Wed.Jul 08, 2020

How We Began Online Learning Successfully

The CoolCatTeacher

Reflections from the trenches From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we began distance learning, I started writing and reflecting. I wrote this piece back in March as this began and in the hustle and bustle, I didn’t publish it. I just forgot it was there. However, as I read this, I am inspired and coming full circle that we have more work to do and I also think this reflection is part of the journey and is worth sharing.

Tech Tip #21 How to Make a Small Window Big

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: How to Make a Small Window Big. Category: Internet. Sub-category: Problem-solving. Q: When I open the internet (or a document), the window barely fills half the screen.

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42 Distance Learning and Inspiring Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Over the past months, many educators have been sharing resources, best practices, and more about distance learning. I’ve compiled many of the items from this blog, the podcast, and other places to share the hottest items in case you missed them.

Lessons on Return Planning: From District Leaders for District Leaders

Education Elements

A bank teller, Jeff Bezos, and a Starbucks barista walk into district reopening planning session. No, really. These may seem like disconnected personas, but in their book, Primed to Perform, authors Neel Doshi and Lindsey McGregor use all three real-life stories to explain how organizations should prepare their employees in planning a response to uncommon and changing situations.


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.

Five reasons re-opening will not be enough to save many child care centers

The Hechinger Report

Children at Pyrena Hui’s child care center in San Francisco, California, participate in an art activity. Credit: Pyrena Hui. America’s child care providers, who care for roughly 12 million children under age 5 every day, have been devastated by the coronavirus crisis. Called on simultaneously to serve the children of essential workers and prohibited from serving other children, many centers saw their income plummet.

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Teachers Are Suddenly The Frontlines In the Fight Against COVID

TeachThought - Learn better.

Should schools open this fall? An even better question would be, "What is the best way to educate children during a pandemic?". The post Teachers Are Suddenly The Frontlines In the Fight Against COVID appeared first on TeachThought. Education Coronavirus

Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks for Teachers


Microsoft Teams for school use can make education more engaging and effective, when also using these tips

Navigating the New Normal: A Guide for Our At-Risk 50-and-Up Educators

EdNews Daily

By Carol Henry As schools gradually reopen, students, teachers and staff are all vulnerable to the lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes how 29 percent of teachers are at risk from contracting the virus, due to them being aged 55 and older. Because of this, they are more likely to suffer from asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and liver disease.

Educators Like Their Curricula More When the Training Is Good, Survey Finds


What do educators think about the quality of the curriculum they teach? It depends—mostly on the training they received. That was the driving takeaway from a recent survey of more than 2,100 teachers, the results of which were released today. The K-12 curriculum market is “incredibly diverse,” says Jeff Seaman, director of Bay View Analytics (formerly known as Babson Survey Research Group), which conducted the survey.

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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.

Virtual Discussion: Social Distancing Tech for Hybrid Schools

EdNews Daily

One of the most difficult aspects of our return to physical school is the question of proper social distancing. Even with a hybrid model of learning, the implications of student safety are massive, as is the planning needed to accomplish it. In this episode of the Learning Counsel’s Dawn of New Strategies series, school, district and BOCES leaders grapple with the tech needed to pull it off.

5 ways esports is impacting education right now

eSchool News

More than 70 percent of schools are considering starting an esports program, citing an opportunity to improve the campus experience for students and foster STEM learning, according to a survey from Extreme Networks and eCampus News. The report, which surveyed 281 technical and administrative leaders across K-12 and higher education, found that 1 in 5 schools already have an esports program, and 71 percent are considering or might consider adding a program in the future.

Can Colleges Reopen? 7 Questions From Congress As It Considers More Higher Ed Support


With the new semester quickly approaching, and coronavirus cases rising in most states, will colleges and college students have what they need to succeed this fall? That’s the question members of Congress sought to answer as they gathered virtually on Tuesday to hear from expert witnesses representing community colleges, public universities and online higher ed institutions.

