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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. My YouTube subscription list is filled with booktube channels that recommend new and exciting reads every day. I follow book blogs and I am part of an online book club. A lot of my favorite authors are on Instagram. Plus, books count as friends, right?

‘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. But for thousands of so-called international schools in Asia, many of which follow American curriculum and employ American teachers, it’s already daily life.

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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. Greg did a wonderful job of highlighting ARVR’s educational benefits and I was struck in particular by VR’s implications for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). . Greg drew our attention to a project entitled Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience from the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

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. To do this, teachers need meaningful professional learning experiences and resources to integrate computational thinking in equitable, authentic, and sustainable ways. Computational thinking leverages problem-solving processes used by computer scientists (e.g.,

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.

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. From Google Tour Creator, CoSpaces, Merge Cube (with Tinkercad) and Panaform – Robert will share simple tools you can start using with your students today.

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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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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 and baseless as products rarely shared the research that drove their design.

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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. All designed to get people to read and for the clicks to come. Today’s guest, Darren Hudgins is co-author of Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking In The Age of Fake News (ISTE 2018).

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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. How Online Learning Can Improve Your Teaching. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

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.

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.

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. That said, it’s often difficult to effectively tell the story about how librarians make a difference for students and colleagues.

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. Alice Keeler talks about how she programs Google App scripts, some add ons she’s made, and some you can use to help improve what you’re doing in your classroom!

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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. Tech Tip: How to reset your homepage. Why Teach Poetry? Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

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.

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. The benefits of strong listening skills may begin in class, but they extend through all aspects of your student’s academic and personal lives.

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. This is an important topic to consider as school districts around the world have begun closing their brick and mortar doors and turned to virtual learning. We believe with the right preparation and communication every school has the capacity to meet this challenge.

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. Dan Heath, the author of the new book Upstream , talks about the principles the Chicago Public School system used to go from a 52% graduation rate to one close to 80% in just a few years. Some of the same principles were used in Rockford, Illinois to be the first city that eradicated homelessness.

Enhancing the Creative Process in Young Children with iPad

iTeach with iPads

Recently, I was chatting with a colleague who teaches first grade.

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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.

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. It turns out, when used regularly and stocked with the right materials, makerspaces can help your students develop anything from critical thinking and self-confidence to digital citizenship or even STEM skills.

How private equity can win big in Africa

The Christensen Institute

This spring close to one thousand delegates from more than seventy countries will convene in Washington D.C for the 22nd Annual Global Private Equity Conference. Hosted by the International Finance Corporation, a sister organization of the World Bank, the conference brings people together from a broad array of institutions in order to explore “private investment opportunities across emerging and frontier markets.”

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. After all, who would even think about direct instruction with the assistance of notes displayed on a screen instead of writing them all out in chalk? On second thought, I did do that on occasion when I forgot to get transparencies made.

High-Frequency Vocabulary for the New SAT

Catlin Tucker

Spring is testing season. Students sit through lengthy state-mandated tests, and many high school students are preparing to take the SAT. It can be an exhausting and stressful time for them. Years ago, I recorded a collection of 30+ SAT vocabulary videos to help my students prepare for the SAT. I know many families cannot afford SAT preparation courses or tutors, so I wanted to create resources and practice activities that would build students’ confidence as they prepared to take the SAT.

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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.

Stakeholders: Every educator’s secret weapon

Ditch That Textbook

This post is by Holy McRae, a principal at The Learnershop Academy in Tyler, TX. You can connect with Holly through email at Have you ever been required to present on certain topics to students or staff? Can you remember the dread you felt -- especially if you wanted to at least keep them conscious? I […]. The post Stakeholders: Every educator’s secret weapon appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Guest Blog

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

Education Elements

Dear K-12 Education Community, Leadership

3 relationships schools shouldn’t underestimate in closing opportunity gaps

The Christensen Institute

It’s tempting to focus on faculty- and teacher-student relationships at the core of schools. And for good reason. Educators remain the leading in-school driver of student success. But it turns out that there are other relationships beyond that core that can offer real value to students and can bolster outcomes for institutions. The reality is that teachers shouldn’t go it alone. .

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]. Traitor Born , Amy Bartol [fantasy]. Rebel Born , Amy Bartol [fantasy]. How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them , Jason Stanley [political science].

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.