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Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development

User Generated Education

Planning educational activities that incorporate social-emotional learning has broad benefits. Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. Durlak, Weissberg et al.’s

One Stop Differentiated Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

When I train teachers on blended learning, I am often asked, “Is this the right way to do this?” ” My response is always the same, “There are lots of variations on each blended learning model. They are constantly evolving.

5 tech devices that should be part of all classrooms


The ancient Greeks thought that the end of the world was today's Morocco and the titan named Atlas bore the weight of the world on his shoulders. Kids today learn about this myth and know better than the most civilized people in the ancient world. Schools bear the same weight on their shoulders, because kids must always know more about our world. There are a lot of aspects to learning and a lot of dedicated people that work together for a better education system.

31Websites for Poetry Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world. According to the Academy of American Poets , the goals are: Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets.

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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.

Beyond the Acronym

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 13. Driving Question: How do robotics reveal and inspire deeper learning? The robot's behavior was not what the third grade partners intended. They turned to each other when it stopped short of the target. rotations is not enough," said one. But 2.6

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5 tech devices that should be part of all classrooms


The ancient Greeks thought that the end of the world was today’s Morocco and the titan named Atlas bore the weight of the world on his shoulders. Kids today learn about this myth and know better than the most civilized people in the ancient world.

Learning is in the Conversation: From Monologue to Dialog in the K-12 Classroom

The Journal

First the educational need, then the technology! Dialogue, not monologue, needs to be a primary learning activity. Supporting dialogue in the classroom, then, is a real educational need.

Why STEAM is Great Policy for the Future of Education

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 14. There's a reason why so many schools, teachers, and students are excited about STEM or STEAM (STEM plus arts & design, as championed by the Rhode Island School of Design). They make learning more fun and engaging, not to mention provide students opportunities to use content knowledge and skills in ways that are practical and applicable to the real world, just like they would if they were working on science or engineering projects in the field. P21 Blogazine

Increasing Student Retention: How Can We Help Students?


Contributor: Lainney Ballew Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 9:45am. Why Students Drop Out. How can we help struggling students so they don’t drop out? In order to help them, we really need to identify why they are struggling and why we are losing them.


Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

What to Avoid – and Embrace – in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

Amy Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer at Education Elements. Education Elements is a corporate partner of Digital Promise. If there is one thing I know about school districts, it is that each is unique with its own strengths, challenges, goals, political context and quirky qualities. But if there is another thing I have learned, it is that despite the differences, there are things that hold true.

What You Might Have Missed This Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of March: 20 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills. 22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom. Website Review: K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level. 3rd Grade Resources. Do You Miss Kerpoof? Try These 34 Alternatives. 20 St.

The Benefits of Creating an Online Learning Space


You teach every day in an offline classroom, but the benefits of spending some class timeonline are impossible to deny.


Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 12. Driving Question: Where Does the "T" Fit in STEM? Let's compare two scenarios for learning about STEM: *In Scenario 1 , students focus on a societal or environmental problem that they think needs solving. They attempt to understand the issue in an interdisciplinary way, consulting those who are affected by the problem as well as experts working on solutions. As they learn more, they narrow their focus to arrive at a right-sized challenge.

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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.

You Shouldn't Need a PhD in Instructional Design (or Web Design) to Use Your Chosen LMS


When I connect with educators who are shopping for a learning management system, there’s something I catch myself saying too often: “You shouldn’t need a PhD in instructional design to use your current LMS.”. This educator has probably told me about their struggle with the usability of their LMS.

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Summer Classes–from Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Summer is coming, and so is Summer Tech Learning! Join me with a great group of professionals (who will quickly become your best online friends) for one or more of these four classes on tech topics you want to learn.

Emoji Get to Know You Activity

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Emoji and emoticons have developed to mean much more in language than the faces they represent.”- ”- Lauren Collister (2015). For the past year, I’ve been studying how learners use emoticons, emoji, and text speak to communicate, read and write.

Use Google Drawings for brain-friendly visual notetaking

Ditch That Textbook

Our brains like words. But they really love images. The brain works in images. When we talk, our brains change the information we’re receiving into images to encode it and make it available for recall later.

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

The Personalities That Put Schools Ahead


Our school communities are built of people. Teachers and principals. Superintendents and heads of school. Class presidents and drama students.


Tech Tip #124: Editing is Easier with Digital Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I can’t convince my students to give up their paper and pencil. What’s a great reason that will resonate with them? A: Digital writing is easier to edit. By a factor of infinity.

Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

The Christensen Institute

Conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, but some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues.

Comics for Engaging Students! 22+ Resources & Ideas

Teacher Reboot Camp

“At a young age, I was interested in comic books, which was really how I learnt to read.” ” – Nicolas Cage. Today, I will be conducting a webinar, Teaching with Comics , for Simple K12. I wanted to share the resources from the presentation in case you can’t join us. Comics can be powerful learning tools. They are brain friendly. The visuals help support struggling readers and language learners.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Teens Talking To Strangers Online: What Every Parent Needs To Know

EdNews Daily

Do you remember the days when a police officer came to your school to discuss stranger danger?

How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

I’m a huge fan of creating custom resources for student learning. We, as teachers, know exactly what our students need much better than a textbook company hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Q&A with Makerspaces Innovator Laura Fleming on the Best Creative Spaces in K–12

EdTech Magazine

By Jena Passut 'All good makerspaces put kids first in all that they do.'. Classroom Curriculum STEM

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The Benefits of Creating an Online Learning Space


You teach every day in an offline classroom, but the benefits of spending some class timeonline are impossible to deny.

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.