teach about fake news using this bellringer with a fake news article

 

TIP: After students examine and discuss their answers, I’ll often give them a “clue” if they aren’t close and have them go back and look again. I like them to find pieces of the answer before unveiling the answer slide on the board.

Breaking News Bellringer Answer

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I like this example because it hits on several current topics:

  • Fake news websites often use similar names to existing news outlets “Houston Leader” (fake news) instead of “The Leader” (a real newspaper in Houston.)
  • This example also has some motivation behind it and an emerging scandal that an emerging Fox movie “A Cure for Wellness” is now linked from the original news stories which have been taken down. This sort of redirect happens all the time. The website gets lots of links and then has the original content replaced with something new and totally unrelated. Redirects are why you should always click before resharing.
  • Finally, point out to your students that many times when something is fake and just comes out, that Snopes may not have the answer. Fake news outlets are good at what they do. Click-baiting is a billion dollar business. So, the best way to figure this out is by determining that these fake news sources are truly false. Learn to find out the legitimate newspapers for cities. The Sacramento newspaper is the “Sacramento Bee, ” and you can’t find anything about the Sacramento Dispatch. If it were legitimate, you’d see a lot more about it.
See how using examples demonstrates to students how fake news works. No lecture in the world can teach like this sort of virus killing fake-news inoculation method. Onto the next one! 

Example #2 Viral Video News Story

This example has a video released just a week ago that has gone viral. Now, don’t go sharing this yet. Wait until you verify the source.

teach about fake news using this bellringer with a fake news video

The Video

So you can play this video in my blog post, here it is. Again, DO NOT SHARE before you research this one!!

Viral News Video Story Answer

Again, give students just 3-4 minutes to find their answer. (I like shortening the time for each of these until students have to make a call within a minute because that is how quickly they have to make this sort of snap judgment in real life.) Don’t “give” them the answer but if they are not on the right track, give them clues before revealing the answer. If you’re not careful, some students will share videos like this via social media if you don’t warn them to do research.

teach about fake news using this bellringer with a fake news video answer

Bellringer #3: To Share or Not To Share

This post has gone around dozens of times; I have to include this reshare Facebook example.

teach about fake news using this bellringer with a fake Facebook post

This example is a difficult one. Also, note that I give this information to students so they have to type it into a search engine.

While you could post these online, somehow having students have to type in the information helps them understand how they research. For example, if this text above was posted, most students will copy all of it and paste into Google. It is easy to mix up the spacing and a few words so that such a search won’t turn up and students mistakenly think they are in the clear.

Again, let them discuss and give them hints before unveiling the final answer. 

To Share or Not To Share Answer

teach about fake news using this bellringer with a fake Facebook news article

In Summary

Once I’ve done these with students, I often mix in true things (that sound a bit crazy just to make it interesting.) I also have students make their bellringers to share with the class. Notice how I include sources of information at the bottom to know where the information was retrieved.

I hope these examples inspire and help you to fight fake news in a way that works. The biggest mistakes many educators make:

  • the “fake news” lessons are lecture based (doesn’t work)
  • the “fake news” lessons use irrelevant examples that are easy to detect as fake
  • the “fake news” lessons use old stories that have so many search results that it doesn’t represent the real world. They’re just easy to spot that they are fake. You want more challenging, current topics. If it was on the news last night, those are the best! I’ll often type one of these up and do it the next day!
  • they DON’T TEACH IT AT ALL!!!

So, I’ve given you three examples for use in your classroom tomorrow. So, get out there and FIGHT FAKE NEWS!

 

 

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Tackling Behavior Problems by Acting out Negative Stereotypes



10MT Episode #13 Interview with Todd Clinton about the "School Perfect" Project

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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How do you reduce problem behaviors? Could it be as simple as acting out negative behaviors? At first glance, the School Perfect project — where students act out inappropriate stereotypes — may be counterintuitive, however, sometimes kids need to know what NOT to do. Today, we’re focusing on two things: a project that is reducing negative behaviors and a story of how one teacher started on his journey of innovation.

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The teacher who has started School Perfect, Todd Clinton @motivatedthe, is a special education teacher in a middle school. He works with students with behavioral disabilities, typically autism, ADHD, and EMD. He was previously a banker, before deciding to pursue his passion of working with kids. He is a proud dad to one and loves teachers so much he married one.

Topics include:

  • Todd Clinton’s “School Perfect” YouTube project
  • How this project is reducing negative behaviors in his school
  • How we can use negative and positive modeling to improve classroom behavior
  • His story of innovation and how he’s grown through the fear and push to innovate

I hope you enjoy this episode with Todd!

