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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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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.

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6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

6 Strategies for Using Actionable Data to Impact Student Success

Educators need effective tools to drive student success. The trend to use actionable, comprehensive data—like attendance, assessments, grades, and more—is an effective way to give teachers the visibility they need to make a difference. Videri gives teachers and administrators access to comprehensive, integrated data so they can easily filter, drill down, and analyze data—to get the information that they really need, when they need it, and improve student outcomes. Download the eBook today!

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).

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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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.

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.

White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

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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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.

As KIPP changes its slogan, focus on the importance of connections

The Christensen Institute

In the wake of famed charter school network KIPP’s decision to retire its “Work hard. Be nice.”

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.

2021 Trends in Online Student Demographics

BestColleges.com’s second annual report on online student demographics explores the characteristics of today’s online students and their insights on college decision-making and the online learning experience amid the challenges of COVID-19.

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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The HyperDocs Toolbox: 20 engaging example activities

Ditch That Textbook

HyperDocs provides an engaging, student-centered framework for classroom lessons. Looking for ideas to fill those HyperDocs up? Check out these example activities.When it’s student-paced, no one gets left in the dust and no one gets bored waiting for the class to move on.If

In the face of COVID-19, anti-vaping campaigns are more important than ever

The Christensen Institute

With schools reopening across the country, many are worried about spikes in COVID-19 cases. Virus outbreaks in schools are causing public school districts to shut down and leading families to quarantine.

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?

Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

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.”

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.

In some ways, kids are better off with distance learning

The Christensen Institute

Practically overnight, the coronavirus pandemic turned at-home learning from a fringe practice into a global phenomenon.

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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3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.