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Meeting the Educational Challenges of COVID-19 Together

MIND Research Institute

The recent school closures due to COVID-19 mean that most students will not be returning to the classroom for several months. This situation has sparked a lot of conversation across the education landscape about how student learning will be impacted. At MIND, we know that school closures are exacerbating the existing problems with both traditional math education, and with society’s relationship with math.

Engage Students with Authentic Learning at Home

Digital Promise

As schools and districts across the country transition to remote learning, educators are seeking new ways to engage their students in powerful learning experiences at home. In this post, we highlight how HP Teaching Fellows Josh Luukkonen , Chad Sorrells , and Mahfuza Rahman are designing authentic learning experiences that connect learners with real problems and audiences. Technology Lends Itself to Authentic Audiences.

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The Vital Role of Digital Leadership in Transforming Education

A Principal's Reflections

Education will not be the same. Now before you think that this is a “doom and gloom” outlook, let me elaborate. The COVID19 pandemic has fundamentally changed our world more than we could have ever imagined. In the case of schools, there has been a dramatic shift to remote learning that has allowed all of us to reflect on where we are, but more importantly, where we want and need to be in the near future. There has been a myriad of challenges that have, and will, continue to be overcome.

How distance learning fosters global collaboration


Faced with a pandemic that has dramatically altered the way we do practically everything in a matter of weeks, teachers, in particular, have been tossed outside of their comfort zones as schools remain closed and educators are asked to teach remotely. Read more: On challenges and opportunities: Emergency remote teaching.

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.

What Schools Reopen, It Shouldn’t Be Business as Usual


Even amid the uncertainty of what the school year will look like in the fall, teachers are itching to get back to some semblance of normalcy. Greeting students at the door each morning, chatting with them about their weekend, providing in-person feedback on projects, and facilitating student-led conversations are among the many joys we miss during this pandemic.

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Tips and tricks for Google Classroom to help you get the most out of the teaching platform

Connecting seniors and students during COVID-19 can yield benefits for all

The Christensen Institute

Last year Marc Freedman published a book called How to Live Forever. Although Freedman could never have anticipated the current crisis, his reflections on the fragile state of America’s isolated aging population keep coming to my mind. At its core, it’s a book about abundance: the abundance of human beings, young and old, who could benefit from one another’s energy, wisdom, and experience.

The Building Blocks of an Online Lesson

Catlin Tucker

Even though teaching online may feel like a different animal than teaching face-to-face, there are many similarities in terms of the building blocks of a lesson. The tools teachers use to engage students online are indeed different. It is also true that engaging students in learning activities online will require (at least initially) that teachers onboard students to those technology tools and support them in learning how to navigate online tasks.

5 Ways to Build Effective Social Emotional Learning Environments Online

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter The current education climate has created unique social emotional challenges for students, parents, and teachers alike. Today, Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how to create effective social emotional learning (SEL) environments online. As we move forward and plan, we need to make sure that the environments we create for learning help children thrive educationally and emotionally.

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.

30+ FREE PowerPoint education templates + how to make them

Ditch That Textbook

PowerPoint education templates create meaningful interactive activities for students. Find free templates and how to make your own. Templates are productivity boosters. They can help us get more done in less time. They're also great lesson design frameworks. They help us craft a path for students to take their thinking -- or for them to guide […]. The post 30+ FREE PowerPoint education templates + how to make them appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

169 Tech Tip #51 Find Public Domain Images

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: Find Public Domain Images. Category: Images. Sub-category: Internet, Security, Search/Research, MS Office, Google Apps.

What’s next? Lessons from the lockdown on traditional education


At this point, you’ve probably heard enough of the recent changes brought about by the pandemic. While it’s important to discuss what is happening right now, we’ve had enough time to also think about the future. Specifically, many teachers are wondering: What’s in store for the future of education? As usual, these things are hard to predict and nobody has a definite answer. However, we can make at least some educated guesses about what needs to change from now on.

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How PBL in Math Class Can Make Projects Unforgettable

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In these times, part of being a teacher is to have meaningful online projects with engagement. PBL can create memorable learning with projects, and Lauren Harris uses projects to teach math. Sponsor : In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and emotional learning skills to cope with the world around them.

