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6 Resources for teaching about Artificial Intelligence


The interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) has grown so much in the past few months, with news alerts and updates about how Artificial Intelligence is being used in almost every area of life. Last year, Information Week published a “ 10 Prime Industries for AI Applications ” and it was interesting to read how much AI is already being used in the world.

Super Basic: Create a Minecraft Lesson

Teacher Tech

Engagement matters for making a lesson memorable. While nothing is engaging for 100% of students, we do know that Minecraft is very engaging for many students. Heck, I personally spend hours playing Minecraft and lose all track of time. We may know Minecraft as a game that our students (and personal children) play. Yes, Minecraft […]. The post Super Basic: Create a Minecraft Lesson appeared first on Teacher Tech. Gamification Minecraft minecraft

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Biggest gap year ever? Sixteen percent of high school seniors say they’ll take a gap year

The Hechinger Report

Even as she was applying to college last fall, high school senior Taylor Fang was thinking about taking a year off first to find herself. But her parents didn’t think it was a good idea. This story also appeared in PBS Newshour. They worried that I would be behind,” said Fang, 17, who goes to Logan High School in Logan, Utah, and was accepted to both Harvard and Yale.

CUE Announces the Appointment of Three New Board Members


CUE announced the appointment of three new members to the organization’s board of directors, effective July 1, 2020. Joining the board for three-year terms are Denise Douglas from the Central Valley CUE affiliate, Phil Harding representing the Inland Area CUE affiliate, and Laura Spencer from the San Diego CUE affiliate. Douglas has been actively involved […]. The post CUE Announces the Appointment of Three New Board Members appeared first on CUE, Inc.


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.

Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

The Jose Vilson

Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day. I know this may come as a shock to everyone who’s been following me for years, but I might have developed outright envy for some of my most fervent detractors. I’m jealous of the way they speak, walk, and work as if they’ve got their theory of online schooling fully figured out.

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Long before coronavirus, student parents struggled with hunger, homelessness

The Hechinger Report

NEW YORK — Annisha Thomas is a single mother of two who works at a Waffle House while attending Nashville State Community College. Thomas is used to long days and nights, but she’s tired of answering the same question since the coronavirus closed her campus and her children’s schools: “How are you doing?”. “Oh Oh man, everyone asks me and I say, ‘I got this,’ but it’s really hard, it’s been such a challenge,” said Thomas, 35, who hopes to graduate with an associate degree next spring. “If

Continuing a Digital Transformation with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

Schools across the country rapidly shifted to remote learning due to COVID-19-related closures. Students and teachers at Verizon Innovative Learning Schools —where every student receives a device that comes equipped with a data plan to support learning in and out of the classroom—had the advantage of already knowing how to use learning apps.

How a Technophobe Learned to Embrace Education Technology


Can a teacher who is a technophobe learn to enjoy teaching with technology and even embrace distance learning

Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan

Education Elements

Last summer, I decided to hit the road for a year as a “digital nomad,” giving up my apartment in Brooklyn, consigning my clothes, and storing a few treasured items in the basement of my childhood home. I took this leap because I wanted to be more nimble to visit our district partners, attend education events and conferences, and celebrate Simchas (the hebrew word for a Joyous Occasion, and the root word for my name Simma) with friends and family all over the country.

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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.

50, Fit and Fantastic!

The CoolCatTeacher

How I celebrated my Quarantine Birthday With Joy! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This past year, I turned 50, lost 50 pounds, and ran a half marathon. So much has happened recently. Challenges, ups and downs, and joys. We all have them and so do I. However, the discipline to lose the weight and to run 19.3 miles in 2 days has prepared me for this time in which we live.

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Traits of a Successful Online Teacher

Catlin Tucker

Last week, I had the good fortune of stumbling onto John Savery’s article titled “BE VOCAL: Characteristics of Successful Online Instructors” in which he talks about the unique challenges facing teachers who are working with students in the online environment. Savery uses the acronym VOCAL to emphasize five specific traits that a successful online teacher must possess.

Teacher Appreciation Week Gifts for the Tech Teacher in Your Life

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week: The First Full Week of May. There’s always been something mystically cerebral about people in technical professions like engineering, science, and mathematics. They talk animatedly about plate tectonics, debate the structure of atoms, even smile at the mention of calculus. The teaching profession has our own version of these nerdy individuals, called technology teachers.

Empowering Students with Technology through Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

Schools across the country rapidly shifted to remote learning due to COVID-19-related closures. Students and teachers at Verizon Innovative Learning Schools —where every student receives a device that comes equipped with a data plan to support learning in and out of the classroom—had the advantage of already knowing how to use learning apps.

