Mon.Jun 29, 2020

Virtual Team Building Activities

User Generated Education

I, like many others, was forced to move a face-to-face college class to virtual synchronous meetings in Zoom. This term I am teaching a group dynamics course. One of my goals is to have my students experience similar dynamics and processes as they would face-to-face. Typically, I do this through experiential group activities. My task has become converting these experiences to a virtual environment.

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Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.


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July 2020 Guide: Esports

eSchool News

We are excited to bring you the very first in a series of eSchool News Guides, which are full of resources, tips, trends, and insight from industry experts on a variety of topics that are essential to the classroom, school, and district. The eSchool News Esports Guide offers expert insight on why esports are quickly becoming part of classroom instruction. Guides classroom district eSchool News instruction news resources school tips trends

Forget ‘Jobs of the Future.’ Let’s Prepare People for Ones That Already Exist.


Anyone who has attended an education conference in the last ten years has likely heard the claim that 65 percent of today’s children will work in jobs that don’t even exist yet. The statistic, cited in a popular World Economic Forum report , often emerges in any conversation about education, the economy and the workforce. Unfortunately, it’s untrue. The real problem is that there are many existing jobs in our current economy that remain unfilled.

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.

25 Of The Best Poetry Books For Teens

TeachThought - Learn better.

When choosing a poetry book for teens, it’s also important to choose poetry that relates to where students are in life or what they care about. The post 25 Of The Best Poetry Books For Teens appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Books

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Learning Communities Can Save Colleges—and Engage Remote Students


As colleges plan to welcome students back for the fall semester—while preparing for a possible second outbreak of the coronavirus that would force classes back online–one thing is for sure: Community is more important than ever. Families debating the value of virtual college classes fear that schools in the fall will lack the real “college experience,” and that students will struggle with online learning and feel more isolated than engaged.

When the digital divide is made worse by a pandemic

eSchool News

The digital divide is proving one of the most pervasive and stubborn challenges in U.S. education, and its effects can follow students from kindergarten through college. As if that’s not bad enough, the COVID-19 crisis, which forced students across the globe to learn at home while schools closed physical operations, made inequities even more apparent. Students in schools all over the U.S.

Report: Over 2.5 Million California Students and Teachers Lack Adequate Internet Connection or Devices


A new analysis finds that California ranks second in the nation for highest population of students and teachers lacking adequate internet connection and devices at home

TEACHER VOICE: ‘Which police officer will see me not as an educator or a scientist, but as a suspect?’

The Hechinger Report

CASABLANCA, Morocco — I grew up with a Black father of Puerto Rican and Caribbean ancestry and a white mother, in an overwhelmingly white area of Western New York. I am used to standing out. There was the bully who called me “n *r” on the playground, and the funny looks my family would get when we were all out together. I’ve since learned to take pride in my differences and cope with the challenges I’ve encountered as a racial minority.


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.

What is a Student Information System and How Does it Work?


Everything you need to know about a Student Information System and which one is best for you

Microsoft Teams: Creating Assignments

Teacher Tech

When you create a CLASS Team you have the option to create assignments, give feedback and assign grades. Two Places You can find assignments in Microsoft Teams in 2 places. On the left hand side one of the icons is “Assignments.” ” If you can not find this it is because your Teams account is not […]. The post Microsoft Teams: Creating Assignments appeared first on Teacher Tech. Beginner Microsoft Teams microsoft Microsoft Teams

Building Engagement No Matter Where We End Up #engaginglitminds

Reading By Example

Our school rocked remote learning, especially in the beginning. The teachers pivoted quickly to an online platform, adopted new online resources quickly, and kept an open, positive mind for the “new normal”, all within a matter of a week (albeit that week was filled with some loooooong days of preparation). We were ZOOMing! While remote learning overall went well, by the end the engagement was waning.

The “Numb” Feeling of Emergency Remote Teaching

The Principal of Change

I saw my brother, Dr. Alec Couros , share this short and powerful video by Liv McNeil. Please take three minutes to watch it: An incredible video by a student to show one person’s experience during emergency remote teaching. . I have had a lot of conversations with educators about their students during the past few months. The comments have ranged from students thriving during this time to struggling way beyond what this video shows. . To be honest, the same can be said for many adults. .

