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

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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.

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

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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.

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What are your school’s decision triggers for closing back down again?

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You’ve opened up school again and at least some students and teachers are attending in person. Unsurprisingly, some students, families, or educators begin to identify as positive for COVID-19. Now what? How many kids have to get sick before you shut down again? What are your decision-making criteria?

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Avoid magical thinking: ‘Design for online’ this fall

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As coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, numerous school districts are reluctantly announcing that they will be doing ‘remote learning’ again this fall.

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.

Design for high engagement this fall

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In a couple of recent posts, I said: One of the biggest challenges of ‘remote learning’ over the past few months has been that most of the motivators been pared away. For many students, all that has been left is the uninspiring learning. Little to no interaction with classmates.

August book study: Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning

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Solution Tree is hosting a series of webinars this summer. My co-author, Julie Graber, and I are delighted that we were selected to do a FREE 4-week book study on Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning !

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If all we offer is uninspiring learning, we?re in trouble

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Our students come to school for a variety of reasons: to see their friends; to participate in electives, extracurricular activities, and athletics; to interact with and get support from caring teachers; to get a credential for college, career, or the military; because their parents need child care; because state law requires them to attend; etc.

Are there any ?deeper learning? virtual schools?

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Virtual schools… I like the concept of shifting ‘time, place, path, and pace’ very much. But I think all of the virtual schools that I’ve encountered still focus primarily on low-level learning, digitized and chunked into a digital adaptive learning system.

A conversation with Katie Martin

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As always, Katie Martin has been doing a lot of wonderful work this summer around deeper learning and student engagement. I thought it might be fun for the two of us to just get together and chat. I tweeted an invitation to her and she kindly took me up on the offer.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

CHART: School Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Version 01)

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It has been illuminating to listen to school leaders share how their systems are responding to the needs of their students, staff, and communities during the global pandemic.

Coronavirus Chronicles 016 – Brigantine Public Schools

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 016 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 030 – Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 030 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 001 – Greene County Public Schools

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I thought it would be good to check in with schools and see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 001 is below.

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.

Still learning? Still growing?

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As a history major in college and former Social Studies teacher, I am aware of the racial abuses that have permeated our nation’s history and continue to be present.

A new adventure: Silver Lining for Learning

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Today we start a new adventure! Dr. Yong Zhao gathered a few of us professor types together last week to brainstorm some ideas around his recent blog post, What if schools are closed for more than a year due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus Chronicles 032 – Futures Lab

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 032 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 025 – International School of Amsterdam

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 025 is below.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Coronavirus Chronicles 029 ? Burlington Public Schools

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 029 is below.

Which is bigger?

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I started a new principal licensure cohort this spring. On the second night of class, I had an awesome discussion with a couple of high school teachers about the perpetual issue of forcing students to learn math that they likely will never use again in their life.

Coronavirus Chronicles 021 – San Diego County Office of Education

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 021 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 026 ? Sarah Pyle Academy

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10- to 15-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 026 is below.

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.

Silver Lining for Learning – Episode 01

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Episode 01 of Silver Lining for Learning is now available for viewing. Please visit our website to learn more about this initiative and our chief instigators. We also are looking for guest bloggers. Next week our guest will be Sugata Mitra ! Related Posts. A new adventure: Silver Lining for Learning.

Books I read in July 2020

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in July 2020… Equity Visits , Rachel Roegman et al. educational leadership]. The Power of Student Agency , Anindya Kundu [sociology]. Living on the Black , John Feinstein [baseball]. Motivate the Unmotivated , Rob Plevin [education].

Coronavirus Chronicles 033 – NIST

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 033 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 036 – Lake Trail Middle School

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 036 is below.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Coronavirus Chronicles 034 – Highland Park Elementary

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 034 is below. Thank you, Nancy Flynn, for sharing how Highland Park Elementary in St.

Coronavirus Chronicles 037 – Van Meter Schools

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 037 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 011 – Liberty Public Schools

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 011 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 043 – Bunche Middle School

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 043 is below.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.