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Virtual Meet the Teacher Templates, Resources, and Ideas!

Teacher Reboot Camp

This week is Meet the Teacher. I created a slideshow to guide the virtual meet-up with parents and students. I was really touched when my toddler looked at the slideshow and said, “I want to be in that classroom.” ” That’s exactly what I was going for! Feel free to make a copy of the template and edit as you like. This template was created with ideas and resources shared in an awesome Facebook group I joined, Bitmoji Craze for Educators.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Below are ten strategies I hope will help elementary teachers to engage their young learners online. #1 1 Create Virtual Word Wall with a Bitmoji Classroom or Padlet. Teachers can virtually replicate the classic word wall in their Bitmoji classrooms.

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5 Keys for Successful Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

There is a lot to consider as schools either begin the school year or reassess where they currently are based upon the current COVID19 situation. Here in the United States, many school districts are adopting a hybrid model when they open in the fall, while others have made the decision to start remotely. With the latter, it is imperative that any challenges and mishaps from the spring are addressed now to ensure better implementation at scale.

JotForm Reports–A Fresh Way to Energize Remote Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

The teachers taking my online classes this summer tell me they’re having difficulty with remote teaching. Problems include administering and grading assessments, taking attendance, finding backchannel tools that enable them to stay in touch with students, and keeping viewers engaged during video presentations. Sure, they have tools that can do each of these but they either aren’t robust enough or only do part of the job or don’t excite students enough to participate.

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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.

Teaching students how to manage digital distractions

Neo LMS

When I was a teenager, I had a dumb phone that I mostly used for emergencies. By the time I got to work with teenagers, they had sophisticated devices through which they could even fact check me during classes. That’s not to say that my education was better than theirs, or that my generation was less distracted. It was just different. Nowadays, as it was back then, distraction remains the top enemy of classroom learning.

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2 Exercises to Cope with Uncertainty and Clarify Your Vision for This School Year

Education Elements

“To admit uncertainty is to admit to weakness, to powerlessness, and to believe in yourself despite both. It is a frailty, but in this frailty there is a strength: the conviction to live in your own mind, and not in someone else's.”. Tara Westover, Educated. How do you set a vision when the only certainty is uncertainty? How can you lead a staff team or a cohort of students without knowing where you are headed?

5 Ideas for Teaching Students the Most Important Skill They’ll Need

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every teacher I know understands it’s not the 3R’s or science or even history that provides fundamental skills for thriving in life. If you doubt that, read the quote below from a Harvard professor about the half-life of learned skills. No, it’s something more basic, more intuitive, and happens to be the holy grail of teacher goals for students. . Learn how to learn.

7 Tips on how to adapt teacher-student rapport while teaching online

Neo LMS

Teachers have always been focused on building rapport with students. They want to develop a harmonious relationship with all students in the classroom so that students should feel comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas without any fear or shame. The classroom opens tons of opportunities for rapport building activities. Teachers can encourage discussions and hands-on team projects.

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Dear school leaders and policymakers: It didn’t have to be this way

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dear school leaders and policymakers, . It didn’t have to be this way. You had all summer to watch the rising number of coronavirus cases all across the country. You had all summer to educate yourself about the science. You had all summer to read credible news sources and see the viral outbreaks that occurred everywhere that people gathered without appropriate protections.

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.

Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series: #1 Unpacking Bias

Education Elements

After I wrote the first blog in this series, I received a call from a close family member wanting to talk about what I had written. Their initial reaction was offense and confusion-- why did I think all teachers were “white supremacists”? It caught me off guard because I hadn’t written that--what I did write was that the American education system is built on a foundation of white supremacy, and we as teachers should work to dismantle that system.

Here’s How to Get Started with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Hello! Ask a Tech Teacher is a group of tech ed professionals who work together to offer you tech tips, advice, pedagogic discussion, lesson plans, and anything else we can think of to help you integrate tech into your classroom. Our primary focus is to provide technology-in-education-related information for educators–teachers, administrators, homeschoolers, and parents. Here’s how to get started on our blog : Read our varied columns. They include: Tech tips.

In higher education it’s student progress that counts—but prestige that gets measured

The Christensen Institute

In May 2019, the Christensen Institute interviewed members of the Presidents Forum to identify challenges in higher education that require collaborative efforts and systemic change to ensure student progress. A number of themes emerged that, already relevant before COVID-19 ravaged the nation, have only grown in importance and urgency.

