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Writing: Teaching it Right Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl from the National Writing Project Teaches Us How From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Writing has a powerful place in our classrooms right now.

Avoiding Synchronous Video Fatigue During Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some monumental shifts to practice. Educators have taken a critical lens as to why they teach the way they do and how it can be done more effectively.

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How to use Jamboard in the classroom: 20+ tips and ideas

Ditch That Textbook

Jamboard is a collaborative online whiteboard. It gives students lots of creative work space. How do you use Google Jamboard in the classroom? Check out these ideas! Whiteboards and chalkboards have been a fixture in classrooms for ages. They're great for gathering ideas and making thinking visible.

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12 Great Websites to Inspire 4th Graders

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire 4th graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Coffee shop- -the economics of running a business. Everfi.com –finances for K-12. Learning Games from BrainPop.

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.

12 Things Equity Focused Teachers Can Say To Students In The New School Year

Education Elements

As school returns, we know this year presents unique challenges and changes to both educators and students. With such change, it may be especially difficult to communicate with students. While your intentions may be good, sometimes the impact of what we say can have unintended consequences.

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The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-person and Online Simultaneously

Catlin Tucker

Teachers all over the country are being asked to teach “concurrent classrooms” in which some students attend class in person and others attend virtually. The teacher in a concurrent classroom attempts to meet the needs of the students in class and online simultaneously.

19 Websites and 5 Posters to Teach Mouse Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many of my most popular articles are about mouse skills. Every year, tens of thousands of teachers visit Ask a Tech Teacher to find resources for teaching students how to use a mouse. No surprise because using a mouse correctly is one of the most important pre-keyboarding skills.

Device Rollout in the Age of COVID-19

Digital Promise

Device rollout—when students in Verizon Innovative Learning Schools receive their initiative-provided iPads or Chromebooks—is an exciting time in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools community, especially for schools new to the program. But rollout looks a bit different in 2020.

What We Know For Sure: Three Practices Every Innovative Leader Can Try

Education Elements

"We all get caught up in the business of doing, and sometimes lose our place in the flow” (O Magazine, August 2011). Recently, we were spinning in circles trying to figure out a new process for an internal role we stepped into when Jason shared a way we might reframe our conversation.

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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.

The “why” of student-centered learning should be K–12’s North Star

The Christensen Institute

COVID-19 poses unprecedented challenges for schools across the US as they kick off this new school year. Yet, if those of us involved in K–12 education can find a moment to catch a breath, it’s valuable to take fresh beginnings like these to remember why we do what we do.

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JotForm Smart PDF–Great for Today’s Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Forms are popular in schools for assessments, data collection, and a slew of other reasons.

Fast-Tracked for Success while Learning from Home

Digital Promise

As schools across the country rapidly shifted to remote learning this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students and teachers at Verizon Innovative Learning Schools—where every student receives a device 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.

4 tips for building Peloton style choice boards

Ditch That Textbook

This post was written by Michele Haiken, a middle school English teacher at Rye Middle School in Rye, NY and adjunct professor at Manhattanville College. She is the author of three ISTE titles, New Realms for Writing: Inspire Student Expression with Digital Age Formats was published in 2019.

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.

Why schools can’t have a complete back-to-school road map without a relationship map

The Christensen Institute

Despite educators’ valiant efforts this past spring, too many students still struggled to connect to their peers, teachers, and counselors. Some went missing from virtual classes altogether, leaving teachers and principals scrambling to find them.

Subscriber Special: September

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. September. Mention the ‘September Subscriber Special’ when you purchase and get a free lesson plan! If you aren’t a subscriber to our newsletter, sign up here.

Virtual Virtuoso: Optimal user experience features for e-learning

Neo LMS

Whether you’re an experienced educator or a parent struggling to adjust to remote learning in the face of the national lockdown, chances are good that you’re looking for ideas to help your student, or students, thrive in the unfamiliar world of the virtual classroom.

CUE Affiliate Spotlight – Pandemic Relief: CapCUE Style

CUE

Blog post by the CapCUE Board As schools shut down last March, there was so much fear, uncertainty, and even panic. In just a weekend, most teachers were expected to move their classrooms to the virtual world.

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.

Addressing the social impact of COVID-19

The Christensen Institute

COVID-19’s toll on the US has grown more and more evident in the past several months. Lockdowns and mask mandates continue, travel across some state lines is all but banned, and experts debate whether sending kids back to school is safe.

We Run a Hybrid School. Here’s How We’re Adapting Our Schedule for the Times.

Edsurge

A few years ago, we wrote an article for EdSurge about our school, Taos Academy, and its personalized learning model, focused on flexible weekly scheduling.

OPINION: Tribal colleges, lifeline to rural and disenfranchised Native communities, need our help more than ever

The Hechinger Report

The American Indian College Fund’s 2019-20 Student Ambassador cohort. For the last six years, the American Indian College Fund has selected a group of talented students and alumni for leadership training to speak about education issues impacting Native Americans.

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How to Teach Science Remotely

techlearning

Best practices, advice, and resources to teach science remotely

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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.

Wonderschool seeks to equitably enable pandemic pods

The Christensen Institute

When March arrived, many parents and students were going about their usual routines. Parents headed to work in traffic-filled morning commutes. Students packed up for school and spent hours with their classmates and teachers in person. By the end of the month, this routine was upended.

Competency-Based Learning Puts Students at the Center. It’s Perfect for Now.

Edsurge

Twenty-year-old Asmaa is an example of how constant change and upheaval were hallmarks of the previous school year. A student of mine in an accelerated program for new arrivals to the U.S., in just over 10 months, she became a wife, mother and a high school graduate.

Expanding the Future of History

EdNews Daily

By Christy Martin, Ed.D. Recent politics has brought the teaching of United States History to the forefront. Politicians on one side advocate the teaching of patriotism and the greatness of those involved in shaping our nation.

Remote learning for the long haul

eSchool News

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been the source of many discussions in the past few weeks about the “return to school.”

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.