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20+ sources of FREE digital content for your class

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Digital resources abound online. They can be more up to date and just as accurate as a textbook. Where do we find them, and how do we curate them?Textbooks. Textbooks. People have very strong feelings about them, I've found.

Steal Like a Teacher: Where to find quick teaching ideas

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We teachers are the BEST at stealing things.And I don't mean that in a criminal, nefarious way.I think Austin Kleon explains it best in his book, Steal Like an Artist.Every artist gets asked the question, "Where do you get your ideas?" The honest artist answers, "I steal them."

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5 easy gamified activities you can assign in Google Classroom tomorrow

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This post is sponsored by GeniallyGenially is an easy to use software that lets you add lots and lots of interactive elements to your slides.The best part is that it is FREE!

How do I give feedback to 100+ students?

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Purposeful, efficient, effective instruction. That's the holy grail of our work as teachers. We teach. Then, we assess what we taught. Then, we reflect and make decisions on our instruction going forward.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

5 easy gamified activities you can assign in Google Classroom tomorrow

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This post is sponsored by GeniallyGenially is an easy to use software that lets you add lots and lots of interactive elements to your slides.The best part is that it is FREE!

8 time-saving tips to be a more efficient administrator

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This post is written by Dr. LaMarcus Norman. Dr. Norman is the Assistant Professor at Delta State University, Educational Administration and Supervision. Before joining Delta State University, Dr. Norman spent 12 years of service as a public-school administrator and teacher in Mississippi.

20 ways to build classroom community and relationships

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Any teacher who has taught for any amount of time will point to one key factor for teaching success. Relationships. Having solid relationships with your students will open doors. They'll cause your students to listen to you differently.

7 strategies for students who struggle with executive functioning

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Executive functioning helps students get tasks done and work through their day. Here's how you can support students who struggle.

10 end of year templates to help students thrive

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The end of the year is a great time for student reflection. This post shares templates you can give students that'll help! At the end of the year, it's easy to get focused on all of our to-do's. Take tests. Do projects. Wrap up all those last lessons. Grade things and submit those grades.

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Sticky learning: Digital brain dumps with Flipgrid and Socrative

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Help new information stick in students' minds with the "brain dump," an effective, low-prep activity in the classroom. It’s a common request from teachers of students: Study. Go home and study. Go back over the material. Re-read the material. When we ask students to do this, we mean well.

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Fun formative assessment: 12 easy, no-tech ideas you can use tomorrow

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Formative assessment means providing students with opportunities to show you what they are learning while you are teaching it. These assessments inform your instruction and help you make those little tweaks to your lessons that meet the needs of your students.

How to create media-rich, interactive maps for deeper learning

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Google MyMaps lets students create maps with custom-pinned location. The magic, though, is in what you put in those pins. If we want to use technology in the classroom, we can’t just do the same kind of learning we did before it. Technology should improve the learning. Kick the lesson up a notch.

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Station rotation: Save time, engage students in any K-12 classroom

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Station rotation keeps students engaged in multiple activities. Plus, it isn't hard to set up! Here are some ideas. When we think of stations or centers we often think of young children moving around the room to various activities.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

10 low-prep activities to kick off 2022

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When the calendar turns over a new year, for many of us, we're still in the middle of the school year. So, when a new year starts in schools (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), two things happen: 1. It's an opportunity to look back, reflect, regroup, and set some goals.

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Customized email newsletters for every kid with Google Forms

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Make solid connections with families by creating custom email newsletters for every student. It's easy with Google Docs, Sheets and Forms. Classroom newsletters are kind of hit and miss. You know how they usually look.

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15 ideas for digital end-of-semester final projects

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Final projects can help students summarize and review content from the entire semester. Plus, they can create fantastic products with what they've learned!After After months and months of learning, it all comes down to this. The end of the semester project.

