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The Challenge of Connecting in the Age of COVID

Ask a Tech Teacher

I met Kiana Berkman in this traumatic time of moving teaching home through an invigorating discussion on education and how it’s changing. Kiana and her tutoring agency ( Berktree Learning Center ) were already ahead of the curve on that. I asked her to share insights on how COVID-19 is affecting her students and their passion for learning.

A year of purpose

The Christensen Institute

As COVID-19 shutters physical campuses nationwide, today’s high school and college students are experiencing their generation’s crucible. With uncertainty about whether college campuses will open in the fall and the finances of many families and colleges in tatters, significant numbers of students are looking at changing their college plans by taking a year off or attending college closer to home.

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Learning in the Year 2040: Looking Forward, Acting Now!

EdNews Daily

By Ryan Schaaf What will the future of education look like, and how do we get there? What and how should future generations learn? How should training and education help learners prepare for a workforce that pits their skills and expertise against equally skilled, lower-paid workers from other countries? Eventually, how will these same learners compete in a workforce increasingly driven by software, apps, robots, and artificial intelligence?

How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses


Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. But now that so many students are taking courses remotely, in improvised environments that may not be especially conducive to learning, it may take some extra effort to redesign instruction, assignments and assessments to address everyone’s needs.

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.

From private to public school: A college counselor straddles an economic divide

The Hechinger Report

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. When California schools closed on March 13 in response to the coronavirus, college counselor Brad Ward didn’t know it would be the last day she’d see many of her students at Terra Linda High School. A few weeks later, school was canceled for the rest of the year, leaving her scrambling to stay connected with her seniors who are at a critical stage in determining their post-graduation plans. This story also appeared in Mind/Shift.

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Silver Lining for Learning, Episode 06: Making sense of our last 4 guest episodes

Dangerously Irrelevant

Episode 06 of Silver Lining for Learning was our first opportunity as hosts to come back together and make sense of what we had heard from our first round of guests. We talked about Episodes 02 through 05 and had an enthusiastic discussion about a variety of topics. Happy viewing! Related Posts. Silver Lining for Learning, Episode 05: Rethinking school with Will Richardson. Silver Lining for Learning, Episode 01: Introduction and overview.

What to Do Right Now If You Are Looking for a Job in Edtech


The numbers are stark: After weeks of “sheltering in place,” U.S. unemployment has soared. A mid-March survey by HolonIQ, an education market research firm, of the impact of COVID-19 on organizations suggests that educational institutions will be hit hard : 91 percent of respondents indicated they expect to be moderately or substantially worse off in the short term. But there is a twinkle of good news for those working in education. In a post-COVID world, education technology is here to stay.

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Coronavirus Chronicles 022 – Grossmont Union High School District

Dangerously Irrelevant

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 022 is below. Thank you, Dan McDowell , for sharing how the Grossmont Union High School District in California is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

Higher Ed Shouldn’t Be a Lottery. But 4 Million Students Just Drew Losing Tickets.


In the lottery of economic timing, my brother drew a bum ticket. On the day of his college career fair—September 15, 2008—Lehman Brothers collapsed. The unfolding was so hasty that no one thought to disassemble the firm’s recruiting table, which stood vacant as my brother and his classmates grimly filed by. Today, the site of that fair—Yale’s Payne Whitney Gymnasium—is decked not with recruiting tables, but with hospital beds. By fate or fluke, Yale’s gym is once again a sign of the times.

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.

20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students

Ditch That Textbook

Pear Deck flips the traditional lecture by actively engaging students in real-time. Ask questions. Students answer. Want to use Pear Deck in your class? Here's how. The standard lecture has plenty of detractors, and rightfully so. Done poorly, it can be an uninspired stream of facts, delivered in sit-and-get style that get forgotten quickly. However, we can […]. The post 20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

169 Tech Tip #164 Parts of a Website

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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: Parts of a Website. Category: Internet.

Add Audio & Video Instructions to Help Students Navigate Work While Learning Remotely

Catlin Tucker

When teachers introduce tasks or assignments in the classroom, they often provide both text and verbal directions. They have the luxury of holding up papers or projecting online assignments to show students exactly what to do. Teachers working with younger learners who may not be strong readers or teachers who are introducing a complicated or multistep assignment will want to explore strategies for providing audio or video directions.

