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Resources You Need During Covid-19

Ask a Tech Teacher

My inbox–probably yours, too–is flooded with suggestions, how-tos, and don’t-do’s, on teaching online as a strategy for dealing with Covid-19. Though I’m not happy about the reason, I’m thrilled at the interest in online classes. I’m an adjunct professor – online only–for a variety of major universities (CSU for one). I’ve taught many years in both environments and love online teaching because it is flexible, diversified, self-directed, and self-paced.

America was once an emerging market

The Christensen Institute

Imagine a country where the vast majority of the population lives in rural areas, more than half go hungry, just 10% have attended high school, and the average lifespan is 45 years. Countries such as Malawi and Somalia may come to mind, but that country is the United States of America, in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. Less than two centuries later, the US is virtually unrecognizable. How did the United States climb out of poverty and become the world’s wealthiest nation?

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7 strategies to help you navigate a district tech upgrade

eSchool News

Several school district officials have told us they want to embrace our philosophy of empowering students and teachers through technology innovation, but lack the right infrastructure to support this vision. After our district completed a three-year, district-wide technology refresh cycle, we wanted to share our top takeaways to help our peers get more educational benefits from your network infrastructure. Lesson #1: Organizational structure matters.

How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries


Libraries are temporarily closing their doors due to coronavirus—like so many other institutions in the wake of a growing pandemic. Here is a frequently updated list of closures and other news.) And like schools and colleges, they are trying to move operations online as much as they can. But what does it mean for librarians to serve patrons without a library ?

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.

Best Practices For Digital Learning & Virtual Meetings

Education Elements

Many school districts are closing to keep their communities safe from COVID-19. While we believe safety is the priority, we know that loss of classroom time could further achievement gaps due to paused learning. Since we are an education organization of primarily remote workers, we have a few tips we think you can utilize to maximize your time for those meetings or courses that cannot afford to be paused. Virtual Education Crisis Management

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Cisco Is Helping Connect Students and Teachers for Remote Learning

MIND Research Institute

As many districts and families are dealing with school closures, the need for remote learning resources is at an all-time high. MIND has made our ST Math program free to access for parents and schools , and our partner Cisco has put together resources for remote teaching, learning and communication so that everyone can stay connected while learning remotely. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins recently issued a letter of support that outlined the efforts Cisco is taking in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Before This Virus (On NYC Schools and COVID-19)

The Jose Vilson

It had to come to this. In November of 2016, people kept saying that we’ll make it through this administration, as we had in the past. A critical analysis of history reveals that, to the contrary, some won’t. Indeed, some haven’t.

Teaching and Learning in a Project-Based World – #6 Evaluating Project-Based Learning


What facilitates the implementation of PBL, and how can we evaluate the progress our students have made? Modern digital technology, group processes of high quality, teachers’ ability to effectively scaffold students’ learning and provide guidance and support, the balance between didactic instruction with in-depth inquiry methods and well-aligned assessment have been identified in the literature as facilitating factors in the implementation of PBL” (Kokotsaki, Menzies, & Wiggins, 2016).

Remote Learning Tips for Educators


Believe it or not, strong remote student management practices can actually help your students learn even more effectively than they do in a physical classroom. But it’s important to make sure you have the right tools. Brainscape would like to highlight certain free features of our own web & mobile study app that may be helpful in furthering your students’ learning progress: 1. Making flashcards for students.

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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.

Google Classroom Bootcamp Duo Demo: Student and Teacher Views

The CoolCatTeacher

Alice Keeler and Vicki Davis demo both sides of Google Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As so many of us schools are having to move quickly to Google Classroom, Alice Keeler sat down with me recently to do what we’re calling a “duo demo.”

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15 St. Patrick’s Day Resources For Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun websites: Color the shamrock. Color the Pot-o-gold. Color the leprechaun. Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle. Puzzles and games. Patrick’s Day history–video. Pat’s Day songs–video. Tic tac toe. Webquest for St. Patrick’s Day I. Webquest II. Wordsearch. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Increasing Student Participation During Zoom Synchronous Teaching Meetings

User Generated Education

Due to Coronavirus, many schools are moving online, and teaching through Zoom meetings. If it is only being used to present content to students, then why not just record videos and have students watch them on their own? The value of Zoom meetings is that the educator can create synchronous interactive conversations and activities. My goal is to have all my students actively engaged throughout the meeting. Below are some the activities I have used during my.

