Wed.May 20, 2020

Boom Cards: Engagement for Learning from a Distance

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter During distance learning, some teachers have found a new way to engage students — Boom Cards. Mary Howard is one of those teachers. She says it excites her sixth grade students in New York and gives us the low-down on why Boom Cards are so exciting and how she uses them for assessment and learning. Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

13 Teaching Strategies to Shake up Your Remote Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

As we struggle with adapting our classes to remote learning, I know lots of teachers who are realizing that their normal approach isn’t suited for remote teaching. They need to come up with a transformative tool that will reach students more comprehensively, more rigorously, more granularly online. Here are thirteen accepted pedagogical teaching strategies with proven records of success.

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Professional Learning in a Pandemic

Digital Promise

With schools closed and social distancing orders in place due to COVID-19, micro-credentials —which are online and on-demand—allow educators to continue their professional learning without leaving their homes. In this post, we highlight the experience of two educators who earned micro-credentials during the pandemic. Micro-credentials support timely topics like distance learning. Muskego-Norway School District in Wisconsin created a micro-credential program for teachers to advance their careers.

Guest Post: How to provide a successful remote learning experience during school closures

EdTech4Beginners

A recent survey found that the coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for teachers, parents and students alike. Many teachers and parents are concerned about their children’s progress, wellbeing, and finding relevant resources. Students said their main worry was being easily distracted, less motivated, and less effective at studying. Furthermore, students were yearning for daily social interaction and struggling with absence of an in-person teacher.

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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 Do We Encourage More Young Women to Innovate and Transform the World

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” ” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I am the mother of a 3 year-old girl. Each day I think of ways to help her develop into an intelligent, independent, unapologetic, brave, creative, compassionate, and resilient human being. I realize that one of the hardest plights in life is being born a girl, which means she will spend a lifetime standing up for herself and fighting.

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Coronavirus Chronicles 025 – International School of Amsterdam

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 025 is below. Thank you, Shannon Hancock, Rania, and Trinabh, for sharing how the International School of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. This was my first episode with students and of course you were FANTASTIC.

Health Experts Say Schools Can Reopen in the Fall — But With Some Big Changes

Edsurge

Across the country—and indeed the world—schools are preparing for a back-to-school season unlike any other in living memory. Governors are signaling tentative support for schools to resume in-person classes in the fall, with careful planning and a few caveats.

With higher ed in limbo, students are switching to community colleges

The Hechinger Report

Chris Smith wasn’t planning to spend the summer at a community college. He was going to sublet an apartment in Tallahassee and take classes at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he just completed his first year. This story also appeared in NBC News. But Smith ended up back home with his family in Fort Lauderdale when the pandemic forced his classes online, an experience he described as disappointing.

Remote Learning and Mental Health: What Educators Need to Be Aware Of

techlearning

When it comes to remote learning and mental health, educators have to actively stay connected with students and families

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.

Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

Examples from The Hechinger Report’s collection of misleading research claims touted by ed tech companies. Video: Sarah Butrymowicz. School closures in all 50 states have sent educators and parents alike scrambling to find online learning resources to keep kids busy and productive at home. Website traffic to the homepage for IXL, a popular tool that lets students practice skills across five subjects through online quizzes, spiked in March.

5 Strategies to Enhance Educator and Student Well-Being Right Now

Edsurge

In 2020, we have all taken big steps to prioritize each other’s wellness. We’ve temporarily closed schools and businesses and stayed home because our greatest wish is that our community stays healthy and safe. But well-being goes beyond physical health. To improve social-emotional and academic outcomes for our students and communities, we have to embody and strengthen the social-emotional competencies within ourselves.

How to employ a differentiated mindset when teaching STEM

eSchool News

When we facilitate professional development events, there’s often a common theme: teachers understand the importance of active STEM teaching and learning, but don’t always know how to implement it in a way that supports the diverse needs of their students. In our work with TGR EDU: Explore , a partnership between TGR Foundation and Discovery Education, we provide guidance to educators on how to prepare students for success through active, engaging instruction.

