Sat.Sep 12, 2020 - Fri.Sep 18, 2020

19 Great Websites to Inspire 5th Graders

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire 5th graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Animals. Wolfquest—simulation–DL. Civics games. FBI Games. Looking Glass—animated story. runs in your browser. Tynker. Wolfram Alpha widgets.

4 ways to prioritize cybersecurity education in schools

eSchool News

What would happen if we didn’t have the millions of cybersecurity professionals needed to fight hackers and prevent cyberattacks? Unfortunately, that’s not a hypothetical question. Data suggests that, by 2021, there will be a deficit of 3.5

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5 steps to great remote instruction

eSchool News

Remote instruction is new to a lot of teachers, but not to everyone–some of us have been doing it for years. I personally have developed curricula for 17 separate remote learning short courses.

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Empathetic Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

As almost all schools across the globe are back in session in some form or another, many have decided to begin the year remotely with the hopes that COVID-19 cases will subside in the coming months. Others have started the year with some sort of hybrid model.

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.

Top edtech tools for digital differentiation

Neo LMS

In my recent article regarding using Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms , I mentioned Todd Rose’s term, “design to the edges,” which is what educators attempt to do each day as they accommodate the variety of learners in their classrooms.

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Favorite Shortkeys for Special Needs

Ask a Tech Teacher

I forget where I got this list but it’s well-suited to special needs students. Share these with those students but push them out to all students. You never know who’ll benefit: STICKY KEYS. Sticky Keys allows keyboard shortcuts to be executed one key at a time.

A New Approach to Bring Computational Thinking to More Students

Digital Promise

How can schools address the lack of diversity in computing education and related careers? One path is to make computational thinking (CT) learning opportunities more readily available to students, especially in the early grades.

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Creativity Now with Best Selling Author Sean Thompson

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity Now with Best Selling Author Sean Thompson Sean Thompson, author of Creativity is Everything , talks about his first day back at school and how he is bringing creativity, physical and emotional wellbeing to his students.

The SEL classroom checklist

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Mika Jain. Mika is an SEL specialist and educator in Los Angeles, CA. She most recently was a program director at MindUP, where she worked as an SEL practitioner.

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).

5 (free) Shortkey Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, we’ll share five themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired. This month: Shortkeys. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

MY World 360° Joins Virtual United Nations General Assembly

Digital Promise

With the first virtual United Nations General Assembly happening this month, we are proud to announce a new release of MY World 360° projects to be screened on September 22–24 at the SDG Action Zone , a showcase of leading thinkers, actors, creators, and activists working to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Don’t Fall Out of the Boat: Lessons for Life with Vicki Davis

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter [link] Don’t Fall Out of the Boat with Vicki Davis Today’s 700th-anniversary message is a gift to teachers, educators, and parents everywhere. This show is a lifeline for those who need an anchor of purpose.

10 teacher creativity tips from the Adobe Creative Educator program

Ditch That Textbook

Teachers can be creative too! Here are some tips for classroom creativity from Adobe's free Creativity for All online course. This post is sponsored by Adobe. It was independently conceived and created by Ditch That Textbook's Matt Miller. Creativity isn't a trait that only special people are gifted.

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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.

Tech Tip #1–The Insert Key

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.

New Video Series Given to Teachers to Help with Online Learning

EdNews Daily

In today’s Freemium pay model used by EdTech companies, free only goes so far. It is either a limited version of the product, or more often, temporarily free with a wink and a nod toward collecting the conversion money later. That’s why Bob Riefstahl’s offer of free to all educators has meaning.

How to Improve the Teacher of Color Pipeline? Ask Teachers of Color

Digital Promise

Black, Indigenous, students of color make up more than 50 percent of the K-12 student population, yet the number of non-white teachers in schools is only 20 percent. How can we collaborate with and learn from teachers of color to create solutions to address this systematic shortage?

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Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some schools spent the summer engaged in magical thinking that everyone would be back in person this fall, just like before the pandemic.

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.

Creative Solutions for Continuity of Learning: Navigating the Needs of Students, Parents/Guardians, and Teachers

Education Elements

“It’s all happening!”. Penny Lane, Almost Famous. This month, those of us who love the movie Almost Famous got to feel really old as we were reminded that this lovely coming-of-age story came out 20 years ago.

Guest Post: How Augmented Reality Tackles the Challenges of Distance Learning

EdTech4Beginners

Over the past five months we have all had to learn how to balance our lives around the pandemic in order to maintain a certain level of normalcy. People need to work, children need to keep learning, and life must go on.

How To Engage in Science Talk: A Look at the Splash and Bubbles for Parents App

Digital Promise

With so many early learning media and apps available to parents and caregivers, finding ones that are educational and developmentally appropriate can be time-consuming.

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Dear Linda

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dear Linda, Fifteen years ago you let a pigtailed 2nd grader walk down the hall and take 5th grade math. We came to you as the principal of our elementary school in Minnesota and said, “She’s ready for something more.” You smiled at us, looked at the data, and said, “We’ll find a way to make it work.”

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!

Student Engagement is Critical to Distance Learning

Education Elements

Student engagement is one of the most overused terms in education. We talk about engagement in the classroom, between peers, with families, with the content, and now, virtual engagement. Engagement is certainly important if we talk about it this much, but what does it really mean?

The most important LMS analytics that teachers should know about

Neo LMS

One of the benefits of using an LMS for online teaching is that it makes teachers’ lives easier when it comes to tracking student progress and learning outcomes.

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Asynchronous Learning: The Key to Equity

EdNews Daily

By Kevin McFarland In this time of the Coronavirus pandemic and an all too sudden shift to virtual learning, equity of access has become perhaps the single largest obstacle to educating our children.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Representation

Catlin Tucker

In my last blog, I focused on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle of engagement.

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.

California State Parks Experience Goes Virtual for K-12 Students

CUE

The new “passPORTS” program aims to create blended access to California State Parks for K-12 students that provide meaningful learning experiences.

Leveraging Your LMS & Tech Tools: PBL and Blended Learning (Part 2)

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Creative Commons Image. Another school year is on its way and it is so important that we keep Project based Learning as a way to ensure authentic and deeper learning for our studennts. This will probably include bringing PBL into a combination of face to face, elearning, and a blended environment.

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Remote Learning: Keeping Learners at the Center of All We Do

EdNews Daily

By Tamara Fyke A friend of mine has two young school-age boys, kindergarten and second grade. The other week she posted a photo of her youngest slumped over the kitchen table with his head down, feeling discouraged about his online experience.