Best Practices for Positive and Productive Remote Work for Educators

Education Elements

Schools across the country have closed their doors to protect students, employees, and communities from the spread of COVID-19. While schools may be closed, district and school leaders, teachers and students are doing their best to maintain momentum and learning. This means many people across the country are suddenly remote workers. Crisis Management

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Special Education (SPED) and Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post , I shared some ideas as well as strategies that districts could embrace to establish a realistic remote learning plan taking into consideration both digital and non-digital pathways. One aspect I did not address that keeps coming up here in the United States is how to address special education students as per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Like everything else, thanks to COVID-19, this is uncharted territory as well.

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

As always, education is changing. There are so many new ways to differentiate for varied learners, back-fill for some while enriching others without slowing anyone down. Being a teacher and a learner today is awe-inspiring. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Wally Clipper, has a great run-down on 8 trends you’ll want to watch in 2020: 8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020.

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My Educational Learning Plan for the Coronavirus-Induced Hiatus

User Generated Education

I, like many of you, have gone into a somewhat involuntary social distancing and isolation (mostly) due to my school and health club closures and recommendation to stay away from crowds. It’s just my cats and I (gives new meaning to home alone). Having a plan to engage my mind and body is of utmost importance. I am sharing my plan of activities, which are almost all free, as it may give other educators some ideas. If you have additional ideas, please share them in the comments.

3 tips for a better student online learning experience

The Christensen Institute

As of late Sunday, March 15th, at least 32.5 million public school students attending at least 64,000 schools have seen their education interrupted; and more than 200 colleges and universities are canceling or postponing in-person classes and activities as COVID-19 enters pandemic territory. The best option to try and continue student learning, it seems , is to move everything online.

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.

Navigating Your Journey to Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The COVID-19 pandemic has jolted the world in ways that many of us have never seen or could have predicted. Social distancing has quickly become the thing to do and will soon be the cultural norm. Gone are handshakes and fist bumps replaced by conversations at a distance of six feet or more or through tools like FaceTime. The world has moved from business as usual to business as unusual. In some cases, life, as we have become accustomed to, has come to a screaming halt.

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How to Eteach in a Covid-19 Pandemic

Ask a Tech Teacher

If your teaching has been moved online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, learn which webtools make online learning exciting for kids and easy for you in this class–starts March 23rd! MTI 562: The Tech-infused Teacher. MTI 562 starts Monday, March 23, 2020 . Click to sign up. The 21st century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment.

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Using Educational Video for Students in the Classroom


A picture is worth a thousand words. If the image is also dynamic, how many words would it equal? That would be the equation that we would have to solve in the 21st century. We have to be aware that in certain processes, the effect of learning multiplies thanks to the visualization of a video exponentially.

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COVID-19 response: setting district teams up for success

The Christensen Institute

For advocates of K–12 online learning, the massive move to virtual schooling precipitated by COVID-19 might seem like a boon. But candidly, I’m more concerned than enthusiastic. High-quality virtual learning takes more than just going online. It requires different skills and strategies than those relevant to brick-and-mortar classrooms, and that expertise doesn’t develop in educators overnight.

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.

Coronavirus Chronicles 001 – Greene County Public Schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

I thought it would be good to check in with schools and 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 001 is below. Thank you, Dr. Andrea Whitmarsh, for sharing how the Greene County Public Schools in Virginia are mobilizing during these early days! If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, get in touch !

Addressing Virtual Learning Equity Issues As Schools Close Due to COVID-19

Education Elements

I’ve written several blog posts and admittedly, this has been one of the harder ones. On the one hand, it’s important to share strategies at a time like this. On the other hand, I haven’t found a ton of equity strategies to share. I struggled with this dilemma and even considered shelving the post entirely. However, that struggle led to (1) a recognition that this conversation is just as critical as ever to have and (2) some important understandings, including: Crisis Management

Combating Social Isolation When Learning Remotely

Catlin Tucker

As teachers move classes online and utilize online tools and resources to engage students in remote learning, it’s essential to add social elements to our online courses. This has a couple of powerful benefits. First, students who feel they are part of a learning community online are less likely to feel alone during this time of social isolation.

When there’s no plan for that: moving school online in a hurry

The Christensen Institute

As schools grapple with sudden closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the phrase “building the plane as we fly it” is front of mind for educators scrambling to shift to virtual instruction. The phrase resonates because it suggests the difference between conventional approaches to planning, and planning in dynamic or unknown circumstances.

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.