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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? The problem is that parents are not prepared to homeschool, and may not have the time since they are trying to work from home. Teachers are not used to teaching online with the current tools available to them.

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.

Tech Tip #161: Ten Most Important Keyboard Keys

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.

How to Make Classroom Games with Easy, Awesome Educaplay

The CoolCatTeacher

Sixteen types of games, Google Classroom and LMS compatibility and auto-grading From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This week, I began using Educaplay to make fun classroom learning games for my students.

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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.

Great Websites for Special Needs

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of Special Needs websites. I’ll display it below but click the link for an updated library: Occupational Therapy –a long list of great apps including stress, social skills building, and more.

Digital Promise Appoints Jean-Claude Brizard as New President and Chief Executive Officer

Digital Promise

Digital Promise’s board of directors has appointed Jean-Claude Brizard as its new president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective March 1. Brizard succeeds Karen Cator in the role and will assume day-to-day leadership of Digital Promise while also joining its board of directors.

5 Fun Science Experiments Kids Do at Home

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for extra time with kids? Here are five great ideas that are energizing and motivating: 5 Fun Science Experiments Kids Can Do at Home. All children are born scientists. Until education – or spoilsport parents – ruins them.

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A Look Back at 2020 Teaching What It Means for 2021

The CoolCatTeacher

Researcher Pamela Livingston Gaudet shares her findings From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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.

9 Great Websites to Inspire 3rd Graders

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Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire third graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Riding the Wind with Kalani. Weather Websites. Wild Weather Adventure. All About Americ a. USA Puzzle. 360 o views from around the world.

5 (free) Shortkey Posters

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Every month, we’ll share themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired. This month: . –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here. Comments are closed but feel free to contact me via Twitter (@askatechteacher).

Edtech Trends From 2020 And Beyond

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Hi there, my name is Roman Zhidkov, a happy contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher. I’m the CTO of a tech company and for more than five years I have been busy with teaching programming courses and sharing my expertise with novice specialists.

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Public Domain Day and Happy New Year!

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Every year, January 1st, is P ublic Domain Day. This is an observance of when copyrights expire and works enter into the public domain–free for all to use.

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.

Virtual Bulletin Boards: How School Counselors Connect with Kids Today

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 715 with Emma Tagariello From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. School counselors and teachers are working to creatively and authentically connect with students in both face to face, distance, and hybrid environments.

How to Improve Google Classroom & Remote Learning Experiences with Kasey Bell

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How to Improve Google Classroom & Remote Learning Experiences with Kasey Bell Teaching online is challenging for many teachers.

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5 Ways to Teach Gratitude in your Classroom #creativitymatters

The CoolCatTeacher

Lesson Plans that Teach Gratitude From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Whatever your activities for November and Thanksgiving, I’ve got some ideas to inspire gratitude in your classroom.

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Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 716 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. One of the most popular shows of 2018 was with Tom Mullaney on Google Jamboard so we’ve updated it for 2021!

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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.

Learn How to Overcome Your Self Limiting Beliefs

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 714 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes our own beliefs can limit our ability in the classroom – these are called self-limiting beliefs.

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Are You Using Micro-Credentials in Rural Communities?

Digital Promise

Is your organization using or exploring the use of micro-credentials in rural industry, education, or training initiatives? Does your initiative promote social mobility for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people impacted by poverty in rural communities? If so, we want to know about it!

Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

9 EdTech Ideas to Use Now

The CoolCatTeacher

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.