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COVID-19 and the Value of Edtech Coaches

Digital Promise

A 2018 PwC survey reported that many U.S. educators do not have enough experience, resources, or training to use technology in the most effective ways, with teachers at low-income schools particularly ill-prepared. As the coronavirus pandemic challenges schools around the world to keep students engaged in remote learning and to use technology in new ways, many have turned to instructional technology coaches (also referred to as edtech coaches) for support.

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Distance Learning Requires a Student-Centered Approach

Education Elements

Regardless of where students are physically learning this school year, educators must orient their instruction towards distance learning. An orientation towards distance learning allows for continuity of meaningful learning experiences despite changing circumstances or disruptions to the school calendar, whether it be an isolated power outage or a global pandemic. It is important to note that highly-effective distance learning doesn’t just happen with the flip of a switch.

Revisiting blended learning principles, with school plans in limbo

The Christensen Institute

Some school buildings may be open again, but things won’t be back to normal. In all likelihood, students will have to come to campuses part-time in shifts, which creates a whole host of challenges for schools as they strive to offer comprehensive educational opportunities. Designing a new choreography for schooling may seem like a huge undertaking, but it’s not a new one.

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion + Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Learning is most powerful when students feel valued, honored, and empowered. The teachers who leave the greatest lasting impact on their students are the ones who see them for who they are, often before the students even see this themselves. These teachers uplift their students by developing their interests, celebrating their uniqueness, and challenging their assumptions about the world and themselves. Equity Classrooms

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How to keep parents engaged in school activities using an LMS


A key aspect of the wellbeing of students is the involvement of parents in their academic life. Parents need to be aware of what is happening with their children in school, how they are progressing in classes, and they need to communicate with teachers frequently. Parents can get really busy with day to day activities, and may struggle sometimes to keep up with how their children are doing in school. That’s where technology can offer a helping hand.

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‘If I Could Handle This, I Can Handle Anything’: First-Year Teachers Reflect on the Pandemic


Jamie Wong Baesa had been dreaming of her first year as a teacher since she was 7 years old, when she would line up her stuffed animals and launch into a lesson. Mikia Frazier, too, spent years envisioning the day she would get to walk into her own classroom. Kids from the neighborhood would often stop Frazier’s mother, a school principal, in the supermarket to tell her how much she’d changed their life.

Telehealth is taking off. Stakeholder alignment can ensure it lasts.

The Christensen Institute

For years we’ve talked about the disruptive potential of telehealth. By enabling health professionals to diagnose and treat their patients remotely via video and audio, telehealth stands to greatly increase access to healthcare, and as a result, reduce costs through preventative screenings. Since the onset of COVID-19, telehealth has skyrocketed as stay-at-home measures have forced more providers to connect with patients from home.

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What is Flipgrid and How Does it Work for Teachers and Students?


Flipgrid is the video discussion tool from Microsoft that opens up the classroom

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.

20 Alternatives To Zoom For Online Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

The best alternatives to Zoom for online teaching depend on your needs but Google Meet, BlueJeans, and Skype are just a few of your options. The post 20 Alternatives To Zoom For Online Teaching appeared first on TeachThought. Technology eLearning Remote Teaching Resources

Can Schools and Colleges Bring an In-Person Feel to Remote Campuses?


A Harvard University student with a tech startup is trying to bring a little social life back to campuses as they continue remote operations in the fall. Hey, it worked for Zuckerberg.) Bryan Lee, a rising senior at Harvard, has spent the last five months building a videoconferencing system called Congregate.

The hidden benefits of a move to online instruction

eSchool News

That COVID “where were you when” moment from last March is still fresh in Paul Sanfrancesco’s mind. Watching neighboring districts announce closures and realizing his own faculty would be stranded at home, contingency plans were hatched and devices were launched to prep students for remote learning.

Starting a Teaching Career When a Pandemic Hits


First-year teachers face many challenges in a normal year. So imagine starting a teaching career and having a global pandemic hit. This summer, EdSurge talked with new teachers whose first years were interrupted by COVID-19 last spring, to hear how they coped. You can find the full story here. On this week’s podcast, we hear from three of the teachers we spoke to about the highs, the lows and the lessons learned from their first year teaching—face-to-face and from a distance.

