Dedra Downing

85 Flips | 21 Magazines | @DedraDowning | Keep up with Dedra Downing on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Dedra Downing”

10 Wordless Videos that Teach Problem Solving

Piper Short Movie — A baby bird finds a way to survive a big wave.<p>Ormie the Pig — A pig attempts to get a jar of cookies off of the top of the fridge.<p>…

Safari

SlideShot + Webcam Record: Reflect on Thinking - Teacher Tech

Students start by clicking on the SlideShot Chrome extension to start the screenshot process.<p>Students make a copy of the puzzle by going to …

Should emotions be taught in schools?

<i>stocksy</i><p>Our unresolved, unacknowledged feelings can lead us into anxiety, arguments and worse. Some educators believe it’s time to give our kids …

1000STEMWomen

ICLE | Digital Leadership

Digital Leadership & Learning<p>We know that it takes more than just devices to ensure the success of a digital initiative. Educators require the</b> …

4 Fake Sites to Teach Students Website Evaluation

As adults we (hopefully) know that not everything online is true. For our students though, this is a concept they need to learn.<p>Students can use …

Google Search

114 Tips to Create a STEAM Makerspace

Do you ever wonder what you should include in a STEAM makerspace? Maybe you've received some grant funding, or maybe you have a great PTA who is …

Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff

Flippity<br>Flashcards<p>Easily turn a Google spreadsheet into a set of<br>online flashcards.<p>Flippity<br>Quiz Show<p>Easily turn a Google spreadsheet into a<br>trivia game …

Cool Stuff

Making Posters with Google Drawings

As mentioned in earlier blog posts, Google has loads of awesome tools, but one thing that seems to be missing is a dedicated <b>desktop publishing app</b> to …

Three Ways to Use Virtual Science Notebooks in the Early Grades

This is the first year that I’ve been using virtual notebooks in my classroom. At first, I was a bit nervous about trying this with six-year-olds, …

KQED

“Why can’t I use this picture?” This is a question my students often ask whenever they are looking for images on the Internet for projects they …

Education Technology

Hidden Picture Activity

Create a picture by typing single digit numbers in the cells. Use the key provided to determine which colors you want to use in your …

Updated: 17 Ways to Infuse #FlipGridFever into Your Classroom

<b>FlipGrid in the Classroom</b><p>Have you caught #FlipGridFever yet? If not, its time you did! There are so many levels of student thinking it can uncover. …

Teaching

7 Ways to Use Google Hangouts in the Classroom

Using Google Hangouts in the classroom is a great way to connect and collaborate. It’s also a powerful tool for making connections, working …

Models and Equations in Google Sheets

I am a big believer in using visuals, manipulatives, and technology to learn about math. Students need multiple approaches to learn about concepts, …

Collaborative Slides in Small Groups

Students of all ages need opportunities to work collaboratively with their peers. Through collaboration kids learn how to think, share, and work …

Titling Assignments for Littles

Those of us who work with Littles know that they are still learning how to identify letters and sounds, let alone how to read words. In Google …

Assessment of Mastery Does Not Have to be a Test - Teacher Tech

Assessing Mastery<p>Sometimes we can think that assessment and test are synonymous, they are not. There are lots of ways to assess that a student has …

It's Summer - Make a Word Search - Teacher Tech

Have Some Fun, Make a Word Search<p>As many of you know I am highly critical of busywork, low critical thinking, low learning activities for students. …

Mr Reed Teach

As a teacher, one of my favorite subjects is the Sciences. From astronomy to biology to physics to rocket sciences the awe and wonder of experiencing …

Stanford math professor dies at 40

Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematics' leading award, has died of cancer at the age …

Maryam Mirzakhani’s Pioneering Mathematical Legacy

The Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, who died on Friday, at the age of forty, was known to her colleagues as a virtuoso in the dynamics and geometry of complex surfaces—“science-fiction mathematics,” one admirer called it—and to her young daughter, Anahita, as something of an artist. At the …

Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

Now we turn to the benefits of helping students who find school difficult maintain a positive mindset as they persist in the sometimes hard work …

Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class

Evidence from brain science suggests that far from being “babyish,” the technique is essential for mathematical achievement.<p>A few weeks ago I (Jo Boaler) was working in my Stanford office when the silence of the room was interrupted by a phone call. A mother called me to report that her 5-year-old …

The Brain

A Tenacious Explorer of Abstract Surfaces

Maryam Mirzakhani’s monumental work draws deep connections between topology, geometry and dynamical systems.<p>As an 8-year-old, Maryam Mirzakhani used …

Mathematics

5 P’s for a Positive Digital Footprint Board Game

Empowering students to make positive decisions online is critical to their development. To support this I display the 5 P’s for a Positive Digital …

Guided Math Procedures

Guided math instruction (whole group instruction + small group instruction + math centers) is a super powerful way of reaching all of your students. …

Janice Robertson Google Docs Tip: Larger Audience - Teacher Tech

Janice Robertson Shares Some of Her Google Docs Tips<p>I can now have students in one of my classes provide feedback to students in another class JUST …

Google Docs