“Just following orders” isn’t good leadership

Dangerously Irrelevant

. Every leadership program discusses “What hill are you willing to die on? What decisions are worth losing your job for?” ” We haven’t done the necessary work to contain the coronavirus. Other areas that have opened too early have seen large waves of new cases. And we now have growing evidence that young children are powerful virus spreaders.

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.

Guest Post: Benefits of E-learning For Teachers

EdTech4Beginners

The advancement of technology has had a noticeable impact on education. There has been a revolution that has had an impact on the conventional classroom set up in various ways. With online learning, there has been a deliberate change from the traditional class setup. . Today, you can do your studies from the lowest level of a subject, to the university level, without setting foot in a school. Thus, online classes have benefited students as they have more access and flexibility in education.

Tech Tip #76–13 Tips for using an iPad

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: 13 Tips for Using an iPad. Category: iPads.

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Using Human-Centered Design to Reimagine Staffing Models

Education Elements

Through most of the spring and summer, we at Education Elements have intensely focused on helping school districts prepare for returning to school. As we’ve gotten closer to the start of school, and school leaders return to prepare their campuses, one of the most common questions we get is how to think about instructional staff assignments when some students will be learning remotely and some will be onsite.

7 Practices for Navigating Uncertainty and Using Mindfulness for Self-Care During COVID-19

EdTechTeacher

by Caitlin Krause. When 22 teachers joined an 8-week online mindfulness program this spring, incredible discoveries emerged in the face of crisis. Run by The Teacher Collaborative and co-facilitated by Kat Johnston and myself, the program used my recent book Mindful by Design as its textbook for applied mindfulness, storytelling and design and was created to be an interactive online “collective campfire.”

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.

How to size invisible markets and tap into oceans of demand

The Christensen Institute

In our research studying pathways to prosperity in emerging economies, we’ve discovered that a particular type of innovation—market creating innovation—can be a powerful engine of sustainable growth. Market-creating innovations transform complicated and expensive products into products that are simple and affordable, making them accessible to a whole new segment of people for whom there was always underlying demand, but no adequate solution on the market.

Let’s Help Teachers Grow by Coaching — Not Micromanaging — Them

Edsurge

Before I started teaching ninth grade Algebra in D.C. Public Schools, I had a career in global health. I would sometimes travel alone for work for weeks at a time, collaborating with partners abroad and updating my boss back in D.C. every few days. The scope of these trips could be nebulous and my boss didn’t know exactly how I was spending my days, much less my hours and minutes. He trusted me to do my job, and as a result, I held myself accountable for doing it well.

New (School) Year Resolution

Education Elements

How to Leverage Sprint Plans and SEPAD to Bring a Sense of Accomplishment to an Ambiguous Year Ahead. Working in a school has a way of making late August and September feel like the official start of the new year. While coffee cheers replace the clinking of champagne glasses, one thing stays the same: the desire to set (and hopefully keep) a New Year’s Resolution. Return Planning

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Children will bear the brunt of a looming eviction crisis

The Hechinger Report

Mikaela Johnson has a vague notion of a home she’d like to live in with her mother and her younger brother and sister. This story also appeared in HuffPost and KCUR. “A A four-bedroom house,” she said. “A A backyard for sure. Maybe a house that has no mold, no pests, no cracks, no floor that sinks.”. She paused. Maybe I’m asking for too much.”.

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.

5 ways to take STEM outside

eSchool News

The weather breaks. The sun is shining. Nature is in full bloom. Imagine a group of students gathering outside in a large grassy area. Their teacher is giving directions and assigning students to teams. In a virtual setting, the teacher makes a video explaining the task and students walk into their own backyards to execute the lesson on their own. We can all benefit from the environmental learning opportunities right outside our door.

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Why Self-Compassion and Emotion Regulation Are Key to Coping with COVID-19

Edsurge

Every emotional response is a unique experience. What triggers an unpleasant emotion today may not even register tomorrow. Perhaps right now you are at home with your family for what seems like an eternity and you feel like losing it. Tomorrow, same home, but wake up in a calm state and you happily eat your breakfast and plan your day. The strategies we can use to regulate emotions are limitless, depending on the situation and the emotions involved.

How to Manage ESL/ELL Students During Remote Learning

techlearning

Serving ESL/ELL students during remote learning translates into unique challenges

Analysis: hundreds of colleges and universities show financial warning signs

The Hechinger Report

Dozens of colleges and universities nationwide started 2020 already under financial stress. They’d spent the past decade grappling with declining enrollments and weakening support from state governments. This story also appeared in NBC News.

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.