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.

Teaching U.S. History in Turbulent Times


The antiracist protests occurring across the country since the killing of George Floyd have led Lauren Brown and Sarah Cooper – two white female middle school social studies teachers – to consider even more deeply “how best to teach U.S. history.” Join the conversation. Future of History History & Current Events antiracism Black history enslavement Lauren Brown Reconstruction Sarah Cooper teaching history white history

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Concept Mapping in Education: Teachers' Guide

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Concept mapping is a learning strategy that involves visualizing relations between concepts and ideas using graphical representations. It is a form of graphic organizer that consists of more

Major Software Association Restructuring Ed-Tech Division, Moving Away from In-Person Conferences

Marketplace K-12

The Software and Information Industry Association is moving away from in-person conferences as it essentially slashes its ed-tech division, which will be absorbed into the organization's policy unit. The post Major Software Association Restructuring Ed-Tech Division, Moving Away from In-Person Conferences appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Federal / State Policy Innovation Software / Hardware

U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall


The nation’s pediatricians have come out with a strong statement in favor of bringing children back to the classroom this fall wherever and whenever they can do so safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidance “strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

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.

Schools Strive for Screen Time Balance in a Complex Equation

EdTech Magazine

The dynamics of digital instruction, learning outcomes and equitable access can be complex, with no one-size-fits-all approach. As researchers learn more about best practices, educators are tasked with putting their findings into practice — a job harder than it sounds. Now, districts are confronting new challenges as they seek to deliver instruction remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Practical Guide To The Best Laminators For Teachers and Classrooms

Fractus Learning

Teachers – and parents of younger children – LOVE to laminate. Why? It’s simple – kids tend to destroy unprotected paper items. While some schools have a communal laminator, many teachers want to have one for [.]. Educators

When the Show Must Go On Online for Theater Students


After roles as a gravedigger in a grunge rock musical adaptation of Hamlet and the Wicked Witch’s second-in-command in The Wiz , this spring, due to the spread of COVID-19, high school junior Jack Tartara found himself trying out a brand-new role: quarantined theater kid. When school closed and the theater program moved online, Tartara performed in their Zoom-based radio play of “The Twilight Zone.”

Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education ~ 13 Years Flew By 


It is difficult to believe that it has been 13 years since SETDA’s 2008 journey in developing and publishing the Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education. This project included a Student Bill of Rights and a series of white papers (below). At that time, the critical topics that bubbled to the top were broadband access, […]. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning instructional materials Personalized Learning Professional Learning Student voice

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.

How to DIY Your Distance Learning PD

Graphite Blog

For most teachers, summer is both a time to recharge and a time to reflect on the past school year and consider new teaching strategies and curriculum. But with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting more traditional professional learning opportunities like in-person conferences and workshops, it's time for you to chart your own course. Fortunately, there are plenty of informal ways to learn and grow professionally on your own.

Best Practices for Effective Character Education


What are the top five adjectives you would use to describe yourself? Think& about it for a minute before you name the words. Now, how did you become that kind of person? What experiences formed you into who you are today? Did you have a loving adult in your life who modeled empathetic listening and the importance of caring for others? Perhaps your teachers explicitly taught you about responsibility, integrity, and respect.

5 Mistakes to avoid while implementing online examination system!

Think Exam

Since long we have been focused on the conventional assessment system and this makes us a little rusty on adopting the concept of online assessments. Yet, online examination system has become a much sought after choice for many educators out there who are maintaining the continuity of academics even during the lockdown. The post 5 Mistakes to avoid while implementing online examination system! appeared first on Thinkexam Blog.


Technology Tidbits

TeachVid is an amazing online tool for learning foreign languages that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog. TeachVid reminds me a tad like EDpuzzle where educators use interactive videos to assess student's learning. Also, educators can create a "virtual" classroom and create assignments that contain: videos, worksheets, etc. Finally, TeachVid makes it easy to flip a classroom or lesson and let student's learn at their own pace.

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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.