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10 of the Best Elementary Activities for the Last Days of School

Waterford

The end of the school year can evoke a bittersweet feeling. It marks a moment for celebration as educators contemplate the growth and achievements of their students, as well as the sense of community fostered within their classrooms. However, bidding farewell to your students and preparing them for the next academic year can be challenging. Now is the time to reminisce about the moments that made the school year special and to create lasting memories that students will carry with them to the nex

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Want to Get Younger Students Started on Esports? Try Minecraft Education.

EdTech Magazine

Like digital screens built from tiny pixels, Minecraft is a virtual world of pixilated landscapes crafted by players using digital building blocks. Playing Minecraft is like playing with digital Lego bricks: Players build elaborate structures and interact within blocky landscapes, either solo or with friends. Its open-ended nature, paired with straightforward yet deep gameplay, fosters creativity, problem-solving and collaboration.

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5 Innovative Tech Projects for High Schoolers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Great end-of-year projects for high school students, from the Ask a Tech Teacher team: 5 Innovative Tech Projects for High Schoolers Project-based learning has gained significant popularity in recent times. Emerging as a creative and insightful way for youngsters to learn and practically implement their knowledge, the idea of project-based learning has been encouraged and applauded by teachers worldwide.

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Keeping Devices Refreshed Is Critical to a Healthy and Modern IT Ecosystem

EdTech Magazine

As in any industry, IT teams supporting K–12 schools must navigate a challenging landscape. But with education on the line, IT staff take on significant responsibility for ensuring that the technology they support provides an optimal digital experience for teachers and students alike. Despite strict budgets and small IT teams, school districts must keep devices safely and continually refreshed.

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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Six Tips for Districts to Avoid the Next Funding Cliff

Digital Promise

Updated Technology Sustainability Toolkit helps districts plan their budgets with ending of COVID relief funds.

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Why Healing Affinity Spaces Are Necessary for Black Women Educators

Edsurge

As Black womxn educators, we have a connection with education that is ancestral. Even before enslavement, teaching and learning existed in Africa. African communities built cities, states and kingdoms. Africans were skilled laborers, mathematicians and astronomers. Creativity, learning and innovation flourished in African communities, and that heritage lives in African descendants, especially apparent in the way we teach and radically care for our students.

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Assessment Culture: What It Is and Why It Matters

Edsurge

In the post-COVID pandemic educational setting, assessment offers ways to gain crucial insights into student thinking and learning and the areas requiring support for progress toward learning goals. While thoughtful assessment design and implementation are necessary for student success, building a strong assessment culture in schools is often overlooked but equally important.

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What Makes Some Teachers So Memorable?

MiddleWeb

Education professor and researcher Julie Hasson has spent years interviewing people about their memorable teachers. Read what three former middle school students told her about the teachers whose actions and interactions in the classroom made a lasting impact on their lives. The post What Makes Some Teachers So Memorable? first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Horticulture, horses and ‘Chill Rooms’: One district goes all-in on mental health support

The Hechinger Report

PITTSBURGH — Maria Hubal sent one student back to class just as another walked in. The sixth grader, slouched over with his hood pulled low, made a beeline to a hammock chair and curled up. Hubal, Bellevue Elementary’s behavioral health school educator, gently asked if everything was OK and what she could do to help. He said he was at a “red” — based on a color thermometer posted by the door that students can use to describe their stress level.

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GPT-4o: What Educators Need to Know

techlearning

I tested GPT-4o, the new model powering some versions of ChatGPT. It combines text, audio, visual, and video outputs and inputs, and is faster and more natural in its responses, which has many implications for teachers.

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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More companies open on-site child care to help employees juggle parenting and jobs

The Hechinger Report

LAS VEGAS and RENO, Nev. — They exist in places like an airport, a resort, and a distribution center, tucked away from the public eye but close enough for easy access. They often emit laughter – and the sound of tumbling blocks, bouncing balls, and meandering tricycles. They’re child care centers based at workplaces. And in the increasingly fraught American child care landscape, they are popping up more frequently.

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AI, Absenteeism, Cybersecurity, and More at the Tech & Learning Regional Leadership Summit in New England

techlearning

Forward-thinking educators collaborated during a day of information sharing, fact finding, and a bit of entertainment at the Tech & Learning Summit in Boston.

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Summer Social Media Manager Guide

Josie Ahlquist

Summer’s here, but the pressure to deliver outstanding social media results isn’t taking a break. Whether you’re part of a team or a team of one, I want you to know you’re not in this alone. Social media is far from the days when I first became a strategist. Myspace, “The Facebook” and Instagram when it was only available on iPhones.

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339: Can generative AI help my learners boost the power of play?

The Thinking Stick

Jeff Utecht and Tricia discuss the importance of AI literacy and introduce their AI literacy course. They also talk about the recent updates from OpenAI and Google in the field of AI. They highlight the significance of AI in social-emotional learning and discuss the potential of AI to support people with disabilities. They also explore the power of play and share prompts for creating interactive stories using AI.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Planning for Shifts: 3 Approaches as ESSER Ends

Mira Education

Education was interrupted in 2020. From virtual learning to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant shift in the profession. In response, the federal government bolstered district budgets with COVID relief funds. Now, just four years later, district leaders must shift again as those funds come to an end. Before the next school year, they will make hard decisions around ESSER funding and must pivot to meet the needs of students and staff.

