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How to Promote Authentic STEM Learning for Families

Digital Promise

Schools want to support families around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects because these domains are engaging and capitalize on how kids naturally want to learn. But many families feel unprepared to support STEM learning. We spoke with STEM researchers and educators Ximena Dominguez, Kevin McElhaney, and Nick Schiner about the importance of the home-school STEM connection in the context of COVID-19.

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17 Memorial Day Websites for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Memorial Day (May 25, 2020) is the time we remember soldiers who gave their lives in the defense of American freedom. In war and peace, they made the ultimate sacrifice and because of them we are privileged to live the American Dream. Once a year, we honor them, their sacrifice, and those they left behind. Here are some activities to help students understand the import of this day: Difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Folding the American flag. History of Memorial Day –video.

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From fishing to finance; innovating in the midst of COVID-19

The Christensen Institute

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to the global economy. Not only have hundreds of millions of people lost jobs, but major companies including Avianca, Latin America’s second largest airline, and Neiman Marcus, the 112-year old luxury retailer, have filed for bankruptcy. Many others are projected to follow as global growth is expected to fall by as much as 2% per month.

How to Quickly Translate Your Live Session in Multiple Languages and Other Google Meet Must-Haves!

Teacher Reboot Camp

If you are using Google Meet for connecting with students then the links below will help you make this a more accessible and engaging experience. Please note that some of these tips and tricks work for GSuite Edu accounts. If you like these tips, then you might want to register now for my online accredited graduate course, Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning. The course is hands-on, self-paced, and you will receive feedback from peers and me!

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 to overcome resistance to online education in Higher Ed


Embraced by some, considered by others only a back-up solution during these exceptional times brought by the global pandemic — that forced many universities across the globe to carry on their activities remotely — online learning has, in fact, its pedagogical consistency and social relevance. Read more: On challenges and opportunities: Emergency remote teaching.

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Grades Fail at Motivating Students. Intrinsic Motivation Works Better.


We are approaching the two month mark since schools shut their doors in response to COVID-19, and we are now entering a new phase in the learning process. Despite an optimistic start, educators and students alike are realizing that remote learning is not all that it’s cracked up to be. When distance learning started it was a novelty for students; it was fun to sit at home and “go to school” without ever leaving the bed or getting out of their sweatpants.

Smarter eLearning: Promoting Higher-Leveling Thinking In Online Courses 

TeachThought - Learn better.

Smarter eLearning: Promoting Higher-Leveling Thinking In Online Courses . contributed by Rosa Fattahi , WizIQ. Since the ancient days of philosopher Socrates, asking questions has been a critical part of the teaching and learning process. The well-known question-and-answer technique that Socrates employed with his pupils demonstrated how well dialogue and discourse work to stimulate students, encourage more complex thinking, and help them learn.

How to Foster a Positive School Climate in a Virtual World


As COVID-19 upended schools across the country, leaders and teachers transitioned to a remote learning environment with unprecedented speed and managed an array of tactical issues. Schools raced to distribute laptops, provide free-and-reduced lunch to students in need and offer childcare to essential workers. Professional development around remote learning that typically would have happened over months or years was condensed into a few days.

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Learn Letters with 3D Augmented Zoo Videos

eSchool News

As educators are seeking engaging ways to help parents and kids with learning from home, this magically entertaining show for learning letters and letter sounds starts on YouTube. Designed with early learners in mind, Alive Studios created The Zoo Crew Alphabet Show using the same mind-boggling technology they offer to classrooms. Cynthia B. Kaye hosts the show along with my zany friend, Gerdy Giraffe (a puppet character played by Faith DeWerd, one of their Training Coaches).

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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.

Contest Winners Aim to Transform Education Through Voice Technology with Amazon Alexa


Recently, we profiled the six finalists competing for the top prize in the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge, each hoping to transform education with their new Alexa skill. Now, the votes have been tallied, the judges have made their decisions, and the results are finally in!

Developing Our MathMINDs-Week 6: Experience Math Through Story

MIND Research Institute

Developing Our MathMINDs is a series of conversations and resources about math that is intended to be a journey of growth with families over several weeks. Each week, MIND's Lead Mathematician and Product Director Brandon Smith and Content Development Manager Nina Wu will be talking about the adjustments families are making to learning at home, and the opportunities this situation provides for changing our relationship with math. How many words are in a typical math lesson?

