Mon.Apr 06, 2020

Novel HyperDocs: 25 ready to use units for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Novel HyperDocs take the old curriculum guides we know and turn them into engaging blended learning units of study. Here are 25 ready to use novel HyperDocs for your class. This post is written by Karly Moura, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) and Computer Science teacher in Mount Diablo USD in Concord, California. Karly is […]. The post Novel HyperDocs: 25 ready to use units for your class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

15 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

When kids read that America’s $23 trillion+ debt is accepted by many experts as ‘business as usual’, I wonder how that news will affect their future personal finance decisions. Do they understand the consequences of unbalanced budgets? The quandary of infinite wants vs. finite dollars? Or do they think money grows on some fiscal tree that always blooms? The good news is: Half of the nation’s schools require a financial literacy course.

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Health and Wellness Choice Boards for Teachers and Students

Catlin Tucker

On Saturday, I wrote a blog sharing an offline choice board teachers can use to blend offline activities into their online classes. On Twitter, Barbara McInnes suggested teachers add a wellness activity to their offline choice boards. I loved her suggestion and immediately started working on a choice board dedicated to health and wellness activities. I asked my good friend, Dr. Maria Hersey , to lend her expertise around social-emotional learning to this project.

Some great add-ons for Hangouts Meet to help teachers

Educational Technology Guy

With schools closed, teachers are using a variety of tools to work remotely with their students. Google Hangouts Meet is one of them. Google recently announced a variety of updates to it to enhance the experience for schools and to provide more controls. I recently found out about some extensions for Hangouts Meet that can help teachers: Nod Reactions for Google Meet - [link] This allows muted attendees to use quick emoji's as reactions.

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.

Coronavirus Chronicles 011 – Liberty Public Schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 011 is below. Thank you, Jeremy Tucker and Jeanette Westfall , for sharing how the Liberty Public Schools in Missouri are adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. See the complete list of episodes , which also are available on the Coronavirus Chronicles podcast channel.

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4 Communication Tips For #RemoteLearning Educators

The Web20Classroom

This is the third in a series of posts I am doing while many of us are facing an unprecedented time of isolation. The first was about reducing stress and anxiety and the second about building community, even at a distance. If you have an idea for something you want me to talk about, academic or not, let me know on Twitter, @web20classroom. This is an incredibly difficult time. Most educators are being thrust into the world of remote teaching with little to no preparation or guidance.

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Leading Through Change: An Interview with a District Coach

Education Elements

The ability to navigate ambiguity is a top skill of effective leaders, and there has never been a more urgent need for this skill, while simultaneously leading others through uncertainty and change. In reflecting on what sets great leaders apart, we had the opportunity to sit down with Lisa Whitaker, an Instructional Lead Coach with Dallas ISD, who has a Ph.D. in Health and Public Service and has also served as a K-12 teacher and adjunct professor over her 12 years in education

Innovative Schools Find Lessons — and Opportunities — in Remote Learning


Two weeks ago I was due to visit a handful of innovative schools in New York City and the Bay area as part of my research. I am an edtech consultant and student of experience design at the University of the Arts, London. Needless to say, the trips didn’t take place. Instead, I asked to video conference with my interviewees, which gave me the chance to understand how schools’ closure is shaping learning for the long term.

EdTech startups launch "Learn From Home Club" offering free resources to students and teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Self-serve learning platforms Codecademy, Duolingo, Quizlet, Skillshare, and Brainly have teamed up to create the Learn From Home Club - a joint offering of free learning resources for teachers and students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (offer details for each company are available at the link provided). The offering was announced this morning in a tweet by Codecademy CEO Zach Sims. The participating education companies have a combined reach of nearly 600 million users.

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.

Automagically PDF Worksheet to Google Form

Teacher Tech

Upgrade your PDF by making it a Google Form. Former math teacher John McGowan, the creator of g(Math), EquatIO, Form Creator and more has developed a Drive Add-on Automagical Forms on to take your PDF and turn it into a Google Form!! THIS WILL SAVE YOU HOURS!! First install the Add-on from the webstore. This […]. The post Automagically PDF Worksheet to Google Form appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Drive Forms Google

Online Learning Book Recommendations: And Why I Read so Few Books on the Topic


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, In the midst of this current COVID situation, I'm looking to up my game … as an educator … especially in the online environment. I’m wondering if you might recommend what top three books would you suggest I read outside of ‘Urgency for Teachers,’ ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed,’ ‘The New Education?’ I’ve ordered your book as well.

