Thu.Jul 09, 2020

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. They also shared in the 10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices. The webinar is available on-demand here.)

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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. A big issue for many teachers was a general lack of student engagement online.


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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. In fact, the situation is so dire that up to 10% of the world’s population is under threat of hunger and more than $8.5B in direct damages is expected by the end of the year.

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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. No matter how things will look like this fall, online instruction and learning will most probably be a significant part of education from now on.

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.

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. Teaching your students about young heroes can remind them that they have the power to change the world, too, even one person or community at a time. We’ve put together a list of 10 modern-day heroes who have made a difference in their communities from a young age.

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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

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. Therefore, how might we leverage the power of gamification and game-based learning to enhance civic education? Why Simulations?

Coronavirus Chronicles 040 – Washington Middle School

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 check-ins with educators all over. Episode 040 is below. Thank you, Aaron Meyer, for sharing how Washington Middle School in Evansville, Indiana is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about how your educators shifted their innovative learning online this past spring! .

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. Now, those temporary offers have largely expired — and yet remote learning seems likely to continue in at least some capacity when school resumes this fall.

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.

@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!

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.

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. Typically, I think about the schedule for the day; I think about the when and the what for today – my must-do’s, my can-do’s and my want to-do’s. This naturally leads into creating a mental (and often written) checklist of those aforementioned “to-do’s”.

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. Trying to build a strategic approach that maximizes resources and nurtures academic achievement is more important than ever before, and fingertip access to actionable information is the key to executing that plan!

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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.

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


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. These substantive challenges prevent esports from being a healthy and inclusive environment for all students. First, esports can become a toxic emotional environment due to harassment and bullying during game play.

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. Other than those who are quick with their affixes and root words, there is barely a soul outside of an IT role who can give you a close definition.

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. Designed for elementary-age students, Virtual Camp KSC offers hands-on science, technology, engineering and math 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.

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. In May, the CDC released back-to-school guidance on maintaining healthy environments and operations, such as installing physical barriers in areas where it’s difficult to maintain a safe distance from other people and implementing staggered schedules for students.

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. Here’s a brand new guide on how a simple digital communication program can help us return to school safely, whether that’s in person, online, or some combination of the two. Get the guide here and give it a quick scan to make sure your school has all their bases covered.


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

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.

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.

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

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. Book Reviews Teacher Leadership equity impact Jenny Grant Rankin Kathleen Palmieri research Routledge teacher expertise


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. This is particularly important as we are going through an era-defining phase shift in education as many key elements are shifting. Student demographics, technology integration, elements of curriculum, assessments, etc. are all being redefined as we speak.

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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. Book Reviews Soft Skills Amy S. Gauner Erickson Anne Anderson college and career Corwin interpersonal intrapersonal Patricia M. Noonan questionnaires skills

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.