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Classroom collaboration: Learning together


In most classrooms today, students are seen working together in small groups, perhaps in learning stations in the classroom, and taking a more active role in learning. When I was in elementary school, we often were paired with a classmate for different activities and it was a great way to develop our social skills as well as develop new perspectives in learning.

Designing School Systems of the Future - Today

Education Elements

How do we design the schools of the future, today? Designing innovative structures and systems takes a similarly innovative approach, otherwise, we’d design the same systems we already have all over again. In a series of blog posts, we have described the steps to creating a responsive strategic plan. We’ve taught you how to assemble a superhero team and how to identify and collect data from your stakeholders.

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Balancing Act: Cybersecurity in the Connected Classroom

EdTech Magazine

Balancing Act: Cybersecurity in the Connected Classroom. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 10/04/2019 - 13:13. With K–12 schools leveraging connected technologies to help improve student outcomes and boost classroom collaboration, effective cybersecurity is not optional. It’s essential to meet student expectations and to satisfy state regulations. This requires a balancing act: How do educators leverage connected technology without putting student data and other critical information at risk?

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Surprisingly, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability and over 65% of those are deficits in reading. Often, these go undiagnosed as students, parents, and teachers simply think the child is not a good reader, is lazy, or is disinterested. Thankfully, the International Dyslexia Association sponsors an annual Dyslexia Awareness Month in October aimed to expand comprehension of this little-understood language-based learning condition. What is Dyslexia?

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.

6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. In many cases, the act of being “developed” comes in a variety of standard types such as workshops, mandated PD days, presentations, conferences, book studies, or keynotes. Many of these are often the one and done variety or conducted in a drive-by manner.

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Helping Parents Decipher Education Jargon and Get to What Matters

Digital Promise

Back to school isn’t just a transition for students; it’s an adjustment for parents, who are met with presentations from principals and teachers that feature a variety of education terms. Phrases like personalized learning, trauma-informed approach, and whole child are quickly shown on slides and briefly discussed due to the content overload that is Back-to-School Night. As a parent myself, I’ve witnessed the overwhelmed feelings that occur on Back-to-School Night.

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What You Might Have Missed in September

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of September: 21 Websites and 5 Posters to Teach Mouse Skills. Teacher-Author? Me too! Let’s talk. College Credit Classes in Blended Learning. Great Activities for the First Week of School. 20 Back-to-School Articles. 12 Favorite PC Shortkeys. Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Digital Citizenship. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

How to Set Healthy Screen Time Habits: A Guide for Parents


Depending on how we use it, technology can be either a priceless tool or endless distraction. Through computers, smartphones, and tablets, we have a wealth of information at our fingertips that can be both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. Too much screen time, however, isn’t healthy for anyone and can lead to serious consequences. Today’s children are digital natives, which means that they’ve grown up surrounded by technology from the time they were born.

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One Surprising Thing About Gen Z Everyone Should Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Tim Elmore on episode 561 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter The Millennials aren’t the youngest generation anymore. Generation Z is here. They are the kids in K12 education right now who have only known social media and the Internet. Ninety percent of preschool children are online. This has good and bad consequences. Dig deep as researcher Dr. Tim Elmore helps us understand Gen Z, their anxiety, and unique strengths.

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).

New Micro-credentials Added to Digital Promise Ecosystem

Digital Promise

As part of our robust, on-demand micro-credential ecosystem, we are proud to partner with organizations to provide pathways for personalized learning. These research-backed micro-credentials are digital certifications that verify an individual’s competence in a specific skill or set of skills, regardless of where and how they learned them. Over the last two months, we’ve launched 17 micro-credentials from our partners, and the ecosystem is growing every day.

Should we use auto-graded multiple-choice quizzes?

Ditch That Textbook

Scantron was one of the early auto-grading innovations. It cut your grading time down significantly. (Of Of course, there were those little plastic templates you could lay over bubble sheets, too.) Then digital devices came to the classroom. This democratized auto-grading. Anyone with the devices could reap the rewards. Free tools like Flubaroo made the process […].

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Guest post: How to encourage parents to help struggling students


At some point, every student struggles. Some find it hard in the first year of school, whilst others race ahead of their peers but flounder once they’ve reached their teen years. As a teacher, you can’t give every student full attention. Though you do your best to adapt your lessons for a very wide range of abilities, there are some occasions when a student needs even more time. When 93% of parents feel anxious about their child’s education , how do you turn anxiety into action?

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Unconventional Project Based Learning that Engages Learners

The CoolCatTeacher

Noa Daniel in episode 563 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Project Based Learning (PBL) works if you know how to bring it into your classroom. Today, Noa Daniels shares how. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts.

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.

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

In HP Teaching Fellow Melissa Wrenchey’s class, students collaborate to design prototypes that address real-world challenges. Students model how professional product teams work together to create prototypes for authentic users. Below, Melissa shares advice for how teachers can facilitate these kinds of powerful collaborative learning experiences with their students. Preparation sets up students for success.

