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31Websites for Poetry Month

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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. Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways. Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum.

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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. You need to make the models work for you and your students.” ” Even though people try to pin down the various blended learning models with specific definitions, they are really just a starting place. There is no right or wrong.


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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. A powerful way to take advantage of that is visual notetaking — recording ideas using both images and text. [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps google drawings sketchnoting visual notetaking

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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

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.

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.

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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. For me, that often came in the form of Google Docs with information my students were responsible for and a website for pointing students [.]. Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readers

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 was too much," the other responded. There was a pause and then one spoke again more slowly, "Could there be a number in between?" They looked at each other, "Let's ask.". P21 Blogazine

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. Emojis are part of digital literacy and citizenship. When our learners use emojis in their writings, they are humanizing their digital experience.

What You Might Have Missed This Month

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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. Patrick’s Day Sites For Students. 52 Resources for Read Across America Day. 13 Reasons For and 3 Against Technology in the Classroom. 84 Math Websites for K-8.

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).

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. The Collabrify Suite of Apps – free, device-agnostic, and designed expressly for grades 1-8 – meet that real educational need. Read this week’s blog post, increase dialogue by collabrifying your classroom

Substance Over Assumptions and Generalizations

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of evidence to make educators reflect upon their use of technology. The most glaring was the OECD Report that came out last fall. Here is an excerpt: " Schools have yet to take advantage of the potential of technology in the classroom to tackle the digital divide and give every student the skills they need in today’s connected world, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of digital skills.

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? Stranger danger today can have various meanings; including, but not limited to: people we know and believe we can trust, people we don’t know in real life, and the strangers who sit behind computer screens, faceless and nameless. All of these strangers pose great concern as parents.

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. Note: Early Bird special for those who sign up by May 15th: Use coupon code SUMMERPD to get 10% off! There are four options, detailed below: The Tech-infused Teacher. The Tech-infused Class (sequel to Tech-infused Teacher). Teaching Writing with Technology. 20 Webtools in 20 Days.

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.


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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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.

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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. Some, but certainly not all, reasons students drop out are that they


5 Ways to Get 100 Percent Participation in Every Class

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Class participation is critical to successful learning. Sadly, our strategies for class participation are often imperfect. When we’re engaged in something, we do better at it. That’s as true of learning as it is anything else: an engaged student is more likely to learn and succeed than a disengaged one. Technology can play a huge part in […]. The post 5 Ways to Get 100 Percent Participation in Every Class appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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.

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

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.


Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 15. Driving question: What's more said about STEM and STEAM? March was a mad month in the P21Blogazine. Our March Madness wasn't so much for basketball as for a slew of outstanding STEM and STEAM posts that came to us. What you read were a basket full of classroom and school stories showing how pre K-12 teachers around the country are fulfilling the promise of deeper learning for all their STEM and STEAM students.

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Redesigning technology-infused lessons and units at ASB Unplugged

Dangerously Irrelevant

I facilitated three workshops at ASB Unplugged in Mumbai, India this year for international school educators. All three sessions went extremely well and the folks at the American School of Bombay were impeccable hosts, as always. In my sessions we discussed deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion. We utilized the trudacot discussion protocol to redesign lessons, units, and other learning activities.

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!

52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching General New Teacher

The Curriculum Meets Educational Technology… Avoiding Tech Shine

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post that I feel is a must read when it comes to instructional technology in the classroom of the 21st century! In fact, in this article I integrate curriculum, PD, and technology together in a way that makes so much sense. I bring you this as I get ready to join the ASCD Press Core at the annual ASCD Conference in Atlanta, GA. Get ready for some daily posts and tweets throughout the conference that bring you the latest in educational theory with a technology twist.

The unique internet search site your students don’t know about

eSchool News

The Wayback Machine is a reference tool for the internet Age as basic as a dictionary. When was the last time you saw a student use it? When I’m giving a talk to students about being responsible digital citizens, I’ll tell them, “You know, some day you might apply to college, or run for Congress—and you might regret something you posted online when you were young.” And there’s always one student who will say to me, “Mr.

Does Harlem Need Diddy or Educational Equity?

The Jose Vilson

A few days ago, I said some things on my Facebook that I don’t regret : I’m not a believer in celebrities taking the helm at schools, regardless of whether it’s public, charter, or private, unless they have an expertise in said craft. Schools are not music labels or headquarters for speaking engagements, but buildings with our young futures in them.

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.

27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching General New Teacher

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. When you bring online learning into the equation, students can step outside the four walls of your classroom, while engaging with the content and building a wide variety of 21st century skills. But that’s not all—consider the full list of… Friends of TeacherCast

13 apps that promote higher-order thinking standards

eSchool News

These mobile apps go way beyond games. Mobile devices are becoming increasingly common in schools because they cost so much less than computers—especially since so many students are willing to bring their own devices to school.