July, 2021

Top 5 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn Python

Ask a Tech Teacher

At a time when coding careers continue to flourish – despite the Covid19 pandemic and its adverse effect on the world economy – it is not surprising to see kids learning programming at an early age.

Blended Learning: What It Is and What It Is Not

Catlin Tucker

The pandemic has elevated the phrase “blended learning.” ” When schools closed or shifted to hybrid schedules, many institutions turned to blended learning to navigate the new demands placed on teachers and educational institutions.

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Blending with the Station Rotation Model

A Principal's Reflections

Blended learning is something that is near and dear to my heart. For me, the journey began back in 2011 when we first introduced the flipped approach at New Milford High School, where I was principal, with resounding success.

Getting started with learning about Artificial Intelligence

Neo LMS

Summer is always a good opportunity to explore new ideas, particularly ideas for boosting student engagement or perhaps taking some risks with trying something a bit different in our classrooms.

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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.

Going back to school face-to-face: 10 tips

Ditch That Textbook

After enduring remote learning, teachers and students are heading back to the classroom. Here are some things to keep in mind.

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Happy Independence Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s America’s birthday and I’m celebrating. My Army Staff Sergeant son is still in Japan–Okinawa. My Navy LT CDR daughter’s still in the DC area in the next of her long line of Navy jobs. They do not leave her in one position for long!

Choosing Edtech: Three Learnings from Five Districts

Digital Promise

How might districts find edtech to support learning? As students and teachers return to school this fall, they will be using more technology than ever before. Districts will have access to the nearly $190 billion which the U.S.

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Pedagogical Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Leadership is leadership. The same essential qualities and characteristics that exemplify what great leaders do have pretty much stayed the same. What has changed are the tools, research, and societal shifts that impact the work.

44 Years as a Kindergarten Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching kindergarten has never been easy, but could you imagine doing it for forty-four years? Mrs. Sharon Howard has done just that.

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!

Getting started with learning stations in middle school

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by James Hunt, a 6th grade science and geography teacher in Southeast Missouri. James was selected as Teacher of the Year at his building in 2019. You can connect with him on Twitter at @Mr_JamesHunt. Have you ever tried stations in your classroom before?

4 Digital learning trends for Higher Education

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published in University Business , on April 13, 2021. After more than one year of lockdowns and social distancing measures, it’s clear that some of the changes brought by the pandemic are here to stay.

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A Year to Remember, A Year to Reflect:  Pandemic Instruction

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Christian Miraglia, taught for 36 years before retiring. He has some interesting reflections on the year that was the pandemic: A Year to Remember, A Year to Reflect: Pandemic Instruction. Feeling Overwhelmed.

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On Self-Care and Leadership

Education Elements

With summer break already in progress for most school districts, leaders can finally plan a week or two to step away from the daily grind and have a chance just to be. But if you are like me, this is not as easy as it sounds.

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.

The Change Leader

A Principal's Reflections

Everyone seems to want change. While this, in essence, is a good thing, the reality is that many people don't want to actually go through the complex process. If this wasn't challenging enough, the individuals needed to lead it is even less.

8 Ways to Engage Every Learner [Free Webinar on Demand]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As we prepare for school, learning the current best practices and edtech apps is a great way to get excited (and save time.)

Classroom Collaboration: Privacy and Security

EdNews Daily

By Allen Drennan If the recent pandemic has taught educators anything, it’s that privacy is paramount to the teacher, trainer and student user experience, especially when minors are involved.

4 Great examples of edtech that eases parent-teacher communication

Neo LMS

Schools have always pleaded for parental involvement in the educational process and the teacher-parent relationship as the ground for academic development and emotional balance of students.

6 Strategies for Using Actionable Data to Impact Student Success

Educators need effective tools to drive student success. The trend to use actionable, comprehensive data—like attendance, assessments, grades, and more—is an effective way to give teachers the visibility they need to make a difference. Videri gives teachers and administrators access to comprehensive, integrated data so they can easily filter, drill down, and analyze data—to get the information that they really need, when they need it, and improve student outcomes. Download the eBook today!

What You Might Have Missed in July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of July. Tech Tip #63: Reset Default Font. Tech Ed Resources–Mentoring and Coaching. A Year to Remember, A Year to Reflect: Pandemic Instruction. 11 Websites for Thinking and Learning. We Landed on the Moon July 20 1969. 5 (free) Posters on Teaching I.

Why I Joined the Ed Elements Team

Education Elements

In my 22 years in the K-12 education profession, I have worked for, and led organizations that run the gamut - from those that are very process and compliance driven, to those that multiply and engage creativity.

Your Lasting Legacy

A Principal's Reflections

No one goes into the education profession for accolades or to make big bucks, although I wish the latter were a reality. The choice one makes to teach and lead is almost always grounded in the innate desire to make a positive difference in a child's life.

How to Have Deeper Learning and Better Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

Jal Mehta from the Harvard School of Education Shares How From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Deeper Learning can happen as we work to connect with students and transform them into critical thinkers as well as knowledgeable about our content areas.

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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.

Embrace Flexibility with Universally Designed Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

The variety of humans in a classroom is remarkable. Their needs, skills, interests, pacing, preferences, and language proficiencies are incredibly diverse. As educators, we have the challenge and honor to teach a dynamic and unique group of students each time a class period begins.

5 Quick and easy instructional video ideas for teachers

Neo LMS

The move to asynchronous learning can have a steep learning curve, but it’s so important to have engaging materials for online-only classrooms. It goes without saying that blended classrooms also use instructional videos a lot.

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9 Websites for Comics in Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to teach writing and storytelling with comics: Book Creator –(iOS/Android) templates to create digital comic books and graphic novels. Canva –for templates. Friendstrip. MakeBeliefsComix.

Podcast: A Conversation about Hybrid Logistics

EdNews Daily

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White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

What Type of Facilitator Are You? Understanding Your Strengths to Improve Professional Development

Education Elements

There’s a line from You’ve Got Mail (yes, I’ve seen it hundreds of times) where Tom Hanks says, “Don’t you just love New York in the Fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”.

The Search for Wisdom As The Winds of Fortune and Fate Blow

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The farmer and his family were settlers in the Midwest. This family had a house in the middle of a large wheat field they had planted. And all around them was brush and rolling wheat as far as the eye could see.

Mentoring for Digital Leadership in California Adult Educators

Digital Promise

For more than 30 years, California’s Outreach and Technical Assistance Network ( OTAN ) has been at the forefront of meeting the technology needs of adult education providers, including English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.