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5 Ways to Help Kids Improve At Math

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We can help children improve their math skills. Dr. Carrie Cutler is the author of “ Math-Positive Mindsets: Growing a Child’s Mind without Losing Yours. ” She shares tips to help parents and teachers help children improve at math. Additionally, she shares some things that hinder math learning and things we shouldn’t be saying to kids. Let’s help all children learn math!

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42 Distance Learning and Inspiring Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Over the past months, many educators have been sharing resources, best practices, and more about distance learning. I’ve compiled many of the items from this blog, the podcast, and other places to share the hottest items in case you missed them.

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How We Began Online Learning Successfully

The CoolCatTeacher

Reflections from the trenches From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we began distance learning, I started writing and reflecting. I wrote this piece back in March as this began and in the hustle and bustle, I didn’t publish it. I just forgot it was there. However, as I read this, I am inspired and coming full circle that we have more work to do and I also think this reflection is part of the journey and is worth sharing.

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Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series - Step 0

Education Elements

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by the police, demonstrations have taken place across all 50 states and several US Territories , including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Floyd and Taylor's names are added to the painfully long and growing list of BIPOC who have paid the highest price for America's inaction on police brutality. Teachers Equity Classrooms

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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.

8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online

Catlin Tucker

I’ve spent the last four months working with teachers all over the country (virtually, of course) as they navigate the uncharted waters of online and blended learning. The majority of teachers I have spoken with did not enjoy their initial experiences with distance learning. A big issue for many teachers was a general lack of student engagement online.

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Learn How to Teach Online with This Free Course

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Do you need help in learning how to teach online? Here’s a free 3-hour course, Launching Online Learning , to get you started. Advancement Courses is a sponsor of my blog and podcast. They also shared in the 10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices. The webinar is available on-demand here.)

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Tech Ed Resources–Mentoring and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

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As the word focuses on the pandemic, one organization is focused on the weather

The Christensen Institute

For millions of people living in East Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia, the coronavirus pandemic may not be the most severe setback of 2020. Instead, it’s locusts. Since the beginning of the year more than 450 billion of the grasshoppers have ravaged homes and devastated crops in these regions. In fact, the situation is so dire that up to 10% of the world’s population is under threat of hunger and more than $8.5B in direct damages is expected by the end of the year.

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How Parent Empowerment Can Change Your Classroom for the Better

Waterford

Did you know that when parents play an active role of their child’s education, academic achievement improves, students are more likely to feel confident and self-motivated, and chronic absenteeism drops? By empowering parents and giving them a voice, you can partner with them to help every student in your class reach their potential. Read on to find out what parent empowerment is and how it ties into family engagement.

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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.

Exploring new ideas and skills in the summer

Neo LMS

We have definitely experienced a challenging couple of months in the world and in our roles as educators. The summer break is the time to focus on taking time to reflect, relax, and recharge. It is also the time for us to engage in learning experiences for ourselves as well as provide some options for our students. Finding new ideas and activities, that will not only push us to learn but can help us all with focusing more on self-care, mental health and wellness, is important.

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Tech Tip #21 How to Make a Small Window Big

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: How to Make a Small Window Big. Category: Internet. Sub-category: Problem-solving. Q: When I open the internet (or a document), the window barely fills half the screen.

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Lessons on Return Planning: From District Leaders for District Leaders

Education Elements

A bank teller, Jeff Bezos, and a Starbucks barista walk into a.school district reopening planning session. No, really. These may seem like disconnected personas, but in their book, Primed to Perform, authors Neel Doshi and Lindsey McGregor use all three real-life stories to explain how organizations should prepare their employees in planning a response to uncommon and changing situations.

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10 Young People Who Changed the World to Add to Your Class Curriculum

Waterford

When we think about modern-day heroes to teach in class, it’s often people who made a difference when they were well into their adult years. But young people can—and often do—make a serious impact on the world. Teaching your students about young heroes can remind them that they have the power to change the world, too, even one person or community at a time. We’ve put together a list of 10 modern-day heroes who have made a difference in their communities from a young age.

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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 to give feedback to students in the online learning environment

Neo LMS

The educational process has suffered major changes in the past few months due to the pandemic that has spread around the globe. For many educators and students, this has been a bumpy road. But teachers are resourceful, students are resilient, and education can’t just stop. No matter how things will look like this fall, online instruction and learning will most probably be a significant part of education from now on.

