Thu.Aug 13, 2020

Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

The CoolCatTeacher

August 18-20, 2020 -a Free PD Experience for Blended Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This school year is dependent more than ever upon our ability to blend face to face (hopefully) and online learning. Whether you have blended, hybrid, or 100% digital instruction, join me for this free online PD conference.

How Public Libraries Can Support Students Amid Distance Learning


The recent, large-scale shift from in-class to distance learning models – and other transformations in the way schools operate and in how students access information – are providing new opportunities for libraries to help improve student learning outcomes. We discuss some of these opportunities here, with an emphasis on how libraries can help with distance learning. Digital Equity Digital Divide WiFi for Students Libraries distance learning

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Distance learning in K-2: 10 ways to make it work

Ditch That Textbook

Our kindergarten through second grade students (and teachers!) need special assistance during distance learning. Here are 10 ways to make it work. This post is written by Ben Cogswell, Eric Garcia and Michael Hughes. Ben currently teaches kindergarten in Salinas, California. Eric is a 5th Grade STEAM Science/PE Teacher in McFarland, CA. Micheal is currently […]. The post Distance learning in K-2: 10 ways to make it work appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Ed Tech eLearning

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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.

From normal to better: Using what we’ve learned to improve education


Since the beginning of the school shutdowns, there have been debates about the effectiveness of online learning. Many education experts have offered ideas on how to improve what was, in essence, an emergency service for which the majority of teachers were not prepared.

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Skype, Estonia, and the secret sauce to prosperity

The Christensen Institute

During the past few months, many of our lives have undergone an online migration. We’ve learned to shift conferences, team meetings, family gatherings, and even weddings online. Many of our personal and professional lives now hinge on our capability to hold virtual meetings via the internet. Our ability to remain connected over internet video calls is in large part due to a group of young innovators in Estonia at the turn of the century.

Best Flipgrid Tips and Tricks for Teachers and Students


From creating the best video to engaging more with your Grid, these are the Flipgrid tips and tricks you need to know

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New York fed researchers wrong about gap years

The Christensen Institute

As unprecedented numbers of students signal that they will take a gap year—up to 40%, according to a survey by SimpsonScarborough —and a whopping 20% of Harvard’s first-year students are deferring admission, the question of whether taking a gap year has never been more relevant in the US. In a recent brief for Liberty Street Economics, a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, two of the Fed’s researchers argued that delaying college during the pandemic could be costly.

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The New Role of Educators During and After COVID-19

EdNews Daily

By Ryan L. Schaaf The global pandemic has disrupted just about every facet of our lives. COVID-19 is testing our patience in slowing down and staying put. It tests and continues to test our combined ability to sift through the information and misinformation about the virus and the safety precautions necessary to quell its spread. The impact of this pandemic is testing our global healthcare systems, emergency services, economies, and very social fabric in real-time.

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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.

Building a strong academic scaffold for the 2020-2021 school year: Part 2

eSchool News

In the first installment of this series , we highlighted our belief that educators nationwide are unsure if the school year will begin with in-person instruction, remote learning, or a hybrid of both. We also explained that we believe that no matter where instruction is taking place, students need a strong academic scaffold to build upon. Finally, we offered a series of suggestions on how to do so in a remote learning environment.

Scientifically Speaking: We Can Safely and Successfully Educate Students During the Pandemic

EdNews Daily

By Tamara Fyke For those of us here in the South, we have been back-to-school for more than a week. Many counties are opting for virtual learning while the number of coronavirus cases continue to climb. From the conversations I am having with students, parents, and educators, it seems that staying safe and learning at home are more challenging than we anticipated. Wi-Fi networks lack the capacity to support the sheer number of students online at one time. Zoom links are lost.

Going Gradeless with @mssackstein

Teacher Tech

Guest blog post by Starr Sackstein Start of School Series: Hacking Assessment Q & As – Shifting the Grading Mindset On this week’s Q & A, Isaac Wells and I discuss shifting the grading mindset. Defining this concept and how the grading mindset has come to shape students and teachers in our system. As we […]. The post Going Gradeless with @mssackstein appeared first on Teacher Tech. Grading grading

New Podcast – In the Future: A Story about PODS

EdNews Daily

Fabulously Fun Fiction from LeiLani Cauthen In this EduJedi Report Podcast, LeiLani Cauthen, CEO of the Learning Counsel, talks about PODS, the new trend in homeschooling-tied-to-schools. With the advent of the pandemic, a scenario she first talked about in her book, The Consumerization of Learning, is coming true. She reads a purely fictional account of a student’s journey in a POD from the last chapters of her book, giving a glimpse into the future. Click the Image Below to Listen.

