Wed.Jun 24, 2020

4 Creative Projects to Make Using Google Tools

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Eric Curts shares how we can use docs, sheets, drawings, and slides with creative classroom projects. Eric is author of the new book Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects and we give an overview of what you can do with Google tools. Sponsor: Welcome TGR Foundation and Discovery Education as a sponsor to my podcast.

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The Six Competencies that Every Leader Should Model Through COVID-19

Education Elements

There is something about this crisis that has brought out the baker in many. Even the two of us, people who have tried elimination protocols to reduce our gluten intake, have made a few attempts at biscuit and sourdough making. And it’s not just us! We recently learned that King Arthur Flour has seen a 600% increase in demand for their product as home cooks are rediscovering the art of making their own bread. Organizational Leadership & Change Management District Leadership School Leadership


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Tech Tip #111 Quick Browser Fix

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: Quick Browser Fixes. Category: Internet. Sub-category: Problem-solving. Q: The browser I’m using is quirky. Sites I know should work don’t.

Upskilling and Reskilling for the ‘New Normal’ of Education

Education Elements

The abrupt shift to distance learning directly challenged the knowledge, mindsets, and skills of our teacher workforce this Spring. Formerly ‘nice-to-have’ skills in digital integration became ‘must-haves,’ traditional classroom management and instructional design methods no longer applied, and everyone was required to embrace a high level of comfort with ambiguity as guidelines and expectations shifted on a weekly basis.

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.

The promise of a jobs guarantee depends on CBE

The Christensen Institute

COVID-19 and the recent wave of demonstrations have served up raw reminders that the American labor market is lined with deep, inequitable fissures. Even as the month of May saw the astoundingly high jobless rate lower by 1.4% overall, the Black community saw its unemployment rate tick up another 0.1%, all while grappling with higher infection and mortality rates from the pandemic.

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

Educational Technology Guy

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.

Even Teachers Fail: How to Embrace Mistakes as an Educator


Being able to embrace mistakes as an educator can provide opportunity to improve

Livescribe™ launches their best smartpen yet, the Symphony.

Educational Technology Guy

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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7 tips for future-proofing school libraries

eSchool News

Schools in urban districts like Denver Public Schools often struggle to fund library programs, which only exacerbates already existing equity gaps for students of color. And while it is painfully true that tight school budgets often result in unstaffed or understaffed school libraries, I am hopeful. I sense a revolution in how we serve our students — a revolution in how we walk the talk of equity. Prioritizing equitable library access for students.

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.

Experts answer your kids’ tough questions about race and racism

The Hechinger Report

“We need to talk about parenting,” my friend texted me a few weeks ago in the wake of nationwide protests and outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. “I I have questions.” Like many parents, she was now explaining and answering questions about nationwide protests and going deeper than ever into conversations about white privilege and racism. Her 4-year-olds, like my own preschooler, had many questions: “If there’s a Black community, are we part of the white community?”

How to Use Google Jamboard, for Teachers


Take long distance learning to the next level with a Google Jamboard upgrade

When kids go back to school, who’s going to drive the bus?

The Hechinger Report

For the past three months, Bridget and Jerry Boyce have taken every precaution to avoid bringing the novel coronavirus into their rural Oregon home. This story also appeared in High Country News. Both drive buses for the Sutherlin School District — Bridget, for the past five years; Jerry, for two. After schools closed, they chose not to participate in a meal-delivery program to students’ homes.

Can ‘Equity-Based Pricing’ Make Edtech Products More Accessible?


In Finland, a speeding ticket can cost six figures. That’s because the country, like several of its European neighbors, fines offenders a percentage of their income, instead of a flat rate. The idea is that the financial punishment ought to fit one’s privilege in society. In a similar spirit, an Oakland, Calif.-based based company is planning to apply that principle to make its software license pricing more equitable for schools and districts.

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.

