Thu.Jan 21, 2021

Great Websites for Special Needs

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of Special Needs websites. I’ll display it below but click the link for an updated library: Occupational Therapy –a long list of great apps including stress, social skills building, and more.

A Look Back at 2020 Teaching What It Means for 2021

The CoolCatTeacher

Researcher Pamela Livingston Gaudet shares her findings From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.


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5 Tips for an Effective Hybrid Instruction Experience

EdTech Magazine

With the rise in hybrid learning, it’s crucial to adopt a comprehensive and proactive approach to optimize student engagement.

To boost vaccination rates, policymakers should look to Jobs Theory

The Christensen Institute

With the start of the new year many Americans are facing the harsh reality that major problems in our society are following us into 2021. However, one reassuring aspect of the new year is the rollout of COVID vaccines, which started last December.

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.

5 Principles of effective instruction adapted for online teaching


Education and research go hand in hand. You can’t have research without proper education and definitely can’t offer the best instruction if it’s not evidence-based. However, the real world contains multitudes and teaching is part science, part art.

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Fiscal Wish List: Which Tech Takes the Top Spots for School Districts?

EdTech Magazine

COVID-19 has upended traditional educational paradigms.

Hailed as ‘Heroes,’ Child Care Workers in Some States Are Denied Vaccine Priority


For months, they have been labeled “essential workers,” celebrated for their sacrifices and hailed as heroes for their role in keeping the country going in the face of a deadly pandemic.

Facing declines in reading proficiency, rural libraries step in

The Hechinger Report

Three years ago, Darlene Thomas-Burroughs, branch manager of the Hardeeville Library in the rural town of Hardeeville, South Carolina, heard about a new way that library employees could help kids boost their reading scores.

5 ways to be an innovative online instructor

eSchool News

In a landscape where online instruction has become more commonplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some educators face challenges associated with operating as an online instructor in a virtual environment.

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.

How to Start a Hybrid Learning Center


A hybrid learning center can help you maximize simultaneous learning

Top tips for great cross-curricular coding

eSchool News

How and where our students learn has radically changed over the last 10 months. Students are in a multitude of educational environments that have challenged the entire school community.

Affiliate Spotlight: SGVCUE is Bringing Coffee & EdTech to the Masses


I recently had the opportunity to talk to SGVCUE Board Members April Buege, James Kosako, and Katie Warren.

4 Takeaways for Educators from President Biden’s First Day


Schools, educators, and students are front and center in the new administration’s plans

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 with the News in a Time of Challenge and Change

By Eileen Belastock. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. Between the recent presidential election, COVID-19, and racial unrest, our students are barraged with 24/7 access to news and media that can be real, fake, or altered.

Editor in Microsoft Word by @VictoriaTheTech

Teacher Tech

Editor is a free, embedded tool in Microsoft Word to enhance your writing, and I’d certainly like to think that it enhances mine—in fact, I used it while writing this guest blog! I am excited to see what else I can do with Editor, particularly with its extensions into Microsoft Outlook.

Why Skills Training Can’t Replace Higher Education?

Linways Technologies

There has been a lot of heated arguments prevailing around the topic. Which is the best-suited educational pathway for making a learner employable or industrially skilled.? “. And based on the topic there was an article recently published by Harvard Business Review.

A Good Reading Assessment Tool for Teachers and Parents

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Literably is an excellent reading assessment tool that was recently featured in We Are Teachers' best Tech tools for student assessment. Literably provides you with the tools to effectively more. reading comprehension tools

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.

A New Path and Purpose for Turnitin


Introducing the next phase of Turnitin's brand vision and identity


Administrator’s guide


Administrator’s guide. How to integrate Canvas LMS with PlagiarismCheck. Step 1. In account (Owner role) go to Profile —> Tab Integrations in the top menu. Step 2. Click on Connect to Canvas LMS and get a token. Step 3. In Canvas go to Admin and open an account. Step 4.

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Strong Instructional Coaching Relationships are Achievable Across Distance, According to Jim Knight [VIDEO]


Providing guidance and tools to help teachers reach their own professional goals can help develop effective instructional coaching relationships by improving engagement and dedication to teacher learning. .

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Administrators’ guide


Administrator’s guide. How to integrate Canvas LMS with PlagiarismCheck. Step 1. In account (Owner role) go to Profile —> Tab Integrations in the top menu. Step 2. Click on Connect to Canvas LMS and get a token. Step 3. In Canvas go to Admin and open an account. Step 4.

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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.

Podcasting: A Tool for Blended Learning

Shake Up Learning

The post Podcasting: A Tool for Blended Learning appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Y’all know I love podcasting, both listening and creating!

Using Menus to Differentiate Literature


Differentiating Instruction with Menus: Literature (3-5) provides a variety of excellent activities to involve students in thoughtful and purposeful engagement with and response to texts. Some teachers may wish to substitute more diverse texts, writes Sarah Pennington.

Jeff Bezos Wants to Go to the Moon. Then, Public Education.


Jeff Bezos’ $2 billion investment to establish a Montessori-inspired network of preschools may be shrugged off by many as the world’s richest man dabbling in another playground. Instead, we should see it for what it is: the early days of Amazon’s foray into public education.


Technology Tidbits

BookWidgets is an excellent site for creating educational games/quizzes. BookWidgets is ideal looking for teachers to save time by having their educational games/quizzes automatically graded.

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.