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New MY World 360° Playlist and Open Invitation

Digital Promise

Since launching in March 2018, MY World 360° has screened 19 immersive stories at UN events around the world. Today, we are proud to add eight new projects to this growing playlist of media to inspire positive action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From a story of homelessness in Argentina, to an interactive experience of polar warming, to a profile of an arts organization in India, the new MY World 360° playlist reflects priorities and perspectives of creators from around the world.

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.

Strategies to Celebrate Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week

Education Elements

Teachers have a tremendous impact on the learning and lives of their students and communities, and planning a unique and powerful teacher appreciation week is one way to celebrate their incredible contributions. School and district leaders can use the strategies below as a starting point to plan meaningful ways to recognize all that they do, every day. Teacher Retention Remote Work

Subscriber Special: May

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. Discounts on Select Print Books. Any of these books: $25.99. Kindergarten Technology Curriculum. 1st Grade Technology Curriculum. 3rd Grade Technology Curriculum. High School Technology Curriculum–Book 1. Ultimate Guide to Keyboarding: Middle School. All of these book are ordered and delivered through Amazon. If you aren’t a subscriber to our newsletter, sign up here.

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

There is so much pressure on teachers as more and more schools close for the academic year as a result of COVID19. With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. It hasn’t been easy for them to say the least. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. ClassTag surveyed more than 1,200 U.S.

How competency-based education can help the nation recover from COVID-19

The Christensen Institute

The pandemic has taken everyone’s carefully-laid plans and schedules, crumpled them up, and tossed them in the garbage. To paraphrase Dr. Anthony Fauci, we are all on the virus’ timeline now. . This has been a jarring change in every category of life, with higher education being no exception.

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.

COVID as catalyst for digital transformation 

Perry Hewitt

It’s both hard and easy to believe that the sentiment “Digital will become the core” still attracts a lot of attention in 2020. It’s hard to believe: Isn’t that the pivot we have all been making for more than twenty years? But it’s easy to believe when we experience interactions with enterprise companies that are mired in literal paperwork and cumbersome processes that clearly require a digital rethink.

End of Year Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

From our files, here are great articles about activities popular at the end of the school year: 5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year. The end of the school year is a time when both students and teachers alike are distracted by thoughts of vacation, sleeping in, and no deadlines.

Coronavirus Chronicles 023 – Dhahran Middle School

Dangerously Irrelevant

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 023 is below. Thank you, Danny Gordon , for sharing how the Dhahran Middle School in Saudi Arabia is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

As cities axe summer youth work programs, here are alternatives to consider

The Christensen Institute

In today’s lexicon, “dog days” conjure dreamy images of lazy canines and humans alike, basking under the summer sun. But it turns out that the phrase originated in ancient Greece , where it referred not to actual Mediterranean dogs but to the particular moment—at the height of summer—that the “dog star,” Sirius, rose before the sun. Contrary to its modern lethargic connotations, these days meant just the opposite: a period that could bring fever, catastrophe, disaster, and even war.

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.

Teaching AP Students Remotely: What Does It Look Like?


A guest post by Dr. Courtney Pepe. Leading Innovation: Ray Nashar’s Three Car Train Model, Point of Reflection during Covid-19. Our current educational system is now more dynamic and complex due to Covid-19. When reflecting upon the impact of Remote Learning and teacher practice, I often think of Rogers’ Law of Diffusion of Innovation, and the Three Car Train Concept of Ray Nashar.

May–Military Appreciation Month–God Bless Our Soldiers

Ask a Tech Teacher

As many of you know, I have a daughter in the Navy and a son in the Army. I love them both and live every day worried. But through it all, I appreciate what they are doing to make America what so many need it to be. I love America. I love our military. I love my daughter and son. You don’t have to watch all of these. I got carried away on YouTube.

The Balance: Distance Learning–Mini-episode #2

Catlin Tucker

The Balance is now available on Spotify ! It has been six weeks since California ordered residents to shelter in place. I have not left my home for anything other than the occasional trip to the grocery store. Some weeks are good and fly by in a blur of productivity, while other weeks are hard, emotionally draining, and feel like they last forever. As I face another week at home, I wanted to share some of the advice I have been giving the teacher I work with remotely.

3 questions for development organizations to ask themselves in the wake of COVID-19

The Christensen Institute

Virtually every life has been touched, directly or indirectly, by COVID-19—the economic ramifications alone have been swift and indiscriminate. But there’s one group of people that will disproportionately feel the impact of this deadly disease: the world’s poor. In many low- and middle-income countries, welfare programs such as unemployment insurance and social security are nonexistent.

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.