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What You Might Have Missed in November

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of November: How to Put Kindness in Your Classes. National STEM/STEAM Day Nov. Four Stages of Keyboarding Growth. 16 Sites, 3 Apps, 7 Projects for Thanksgiving. Should Coding be a Part of the Modern School’s Curriculum?

How Two School Districts Have Adapted to COVID-Era Realities

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In this opinion piece, Cognitive ToyBox Partnerships Manager Nikki Navta describes lessons her company has learned from the COVID experiences of two districts it's worked with closely. The post How Two School Districts Have Adapted to COVID-Era Realities appeared first on Market Brief.

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Students decide: PC or Mac

Ask a Tech Teacher

If your school’s digital devices extend beyond Chromebooks and iPads, here’s a good discussion about the strengths-weaknesses of Macs and Pcs, from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor: Students often decide between PCs and Macs.

Overcoming Engagement Hurdles with Remote Learners

A Principal's Reflections

In order to empower people at some level, you first need to engage them. It is nearly impossible to create a culture of learning if there are elements of boredom, inactivity, and lack of relevance. This is a lesson I learned most recently as a presenter and workshop facilitator.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Build Community and Improve Learning with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S educational system faces change and uncertainty. The roles of educators, students, and families have been recast and will continue to transform throughout this crisis. Still, there are central components of our educational system that will remain constant.

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How to minimize cheating in online assessments


Academic dishonesty is a touchy subject. From college admission scandals to exam cheating, it affects all schools in one way or another.

Google CS First: Free, interactive coding lessons for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Computer science is much more than just programming. It includes the study of computers, how they work, and how we can use them to solve problems. However, when we talk about computer science one piece of it comes to mind.Coding.

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Enhance Student Engagement with Virtual Social Learning Spaces

Catlin Tucker

When I ask teachers, “How would you describe a successful online or blended learning course? What would that look like?” ” Most teachers include some form of the word “engagement” in their answers.

25 Days of Free STEM Resources Digital Advent Calendar

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Happy holidays and welcome to this year’s digital advent calendar! Below is a clickable calendar. Click on any day to discover a free idea, tool, or template related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Asynchronous Learning: What It Is and How to Use Asynchronous Instruction with Students


As remote learning continues (or begins again) in classrooms around the country, many teachers are left with a decision. Are real-time lessons best? Or would the flexibility of recorded lessons be right for your students?

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4 Online museums you can bring in the classroom


A few weeks ago, I watched the movie “Night at the Museum” with my family again, and I realized that one of the fondest memories I have from school years is a visit to the museum. I remember being mesmerized by the first full dinosaur skeleton I saw at the natural history museum.

The crucial ingredient to cultivating students’ connections? Meaningful metrics

The Christensen Institute

“It took a pandemic to get schools to think differently,” Superintendent Scott Muri of Ector County ISD acknowledged in an interview this fall. “We We have an opportunity to redesign schools and accelerate improvements that should’ve happened over the last century.”

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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

TeachThought - Learn better.

In an increasingly digital world, the things a student needs to know are indeed changing--sometimes drastically. The post 63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World appeared first on TeachThought.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

The Tale of Two Suns

Education Elements

The pitter-patter of toes on our wooden floors, reminiscent of a spring rain pinging against a tin roof, grow louder as they approach our bedroom door. A moment of silence occupies the space as our door slowly opens.

Books I read in November 2020

Dangerously Irrelevant

Books I finished reading (or rereading) in November 2020… Law of Innocence , Michael Connelly [legal thriller]. Half Moon Bay , Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kellerman [thriller]. Interference , Brad Parks [thriller]. A Girl From Nowhere , James Maxwell [sci fi].


Thanks to Teachers, Learning Loss This Year Was Not As Bad As Projected, NWEA Finds


When it comes to learning loss during COVID-19, the question is not whether it has happened, but how much. A new report out from NWEA, a non-profit assessment organization, offers insight into just how steep the so-called COVID slide has been so far.

Online peer learning: A growing trend sees two different approaches

The Christensen Institute

During COVID, essential ingredients for learning are in short supply. Many factors are driving a decrease in undergraduate enrollments this year, but community college students in particular report suffering from limited access to their professors for academic support.

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Guest Post: How to Improve Spelling?


Believe it or not, but spelling is still important! Moreover, spelling skills are frequently used to evaluate you as a person. A few years ago, scientists from Fortunate 500 did research that proved that 85 % of resumes or cover letters were thrown away because of spelling errors. This means that even inconspicuous spelling mistakes can influence your future career!

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Game Board Template in Google Slides

Teacher Tech

Create a gameboard with Google Slides to engage your students. The post Game Board Template in Google Slides appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Gamification Google Slides gamification google google slides slides

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ISTE20 Live: Break Down Barriers to Learning with These Digital Tools

EdTech Magazine

Seemingly innocuous digital tools and features, such as text size and cursor color, can help students learn — or hamper the experience. The elementary students that Kristin Oropeza teaches sometimes have trouble locating their cursors on the screen.

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.


With this latest—and largest—surge of coronavirus infections in the United States, K-12 schools that hadn’t yet reopened for in-person learning now see few paths to do so in the near term, and many of the schools that were offering some face-to-face instruction are now pulling back into full-time remote learning.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

AI chatbots are helping students navigate college admissions

eSchool News

High school students across the state of Texas have a new resource to guide them through the college application process in the form of an AI chatbot.

An Introduction To Microsoft Stream: Your School Districts Personalized and Private Video Sharing Platform


As both an educator and podcaster, having a reliable video platform is a must. Over the last few years, I have been asked for my advice and opinions on where teachers can and should be storing their videos to share with their classrooms.

Rundown schools forced more students to go remote

The Hechinger Report

Yvette Alston-Johnson was seething when she got the news. Children in Paterson, New Jersey would not be allowed to go to school in-person this fall, while many of their peers in predominantly white and affluent suburbs would return. This story also appeared in PBS Newshour.


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Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.