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Digital Citizenship Week–Oct. 18-22–Here’s What You Need

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Learning that will help you learn how to teach digital citizenship to your students. Below, you’ll find everything from a full year-long curriculum to professional development for teachers: Resources: Digital Citizenship: What to Teach When (a video).

A Book New–and Veteran–Teachers Will Want to Read

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They Call Me Mom. by Pete Springer. Pete Springer’s memoir They Call Me Mom (Outskirts Press 2019) about his first years teaching will delight new teachers and have experienced educators nodding along with him.

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How Tech-savvy Teachers Do It

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Education Week had a great article on how teachers are expanding their use of technology in the classroom. Here’s a peak: 5 Practices of Truly Tech-savvy Teachers.

Tech to Help With Masks

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The pandemic has changed teaching in many ways–remove vs. in-person vs. hybrid for one, the need for internet access in homes for another. Schools struggle to find the right technology to address these many changing needs.

White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

10 Ways Any Teacher Can (and Should) Use Technology

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Common Core tells us: New technologies have broadened and expanded the role that speaking and listening play in acquiring and sharing knowledge and have tightened their link to other forms of communication.

Lesson Plan: Online Art Sites

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Lots of kids think technology is technical, another word for complicated/difficult/math-like. Here are six websites students can visit that will change their minds: Note: Mr. Picasso Head is no longer available. Click image to enlarge if it’s blurry.

Here’s a Preview of October

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Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in October: Tract–new peer-to-peer learning platform. National Bullying Prevention Month. Subscriber Special. Special Education. Dyslexia Awareness Month. Google Earth Lesson Plans. Apps for Curious Students. Free Posters.

Creative Options for Remote Learning

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With schools closed for in-person learning and many children being educated at home, parents are scrambling for quality alternatives that work in a home environment.

3 Ways To Foster Digital Citizenship in Schools

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#ISTE had an interesting discussion on how to foster digital citizenship in schools. This is especially critical because students are spending so much more time than ever before online.

2021 Trends in Online Student Demographics

BestColleges.com’s second annual report on online student demographics explores the characteristics of today’s online students and their insights on college decision-making and the online learning experience amid the challenges of COVID-19.

Comics–an underused tool to boost SEL skills

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Comics have long been considered not just to gamify education but to teach writing skills that are challenging for some students. SmartBrief Education tells Dan Ryder’s story, How comics curriculum boosts SEL.

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4 ways to use Tract in the classroom

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If you haven’t heard of Tract, it’s a new way to inspire students to become lifelong learners. The platform focuses on student growth and learning rather than state or international standards (it does meet them–just don’t look for that in the detail).

Technology is Here to Stay: Now What?

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Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Christian Miraglia, taught for 36 years before retiring. He has some interesting reflections on technology’s place in education: Remember the days of Oregon Trail on the old Apple IIe’s or students drawing pictures with Kid Pix.

15 Back to School Resources

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I’ve collected a series of back-to-school tips that are suited for in-person or remote learning. Pick those that work for you: 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School. 3 Apps to Help Brainstorm Next Year’s Lessons. 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School.

2021 Trends in College Career and Employment Planning

In this second annual report, part of the BestColleges.com research series, 624 business leaders shared how their companies and organizations currently recruit and hire college students from both online and campus-based programs.

16+ Websites on Assessments

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Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to. Blendsapce –if you create your lesson plans in BlendSpace, it includes opportunities to assess learning. Easy CBM. Educreations –video a whiteboard explanation of how students are completing a task (app).

Here’s a Preview of September

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Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in September: What is Genius Hour and Why Should I Love it? teacher-Authors. Free Posters. Websites to teach Chemistry. 9/11… Mouse Skills Webtools. Tech Tips. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Book Review–My Secret EdTech diary

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My Secret EdTech Diary. by Al Kingsley. Al Kingsley’s My Secret EdTech Diary (John Cott Educational 2021) is a big-goaled, meandering overview of edtech (educational technology) available and pertinent to teachers and students.

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Tech Tip #96: How to Add Zip to a Slow Computer

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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.

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Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

12 Websites for High School Drivers Ed

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Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to reinforce Drivers Ed in High School courses: Crash Test Simulator. Driver Education and Training Videos. Edriving –driving simulations. Operation Lifesaver. Simulated driving (fee). Driving and Texting.

5 Tips for Helping Children with Homework

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Often, students are expected to work independently at school and on their homework. That is a great idea for learning if you provide simple guidelines that allow them to be more effective, less frustrated.

6 Ways Teacher-authors Protect Their Online Privacy

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If we humans aren’t giving away our personal information (as we do on FB, Tiktok, Instagram, Twitter and every other social media account), we’re having it stolen without our permission or knowledge and sold to those who mean us harm.

Top 5 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn Python

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At a time when coding careers continue to flourish – despite the Covid19 pandemic and its adverse effect on the world economy – it is not surprising to see kids learning programming at an early age.

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

Tech Tip #159: Create a Macro

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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.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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Surprisingly, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability and over 65% of those are deficits in reading. Often, these go undiagnosed as students, parents, and teachers simply think the child is not a good reader, is lazy, or is disinterested.

Tech Tip #3: Turn an Address into a Link

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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.

17 Websites for Chemistry

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Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to reinforce chemistry in MS and HS: Beaker –a digital beaker app. Chemistry collection from Carnegie. ChemCapers. Chemistry instructional videos. ChemmyBear –resources for Chemistry and AP Chemistry classes. CK12 Chemistry simulations.

6 Strategies for Using Actionable Data to Impact Student Success

Educators need effective tools to drive student success. The trend to use actionable, comprehensive data—like attendance, assessments, grades, and more—is an effective way to give teachers the visibility they need to make a difference. Videri gives teachers and administrators access to comprehensive, integrated data so they can easily filter, drill down, and analyze data—to get the information that they really need, when they need it, and improve student outcomes. Download the eBook today!

SEL in Your Classroom

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SmartBrief, news on technology in education, recently published an article, Uniting technology and SEL to teach the whole child, on the importance of SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) in an educational landscape shaped by COVID-19.

Equipment You Need for Online Tutoring

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Teaching during the pandemic has turned the iconic job of education on its head. Should you teach at home or in school–or with a hybrid approach? How can you be effective with the new rules required to ensure safety while maximizing the students’ educational journey?

How Parents Can Protect Kid’s Privacy and Safety Online

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With the volume of time kids are spending online, on computers, mostly unsupervised by adults, protecting their privacy and safety has become of huge importance.

19 Ed Websites to Fill Spare Classroom Time

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I keep a list of themed websites that are easy-in easy-out for students. They must be activities that can be accomplished enjoyably in less than ten minutes. In the parlance, these are called “sponges”. Here are 19 I think you’ll like: Language Arts. Contraction Games. Contraction Crossword.

The SaaS Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every SaaS business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.