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Blending Online and Offline Learning: Exploring Hybrid Schedules

Catlin Tucker

School districts are grappling with how to resume school safely in the fall. I’ve followed international news about how schools in Europe and Aisa are reopening slowly. Schools are implementing a range of hybrid schedules to reduce the number of students in a classroom at one time.

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Netflix Has Released Free Documentaries For Learning At Home

TeachThought - Learn better.

In response to teacher demand for better distance learning resources, Netflix has released eleven free documentaries through their YouTube channel. The post Netflix Has Released Free Documentaries For Learning At Home appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Resources

What the pandemic has revealed about digital equity

eSchool News

Before COVID-19, home internet access for all students was a goal—one that some districts even thought they had achieved. But the pandemic and forced distance learning have exposed a plethora of inequities in schools that many district leaders now see as issues they must address.

Educational Rubrics to Help You in Your Online Teaching

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

As you strive to enhance your online teaching and optimize your students' learning experiences, rubrics are particularly helpful in this process. They, together with other EdTech resources we more. 2020 rubric resources

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Remote Science Instruction White Paper Series

eSchool News

National K-12 science education experts contribute ideas and inspiring guidance for educators preparing to return to school and teach hands-on science during uncertain times.

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Three Strikes…You Got It!!!!! by @daveschmittou

Teacher Tech

35 students in a class. 70 standards to teach. 180 days of school. Teaching is about so much more than the numbers, but the numbers can tell a powerful story. The post Three Strikes…You Got It!!!!! by @daveschmittou appeared first on Teacher Tech. Grading Guest Post pedagogy grading


Inquiries: The “Hidden Agenda” in Classrooms #engaginglitminds

Reading By Example

What if we approached learning opportunities in our classrooms specifically targeted by the questions our students pose? What if students’ desire to learn and to seek out information stayed at the level of the excessive amounts of questions a day young child seek to understand?

This ESL teacher is doing everything she can to connect with students remotely

eSchool News

In partnership with eSchool News, Illuminate Education is spotlighting teachers in a series recognizing educators, the way they have moved instruction online during COVID-19, and how they have prioritized the needs of their students. Ann Grey Newcomb. ESL Teacher. West Oxford Elementary School.

The Dollars and Sense Behind Routine Tech Refreshes

EdTech Magazine

Until recently, Madera Unified School District in California had little in the way of a plan to replace aging classroom technology. The district’s roughly 1,000 K–12 classrooms were sprinkled with various projectors and laptops at different points in their lifecycles. Most of the projectors weren’t wireless, and many weren’t compatible with teachers’ devices, which forced the IT department to distribute dongles to enable instructors to use the technology.

Actively Learn Digital Platform Offers Content Area Products

eSchool News

Actively Learn, Achieve3000’s research-based, standards-aligned curriculum platform, announces the release of new sequenced curricular units: Actively Learn ELA, Actively Learn Social Studies, and Actively Learn Science.

Review: Boost Student Creativity with the MakerBot Replicator+

EdTech Magazine

Consumers increasingly use 3D printers at home for a wide range of applications. Hobbyists use their printers to make parts to fix old arcade machines or even create custom fixtures around the house. Companies are making prototypes with ease, allowing their engineering teams to see how everything fits together before they are sent to manufacturing. 3D printers are useful creative tools for K–12 classrooms too.


Happy Independence Day!


Fourth of July celebrations will look a little different this year. Check out these holiday activities to add some fun and learning to your holiday weekend! Explore history and facts on Independence Day from National Geographic with your kids.

Make the Case for Security Spending

EdTech Magazine

With the nationwide shift to full-scale remote learning, cybersecurity is critical to keeping virtual classrooms up and running. But in the face of ever-present budget constraints, many schools and districts struggle to allocate adequate funding to security initiatives. Recent research from CDW and IDG indicates that education leaders expect to devote just 20 percent of their IT budgets to risk mitigation over the next two years.

The IT Investment Priorities Shaping Today’s School Districts

EdTech Magazine

The coronavirus pandemic has forced school leaders to navigate a new normal in education defined by remote learning, hybrid classes and physically distanced classrooms. For many, the changes have either introduced new technology challenges or shined a spotlight on existing ones, from the digital divide to weak cybersecurity training.

Comprehensive Security: IT and School Leaders Get on the Same Page

EdTech Magazine

Whether classes commence in person or online, security remains critical to ensuring a safe and productive learning environment for students. But often, protecting K–12 data and systems is easier said than done. While there’s no one reason schools or districts might struggle to manage their risk, a lack of alignment between IT leaders and administrators will make any security obstacle — whether it’s tied to resources, regulations or information silos — that much more difficult to overcome.

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