June, 2020

Moving to a Hybrid Learning Model

A Principal's Reflections

We don’t know for sure what education will look like in the future, but one thing is for sure, and that is the need to adapt and evolve. The pandemic shuttered schools across the globe, and lessons, some of which were very hard, were learned. As re-entry planning either begins or continues in earnest, the priority must be to transform learning in ways that provide kids with the best experience possible while ensuring the safety of all. It goes without saying that this is no small feat.

Upskilling and Reskilling for the ‘New Normal’ of Education

Education Elements

The abrupt shift to distance learning directly challenged the knowledge, mindsets, and skills of our teacher workforce this Spring. Formerly ‘nice-to-have’ skills in digital integration became ‘must-haves,’ traditional classroom management and instructional design methods no longer applied, and everyone was required to embrace a high level of comfort with ambiguity as guidelines and expectations shifted on a weekly basis.

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How to Practice and Promote a Culture of Learning

Education Elements

In times of uncertainty, organizations tend to shift their focus to getting results, maintaining order, and ensuring safety. While these actions make sense to counteract the challenges of complexity, it is in fact a culture of learning that allows organizations to increase agility and heighten their ability to navigate uncharted waters. Organizational Leadership & Change Management District Leadership

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Mastery Learning Excellence at a Distance

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Rae Hughart gives fantastic ideas for tracking student learning mastery. She shares how she has applied these techniques as she has taught sixth grade math to 150 students at a distance. She also gives ideas for how to level up this summer to improve things for the fall.

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.

What Does Next Level Teaching Look like Now?

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Jonathan Alsheimer is a high energy teacher who, admittedly says he isn’t so great with technology. He also teaches in a school with kids who don’t have access to a lot of technology. He shares how he has leveled up his learning and looks back at what he did over the last eight weeks. He also looks forward to the fall and how he’s going to continue to level up over the summer.

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The Lesson of COVID-19: Learning at School and Learning at Home Must Be Seamless

The Journal

The COVID-19 disruption caught K-12 unprepared and issuing packets of paper, the March solution, won’t work in the Fall. Learning must be continuous, seamless, regardless of location. Time for schools to join the 21st century and use digital curricula. In this week’s blog, we describe classrooms in Michigan that seamlessly weathered the COVID-19 disruption

Transition to Digital Learning with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Lauren Williams, a fifth grade teacher in California, works in a predominantly Latinx and Black K-5 elementary school, where almost half of the students are designated as English Learners (ELs). When shelter-in-place orders went into effect in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her school district gave her two weeks’ worth of “one-size-fits-all” curriculum that needed to be adapted to fit a wide range of communities, classrooms, families, and students.

What’s Hot About YouTube in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Tyler Daniel Tarver shares some surprising new ways to use Youtube in education. Now YouTube in the class can be a good thing! Sponsor: Welcome TGR Foundation and Discovery Education as a sponsor to my podcast. For nearly 25 years, the TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Charity, visualized a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless.

Virtual Team Building Activities

User Generated Education

I, like many others, was forced to move a face-to-face college class to virtual synchronous meetings in Zoom. This term I am teaching a group dynamics course. One of my goals is to have my students experience similar dynamics and processes as they would face-to-face. Typically, I do this through experiential group activities. My task has become converting these experiences to a virtual environment.

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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.

Station Rotation in an Era of Social Distancing

Catlin Tucker

Teachers are preparing for an uncertain future. Many are unsure if they will be returning to school on a traditional schedule, a blended learning schedule, or completely online. Teachers are questioning how the instructional strategies they have used in the past will work if students are coming to school on a modified schedule or if they are learning online.

Internet Safety Month?Rules to Live By

Ask a Tech Teacher

June is National Internet Safety Month , thanks to a resolution passed in 2005 by the U.S. Senate. The goal is to raise awareness about online safety for all, with a special focus on kids ranging from tots to teens. Children are just as connected to the Internet as adults. This is a great list of internet cautions I got from an online efriend a few years ago. It covers all the basics, avoids boring details, and gives kids (and adults) rules to live by: Not everything you read online is true.

Exploring new ideas: Student-driven remote learning

Neo LMS

For many schools, it has been nearly two months of remote learning. Many schools around the world are facilitating remote learning for the remainder of this academic year and possibly longer, and we can take this as an opportunity to try new ideas. With the school year winding down, we must take time to think about our transitions back into our physical classroom.

