April, 2020

What Work/Life/Learning Balance Looks Like in a Pandemic

Digital Promise

In the wake of a pandemic, what’s the best way to manage a household, professional work, and children’s learning? That is a question on many parents and caregivers’ minds, including those of Digital Promise team members.

20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students

Ditch That Textbook

Pear Deck flips the traditional lecture by actively engaging students in real-time. Ask questions. Students answer. Want to use Pear Deck in your class? Here's how. The standard lecture has plenty of detractors, and rightfully so.

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Strategies to Celebrate Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week

Education Elements

Teachers have a tremendous impact on the learning and lives of their students and communities, and planning a unique and powerful teacher appreciation week is one way to celebrate their incredible contributions.

4 Tips for making the transition to remote learning a smooth one

Neo LMS

As the new coronavirus becomes an increasingly integral aspect of daily life, the onset of an extended remote learning platform looms near. While the remote learning format may be a temporary solution, whether the recent pandemic will necessitate ongoing learning from home is ultimately uncertain.

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

The Remote Work Series: Build Trust and Allow Authority to Spread

Education Elements

Working with colleagues in-person may provide more many opportunities to build trust with your team, but it isn’t impossible in a virtual environment.

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Powerful Learning at Home with Edcamp

Digital Promise

As schools and districts across the country transition to distance learning, educators are seeking new ways to engage their students in powerful learning experiences at home.

The Remote Work Series: Harness the Flow, Let Information Go

Education Elements

Distributing information in an organization can sometimes feel like playing telephone. When we need to share information with teammates, it can be easy to start small, by having side conversations with colleagues sitting nearby.

How to Assess Digital Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

On my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher , I run a column called Dear Otto where I answer teacher questions about how to integrate technology into their classes. Of late, the most common question is, “How to I assess student digital literacy?”

3 Strategies for Personalizing Feedback Online

Catlin Tucker

Feedback is one of the most powerful tools teachers have in their “teaching toolbelts” for guiding learners toward mastery. Without feedback, students do not have a clear sense of what they are doing well, what they need to focus on, and what they can do to improve.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

10 Remote Learning Practices to Avoid

A Principal's Reflections

Educators, schools, and districts have earnestly rolled out remote learning plans to support students and fill in gaps as a result of extended closures.

US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter What is happening at the US policy level with the coronavirus health crisis?

An Update on Digital Promise’s COVID-19 Response

Digital Promise

For more than six years, we’ve worked to close the homework gap , ensuring that all students have equitable access to the internet and technology for powerful learning opportunities outside of the classroom, augmenting what is available in school.

10 online whiteboard options for remote learning

Ditch That Textbook

Whiteboards are a staple of face-to-face classrooms. During remote learning, you can still recreate that experience. Here are 10 ideas to get you started. Let's face it. When you're not present in your classroom, you miss your whiteboard. It's convenient. Everyone in the room can see it.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

What You Might Have Missed in March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of March: Tips to avoid plagiarism. College classes in blended learning. New book from Ask a Tech Teacher: Iquiry and PBL. How to Eteach in a COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020 Edtech trends. Why teach poetry?

Offline Choice Boards: How Are You Integrating Offline Learning into Your Online Class?

Catlin Tucker

Schools in California will not reopen this year. Teachers are scrambling to move their offline courses online to ensure that students continue learning for the remainder of the school year.

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

There is so much pressure on teachers as more and more schools close for the academic year as a result of COVID19. With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. It hasn’t been easy for them to say the least.

Why Teacher Self-Care Matters and How to Practice Self-Care in Your School

Waterford

Because teaching is such an intensive job, educators can greatly benefit from learning about and practicing self-care. Unfortunately, teachers may worry that taking care of themselves can lead to self-absorption and distract them from their students.

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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.

The Teacher of Color Shortage: Addressing a Pressing Problem

Digital Promise

It’s not a secret: The teacher workforce does not reflect the demographics of our student population. Today, 54 percent of students are of-color while only 18 percent of teachers are of-color. Historically, the teacher of color workforce was decimated with the passing of Brown v. Board of Education.

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Microsoft Teams Education: How to manage video meetings like a pro

Ditch That Textbook

Microsoft Teams Education is your classroom management hub if your students use Microsoft tools. Learn how to manage Teams like a pro. If your school is using Microsoft, then Microsoft Teams Education can be your go-to communication hub. It keeps you organized. It helps you get messages out.

18 Easter Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. To non-Christians (or non-traditional Christians), that event signifies a rebirth of spring that is filled with joy and gifts — and chocolate!

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Health and Wellness Choice Boards for Teachers and Students

Catlin Tucker

On Saturday, I wrote a blog sharing an offline choice board teachers can use to blend offline activities into their online classes. On Twitter, Barbara McInnes suggested teachers add a wellness activity to their offline choice boards.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

What Montana State Teacher of the Year Dylan Huisken Says Is Happening There

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Montana State Teacher of the Year, Dylan Huisken talks about online distance education learning.

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For the Love of Kids

A Principal's Reflections

There is no better time than now to observe and then reflect. The actions of teachers, administrators, coaches, technology integrationists, and other support staff have provided us all with a lens to look more deeply at the profession of education and its vital role in the world.

COVID-19 Calls for Edtech Accountability

Digital Promise

At Digital Promise, we value educators’ work and expertise. Educators inspire us as they continue to serve students through online learning.

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Novel HyperDocs: 25 ready to use units for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Novel HyperDocs take the old curriculum guides we know and turn them into engaging blended learning units of study. Here are 25 ready to use novel HyperDocs for your class.

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.

3 Apps That Energize Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Let’s face it. Teachers juggle an exhausting schedule of parent conferences, administrative tasks, and specialized student needs.

5 Tips for Teaching Online

Catlin Tucker

As teachers embrace their new roles as designers, instructors, and facilitators of online learning, many are grappling the details associated with teaching remotely.

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How to Use Wizer to Create Digital Worksheets that Differentiate Instruction

The CoolCatTeacher

An Interview and Demo Interview with Nira Sheleg From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teachers who want to upload “packets” and make them easy for self grading will find a friend in Wizer.me.