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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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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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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.

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 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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Captain of a hook: 10 engaging lesson introduction ideas

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This post is written by Megan Diede and Kara Risby. Megan and Kara both currently teach primary at Prairie Wind Elementary in Gillette, Wyoming. They are also the founders of IntegratED LLC a framework that challenges teachers to find a new norm and their teaching.

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 […].

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!

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.

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

5 Google Jamboard features you (probably) don’t know

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Jamboard is Google's digital white board tool. Educators have flocked to it because it's very visual, it's easy to use, and it's highly collaborative. Teachers are using it in so many ways.as

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Game design in the classroom: 8 steps to get started

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This post is written by Jon Spike. Jon is a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Integration at UW-Whitewater, collaborating with preservice teachers and instructors to leverage technology in innovative ways. He teaches courses on topics such as Digital Tools and Video Games & Learning.

22 must-have templates for teachers and students

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Templates provide teachers with a starting point as we design lessons or activities for our students. Templates can also give students a way to organize information and focus on showing what they know.

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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.

Progressive choice boards: Provide choice without overwhelming

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Choice boards give students options for activities they do, but they can also be overwhelming. Here's a better option. Once, when teaching high school Spanish, my students and I had finished covering a new verb tense. We practiced it. They were getting the hang of it.

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20+ tips for using Canvas LMS

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Canvas is a full-featured learning management system, and when I say "full featured", I really mean FULL featured. In fact, to illustrate the point. I like to compare Google Classroom to an airport. It's the way to get to the destinations of your dreams.

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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?

10 amazing assessment ideas

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This post is written by Batsheva Frankel an educational consultant at New Lens Ed. Batsheva has been in education for over 25 years and is the producer and host of the popular podcast, Overthrowing Education. Batsheva's book, The Jewish Educator's Companion is available at Amazon.com.

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.

Google’s buried treasure: 20 hidden tricks and tools

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Google is a behemoth. With all of its tools and apps and programs and initiatives, there’s no way to keep tabs on everything. As such, it’s easy for newer Google tools — and even some that have been around for a while — to slip through the cracks.

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Student collaboration in shared Google Slides

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Teamwork is a desirable job skill in today's economy. When we let students collaborate, we prepare them for the future! Here's how Google Slides can help.Part of the reason social media has taken off so much are the connections. Seeing other people’s reaction to what you’ve shared.

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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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20 ways to use Wakelet in your class

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The Internet is a busy place. Wakelet makes it more manageable. See how you and your students can create collections and more with Wakelet. The Internet is full of useful information … and it’s getting fuller every day. The struggle these days isn’t finding enough information.

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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.

10 tips to use Google Classroom effectively and efficiently

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Google Classroom can be even more powerful with a few tips and strategies to make it efficient and effective.Google Classroom streamlines the management of student work — announcing, assigning, collecting, grading, giving feedback and returning. It has certainly saved many teachers hours of work.

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20 virtual field trips for your classroom

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Virtual field trips allow us to take our students where the bus can’t. Students can make connections with locations, concepts or people through the power of virtual field trips. What are the best virtual field trips out there? And how can we take the learning even further?

12 social media-inspired Google Slides templates

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Students use social media all the time. Let's put those skills to use! In these social media-inspired Google Slides templates, they can show what they know with their favorite apps. No matter the age -- kindergarten to high school senior -- students are pretty familiar with social media.

How to create Google Meet breakout rooms for differentiated learning

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This post is written by Esther Park. Esther is a high school English as a New Language teacher in Northern Virginia. You can connect with her on Twitter @MrsParkShine or on her website: mrspark.org Using breakout rooms completely changed the way I teach remotely.

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!