This visual arts teacher steps outside the box for remote learning

eSchool News

In partnership with eSchool News, Illuminate Education is spotlighting teachers in a series recognizing educators, the way they have moved instruction online during COVID-19, and how they have prioritized the needs of their students. Aaron Troyer. Visual Arts Teacher. Journey School. Capistrano Unified School District, CA. “We We have the opportunity to help motivate students to create something that’s not just for a grade, but is something that their friends are going to see and engage with.”.

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To My Fellow MINDers: Reflections on an 18-Year Journey

MIND Research Institute

For more than 18 years, I have been a part of MIND, and MIND has been a part of me. And while I will soon be leaving to take the next step in my personal and professional journey, that will not change. Someone recently told me that I was like that cool senior classmate who all the incoming freshman looked up to for guidance and shortcuts. Someone else told me that I was the head of the welcoming committee to MIND. But the best compliment I have ever received was that I was “the heart of MIND.”

My manifesto for the coming school year: flexible resilience & finding what’s best for teachers and kids

The Cornerstone for Teachers

You know up until this point, if you’re subscribed to my email list or if you follow me on social media, that I’ve been advocating for teachers to use this first part of your summer break to rest and recuperate. As we prepare to head into July now, I want to plant the seeds for you to participate in the reimagining of schools that’s happening in your district. I want to ensure that your voice is heard and that your school’s plan for the fall is developed with your input and insight.

How Professors Are Planning for an Uncertain Fall Semester


Colleges are busy planning for what promises to be a dramatic and stressful semester. The COVID-19 pandemic continues, but states are in the process of opening back up, and the majority of U.S. colleges say they plan to restart classroom teaching on campus in the fall. There are still many unanswered questions about what that might look like in practice, as colleges try to balance safety through social distancing while making teaching and other campuses experiences meaningful and effective.

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.

Our Non-Negotiables for Teaching ELs


What are your non-negotiables for teaching English Learners? When EL specialist Valentina Gonzalez asked her Twitter PLN, the response was overwhelming. Read what educators had to say and consider Valentina’s process for teams to confer and agree on a list of your own. Non-Negotiables The Unstoppable EL Teacher beliefs campus teams district teams English learners grade level teams non-negotiables Unstoppable EL Teacher Valentina Gonzalez

District wide campus communications suites

eSchool News

Murrieta Valley Unified School District educates 23,400 students from transitional kindergarten through high school at 20 campuses. MVUSD executed a major 18-month renovation of campuses across the district including the installation of AV systems built around Extron’s WallVault Digital System in 1,100 classrooms, multipurpose rooms, libraries, and meeting rooms.

Google Docs Tips to Help You in Your Online Teaching

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

For those of you using or planning to use Google Docs in their online instruction, the visual below is a resource you should definitely keep handy. It features what we think are some important more. Distance learning

Professional Learning Summer Webinar Series

eSchool News

Flinn Scientific is hosting a safe return to school series of webinars, designed to provide facts and information to enhance student learning and facilitate instruction in a safe format, regardless of the learning modality. Webinars cover safety measures, processes, and protocols required to keep students and staff safe.

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.

Why There’s A Push To Get Police Out Of Schools


At least two-thirds of American high school students attend a school with a police officer, according to the Urban Institute , and that proportion is higher for students of color. Now, the national uprising for racial justice has led to a push to remove police officers from security positions inside schools. School systems in Minneapolis , Milwaukee , Denver , Portland, Ore. , and two districts in the Bay Area have all moved in recent weeks to suspend or phase out ties with police.

Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

The Digital Writing Process: Teachers' Guide

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Writing, as is the case with learning in general, is not only about product but is also about process. In other words, writing is about the cognitive processes (e.g., thinking skills and more.

Schools Invest in Cameras and Security to Boost Building Safety

EdTech Magazine

When Keith Price became technology director of Alabama’s Vestavia Hills City Schools in 2019, one of the first tasks he tackled was replacing the district’s aging video management system. The old system was an “antiquated version that didn’t take advantage of modern technology,” Price says. Now, the district uses an open platform solution from Milestone Systems , which offers more flexibility. The upgrades also include BCDVideo servers and Milestone software. “We

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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.