Wed.Sep 16, 2020

19 Great Websites to Inspire 5th Graders

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire 5th graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Animals. Wolfquest—simulation–DL. Civics games. FBI Games. Looking Glass—animated story. runs in your browser. Tynker. Wolfram Alpha widgets.

Dear Linda

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dear Linda, Fifteen years ago you let a pigtailed 2nd grader walk down the hall and take 5th grade math. We came to you as the principal of our elementary school in Minnesota and said, “She’s ready for something more.” You smiled at us, looked at the data, and said, “We’ll find a way to make it work.”

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The HyperDocs Toolbox: 20 engaging example activities

Ditch That Textbook

HyperDocs provides an engaging, student-centered framework for classroom lessons. Looking for ideas to fill those HyperDocs up? Check out these example activities.When it’s student-paced, no one gets left in the dust and no one gets bored waiting for the class to move on.If

Student Engagement is Critical to Distance Learning

Education Elements

Student engagement is one of the most overused terms in education. We talk about engagement in the classroom, between peers, with families, with the content, and now, virtual engagement. Engagement is certainly important if we talk about it this much, but what does it really mean?

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.

Facebook Campus: Repeating history misses the mark on students’ futures

The Christensen Institute

Facebook has gone back to college. Last week, the tech giant launched a product offering students a closed, online community to meet fellow students. It’s called, appropriately enough, Facebook Campus. The “new” product induces a considerable dose of déjà vu.

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Want to Learn More Effectively? Take More Breaks, Research Suggests


John Sweller is one of the most influential learning science researchers, best known for his “ cognitive load theory ,” which suggests that educators should present information without extraneous details.

How to make hands-on physics approachable during remote learning

eSchool News

When our school closed in the spring, my physics class still had two units left to cover for the school year – waves and electricity. I immediately thought about how I was going to teach remotely when a lot of the lessons are experiments and hands-on activities.

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What Should Recess — and Play — Look Like in a Socially Distanced World?


In what seems like forever ago, but was actually only May, images circled the internet of preschoolers in France, newly returned to school, sitting alone in chalk drawn squares that may as well have been surrounded by invisible walls.

OPINION: Why Black student parents are at the epicenter of the student debt crisis — and what we can do about it

The Hechinger Report

When I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from William & Mary in 2003, I desperately needed a job. I was the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, and I was consumed by worries about child care, the car note for my used Honda Civic and saving for my own apartment.

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.

ETS Launches New Arm for Global Edtech Investments and Acquisitions


Over the past decade, the world’s largest educational assessment nonprofit has been testing the waters of education technology investments. Now, it is taking the plunge. ETS, short for Educational Testing Service, has set up a new investment arm to make more— and bigger—deals in this space.

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The child care system is facing collapse. Could unionizing help bring the industry back from the brink?

The Hechinger Report

California-based provider Renaldo Sanders with a child in her care, who holds an activity box with toys and crafts. Renaldo Sanders was determined not to let the coronavirus pandemic stop her from serving kids.

Best Free Trials For Education


These best free trials for education allow educators to test online platforms and products before buying

Are you measuring students’ social capital? You should be

eSchool News

It’s common knowledge that students have to have access to the right resources sand opportunities to follow their interests and excel in school and beyond–and key among those resources, although often-overlooked, is students’ social capital.

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.

Help Your Students Be Better Googlers Using These Practical Tips

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is a handy visual you can use with your students in class to help them become better Google searchers. We have outlined 8 search tips that students can use to narrow down their search and more

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School Librarians Can Save Democracy

By Eileen Belastock. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. Regardless of one’s political views, there seems to be consensus on one political reality: America is dangerously polarized.

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How to reduce digital distractions & improve the focus in online classrooms

Linways Technologies

Digital education definitely has it’s perks. We have spoken a lot about online learning and the impact of technology on education in our previous blogs. But this time, we are going to explore a different perspective. Digital distractions.

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What Are Students’ Top Interests for 2020?

eSchool News

What do Billie Eilish, Serena Williams, Albert Einstein, and SpongeBob SquarePants have in common? They rank among students’ most popular interests, based on responses collected by NoRedInk from millions of students in grades 5–12. Top student interests.

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.

OPINION: Four ways to support refugee students during the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

When schools closed down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, refugee students faced special hurdles.

Copyright Clearance Center and EL Education Make it Easy for Schools to License Trade Book Content During Pandemic

eSchool News

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC),

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Linking to Specific Spots in Google Docs From an External Site

Cycles of Learning

Although I'm sure this is not a new strategy for many of you, I am ABSOLUTELY loving the ability to not only hyperlink to specific portions within a Google Doc, but I am finding the ability to link to specific spots within a Google Doc from an EXTERNAL site very useful as well!

GoGuardian Finds Three Factors That influence K-12 Student Engagement Online and In-Person

eSchool News

The GoGuardian Research and Insights team today announced its comprehensive findings on the factors that create an engaging learning experience in K-12 schools, both online and in-person, in its 2020 State of Engagement Report.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

Cisco Announces New Platform for Hybrid Learning

EdTech Magazine

Last week, Cisco gave a preview of Webex Classrooms , a new platform that can help schools manage online and hybrid classrooms.

Impero Creates Cloud-based Solution to Help Schools Record Student Health and Safety Concerns

eSchool News

Student safety leader Impero has created Impero back:drop , a new free cloud-based solution to help schools manage and record student safety and health information, from first aid to COVID-19 symptom tracking, to more complex mental health issues.

Cisco Announces New Platform for Hybrid Learning

EdTech Magazine

Last week, Cisco gave a preview of Webex Classrooms , a new platform that can help schools manage online and hybrid classrooms.

BIOZONE Launches Comprehensive Environmental Science Program

eSchool News

BIOZONE has just published an exciting new AP Environmental Science title (in print and eBook) dedicated to addressing the College Board’s new APES Course & Exam Description (2019).

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.