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Ask a Tech Teacher

Hello! Ask a Tech Teacher is a group of tech ed professionals who work together to offer you tech tips, advice, pedagogic discussion, lesson plans, and anything else we can think of to help you integrate tech into your classroom. Our primary focus is to provide technology-in-education-related information for educators–teachers, administrators, homeschoolers, and parents. Here’s how to get started on our blog : Read our varied columns. They include: Tech tips.

Welcome back for the 2020 school year! [a letter from your local superintendent and school board]

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dear students, educators, and families, Welcome back for the 2020 school year! We are incredibly delighted to have our children and educators back in school again, particularly after such a challenging spring and summer. We couldn’t be more excited to see your kids’ smiling faces back in our classrooms! As you know, some things will be different this fall.

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2 Exercises to Cope with Uncertainty and Clarify Your Vision for This School Year

Education Elements

“To admit uncertainty is to admit to weakness, to powerlessness, and to believe in yourself despite both. It is a frailty, but in this frailty there is a strength: the conviction to live in your own mind, and not in someone else's.”. Tara Westover, Educated. How do you set a vision when the only certainty is uncertainty? How can you lead a staff team or a cohort of students without knowing where you are headed?

“Just following orders” isn’t good leadership

Dangerously Irrelevant

. Every leadership program discusses “What hill are you willing to die on? What decisions are worth losing your job for?” ” We haven’t done the necessary work to contain the coronavirus. Other areas that have opened too early have seen large waves of new cases. And we now have growing evidence that young children are powerful virus spreaders.

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.

Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series: #1 Unpacking Bias

Education Elements

After I wrote the first blog in this series, I received a call from a close family member wanting to talk about what I had written. Their initial reaction was offense and confusion-- why did I think all teachers were “white supremacists”? It caught me off guard because I hadn’t written that--what I did write was that the American education system is built on a foundation of white supremacy, and we as teachers should work to dismantle that system.

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New (School) Year Resolution

Education Elements

How to Leverage Sprint Plans and SEPAD to Bring a Sense of Accomplishment to an Ambiguous Year Ahead. Working in a school has a way of making late August and September feel like the official start of the new year. While coffee cheers replace the clinking of champagne glasses, one thing stays the same: the desire to set (and hopefully keep) a New Year’s Resolution. Return Planning

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7 Practices for Navigating Uncertainty and Using Mindfulness for Self-Care During COVID-19


by Caitlin Krause. When 22 teachers joined an 8-week online mindfulness program this spring, incredible discoveries emerged in the face of crisis. Run by The Teacher Collaborative and co-facilitated by Kat Johnston and myself, the program used my recent book Mindful by Design as its textbook for applied mindfulness, storytelling and design and was created to be an interactive online “collective campfire.”

Why Self-Compassion and Emotion Regulation Are Key to Coping with COVID-19


Every emotional response is a unique experience. What triggers an unpleasant emotion today may not even register tomorrow. Perhaps right now you are at home with your family for what seems like an eternity and you feel like losing it. Tomorrow, same home, but wake up in a calm state and you happily eat your breakfast and plan your day. The strategies we can use to regulate emotions are limitless, depending on the situation and the emotions involved.

How to Manage ESL/ELL Students During Remote Learning


Serving ESL/ELL students during remote learning translates into unique challenges

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.

6 ways to prep kids for whatever the fall may hold

eSchool News

With only a few weeks before schools are scheduled to reopen, there is still uncertainty about what this school year will look like. Many parents are feeling the stress of making the best decisions for their child, while also preparing them to return to school after the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19.

How to Support Diversity in Technology


Diversity in technology requires intentional and proactive effort

8 Ways We Can Improve Schools Today For A Better Tomorrow

EdNews Daily

Right now, most school districts are trying to develop an effective plan for their returning students in the fall. Preparing for the unknown in school is no easy feat to undertake. As a mom and teacher quietly watching from the sidelines, education has been an essential part of my life. Education has an impact on everything we see, do, and believe in our world. From the basics of reading and writing to entrepreneurship and the economy, school is more than a home for academics.

