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5 Ways to Help Kids Improve At Math

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We can help children improve their math skills. Dr. Carrie Cutler is the author of “ Math-Positive Mindsets: Growing a Child’s Mind without Losing Yours. ” She shares tips to help parents and teachers help children improve at math. Additionally, she shares some things that hinder math learning and things we shouldn’t be saying to kids. Let’s help all children learn math!

Exploring new ideas and skills in the summer


We have definitely experienced a challenging couple of months in the world and in our roles as educators. The summer break is the time to focus on taking time to reflect, relax, and recharge. It is also the time for us to engage in learning experiences for ourselves as well as provide some options for our students. Finding new ideas and activities, that will not only push us to learn but can help us all with focusing more on self-care, mental health and wellness, is important.

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Now is the moment to lean into student agency

The Christensen Institute

With summer and fall planning top of mind for educators across the country, one stubborn challenge is students’ online attendance and engagement—or, precisely, the lack of it. In many schools and districts, half or less of their students participate in remote learning. Many students are unable to participate virtually due to resource constraints. For those who can, it’s become abundantly clear that grades alone are insufficient to motivate learning.

Enhancing Curriculum through Google Earth


Google Earth was originally released 19 years ago. It is a powerful tool that allows users to navigate the globe using satellite images. Originally a free desktop application, Google Earth is now even more accessible with a web-based version (currently available on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge). Google Earth is a great tool for students and teachers to use in classrooms at all levels. Why might educators use Google Earth in the classroom?

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.

How COVID revealed the general hospital’s fatal flaw

The Christensen Institute

The pandemic highlights a point Clayton Christensen made over ten years ago: the predominant business model of general hospitals is not sustainable. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, many hospitals have been losing money. The American Hospital Association estimated in May that hospitals in the aggregate are losing up to $50 billion per month. Healthcare workers are facing furloughs and are being laid off, and rural hospitals , already in a precarious position, are being forced to close. .

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16+ Summer Math Activities for Kids

MIND Research Institute

Doing math doesn’t have to mean sitting inside with a worksheet, especially during the summer! When school is out and the weather is nice, kids and adults alike can enjoy the freedom while still stretching the brain. Summer is a rich opportunity to bring mathematical thinking into these fun indoor and outdoor activities. Explore numbers, engineering, measurements and more with structured math activities, or ask the right questions to evoke mathematical thinking in almost any activity!

Stepping back to succeed: How one district is dealing with the intangibles of the unthinkable

eSchool News

Forget about tech for a minute. For Adam Phyall, Director of Technology and Media Services for Newton County School System (GA), connectivity, communication, and emotional support are what is key for district success during the pandemic. In his discussion with eSchool News, Adam talks about the big picture challenges the next school year brings for his students, parents, faculty, and administration–and how he plans to deal with them.

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Teacher Tech

NOW – School IT departments need to get set up with free M365 accounts and prepare for how to use Minecraft: Education Edition in the fall. Play Minecraft: Education Edition on a Chromebook On @playcraftlearn Twitter handle an invite to beta test Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks was posted. I logged into my Chromebook, went […]. The post CHROMEBOOK USERS – The Time is Now appeared first on Teacher Tech.

Fighting Misinformation in the Age of COVID-19


Information literacy has long been hard to teach, especially with the landscape of online platforms changing so fast these days. And during this COVID-19 pandemic, it can seem harder than ever to sort out reliable information from falsehood, rumor and conspiracy. So on this week’s EdSurge Podcast , we’re talking to two experts working to help educators and others sharpen their info literacy and critical-thinking skills.

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.

Charlotte’s Web Is $2.99 Today On Kindle

TeachThought - Learn better.

Charlotte's Web is a book about a pig, a spider, and a young girl on a farm wrestling with themes of friendship, sacrifice, death, and rebirth. The post Charlotte’s Web Is $2.99 Today On Kindle appeared first on TeachThought. Life Books


Effective Online Learning Practices


I just attended my first iNacol Virtual Schools Symposium where I heard from a number of politicians, authors, administrators, educators, students, and vendors about online learning

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. But for many, the issue was abstract, unimaginable or simply not their problem. Enter COVID-19. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. Back in 2017, the U.S.