Pixar’s 10 rules for teaching and lesson planning

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Looking for some creative rules for teaching? These Pixar storytelling rules can help us unlock our creativity in the classroom. Pixar is one of the best at telling stories. It started with the groundbreaking Toy Story, the first entirely computer-animated feature film.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Draw, choose, write or say: Fantastic formative assessments

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Formative assessment can be fantastic! Here are options for letting students draw, choose, write and say as a formative assessment tool.Formative assessment can be drudgery. When students are doing the same quizzes and the same practice questions all day long, it can be less than stimulating.Or

10 low-prep, high-return activities for class TOMORROW

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There’s no shame in low-prep! Here are 10 solid teaching ideas for tomorrow that will free up some time in your life.Low-prep doesn’t have to mean less learning. Technology allows us to be more efficient and effective in the classroom in many ways.

Demarginalizing Design: 3 powerful ways to get started

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This post is written by Dee Lanier, an Educational Technologist and Equity Enthusiast. Dee is an award winning presenter, TEDx Speaker, Google Certified Trainer, Google Innovator, and Google Certified Coach. Dee is also the creator of the gamified design thinking activity called Solve in Time!®?

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20 back to school templates to save you time

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Back to school is an exciting time. It can also be overwhelming. Teachers have a LOT to plan: lessons, communication, organization, building community. and that just scratches the surface!That's That's where templates come in.Templates can save us time.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Going back to school face-to-face: 10 tips

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After enduring remote learning, teachers and students are heading back to the classroom. Here are some things to keep in mind.

20 brilliant teacher hacks for the classroom

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Teachers are nothing less than incredible, creative, brilliant people. They find ways to solve problems in ways that are not only ingenious but also usually pretty cheap!We We call these "teacher hacks".We

20 Canva templates to use in class tomorrow

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This post is written by Karly Moura, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) in Mount Diablo USD in Concord, California. This post was originally published on her blog, Teaching, Tech and Twitter, at KarlyMoura.blogspot.com.

20+ ways to use 10 BIG Flipgrid updates

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Once again Flipgrid released BIG updates to its camera, user experience, help center and more. Here are 20+ ways to use those updates in the classroom. For many students, video is just part of the way they speak. Snapchat. Instagram. YouTube.

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Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

An example EduProtocols unit that supports UDL, SEL

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EduProtocols activities can be used again and again to engage and teach. Here's how they look in a full unit. This post is written by Kim Voge, an educator, instructional coach, adjunct professor, and ed tech consultant from California.

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10 ways to make the most of your LMS

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In many ways, your learning management system (LMS) is the digital home for your classroom.Students find assignments there.You give them announcements there.They communicate with you and with each other there.Because you likely spend lots of time there, it's a great place to be more efficient and effective, saving you time and sanity.

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15 ways to use Genially in the classroom

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Are you looking to create professional looking presentations, websites, videos, and more from easy to use templates? Here comes Genially. This post is co-authored by Manny Curiel and Karly Moura. Manny Curiel is an educational technology specialist for Cypress Fairbanks ISD near Houston, Texas.

Easy classroom podcasting with Flipgrid and Wakelet

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Podcasting in the classroom can be a fun way to get your kids to share their voice in any content area. With the integration of the Flipgrid shorts camera into Wakelet along, with the ability to record using mic only mode ,recording and sharing a podcast is easier than ever.

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.

20 teacher questions to ask over the summer

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Summer is a great time for big-picture reflection. Here are 20 teacher questions to think about. In the heat of a school year, there's a LOT on teachers' to-do lists. Lesson planning. Grades. Emails. Meetings. Oh, and we have to teach, too!

24 ideas for creating a discussion-rich classroom

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Discussion can engage students and help them to see different perspectives. Here are strategies you can use to create a discussion-rich classroom. "I

Getting started with learning stations in middle school

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This post is written by James Hunt, a 6th grade science and geography teacher in Southeast Missouri. James was selected as Teacher of the Year at his building in 2019. You can connect with him on Twitter at @Mr_JamesHunt. Have you ever tried stations in your classroom before?

20 ideas for exit tickets in the classroom

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Class is done. How can we end it effectively? Using digital exit tickets can bring closure to your day.Class is done. We’ve learned a lot. We’ve tried some new things. We’ve had some great discussions.So … now what?How How can we make the most of the end of class? How can we tie a bow on […].

6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.