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A Very Useful Guide to Virtual Classroom Collaboration

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this episode, we welcome Billy Krakower, a nationally recognized educator with 16 years of experience and a passion for bringing technology and creativity into the classroom. As a current STEM teacher in North New Jersey and a Google Certified Trainer, Billy focuses on implementing cutting-edge instructional design and is co-author of “connecting Your Students with the Virtual World.” We'll uncover pr

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How Schools Can Ace the Windows 11 Migration

EdTech Magazine

The clock is ticking toward Microsoft Windows 10’s end of life in October 2025. While it’s not yet a five-alarm fire, the deadline is something that requires K–12 IT leaders’ attention, and the sooner you address it, the better. Is your school prepared for a Windows 11 migration? If not, here are specific actions to take to ensure a smooth shift to the new OS.

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Is generative AI a beacon for more accessible education?

eSchool News

Key points: Many educators look forward to the opportunity afforded by AI, but few feel ready to use it Other educators wonder if they have proper district support for AI use See related article: 5 positive ways students can use AI For more news on AI in education, visit eSN’s Digital Learning page A resounding 90 percent of educators in a recent survey said they believe that AI has the potential to make education more accessible.

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Improvement is a Never-Ending Process

A Principal's Reflections

Looking for ways to improve should be an expectation, not something that is optional. Whether at the individual or system level, the fact remains that there is always room for growth. So why is this the case? Pursuing improvement is a never-ending process because the landscape of knowledge, technology, and human understanding is in a perpetual state of evolution.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Choosing the Best Overhead Classroom Projector: 5 Key Factors to Consider

ViewSonic Education

In the past, people mostly thought of projectors as devices that were simply mounted on the classroom ceiling, primarily used for projecting lessons and content on a screen at the front of the room. However, the way we use classroom projectors has evolved beyond their traditional role. Nowadays, projectors have become versatile tools that can adapt to a wide range of spaces, from the traditional classroom to the school gym or even the grandeur of an experience center.

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K–12 IT Influencers Share Tech They’re Thankful For

EdTech Magazine

Educational technologies have gone from fun additions to essential tools. Students, teachers, administrators and entire communities rely on school tech for everything from powering learning to enhancing safety. As the holidays approach, these K–12 IT influencers reflected on some of the key technologies they couldn’t live without. They share thanks for personal and classroom devices, software tools with myriad learning benefits, and organizations across the country that support ed tech and its u

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3 Strategies for Leading and Living With a Gratitude Mindset

Education Elements

I recently returned to work from parental leave after adding a healthy and happy baby to our now family of four. My parental leave included a multitude of experiences, ranging from the tranquility of morning stroller walks to the inevitable sleepless nights, and from supporting our toddler in adapting to the arrival of the new baby to the constant rhythm of diaper changes.

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What Are Lumens? And How to Use Them to Choose a Projector

ViewSonic Education

Lumens come up all the time when you’re shopping around for a projector. But what are lumens? And why are they important? Officially called ANSI lumens, this measurement shows how strong a light source is. In projectors, this relates directly to the environment where the projector will be used. (Don’t worry, we provide a quick guide to how many lumens are required for what scenarios below.

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What Happened When Our K–12 District Set Out to Learn How Our Teachers Were Using Tech

EdTech Magazine

There is an ongoing battle over screen time in K–12. As an instructional technology integration specialist for the School District of Oconee County in South Carolina, I believe that school is a great place for students to learn how to safely engage with technology. I also believe that intention is a very important part of integrating technology in the classroom.

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Celebrate Good Times: Come On!

EdNews Daily

By Charles Sosnik I see a lot of nervous Nellies out there. And guarded Garrys. And cautious Carls. 2022 brought us the biggest opportunity for learners since, well, ever. When generative AI was heralded a year ago, the education community immediately jumped in with a definitive and resounding “Hmmmmmmmm.” Rather than standing on the rooftops and shouting, we immediately moved into our “We fear change” mode.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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What Goes Into Fashion Industry Logistics

EdTech4Beginners

In the tapestry of the global economy, fashion logistics weaves a critical thread, estimated at $129.96 billion in 2023. This staggering figure is a testament to the pivotal role logistics plays in fashion—an industry that is as much about artistry as it is about precision and timing. Fashion logistics ensures that the vision of designers reaches the marketplace efficiently and effectively.

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4 Key Ingredients to Fuel Partnership Success in Micro-credentialing

Digital Promise

The post 4 Key Ingredients to Fuel Partnership Success in Micro-credentialing appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Bolster K–12 Districts’ Capacity with Managed IT Services for Education

EdTech Magazine

K–12 IT teams have an ever-growing list of responsibilities and tasks crucial to ensuring that classrooms – not to mention entire school campuses — remain optimally equipped for teaching and learning. On top of that, school districts are notoriously strapped for money. On average, the U.S. puts 12.7 percent of public funding toward education: That’s below the international standard of 15 percent.