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.

Cultivating a Culture of Learning

Education Elements

While the author of the quote isn’t certain (many attribute it to acclaimed management consultant Peter Drucker), the saying “culture eats strategy for breakfast” is commonplace in organizational management circles. I don’t know about you, but breakfast has been the last thing on my mind these past few weeks and months because I feel like there’s barely enough time to grab a quick snack in between phone calls, Zoom meetings, and responding to emails.

The online edtech that helps educators make distance learning less distant

The Christensen Institute

The ripple effects of COVID-19 have thrust the world into uncertain times, and especially schools and students. As K–12 educators try to adjust to a new reality, many stories in the media note a tension between maintaining academic expectations while also supporting students’ basic needs. But these priorities don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Students can and should continue their learning during stay-at-home mandates.

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Here’s a Preview of May

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in May: Teacher Appreciation Gifts (for the geek). 12 Tech Tasks to End the School Year. 13 Bits of Wisdom I learned from my Computer (humor). Find Public Domain Images. College or Career? Check out These Articles. Memorial Day Websites. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

7 Strategies Designed to Increase Student Engagement in Synchronous Online Discussions Using Video Conferencing

Catlin Tucker

One of the primary roles that a teacher plays in an online class is the facilitation of learning. Facilitation is the teacher’s ability to clearly communicate learning objectives and support learners as they make progress toward those objectives.

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.

Storytelling: Bringing the power of stories to your teaching

Ditch That Textbook

Stories draw us in. They capture our attention. When we use powerful elements of storytelling in our instruction, it can transform learning. This post is adapted from a chapter in the original manuscript for my book, Tech Like a PIRATE. The chapter didn't make the final draft of the book because of space constraints. However, […]. The post Storytelling: Bringing the power of stories to your teaching appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Creativity Student engagement

Actionable advice for educators to move to online learning


At this point, you’ve probably mastered the intricacies of digital conferencing to communicate with your students. You’re getting comfortable with a new schedule, technology, and online grading. But, you still need a little help navigating the seas of e-learning. So, here’s actionable advice that you can use as a compass as you create a productive system for online learning. We’ll explore the following: Long-term e-learning vs emergency remote teaching. What’s on the horizon of remote education?

What You Might Have Missed in April

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of April: Why College Matters for a Successful Career in Tech. 15 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy. CoronaVirus–This Week’s Inbox. Stem Education in 2020. How to Assess Digital Literacy. Teaching During #CoronaVirus–An Old Strategy That’s Perfect. Teaching During COVID-19. Why Earth Day May be the Most Important Event at School. 10 Tips for Teaching Remotely. 3 Apps That Energize Learning. End of Year Activities.

Homemade masks, workarounds, and opportunities to innovate

The Christensen Institute

Step outside, and chances are you’ll see someone donning a mask. Though guidelines for their use vary from mere recommendations to mandates, demand for masks has remained constant as people seek to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Consumers originally scrambled to pick up N95 and medical masks, but were advised they should be reserved for frontline healthcare workers and emergency responders, not for midday grocery store runs or walks in the park.

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.

Tech Like a Pirate: 10 things you’ll find in the book

Ditch That Textbook

Can classroom technology help us create a memorable learning experience? In Tech Like a PIRATE, you'll get tons of practical ideas and inspiration. Here's a glimpse. Before I wrote Tech Like a PIRATE, I read this: "Don't just teach a lesson. Create an EXPERIENCE!" When I read those words years ago in Dave Burgess's book, Teach […]. The post Tech Like a Pirate: 10 things you’ll find in the book appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Tech Like A Pirate

Zoom Fatigue? Try Our Best Practices for Virtual Classroom Facilitation

Education Elements

In a single month in 2020, the unthinkable happened. Students in all 50 United States were impacted by school closures. Districts pivoted to short-term responses and initial guidelines for at-home learning.

World Password Day — It’s Coming!

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the most important yet underwhelming international events is coming up the first Thursday in May (in Canada, it’s March 15th). What is it? It’s World Password Day, Yawn… I know — words can’t express how tedious most people find passwords, how annoying they are to use, and how likely it is 99% of the world will not celebrate this event. Let me see if I can convince you otherwise.

Protecting Kids During and After Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With more and more schools either extending school closures or completely shutting down for the remainder of the academic year, a focus on remote learning will continue into the foreseeable future. While many schools and districts have had to grapple with digital equity issues, their focus will continue to be offering a blended approach to meet the needs of all learners best.

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.