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8 Lessons in amplifying literacy with technology


In March, we celebrate National Reading Month! Needless to say, it’s one of my favorite months of the year. I grew up surrounded by and loving books. I can’t remember a time in my life in which I didn’t consider myself a reader.

‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online


It sounds like a drastic measure: moving every school to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Here in the U.S. it seems almost unfathomable, despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start preparing.


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Using Virtual Reality for Social and Emotional Learning


by: Thomas Daccord. A few weeks ago I attended one of Greg Kulowiec’s Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (ARVR) workshops in the Boston area.

New Computational Thinking Resources for Powerful Learning

Digital Promise

Teachers around the nation are being called to integrate computational thinking into their classrooms to prepare all students to thrive in a computational world.

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.

5 Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Ask a Tech Teacher

Thanks to easy access to internet resources and a serious lack of understanding on the part of many students about what online resources can legally be used, plagiarism has become a huge problem in schools.

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How Kids Can Design in AR and VR with Robert Kalman

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Robert Kalman’s middle schoolers are designing in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). In this episode, Robert gives us his insights and tips into the best tools and tips in AR and VR today.

Which Edtech Tool Should I Choose?

Digital Promise

How can educators feel confident that an edtech tool supports learning? As an educator, I struggled to find reliable information about edtech tools as nearly every product I looked at claimed that it was based on research. This claim felt vague—what does “based on research” even mean to this product?—and

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What You Might Have Missed in February

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of February: Multimedia content personalizes learning. Random Acts of Kindness. What is Constructivism? Tech Tip: My Internet Stopped Working. Tech Tip: Visit a Foreign Language Google . 10 Great Virtual Reality Apps.

20 ways to gamify your class

Ditch That Textbook

Games are fun. We love playing them, watching them and even creating them. But how can we bring elements of gameplay into our classroom in meaningful ways? Here are 15 ways to gamify your class.A quick way to start a conversation is by asking someone about their favorite game. Whether it’s the latest video game […]. The post 20 ways to gamify your class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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).

How to Program (and Use) Google App Scripts with Alice Keeler

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter If you’re using the Google Suite for Education, Google App Scripts can save you time.

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Paper vs. Screens by Christine McDonnell, CEO at Codelicious

Teacher Reboot Camp

Guest post by Christine McDonnell , CEO at Codelicious. Traditional coding activities dictate that students sit in front of laptops or tablets, working to develop a program or a game. This approach, however, does not resonate with all types of students and learners.

Here’s a Preview of March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in March: Upcoming college-credit online classes. World Maths Day. Easter websites and resources. Tech Tip: Open a program maximized. Patricks Day websites and resources. 13 Pedagogies That Will Make You a Better Teacher.

8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas

Ditch That Textbook

Students watch LOTS of YouTube videos. Certain types of YouTube videos are VERY popular. Here are some classroom video ideas based on them. You've probably heard that YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world. You can also probably imagine how much of a behemoth YouTube has become. Some stats:2 billion logged-in monthly users81% […]. The post 8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Ed Tech Student engagement Video in the classroom

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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.

Coronavirus, Kobe Bryant and News Literacy with Darren Hudgins

The CoolCatTeacher

Darren Hudgins talks about how to help kids sort through viral news stories From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As the Coronavirus spreads, so does the news about it. Some stories are accurate. Some stories are not. And some stories are full of half-truths.

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Assessing the Value of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB's)

A Principal's Reflections

Long gone are the days where the overhead projector reigned supreme in the classroom. I still vividly remember venturing to the local office supply store to get my transparencies made for my lessons.

The Value of Listening in the Classroom: How to Teach Your Students Active Listening


Here’s a fast fact: over 60% of all misunderstandings come from poor listening and only 1% from poor reading.[11] 11] If you don’t currently teach your students specifically how to listen, it may be time to add activities to your curriculum that strengthen this skill.

Guest Post: From Consumption to Creation: Future Ready Librarians Embrace Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As a former librarian and district leader, I found that success was the best form of advocacy—when the great work of librarians is shared and documented, good things follow for students and library programs.

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.

4 Ways to Go Upstream to Solve Problems with Dan Heath

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You can solve problems by going Upstream.

Amid Coronavirus Concerns, Planning for Virtual Learning When Schools Close

Education Elements

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, more school districts are asking us how they can prepare to continue teaching and learning in case of school closure.

Books I read in February 2020

Dangerously Irrelevant

Books I finished reading (or rereading) in February 2020… The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Noncomformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players , Ben Lindbergh & Travis Sawchik [baseball]. The Light of All That Falls , James Islington [fantasy]. Secondborn , Amy Bartol [fantasy].

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Classroom Makerspaces: Boost Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills By Giving Students Their Own Corner


Over the past few years, the term “makerspaces” has become a growing buzzword in the educational field. Whether or not you’ve seen one in action, you may have wondered whether these spaces are just an educational fad or a legitimate way to nurture creativity and learning in your students.

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!

In San Antonio, Education’s Stars are Shining Brightly

EdNews Daily

By the Learning Counsel. The stars at night, are big and bright, Deep in the heart of Texas, The prairie sky is wide and high, Deep in the heart of Texas. The sage in bloom is like perfume, Deep in the heart of Texas, Reminds me of, the one I love, Deep in the heart of Texas.

An Open Letter to the K-12 Community and a Love Letter for Education Elements

Education Elements

Dear K-12 Education Community, Leadership

Study: Boosting soft skills is better than raising test scores

The Hechinger Report

High school students comfort each other on Chicago’s South Side. A new Chicago study shows that students who attend schools that foster soft skills do better in high school and beyond. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images).

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4 Vocab Steps Help Kids Grasp Information Text


Understanding concept words like ‘innovative’ can help students to make sense of complex sources. Britany Harris and Sunday Cummins share a four-step process to introduce a few new vocabulary words before reading an information text and then focus on them as kids read, talk and write.

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.

Driving Test Score Increase with Comedy

EdNews Daily

Educator Profile: Kalyan Ray-Mazumder is Acting the Part of a Lifetime. When Kalyan Ray-Mazumder graduated from Yale in 2012, he wanted to work in two career paths: acting and education.

COVID-19, academia, and the big push online: an update

Bryan Alexander

How is higher education responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak? (If If you’re new to this blog, I’ve been tracking the virus since it appeared in January, as part of my broader project of studying the future of higher education.

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More schools are adding pre-K classrooms. But do principals know how to support them?

The Hechinger Report

In San Antonio, Texas, elementary school principals get hands-on coaching and advice from early childhood experts during visits to pre-K classrooms. In Alabama, principals can attend a unique leadership academy to learn about how to support teachers working with young children.

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