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Make a Deeper Connection with Virtual Student Check-ins!

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Connection is a key factor to student success in an online environment. Do your students feel connected to you, the instructor, the learning material, and their peers? Connection in a physical classroom is facilitated by real-time face-to-face interaction several times a week.

Virtual Meet the Teacher Templates, Resources, and Ideas!

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This week is Meet the Teacher. I created a slideshow to guide the virtual meet-up with parents and students. I was really touched when my toddler looked at the slideshow and said, “I want to be in that classroom.” ” That’s exactly what I was going for! Feel free to make a copy of the template and edit as you like. This template was created with ideas and resources shared in an awesome Facebook group I joined, Bitmoji Craze for Educators.

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Document Student Growth with Portfolios

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“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard. Digital portfolios are one of the most powerful ways my students take ownership of their learning and reflect on their learning journeys. Digital portfolios help students set, track, and achieve their academic learning goals. Check out several of my students’ reflective portfolios here.

Sensational Ideas for Continuous Student Learning During the Summer

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“The best teachers are those who pass on their zeal and enthusiasm as a legacy to their students.” ” – Robert John Meehan. Learning doesn’t have to stop just because students are out of school.

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.

Comic Creation Tools to Engage Learners

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students of all ages enjoy learning with comics and creating comics. When students create comics they use props, scenery, dialogue, text, and characters to visualize and contextualize vocabulary and knowledge.

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Document Learning in a Digital Portfolio

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Digital portfolios are powerful learning tools for students of all ages. A digital portfolio allows students to upload and keep a record of work over time and share this work with family members and school staff regularly.

Tools for Designing Awesome Graphics

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! I started this blog 10 years ago, which was shortly after using Twitter and other social media tools to connect with educators.

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Engage Them in the First 5 Minutes! Bell-Ringers, Warm Ups, and Prompts!

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! As soon as students enter the classroom they can be engaged in learning. At my school we call these “to dos.” ” I have often heard these called bell ringers, warm ups, starters, and entrance tickets.

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Tools to Inspire Collaborative Discussions

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls.

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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.

Help Students Soar! Social and Emotional Learning Resources

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! We want to inspire our students to transform the world with their ideas, creativity, and knowledge. Innovation is a difficult journey.

Screencast Tools to Demonstrate Student Learning

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! One way for students to demonstrate what they are learning is through screencasts. In a screencast, students video record their digital screen (tablet or computer) and that shows them completing a task.

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Recommended Hashtags to Discover Top Edtech Tools and Apps

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Many people ask me how I keep up with the latest technology trends and find so many free resources to share on Twitter ( @ShellTerrell ) and on this blog.

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Formative Assessment Tools and Apps

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Ongoing assessment is necessary for student success. These assessments provide data on our learners’ progress and knowledge of the content.

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.

10+ Plugged and Unplugged Coding Activities for Hour of Code!

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! December 9 to 15th is the annual Hour of Code event. Coding is such an important skill that enables students to learn writing and math along with any other subject matter. Coding also inspires students to invent and innovate.

How to Inspire the Next World Changers

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“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” ” – Rita Pierson.

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Digital Learning Theories and Frameworks For Future Ready Classrooms

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Technology impacts every aspect of our students’ lives and will continue to play an important role in their lives.

Join the Cause and Be Inspired at the ELT4PR Online Conference for Teachers

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ” – Nelson Mandela. This weekend, January 25th to January 26th, join me and teachers worldwide for the ELT Day for Puerto Rico 24 hour online conference.

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.

Tools, Apps, and Resources to Create and Send Meaningful Greetings

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Tis’ the season for students to express gratitude and care for others by creating and sending greetings. Students can craft messages for their peers, family members, teachers, and school staff.

Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls.

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Lifelong Learning with Social Bookmarking Tools and Apps

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! One way to inspire students to be lifelong learners is to teach them how to collect, categorize, curate, and tag resources with a social bookmarking tool or app. I have listed some of my favorites for students and teachers below.

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Tips and Tools to Support Students in Publishing Their Own Digital Storybooks

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! I still remember the storybooks I created when I was younger. They were made by stapling or gluing construction paper over notebook paper and illustrating the pages with crayons and marker.

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

Motivate Students with Digital Badges

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Motivate students with digital badges. The Mac Arthur Foundation defines a digital badge as “an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online.

Inspiring Ideas and Resources from the #STEM4INNOVATION Conference

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“People can’t only design with their heads. They have to do it with their hands, too.” ” – Dr. Karan Watson, STEM 4 Innovation Keynote Speaker. Recently, I attended the incredible STEM 4 Innovation Conference at Texas A&M University.

Send Students on a Virtual Field Trip to Disney World with Their Bitmoji Teachers! Free Template!

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A friend of mine, Kris Felicello recently shared a virtual field trip to Disney World created by a kindergarten teacher, Gabrielle DeLucia. She used her Bitmoji avatar and embedded an audio file to act as a guide.

Student Goal-Setting with Digital Vision Boards

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! A new year is around the corner, which is a great time to encourage students to create a vision board where they visualize their personal, academic and professional goals.

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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.

Teacher Zen During Distance Learning

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“Zen-Relaxed and not worrying about things that you cannot change.” ” – Cambridge Dictionary. Distance learning has transformed the routines and lives of all stakeholders- students, families, and educators. How do we reduce the stress and find some peace and balance?

Express Learning with Animated Character Videos!

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! A fun way and safe way for students to share their knowledge is through animated character videos. The web tools below will get your students started with creating these videos.

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Video Project Ideas, Resources, and Tools

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students of all ages enjoy producing their own videos. Each year I meet younger and younger learners who have their own YouTube Channels.

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Screencast Tools to Demonstrate Student Learning

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! One way for students to demonstrate what they are learning is through screencasts. In a screencast, students video record their digital screen (tablet or computer) and that shows them completing a task.

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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.