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What’s Hot (and Not) in Google Classroom with Alice Keeler

The CoolCatTeacher

Dig into teaching practices with Google Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Google Classroom is a tool that can help build relationships between students and teachers. But not everything is perfect.

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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.

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Designing a Kinesthetic Station: Get Kids Moving in Math Class

Catlin Tucker

Can the Station Rotation Model work in a math class? I get this question a lot. I’ve coached math teachers who struggle to imagine designing their lessons using this model because the curriculum is so linear.

I Can’t Tell Them What They’ll Do (Classrooms, Justice, and Legacies)

The Jose Vilson

I arrive in my classroom every morning at around 7:20 am, 40 minutes before my students trickle in. The minute hand leans to the right while I drag my feet a few flights of stairs, coffee in hand, lesson plan in mind.

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.

50 Sites & Apps for K-12 Education Games

techlearning

Game-based learning is a great way to integrate technology into the classroom while engaging kids with real learning

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How to Keep Class Sessions from Running Short (Or Going Too Long)

Edsurge

The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here. Dear Bonni, How can I design my class sessions to fit the available time?

Copy a Folder in Google Drive

Teacher Tech

Copy Files from One Account to Another If you want to copy your Google Drive files from one account to another the trick is to put the files in account A into a folder. Share the folder with account B. In account B go to “Shared with Me” and start copying the files in that […].

OPINION: U.S. presidential candidates are finally taking disability rights in education seriously

The Hechinger Report

Advocates of disability rights are savoring the significance. “Regardless of how one feels about Buttigieg, the renewed focus on disability rights during the 2020 U.S. presidential election is already making them a mainstream issue.”

Standards-Based Grading: Hope vs. Reality

Edsurge

Standards-based grading (SBG)—or competency-based grading—measures student progress relative to specific learning standards. This system of evaluation isolates the learning of content and mastery of skills from other factors, such as behavior.SBG takes on many different forms across the country.

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.

Storillo: Great Platform for Group Writing Projects

techlearning

Storillo is a group writing tool that allows multiple students to simultaneously contribute to a single piece of writing

Close the Digital Learning Gap: How One District Tackled Tech Disparity in the Classroom

Edsurge

In 2014, Palmdale School District was experiencing a major digital divide.

Buncee and Wakelet: Create, Collect, and Connect

Buncee

Buncee has always been proud to give students and educators the tools to create fun, interactive materials, and to share their knowledge in an engaging way.

Assessing Students Over Time and Also Saving Teachers’ Time

edWeb.net

Now educators can make their instruction more effective and provide practice linked directly to progress monitoring and formative assessment results using free digital tools from Microsoft.

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.

5 ways our district tech enhances student safety

eSchool News

We live in a society where student safety and privacy have become core responsibilities for school districts nationwide. They’ve always been there, but with recent tragedies and incidents, the safety factor is more important than ever.

How to Integrate SEL into Our EL Classrooms

MiddleWeb

To help our English learners leave our classes and schools not only with greater language command but with more emotional control and awareness of others’ perspectives, Tan Huynh suggests storifying SEL, building social-emotional skills into lesson planning, and more.

STUDENT VOICE: ‘Gender policing is leading to disaster for our trans youth’

The Hechinger Report

“I couldn’t decide between Mr. or Ms., so I’m just choosing Dr.”. This was my standard joke for breaking the news that I was returning to school for my doctorate. My friends were more shocked that I was going back to graduate school than in my saying that I was trans. For most of my professional career, my gender was just another aspect of my identity. I was seen as a human who worked hard, cared about kids and reflected on their leadership.

4 steps to great customer service in your school

eSchool News

Although many in K-12 are cautious of comparing education to corporations, schools are in the business of educating students and preparing them for life. And one of the most important parts of any business is customer service.

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.

Why Reflection is Critical for Assessment

Reading By Example

I remember when one of my kids did not get the role they wanted for a play. Through tears, they explained to me why they felt they should have been assigned the part desired. I didn’t disagree, just listened.

Edlio Partners with Livingtree to Expand its Family Engagement Tools

techlearning

Edlio has partnered with Livingtree to add a family engagement solution to its suite of tools connecting schools with communities

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Let Them Have Furniture

Kyle Pace

My team is very excited to be getting a completely new office space. I’m really excited too! It’s being finished as we speak and we will be in it by Spring.

Printmakers A to Z

techlearning

Check out the etchings, lithographs and woodcuts featured in the virtual exhibition from Georgetown University's collection

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

Engage Students in Meaningful Learning Virtual Reality Experiences Using These Google Tools

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

As you probably know Google offers some excellent resources to help teachers make the best of virtual reality technologies in their instruction. One popular tool in this regard is Expeditions. This.read more

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. On Dec. 3, the Federal Communications Commission released its Report and Order, which includes important changes.

A Series of Educational Videos to Help Students Learn about YouTube

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Over the last few months YouTube added a number of interesting features to enhance your youTube viewing experience and enable you to create great videos using YouTube Editor. For instance, if you.read more

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How K–12 IT Leaders Shepherd Post-Disaster Regrouping

EdTech Magazine

A tornado decimated Goodman Elementary School in 2017, mangling the roof and strewing cinder blocks, insulation, furniture and other debris. The destruction of the Goodman, Mo., school forced the temporary relocation of students and school employees, and a subsequent regrouping to continue instruction that inspired the design of a new campus.

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.