Virtual Learning Leadership Roundtable


Webinar Archive: Audio & Video. EdTechTeacher was proud to host a free roundtable discussion with educational leaders from across the country who provided perspectives on virtual teaching and learning in the face of extended school closings prompted by the coranavirus. The leaders discussed the challenges and opportunities posed by the swift transition to virtual learning environments and answered questions from the live audience.

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5 Ways That Digital Portfolios Can Expand Learning Opportunities


As educators sift through numerous edtech tools in search of meaningful ways to connect, engage and share with their students, the following questions are helpful to consider: Students are more likely to stay motivated and engaged when they have a say in how the work will be completed. Can educators remotely share knowledge, create new lessons and deliver assignments to their students consistently, quickly and easily using this tool?

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.

Keeps kids engaged with free one-a-day brainteasers

eSchool News

MindAntix, a learning company that provides all students with the opportunity to build creativity and problem-solving skills, announced it is releasing a weekly set of free brainteaser activities to support at-home learning. Teachers can use the brainteasers during remote learning sessions as a warm-up exercise or can assign them for students to work on independently. Parents can also participate by playing and co-creating ideas as a family.

Why You Should Care about the Cares Act

EdNews Daily

By Charles Sosnik $30.75 Billion. That sounds like a lot of money. Included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that Congress passed, approximately $30,750,000,000.000 was appropriated for education. See how big it looks when you write it out? It looks even bigger when you realize that this money comes with very few strings attached.

Zoom’s Out for Remote Learning


Following reports of hackers breaking into lessons with racist, pornographic and harassing interruptions, several large districts are moving away from Zoom

6 Crucial Strategies for a Successful Virtual Summit

EdNews Daily

By Devishobha Chandramouli Virtual events have been rising in popularity steadily over the last few years, but the COVID crisis seems to have skyrocketed the popularity of virtual conferences, with several companies even canceling their annual place-based conferences and switching to virtual conferences.

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.

How the last recession affected higher education. Will history repeat?

The Hechinger Report

One of the peculiar things about higher education is that it runs in the opposite direction of the economy. When the economy stalls, demand for college typically rises as the unemployed decide to go back to school to improve their job prospects.

How to Help Students Overcome Test Anxiety

EdNews Daily

By Carol Henry Historically, standardized testing has always been a widely used tool in schools around the world. However, this method isn’t exactly perfect, and states such as Georgia have began lowering the number of tests due to the overwhelming pressure it causes among students. The expectations are high when it comes to standardized tests, as they’re used to objectively measure a school’s overall performance.

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Free resources for middle and high school.

eSchool News

Philippe Cousteau, Jr.’s s environmental youth leadership organization EarthEcho International offers its free environmental education resources to teachers, students, and families affected by school closings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Resources are available immediately via the EarthEcho Website:

NEW in Teams – Attachments are View by Default

Teacher Tech

Digital is different, we don’t replace the copy machine with digital copies. In fact, I try to avoid like the plague assigning myself digital paperwork. Before today the default when you added documents to an assignment in Microsoft Teams was “Students edit their own copy.” ” I definitely use this sometimes. But not all the time […]. The post NEW in Teams – Attachments are View by Default appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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.

Digital Learning Resources for April 2020


If you are like us, your school is in virtual learning and teaching mode. If your colleagues are asking for ideas or you are looking for ways to stay in touch we offer the following

Automagically PDF Worksheet to Google Form

Teacher Tech

Upgrade your PDF by making it a Google Form. Former math teacher John McGowan, the creator of g(Math), EquatIO, Form Creator and more has developed a Drive Add-on Automagical Forms on to take your PDF and turn it into a Google Form!! THIS WILL SAVE YOU HOURS!! First install the Add-on from the webstore. This […]. The post Automagically PDF Worksheet to Google Form appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Drive Forms Google

10 blended learning resources for schools

eSchool News

With many schools now practicing blended learning, it can be helpful for educators interested in blended-learning programs to know which edtech tools are being used. For over five years, we at the Christensen Institute have been collecting data on blended-learning schools from around the world. In 2016, we launched our redesigned Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—a hub for resources and research, including a directory of schools practicing blended learning.

Stripped of graduation and end-of-year rituals, new generation of college seniors instead face dismal job market

The Hechinger Report

Kaitlin Hughes after being inducted into a Jesuit honors society at Georgetown University, with her parents, Kathy and David Hughes. Kaitlin has a job lined up for July. Credit: Photo by Arianna Hughes. NEW YORK — Kaitlin Hughes is a college senior with something many classmates envy: a job offer. As the coronavirus upends the economy, she’s thrilled to have a signed contract for a job starting July 20 in New York City. “I

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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