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What are the benefits of investing in online education?


Most people consider the traditional brick and mortar classroom as the best way of educating children. Back in the day, traditional learning in a classroom with face to face interaction with the teacher was seen as the best choice for educating children. Today, however, the narrative is changing.

Why College Matters for a Successful Career in Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

There is a lot of conversation about college vs. career–the pros and cons of each weighed against the needs of individual students. Here’s a thoughtful article from Peter MacCallister, an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, on why college is a good idea even when considering a career in tech: Why College Matters for a Successful Career in Tech.

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How–and why–to prioritize relationships in your COVID-19 response plan

The Christensen Institute

With school campuses closed indefinitely, education systems are grappling with how to make up for a growing abyss of lost learning hours and essential student services. But leaders shouldn’t forget that students are facing a less-talked-about but equally severe risk: losing access to the wide range of relationships that they’ve accrued in the course of a school year. It verges on cliché to say that young people need relationships to thrive.

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Coronavirus Chronicles 009 – Alabama Department of Education

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 009 is below. Thank you, Amanda Dykes , for sharing how the Alabama Department of Education is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. Amanda wanted to be clear that she’s not speaking for the entire State Department of Education!

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.

Doing a better job of doing good

The Christensen Institute

Many people who have spent time doing humanitarian work are likely familiar with the story of “The Star Thrower.” Originally part of a 1969 essay by American author Loren Eiseley, the story has been retold and adapted many times by motivational speakers in the years since. It begins with a scene in which the narrator walks along a beach littered with starfish that have become stranded after the recession of high tide.

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10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home


Most educators know that supporting students’ social and emotional wellness is critical to their overall success. We can’t expect students to process information when they’re distracted, hungry, tired or feel unsafe.

QuizBreaker - A scheduled online quiz game that helps teams get to know one another in a fun way.

Educational Technology Guy

Companies like Microsoft and Google are using QuizBreaker to keep their remote employees happy and engaged! QuizBreaker ( [link] ) helps remote teams keep morale high through fun quizzes with lots of gamification. Players answer ice breaker questions and then once a week a quiz gets sent around the team where they have to guess 'Who said what'. It's a quick and easy way for remote teams to have fun when they don't have the chance to see each other face to face.

What Students Are Doing Is Remote Learning, Not Online Learning. There’s a Difference.


Having worked at the intersection of education and technology for over 20 years, I never would have predicted that the first excitement at home over learning online would be the result of a teacher yelling at my 5th grader to stop using Zoom’s virtual background function to turn his shirt into a forest fire.

PBS and WGBH to Provide At-Home Learning Programs for Students and Educators Nationwide During School Closures Through WORLD Channel

Educational Technology Guy

As schools across the country close in response to the COVID-19 virus, PBS and WGBH Boston have partnered to support distance learning nationwide. Beginning on Monday, March 30, the public media WORLD Channel from WGBH will provide a daily, five-hour At-Home Learning Service, for students in grades 6-12, to PBS stations nationwide.

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.

Online learning is helping students pursue their passions

eSchool News

As a high school principal at an international school, I want students to successful and well supported if they journey into online learning. Our students in grades 11 and 12 can take online classes for the IB Diploma Program (DP), and we partner with The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) to prepare them for the high-stakes online DP courses, as well as to better prepare them for the online learning that they will inevitably engage in at university and/or careers.

Online Education Advocacy Group Launches as Dept. of Ed Proposes Loosening Regulations


To advocate for and on behalf of effective online teaching and learning practices, four organizations are joining forces to establish the National Council for Online Education. The partnership linking the Online Learning Consortium, Quality Matters, University Professional and Continuing Education Association and WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies has been in the works for about a year, says Deb Adair, executive director of Quality Matters.

Remote Learning in Action: Putnam County School System, Tennessee


Having a detailed remote learning instructional plan in place before starting to teach is essential to success

Why Education Is a ‘Wicked Problem’ for Learning Engineers to Solve


Ashok Goel has a vision for the future of education. The professor of computer science and cognitive science at Georgia Institute of Technology believes every student and researcher should have access to artificially intelligent assistants that not only help them study facts and figures, but also collaborate more closely with other humans. Goel has already helped to build such tools for use in his own classroom and worldwide through collaborations with the Smithsonian Institution.

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.

