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The Quick, Easy Way I Show Kids Thankfulness

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thankfulness is a way of life all year long. As a student, however, I think I caught what teachers taught by how they lived their lives.

Google Slides for Breakout Rooms

Teacher Tech

Use Google Slides in Breakout Rooms No matter if you use Zoom or Google Meet or another video product to do breakout rooms with students, consider having a Google Slides per group. First Slide Built into my First Slide Add-on I have created a way to manage Google Slides for breakout rooms.

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COVID-19 Is Forever Changing How Students Experience Libraries


There’s a ritual that kicks off every new quarter in Michelle Luhtala’s library at New Canaan High School, one where English teachers send a gaggle of students through her doors to pick a new batch of books.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking the next few weeks off. I’ll be preparing for… I’ll be back November 30th. Comments are closed but feel free to contact me via Twitter (@askatechteacher). Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

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.

Rather Stand

The CoolCatTeacher

poem by Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Rather Stand by Vicki Davis. I’d rather stand alone for the right thing … than be popular for the wrong one. I’d rather be wise. than smart.

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STEAM: STEM plus Arts, for a more enriching learning experience


The ideal of the Renaissance man, the polymath with expertise in a wide range of fields, is long gone. We live in an era of hyperspecialization.

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Competencies for a Post-COVID World

A Principal's Reflections

It seems as of late that we are always in the midst of difficult times. As I am writing this post, the world is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The challenges that this is placing on society goes without saying.

New Research on Student Engagement Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Engagement is such a challenge for schools—now more than ever. Lots of anecdotal evidence is floating around, but right now, we need answers for what produces strong student engagement.

Among Us Classroom Style: Another Case for Game-Based Learning

User Generated Education

A few weeks ago, I blogged about my gaming club in Video Games for Relationship- and Team Building. It is still going very strong. Students from the three schools where I teach gifted students look forward to it all week long.

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.

My Journey to Becoming a Distance Learning Teacher-Leader

Digital Promise

Working on Working: How to Make Deliberate Decisions that Respond to the Needs of Your Team

Education Elements

The Education Elements team, like the rest of the world, has been adapting to life-during-COVID-19, striving to serve our partners and our mission with a set of unplanned-for constraints.

How to Engage Students in Zoom and Teach Effectively at a Distance

The CoolCatTeacher

Aaron Johnson shares the techniques to help us do it better From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Johnson Shares His Way to Engage Students Even at a Distance. Many of us are learning to traverse between online and in-person learning environments.

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Will the positive changes schools make now last into the future?

The Christensen Institute

It can be hard to see anything positive about the cards schools were dealt in 2020. COVID-19 and ongoing public reckoning with systemic racism are drawing attention to longstanding, chronic problems in the education sector.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Ditch Summit

Ditch That Textbook

The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is back! Choose from hours of amazing professional learning. when and where you want to watch it. Free certificates of completion. More at The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE online conference for teachers.

How to Create Flexible Hybrid Classrooms with Audiovisual Tools

EdTech Magazine

In many areas, schools are already operating in a hybrid model , offering a mix of face-to-face and online instruction. Others are just gearing up for hybrid learning as they enter the next phase of their reopening plans.

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4 Essential Factors for Student Engagement Based on Current Research

The CoolCatTeacher

Mariana Aguilar discusses the current research on student engagement From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mariana Aguilar shares 4 Essential Factors for Student Engagement. Our focus on the frontlines of education is to keep students engaged.

The NEO Blog just turned 5!


November has some extra special meaning for the NEO team. Each November, we look back to the previous 12 months, and then all the way back to the very first post published on the NEO Blog, to reflect upon our progress in the e-learning blogging sphere. We’ve come a long way in the last five years!

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8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

10 tips to use Google Classroom effectively and efficiently

Ditch That Textbook

Google Classroom can be even more powerful with a few tips and strategies to make it efficient and effective.Google Classroom streamlines the management of student work — announcing, assigning, collecting, grading, giving feedback and returning. It has certainly saved many teachers hours of work.

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Making the invisible visible: Student survey helps schools take action in building and maintaining student relationships

The Christensen Institute

COVID-19 has amplified the importance of relationships in students’ lives.

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Q&A: How To Empower Students with Digital Citizenship in the Virtual Classroom

EdTech Magazine

With the shift to remote learning due to COVID-19, students and educators suddenly found themselves spending more time online than ever before. This new learning environment also placed a heightened focus on digital citizenship, which generally refers to how we use technology safely and responsibly.

What Highly Effective School Leadership Really Looks Like in a Pandemic


In the school building, while washing my hands in the bathroom, I fixed my face. As I dried my hands, I fixed my posture. Before opening the door, I fixed my tie. As I stepped into the hallway, I cleared my throat.

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.

PROOF POINTS: Evidence increases for writing during math class

The Hechinger Report

Essay writing and math class might seem like oil and water, two things that don’t mix easily. But there’s increasing evidence that students who are asked to write about what they are learning master the material better — even in number-filled subjects like math and science.

3 lessons for innovators from a tiny car’s colossal failure

The Christensen Institute

Upon its release in 2008, the Nano—a simple, innovative car made by India’s Tata Motors—seemed destined for greatness. Tata rolled out their tiny vehicle to much fanfare and a host of international awards.

Closing the Connectivity Gap with Expanded, Optimized Networks

EdTech Magazine

In the era of remote learning, school districts are challenged with delivering widespread connectivity, especially in rural and underserved communities. School IT leaders have scrambled to make bandwidth available to support online classrooms and address issues of equity.

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Connecting the Classroom to Careers Through AI Explorations


Artificial intelligence is an increasingly prevalent part of our everyday lives.

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.