6 things that make auto-graded Google Forms quizzes better

Ditch That Textbook

Auto-graded quizzes have their pro’s and con’s. They cut back on teacher grading time and provide students with quick feedback. But they don’t show what students can do with what they’re learned and limit 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking). Should we use auto-graded quizzes? That’s a question I wrestled with in this […].

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6 Steps towards successful off-task behavior management


Disengagement during class is a major problem as it affects learning. All teachers know how frustrating it is to deal with disruptions. In fact, off-task behavior can take away a few hours each month, meaning that a lot of lesson time is lost.

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When I Knew It Was Time to Leave the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Starr Sackstein on Episode 564 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Starr Sackstein reflects on when she knew it was time to leave the classroom. Listen to Starr Sackstein on the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts.

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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.

Cross-Curricular Lesson: Communicating with Parents

User Generated Education

As someone who has been in teacher education for several decades, I often think about – teach about how to make curriculum engaging, fun, effective, authentic, and relevant for learners. I believe interdisciplinary or cross-curricular lessons have the potential to do so. I also add, when I am working with pre- and inservice teachers, that there is not enough time in a day to teach-learn everything that is desirable.

Attract and Retain Teachers with Effective Methods Using Data to Define Needs

Education Elements

Teaching, often considered one of the most noble professions one can pursue, has been a consistent driver of the innovation and ideas that progress society forward. Great leaders, creators, and thinkers have been fostered in some way by a teacher who engaged, mentored, and motivated them to achieve their goals. Yet though the demand for talented, caring educators has never been higher, the pool of applicants continues to dwindle.

Part One… Transforming STEM Education from a Noun to a Verb… STEM in all Areas

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the first of two articles as I relate the importance of making sure STEM is considered a verb. The first post involves the “why”, and the second post provides 15 ideas for the :how” There are a lot of definitions in regards to STEM education usually in regards to the nouns including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

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Want to Save Public Education? The Answers are Simple

EdNews Daily

By Charles Sosnik. Recently, I wrote a piece for the Grit Daily website entitled “Technology is Overwhelming Education and That’s Why We Need More of It.” The premise for the column was that using more, sophisticated technology could take the pressure off teachers and give them more time to teach. In the column, I listed some ideas that could help guide schools and bring them more in line with the rest of the world.

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!

How to Use Brain-Based Learning in the Classroom


In his book A Celebration of Neurons: An Educator’s Guide to the Human Brain , educational researcher Robert Sylwester wrote, “The human brain is the best-organized, most functional three pounds of matter in the known universe.” [3]. We cannot afford to underestimate our students’ academic potential. A child’s brain is capable of learning and growth that, if nurtured, can affect the trajectory of their entire academic career, and beyond.

Students Become Creators and Incorporate Technology Through Project-Based Writing


Writing is an art, and asking our students to write – to create something new from just a blank page and some words – is hard work. And just because they have laptops or iPads doesn’t mean they will write with enthusiasm. So how can we engage students in writing work that is meaningful enough […]. The post Students Become Creators and Incorporate Technology Through Project-Based Writing appeared first on OnCUE.

The students disappearing fastest from American campuses? Middle-class ones

The Hechinger Report

Though he is considered middle class, Alec Scicchitano knew he “needed to go to a university that would give really good financial aid.” He qualified for a new tuition scholarship at the University of Virginia for students from families with incomes of up to $80,000. Photo: Crixell Matthews/VPM. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Alec Scicchitano may have been considered middle class, but it was still going to be hard for him to afford college.

Keys to Keeping the Rigor High for ELs


ELs are capable of doing the same kind of thinking that non-ELs can do. They might just have to temporarily show their understanding differently than their peers do. EL teacher Tan Huyhn shows how teachers can focus on the ELs’ thinking and differentiate everything else. Rigor The Unstoppable EL Teacher content differentiation English learners learning support process product rigor Tan Huyhn thinking Unstoppable EL Teacher

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.

We need more English learners and students of color in advanced classes

eSchool News

While some English learners and students of color may be striving to attain minimal academic competency, others are likely to be high-ability or gifted/talented students who are not receiving appropriate support for their needs, and therefore are less engaged and have lower levels of participation in programs suitable for them.

Juliot, A Letter

The Jose Vilson

To my father, It was one of the last times we ever had an extensive conversation. You had the news radio on blast in your car. Tim Hardaway had just revealed his homophobia to the country and the first words of wisdom you shared were “… it’s not that he thought it; it’s that he said it aloud.” ” You went on to dig deeper into the caverns of bigotry before I abruptly asked you how long it’d take before we got to Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.

How you talk to your child might make them smarter

The Hechinger Report

Excerpts of adult explanations from a working paper, “How does a switch work? The relation between adult mechanistic language and children’s learning,” by Katelyn Kurkul et al. Young children who were exposed to more mechanistic explanations learned more. Why is it that higher income kids tend to score better on achievement tests than poor kids, even at the youngest ages?