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Want to hear about another way to engage students besides filmmaking? Listen to the podcast episode with Adam Bellow as he discusses breakout edu boxes and how they work.

Selected Links from this Episode


  • School Perfect YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZbPpT3j9qBOuI-5ofaPEvA/videos 
    • These students are beginning a journey. They are openly talking about things that are not helpful for learning and starting to understand how to make film. It is interesting to see their progress as you look at their films as they improve. I also wonder about the discussions they are having behind the scenes about appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
    • Also, for those of you who may not like the topics discussed, these are real issues for teenagers and things that we classroom teachers often have to handle. If you think some of them are immature, it is because they are. These are kids and they’re not grown up yet!
  • Todd Clinton’s Blog: http://ift.tt/2kJfNlS
  • Dude Perfect https://www.youtube.com/user/corycotton
  • iMovie http://ift.tt/2fx79Ir
  • Innovate Like a Turtle – http://ift.tt/2ksFZBN

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Full Bio


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I am a special education teacher, in a middle school. I work with students with behavioral disabilities, typically autism, ADHD and EMD. I was previously a banker, before deciding to pursue my passion of working with kids. I am a proud dad to one and I love teachers so much I married one.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech



A special Valentine's Day Episode of 10MT with Links to Tools and Tech I Use

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Do you want to know my productivity tips and tricks? How about what I use for digital film class? The technology I use in my classroom everyday? Well, Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m showing love to my dear teacher friends by just sharing all the tools and tips that have me excited right now. I’ve included links below for you.

Powerschool Learning is today’s sponsor. They are the Learning Management System (LMS) I use. Check them out

Topics include:

  • Tools I use in my classroom every day
  • The productivity tips and tricks I use to stay focused
  • The tools I use to communicate
  • My favorite health apps
  • What I use for 3D printing

Leave a review on iTunes to enter today’s contest for the Makerbot Replicator Mini+. Today is the last day! See below for contest rules.

I hope you enjoy today’s episode!

10-Minute Teacher Show Stitcher

Want to learn more about cool tools? Check out Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen’s show on iPad apps for elementary classrooms.


DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT 10MT #12 31 Favorite Tools I’m Using Right Now

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Some of the links below are affiliate links.

Digital Film Equipment

  • DJI Phone Camera Gimbal from OSMO Mobile http://amzn.to/2lbGQJD – the price has dropped from $399 to $299 from when I bought it so the price I stated in the podcast is actually lower now – a handheld “tripod” for smartphones
  • Acuvar DSLR camera backpack – http://amzn.to/2kZXQjY
  • Mophie Powerstation XXL http://amzn.to/2l06q2i
  • Olloclip Core Lens set for iPhone 7 http://amzn.to/2lbGNxF – be careful when you hook this on or you can crack the phone. You can’t have on a case when you use this attachment but it makes an iphone’s quality even better.
  • iKross Tripod with adapters for smartphones, tablets, GoPro, and DSLR Camera – http://amzn.to/2kL2svN
  • Kindle 6″ black and white – http://amzn.to/2l7y1Bf

Productivity Tools

Communications

Health

Cool Classroom Tools

 


Contests included in this show

  • MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Giveaway Contest Rules
    • Manner of selection of winners: All classroom teachers with a valid Twitter or Instagram handle who leave a review on iTunes for the 10-Minute Teacher show will have their handles put into a random drawing to determine the winner. Those who leave a review between 2/1/2017 and 2/3/2017 will have two entries for each review. The winner will be required to verify that they are a classroom teacher and that the MakerBot Mini+Replicator will be used in the classroom. Or, if the winner is not a classroom teacher, we must verify with an appropriately designated principal or administrator of the location in a classroom where the device will be placed. Winning another prize during the contest period from the 10 Minute Teacher Show does not exclude the winner from winning this prize. All reviews of the show are eligible for entry.
    • Geographic Area and Eligibility: Due to shipping costs, this contest covers the United States and Canada. Classroom teachers or those in schools who will place the device in a classroom for student use are eligible to apply.
    • Dates: February 1, 2017 – February 14, 2017 at midnight EST.
    • How Prizes Will Be Awarded: All names of people who leave reviews will be put into a random drawing by the prize administrator.
    • Determination of date of winner: February 15, 2017 the name will be drawn and the winner notified and verified to be a classroom teacher or to place the device in a classroom. If the winner does not meet qualifications, another winner will be selected.
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