Nine New Lawsuits Target ?Inclusive Access? Textbook Programs, Alleging Antitrust Violations


Student complaints about the digital textbook and courseware bundles now assigned in many college classes have escalated into a new batch of legal challenges. Nine lawsuits filed in March, April and May against major textbook companies and retailers take aim at their bulk deals with colleges to offer online course materials, sometimes referred to as “inclusive access” programs.

How SEL can inspire data-driven instruction

eSchool News

Beaumont ISD is a district of more than 18,000 students, with 80 percent of our students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Our diverse student population has a high mobility rate based on family financial and employment situations, so a number of our students move from school to school during the year. This presents a variety of challenges to the fidelity and cohesiveness of instruction.

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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.

As Esports Find a Place in School, This Startup Teaches Gamers How to Go Pro


In his first year at UC Berkeley in 2013, Sam Wang found himself playing League of Legends, a competitive online video game, during his classes. Sam Wang While it may have seemed like fun and games, Wang saw an opportunity. The esports industry, in which professional gamers compete against each other for big-money championships much like in traditional sports, was seeing exponential growth. With the industry so new, Wang saw room for innovation.

Using PBL to develop 21st-century skills

eSchool News

In today’s classrooms, students need more than academic knowledge to thrive in college, careers and beyond. As a result, educators are dually tasked with increasing core subject comprehension and developing 21st-century skills, especially in STEM. Project-based learning (PBL) is designed to do both. By inviting students to solve real-world challenges in their own community, we can draw the connection between these modern skills and the changing world around us.


As the Pandemic Persists, Is the Party Over For Campus Greek Life?


College campuses are designed to be social places, and the mixing and mingling that occurs at all hours on university grounds is part of what makes the residential experience appealing to many students. So whether colleges decide to hold fall classes online or in person with modifications , students will want to know: What about all the fun stuff? Sororities and fraternities are already working to answer that question.

CoSN2020: Rethinking Accessibility in K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

The recent shift to remote learning has shined a light on the importance of making digital content accessible for all students. And no matter what schools look like when they reopen in the fall, digital accessibility should be non-negotiable. . Marialice Curran, the founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute, explained why digital accessibility — and representation — should be top of mind for all school leaders and educators, and how they can ensure it.

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.

Tech & Learning Remote Learning Series: Planning for Next Year: Transition to Blended Learning


Remote learning will be part of learning going forward according to leaders from Parkland School District and Township High School District #211

Leveraging Technology Can Help English Language Learners Graduate

EdTech Magazine

Educators are always looking for ways to meet the needs of English language learners in their school district. After all, the number of ELLs entering U.S. public schools continues to rise. In fact, they are the fastest-growing student population, according to the National Education Association , and by 2025, are expected to make up an estimated 25 percent of public school students. Yet when it comes to academic achievement, ELLs still struggle to keep up with their non-ELL peers.

They helped all schools get good internet, now they?re focusing on homes

The Hechinger Report

In October I shared the news that the classroom connectivity gap in U.S. schools is effectively closed. More than 99 percent of schools nationwide have access to speedy and reliable internet, making online learning an option for their students. Only, now it doesn’t matter. School buildings are closed because of coronavirus, and the bandwidth that powered digital learning for kids is going unused.

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

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

MasterClass Raises $100M to Let You Learn From Celebrities. Results Not Guaranteed.


They say you should never meet your idols, because they’ll probably disappoint you. But what about learning from them? That’s the premise behind MasterClass , a San Francisco-based startup that offers live and pre-recorded lessons from celebrity experts about their craft. The company makes no guarantee that your shoddy backhand will improve after taking a course led by tennis sensation Serena Williams, or that you’ll make palatable risotto after watching Wolfgang Puck.

CoSN2020: Why School Tech and Business Leaders Should Be Partners

EdTech Magazine

The nation’s K–12 schools are bracing for budget cuts resulting from the global economic downturn. And while it’s always important to work across departments, a district IT leader’s relationship with one particular administrator — the school business officer — could make a difference in the current environment.

Building STEM and Movement Skills Outside of School

WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. If circumstances call for social distancing (think COVID-19!), distance learning comes into play. It has its benefits, wearing PJs among them. It also has its challenges: lots of screen and seat time; virtual tools that might not fully engage learners; and programs that may not be a good fit with the curriculum. In short, they don’t always measure up to the “real thing” that is school.


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

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.