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9 Great Websites to Inspire Kindergartners

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Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire kindergarten-age children whether they’re in your classroom or at home: ‘I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu. Counting Money –a collection of visual money websites for kindergartners.

Successful Distance Learning for Young Kids

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You may be worried that the youngest kids can’t learn at a distance, but Dr. Nancy Frey, co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook comes along side us to help us understand how it can be done. From successful online meetings to screentime and essential things to include, Nancy encourages us to do what seems impossible. She also gives us some mistakes to avoid.

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How Public Libraries Can Support Students Amid Distance Learning


The recent, large-scale shift from in-class to distance learning models – and other transformations in the way schools operate and in how students access information – are providing new opportunities for libraries to help improve student learning outcomes. We discuss some of these opportunities here, with an emphasis on how libraries can help with distance learning. Digital Equity Digital Divide WiFi for Students Libraries distance learning

Video Conferencing: Establishing Routines and Structuring Online Time with Students

Catlin Tucker

I had the pleasure of chatting with Linwood Paul, an executive coach, for an episode of my podcast, The Balance. In the final moments of our conversation, I asked him what advice he had for achieving a work-life balance at this moment when many of us are both living and working in our homes. The first thing he said was “routines rule all.”

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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.

Distance learning in K-2: 10 ways to make it work

Ditch That Textbook

Our kindergarten through second grade students (and teachers!) need special assistance during distance learning. Here are 10 ways to make it work. This post is written by Ben Cogswell, Eric Garcia and Michael Hughes. Ben currently teaches kindergarten in Salinas, California. Eric is a 5th Grade STEAM Science/PE Teacher in McFarland, CA. Micheal is currently […]. The post Distance learning in K-2: 10 ways to make it work appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Ed Tech eLearning

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What's Left, What's Lost, and What's Possible

Education Elements

Leading While Grieving In The Wake of COVID-19. In the Fall of 2019, I lost my husband.


COVID-19 and the Value of Edtech Coaches

Digital Promise

A 2018 PwC survey reported that many U.S. educators do not have enough experience, resources, or training to use technology in the most effective ways, with teachers at low-income schools particularly ill-prepared. As the coronavirus pandemic challenges schools around the world to keep students engaged in remote learning and to use technology in new ways, many have turned to instructional technology coaches (also referred to as edtech coaches) for support.

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5 (free) Tech Ed Safety Posters

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Every month, we’ll share five posters you can post on your website (with attribution), on your (virtual) walls, or simply be inspired by. This month: Safety and Security. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With the pandemic not letting down in many places, schools are beginning to focus less on re-entry and more on starting the year with remote learning. Even in countries where COVID19 is under control, there is still a certain level of nervousness and anxiety that a second wave could perpetuate a shift to either a hybrid model or remote instruction.

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.

Distance Learning Requires a Student-Centered Approach

Education Elements

Regardless of where students are physically learning this school year, educators must orient their instruction towards distance learning. An orientation towards distance learning allows for continuity of meaningful learning experiences despite changing circumstances or disruptions to the school calendar, whether it be an isolated power outage or a global pandemic. It is important to note that highly-effective distance learning doesn’t just happen with the flip of a switch.

Revisiting blended learning principles, with school plans in limbo

The Christensen Institute

Some school buildings may be open again, but things won’t be back to normal. In all likelihood, students will have to come to campuses part-time in shifts, which creates a whole host of challenges for schools as they strive to offer comprehensive educational opportunities. Designing a new choreography for schooling may seem like a huge undertaking, but it’s not a new one.

Tech Tip #106–11 Great Typing Timesavers on iPads

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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: 11 Great Typing Timesavers on iPads. Category: iPads. Q: Typing on the iPad keyboard is slow. How do I speed that up without buying (and installing) a separate QWERTY keyboard?

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From normal to better: Using what we’ve learned to improve education


Since the beginning of the school shutdowns, there have been debates about the effectiveness of online learning. Many education experts have offered ideas on how to improve what was, in essence, an emergency service for which the majority of teachers were not prepared.