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How Virtual One-to-One Meetings Are Helping Us Build a Strong Online Classroom

Edsurge

As I sat in front of my iPad waiting for Jackson to join our second weekly one-to-one Zoom meeting, I wondered what would become the focus of today’s catch up. Earlier in the week, his classmate Jennifer confided that she was not feeling comfortable with the recent math assignments, so we spent her 25 minutes reviewing math problems. Ned and I spent the bulk of our time discussing how Tom Brady being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the greatest thing to happen for football.

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.

Bring a Tab BACK! Google Chrome

Teacher Tech

In Google Chrome you can use Control W to close a tab or click on the x on the tab (practice the Control W!!!) But what if you accidentally close a tab? Control Shift T Control T creates a new tab and Control Shift T brings BACK a tab. It takes a little bit to […]. The post Bring a Tab BACK! Google Chrome appeared first on Teacher Tech. Chrome Google Keyboard Shortcuts google Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts keytips

Voice Tech Has Been Around for Decades. Will It Finally Work for Education?

Edsurge

Speech-recognition systems date back to the 1950s. Yet the recent emergence of “smart” assistant devices in homes—powered by the likes of Alexa and Siri—has sparked renewed interest in their application as educational tools in the classroom. However, do not conflate speech technology with smart speakers and other devices, says Satya Nitta, the former head of IBM’s research team on artificial intelligence for learning.

How to Improve WiFi Connection for Remote Learning Using a WiFi Booster

techlearning

Improve WiFi to avoid freezing on video or audio by following these tops tips on how to best set up an extender

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Monitor student devices and active applications in real-time

eSchool News

ScreenBeam Inc. announced today that its popular Classroom Commander orchestration platform is now available for both Chromebook and Windows 1:1 classroom environments. The ScreenBeam Classroom Commander is designed for today’s modern one-to-one or one-to-many modern classrooms by combining wireless display with student device orchestration to improve lesson flow and collaboration.

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.

CoSN2020: Embracing a New Look for Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

Several years ago, some students in San Francisco Unified School District had the wrong idea about educational technology. They viewed technology as a “toy” or “free time,” Ben Klaus, principal of Jose Ortega Elementary, said during a virtual presentation at CoSN2020, the annual conference of the Consortium for School Networking. “It It was to browse the internet to play games.”. “We

Online STEM Summer Camps for High School and College Students

eSchool News

Numerade—an online education platform founded with a mission to provide equitable access to high-quality STEM instruction—today announced the launch of free, virtual STEM summer camps open to students at the middle, high school, and college levels. Course offerings include SAT Test Prep, Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics, all taught by top-ranked STEM PhDs, college professors, and high school teachers.

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CoSN2020: Best Practices for a Secure Work-from-Home Environment

EdTech Magazine

Over the past few months, there’s been a surge in people working from home across all industries — including education. The pandemic led schools to shut their doors and pushed many students, teachers and other school staff online.

Supporting the Emotional Health of Our Students

MiddleWeb

The future may be uncertain but the mental health of our students shouldn’t be. Teacher, author and mentor Cathleen Beachboard describes how – through a focus on communication, consistency and control – educators can begin to help young people regain their sense of safety. Articles Student Support Cathleen Beachboard emotional support SEL student mental health

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

What to Expect from CoSN2020

EdTech Magazine

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is resuming its annual conference virtually from May 19-21, making it one of the first K–12 national education conferences being held online. The thought leadership event, which drew more than 1,000 attendees in 2019, was slated for mid-March. But because of official health and safety advisories regarding the novel coronavirus, CoSN’s Board of Directors split the conference into a two-part virtual experience.

But What Does That Look Like?

Adjusting Course

Our school is wrestling with some difficult things right now. Difficult in an emotional sense. We’re not willing to let go of the importance of relationships, connectedness, and FUN that’s part of the entire school year (and usually part of the final few weeks of school). But what does this look like during a school closure? I love a good quote. I love hearing good answers during interviews too.

CoSN2020: How K–12 Schools Can Build a Virtualized Ecosystem

EdTech Magazine

Cloud has become a popular buzzword in K–12 education, especially as school districts have shifted to remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

9 innovation tips from pioneering schools

eSchool News

Stories about innovation seem to be everywhere, and with good reason–educators are searching for groundbreaking strategies to inspire and improve education for every student in every classroom. Because innovation is topmost in many educators’ minds, eSchool News put out a call for innovative educators, schools, and districts across the U.S. through our 2018 Distinguished Innovator Awards program.

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.