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What You Might Have Missed in June

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of June: Internet Safety Month–Rules to Live By. Tech Tip #93 Shortkey for Find. Looking for Summer Activities? Try These. In Love with Space? Here are Great Websites to Take You There. Tech Ed Resources–K-8 Keyboard Curriculum. Tech Tip #95 Open a Program Maximized. Tech Tip #111 Quick Browser Fix. 5 (free) Keyboarding Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed. Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Digital Citizenship Curriculum.

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Reimagining Learning for All Students through Universal Design

Education Elements

“There has to be a better way!” I remember a character on a movie or TV show I watched as a youngster constantly repeating this phrase and it’s been ingrained in my mind ever since. There’s a chance I’m making this up and such a character with this common refrain does not in fact exist, but go with me for a second. Searching for a better way to do things has fueled my work and my passion for design — not “capital D design” but design in a more general sense.

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Now is the moment to lean into student agency

The Christensen Institute

With summer and fall planning top of mind for educators across the country, one stubborn challenge is students’ online attendance and engagement—or, precisely, the lack of it. In many schools and districts, half or less of their students participate in remote learning. Many students are unable to participate virtually due to resource constraints. For those who can, it’s become abundantly clear that grades alone are insufficient to motivate learning.

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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.

Actions for White Education Co-Conspirators

Digital Promise

“The Underground Railroad is considered by many to be the first great freedom movement in the Americas and the first time that people of different races and faiths worked together in harmony for freedom and justice.” . Dr. Bryan Walls, Freedom Marker Essays. Click to enlarge and download the “Actions for White Education Co-Conspirators” infographic.

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Happy July 4th (and Happy Canada Day)

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s America’s birthday and I’m celebrating. My Army Sergeant son is in Japan–Okinawa. My Navy LT CDR daughter’s in the DC area. I thank both of them and all those soldiers who fought for America’s uncertain future so long ago. God be with all of us. I want to include all my efriends from Canada in the celebrations though I’m a few days late for Canada Day: July 1 is Canada Day.

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What Does Onboarding Look Like in our New Normal?

Education Elements

What makes people stay at their jobs? What makes people leave? At a time when 20% of teachers say they’re leaving next year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to hold on to as many great teachers as we can. Onboarding is an effective way to increase retention of new employees and enhance their productivity in the first year. However, Gallup found that only 12% of employees strongly agree that their organization does a great job of onboarding new employees.

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Three critical considerations for teachers to adopt technology

The Christensen Institute

As many educators across the country struggled to adopt technology tools in the rush to remote learning over the last several months of the school year, teachers are reporting that their ability to effectively use technology has improved markedly. Whether this will usher in greater use of technology, not for its own sake, but to help create more active, tailored learning experiences that engage learners remains an open question.

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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.

CUE Welcomes New Director of Academic Innovation

CUE

CUE is pleased to announce the appointment of Director of Academic Innovation, Joe Marquez. Joe will officially assume the role of Director of Academic Innovation for the EdTech organization on July 13th. Marquez, who has worked as a science teacher, instructional technology coach, and most recently as a K-12 Education Strategist for CDW-G, brings educational […]. The post CUE Welcomes New Director of Academic Innovation appeared first on CUE, Inc.

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Enhancing Curriculum through Google Earth

EdTechTeacher

Google Earth was originally released 19 years ago. It is a powerful tool that allows users to navigate the globe using satellite images. Originally a free desktop application, Google Earth is now even more accessible with a web-based version (currently available on Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge). Google Earth is a great tool for students and teachers to use in classrooms at all levels. Why might educators use Google Earth in the classroom?

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Being You in the “New” Workplace

Education Elements

I'll be honest here--after my college years, any chance of me being a dedicated night owl pretty much flew out the window. Late-night five-page papers in Courier New font were only temporary. Now, when I stay up late, it is usually a result of an itch I need to scratch. I have a piece of writing or a level of flat out curiosity about the work I do. Surprisingly, nights like those come way more often, and each one leaves an intriguing morsel lingering on my brain. Teams & Culture Remote Work

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How COVID revealed the general hospital’s fatal flaw

The Christensen Institute

The pandemic highlights a point Clayton Christensen made over ten years ago: the predominant business model of general hospitals is not sustainable. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, many hospitals have been losing money. The American Hospital Association estimated in May that hospitals in the aggregate are losing up to $50 billion per month. Healthcare workers are facing furloughs and are being laid off, and rural hospitals , already in a precarious position, are being forced to close. .

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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.