PROOF POINTS: A crowdsourcing approach to homework help

The Hechinger Report

Kids hate doing homework. Parents hate nagging about it. Teachers hate grading it. There are even ongoing debates among educators about whether all the assignments help students learn much. Here’s one way that homework might be more effective: crowdsourcing help from teachers.

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.

I Was a Private Teacher. Pandemic Pods Will Be Hard, Lonely Work.


In late May, I noticed a prominent placement agency had posted an opening for a private educator position in the Bay Area. The family was looking for a teacher to homeschool their three children with a progressive curriculum, customized according to their interests. They offered a “generous compensation package,” including healthcare contribution, paid sick and vacation days, and their fully-equipped 800-square foot guest house to live in.

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5 Great Tools to Boost Your Online and in Class Teaching

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Below are five practical tools you can use to boost your teaching online and in class. Using these apps you will be able to create professional looking videos with green screen and animated features,read more. 2020 Distance learning

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Companies Partner to Provide Oral Reading Fluency Tool

eSchool News

Partnership offers automated assessment of students’ oral reading fluency — for testing at school or at home . Savvas Learning Company , a next-generation learning solutions provider for K-12 education, announced it is partnering with Analytic Measures Inc. AMI) , an educational technology company, to provide a fully automated assessment tool that uses artificial intelligence and voice technology to measure K-5 students’ reading abilities.

Education Industry Mergers, Acquisitions Slow in 2020 During COVID-19 Era

Marketplace K-12

A new analysis finds that the number of mergers and acquisitions in the education industry dipped during the first half of 2020 to at least a 30-month low. The post Education Industry Mergers, Acquisitions Slow in 2020 During COVID-19 Era appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Mergers / Acquisitions

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.

During COVID closures, a school was not just a school

eSchool News

At the beginning of March, Nashville was hit by a major tornado. In Metro Nashville School District, where I teach kindergarten, 85 percent of our students are on free and reduced lunch, so when schools closed due to COVID-19 a few weeks later, our focus was on meeting the humanitarian needs of our families, many of whom were still recovering from a natural disaster.

Why Student Voice is Critical for Managing Discipline When Schools Reopen


It’s unclear when school buildings will reopen across the U.S., but when they do, it won’t be education as usual. Coronavirus precautions may include wearing masks, spacing desks six feet apart, restricting hallway movement and eating lunch inside classrooms. Students will be reconnecting with peers after months of limited contact, and some will still be dealing with the stress caused by the pandemic’s medical or financial impact on their families.

When Should We Skip the Graphic Organizer?


When it's time to analyze a fiction or nonfiction text, don't let students coast through the lesson by simply filling in a graphic organizer. Author and teaching coach Sunday Cummins has ideas that will help learners think about text structures conceptually and flexibly. Articles Reading “prove it” conversations close reading critical thinking graphic organizer Sunday Cummins text structures


Back to School

EdTech Magazine


How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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



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Reopening Schools in a Socially Distanced World — and the Tech That Could Help

EdTech Magazine

As the nation has barreled through the summer of COVID-19, education has taken center stage. Amid continuing health and safety concerns, school leaders and educators are grappling with the decision of whether to return to school or continue remote learning this coming school year. Across the U.S., districts big and small — from Los Angeles and San Diego to Indiana’s Metropolitan School District of Washington Township — have already opted out of a fall reopening.

What Parents Can Expect at an IEP Eligibility Meeting


Beginning the special education process can feel overwhelming at times. Paperwork, evaluations, and meetings—it can be a lot! Hang in there, though. It’s a thorough process for a reason. Once the evaluations are complete, the next step is to gather a multidisciplinary team to hold an IEP eligibility meeting. Sometimes these are called initial eligibility meetings or simply eligibility meetings.

K-12 Dealmaking: Discovery Education Acquires Spiral; Tutoring Startup Receives Seven-Figure Seed Round

Marketplace K-12

Funding for U.S. ed-tech startups has revived in recent weeks, with two firms receiving notable infusions, and one major U.S. company completing a substantial acquisition. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Discovery Education Acquires Spiral; Tutoring Startup Receives Seven-Figure Seed Round appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Investment / Venture Capital K-12 Dealmaking Mergers and Acquisitions

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.