Sat.Jul 25, 2020 - Fri.Jul 31, 2020

Back to School Tips

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s hard to imagine school is back in a few weeks. I’ve collected a series of back-to-school tips that are suited for in-person or remote learning. Pick those that work for you: Great Back to School Activities. Back to School: A Bundle of Lesson Plans at a Great Price. It’s Time to go Back to School. Lots of Ideas! How to Prepare Students for PARCC Tests. 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School. 5 Tools To Shake up the New Year.

Tech Ed Resources–Lesson Plans

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 taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are from members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, from tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

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Best Digital Icebreakers


Digital icebreakers to help teachers get to know students during remote learning

The making of a networked college graduate

The Christensen Institute

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colby College turned heads in May when it guaranteed that all 300 of its seniors still in search of work would have a meaningful opportunity within three months of graduating. When asked how it would accomplish this, Colby’s president, David Greene, told CNBC , “We need 300 jobs, but we have 30,000 alums and family members… who are ready to help.”. That a jobs guarantee is newsworthy says a lot about higher education today.

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.

A revealing look at innovation in urban and suburban schools

The Christensen Institute

This post is the third in a series of four sharing new insights from the Canopy project using data published in fall 2019. While the findings reflect trends in school design before the COVID-19 pandemic, they nevertheless suggest patterns that may prove informative as schools nationwide reconsider elements of their designs. In my previous post , I shared insights and hypotheses about rural school innovation stemming from our deeper dive into data from the Canopy project.

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Adapting the 5E teaching model to remote classrooms


A comprehensive teaching model helps educators identify strategies that motivate learners to discover new things, to explore a new field of knowledge (or continue exploring previous ones, but with more effective approaches), and at the same time, it provides a useful assessment system. It’s an ambitious endeavor, with the long-term objective of achieving better learning outcomes and identifying more efficient teaching methods.

Tips For Setting Up An At-Home Learning Environment For Young Students

Education Elements

Here we are, looking down the barrel of another stretch of at-home learning. We always knew that it was likely not “if” but “when” we’d be back here, but the fact that many districts are announcing remote learning from day one has caught us all by surprise. Worn down from an already long stretch of stay-at-home learning, it’s understandable for parents to feel overwhelmed or daunted by the prospect. Classrooms Virtual Learning

Here’s a Preview of August

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in August: How to get started with Ask a Tech Teacher. Tech Tips. College Credit Classes. Music, Academics, and Keyboarding–Transferable Skills. More free posters. Curriculum-based Assessments–Powerful Diagnostic Tools. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Learning How to Put Equity in the Driver’s Seat

Digital Promise

Education research is too often based on gaps in published research or the niche interests of researchers, rather than the priority challenges faced by schools and districts. As a result, the education studies that researchers design and publish are often not applicable to schools’ most pressing needs.

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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.

5 tools for remote learning with Chromebooks

Ditch That Textbook

Students can do powerful remote learning with Chromebooks. These five tools can help make learning amazing. This post is written by Holly Clark, an education thought-leader, international speaker, best selling author and an advocate for students. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, and the Chief Learning Officer at The Infused Classroom, […]. The post 5 tools for remote learning with Chromebooks appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Ed Tech chromebooks

3 crucial blended learning resources based on research and real-world practice

The Christensen Institute

As schools continue to prepare for an uncertain COVID-19-impacted future, one thing is certain: the more we understand about various remote, online, and blended learning approaches, the better. For over a decade, the Christensen Institute has been studying and providing insights into blended learning principles, design, and implementation strategies. Here, we lay out some of our most current and most extensive resources.

What You Might Have Missed in July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of July: Tech Ed Resources: Online Classes. Tech Ed Resources: K-12 Tech Curriculum. Tech Ed Resources: Mentoring and Coaching. Celebrate the Anniversary of the Moon Landing. Common Tech Problem: Browser Doesn’t Work. Free Mouse Skills Posters. How Educators Empower Students With Tech. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Preparation for What Comes Next

A Principal's Reflections

It is a stressful time for everyone. COVID-19 cases are increasing in many places, and social distancing measures are being extended. Through it all, there is anxiety and fear as it pertains to what comes next. Will kids go back to school or continue to learn remotely? How will safety be ensured for all people in a building? What will be the impact of budget cuts? How will educators get the professional learning support they so desperately need?

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.

Capture the Opportunity: Steps to Redesign School-Level Systems for Equity

Education Elements

At the age of five, my shyness was taken for lack of understanding and I was tested for English as a Second Language (ESL). At eight, I was pushed into gifted math and made to feel defeated and stupid. At twelve, I was told I could not “handle” taking a foreign language, despite being in an advanced English class. At seventeen, I repeatedly heard my teachers attribute my academic success to my race rather than the countless hours I put into my school work.