Three Edtech Companies Merge to Create an ‘Anthology’ of Higher-Ed Tools


Two private equity firms are combining three education technology assets into a new company—one that its CEO jestingly likens to a “greatest hits album” of software for higher-ed institutions. At least the company’s name, Anthology , is fitting for that description, says Jim Milton, who will serve as its chief executive. It will offer 14 administrative software tools to help college officials attract, support and engage with faculty and student communities.

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 to Create a Workspace Where You Can Thrive — Even During COVID-19

Marketplace K-12

Education company founder and CEO Sara Potler LaHayne, explains how business leaders can create a sense of fulfillment in their workspaces, even amid quarantines and social distancing. The post How to Create a Workspace Where You Can Thrive — Even During COVID-19 appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Leadership Opinion Startups The Startup Blog

EdTech in the Classroom: Nurturing Skills That Students of Today Need for Jobs of Tomorrow


I misplaced my phone a few days ago, and I went crazy until I could find it. It was almost as if I couldn't function. The funny thing is, I didn't even own one until a few years ago. Yet, I somehow. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Digital Literacy Making the case for Education Technologies Student Centered Learning

What you need to start an esports program

eSchool News

Esports is seeing phenomenal growth, with the worldwide market expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2023. There are professional esports leagues for popular video games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, Call of Duty, Halo, Fortnite, and more. As the popularity of esports continues to increase, colleges and universities have begun embracing esports as well. Last year, some 200 U.S. colleges offered about $16 million in esports scholarships, NBC News reports.

Reinventing Summer Camp During COVID-19


How summer camps are replacing their traditional programs with virtual, hands-on experiences and physical activities


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.

Helping Kids Travel the Bridge to Joyful Reading


Reading teachers work hard to meet the needs of individual students in small groups. Yet many students struggle while reading self-selected books. Meghan Duermit and Sunday Cummins offer ways to build stronger bridges of support from guided instruction to joyful independent reading. Articles Reading “just right” books high-interest books independent reading Meghan Duermit middle grades self-selected books Sunday Cummins transferring learning

How to strengthen parent-child communication-relationship?

Georgia Test Prep

Parenting is a tough job in and by itself. There is a long list of decisions that a parent has to make, never really knowing if the choice that they made is going to be the right one. From ensuring that their kids get healthy food to eat, good friends to play with, a good education, the right career path, developing critical thinking skills, and so much more; parents need to think about everything. Many might agree that there has always been a generational gap between parents & their kids.

20 Years of Proven Results, 20 Years of Turnitin Research


What are researchers saying about Turnitin’s efficacy in reducing plagiarism and supporting student learning? Let’s take a look

Infobase Acquires Professional Development and Training Platform

eSchool News

Infobase, the award-winning provider of the Infobase Learning Ecosystem, which delivers interactive learning experiences and award-winning digital reference content to the school and library community, today announced the acquisition of Hoonuit’s Professional Development and Training Platform, the leading solution for educators needing to improve student learning and meet district, state, and department objectives.

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.

Hopes for School as a Parent #Podcast

The Principal of Change

We are so glad to have welcomed a new daughter to our family that just turned one month old this week. Georgia and Kallea have been such a blessing in my life, and I am appreciative of this time that I get to be home to catch moments I feel I missed in the past.

Know Your Core 4 for Online Learning

The Innovative Educator

Now, more than ever, schools are finally understanding the importance of ensuring the foundations are in place for digital education to be conducted successfully. Schools that had the fundamentals in place in 2020 had a much easier transition to online learning then those who were only beginning to figure it out. In some cases, every teacher was left to their own devices and there was no consistency across a school.

Free "Spark Learning" Masterclass!

Cycles of Learning

Proud to announce that I will be facilitating a free 3-part "Spark Learning" Masterclass beginning 7/22 at 9am PST / 12pm EST. More info here: [link] cue.org/microsoft (search for my name). 5E/Hero's Journey Courses Curiosity Hero's Journey Online Teaching

“What does that word mean?” How to Start Fostering Curiosity Around Language in Our Classrooms #engaginglitminds

Reading By Example

As I am reading to my youngest daughter, Sophia, she often has me stop reading and asks, “What does that word mean?” We talk about the word and then continue on with our reading. At five, Sophia is doing what I try to teach my students to do when reading. She stops when a word doesn’t make sense or she doesn’t know what the word means. She has a natural curiosity for words and wants to understand their meanings. However, not all children hold this same curiosity.

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.