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How to Build a Summer Reading List for Your Incoming Students

Waterford

School may be out, but it’s still important to keep students reading and learning over the break. Assigning a summer reading list to your incoming students can be a helpful way to prepare kids for the next school year and limit literacy-related summer learning loss. We’ve put together a few tips on how to create a summer reading list that will prepare students to enter your classroom ready to learn. Also, at the end of the list you’ll find some recommended summer reads organized by grade.

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10 Popular Educational Trends and What You Need to Know

Waterford

The COVID-19 crisis is changing the educational landscape, often in unpredictable ways. It’s tough to know exactly what the upcoming school year will look like, but by keeping up on current trends in the educational sphere, you can return to school next year informed, whether you’re in a classroom or teaching at a distance. We’ve rounded up 10 educational trends and issues you should keep an eye on and consider researching for your classroom.

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Are Schools Ready for What Comes Next?

A Principal's Reflections

At the beginning of 2020, no one could have foreseen the impact of the pandemic. In the face of a myriad of obstacles, educators have stepped up to implement remote learning to get through the remainder of the academic year. Now schools are either winding down or starting back up depending on where they are located in the world, as the pandemic still has a grip globally. A post-Covid19 world will be here eventually, but it is anyone’s guess when that will actually be.

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Assessment and Grading in Distance Learning – How to Get Better

The CoolCatTeacher

Thomas Guskey shares insight on assessments From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Assessment expert Dr. Thomas Guskey reflects on the positives and negatives of assessments during distance learning. He also gives advice about how he thinks schools can improve their assessments this fall to focus on learning.

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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.

3 Considerations for Managing Remote Learning Data in Higher Education

Kajeet

As remote learning becomes a go-to method of instruction in colleges and institutions of higher education across the world for the foreseeable future, connectivity has become a key topic of discussion. Much of the focus on connectivity for education has been on the number of students without Internet access at home, but higher ed students also face other challenges with data. Here are a few of them: Digital Learning Technology Insight Data and Trends Higher Education

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What a famed historian got right (and wrong) about the global response to COVID-19

The Christensen Institute

In a recent piece for the Wall Street Journal, famed American historian Jared Diamond writes that, “Covid-19 may thus increase inequality within and between countries.”. Diamond is right. In the United States, for instance, we are already seeing the virus disproportionately affect communities of color, creating a series of setbacks that exacerbates poverty and related inequalities.

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How Student Agency Can Ease the Pain of Remote Learning and Teaching

Edsurge

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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Why diversity is essential to school innovation

The Christensen Institute

Research, build, test, scale. That’s the fundamental recipe for innovation, the one so many hopes for change in education are pinned on. If we can try new ideas, identify what works, and scale it, we’ll move the needle on better and more equitable student outcomes. One place where the recipe falters, however, is when the ideas that show promise through the testing phase start to normalize what solutions should look like.

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Racism, Consumerism, and a Conversation With My Son About the Future of Diversity

Edsurge

My wife and I made a vow before becoming parents to be strategic and intentional with the images, songs and information our children were exposed to. In a world constantly at war with itself regarding the truths and falsified narratives powered by the clicks and scrolls of our digital devices, it was important to establish an intellectual foundation built on love, humanity and respect for all before introducing them to more complex issues like bigotry and hatred.

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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.

What Educational Leadership Looks Like Today with Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Leadership in this season is difficult. Dr. Joe Sanfelippo talks about partnering with parents, the message he’s sending to his community, and how we move forward from this challenging time towards the fall. Note from Vicki: The focus of this episode is specifically pandemic related as it was recorded two weeks ago.

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How to S.T.E.A.M. up distance learning

Neo LMS

For schools where traditional learning has been the norm, the transfer from the classroom to emergency remote learning has presented many practical challenges. Many of these have to do with access, such as connecting students to devices and the internet and finding resources that will work in digital form. Read more: On challenges and opportunities: Emergency remote teaching. But in schools where learning is project-based (often the path chosen by institutions that are S.T.E.M. or S.T.E.A.M.

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Guest Post: Raising Expectations and Addressing Inequities in Edtech

Digital Promise

Following nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of police, I have received a slew of emails from edtech companies containing statements of solidarity and inclusion, explaining that the company supports diversity and does not tolerate racism. Sadly, many of these emails feel not unlike the emails sent at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that attempted to sell me their product to improve my remote teaching experience.

