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Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With the pandemic not letting down in many places, schools are beginning to focus less on re-entry and more on starting the year with remote learning. Even in countries where COVID19 is under control, there is still a certain level of nervousness and anxiety that a second wave could perpetuate a shift to either a hybrid model or remote instruction.

Shorts season: An introduction to the NEW Flipgrid camera

Ditch That Textbook

The Flipgrid Shorts Camera is packed with possibilities. Check out some of the new features and get started creating! This post is written by Mike Mohammad, a secondary science teacher in Brookfield, Wisconsin. You can follow him on Twitter @mo_physics and check out his blog In August of 2019, Flipgrid added some amazing new […]. The post Shorts season: An introduction to the NEW Flipgrid camera appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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It Depends On Who You Listen To (Yes, About School Reopening)

The Jose Vilson

It was my first time in months riding the bus with my son since school shut down. Normally, when I’ve run an errand during the pandemic, I’ll do it on my own, mask on, huffing and puffing to make it back inside. On this errand, my son and I saw a crosstown bus sitting there, so we hopped in the back. Pre-COVID, we rode the bus home from his after-school program, so we were excited to have this sliver of normalcy.

45 Remote Learning Tips from @Curiosity_Films

Teacher Tech

Jim Bentley (@Curiosity_Films) shared on Twitter a thread of his tips for Distance Learning. With his permission I have reposted them: 1st week #distancelearning done. Key takeaways: 1. Everything takes 3x longer.2. Tech is not a silver bullet. 1:5 = instructional min. : prep4. Kids are more polite than adults w/tech snafus. 5. […]. The post 45 Remote Learning Tips from @Curiosity_Films appeared first on Teacher Tech. Distance Learning Remote Learning

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.

OPINION: Five ways to achieve equity in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

As the start of the 2020-21 school year approaches, states and school districts are wrestling with decisions about when, how and whether school will take place inside brick-and-mortar classrooms. No matter the Day One plans in your local area this fall, every school district must be ready for partially or fully remote school days.

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The Epic eBook of Web Tools and Apps: a new crowd-sourced manual for back-to-school and beyond


Just published: a fabulously useful tool for back-to-school professional learning and professional development. With the excitement of a tech-tools smackdown, it promises to have far longer legs and far stickier value. Epic eBook of Web Tools & Apps.

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Freedom dreaming and reflective teaching practices

The Cornerstone for Teachers

In our rush to figure out logistics this fall, we can’t forget that who we ARE impacts how we teach more than anything else. Unpacking our own identity and the “why” we bring to the classroom can be a grounding force that holds us steady through change. Listen in as I have a laid-back yet energizing conversation with Tanesha Forman, a middle school teacher entering her 15 th year in the classroom.

Science Distance Teaching Resources

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

As you take your science teaching to the cloud, the need for resources that support this online mode of science instruction becomes more pertinent than ever. In today's post, we are sharing with more. 2020 Science resources

The Challenge Of Global Learning In Public Education

TeachThought - Learn better.

For education, globalization is the natural macro consequence of meaningful micro placement. The post The Challenge Of Global Learning In Public Education appeared first on TeachThought. The Future Of Learning Definitions Terry Heick

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.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources . Teaching students t he importance of equity , access and culture is more important now than ever. Empowering young learners with resources that help them better understand and embrace the world around them while encouraging them to take full advantage of versatile learning resources, will be key to helping students re-engage this school year. .

7 Educational Apps Free Today- Grab Them

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Today's Apps Gone Free series features a collection of 7 educational apps that are free today and only for a limited period of time. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: create more. Apps gone free

What’s New ~ August 2020


More improvements for myViewBoard this August: better mouse integration, new question types, and additional Live Caption languages. ? ? ?. Navigate Using the Middle Mouse Button and Wheel. Good news for PC users out there: myViewBoard introduces new mouse actions for the middle mouse button/wheel: Use the mouse middle button to move across the canvas. Use the mouse wheel to zoom in/out on the canvas. No need to select the hand tool first.