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Building the bridge to better mental health care

The Christensen Institute

While COVID-19 is well known for its physical impact, the rippling effect of the pandemic is taking an equally large toll on mental health. A survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 35.6% of adults reported symptoms of depression and anxiety, compared to 11% last year. Elongated periods of isolation, loneliness, and fear of job loss, among other stressors, have created a perfect storm for poor mental health.

Guest post: How To Choose The Best Communications Course in Singapore


A communications course is always one of the most popular options among students in Singapore since communication skills are the first criteria that employers look for when hiring. However, there are also many different options when coming to communication courses, which is why you need time to carefully determine the right career path for you. Here are some of the steps you can consider when selecting a course. 1) Ask yourself…is this what I really want?

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Can outdoor learning help hone your students’ learning?


‘ Nature deficit disorder ‘ is a term coined by the renowned author of The Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv. It espouses the idea that all human beings — especially children — need to spend time in nature in order to be physically and mentally healthy and happy. Spending 90% of our time indoors, says Louv, is contributing to lesser focus and more stress.

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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.

Leadership Tenets for the New Normal: Connect with your Purpose and Feed your Values

Education Elements

If you are anything like me, you are at a loss for how we are suddenly in the last week of July and barreling straight towards the new school year. After a spring spent in crisis triage mode and a tumultuous summer filled with political and social unrest, there haven't been many opportunities to recharge our batteries and reflect in the ways that we may have in past years. If you are feeling tired, you are not alone. If you are feeling afraid and overwhelmed, you are in good company.

COVID-19 exposes our prosperity problem

The Christensen Institute

From the increasing number of new cases and deaths to the rise in unemployment, the global pandemic is unprecedented in the way it has affected virtually everyone on the planet. As a result, governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations have channelled much of their efforts to deal with the virus and its aftermath. But by focusing almost entirely on near-term relief, global leaders miss an opportunity to tackle a deeper problem.

Full Circle – Fall CUE Keynote Speaker Andrew Arevalo


Written by Andrew Arevalo I remember the details so vividly. In fact, they seem to run on an internal loop – to the tune of play, pause, repeat! I guess it’s safe to say these details will forever be ingrained on account of the profound bliss they elicit. From the moment my phone buzzed, to […]. The post Full Circle – Fall CUE Keynote Speaker Andrew Arevalo appeared first on CUE, Inc.


First Impressions: In East Tennessee, School has Started

EdNews Daily

By Christy S. Martin, Ed.D. Amid the fear and the virus, school has begun. The opening of Alcoa, Maryville, and Blount County Schools in East Tennessee preceded many districts in the state and country and will be an example for all to follow. This is just the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year and all stakeholders are anxiously awaiting every day’s events. COVID-19 safety precautions are in place. Face masks are expected, and schools are following a few at a time alphabet schedule.

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.

Online Cheating Isn’t Going Away. Use It as a Teachable Moment for Students and Educators


As more colleges and school districts prepare to resume remote instruction for the fall, educators may worry how to prevent cheating when assignments and exams are held online. Maintaining academic integrity is important, but eradicating cheating is near impossible with how quickly technology moves, said Tricia Bertram Gallant, academic integrity director at the University of California, San Diego, and board emeritus at the International Center for Academic Integrity.

Google Meet Breakout Rooms – Enterprise Feature

Teacher Tech

Google Meet video chat is FREE and integrated into Google Classroom if your G Suite apps admin has it enabled. Did you know there are 2 tiers to G Suite for Education? Most features are free. However for an additional fee schools can upgrade their free G Suite Google accounts to Enterprise. Recording Google Meets […]. The post Google Meet Breakout Rooms – Enterprise Feature appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google

OPINION: ‘Institutions must be held accountable for how they are failing Black academics — and Black women academics in particular’

The Hechinger Report

Large-scale protests have been organized across the country in response to unjust killings, including those of Black women such as Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Tanisha Anderson and Atatiana Jefferson. In turn, companies, organizations and institutions have flooded the internet with statements of solidarity, anti-racism rhetoric, and discussions of racial bias and systemic oppression.

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Distance learning for students with dyslexia

eSchool News

As the dyslexia coordinator for my district, I’m a big believer in individualized, in-person interventions. So much of the support we offer our students with dyslexia is centered around small group work during our intervention block. It certainly made the sudden switch to distance learning quite the challenge!

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.