Fri.Dec 06, 2019

Express Learning with Animated Character Videos!

Teacher Reboot Camp

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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4 Unplugged Activities for Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Hour of Code is a time when teachers show students why they should love-not-fear coding and students find out that these activities — often seen as geeky or impossible — aren’t. They’re actually fun.

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Why K–12 Students Need to Be Taught to Guard Their Data Online

EdTech Magazine

Why K–12 Students Need to Be Taught to Guard Their Data Online. shailaja.neela…. Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:25. A recent McAfee survey of 1,000 college students and recent graduates ages 18 to 25 revealed some startling statistics on how little this tech-savvy cohort knows about data security.

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Educating for the Design Economy

EdNews Daily

By LeiLani Cauthen. Editor’s Note: This article was first published in 2014. It’s remarkable how it has increased in relevance now that the bulk of education is sailing into the choppy waters of redesign and digital-first.

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.

Increasing Accessibility for Students on the Web


Use Immersive Reader on Websites (unofficial) Chrome Extension. Technology tools can make accessibility possible by creating embedded supports that differentiate and personalize instruction. The Google Suite has many built-in tools to support students’ reading, writing, and fluency.

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How to Create Effective Professional Development


Are you responsible for planning professional development activities for your colleagues in education?

5 ways to celebrate this year’s Hour of Code

eSchool News

The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and to teach students about coding and computer science. The event takes place during Computer Science Education Week, which is Dec. 9-15 this year.

Put To The Test—HP Chromebook X2


The Chromebook with a Dual Personality

Trade Shows: When to Go and What to Do When You Get There

Attending trade shows seems like an absolute must for educational publishers; the cost, personnel, and logistics can be obstacles for even the larger companies. But going shouldn’t be booth or bust, though.

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.

S I M P L I F Y I N G: New Class Website Approach


I am going to be transitioning all of my class websites from traditional Google Sites to simple Google Documents

Harnessing the Power and Potential of Social Media to Build Learning Communities #CDNedtech19

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I’ve been invited to host a Round Table Breakout Session at the 10th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit today, titled: “ Harnessing the Power and Potential of Social Media to Build Learning Communities.

The 1619 Project: Resources, Opinion and Guidance on Teaching About Slavery


The 1619 Project is a collection of articles and supporting materials on slavery and its significance to American history and culture by the New York Times

10 network and physical school safety resources

eSchool News

School safety is paramount to administrators, educators, parents, and students across the country. Teaching and learning can’t occur when school staff and students feel unsafe in their classrooms and school buildings.

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.

Helpful Google Sheets for Teachers and Educators

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

After Google Docs poster, here is the one we promised to prepare for Google Sheets. Our purpose behind these visuals is to highlight basic features teachers (and students) need to know to more

BreakoutEDU: More Than a Time-Filling Game

Shake Up Learning

The post BreakoutEDU: More Than a Time-Filling Game appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this post, we are going to explore how BreakoutEDU is more than a time-filling game! Think of BreakoutEDU as an escape room game for your classroom, aligned with your learning goals.

Word Cloud Generators to Use in Your Instruction

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A word cloud is a visual representation of the frequencies of words in a text. Teachers can use word clouds for a variety of instructional purposes from creating class groups using students' names more

Exploring Poetry: A Writer’s Workshop Support

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our 4th grade is currently reading poetry in their reading block and writing poetry during writer’s workshop. To support their work, they asked me to create a lesson to give their students an opportunity to read multiple kinds of poetry to inform their work back in class. Planning.

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.

FCC Issues New Category Two Rules

Education Superhighway

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a highly anticipated Report and Order (12/3/2019), that makes notable and permanent changes to E-rate rules for Category Two funding applications.

Special Holiday Wishes for Our Law Enforcement Officers


As the very proud daughter of a retired police chief with thirty-two and a half years in the department, all things law enforcement related are very near and dear to my heart. I have seen firsthand the risks and sacrifices that these brave men and women make for us on a daily basis.

Take Flight to Accessibility with the AEM Pilot


This is a guest post written by Cynthia Curry, Director of the AEM Center at CAST. SETDA continues an on-going partnership with CAST to support access to instructional materials and tools for all learners.

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Check your public library.


Recently I was trying to get a copy of a book, Sally Gets A Job , that would align with a vocabulary set from one of my favorite apps, WWP-Vocabulary. The set featured good Tier-2 words such as skill, operate, career, successful, earn.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

#FactFriday: All 50 States Offer Schools Flexibility from Seat-Time Requirements


Time-based systems, also known as “seat-time” requirement systems, still form the basis of today’s traditional schools. The prevailing assumption has been that state policies for seat-time requirements constrict schools and hinder attempts to innovate.

Does Work on a ‘Learning Credential Blockchain’ Have Implications for K-12?

Marketplace K-12

IBM is working with a consortium of organizations that are seeking to create a "learning credential blockchain" for education. The post Does Work on a ‘Learning Credential Blockchain’ Have Implications for K-12? appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Blockchain Data Data Privacy

Teachers' Essential Guide to Coding in the Classroom

Graphite Blog

What is coding? Why teach coding? Is coding relevant to non-STEM subjects? At what age can students learn coding? What do students need to know before taking coding? How do I get started teaching coding? What are the best resources for teaching coding? What is coding? Coding is the process of writing out steps for a computer to follow to achieve a goal or perform a task.

The Power of Writing

Reading By Example

Before an observation this week, I was discussing the writing lesson the teacher had planned. “As As a writer, what are your thoughts about description?” she asked. I paused, then shared, “Focus on nouns and verbs, more so than adjectives or adverbs. I believe writers need to be specific with description.”. The reason I paused is I still do not 100% identify with myself as a writer.

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.