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The new role of the school CIO

eSchool News

This year’s return to school stands in stark contrast to every school year that’s come before.

Building Stronger Data Systems for the Future

Digital Promise

Over the past few months, district and charter leaders from 11 districts participating in Digital Promise’s Data Ready 2021 cohort have created actionable data interoperability implementation plans centered on a high-need use case anchored in secure data use, data management, and data integration.

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15 Ways to Make Google Classroom Better for Everyone

The CoolCatTeacher

by Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter 15 Tips to Better Use Google Classroom Today, I’m giving you another peek into my classroom, this time, to share tips for getting the most out of your Google Classroom. In this episode, you’ll hear 15 better practices when using Google Classroom, from habits to technical tools. I’ve also had this show transcribed for your reference. Sponsor – H?para

Why Game Based Learning Is the Right Choice for Remote Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

I don’t know many kids who aren’t excited to play games. Savvy educators have built lesson plans based on this interest for years.

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.

9 Things That Matter When Hiring Black Teachers

Education Elements

This year has exacerbated the national crisis of staffing in schools. Attrition was already a looming challenge, but with all of the changes in education this year alone teachers are leaving schools and the profession en masse.

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H?para: The Essential Tool for Every Google Classroom School

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I’ve seen one tool improve student engagement in Google Classroom significantly — H?para.

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Halloween Projects, Websites, Apps, Books, and a Costume

Ask a Tech Teacher

Three holidays are fast-approaching–Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you’re a teacher, that means lots of tie-ins to make school festive and relevant to students. Here are ideas for Halloween projects, lesson plans, websites, and apps: Websites and Apps.

Combatting the Challenges of the Concurrent Classroom with the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

I’ve been a fan of the station rotation model for years. As I support teachers struggling to navigate the demands of the concurrent classroom, I find myself continually returning to the station rotation model as a strategy to design and facilitate learning for this challenging teaching assignment.

Supporting Students with Special Learning Needs at Home

Digital Promise

Digital Promise and Learning Heroes have teamed up for a special blog series that explores how teachers and families can use technology to work together and facilitate learning for students of all ages.

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.

Current Research and 4 Trauma-Informed Principles to Help Students Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Eric Rossen from NASP shares From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Current Research and 4 Trauma-Informed Principles to Help Students Now with Dr Eric Rossen Students experiencing the coronavirus crisis are experiencing trauma. So are teachers and parents.

Long-needed and Welcome Table Tool From JotForm

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education has changed. No one knows yet if it’s for better or worse but we all understand that nothing’s as it once was. That means many traditional teaching tools are no longer the best choice for the new norms.

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Give and Take Ideas to Support Teachers

A Principal's Reflections

The pandemic has really put a strain on educators, yet they continue to rise to the occasion on behalf of kids. This has come at a cost both mentally, socially, and physically. Something has to give.

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4 Awesome edtech solutions for making students fall in love with reading

Neo LMS

Teachers and parents complain that students (of all ages) don’t read anymore. While there is some truth that we acquire most of our habits by imitating those around us during childhood, we should also know that our habits may change throughout our life. In other words, it’s possible to ditch bad habits and to form good ones. As it is with anything else, reading is a habit. You get into the habit of reading a little bit every day if you see that the people around you are doing this daily.

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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 I Teach About Big Data and Lesson Plan

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How I Teach About Big Data and Lesson Plan with Vicki Davis In this episode, I give you a peek into my classroom.

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Tech Tip #158: Why Learn Keyboarding

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: Why Learn Keyboarding? Category: Keyboarding.

How to Help Your Students Learn Healthy Communication Skills

Waterford

No matter what the future holds for today’s students, one life skill that’s essential for success in any chosen field—and in life—is the ability to communicate clearly, and to exchange ideas in person, online, or in writing. Why are good communication skills so important?

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Synchronous Online Discussions: Preparation, Facilitation & Wrap Up

Catlin Tucker

Discussion is a cornerstone of any learning community. Students construct and confirm meaning, in part, through dialogue with their peers.

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.

Save Time Digitizing Your Worksheets with TeacherMade

The CoolCatTeacher

The fast, free tool to help you with distance or hybrid learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter One of the biggest challenges we teachers have faced this year has been maintaining our quality of instruction in the midst of change. There are some simple answers, though. This post will share how teachers can quickly digitize handouts, check-ins, worksheets, quizzes, lab reports, and paper of all kinds that support classroom activities.

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SEO for Online Teachers and Coaches

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re an online teacher who offers professional development classes to educators, this article from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor will help you understand the basics of using SEO to reach those who need your expertise.

4 Ways Schools Can Improve Cybersecurity — Even When Budgets Are Tight

EdTech Magazine

Whether schools choose to continue remote education, use a hybrid education model or return full-time to campus, some form of virtual teaching system will figure into every school’s plan, even if only as a contingency.

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Coaching

EdTech4Beginners

In my role as Year 4 Leader, I have decided, this year, to research and undertake ‘coaching’ ‘ Teacher-centered coaching refers to a coaching strategy that is focused on teacher actions in the classroom, versus student-centered coaching, which focuses on looking closely at student-level data. ‘ – eleducation.org.

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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.

Is the US ready to bring healthcare back into the home?

The Christensen Institute

Understandably, people do not want to go to a hospital or a doctor’s office in the middle of a pandemic.

A Geek is asked, “Who are you?”

Ask a Tech Teacher

I don’t often get personal on this blog. It’s not about me–it’s about educators and their profession–but times are different this year. When you’re geeky, you don’t always think like the people around you or answer questions in the usual way.

Remote Learning Calls for More Coordinated Cybersecurity

EdTech Magazine

The new school year had barely begun for some K–12 districts before cybercriminals struck. In early September, several ransomware attacks against schools made headlines.

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Let’s Make Math Education Relevant for Real Life

Edsurge

Over a decade ago, I learned about a pioneering course at Cabrillo College in California.

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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.