George Lucas Educational Foundation

Vicki Davis

Director of Instructional Technology

Former full-time teacher and IT Integrator and current director of instructional technology at Sherwood Christian Academy, in Albany, Georgia, author of Cool Cat Teacher Blog; host of 10-Minute Teacher Podcast (Winner - BAMMY Awards 2014 - Best Education Talk Show Host); author of Reinventing Writing; co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds; Google Certified teacher; Discovery STAR Educator; speaker.

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Blog: http://www.coolcatteacher.com
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Posts

  • Technology Integration

    Essential Apps for the Physical and Digital Classroom

    Teacher-recommended tools for promoting collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and equity whether students are in school or at home.
  • Classroom Technology

    11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

    Guiding your students to get the most out of digital portfolios takes careful planning, and we have ideas to help you get started.
  • Classroom Technology

    11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

    Guiding your students to get the most out of digital portfolios takes careful planning, and we have ideas to help you get started.
  • Formative Assessment

    Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

    Checking for understanding is good for both students and teachers. We’ve rounded up a variety of digital tools to help you do it.
  • Digital Citizenship

    What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

    Ideas on how to guide students to the knowledge and experience they need to act responsibly online.
  • Coding in the Classroom

    15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

    With this collection of resources, you can teach your students to code—even if you’re still learning yourself.
  • New Teachers

    12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout

    A tired teacher is a powder keg waiting for a match. In my bouts with burnout, I've learned that stepping back from the brink is about choice. These 12 choices have helped me recover and be a better teacher for my students.
  • Education Trends

    True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

    Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you might think. When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and West Point cadets, she found: One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit.
  • Teaching Strategies

    8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year

    Give your students a year-end sendoff that celebrates their learning.
  • New Teachers

    3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

    Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis asks her students for professional development help, ending the year with in-class focus groups, a survey, and a call for anonymous notes that will guide her in improving her practice next year.
  • Technology Integration

    The Epic BYOD Toolbox

    We’ve collected dozens of apps and tools for your bring-your-own-device classroom, with options for student writing, presentations, screencasting, assessment, and more.
  • Education Trends

    A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

    Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis, in the first half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, positions it as a vital life skill and provides 12 positive examples of classroom use.
  • Professional Development

    8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD

    Among the top strategies for highly effective professional development are making it useful, making it relevant, and making sure that teachers start practicing it ASAP.
  • Maker Education

    9 Ways to Inspire Student Inventors

    A collection of ideas to consider as you work to fuel your students’ curiosity.
  • Apps

    12 Awesome Edtech Apps

    An edtech teaching toolkit should include reliable tools for your needs and circumstances. Whether that includes Kahoot!, Screencast-O-Matic, or Scratch, it's ultimately about your teacher-student relationship.

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