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5 Awesome online tools for game-based learning

Neo LMS

I have long believed that spring presents an excellent time for educators to explore new ideas and try some new digital tools in the classroom.

Kids’ Computer Posture Explored

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a great article on a topic I don’t talk about enough–proper posture at the computer. Written by “Karen Weaver a 3rd grade elementary school teacher and author of the upcoming children’s book “The Magic Pencil”, it covers all the basics.

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Student Success Relies on Future-Proofing Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Imagine if we all had a crystal ball? It sure would have come in handy prior to the pandemic. What if I told you that we might have actually had one in the form of a retro animated series that aired over fifty years ago that predicted some modern technological innovations?

Universally Designed Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

There are two things I am certain of in education. First, learner variability is the norm, not the exception. Second, technology is here to stay. So, how do we design and facilitate learning experiences to remove barriers and allow all students to succeed?

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

Exploring Design Thinking Micro-credentials in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Low science and math proficiency in Nevada’s public school system indicates there are inherent and structural inequities that exist. As a researcher and innovation leader, I wanted to explore the “why” behind the low proficiency rates.

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Joel Lookadoo: 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Joel Lookadoo, 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, shares why he loves teaching. He also shares the stories he is seeing of teachers (and students) overcoming and gives encouragement for teachers now.

5 teaching practices to keep from remote learning

Ditch That Textbook

The pandemic changed the way we teach and in some ways for the better! Here are 5 parts of remote teaching we'll keep.The pandemic changed a lot about education.

5 Digital tools for podcasting in the hybrid classroom

Neo LMS

When used as a tool for sharing knowledge and thoughts, podcasts become an innovative teaching method. Teachers can create personalized materials for lessons, content for research and revision, fun facts, and guidelines that students can easily access on any device whenever and wherever they want.

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What You Might Have Missed in April

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of April : Whiteboard Apps You’ll Love. JotForm Approvals–Great Way to Manage Workflow. 5 Websites for 4th Grade Word Study. 16 Spring Cleaning Steps for Computers. What Do You Think is the Hardest Tech Problem? (a a poll). 5 (free) Security Posters.

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.

Take it or leave it: lessons learned about strategic planning during a global pandemic

Education Elements

More than a year ago, I - like many others - was hunkering down for what I thought would be a two-week quarantine. Thirteen months later, I have found myself adapting to my circumstances. I have created a comfortable work-from-home space, embraced many home DIY projects.

Can Early Adoption of Esports Help Students Learn to Cope with Stress?

EdTech Magazine

Esports provides a socially distant, collaborative and competitive opportunity for students in any learning environment. These games may also provide a benefit to students beyond safe social interaction with their peers.

Job Prospects for “Generation Limbo”

The Christensen Institute

Going to school and getting a job are, it turns out, two very different pursuits. The reality is that when it comes to finding job opportunities, the skills, knowledge, and potential that schools are designed to foster are only part of the game.

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World Password Day — It’s Today!

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?

The SaaS Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every SaaS business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.

Love Zoom chat? 5 ways to keep it in face-to-face classes

Ditch That Textbook

Back in face-to-face classes, we can keep the engagement of the Zoom chat. Here are five options you can use. During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, teachers found lots of things they HATED about remote teaching. They also found new teaching practices they LOVED.

Q&A: Using Student Data to Improve Equity and Learning Outcomes

EdTech Magazine

While some K–12 districts in the nation are still experiencing low minority student enrollment in Advanced Placement classes, Westerville North High School is not among them. The district increased black student enrollment in AP classes by 600 percent back in 2006.

New research reveals the #1 innovation strategy employed by 100 market-creating organizations

The Christensen Institute

In the early 1850s, American inventor and entrepreneur, Isaac Singer, was often “shown the door” the moment he brought up his idea to make sewing machines accessible to average Americans. There was just no way it would work, many investors reasoned.

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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 Field Day Games, Activites, and Ideas

Waterford

Who doesn’t look forward to field day at the end of the year? Field day means time to unwind and have fun as a class, and it can be a defining memory for many children long after they move on from your classroom. We’ve split this list of 50 fun field day games and activities in two.

Post-Pandemic Classrooms: What Will They Look Like and How Will They Be Different?

EdTech Magazine

Every district has a different plan for bringing students back into the classroom. Some schools, like those in Florida’s Martin County, reopened for in-person instruction in August and have offered full-time, face-to-face instruction since.

Teacher Appreciation Webinars

EdTechTeacher

Instead of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are making it a whole month with FREE EdTechTeacher webinars over the next few weeks. We know the last year has been like no other and teachers have been pushed to the brink.

Kahoot Acquires Clever for $500M, Hoping to Expand Its Presence in the U.S.

Edsurge

Kahoot, it seems, is just heating up. The publicly traded, game-based learning company announced Thursday that it was acquiring Clever, a digital learning platform used widely among K-12 schools in the U.S.

The Ultimate Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.

Schools use art to help kids through trauma

The Hechinger Report

Thirteen-year-old Erikah didn’t like turning on their computer camera and talking during remote math class this last year. They missed being able to raise their hand to call the teacher over if they need to ask for help, and found it hard to focus on classwork in their apartment.

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How Have Educators Adapted Distance Learning for Special Education Students?

EdTech Magazine

Special education instructors, like everyone else, turned to an array of digital tools and technologies to continue teaching in the wake of the pandemic. And while most would agree the shift to online learning came with serious challenges, many also found solutions that worked.

Building a Video Reflection Journal in Google Sites

EdTechTeacher

Flipgrid is a fantastic tool that students can utilize to create videos. Using Flipgrid, students can record videos of themselves telling a story, speaking in a target language, practicing reading fluency, solving a math problem, and much more.

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What Can Teachers Learn From Students' Brainwaves?

Edsurge

It’s a bit of a mystery what goes on inside the brain when students learn. But thanks to relatively new breakthroughs in portable EEG devices, which can measure the brain’s electrical activity in what are known as brainwaves, researchers are able to run experiments in classrooms as never before.

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Wireless Projecting with Google Meet

Wireless projecting using Google Meet to replace the Google Cast for Education extension!