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Resources for reopening schools - whether online, hybrid or in-person

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Schools are starting or already started. Some are all remote, some hybrid and some all in-person. Here are some resources to help schools, parents and teachers during this challenging time.

September is National Preparedness Month - get yourself, family, home, school and business ready

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September is National Preparedness Month , which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit. The 2020 theme is "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today."

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Cybersecurity Resources for schools - IT and Educators

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I hope all is well and you and your family are staying healthy and safe. Recently, multiple school districts have been hit with ransomware (including on in my home state of CT), malware, virus's, DoS attacks (a 16 y/o student did this in Texas) and more.

Some great add-ons for Hangouts Meet to help teachers

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With schools closed, teachers are using a variety of tools to work remotely with their students. Google Hangouts Meet is one of them. Google recently announced a variety of updates to it to enhance the experience for schools and to provide more controls.

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.

Guide to Offline use of Chromebooks

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Chromebooks are easy to use and manage and make up a majority of devices in US K-12 classrooms. During this time of remote and distance learning , many students do not have reliable internet at home, and in some cases, no internet at home.

Google Kids Space, a new kids mode on select Android tablets that features apps, books and videos for your kids to explore, learn and have fun

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Google just announced Google Kids Space , a new kids mode on select Android tablets that features apps, books and videos for your kids to explore, learn and have fun.

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Ozobot launches new learning management system

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After being voted Best of Show at ISTE 2019, Ozobot Classroom (patent pending) officially launched at the 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference.

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Google launches new Distance Learning resource for Educators

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Google has been announcing a lot of things to support educators, students and families with remote learning. The newest is a Distance Learning specific resource and course for Educators. The course goes through a variety of topics and how to utilize G Suite for Education tools in each area. Topics: Instructional Design, communications, SEL and more are all covered, with specific examples of how to implement this in your classroom. Easy to understand and apply.

SplashLearn - a game based learning program free for teachers and schools to use

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SplashLearn is a game based learning program that is loved by over 33 million kids worldwide!! This program is free for teachers and schools to use.

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.

Babbel - Free language learning for all US K-12 and college students

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Babbel ( www.babbel.com ), the language learning app, have announced that they will be offering free language learning to all K-12 and college students through the end of the school term (mid-June 2020).

Free toolkit "How to Identify Effective STEM Activities for Children”

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Baylor University recently published the toolkit "How to Identify Effective STEM Activities for Children” that helps parents and teachers know what to look for in a STEM lesson and offers 9 examples of quality online resources.

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Resources, tips and more for remote and e-learning (teaching online)

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Resources, tips and more for remote and e-learning (teaching online) Many teachers and schools have resources for blended learning and even for students who are home or hospital bound to "attend" class. With the COVID-19 concerns, many schools are looking at ways to support more students and staff who may be quarantined at home or ways to keep learning going if school buildings are closed. There are a variety of resources and edtech available to help.

Rocketbook has an exciting new education product (that I love)

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Rocketbook , in partnership with Think Board, is launching the Think Board X2. Designed for students, teachers, and working professionals, the Think Board X2 is a reusable peel-and-stick whiteboard with built-in Rocketbook Beacons.

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.

QuizBreaker - A scheduled online quiz game that helps teams get to know one another in a fun way.

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Companies like Microsoft and Google are using QuizBreaker to keep their remote employees happy and engaged! QuizBreaker ( [link] ) helps remote teams keep morale high through fun quizzes with lots of gamification.

PBLWorks Hosts Webinar Series on How to Facilitate PBL (Project Based Learning) Online

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PBLWorks Hosts Webinar Series on How to Facilitate PBL Online Free webinar series this spring to guide educators through distance learning with Gold Standard Project Based Learning PBL Works, part of the Buck Institute for Education, is hosting a free webinar series on how to facilitate PBL (Project Based Learning) online.

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Upcoming Free Webinar on Best Practices on Delivering Special Education-Related Services Online

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As the need for social distancing is prompting extended school closures across the country, school districts are considering new ways to keep students connected and engaged in school activities. Continuity is especially important for students who receive special education-related services. PresenceLearning, Inc.,

PBS and WGBH to Provide At-Home Learning Programs for Students and Educators Nationwide During School Closures Through WORLD Channel

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As schools across the country close in response to the COVID-19 virus, PBS and WGBH Boston have partnered to support distance learning nationwide.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

EdTech startups launch "Learn From Home Club" offering free resources to students and teachers

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Self-serve learning platforms Codecademy, Duolingo, Quizlet, Skillshare, and Brainly have teamed up to create the Learn From Home Club - a joint offering of free learning resources for teachers and students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (offer details for each company are available at the link provided).