Schools and the Space-Time Continuum

EdNews Daily

By LeiLani Cauthen It’s almost Fall, and the clock is ticking. Talk of time and space are swirling all around us, and confusion is rampant. As you know, some states aren’t really open yet and others are closing down. And in the education biz, it feels like the wild West out there. There are discussions happening everywhere about how to really pull this hybrid learning model off. Some districts are just now getting around to surveying their parents.

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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.

How gamification can improve schoolwide behavior

eSchool News

Now that online games have become so popular among K-12 students, school and district administrators can use gamification techniques to create a positive school climate and encourage positive behavior by individual students who have differing needs.

For District Leaders: Amplify Your Leadership Voice in the Midst of Covid-19 Challenges

EdNews Daily

By Bob Riefstahl As a district leader, adjusting the way you communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic can significantly improve your effectiveness. Just like your teachers, students and parents, as a district leader you have been forced to find new ways to effectively communicate. Public meetings have been kept to a minimum, and one-on-one communication is now a rarity. Just like your staff, communication has been reduced to emails and ZOOM or Teams chats.

Using Facebook Communties to Empower Parents in the New School Year by @Mjmcalliwrites

Teacher Tech

What do the best parties and Facebook communities have in common? When people feel invited and included by a host who truly values them, new relationships form and old relationships grow deeper. The post Using Facebook Communties to Empower Parents in the New School Year by @Mjmcalliwrites appeared first on Teacher Tech. Distance Learning Event Guest Post Social Media

July’s Top 5 Education Book Releases

Where Learning Clicks

Check out our picks for July’s top 5 education books, which can help you plan for what’s sure to be another unusual school year. The post July’s Top 5 Education Book Releases appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Outside the Classroom Books for Educators July’s top 5 education book releases Top books on education Top New Books top new books for educators

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.

President Pressures Schools to Re-Open


Education leaders pushed to bring back all students when school year begins

SEL Skills Are More Vital Than Ever. Here’s How to Choose the Right Tools.


In January, our team published a report on social-emotional learning research that has taken on new importance during the past few months. Written in partnership with New Schools Venture Fund, the report sought out practices that lead to positive outcomes for students learning skills, such as goal setting, relationship building and independence.

Access to Ed-Tech Tools Has Jumped 90 Percent Since School Closures

Marketplace K-12

The use of learning management and communications tools, and virtual curriculum, have soared since the coronavirus forced lessons to go online. The post Access to Ed-Tech Tools Has Jumped 90 Percent Since School Closures appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessments / Testing COVID-19 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Learning Management / Student Information Systems

Easing the Burden of Labor Compliance and Grant Tracking

eSchool News

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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.

Effective Anti-Racist Education Requires More Diverse Teachers, More Training


In the wake of ongoing protests for racial justice , young people in America are demanding change from their schools. Petitions are circulating all over the country in support of creating anti-racist education. One petition, written by alumni of Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz., calls on the district to “review and advance its curriculum, goals, and objectives as they related to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

How Are Schools Reopening in the Fall?

EdTech Magazine

The return to school won’t be business as usual this year. Across the country, many school districts are still weighing their options for how to reopen schools amid continuing coronavirus concerns. In May, the CDC released back-to-school guidance on maintaining healthy environments and operations, such as installing physical barriers in areas where it’s difficult to maintain a safe distance from other people and implementing staggered schedules for students.

We Are Repeating The Discrimination Experiment Every Day, Says Educator Jane Elliott


The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 prompted educator Jane Elliott to create the now-famous “blue eyes/brown eyes exercise.” ” As a school teacher in the small town of Riceville, Iowa, Elliott first conducted the anti-racism experiment on her all-white third-grade classroom, the day after the civil rights leader was killed. She wanted them to understand what discrimination felt like. Elliott split her students into two groups, based on eye color.

The Best Stroller Fans To Keep Your Baby Cool in 2020

Fractus Learning

Have you tried hand-fanning your baby and pushing a baby stroller at the same time? If you have, you understand how hard that is – and you get the value of having a clip-on stroller fan. [.]. Baby Parents


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.