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Tips, Tools and Resources for Awesome Student Video Projects

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students enjoy producing their own videos. This year make a goal of motivating students to share their knowledge through a video project. In my books find lesson plans, handouts and rubrics for creating video projects.

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Social and Emotional Learning Resources and Tools to Uplift Students

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! More than ever we need to focus on student wellness. We can encourage students to reflect on the emotions they are feeling and identify and validate these emotions.

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Digital Research and Curation with Social Bookmarking Tools

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Social bookmarking apps have leveled up research. With social bookmarking tools students can collect, categorize, curate, and tag resources. Many are free! I have listed some of my favorites for students and teachers below.

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25 Days of Free STEM Resources Digital Advent Calendar

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Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Happy holidays and welcome to this year’s digital advent calendar! Below is a clickable calendar. Click on any day to discover a free idea, tool, or template related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

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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.

Level Up Your Virtual Teaching with Screencasting Tools!

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! The transformation to virtual learning means teachers now act as the tech support for students and parents who are also new to virtual learning. Screencasting tools are a lifesaver for virtual instruction.

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3 Tools to Amplify Your Video Conferences

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! This year video conferencing has been the way many teachers deliver instruction. This is very different than in class instruction.

Express Yourself! Emoji Resources for Math, Science, English and SEL

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Our learners are communicating on digital devices more than ever. Emojis allow students to express themselves, share their personalities, and add emotion to their messages. Emojis also represent an international language.

Digital Learning Theories and Frameworks to Elevate Instruction

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Many teachers are feeling overwhelmed with the sudden transition to digital lessons and online teaching.

Reach Out and Uplift Students with Check-Ins!

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! A student check-in in a physical classroom takes place daily usually before the student walks in the door or at the beginning of the period. Students share a greeting and how they are feeling through a handshake, high five, or other method.

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.

Highlight Incredible Learning with a Newsletter

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! As the first semester ends this is the perfect time to send a newsletter showcasing the amazing learning that takes place in your classroom! Parents will be able to see and appreciate all the work and care you dedicated to their children.

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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!

I’ve Got an Idea?? Digital Brainstorming Tools for Students!

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! My students love doing any learning when they get to brainstorm on their desks with a dry erase marker.

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Facilitate Learner Autonomy with Student Choice Menus

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Student choice engages learners and also promotes learner autonomy. Thankfully, many teachers have designed incredible choice menus and boards that are free to copy and edit.

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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.

Ideas and Resources for Outdoor Learning

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students spend so much time with their digital devices and indoors. When possible we should provide them opportunities to learn outdoors and play.

Hour of Code Plugged and Unplugged Activities and Resources

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! December 7 to 13th 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.

Create and Send Meaningful Greetings

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! This year we could all use some cheer! One way to uplift students and others is to create and send digital greetings.

Get Them Moving with Brain Breaks!

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time is unhealthy for both teachers and students. One quick way to add movement is with a brain break.

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.

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.

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. Online learning is mostly asynchronous; it rarely takes place in real time and we rarely have the benefits of making connections and relationship building through nonverbal communication and verbal communication.

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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Find the Right Tool to Inspire Your Learners

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! The good news is there are thousands of digital tools and apps (many free) to support teachers, students and families. The bad news is there are thousands of digital tools.

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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.

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. Part of connecting and spreading the word of new posts, online conferences I’ve organized, online courses, Twitter chats, and other news is creating visuals to share online.

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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. The idea is to have a short 5 minute or less activity like a prompt that students are able to complete while you take care of attendance or get situated from the previous class.

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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. When students regularly look back and reflect on their work they are able to see what they have accomplished and set goals for improvement.

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. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others.

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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.

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. While students are completing the task they are also explaining the learning with an audio recording.

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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. The greatest inventions that transformed the world took thousands of attempts and years of frustration and problem-solving. Many students want to give up after one attempt at a solution.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! Tools to Inspire Collaboration

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! One of the best ways to engage students online is through peer collaboration and discussions. Google and Microsoft have several apps and tools, which facilitate meaningful student collaboration and discussion.

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12 Ideas and Resources to Inspire Students to Show Kindness

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“There’s no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ” – Scott Adams. This Wednesday, November 13th, is World Kindness Day! The resources below will help your students understand what kindness means and why showing kindness is important to making the world a better place.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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