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How to teach critical thinking skills online

eSchool News

This story on how teaching critical thinking skills online during the COVID pandemic, originally published on April 29, was eSN’s No. 8 most popular story of 2020. Check back each day for the next story in our countdown.

Two Great Digital Libraries for Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In today's post we are sharing with two of our favourite digital libraries for kids. These are platforms where kids can access tons of books for all reading levels. Collections include picture books,read more

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Four Key Lessons on Addressing Equity in Schools

Insight Education Group

It’s almost impossible these days to read an education article, watch the news, look at social media, or even have a conversation with a friend or colleague that doesn’t somehow touch on racial equity.

Virtual Student Jobs, Roles, and Duties

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students love being trusted with responsibility. They want to help. When students help you allow their peers to celebrate them and learn from them. During remote and distance learning student helpers can really help you manage a lot more.

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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.

Happy Holiday!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ll be taking a few weeks off–until after the New Year–to edit/format my website, work on projects with a deadline, prioritize life, and wish my two adult military children could come home to visit.

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The Why, How, and What of Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

The events of the last nine months have launched the phrase “blended learning” into the mainstream.

I’ve Got an Idea?? Digital Brainstorming Tools for Students!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! My students love doing any learning when they get to brainstorm on their desks with a dry erase marker.

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Challenges Create Opportunities

A Principal's Reflections

" Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. " - Joshua J. Marine I love working with educators.

How Responsiveness Led Us Through 2020 - and the Past Decade

Education Elements

2020. I became a mom this year. My daughter Emily Ruth was born on April 1, 2020. My husband and I knew immediately that she was going to be a mix of wicked and wise, given the birthday she chose: April Fools Day - so perfect for 2020.

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.

Protecting Students from Cyberbullying in the Virtual Classroom

EdTech Magazine

With kids spending more time online than ever, many teachers are witnessing an increase in cyberbullying among their students in online classrooms. In a recent report, L1ght analyzed communication on millions of websites, discussion boards and gaming platforms.

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2020 roundup: What we learned from #InnovatorsCreatingProsperity

The Christensen Institute

Looking back, many will remember 2020 as the year of the pandemic. Although this past year has undoubtedly been a crucible moment for governments, healthcare organizations, educators, frontline workers, and virtually every person on the planet, it’s also been defined by immense innovation.

What every teacher should know about the hexagonal approach to learning

Neo LMS

In a quest to find innovative ways to stimulate learning, teachers often try to reinterpret patented theories. One of these reinterpretations is the hexagonal approach to learning.

How to Teach Divergent Thinking Skills in the Classroom

Waterford

To solve a problem they are struggling with, some students need only to “think outside the box.” This tactic is called divergent thinking, and it gets students to come up with several answers to a question and decide which is the best, most useful one.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

How K–12 Schools Are Expanding Tech Support Along with Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

Since the shift to remote and hybrid learning, many parents have found themselves playing the role of tech support — a job they aren’t always prepared for. At the same time, school help desk teams are already stretched thin trying to support student and teacher IT needs during distance learning.

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Find the Right Tool to Inspire Your Learners

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! The good news is there are thousands of digital tools and apps (many free) to support teachers, students and families. The bad news is there are thousands of digital tools.

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Forgetting is a Feature, Not a Bug: How the Brain ‘Grasps’ New Concepts

Edsurge

The way teaching is typically done just doesn’t match how the brain actually learns. Our approach to teaching is based on the assumption that the teacher has a pen and the student's brain is a sheet of paper.

5 Mental Health Tips for Educators During the Pandemic

techlearning

As the pandemic continues, educators and school leaders need to proactively focus on nurturing positive mental health strategies

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.

How to Create a Winning Esports Program During a Pandemic

EdTech Magazine

You can’t look back on the 2020 school year without recognizing the massive — and transformative — impact of COVID-19. Across the country, school districts embraced remote learning environments and introduced metamorphic changes to the K–12 curriculum.

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Tons of Engaging Lesson Templates for Incredible Student Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! If you are a teacher who uses Google Classroom then you know how easy it is to assign a template of a Slide, Spreadsheet, Doc or Drawing for students to complete. Even if you don’t use Google Classroom.

Now Is Not the Time for Education to Stand Still. It’s Time to Reimagine and Revolutionize.

Edsurge

A once in a lifetime pandemic. A once in a lifetime opportunity. Teaching in the year 2020 reminds me of a quote from “Inherit the Wind:” “Perhaps it is you who has moved away by standing still.”

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Teachers, cafeteria workers and school bus drivers should be next in line for the Covid vaccine

The Hechinger Report

Technicians measure doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 in Arlington, Virginia. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images.

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.

Gauging the Reality of Emerging Tech in Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

As virtual reality becomes more prevalent in K–12 educational spaces, developers continue to create content that enables students to partake in a host of realistic and fantastical simulations.

3 ways to foster a positive social environment online

eSchool News

This year is unlike any other. 2020 is truly unprecedented in how countless aspects of our lives have completely changed. For many students across the country, this means trying online schooling for the first time. The same rings true for the teachers who are leading them.

Distanced Play. No Hugs. How Everyday Child Care Routines Are Changing.

Edsurge

“Circle time” conjures an image of children sitting close together, cross-legged, on a brightly colored rug as a teacher guides them through the day’s routines and lessons.

OPINION: New York City’s new middle school admissions will test white parents

The Hechinger Report

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.