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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.

Grade expectations: How to look at grading in a new light

eSchool News

The teacher finishes giving instructions and sits down for students to begin completing the assignment. While students work, the teacher grades papers and prepares for the next hour, answering some questions here and there. As students finish the work, the assignments get turned in to be graded later. If this scenario sounds familiar, then you are not alone. Teachers traditionally follow the model of present, practice, and let students work independently.

Two Good Websites that Offer Virtual Manipulatives for Teachers and Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Below are two of our favourite sources where you can access virtual manioulatives to use with your students in class. The sites also offer other educational math resources that you can easily.read more. math resources Math websites

Back to School Online Activities – SULS075

Shake Up Learning

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Google Slides: Use Titles

Teacher Tech

Many of us are using Google Slides to build interactive student activities. You can link to another slide in the Google Slides to help students navigate. Titles are the Slide Name When hyperlinking to a slide (Control K) you want to select “Slides in this presentation.” ” From the drop down you can choose the particular […]. The post Google Slides: Use Titles appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google Slides google google slides slides

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.

Students Dive Deep Into COVID-19 in Free Open Study Course


Asama Mothana originally wanted to use the summer before her senior year to get a job, possibly at a law firm. Instead, she’s taking an open-study research course on a subject she was already thinking a lot about: the COVID-19 pandemic. “I I feel like learning about it in the open study dives deeper into what’s actually happening” with the pandemic, says Mosana, who attends a local public school in Brooklyn, N.Y. “We

Simplifying Online Instruction with ONE Google Doc

Cycles of Learning

Today I gave a short presentation to my colleagues on my use of ONE Google Doc to drastically simplifying how my students access and engage with our lessons during this temporary time of online learning. Click here to access the document referenced in the video and here to access a recording of the presentation. The presentation recording is also embedded below. Chemistry COVID 19 Online Teaching Technology

4 Ideas for Empowering Students During Remote Learning

The Principal of Change

In my newly released, self-paced course, “ Developing the Innovator’s Mindset Through Remote, Face-to-Face, and Blended Learning ,” I discuss the importance of empowering learners in any environment, online or offline. In the last post, I discussed ideas for building relationships in a remote learning environment and why it is so important. In today’s post, I want to share some thoughts and ideas on how to empower learners in a remote learning environment.

Bring Geography to Life by Tracking Hurricanes


Nearly 20 years ago Jennifer Smith began having her fifth grade social studies students track hurricanes as part of their geography unit. Middle grades kids are excited to learn material that impacts their daily lives and spurs a sense of service and empathy for victims. Articles Geography geography hurricanes Jennifer Smith social studies weather science

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

8 Easy and Fun Back-to-School Online Activities (Part 2)

Shake Up Learning

The post 8 Easy and Fun Back-to-School Online Activities (Part 2) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. So many of us are excitedly getting ready to head back-to-school for a new year—but things might look a little different. Many of us are starting back-to-school online. Luckily, there are ways to make your students feel connected during the back-to-school season, even if you can’t be physically together in the classroom!

How Culturally Relevant Teaching Can Build Relationships While Students Are Home


Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device. via Apple Podcasts | via Stitcher | via Google | via Spotify | via TuneIn. When schools began to close because of COVID-19 in March, teachers and students had to rapidly adjust to learning online. For many students, finding a quiet place at home to learn with reliable technology was difficult, especially when family members were dealing with the pandemic.

Here Are the Top Five ‘Tech Enablers’ in K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

Digital collaboration platforms and tools for online privacy and safety are the most important “tech enablers” for K–12 schools this year, according to “Driving K–12 Innovation: 2020 Tech Enablers,” a new report by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Analytics and adaptive technologies, cloud infrastructure and mobile devices were also highlighted as Tech Enablers in the report

What Can Schools Learn from Summer Camp Success at Adapting for Safe Activities?

Marketplace K-12

A summer camp counselor explains how the camp where he taught tennis this summer worked to keep its staff and campers safe. The post What Can Schools Learn from Summer Camp Success at Adapting for Safe Activities? appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 social distancing summer camp

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.