December, 2021

Unlocking the Potential of Students

A Principal's Reflections

What are you good at and why? I am sure a list of things comes to mind. Now think about how this list of items plays out in your daily life. We all have strengths, and a common reaction is to leverage these as much as possible. I see this a great deal in my work coaching leaders.

12 Tools to explore during Computer Science Week

Neo LMS

The Hour of Code takes place annually during Computer Science Education Week. The week is in recognition of the birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a computing pioneer.

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5 Major Predictions for 2022

Education Elements

In 2021 we navigated a lot of change and ambiguity. Life felt at times, hectic and unpredictable, but there was also a slowing down. There were shortages; so we waited longer for everything from household supplies to PCR tests.

11 Ways to Update Your Online Presence (copy)

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll post my updated suggestions for three holiday activities that will get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of teaching that starts after the New Year.

Transform Your Classroom with Apple

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

Apple empowers educators and students by design. In our webinar, we’ll explain how to make the best use of Apple devices in your classroom, and the tools and resources you need for success.

Understanding Teacher Engagement in Blended Learning Environments

Catlin Tucker

We talk a lot about student engagement in education. Most educators got into this profession for the students, and, as a result, we want their experience to be as engaging and positive as possible.

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A Systematic Approach to Social and Emotional Support

A Principal's Reflections

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on youth across the world. While learning recovery remains a needed area of focus, virtually every educator I come in contact with explains that students are a year or two behind socially.

5 Strategies to make your classes more inclusive

Neo LMS

As a teacher of the 21st century, there are many factors that you need to consider when it comes to your classes. You might remember your time in school and those teachers who managed to create a welcoming environment where everyone would feel comfortable and willing to partake in discussions.

The Best Learning Strategies for Teaching Online

EdTech4Beginners

In the wake of the coronavirus, remote working and distance learning are concepts that are undoubtedly here to stay. However, the pandemic merely accelerated these tech-led trends, which have been driven by innovation and advancement throughout the digital age.

Holiday Activities To Keep the Learning Going

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teaching the days before big holidays is challenging. Students and teachers alike are ready for a break. Both struggle to pay attention regardless of how innovative and engaging are the lesson plans. I’ve been there often.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Teacher Engagement Part I: Understanging Cognitive Engagement in Blended Learning Environments

Catlin Tucker

What do teachers find mentally stimulating about their work? What causes teachers to invest their mental energy and time resources in a task? What aspects of a teacher’s work lead them to engage in problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflection?

2021 Reflections: Looking Back and Harnessing Powerful Possibilities

Digital Promise

In the report “Healing, Community, and Humanity: How Students and Teachers Want to Reinvent Schools Post-COVID,” Justin Reich and Jal Mehta consider that one of education’s biggest challenges in the years ahead will be to harness “the experience and urgency for change” and apply that energy to the sustained improvement of schools.

Top Five Blog Posts During 2021

User Generated Education

I love to blog. I do so for several reasons. First, it provides me with a means for reflecting on my teaching practices as well as having a written and often graphic record of my pratices.

Best practices for a great school-community collaboration

Neo LMS

Previously, we discussed why building school-community partnerships is important and how it benefits students and teachers alike. . In a nutshell, the most significant advantage is providing real-life examples, so students have a better idea of what they are learning.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Time is the Best Resource You Have

A Principal's Reflections

These are challenging times, and I cannot express my gratitude enough to dedicated and resilient educators who continue to show up for kids and each other.

Hour of Code? Here’s why to participate

Ask a Tech Teacher

December 6-12th, 2021, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one-hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.

24 of the Best Children’s Books by Age

Waterford

Knowing a book’s recommended grade level can help you find books that best fit children where they are in their literacy development. Not all children in a classroom will read at the same level. But suggested grade levels can help you find books that will strengthen specific reading skills.

Why school might look a little different these days

Dangerously Irrelevant

Below is a 15-minute video that I made for a school district’s families and community members. The first 3.5 minutes will sound familiar to those of you who’ve watched my TEDxDesMoines talk. After that, I branch into some new directions… Hope this is useful to you. Happy viewing!

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Technology to Support and Empower Users With Disabilities

There is an increasing global focus on accessibility for students in school. When combined with a device management system such as Jamf Pro or Jamf School, the sky’s the limit. Learn how Apple and Jamf can support disabled users in your school.

Five Ways To Improve Learning Standards In Education

EdTech4Beginners

The education system changes constantly. It never stays in one place because of new technologies and innovative learning techniques that move it forward. The two most important questions that have always been around are: What must-have skills should educators teach students? What are the ways of improving learning standards in education? For years, we have been striving to develop an education system that would create bright and creative minds to adapt to upcoming changes and make innovations.

6 Digital tools that encourage computational thinking

Neo LMS

Computational thinking is an innovative approach to teaching that redesigns the STEM and ELA curriculums on a new framework.

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Top Posts of 2021

A Principal's Reflections

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, the consensus was that 2021 would be a much smoother ride. Most people would agree that this was not the case. During countless coaching visits, I saw and heard firsthand the myriad of challenges being faced in classrooms, schools, and districts.

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15 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the next week, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for Hour of Code. This includes (links won’t work until the articles are posted) : Hour of Code? Here’s why you should participate. Long list of websites by grade. 15 Unusual Projects.

Maximize the Power of Multiple Technology Ecosystems

Schools invested in Google education tools or considering these services can achieve strong benefits by blending the best of Google services on Apple hardware, opening the door to a wealth of educational possibilities for students, teachers, and parents.

5 K–12 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2022

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology trends for 2022 look a bit different. In 2020 and 2021, educators pioneered ed tech tools for their classrooms at an overwhelming pace.

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Student & Teacher Perception Surveys: Elevating Stakeholder Voice for 20 Years

Education Elements

In the fall of 2005, I sat down at my desk in Mr. Powers’ 11th-grade history class and was asked to complete a survey. This was an interesting and surprising development, as no one in my 12 years of schooling had thought to ask my opinion about anything.

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5 Flipped Classroom Activities for High School Students

ViewSonic Education

The flipped classroom approach is emerging as a popular option within academic institutions, but many high school teachers remain unaware of the best flipped classroom activities to turn to for the in-person lesson component.

How edtech supports teacher work-life balance and wellbeing

Neo LMS

One of the greatest lessons I learned as a former educator turned e-learning company leader is that an organization is only as successful as its employees.

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6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

How to Build Phonological Awareness Skills in Your Classroom

Waterford

Want more Science of Reading? Check out our seven-part Science of Reading webinar series. Learn how the brain learns to read and get tips for effective, researched-based classroom instruction. Download previous recordings or register for our next session here. We’d love to see you there!

The Return to Rigorous Mathematics

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of my favorite PD sites, EdWeb , recently offered a free webinar (with CE Certificate) on Returning to Rigorous Mathematics. Here’s a preview: As students return to a hopefully more typical school year, learning is likely to be anything but typical.

3 AI Trends to Watch in K–12 Educational Technology for 2022

EdTech Magazine

Editor’s note: To help IT leaders prepare for the year ahead, EdTech is pulling together the biggest tech trends for K–12 districts in 2022. You can find our overall top trends here, and be sure to check out our trends in cloud technology and asynchronous learning.

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