May, 2020

The Building Blocks of an Online Lesson

Catlin Tucker

Even though teaching online may feel like a different animal than teaching face-to-face, there are many similarities in terms of the building blocks of a lesson. The tools teachers use to engage students online are indeed different. It is also true that engaging students in learning activities online will require (at least initially) that teachers onboard students to those technology tools and support them in learning how to navigate online tasks.

8 Ways Parents and Teachers Support Remote Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Corona virus has been difficult not just for teachers and students but for parents. They aren’t used to the homeschool aspect of remote teaching and it is a challenge to balance the needs of all of their children as well as their own personal circumstances. Here are thoughtful suggestions on how to make that work from Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Emily, from over at My Tech Classroom. Her website is filled with innovative ideas on blending tech into education.

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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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The blended learning models that can help schools reopen

The Christensen Institute

As educators start considering their options for the fall, the future is full of uncertainty. If schools remain closed, they’ll need to prepare for more remote learning. On the other hand, there’s a chance schools might be able to open back up, in which case they’ll likely need to have students come in shifts in order to maintain social distancing. Fortunately, if bringing students to school part-time is an option, schools don’t have to invent new approaches from scratch.

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.

Remaking Learning: Today’s Crisis and Tomorrow’s Promise

Digital Promise

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on systemic inequities and tested the resilience of schools and communities across the country. But these unprecedented circumstances have also shown the power of local education networks to respond with new ideas, partnerships, and resources. In this first of a two-part series, we highlight the efforts of the Remake Learning Network and its partners in Pittsburgh. Remake Learning: A Network Responds to Crisis and Envisions a New Tomorrow.

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Empowering Students with Technology through Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

Schools across the country rapidly shifted to remote learning due to COVID-19-related closures. Students and teachers at Verizon Innovative Learning Schools —where every student receives a device that comes equipped with a data plan to support learning in and out of the classroom—had the advantage of already knowing how to use learning apps.

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.

10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

Teacher Reboot Camp

“A key to growing as an educator is to keep company mainly with educators who uplift You, whose presence inspire You and whose dedication drives You.” ” – Robert John Meehan. The school year may have left you exhausted. Now you need to take time for yourself and go on some learning adventures of your own! Below are slides from my recent presentation, tips and resources to help you recharge.

COVID-19 exposes why the ambitious goal to end extreme poverty is inadequate

The Christensen Institute

The first UN Sustainable Development Goal is to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere.” Although the goal is ambitious, unfortunately it’s also insufficient in helping people lead safe and secure lives—something the spread of COVID-19 has made glaringly more apparent. Before COVID-19 brought the global economy to a halt, more than 3.4 billion people who lived on less than $5.50 a day —technically not living in extreme poverty—struggled immensely to meet their basic needs.

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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.

6 Must-reads for This Summer

Ask a Tech Teacher

Summer for me is nonstop reading — in an easy chair, under a tree, lying on the lawn, petting my dog. Nothing distracts me when I’m in the reading zone. What I do worry about is running out of books so this year, I spent the last few months stalking efriends to find out what they recommend to kickstart the 2020-21 school year. And it paid off. I got a list of books that promise to help teachers do their job better, faster, and more effectively but there are too many.

Wakelet and WeVideo: Powerful Distance Learning Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teacher Bruce Reicher shares two of his favorite distance learning tools – Wakelet and Wevideo. He talks about how he uses them with students and teachers for classroom learning and teacher PD. Take a look at Wakelet for organizing files and WeVideo for editing and screencasts. Sponsor: This Fall season is going to be different, but we’re not sure how.

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6 Resources for teaching about Artificial Intelligence

Neo LMS

The interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) has grown so much in the past few months, with news alerts and updates about how Artificial Intelligence is being used in almost every area of life. Last year, Information Week published a “ 10 Prime Industries for AI Applications ” and it was interesting to read how much AI is already being used in the world.