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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.

Lawsuits Over Tuition Refunds Inspire New Student Consumer ‘Bill of Rights’


Many consumer protection laws make sure that if people don’t receive what they paid for, they get their money back. Should that apply to higher education? That’s the case being made by a new “ tuition payer bill of rights ” backed by a coalition of nonprofits and think tanks from across the political spectrum. It makes six demands aimed at empowering students to decide how much to pay for college and making sure they get their money’s worth.

3 ways educational data helped this district improve outcomes

eSchool News

In the Wilson County School District, using educational data to inform our decisions has reinvented the way students learn, and it has given educators a newfound confidence in their teaching practices. In August, we were recognized by the state as an exemplary district , and we’ve achieved level five status, meaning our students are growing at a rate that’s two years beyond what’s expected.

9 Websites that Offer Free Distance Learning Courses from Top Universities

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In today's post we are sharing with you this collection of platforms that can help you make the best of your online education during this time of pandemic. These are websites that offer more. 2020 Distance learning

Top Three Parent Partnership Communities to Follow by @MjmcalliWrites

Teacher Tech

Follow all three communties or choose your favorite, but you can't go wrong with these three leaders in building community with families! The post Top Three Parent Partnership Communities to Follow by @MjmcalliWrites appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google Guest Post Social Media

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.

K-12 Game-a-thon Top Teams 2020

MIND Research Institute

The National K-12 Game-a-thon challenges students to design, build, and share a game that features creative and unusual solution­­s to mathematical problems. Teams of one or more students, along with a teacher or parent in a coordinator role, invent card games, board games, apps, and outdoor games that address one or more mathematical topics. Throughout the process, students develop critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration skills, and more.

8 Tips for New Special Education Teachers


Being a special education teacher is an extremely rewarding job, especially when you see students learning new content and making friends of their own. Each one comes to school (or logs on from a computer!) in the morning having had experiences that we cannot see. Any given day, unforeseen issues may rise to the surface and plans will need to change. It is important in stressful, uncertain times to be able to go with the flow and change your routine and plans at any moment.

How to Help Young Children Sleep Better During COVID-19


Most days, Jen Lamott would describe her daughter, Katie, as cheerful and kind. Lately, though, the 7-year-old has been acting moody and sometimes grunting instead of talking. “It’s It’s like we have a teenager suddenly,” Lamott said. But while teenagers’ attitudes are usually chalked up to puberty, Lamott knows that something else is at play in her house: exhaustion.

How Does Fever Detection Technology Work in Schools?

EdTech Magazine

As school districts plan for reopening, many are considering purchasing technologies that can detect elevated temperatures. While it’s not guaranteed to determine whether someone has a COVID-19 infection, temperature screening does have its benefits. Given the ongoing debate about temperature checks and the number of solutions on the market, school leaders will need to be familiar with the technology behind it. Here are some important considerations to weigh before making a decision

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

Supporting Teachers: Our Hoover Dam


During the Great Depression, the government funded major infrastructure projects, like dams, bridges and airports, that not only provided jobs but also had a long-lasting impact on the U.S. economy. A 21st-century equivalent of building the Hoover Dam is an equally important investment: our K-12 teachers. Especially during this pandemic year, states are wisely providing devices for students to learn at home.

Why You Should Choose EEaseUS Best Data Recovery Software

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Have you at any point lost your significant records and information because of unforeseen events? You're not the only one. It's a typical event. This is more often than not because of overheating more. sponsored posts

Providing Our Writers with Genre Choices


Matt Glover shows teachers how they can marry genre units with craft and process studies to give students choice and agency throughout the school year. ELA teacher Rebecca Crockett thanks Glover for revealing ways to teach state standards and give writers more autonomy. Book Reviews Writing craft genre choice grade level Heinemann Matt Glover process Rebecca Crockett student autonomy student writing vignettes

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“The Only Change That Can Occur”

Reading By Example

This week, in between Zoom chats and preparation for the fall, I have been slowly weeding my professional library. I’m using the process recommended by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein in their book Joy at Work. With each book, I look it over, check the inside for highlights, and ask myself if it still is needed and/or beneficial to my work.

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.