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Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With the pandemic not letting down in many places, schools are beginning to focus less on re-entry and more on starting the year with remote learning.

JotForm Reports–A Fresh Way to Energize Remote Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

The teachers taking my online classes this summer tell me they’re having difficulty with remote teaching.

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10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners.

5 Keys for Successful Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

There is a lot to consider as schools either begin the school year or reassess where they currently are based upon the current COVID19 situation.

Teaching students how to manage digital distractions


When I was a teenager, I had a dumb phone that I mostly used for emergencies. By the time I got to work with teenagers, they had sophisticated devices through which they could even fact check me during classes.

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Welcome back for the 2020 school year! [a letter from your local superintendent and school board]

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dear students, educators, and families, Welcome back for the 2020 school year! We are incredibly delighted to have our children and educators back in school again, particularly after such a challenging spring and summer.

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5 Ideas for Teaching Students the Most Important Skill They’ll Need

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every teacher I know understands it’s not the 3R’s or science or even history that provides fundamental skills for thriving in life. If you doubt that, read the quote below from a Harvard professor about the half-life of learned skills.

7 Tips on how to adapt teacher-student rapport while teaching online


Teachers have always been focused on building rapport with students. They want to develop a harmonious relationship with all students in the classroom so that students should feel comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas without any fear or shame.

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Dear school leaders and policymakers: It didn’t have to be this way

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dear school leaders and policymakers, . It didn’t have to be this way. You had all summer to watch the rising number of coronavirus cases all across the country. You had all summer to educate yourself about the science.

Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series: #1 Unpacking Bias

Education Elements

After I wrote the first blog in this series, I received a call from a close family member wanting to talk about what I had written. Their initial reaction was offense and confusion-- why did I think all teachers were “white supremacists”?

In higher education it’s student progress that counts—but prestige that gets measured

The Christensen Institute

In May 2019, the Christensen Institute interviewed members of the Presidents Forum to identify challenges in higher education that require collaborative efforts and systemic change to ensure student progress.

Here’s How to Get Started with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Hello! Ask a Tech Teacher is a group of tech ed professionals who work together to offer you tech tips, advice, pedagogic discussion, lesson plans, and anything else we can think of to help you integrate tech into your classroom.

7 Practices for Navigating Uncertainty and Using Mindfulness for Self-Care During COVID-19


by Caitlin Krause. When 22 teachers joined an 8-week online mindfulness program this spring, incredible discoveries emerged in the face of crisis.

“Just following orders” isn’t good leadership

Dangerously Irrelevant

. Every leadership program discusses “What hill are you willing to die on? What decisions are worth losing your job for?” ” We haven’t done the necessary work to contain the coronavirus. Other areas that have opened too early have seen large waves of new cases.

New (School) Year Resolution

Education Elements

How to Leverage Sprint Plans and SEPAD to Bring a Sense of Accomplishment to an Ambiguous Year Ahead. Working in a school has a way of making late August and September feel like the official start of the new year.

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How to size invisible markets and tap into oceans of demand

The Christensen Institute

In our research studying pathways to prosperity in emerging economies, we’ve discovered that a particular type of innovation—market creating innovation—can be a powerful engine of sustainable growth.

Tech Tip #76–13 Tips for using an iPad

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

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Putting interrupted learning back on track

eSchool News

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked academic havoc. With schools closed around the country, more than 55 million students needed services from afar. And who knows what the fall will bring. Will schools open? Will online learning continue? And then the bigger question: How far behind did students fall?

Children will bear the brunt of a looming eviction crisis

The Hechinger Report

Mikaela Johnson has a vague notion of a home she’d like to live in with her mother and her younger brother and sister. This story also appeared in HuffPost and KCUR. “A A four-bedroom house,” she said. “A A backyard for sure. Maybe a house that has no mold, no pests, no cracks, no floor that sinks.”.

Using Human-Centered Design to Reimagine Staffing Models

Education Elements

Through most of the spring and summer, we at Education Elements have intensely focused on helping school districts prepare for returning to school.

10 Inspiring Lessons From An Almost Analog Native In An Era of E-Learning and Blended Classrooms.

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

It is back to school time 2020 for many of us in the United States and beyond… welcome to the future! I dedicate this post to all of you wonderful educators. This is an especially challenging year as we face some uncertainty. Take a moment to reflect on a story I wish to share.

The Role Social-Emotional Learning Plays in Teaching White Children About Race


One night when I was in graduate school, I stayed up late talking with a friend. Our conversation meandered from one topic to another, and I ended up telling her about my family: my parents who came to the U.S.

Teacher resilience: 3 practices of teachers who toughed it out during remote learning

eSchool News

2020 has been a tough year to be a PreK-12 teacher. As spring was beginning with all the promise of the final push of the year, schools nationwide abruptly shut down.

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Analysis: hundreds of colleges and universities show financial warning signs

The Hechinger Report

Dozens of colleges and universities nationwide started 2020 already under financial stress. They’d spent the past decade grappling with declining enrollments and weakening support from state governments. This story also appeared in NBC News.

Barriers to Education’s Digital Transition

EdNews Daily

By LeiLani Cauthen Editor’s Note: This is part two in a three-part series What is normal? Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been talk of the new normal. But in this new reality we are facing, conditions are anything but normal.

Guest Post: Benefits of E-learning For Teachers


The advancement of technology has had a noticeable impact on education. There has been a revolution that has had an impact on the conventional classroom set up in various ways. With online learning, there has been a deliberate change from the traditional class setup. . Today, you can do your studies from the lowest level of a subject, to the university level, without setting foot in a school. Thus, online classes have benefited students as they have more access and flexibility in education.

How to Support Diversity in Technology


Diversity in technology requires intentional and proactive effort

Why Self-Compassion and Emotion Regulation Are Key to Coping with COVID-19


Every emotional response is a unique experience. What triggers an unpleasant emotion today may not even register tomorrow. Perhaps right now you are at home with your family for what seems like an eternity and you feel like losing it.

OPINION: Mocked by his teacher for his ambition as a fourth-grader, this Black father is all-in on charter schools for his own children

The Hechinger Report

When I was in fourth grade at an elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, my teacher held a career day, where my classmates and I were to come dressed for the jobs we hoped one day to hold. I knew exactly what I wanted to be: President of the United States.

6 ways to prep kids for whatever the fall may hold

eSchool News

With only a few weeks before schools are scheduled to reopen, there is still uncertainty about what this school year will look like.