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What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Constructivism is a student-centered philosophy that emphasizes hands-on learning and active participation in lessons. Constructivists believe that learning is an active process so the most effective way to learn is through discovery.

4 Emerging Edtech Trends in 2020

The CoolCatTeacher

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares his thoughts From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares four trends that are shaping how his schools teach with technology.

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Guest Post: Helping Students Navigate Online Sources with Critical Literacy

Digital Promise

When I taught United States history at a high school in New York City, I had a discussion with my students about finding sources for their upcoming research projects. The responses mainly echoed, “just Google” and “stay away from Wikipedia.”

Engagement & Edtech in Social Studies

The CoolCatTeacher

Dustin Harnish inspires social studies teachers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You can blend old fashioned relationships with modern edtech if you know how. Teacher Dustin Harnish proves it.

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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.

My New Journey With a Mission-Driven Organization

Education Elements

Erica Williams Simon, founder of Snapchat’s Creator’s Lab and one of my favorite millennials on a mission, wrote in this tweet that the best career advice she can give is to never attach yourself to a person, place, company, or project, but rather a mission, a calling, or a purpose.

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You Can Coach for Equity Anywhere, with Anyone

Education Elements

To create the schools children deserve, we must coach educators and leaders for equity. It isn’t an option for coaches to be neutral on issues of justice — and there are injustices occurring in almost every school, every day.

How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps

TeachThought - Learn better.

Killing a learner's natural curiosity doesn't happen overnight. It can take as long as 12 years, and in some rare cases even that isn't long enough. The post How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps appeared first on TeachThought.

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Bringing Personalized Learning to Scale in a Large Urban School District

Education Elements

Personalized learning has captured the attention of many education reformers. Much of the conversation is around utilizing a personalized learning approach to enhance student engagement, and thereby, increase student achievement.

Reducing Friction in OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

Last week I promised I would write a few posts about reducing friction with regard to OER. When I use the phrase “reducing friction” in this context, I mean taking things that are needlessly difficult and making them much easier.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Unlocking Your Potential With An Identity Shift

Education Elements

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that my life is a day-to-day journey to reach my full potential. Whether it’s reaching my full potential in my health, my income, my relationships, or really anything I put effort into.


Implementing a New Reading Program? Start With the Small Wins.


There has to be a vested interest in all parts and we have to make sure that we're providing that ongoing support at all levels.

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‘You can’t help but to wonder’: Crumbling schools, less money, and dismal outcomes in the county that was supposed to change everything for black children in the South

The Hechinger Report

English teacher Samara Rand goes over a passage with a student in her class at Holmes County Central High School. The high school ranked as one of the lowest performing in Mississippi and Rand, a second-year teacher, often dissects passages with her students.

Post-Secondary Options That Will Let You Work From Home

EdNews Daily

Working from home has gained momentum and popularity in recent years. With perks including no commute, working in comfy clothes all day, and, often, flexible hours, why are more people not choosing to work from home? .

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.

Project Based Learning Goldmine… Over 86 Amazing Videos To Generate That New Project For A School Or Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Have you ever wanted to get some great ideas that could be the start of a new PBL or school program. You will enjoy look at these videos which represent some wonderful ideas.

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Classroom routines that deliver student success

eSchool News

As teachers, we only have so many hours in the day to engage and teach our students.

‘We’re stronger than we’ve ever been’: A Mississippi district shows that integrated schools pay off

The Hechinger Report

Angie Rawls, choral director at Pearl High School in Mississippi, leads students in a vocal exercise. Choral students have received numerous accolades under Rawls’ direction. Photo: Sarah Warnock/The Clarion Ledger. PEARL, Miss.—

Changes at the National Science Foundation Raise Objections From Education Startups


There is no such thing as free money. For education startups, the National Science Foundation has provided what may be the closest thing: upwards of $20 million every year to support their research and development efforts. There’s plenty of paperwork involved, of course.

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers

Ditch That Textbook

Google Drawings is the hidden gem in the core G Suite tools for education.Everyone is familiar with Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets. They correlate nicely with the Microsoft Office products we used for years and years.Google Drawings doesn’t fit into a nice, neat box like that. Here it is in a nutshell:Google Drawings […]. The post The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Why lifelong learning matters for K-12 students

eSchool News

In an ever-changing global workforce, today’s students are developing skills to make them productive members of tomorrow’s workforce. Perhaps one of the most important skills they’ll learn is lifelong learning.

Google Drive Tips for Students with Low or No Vision

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In yesterday’s post we featured a number of interesting Android educational apps for students with special needs and today we want to draw your attention to this helpful accessibility more

OPINION: At-risk youth aren’t the problem — but they can be part of the counseling solution

The Hechinger Report

There’s room for more than one counseling solution. First, some numbers: 1-to-464 — the average school counselor-to-student ratio in the United States. 20 percent — the percentage of their time at work that more than half of high-school counseling departments report spending on college-related counseling. 1-to-1,000 — the typical adviser-to-student ratio at community colleges in the United States.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

TCEA 2020 Wrap Up


TCEA 2020 was a blast! It was our first time attending, and it was an absolutely amazing experience. We love getting the opportunity to connect with our community, and make new friends as well! Let’s take a closer look at some of the highlights from TCEA 2020: Making Connections.

What Students Can Learn by Writing to Politicians


Writing a letter to a politician is about as “civic” an assignment as we can do within our classroom walls, and it feels so relevant in our polarized political climate. After 3 years of tweaking her project, teacher Sarah Cooper shares tips to boost the response rate.

Kendall Hunt Acquires Paradigm Education to Expand Health Career Offerings


Paradigm Education Solutions, a provider of online instructional materials for computing, digital literacy, and career development skills, has been acquired by academic publisher Kendall Hunt. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Deal with online giant threatens Pennsylvania colleges, Moody’s warns

The Hechinger Report

If you want to understand how online degrees are shaking up traditional colleges and universities, look at Pennsylvania. In January 2020, the state’s 14 community colleges signed an unusual agreement with a private nonprofit university far outside Pennsylvania’s borders to encourage students to complete their bachelor’s degrees online.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.