August, 2020

12 Great Websites to Inspire 4th Graders

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire 4th graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Coffee shop- -the economics of running a business. Everfi.com –finances for K-12. Learning Games from BrainPop.

5 Keys for Successful Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

There is a lot to consider as schools either begin the school year or reassess where they currently are based upon the current COVID19 situation.

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2 Exercises to Cope with Uncertainty and Clarify Your Vision for This School Year

Education Elements

“To admit uncertainty is to admit to weakness, to powerlessness, and to believe in yourself despite both. It is a frailty, but in this frailty there is a strength: the conviction to live in your own mind, and not in someone else's.”. Tara Westover, Educated.

Successful Distance Learning for Young Kids

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You may be worried that the youngest kids can’t learn at a distance, but Dr. Nancy Frey, co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook comes along side us to help us understand how it can be done.

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 Public Libraries Can Support Students Amid Distance Learning

Kajeet

The recent, large-scale shift from in-class to distance learning models – and other transformations in the way schools operate and in how students access information – are providing new opportunities for libraries to help improve student learning outcomes.

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9 Great Websites to Inspire 1st Graders

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire 1st graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Geography—find messages around the world. Hangman. Brown Bear Typing. Aesop Fables—no ads. Aesop’s Fables–audio and visual. Audio stories—read by actors.

Avoiding Synchronous Video Fatigue During Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some monumental shifts to practice. Educators have taken a critical lens as to why they teach the way they do and how it can be done more effectively.

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Virtual Meet the Teacher Templates, Resources, and Ideas!

Teacher Reboot Camp

This week is Meet the Teacher. I created a slideshow to guide the virtual meet-up with parents and students. I was really touched when my toddler looked at the slideshow and said, “I want to be in that classroom.” ” That’s exactly what I was going for!

eSports: The Growing Extra-Curricular Activity NOW!

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Believe it or not, gaming is gaining popularity in schools, not just as a pastime, but as part of curriculum. Dr. Kristy Custer is one of the pioneers of the video gaming movement in schools.

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.

How to Integrate Computational Thinking with “Look Fors”

Digital Promise

What does it look like to integrate computational thinking and computer science in the classroom? Digital Promise has been working with districts and educators from across the United States to integrate computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) into K-12 classrooms.

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Video Conferencing: Establishing Routines and Structuring Online Time with Students

Catlin Tucker

I had the pleasure of chatting with Linwood Paul, an executive coach, for an episode of my podcast, The Balance. In the final moments of our conversation, I asked him what advice he had for achieving a work-life balance at this moment when many of us are both living and working in our homes.

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Music, Academics, and Keyboarding–Transferrable Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

Bill Morgan is a frequent contributer to Ask a Tech Teacher. Today, he is sharing his experience and research on how keyboarding skills benefit other topics I found this every interesting: Finger Dexterity. Transferable Keyboarding Skills. Dr. Bill Morgan, Ph.D.

Strategies to Foster Discourse and Collaboration in Remote Learning Environments

A Principal's Reflections

The past couple of months have been challenging for educators, to say the least. However, in the midst of it all, there have been opportunities to take a critical lens to practice in the efforts to effectively pivot to a remote world and successfully implement hybrid learning models in the near term.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Distance Learning Requires a Student-Centered Approach

Education Elements

Regardless of where students are physically learning this school year, educators must orient their instruction towards distance learning.

Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

The CoolCatTeacher

August 18-20, 2020 -a Free PD Experience for Blended Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This school year is dependent more than ever upon our ability to blend face to face (hopefully) and online learning.

COVID-19 and the Value of Edtech Coaches

Digital Promise

A 2018 PwC survey reported that many U.S. educators do not have enough experience, resources, or training to use technology in the most effective ways, with teachers at low-income schools particularly ill-prepared.

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10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners.

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.

9 Great Websites to Inspire Kindergartners

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire kindergarten-age children whether they’re in your classroom or at home: ‘I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu. Counting Money –a collection of visual money websites for kindergartners.

Developing Asynchronous Remote Learning Tasks

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of months, I have written extensively on the topic of remote learning. As I continually work with more and more districts and schools on an ongoing basis, ideas keep percolating in my mind as to the pedagogically-sound strategies that educators can use now.

7 Tips on how to adapt teacher-student rapport while teaching online

Neo LMS

Teachers have always been focused on building rapport with students. They want to develop a harmonious relationship with all students in the classroom so that students should feel comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas without any fear or shame.

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Writing: Teaching it Right Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl from the National Writing Project Teaches Us How From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Writing has a powerful place in our classrooms right now.

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.

The Unboxing Video: A fun classroom video activity

Ditch That Textbook

Unboxing videos can be a really fun, effective way for your students to show what they know. Here's how to use this activity in your class! really? An unboxing video? People really record themselves opening boxes -- and upload them to YouTube? And people really watch them?

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What To Do When There's Not One Right Answer?

Education Elements

Educators across the country, and around the world, have found themselves in a whole new normal.

Tech Tip #118–Top 10 iPad Shortkeys

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

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Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With the pandemic not letting down in many places, schools are beginning to focus less on re-entry and more on starting the year with remote learning.

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.