Traits of a Successful Online Teacher

Catlin Tucker

Last week, I had the good fortune of stumbling onto John Savery’s article titled “BE VOCAL: Characteristics of Successful Online Instructors” in which he talks about the unique challenges facing teachers who are working with students in the online environment. Savery uses the acronym VOCAL to emphasize five specific traits that a successful online teacher must possess.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

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Make a Deeper Connection with Virtual Student Check-ins!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Connection is a key factor to student success in an online environment. Do your students feel connected to you, the instructor, the learning material, and their peers? Connection in a physical classroom is facilitated by real-time face-to-face interaction several times a week. Online learning is mostly asynchronous; it rarely takes place in real time and we rarely have the benefits of making connections and relationship building through nonverbal communication and verbal communication.

Awesome teacher summer: PD bingo choice board

Ditch That Textbook

Summer is a great time to learn what YOU want to learn. This PD bingo choice board gives you LOTS of options! ?Summer Summer is a time for rejuvenation and relaxation. It’s a time to focus on our lives outside of education and recharge. It is also the perfect opportunity to focus on ourselves both professionally and […]. The post Awesome teacher summer: PD bingo choice board appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Music for Armed Forces Day 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May. Holidays

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3 Things to Learn Over the Summer to Be Better at Distance or Blended Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Like it or not, blended learning is here to stay. Today, virtual trainer and Class Tech Tips guru Monica Burns talks about what we need to be learning over the summer so we can be healthier and more successful in the fall no matter what we face.

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.

The Vital Role of Digital Leadership in Transforming Education

A Principal's Reflections

Education will not be the same. Now before you think that this is a “doom and gloom” outlook, let me elaborate. The COVID19 pandemic has fundamentally changed our world more than we could have ever imagined. In the case of schools, there has been a dramatic shift to remote learning that has allowed all of us to reflect on where we are, but more importantly, where we want and need to be in the near future. There has been a myriad of challenges that have, and will, continue to be overcome.

Guest Post: Reimagine What Learning Looks Like in a Classroom

Digital Promise

Spending my adult life in a job surrounded by children couldn’t be more rewarding. Watching them grow physically, mentally, and emotionally may be one of the best experiences an adult could have. Many principals and teachers go into this profession to experience that rewarding sensation year after year. This year, the education world has been turned upside down. Since the education system has gone virtual, we no longer get the opportunity to see and watch our students grow in person.

Distance learning during the pandemic: Improvise. Adapt. Overcome!

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published in the April 2020 E-Learning Supplement of Education Today. Strange. Challenging. Hopeful. These are probably the best adjectives that describe the times we are all currently living. Large parts of human activity have been brought to a standstill by an invisible yet very powerful global health threat. People in various parts of the world are suffering greatly and have to deal with situations no one should ever have to.

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10 easy ways to clean up your Google Classroom

Ditch That Textbook

As the school year comes to an end we begin clean and organize. Our Google Classrooms are no exception. Here are 10 easy ways to clean up your Google Classroom.As we wind down the school year we want to make sure that things are organized as things are ready to go for the fall. Our […]. The post 10 easy ways to clean up your Google Classroom appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. G Suite Google Classroom

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Teacher Appreciation Week Gifts for the Tech Teacher in Your Life

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week: The First Full Week of May. There’s always been something mystically cerebral about people in technical professions like engineering, science, and mathematics. They talk animatedly about plate tectonics, debate the structure of atoms, even smile at the mention of calculus. The teaching profession has our own version of these nerdy individuals, called technology teachers.

5 Ways to Build Effective Social Emotional Learning Environments Online

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter The current education climate has created unique social emotional challenges for students, parents, and teachers alike. Today, Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how to create effective social emotional learning (SEL) environments online. As we move forward and plan, we need to make sure that the environments we create for learning help children thrive educationally and emotionally.

Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan

Education Elements

Last summer, I decided to hit the road for a year as a “digital nomad,” giving up my apartment in Brooklyn, consigning my clothes, and storing a few treasured items in the basement of my childhood home. I took this leap because I wanted to be more nimble to visit our district partners, attend education events and conferences, and celebrate Simchas (the hebrew word for a Joyous Occasion, and the root word for my name Simma) with friends and family all over the country.

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Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

Digital Promise

With digital learning likely to stretch into the fall due to COVID-19, how can we ensure every student has equitable access to powerful learning opportunities? The crisis has shone a harsh light on the digital divide in the United States, surfacing thoughtful debate and long-overdue discussion around the equity gap.

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.