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12 Best Social Skills Activities for Kids of All Ages

SplashLearn

Have you ever wondered how well your child gets along with other kids? Strong social skills are what help children make friends, do well in school, and feel happy and confident. In this blog, we’ll explore 12 fun and engaging social skills activities you can do with your child or students! 1. Online Social Skill […] The post 12 Best Social Skills Activities for Kids of All Ages first appeared on SplashLearn Blog.

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How Do I Get My Book to Read Out Loud? – Exploring Text-to-Speech Options

Kitaboo on EdTech

The world of reading is undergoing a fascinating transformation. While physical books remain a cherished format for many, audiobooks are experiencing explosive growth. About 53% of readers in the USA listened to an audiobook in 2023, and the numbers are only growing. This surge in popularity can be attributed to several factors. Audiobooks offer unparalleled convenience, allowing listeners to enjoy their favorite stories while commuting, exercising, or completing chores.

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THE ADVANCED EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FUND

American Consortium for Equity in Education

Listen as Auditi Chakravarty, CEO of AERDF, discusses the role of R&D for the future of education. And watch their webinar about the essential role of R&D in propelling our nation’s future through uncovering new, transformative breakthroughs. We also recommend Keep Reading THE ADVANCED EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FUND The post THE ADVANCED EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FUND appeared first on American Consortium for Equity in Education.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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How Do I Convert a Physical Textbook to Digital?

Kitaboo on EdTech

The crossover from print to digital textbooks has ushered in a new era for publishers and K12 learners. Prioritizing convenience and accessibility, this shift has widened the reach of eBooks. At the same time, it has eliminated the need to store books physically and maintain them. Further, digitization has made it possible to reproduce and distribute eBooks effortlessly.

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New Blog Post from Dr. Steve Albrecht: "Are the Most Dangerous Libraries in the US in California? Five Reasons Why."

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We've just posted a new blog post by Dr. Steve Albrecht in our " The Safe Library " section of Library 2.0 : " Are the Most Dangerous Libraries in the US in California? Five Reasons Why." I have lived in the Midwest for seven years now, but I keep in close touch with my parents in San Diego and still have a lot of friends there too. Library security news follows me everywhere and I see the same stories that perhaps you do: crime and violence problems at the main branch of the Oakland library; fe

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Unleash Your PDFs: Top Tools for Free PDF to ePub Conversion

Kitaboo on EdTech

A vast amount of reading material is stored in PDF files, as PDF is an exceptional format for presenting content. However, many people consider ePub preferable for reading eBooks due to its adaptability in terms of adjusting pages, font size, and other functionalities. Amazon’s Kindle platform sells over 487 million eBooks annually, making it a popular choice for publishers looking to improve the readability of their content on eReaders like Kindle or Kobo.

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Do Alternatives to Public School Have to Be Political?

Edsurge

When Mysa School started about eight years ago, the microschool movement was new. A school with about 40 students in Washington, D.C., and with a second location in Vermont, Mysa stresses mastery-based learning, where students have to show comprehension before advancing. The idea is that having smaller school sizes enables students to develop much deeper relationships at school, says Siri Fiske, founder of Mysa School.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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DRM Protected Content: Friend or Foe? Unveiling the Copyright Conundrum

Kitaboo on EdTech

As digitization continues to rise, so does the threat of cybercrime, highlighting the need for enhanced protective measures. One measure that is gaining popularity across industries like education and publishing is Digital Rights Management (DRM). DRM, short for digital rights management, employs technological tools to safeguard content against unauthorized use and reproduction.

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5 education insights from LAUSD’s Alberto Carvalho

eSchool News

Key points: Superintendent Carvalho’s vision for his district includes innovative, future-looking progress LAUSD launches revolutionary AI tool Redesigning the educational model after COVID For more news on district management, visit eSN’s Educational Leadership hub Alberto Carvalho leads the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)–the nation’s second-largest district.

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Would You Rather: Acquiring Information

Catlin Tucker

Imagine you’re at a new, highly recommended restaurant, eager to try what you’ve heard is an exceptional dining experience. As you sit down and open the menu, your excitement dims—you realize it’s a fixed menu with no options for substitutions or alterations. You’re vegetarian, and all the courses feature meat. You speak with the server, hoping for flexibility, but there are no alternatives that accommodate your dietary needs.

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5 news literacy resources for students

eSchool News

Key points: Strong news literacy skills are a must-have in today’s online world Turning media literacy into civic engagement Is it fake? How to teach with news and media sources For more news on media literacy, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub News literacy skills are of paramount importance in today’s world, and are especially key for students, who must be able to critically assess information sources and vet resources effectively.

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.

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OPINION: Americans need help paying for new, nondegree programs and college alternatives

The Hechinger Report

For Janelle Bell, a 39-year-old working mom, completing her degree wasn’t financially or personally possible. Her priority was providing for her family on an annual salary of just $30,000. Drowning in $40,000 of student loan debt, she was forced to drop out of college and work full time. Janelle’s story is all too familiar throughout the U.S. — stuck in a low-paying job, struggling to make ends meet after being failed by college.