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It’s ALL a Process – Why the Writing Process helps EVERYONE

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By Matt Robinson MEd, MAT. As a child (growing up with two English teachers as parents), I had a pretty easy time writing. Most of the time, I would get an assignment and sit down as soon as possible to take care of it.

Gaming the System: EscapEDX

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By Jeremy Royster. Like most of my teachers growing up, when I started teaching in 1998, I relied heavily on practice drills and textbooks. Not surprisingly, I struggled to keep my students engaged. Why couldn't I get these kids to love learning as much as I did? Then I remembered.

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Where's Indy in the Middle East - an EscapEDX

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What do you get when you marry a virtual reality escape room with Knowledge Avatar teach-bots? You get Escap ED X, an escape educational experience, a new concept in online learning. Knowledge Avatars and F.A.I.L. University have partnered to provide an Escap ED X gaming experience.

A Plan to Keep Students Learning & Engaged

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The pandemic has created a situation where parents are homeschooling, and teachers are trying to teach online. Out of frustration, some school districts want to close the school year. What will students do educationally for the rest of this school year and throughout the summer?

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.

Jack & Jill Go Back To School in 2020

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Jack and Jill are working on a physics problem. Their teacher asked them to calculate the force needed to hurl a 500 pound projectile from a spot on Earth to 20,000 miles in low earth orbit. They don’t have any idea of what they need to know to solve this problem and they don’t want to dig through numerous articles or videos on the subject. They want to learn what they need for this problem as thoroughly and rapidly as possible. On their iPads they access the Physics Knowledge Avatar.

Those Darn Knowledge Gaps!

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One summer, when I was in elementary school, I was terrified! You see, by the end of the school year I had not yet memorized the Times Table and I knew that I'd be entering the upcoming school year clearly disadvantaged. I imagined a disappointed teacher and my embarrassment and humiliation amongst my schoolmates. That is pretty much what happened! Come September I had some catching up to do but I was not the only student who had not mastered the Times Table or some other skill.

Those Darn Knowledge Gaps!

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One summer, when I was in elementary school, I was terrified! You see, by the end of the school year I had not yet memorized the Times Table and I knew that I'd be entering the upcoming school year clearly disadvantaged. I imagined a disappointed teacher and my embarrassment and humiliation amongst my schoolmates. That is pretty much what happened! Come September I had some catching up to do but I was not the only student who had not mastered the Times Table or some other skill.

AI Brings the Teacher Back to E-Learning

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Current e-learning has been focused primarily on mimicking the classroom, except that the teacher takes on a less important role. Students are interacting with content that a subject matter expert assembled, but there is no direct relationship between the student and the content matter expert, a.k.a., the teacher. Webinars and the occasional live interaction are inadequate substitutes for the classroom experience.

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Artificial Intelligence Mentors That Individualize Learning

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Most of our lives we learn specifically what we need to achieve our goals. As children, we learn how to crawl, walk, and talk when we are physically ready to do so and when our brains are sufficiently developed to take on the task. Even so, we will only attempt something new, like the precarious act of walking, when we are motivated to do it. Babies start to crawl to get to something that they want, their mother and her milk, for example, a shiny toy, or perhaps something to explore.

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.

E-learning’s Promise and Failure

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Since the early days of computers, many of us dreamed of how computers were going to revolutionize education. We didn’t know exactly how it was going to work, but we knew that the “personal” computer made it possible to individualize education. In learning, one size does not fit all, so individualized education is the “holy grail” of education!

Learning by Interactive Programming (L.I.P.)

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This article is about the value of programming as a teaching tool not to teach programming, but rather as a medium that students use to illustrate their understanding of a concept. For example, if a student can program a computer to draw circles using basic trigonometric functions, then the student understands the concept of a circle at a very fundamental level.

Classroom Activities for Earth Day

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April 22nd is Earth Day, a day when (historically) more than 1 billion people in 192 countries put the Earth’s health ahead of convenience, habits, and cultural norms.

5 Fab Ways to Make Sustainability Fun for Students Every Day

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sustainability is a hot topic. In this blog post, we discuss ways to help students understand how to take care of the world and have fun at the same time.

Wireless Projecting with Google Meet

Wireless projecting using Google Meet to replace the Google Cast for Education extension!

5 Ways to Participate in the Mars Rover Landing on Thursday, February 18

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The Perseverance Rover will land on Mars this Thursday, February 18th at approximately 3:55 pm Eastern Time.

What Do You Think is the Hardest Tech Problem?

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In the grad school classes I teach and my coaching sessions, the biggest problem facing teachers is not the 3R’s or equity or differentiation. It’s technology. In an education environment that is taught remotely as much as in person, this has become a big deal.

Announcing the 2021 Cohort of HP Teaching Fellows

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We’re excited to announce the 2021 cohort of HP Teaching Fellows! The new cohort includes 26 educators from across the United States and Canada, selected for their excellence in powerful teaching and learning with technology. HP Teaching Fellows Exemplify Powerful Learning.

5 (free) Security Posters for Tech Ed

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Every month, we’ll share five themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired. This month: Security. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Tips for incentivizing your teachers team while working remotely

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This is a how-to article from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor describing clever ways to make remote teaching work. A recommended read if your remote program isn’t working as you’d hoped: Tips for incentivizing your teachers team while working remotely.

Tech Tip #86: Image Your Computer Often

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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.

Tech Tip #85: Backup Your Computer Often

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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.

5 Ways to Teach About Earth Day with Monica Burns

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day. As citizens of this planet, we should all care about caring for this world.

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.

Choose Your Own Adventure Professional Development

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Professional Development can be an adventure! Yes, you can create fun, exciting learning. In this show, learn how Laurie Guyon uses hyperdocs and a “choose your own adventure” format.

Need math resources? Have students try these

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Struggling with helping students learn math when you can’t be at their side? Try these videos ( check here for updates to links ): Bright Storm math videos. Khan Academy –online progressive math program; free. Math Class with Terry V. Math DrBob . Math Videos. Math videos –clean, nice.

4 Social Emotional Learning Strategies to Use in the Classroom Now

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We know that to teach students, we must relate to educate and one of the first things we must relate to is their emotions in that moment.

Augmented Reality Lessons You Can Use Now

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you need safe, fun ways for students to connect and learn while keeping their distance in the classroom? Augmented reality apps might be for you!

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.

Pile of Words: Drive Deeper Engagement with Vocabulary at the Beginning of a Unit, Text, or Project

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Each new unit, text, or project presents learners with vocabulary words that may be new and unfamiliar. So, how do we get students to think more deeply about vocabulary? How can we make learning new vocabulary more engaging and meaningful?

How to Partner with Parents During Pandemic Learning

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Taylor shares how schools can better connect with parents From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some schools need to reset their relationships with parents. Others want to make it stronger as they transition to a different form of learning.

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10 Ways to Move Forward: Learning Gaps and Post Pandemic Learning [Free Webinar]

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Tuesday, April 20 at 7 pm ET join us for the free webinar From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. It is time to move forward in education. As we do this, we want to examine the research and apply it to what we are doing in schools now.

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Will Existing Mental Models Threaten Post-pandemic Progress in Education?

Catlin Tucker

Over the last 14 months, people have asked me, “What do you hope the silver lining of this tough year will be?” ” I hope educators and educational institutions use this year and the lessons learned to reimagine “school” and how we design and facilitate learning.

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.