Thu.Jul 09, 2020

8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online

Catlin Tucker

I’ve spent the last four months working with teachers all over the country (virtually, of course) as they navigate the uncharted waters of online and blended learning. The majority of teachers I have spoken with did not enjoy their initial experiences with distance learning.

Learn How to Teach Online with This Free Course

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Do you need help in learning how to teach online? Here’s a free 3-hour course, Launching Online Learning , to get you started. Advancement Courses is a sponsor of my blog and podcast.

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As the word focuses on the pandemic, one organization is focused on the weather

The Christensen Institute

For millions of people living in East Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia, the coronavirus pandemic may not be the most severe setback of 2020. Instead, it’s locusts. Since the beginning of the year more than 450 billion of the grasshoppers have ravaged homes and devastated crops in these regions.

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How to give feedback to students in the online learning environment


The educational process has suffered major changes in the past few months due to the pandemic that has spread around the globe. For many educators and students, this has been a bumpy road. But teachers are resourceful, students are resilient, and education can’t just stop.

Three critical considerations for teachers to adopt technology

The Christensen Institute

As many educators across the country struggled to adopt technology tools in the rush to remote learning over the last several months of the school year, teachers are reporting that their ability to effectively use technology has improved markedly.

10 Young People Who Changed the World to Add to Your Class Curriculum


When we think about modern-day heroes to teach in class, it’s often people who made a difference when they were well into their adult years. But young people can—and often do—make a serious impact on the world.

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Enhancing Civic Education with Game-Based Learning


This blog post originally appeared on Tom Driscoll EDU. We are experiencing a rising tide of advocacy for high quality civic education across the nation. There is also increasing interest and promising research around the impact that gamification can play in instructional design.

How It’s Done: Providing New Teachers with Remote PD and Modeling


How Keller ISD is supporting new teachers with technology in a new remote learning landscape

How to ensure home broadband access for every student

eSchool News

When the coronavirus pandemic forced students into remote learning this past spring, many telecommunications companies stepped up to offer free or deeply discounted home broadband access to families who couldn’t afford it.

Google Meet Tips and Guidelines for Teachers and Educators

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google Meet is increasingly becoming one of the best video conferencing platforms for the education community. The recent new features are one example of how this platform is planning more. 2020 Distance learning Google Meet

CASEL, with More Than 40 Partners, Releases Guidance for Reopening School

eSchool News

On Thursday, The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and more than 40 expert partners will release detailed recommendations for how to reopen schools most effectively this fall in: Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Roadmap for Reopening School. Roadmap for Reopening School.

5 Educational Apps for Creating Animated Cartoons in Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

After we reviewed apps for creating story books with students, today's post features a collection of educational apps students can use to design animated cartoons. These can be used for a number more. 2020 iPad cartoon making apps

Instant Access to Data Gives Schools New Power

eSchool News

The COVID-19 pandemic has school districts across the country reevaluating their approach to learning and engagement. Coupled with drastic funding cuts and an uncertain future for the return to in-person learning, the need for quick-access information is more critical than ever.

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Routines and Relationships for Managing Uncertainty #engaginglitminds

Reading By Example

Why do we do the things we do? For instance, why do we have certain procedures in our classroom or in our personal life? . Example: From the time I wake up each morning, I begin envisioning what my day will look like.

Addressing the 800-pound gorillas in scholastic esports

eSchool News

Plenty of organizations and researchers speak about the positive qualities of scholastic esports. I personally see those benefits. But many are unwilling to discuss the two 800-pound gorillas that every school or university faces.

Empowering Teaching and Learning with Interoperability

EdTech Magazine

A quick search of the words “interoperability” and “education” yields over 21 million results. Considering this massive volume, this combination of topics is clearly on the hearts and minds of teachers and students. However, a quick survey would show that this is not the case.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announces Virtual Camp KSC

eSchool News

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is taking camp to the ionosphere. This year’s Virtual Camp KSC will launch its first three-day session July 28. The three-hour Zoom conference will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. A second session will run from August 4 – 6 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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.

You need a communication plan to reopen your school safely – here’s what to do:

eSchool News

Preparing for multiple scenarios for safely returning to school this fall is a task none of us could have imagined a year ago. We’d like to make one major part of that task a bit easier for you if we can.


Warning Signs A Website Is Peddling Misinformation


The internet has made it easier than ever to find information on any topic, but it’s also made it easier to spread misinformation and falsehoods


4 Reasons to Run a District-wide Reading Challenge

eSchool News

Most librarians are familiar with reading challenges — the challenge format is a type of reading program that provides a more engaging way to get students to read. Challenges give students a set of goals to accomplish within a defined period of time.

@Flipgrid Educator Spotlight #TechWithHeart


For teacher appreciate month, the Flipgrid team ran a spotlight series to highlight the work of educators. I was honored to receive a spotlight and wanted to capture that article here on my blog. My biggest goal is to share ideas around leveraging edtech to strengthen relationships, hear from all students, & bring a deeper level of compassion to our teaching. And this spotlight spoke to all of that!

Sharing Your Expertise with the World


Jenny Rankin writes that sharing teachers’ individual wisdom and expertise with the world is necessary, and, more importantly, possible. Read Rankin's book to feel encouraged and inspired in your quest to expand your impact on the world, says teacher-reviewer Kathleen Palmieri.


How to manage online teaching and lifelong learning in your classrooms.

Linways Technologies

Every teacher should be allowed a space for themselves where they could grow, and offer productive, creative inputs to their teaching model so as to improve the lives of themselves as well as their students.

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The Skills That Matter for College and Careers


Are you tasked with preparing students for college and careers? The Skills That Matter: Teaching Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies in Any Classroom” by Noonan and Erickson can help, writes consultant Anne Anderson. The book gives teachers and administrators a place to begin.

Designing a Vocabulary-Rich Teaching Environment to Enhance Student Communication


Teaching new vocabulary to students with autism or other significant cognitive disabilities can sometimes feel overwhelming. Because students’ language and vocabulary needs are so great, teachers may feel unsure of how to begin.

Today - Episode 10 of REINVENTING.SCHOOL - "Play" with Wolfe, Nachmanovitch, and Skenazy!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today, Thursday, July 9 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present the tenth LIVE episode of the new weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL. If you miss the LIVE show, we post the edited version here the next week, and all of the recordings are on the site as well as on YouTube.

See Lesson Activity Data for All Students at a Glance


Unique Learning System now gives you a quick way to tell whether your students have completed an assigned lesson activity. You can see data for the current unit as well as any previous units within the school year. What's New Unique Learning System

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TEACHER VOICE: Reimagine schools? We must widen our starting points

The Hechinger Report

This week, we were treated to another spectacle in the long-running saga of reopening U.S. schools when President Donald Trump tweeted that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!” and called for the CDC to revise its guidelines to facilitate this.