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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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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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10 ways to improve students’ long-term learning

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Research has a lot to say about improving students' long-term memory. Here are 10 ideas you can use in class. Long-term memory and recall are important throughout the school year. But at state testing time, they get a LOT of attention. How can students remember some things for the rest of their lives. but other […]. The post 10 ways to improve students’ long-term learning appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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The Ultimate Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every 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.

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.

30 apps that work with Google Classroom

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Assignments in Google Classroom are better with apps! Use these apps that work with Google Classroom to level up your activities. Google Classroom looks kind of bare at first glance. A stream. Assignments. Grades. It might make you want to say, "Where's the flash?

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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?

Game show classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Gimkit

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The best features of game shows can be used to review and teach in the classroom. Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live, and Gimkit can help. See their pros, cons and what makes them different.As

How to use Kahoot! with Google Classroom and Google Meet

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Using Kahoot! with Google Classroom and Google Meet makes it possible to play engaging games anywhere with your class. Kahoot! is a fun gameshow-style assessment activity. There are tons of creative ways to review and assess with it. Kahoot! lets students answer questions with their own device.

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.

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.

10 Google Classroom time savers for teachers

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Google Classroom can already make us more efficient, but these tips can save you even more time and effort. If you and your students are using Google Apps in the classroom, Google Classroom can save you tons of time and effort. It helps you assign, collect, grade and return work seamlessly.

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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.

30 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools

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G Suite Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 30 ideas for using them with your class. G Suite has revolutionized education.

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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.

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.

How to use Jamboard in the classroom: 20+ tips and ideas

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Jamboard is a collaborative online whiteboard. It gives students lots of creative work space. How do you use Google Jamboard in the classroom? Check out these ideas! Whiteboards and chalkboards have been a fixture in classrooms for ages. They're great for gathering ideas and making thinking visible.

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The Unboxing Video: A fun classroom video activity

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Unboxing videos can be a really fun, effective way for your students to show what they know. Here's how to use this activity in your class! really? An unboxing video? People really record themselves opening boxes -- and upload them to YouTube? And people really watch them?

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10 ways to build student relationships from an online teacher

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Even when we don't have face to face connections, we can still build and develop relationships with our students. Here are some ideas. Paulino Brener has taught Spanish online for years.

Wireless Projecting with Google Meet

Wireless projecting using Google Meet to replace the Google Cast for Education extension!

10 TikTok tips for teachers

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It probably seems like everyone you know is on TikTok sharing the latest viral video or dance craze. And if you are a parent of a teenager or a teacher of middle or high school then you definitely know all about it! As an educator, you can use it for MORE than just dances and lip […].

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6 ideas for infusing choice into the math classroom

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This post is written by Mandi Tolen a math teacher from Missouri. You can connect with her on Twitter @MandiTolenEDU and check out her blog infinitelyteaching.com. I love the idea of giving students choices in the classroom.

20 Schoology tips to save you time

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With all of the features that Schoology boasts as a learning management system (LMS), you can be well on your way to creating some exciting learning opportunities. You can also be well on your way to something else. Overwhelm.

4 powerful ways to embed media on your Canvas homepage

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This post is written by Jon Kelley, bacon and coffee-loving educator in Delaware, Ohio, and 2019 Canvas National Educator of the Year. Jon is a Teaching and Learning Coach for Delaware City Schools. You can connect with Jon on Twitter @MrKelley64.

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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.

The Remote Learning Checklist: Tools, tips and ideas

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When the coronavirus pandemic hit, many teachers were sent scrambling. How do I teach? What do I assign? How do I do this remotely? What a difference it makes to have a summer to prepare. Setting up your classroom to succeed remotely can rely on a lot.

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50 back to school activities for the remote learning classroom

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It's back to school time again and this year looks NOTHING like we have ever seen before. As summer comes to a close teachers are preparing for that big first day of school. Only this year, for many of us, it's going to be in a virtual classroom. If you are going back to school in-person […].

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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10 Jamboard Templates for Distance Learning

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This post has 10 engaging ideas for using Jamboard in your class that will get your students working together, even though they may not be face to face. This post is written by Kris Szajner, a tech integration specialist and former kindergarten teacher Prior Lake, Minnesota.

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.

10 green screen project ideas for the classroom

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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.

15 ways to create unforgettable multimedia with Adobe Spark

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Creating great images, pages and video can spark students’ interest in learning. Adobe Spark makes that possible for free. This post is written by Claudio Zavala Jr., an edtech and creative media consultant based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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20 juicy questions to ask students (#5 will REALLY get them talking!)

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A great question can make or break a learning activity. Here are some ideas for asking juicy questions. A great question is a springboard into a fascinating discussion. Phrase it the right way and students will start thinking. Then they'll start talking. Then you won't be able to get them to stop!

4 ways to fight educator burnout

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This post is written by Kim Strobel. Kim is the owner of Strobel Education. She is a highly sought-after consultant, speaker, and happiness coach who works with K-12 teachers and schools throughout the country.

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.