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.

How to Prevent Data Collection Disasters in Education

Digital Promise

How can educational researchers ensure continued data collection in the wake of COVID-19? Digital Promise’s Learning Sciences Research team is experiencing what many educational researchers are familiar with by now—an untimely intrusion by the COVID-19 pandemic that compromises data collection at the end of the school year. This is an especially painful prospect for projects using a pretest-posttest design.

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College or Career? Check out These

Ask a Tech Teacher

Choosing what to do after high school used to be simple for those who had good grades: Apply to college. Now, not so much. For one thing, college has become increasingly more expensive and students are asking whether there’s enough value in what they get to offset the costs. Another worry: Colleges sometimes seem dangerous hotbeds of protests and riots. Professors seem biased rather than intent on opening minds.

20 ways Google tools can make the end of the year ROCK

Ditch That Textbook

The end of the year is unique. Google tools can help! Here are 20 ways to use them in class.?When When the end of the school year is in sight, it's a time of excitement coupled with the importance of finishing the year STRONG.The end of the year is a time unlike any other.State tests are […]. The post 20 ways Google tools can make the end of the year ROCK appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Why Kids Never Stop Moving: Neuroscience and a Student?s Need to Move

The CoolCatTeacher

Neuroscience and a Student's Need to Move From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Have you ever wondered why kids never stop moving? Suzanne Cresswell shares the neuroscience behind student’s need for movement. This is one of the most popular posts we’ve aired on the 10 minute teacher and right now is a great time to remember what we know about movement and student academic and physical growth.

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.

With development pushed back 30 years, these innovations are critical for recovery

The Christensen Institute

As wealthy nations begin to open up their economies and lift shelter-in-place orders, the stark contrast with how COVID-19 has affected different corners of the globe becomes even more evident. Although virtually everyone on the planet has been impacted, the virus has disproportionately affected low- and middle-income countries, and threatens to plunge half a billion people into poverty.

How to Prevent the Summer Slide and Help Reduce Educational Inequality


School’s out, and it’s time for both teachers and students to relax before preparing for next year. But even over summer break, students still need educational opportunities so they can return to school strong and ready to learn more. Unfortunately, not all students have the same academic opportunities available to them during the summer.

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Google launches new Distance Learning resource for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Google has been announcing a lot of things to support educators, students and families with remote learning. The newest is a Distance Learning specific resource and course for Educators. The course goes through a variety of topics and how to utilize G Suite for Education tools in each area. Topics: Instructional Design, communications, SEL and more are all covered, with specific examples of how to implement this in your classroom. Easy to understand and apply.

Absolutely Essential SEL Skills We Need During the Pandemic

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Students, parents, and teachers have social emotional learning skills that are needed in today’s climate. Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how we can help our children (and families and schools) make it through this difficult time. Sponsor : In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and emotional learning skills to cope with the world around them.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Leading Through The Certainties Of Uncertainty

Education Elements

Every summer, I look forward to seeing the Little League World Series prominently displayed on ESPN. Over the past few years, we could see more and more of the journey teams would go through as they play their way to their final destination in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania. There is something about the freshly cut grass, the metal bleachers filled with people from all over the world.


Coronavirus Chronicles 024 – Edina Public Schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 024 is below. Thank you, Michael Walker and Sean Beaverson , for sharing how the Edina Public Schools in Minnesota are adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

Envisioning the 7 habits of highly resilient schools

The Christensen Institute

Two months into school closures, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the challenges brought on by COVID-19 are far from over. Schools and districts may continue to face uncertain circumstances over the next months or even years as the world fights the virus. And even after the pandemic is over, our school systems will inevitably face future turmoil ranging from short-term challenges (weather events) to more enduring ones (climate displacement, economic recession).

12 of the Best School and Classroom Grants and How to Apply: A Guide for Educators


School funding issues have been both brought to light and exacerbated due to the COVID-19 crisis. As schools adapt to teaching in these new circumstances, many educators are in need of resources to make their lessons accessible online. And existing issues, such as a lack of educational technology in schools with low budgets, have only become more limiting during this time.

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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.