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We are all dealing with high levels of stress right now. On top of normal pressures, current events are causing stress related to job and financial worries, health risks, and disruption to our normal routines.

Tech 101 for Teachers

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll post my updated suggestions for three holiday activities that will get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of teaching that starts after the New Year. Here’s what you’ll get (the links won’t be active until the post goes live ): Speed Up and Protect Your Computer.

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9 Tips for Planning Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Waterford

As an educator, it’s both normal and important to guide your students through challenging discussions in class. Your students are affected by social, political, and other topics both in and outside of school.

Tips, Tools and Resources for Awesome Student Video Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students enjoy producing their own videos. This year make a goal of motivating students to share their knowledge through a video project. In my books find lesson plans, handouts and rubrics for creating video projects.

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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.

Finding Balance in Today's Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Balance has always been a challenge for teachers. I vividly remember this during my early years as a teacher. Each night I came home exhausted. Maybe the 45-minute commute had a little to do with it, but the main culprit was how I used available time in the classroom.

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Staying Committed to Equity in 2021: It’s In the Details

Digital Promise

December invites us to step back to reflect on the events, learnings, and open questions of 2020. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and the resulting protests, sparked an overdue reckoning on race across the nation.

Digital Research and Curation with Social Bookmarking Tools

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Social bookmarking apps have leveled up research. With social bookmarking tools students can collect, categorize, curate, and tag resources. Many are free! I have listed some of my favorites for students and teachers below.

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Teachers and Burnout: What to Do When You Can’t Change the World

Education Elements

It’s December. We made it to the end of 2020 – a spectacularly stressful year, no matter who you are, what you do, or where you live. As the months ticked by, though, it became clear that the chaos of the year placed almost unbearable levels of stress on some professions, educators among them.

New Blog Directory–and it’s free!

Ask a Tech Teacher

A friend started a free blog directory that includes categories for writers and teacher-authors. I’ve added WordDreams. It’s free, just getting going. If you’re looking for another way to market your books, here’s how you sign up: [link]. Why the Blog Directory?

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.

Honoring Students’ Identities in the Classroom

Digital Promise

The education system makes changes daily on what they think is best for kids. There are constant charges for innovation and technology. The push to be the best and have the biggest impact on children’s lives. The highest test scores reflect the best teachers.

3 Tools to Amplify Your Video Conferences

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! This year video conferencing has been the way many teachers deliver instruction. This is very different than in class instruction.

Top learning myths to leave behind in 2020

Neo LMS

It seems that everyone’s looking forward to the new year and the promise that it holds. And who should blame us? It’s 2020, after all, am I right? For my part, I also think that we should leave other things behind in 2020: learning myths! You know: We use only 10% of our brains.

Have Santa Call Your Kids!

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa.

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 Virtual Education Supports Seamless Learning Opportunities

EdTech Magazine

When Tropical Storm Zeta rolled through Georgia in October 2020, many residents woke to power outages, downed trees and other signs of storm damage.

Express Yourself! Emoji Resources for Math, Science, English and SEL

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Our learners are communicating on digital devices more than ever. Emojis allow students to express themselves, share their personalities, and add emotion to their messages. Emojis also represent an international language.

How to grow your confidence with using edtech these days

Neo LMS

When people think about classroom diversity, they often do so with regards to students: how each student has a unique background, how diverse their interests are, or how their learning needs differ from one to another.

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2020 Holiday Gifts for Teachers

Ask a Tech Teacher

I was going to update this list from last year but when I checked around, my fellow teachers had the same holiday wishes, just tweaked for current circumstances: Holiday gifts for teachers are a challenge.

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.

It’s not all bad: What we learned about healthcare in 2020

The Christensen Institute

The year is almost over, and what a whirlwind of a year it was. This time last year, no one expected 2020 to be filled with toilet paper shortages or family gatherings via Zoom. Yet here we are, nine months later, adjusting to a new world and hoping the vaccinations will be distributed soon.

Reach Out and Uplift Students with Check-Ins!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! A student check-in in a physical classroom takes place daily usually before the student walks in the door or at the beginning of the period. Students share a greeting and how they are feeling through a handshake, high five, or other method.

Building Community Through A Virtual Road Race

Education Elements

This Fall, Education Elements hosted our first ever virtual Distance Learning Road Race. The rationale was simple - we wanted to create a space to promote mental and physical wellness, model best practices for virtual community building, and give back to our partners and community.

A Final Frontier of the Digital Divide: Getting Wi-Fi to the Most Remote Areas

EdTech Magazine

When leaders of Ector County Independent School District learned in March that 39 percent of their students lacked reliable broadband access at home, they went to work on finding a solution. It was crucial that students be able to connect to remote instruction.

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.

Informal economies leave workers vulnerable; new markets help businesses make the leap

The Christensen Institute

2020 has been a tough year for most people, but the world’s two billion informal workers and their families have been hardest hit. Informal economies exist everywhere, but an estimated 93% of the world’s informal workers live in emerging economies.

Ideas and Resources for Outdoor Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students spend so much time with their digital devices and indoors. When possible we should provide them opportunities to learn outdoors and play.

Like No Other School Year

Dangerously Irrelevant

As you may remember, I conducted 43 interviews for my Coronavirus Chronicles series in Spring and Summer 2020. I was interested in learning how schools were responding during the first months of the pandemic.

Now Is the Time to Redefine Learning — Not Recreate Traditional School Online

Edsurge

It’s a common refrain among the change-resistant: “We’ve always done it this way.” But in a difficult year, where charting the unknown has become a daily occurrence, it’s a tough argument for a school to make.

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.