The Six Competencies that Every Leader Should Model Through COVID-19

Education Elements

There is something about this crisis that has brought out the baker in many. Even the two of us, people who have tried elimination protocols to reduce our gluten intake, have made a few attempts at biscuit and sourdough making. And it’s not just us! We recently learned that King Arthur Flour has seen a 600% increase in demand for their product as home cooks are rediscovering the art of making their own bread. Organizational Leadership & Change Management District Leadership School Leadership

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.

Assessment and Grading in Distance Learning – How to Get Better

The CoolCatTeacher

Thomas Guskey shares insight on assessments From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Assessment expert Dr. Thomas Guskey reflects on the positives and negatives of assessments during distance learning. He also gives advice about how he thinks schools can improve their assessments this fall to focus on learning.

Guest Post: Raising Expectations and Addressing Inequities in Edtech

Digital Promise

Following nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of police, I have received a slew of emails from edtech companies containing statements of solidarity and inclusion, explaining that the company supports diversity and does not tolerate racism. Sadly, many of these emails feel not unlike the emails sent at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that attempted to sell me their product to improve my remote teaching experience.

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Leading in Uncertain Times

A Principal's Reflections

The concept of leadership hasn’t changed, although the conditions under which leaders work and learn sure have. Prior to COVID19, the vast amount of uncertainty in education lay in societal changes resulting from the 4th Industrial Revolution. The world of work was being disrupted right before our eyes. A rapid evolution in artificial intelligence, automation, and advanced robotics should have served notice to anyone in the education space that things needed to change.

5 (free) Keyboarding Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, we’ll share five themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired. This month: Keyboarding. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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.

How to S.T.E.A.M. up distance learning

Neo LMS

For schools where traditional learning has been the norm, the transfer from the classroom to emergency remote learning has presented many practical challenges. Many of these have to do with access, such as connecting students to devices and the internet and finding resources that will work in digital form. Read more: On challenges and opportunities: Emergency remote teaching. But in schools where learning is project-based (often the path chosen by institutions that are S.T.E.M. or S.T.E.A.M.

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3 ways to design for equity in distance learning this fall

The Christensen Institute

More than nine million students lack internet access. And at some schools, less than half of students participate in remote learning. These startling statistics reveal just how wide the gaps are in equitable learning experiences for all students. But addressing inequity is about more than ensuring access to the internet and devices.

How to Make Passion Projects During Distance Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Don Goble created a passion project for him and his students during distance learning. He tells the story of how he brought leading media experts from around the country into his classroom during the time students were staying home during the pandemic.

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A Cross-sector Business Incubator in Taos, New Mexico: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

In a honey bee hive, each bee performs a uniquely indispensable role that contributes to the overall health of the colony. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, education and business leaders in northern New Mexico’s high desert community, Taos, decided to create their own HIVE in an effort to strengthen postsecondary outcomes in their remote community.

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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.

8 Goal-Setting Tips for Teachers to Prepare for an Uncertain School Year

Waterford

Last week, we provided you with an overview on the importance of setting goals for the school year and how to set SMART goals as a part of your professional development. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult make a plan for growth when you may not be sure what your classroom or job requirements will look like. Teachers, we’ve put together a list of eight professional goal examples that can help you plan for whatever the upcoming school year brings.

Looking for Summer Activities? Try These

Ask a Tech Teacher

This summer will be different than other summers. COVID has changed how we address summer PD so I’ve collected the most popular AATT articles on how to spend your education time this summer. Pick the ones that suit your purposes: 6 Must-reads for This Summer–2020 edition. 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.

7 Online teaching hacks instructors need to know

Neo LMS

The global pandemic has impacted the way instructors teach and communicate with their students. E-learning has now become the primary source of instruction — but this is new territory for a number of teachers. The sudden pivot to digital learning has thrown the education system into flux. But there are a few online teaching hacks that instructors can adopt now. Here are seven tips for making the digital teaching experience more fruitful for everyone involved: 1. Using e-learning tech.

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Innovators Creating Prosperity: MAX

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development. The average commuter in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city, spends more than four hours a day in traffic due in large part to the lack of affordable transportation options that require passengers to spend multiple hours on the roads.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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