“I AM A SCIENTIST” INITIATIVE SEEKS TO CONNECT STUDENTS WITH REAL-LIFE SCIENTIST STORIES TO PROMOTE STEM DIVERSITY

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This new classroom program, founded by two women who have overcome their own relevant hurdles, introduces students, particularly those in junior high/high school, to real-life stories of today’s scientists who are on the frontline of modern innovation—on a mission to inspire STEM careers while shattering outdated industry stereotypes.

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Rocketbook Releases Their Latest Reusable Notebook Design, the Flip

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Rocketbook is launching their latest reusable notebook, the Flip. The Flip mimics the design of a traditional steno pad with a top-bound spiral design, instead of the usual side bound spiral, offering wrist space for lefties, and making this the world’s first reusable ambidextrous notebook. The Flip also makes the perfect gift for Father’s Day or 2020 grads! This is a great resource for teachers and students as well.

Vernier Software & Technology Offers Free Remote Learning Resources for STEM

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To keep students engaged in STEM learning during school closures, Vernier Software & Technology is offering a robust collection of free remote learning solutions for teachers and students. The resources, which support students at both the K–12 and college levels, cover a wide range of scientific disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, and physical science.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.

The Future of STEM Education: 5 Innovative Ideas About to Break Through

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The Future of STEM Education: 5 Innovative Ideas About to Break Through by Kate Began With our world becoming increasingly technology-driven, there is growing demand for workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. To meet this demand, there has been ongoing discussion on how to best educate our kids for a STEM-focused future. How can we best equip our kids with the necessary skills to face future challenges?

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Pros and Cons of Using eLearning Software in Your Classroom

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Although some academic institutions and educational professionals still doubt the high value of eLearning software, technology-based education is no longer a myth. And the Covid-19 pandemic has proved that EdTech and eLearning are integral parts of modern academic reality. Lockdown aside, why are more teachers turning to online educational software? What are the benefits and drawbacks of its everyday usage? Let’s find out.

Rocketbook Partners with Panda to Launch The First Reusable Planner, the Rocketbook Panda Planner

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Rocketbook Partners with Panda to Launch The First Reusable Planner, the Rocketbook Panda Planner Rocketbook , maker of Amazon’s best-selling notebook, is pleased to introduce, in partnership with Panda Planner, the Rocketbook Panda Planner. It is the world’s first reusable, digitally connected planner. Specifically designed to improve your productivity and happiness, the planner features several templates to help you set goals, measure your progress, and reflect on how far you’ve come.

Resources for working with PDF files on Chromebooks

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PDF files are used everywhere and can be used on Chromebooks. Here are some resources: Adobe Android apps work very well on Chromebooks and there are other Android apps for working with PDF files: [link] - Xodo PDF Reader and Editor [link] - PDF Editor – [link] - PDF Editor – Sign, Create, Edit [link] - Write on PDF (annotate, not edit) [link] Managing Android apps on Chromebooks: [link] Android on Chromebooks! Here are some resources and apps to check out [link] Different ideas: 1.

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.

Amazing Educational Resources - free website for teachers and parents to find free resources during Covid-19

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Amazing Educational Resources is a free website for teachers and parents to find free resources during Covid-19. It started as a google doc on Facebook that was passed around and added to by thousands of parents and teachers at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, there are over 1100 free resources listed and you are able to search by subject and grade.

Livescribe™ launches their best smartpen yet, the Symphony.

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I love my Livescribe pen - makes it easy to take handwritten notes and have them digitized, searchable and easily accessed. Livescribe™ launches their best smartpen yet, the Symphony. link] Transforms writing into digital text, syncing audio alongside. The Symphony is truly an evolution in writing.

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Google for Education Best Practices Resources and Tips

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Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks are very popular with education for many reasons, one of which is the ease of management and deployment. The Admin Console allows staff to manage apps, user settings, devices settings and much more.

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ClipSafari - thousands of free clip art images

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ClipSafari is a free online resource for clip art. It has thousands of images, free to use at any time. Most people don't realize that you can't just use any image you find on the internet without crediting it or paying for it. This site makes it easy to find free images.

Inspiring K12 : Creating the Joy of Reading and Self-Directed Learning in the Digital Era

Personalized teaching of reading at the K-12 level can help imbue pleasure and interest in reading and the development of a reading habit, even among digital natives. A personalized approach works better than the systematic teaching of the entire class.