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Google Has a New Credential Program for Ed Tech Coaches

EdTech Magazine

Google for Education recently launched a new certification program to help instructional coaches better support K–12 educators using technology. The Certified Coach program features a free structured curriculum and research-based, five-step coaching model focused on driving meaningful technology use in schools.

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.

Our Vulnerable Learners Need Our Best Supports


Every child wants to be successful, but school can be a tough place for vulnerable students. To pull them into the success loop requires both an understanding of their plight and a willingness to fully support them with targeted strategies, writes Suzy Pepper Rollins. Articles Differentiation academically vulnerable choice extra-curricular high interest prior knowledge scaffold stations strategies Suzy Pepper Rollins

Understanding Blended Learning: What Districts Need to Know

EdTech Magazine

With the new school year fast approaching, school districts across the country are starting to finalize and announce their plans for a safe reopening. After much deliberation, many are considering operating classrooms under a blended learning model, which entails a mix of onsite and remote schooling, to make social distancing more feasible in school buildings during the coronavirus pandemic. But the adoption of blended learning today could be seen as more than a safety measure.

Building Relationships During Remote Learning

Nick's Picks for Educational Technology

It’s All About Relationships Everyone is likely to start off this school year with some version of online learning. Even those starting out face-to-face should be spending some time getting their students ready to learn remotely. When schools closed last spring, teachers had already established relationships with their students. This year we might find ourselves. Read more. The post Building Relationships During Remote Learning appeared first on Nick's Picks For Educational Technology.

How to Use Google Meet and Microsoft Teams for Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

Videoconferencing platforms have become an essential part of K–12 education during the coronavirus pandemic. With many schools continuing remote learning through the fall, maintaining connections among students, parents and educators is even more crucial.

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.

How Schools Are Bringing CTE Programs Online

EdTech Magazine

When schools closed last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, many career and technical education teachers had to quickly adapt their courses for remote learning. Now, with continuing health and safety concerns over reopening schools, many CTE educators will need to plan and prepare for teaching in a fully online or blended learning environment. That task isn’t so easy. Compared with other subjects taught in schools, CTE classes rely more on hands-on instruction, equipment and fieldwork.

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Reopening Schools in a Socially Distanced World — and the Tech That Could Help

EdTech Magazine

As the nation has barreled through the summer of COVID-19, education has taken center stage. Amid continuing health and safety concerns, school leaders and educators are grappling with the decision of whether to return to school or continue remote learning this coming school year. Across the U.S., districts big and small — from Los Angeles and San Diego to Indiana’s Metropolitan School District of Washington Township — have already opted out of a fall reopening.

How Speech-Language Therapists Can Prepare for This School Year

EdTech Magazine

Over the past few months, the U.S. school system has gone through a dramatic shift. But the upheaval is far from over. The balance between onsite and online learning will continue to fluctuate over the next couple of years, with the quality of special needs education in particular set to be disproportionately affected. Failure to adapt in a way that puts student learning needs first could cause irreparable setbacks for children who already face their fair share of challenges.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

3 Tips for Improving Your Cybersecurity Program This School Year

EdTech Magazine

School districts across the country were already increasingly vulnerable to cyberthreats prior to COVID-19. On top of that, many dealt with budget and staffing challenges, making it harder to improve their cybersecurity defenses. Then, the pandemic hit and schools went remote. That shift, which made students and educators more reliant on digital tools, expanded the attack surface of schools and aggravated threats such as phishing and ransomware attacks.

How to Facilitate Project-Based Learning Online

EdTech Magazine

When schools went remote last spring, educators had to get creative to continue instruction without sacrificing student engagement. Many embraced project-based learning , an instructional model that takes a learning-by-doing approach, and found ways to integrate it into online instruction. Research shows that PBL can help students build 21st-century skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.


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