Share a Google Keep Note

Teacher Tech

Collaboration is what Google does best. Google Keep allows you to share your notes. Click on the collaborator icon at the bottom of your note. If you are on your phone, click on the 3 dots in the bottom right to find the collaborator icon. How many times have I sent a student off with […]. The post Share a Google Keep Note appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google

CoSN2020: Boost the Success of E-Learning with the Right Tools

EdTech Magazine

Many school districts across the country, as well as educators and parents, are getting an unexpected crash course in e-learning because of closures meant to help quash the spread of COVID-19. But when some normalcy is restored and opportunities arise again for more deliberate implementation of remote learning , what tools can help make the experience a success?

How It’s Done: Assessing and Teaching SEL Competencies


Pennsylvania district adopts SEL assessment tool that aligns with SEL curriculum and impacts school culture

5 facts about the state of teaching

eSchool News

Learning has, for most of the country, shifted online as the country struggles to address the growing coronavirus pandemic. But before this major shift, a report took a look at the state of teaching as it pertains to curriculum and planning, social media use, funding, and future plans. The survey comes from the Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM (IAS), an online resource supporting teachers and others using arts integration and STEAM education through professional development.

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.

Realizing the unimaginable in distance learning

Jamf on EdTech

With 48 hours notice, the faculty of the Sewanhaka Central High School District completely re-imagined education. They are teaching students from their living rooms. They are providing counseling sessions, and the essential services for special education and ELL students, entirely online. Read how Sewanhaka realized a goal they previously thought "unimaginable

Udemy Review: Is Udemy Worth It for Course Creators?

Sell Courses Online

The post Udemy Review: Is Udemy Worth It for Course Creators? appeared first on Sell Courses Online. Udemy is one of the most popular online learning platforms out there with a user base of 40 million+ students. So, almost every course creator considers Udemy for selling courses at some point in their course creation journey. However, it is hardly a straightforward decision to make. While there are some obvious merits of selling … Udemy Review: Is Udemy Worth It for Course Creators?

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What Can Co-Teachers Do as a Team Right Now?


If co-teaching is a practice of sharing the classroom and students, what happens when our classroom is literally beyond the walls that usually hold us together? UDL coach Elizabeth Stein brings together current ideas about how to best serve students amid Covid-19, including those with special needs. Remote Learning Two Teachers in the Room co-teachers Council for Exceptional Teachers Covid 19 Elizabeth Stein inclusion pandemic remote learning two teachers in the room

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How To Boost Engagement with Math Battles at Home or School!


We asked our community of Prodigy teachers around the world how they engage their students with Prodigy, and they gave us so many amazing ideas. One of our favorites? Prodigy math battles! There’s no good reason why students should get to have all the fun playing Prodigy. Teachers like you are creating their own Prodigy […]. The post How To Boost Engagement with Math Battles at Home or School! appeared first on Prodigy Math Blog. Prodigy School battle my students math battles

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.

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now


With the rapid spread of COVID-19, educators across the country and around the world have been tasked with shifting to emergency remote teaching—a move from in-person to remote classes made necessary by pressing circumstances. This quick move to emergency remote teaching has left educators scrambling to figure out how to use digital tools, online resources, and apps to continue their teaching at a distance.

How to Build Collaborative Relationships With Paraprofessionals


Being an intervention specialist is one of the most rewarding yet difficult jobs. We wear so many hats in a day and juggle many responsibilities. One way we can alleviate some of our stress is to make sure we are using the support of our paraprofessionals (paras) in the most effective ways. Building a Relationship. Let’s face it, we’re going to be seeing and spending more time with our paras than with our own family some weeks!

How teachers, academicians, and education enthusiasts helped Linways to build a world-class product.

Linways Technologies

Suggestions and feedback from our customers were always an active force behind the evolution of Linways. Linways emerged as a world-class product after undergoing a lot of metamorphoses. At each stage of our product development, we put up a lot of effort to make it more customer-centric. We have been always about building long term relationships with our customers. For us, it wasn’t just taking requirements or building a product.

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk (And Act!) About: Privilege, Racism, and Oppression in the Middle School Classroom

Educator Innovator

Our April reading for the 2019-20 Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN Marginal Syllabus describes the collaborative work of Ashley Boyd, a teacher educator from a university, and Jacinda Miller, an experienced middle school English Language Arts teacher.

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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