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In Love with Space? Here are Great Websites to Take You There

Ask a Tech Teacher

Space units are always exciting. Part of it’s the history, but a lot is that space is our final frontier, a wild untamed land that man knows so little about. Now that Elon Musk’s SpaceX has safely delivered American astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time in almost a decade, the fever of excitement over space couldn’t be higher. I have a list of over 20 websites I use to support this theme for K-8. Here are five of my favorites: .

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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.

Mastery Learning Excellence at a Distance

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Rae Hughart gives fantastic ideas for tracking student learning mastery. She shares how she has applied these techniques as she has taught sixth grade math to 150 students at a distance. She also gives ideas for how to level up this summer to improve things for the fall.

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7 Online teaching hacks instructors need to know

Neo LMS

The global pandemic has impacted the way instructors teach and communicate with their students. E-learning has now become the primary source of instruction — but this is new territory for a number of teachers. The sudden pivot to digital learning has thrown the education system into flux. But there are a few online teaching hacks that instructors can adopt now. Here are seven tips for making the digital teaching experience more fruitful for everyone involved: 1. Using e-learning tech.

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Virtual Recruitment Through COVID-19 and Beyond

Education Elements

The worldwide response to COVID-19 is creating unforeseen challenges and virtual changes for every aspect of our education system. Long-standing pillars such as curriculum and instruction, operations, and accountability, among others, are all being tested under the weight of the pandemic response. Teachers Teacher Retention Remote Work

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Looking for Summer Activities? Try These

Ask a Tech Teacher

This summer will be different than other summers. COVID has changed how we address summer PD so I’ve collected the most popular AATT articles on how to spend your education time this summer. Pick the ones that suit your purposes: 6 Must-reads for This Summer–2020 edition. Summer for me is nonstop reading — in an easy chair, under a tree, lying on the lawn, petting my dog. Nothing distracts me when I’m in the reading zone.

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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.

How to ensure inequality isn’t a lasting consequence of the pandemic

The Christensen Institute

The novel coronavirus has made the global economy sick. While the economic costs of the pandemic are certainly secondary to its tragic toll in loss of human life, the financial downturn has nonetheless been devastating for billions suffering from reduced or lost livelihoods around the globe. The economic malaise caused by the pandemic manifests itself through a variety of symptoms.

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A mis niños y niñas especiales: To my special students

User Generated Education

This is a love letter to you, my special, smart, and beautiful students. You have touched my heart so deeply and profoundly that words cannot adequately convey how much you mean to me. I write this note, so you know the hopes and dreams I have for you. You come to a school that is known as a Title 1 school meaning that a lot of students at our school come from economically disadvantaged families.

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Learning Continuity, Education's Biggest Challenge and Opportunity

Education Elements

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear the need to redesign school to ensure that meaningful learning can continue even if our brick and mortar school buildings close. Most schools and districts had only days to prepare to close school buildings and move learning to students’ homes. Remote learning has largely been designed as an emergency measure; a way to support some amount of learning in a situation that was unthinkable at the start of the school year.

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169 Tech Tip #93 Shortkey for Find

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 Activate a Link. Category: Internet. Sub-category: Search/Research, Keyboarding. Q: Is there a shortkey to search a website? A: Yes. It’s Ctrl+F.

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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.

3 Reflections and Considerations For Teaching and Learning In 2020

The Web20Classroom

In March 2020 nearly the entire world’s education systems were thrown into the unknown when the COVID-19 Global Pandemic shuttered schools and teaching and learning moved to remote means. Still to this day in many parts of the world schools are shut down for the foreseeable future. There is hope however. In places like Canada, Denmark and Southeast Asia schools are opening back up and students heading back to the classroom. To call it a traditional space wouldn’t be accurate.

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A gap year shouldn’t be just for the privileged, especially now

The Christensen Institute

With COVID-19 leading many colleges to create novel arrangements for schooling in the fall, students are reportedly considering taking gap years at record rates. Many, including me , have encouraged the practice—not just during the current time, but more generally—as an important step for students to discover their passions, purpose, and how they can contribute in the world so that they enter college with a clear sense of why they are enrolled, which will boost their odds of success.

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Coronavirus Chronicles 030 – Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High 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 check-ins with educators all over. Episode 030 is below. Thank you, Jeff Palladino , for sharing how Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, New York is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

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With Innovation and Empathy, Remote Learning Becomes Accessible for All Students

Edsurge

This is the second of a three-part series looking at how social-emotional learning strategies can support teachers of students with learning differences during the pandemic. You can read part one here. The COVID-19 outbreak disrupted daily life for virtually every educator, parent, and student in the U.S. It has disabled our education system, creating challenges to educational access, barriers to student academic progress and strains on teachers’ and students’ physical and emotional well-being.

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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.