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How Urban and Rural School Districts Aim to Solve Alarmingly High Absentee Rates

Edsurge

When you’re not sure where you’ll sleep, showing up to class isn’t what you’re worried about. For educators, this makes for a daunting test. “When families are dealing with not having basic necessities, school just isn’t a priority,” says Susanne Terry, coordinator for homeless education services in the San Diego County Office of Education. It’s worse for students who move around a lot, she says.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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Convert Your Jamboard Jams to FigJam

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Convert Your Jamboard Jams to FigJam. It is very easy. FigJam has all the capability of Jamboard but better! Join Alice Keeler and Lauren (McCann) Ryan to show off the FigJam converter tool to easily change all of your Google Jamboard files. The post Convert Your Jamboard Jams to FigJam appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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The pandemic is over–but American schools still aren’t the same

eSchool News

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters. On a recent Friday at Gary Comer Middle School in Chicago, you had to squint to see signs of the pandemic that upended American education just a few years ago. Only a handful of students wore face masks, and even then, some put them on to cover up pimples, staff said.

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Q&A: Is Managed Detection and Response a Wise Investment for K–12 Cybersecurity?

EdTech Magazine

Cyberattacks on K–12 schools have increased by more than 30 percent since 2022, according to the Center for Internet Security; the data-rich environment and higher likelihood of paid ransoms are attractive targets for criminals. Unsurprisingly, school IT staff members say that they feel unprepared. Limited budgets are a major factor. According to the Consortium for School Networking’s State of EdTech Leadership survey, approximately two-thirds of school districts don’t have a full-time cybersecu

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Dear Educators, a Balm for Deep Cuts: Navigating Racial Microaggressions at School

Edsurge

I remember the first and only time I’ve ever yelled at a teacher in class. Growing up in the U.S. as a female child of immigrants from Taiwan, this kind of behavior is practically sacrilegious; certainly scandalous and wildly antithetical to my traditional upbringing. I was raised above all else to not only revere education, but to literally show respect to educators and elders by being a dutiful, quiet, listening and obedient learner.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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Using Pixel Art with TemplateTab

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Looking for a fun activity to do with your students? Look no further than Pixel Art! Harness the power of TemplateTab by Alice Keeler to The post Using Pixel Art with TemplateTab appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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5 essential digital learning reads

eSchool News

Key points: Digital learning is a key part of students’ school experiences As technology evolves, so, too, do students’ learning opportunities See related article: Is AI the future of education? For more news on edtech trends, visit eSN’s Digital Learning page Digital learning is a critical component of what happens in today’s classrooms.

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Thanksgiving: A Time of Gratitude and Generosity

MiddleWeb

If Regie Routman had to name the most important mindsets and actions for a full and flourishing life, “I’d say gratitude and generosity are at the top and are especially essential for living and thriving in challenging times.” All of which gets her thinking about Thanksgiving. The post Thanksgiving: A Time of Gratitude and Generosity first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Education Investor Launches Campaign — for President of the United States

Marketplace K-12

Jason Palmer says his campaign is focused on "conscious capitalism" and appealing to the ideas and ingenuity of young people. The post Education Investor Launches Campaign — for President of the United States appeared first on Market Brief.

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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Best ChatGPT Prompts for Writing

PlagiarismCheck

Even those rejecting matcha lattes and TikTok trends can’t ignore significant changes in our world. That once happened to the Internet and now happens to the AI – more and more people incorporate it into their daily routines. We can go on and on about how we need to figure out our relationship with ChatGPT and other writing bots and the importance of implementing the best practices and managing AI before it starts managing us.

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4 simple ways to put the science of reading into practice

eSchool News

Key points: Students are struggling with reading proficiency, and the pandemic made it worse Stronger literacy skills boost students’ confidence and motivation See related article: Implementing the science of reading ‘one bite at a time’ For more news on the science of reading, see eSN’s Innovative Teaching page In districts across the country, educators are continuing to support students with post-pandemic learning recovery.

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How To Help Teachers Create Their Own Professional Development

TeachThought - Learn better.

A flipped teacher PD program could inform the kinds of conferences and on-site PD most relevant and authentic to your local circumstances. The post How To Help Teachers Create Their Own Professional Development appeared first on TeachThought.

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Math Materials Lag Behind ELA Options in Terms of Quality, Analysis Finds

Marketplace K-12

An analysis by the organization EdReports reviews resources based on their quality, the supports they offer educators, and other factors. The post Math Materials Lag Behind ELA Options in Terms of Quality, Analysis Finds appeared first on Market Brief.

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.

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OPINION: Why Americans should not blame their local college or university for the shortfalls of the elite

The Hechinger Report

In just the past eight years, American confidence in higher education has dropped from 57 percent to 36 percent, with more saying they have “very little” confidence than a “great deal.” There are many reasons for this souring on colleges and universities, from high tuition sticker prices and large amounts of student loan debt to political polarization and doubts about graduates’ work readiness.

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3 ways educators leverage gamification strategies

eSchool News

Key points: Gamification can encourage students to take ownership of their learning Game-based learning promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment See related article: Digital tools are sticking around–here’s the right way to leverage technology For more news on gamification, visit eSN’s Digital Learning page Students don’t have to be video game fanatics to appreciate a gamified classroom lesson.

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She Was Sentenced to Life Without Parole. Teaching STEM Gave Her Purpose

techlearning

Jessica Hicklin is using edtech to help make in-prison education more accessible. It’s a mission inspired by her time incarcerated.

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Use Music and Exercise to Teach Math Fluency

MiddleWeb

Without good math fact recall, many students become discouraged about building math knowledge and solving equations. Kathleen Palmieri uses song and movement to engage fifth graders in computation fluency. Watch the music and exercise videos that are hits with her kids. The post Use Music and Exercise to Teach Math Fluency first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.