July, 2020

How Coaches Help Teachers Overcome Fears of Technology

Digital Promise

We know technology can be a transformational tool for improving student achievement and engagement, and for driving school innovation.

Practical Strategies for Flipping Our Classrooms this Fall

The CoolCatTeacher

Kate Baker with Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Blended learning and distance learning will be different this fall. Dig into flipping your classroom and how it looks when you teach effectively in an online classroom.

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A Flipped Learning Flow for Blended or Online Classes

Catlin Tucker

As teachers prepare for a new school year, many are brushing up on their video production skills. Teachers know there will be times when they will need to lean on videos to allow students to access information asynchronously. Video has several benefits in a blended or online course.

50 back to school activities for the remote learning classroom

Ditch That Textbook

It's back to school time again and this year looks NOTHING like we have ever seen before. As summer comes to a close teachers are preparing for that big first day of school. Only this year, for many of us, it's going to be in a virtual classroom. If you are going back to school in-person […].

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.

Don’t Forget About Educator Safety When Reopening Schools

A Principal's Reflections

We are all in the midst of some very challenging times, regardless of our profession. When it comes to education, schools are grappling with reopening safely here in the United States. There are no easy answers or choices here.

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8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online

Catlin Tucker

I’ve spent the last four months working with teachers all over the country (virtually, of course) as they navigate the uncharted waters of online and blended learning. The majority of teachers I have spoken with did not enjoy their initial experiences with distance learning.

Edcamp Finds a New Home at Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is incredibly excited to welcome the Edcamp Foundation to our family of projects and programs. As we grew our partnership over the last several years, it became clear that the mission and vision of both organizations are incredibly aligned.

Back to School Tips

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s hard to imagine school is back in a few weeks. I’ve collected a series of back-to-school tips that are suited for in-person or remote learning. Pick those that work for you: Great Back to School Activities. Back to School: A Bundle of Lesson Plans at a Great Price.

7 Strategies to Develop Student Executive Functioning Skills for Remote Learning

Education Elements

The first time I tried to cook a meal in my own place was a disaster. Within 10 minutes, my kitchen was a disaster. Within an hour, my house smelled charred, and I had abandoned all efforts to cook myself dinner. I called my mom frustrated: what went wrong?

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).

Anti-Racist Activities for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

User Generated Education

I am planning to do anti-racist activities with my elementary students (5th and 6th graders) this coming fall. When you’re essentially [teaching] a kid to be anti-racist, you’re deliberately encouraging them to talk about race and Racism.

10 Jamboard Templates for Distance Learning

Ditch That Textbook

This post has 10 engaging ideas for using Jamboard in your class that will get your students working together, even though they may not be face to face. This post is written by Kris Szajner, a tech integration specialist and former kindergarten teacher Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Preparing for Fall 2020: Blended and Online Learning

Catlin Tucker

2020-2021 promises to be an unpredictable school year. Most of the teachers I know, including my husband and most of my friends, are not sure whether they will be returning to school on a hybrid schedule or teaching entirely online. That is making it a challenge to prepare for the new school year.

Adapting the 5E teaching model to remote classrooms

Neo LMS

A comprehensive teaching model helps educators identify strategies that motivate learners to discover new things, to explore a new field of knowledge (or continue exploring previous ones, but with more effective approaches), and at the same time, it provides a useful assessment system.

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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.

Purchasing Devices Does Not Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The COVID19 pandemic unearthed many harsh realities for education across the globe. One of the more glaring issues was the vast digital divide that still exists in many places, especially the United States.

Tips For Setting Up An At-Home Learning Environment For Young Students

Education Elements

Here we are, looking down the barrel of another stretch of at-home learning. We always knew that it was likely not “if” but “when” we’d be back here, but the fact that many districts are announcing remote learning from day one has caught us all by surprise.

Nurturing Relationships and Teacher Needs During COVID-19

Digital Promise

“Learning to live with ambiguity is learning to live with how life really is, full of complexities and strange surprises.” – James Hollis ( What Matters Most: Living a Considered Life ). Now more than ever, educators are learning to live with ambiguity.

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30 activities for any Depth of Knowledge level

Ditch That Textbook

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge model is a useful tool for evaluating our lessons. What are the best strategies or activities to help students at each DOK level?

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.

Blending Online and Offline Learning: Exploring Hybrid Schedules

Catlin Tucker

School districts are grappling with how to resume school safely in the fall. I’ve followed international news about how schools in Europe and Aisa are reopening slowly. Schools are implementing a range of hybrid schedules to reduce the number of students in a classroom at one time.

Learn How to Teach Online with This Free Course

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Do you need help in learning how to teach online? Here’s a free 3-hour course, Launching Online Learning , to get you started. Advancement Courses is a sponsor of my blog and podcast.

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Preparation for What Comes Next

A Principal's Reflections

It is a stressful time for everyone. COVID-19 cases are increasing in many places, and social distancing measures are being extended. Through it all, there is anxiety and fear as it pertains to what comes next. Will kids go back to school or continue to learn remotely?

We Landed on the Moon July 20 1969

Ask a Tech Teacher

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first man to place foot on the moon. Commemorate that this year with an exciting collection of websites and apps that take your students to the Moon. Here are some you’ll like: Apollo 11: Countdown to Launch via Google Earth. Apollo 11 VR.

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!

How to Encourage Gender Equity and Equality in the Classroom

Waterford

As an elementary school teacher, you may think your students are too young for discussions about gender. But did you know that children as young as four years old already express discriminatory beliefs based on gender?

Exploring new ideas and skills in the summer

Neo LMS

We have definitely experienced a challenging couple of months in the world and in our roles as educators. The summer break is the time to focus on taking time to reflect, relax, and recharge.

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How to Make Real World Learning Real for Students

Digital Promise

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, schools and districts across the country are planning for the upcoming school year and the likely possibility of continued remote learning.

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7 Things to Consider As We Return to Learn This Fall

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we prepare to learn this fall, we need to consider some teaching best practices.

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.

5 tools for remote learning with Chromebooks

Ditch That Textbook

Students can do powerful remote learning with Chromebooks. These five tools can help make learning amazing. This post is written by Holly Clark, an education thought-leader, international speaker, best selling author and an advocate for students.

Happy July 4th (and Happy Canada Day)

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s America’s birthday and I’m celebrating. My Army Sergeant son is in Japan–Okinawa. My Navy LT CDR daughter’s in the DC area. I thank both of them and all those soldiers who fought for America’s uncertain future so long ago. God be with all of us.

10 Young People Who Changed the World to Add to Your Class Curriculum

Waterford

When we think about modern-day heroes to teach in class, it’s often people who made a difference when they were well into their adult years. But young people can—and often do—make a serious impact on the world.