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.

Edtech Companies Need to Engage Families Now

Digital Promise

As another school year begins, many families are now tasked with educating their children at home, changing the way we think about and prioritize learning. How can edtech shift from a focus on district administrators and classroom educators to better understand families’ needs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Google Classroom Quick-Start Guide + resources, tips and tricks!

Ditch That Textbook

Google Classroom was created to focus less time on tech and more time on teaching. And it certainly has lived up to its billing. Classroom has streamlined the classroom workflow and makes communication easier between teaches and students. At its core, Google Classroom does a few things and does them really wellIt creates a central home […]. The post The Google Classroom Quick-Start Guide + resources, tips and tricks! appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Subscriber Special: August

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. August. Check out our store on Amazon Ignite. They are having a great sale there. Honestly, I’m not sure when it starts or stops–they aren’t always clear about that–but it’ll be there. And it is Amazon! xx. **. If you aren’t a subscriber to our newsletter, sign up here. Then get your monthly freebies! Questions? Email

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion + Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Learning is most powerful when students feel valued, honored, and empowered. The teachers who leave the greatest lasting impact on their students are the ones who see them for who they are, often before the students even see this themselves. These teachers uplift their students by developing their interests, celebrating their uniqueness, and challenging their assumptions about the world and themselves. Equity Classrooms

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.

Looking Ahead to the 2020-2021 School Year

Digital Promise

A new school year is about to begin for millions of students across the United States, and schools are in uncharted territory as they navigate local, state, and federal recommendations and mandates (or lack thereof) for the health and safety of students and staff. Options range from continuing home learning programs full-time, to fully reopening classrooms with or without additional public or outdoor spaces and staggered schedules, to hybrid approaches. Most agree there are no failsafe options.

Reimagining Education: A Call for Action

User Generated Education

Many of us have been discussing educational reform for decades. Given the unprecedented time of COVID19 and its effect on education, it is a perfect time to revisit and reimagine the purpose, operations, and skills related to a powerful education.

8 Back to School Prep Tips for Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic


For teachers, the first day of school always involves plenty of planning. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic makes school planning difficult at best and often full of uncertainties. We’ve put together 8 ideas for your back to school checklist to make the transition back to class as smooth as possible. Whether you will continue distance learning, return to school in person, or a combination of the two, these tips can help you and your students feel safe and supported.

Shorts season: An introduction to the NEW Flipgrid camera

Ditch That Textbook

The Flipgrid Shorts Camera is packed with possibilities. Check out some of the new features and get started creating! This post is written by Mike Mohammad, a secondary science teacher in Brookfield, Wisconsin. You can follow him on Twitter @mo_physics and check out his blog In August of 2019, Flipgrid added some amazing new […]. The post Shorts season: An introduction to the NEW Flipgrid camera appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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.

Families in Search of Edtech Tools: Start Here

Digital Promise

As another school year begins, many families are now tasked with educating their children at home, changing the way we think about and prioritize learning. Remote learning is no longer a remote possibility: The number of edtech tools accessed is nearly 90 percent higher since school closures due to the onset of COVID-19, according to a recently published analysis by LearnPlatform. Families need guidance as they continue to be expected to use and learn these tools.

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The promise of campus connections: A liability or an impetus for innovation?

The Christensen Institute

With on-campus activities curtailed or canceled, is college worth the price? That question is not only up for debate on social media or in newsrooms—it’s actually gone to court. On the heels of a spring semester suddenly thrust online, students around the country have joined a host of class action lawsuits demanding tuition refunds and discounts. More are likely to follow this fall.

Burnout Is Coming to Campus. Are College Leaders Ready?


In May, after weeks of juggling child care and full-time work while in quarantine, I hit a physical and emotional wall. I was tired—tired in a way a nap couldn’t fix (though I would have gladly accepted one if you had offered it).

Top Sites and Apps for Math During Remote Learning


Sites and apps for math education to help supplement online learning

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.