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5 Learning Gains Made During the Pandemic

techlearning

Despite the challenges, there have been useful learning gains made during the pandemic

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How to Make Learning Stick

A Principal's Reflections

It is no secret how we retain information, construct new knowledge, and develop competencies critical for success in the world of work and, more importantly, life. Learning is shaped by specific conditions that are either created or engaged in by chance that allow for authentic application through an immersive experience. If there were a secret sauce, then that is it, but it's not as mysterious as one might think.

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3 ways COVID has changed education for the better

eSchool News

As millions more Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19 every day, many are now wondering what society will look like in a post-COVID world. While the virus may stay with us in some form, many things will go back to normal. However, it’s less certain which of the adaptations we’ve collectively made over the previous year will fade along with the virus, and which might represent a “new normal” that we’ll take with us into the future.

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21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This summer, educators need to get some rest so that we can be our best. However, our professional accreditation requirements are still on track and need to be renewed, as we have to learn and up our abilities for the fall. As I look ahead to this summer and listen to educators, here are 21 hot topics that I think we should consider including in our summer PD.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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How to get started with hybrid teaching

Neo LMS

Having taught the majority of the school year in a hybrid environment, it took time to adjust to teaching online and deciding which methods or tools to use. Beyond the adjustments related to instruction, it was challenging to get into a workflow and figure out how to best provide for students at home and in the classroom space. My recommendation for anyone who has not experienced hybrid learning is to develop a routine that helps you minimize the loss of instructional time that happens due to ba

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Without Digital Equity, Students Lose the Opportunity to Learn

EdTech Magazine

Over the past few months, the topic of learning loss has been discussed with increased frequency and, in some circles, urgency. For many educators, the phrase strikes a nerve, and it’s easy to see why. The term learning loss implies that teachers stopped teaching, when in fact teachers have been working harder than ever. While the pandemic presented many challenges for K–12 education over the past year, education never stopped.

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What You Might Have Missed in May

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of May. Teacher Appreciation Week–Gifts for the Tech Teacher. Kids’ Computer Posture Explored. 10 Digital Platforms to Teach Remotely. 5 (free) Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed. What to Know Before Moving From High School Teacher to College Professor. 12 Websites for Digital Books Summer Reading. Is It Worth Teaching School Kids SQL?

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UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes (has arrived!)

Catlin Tucker

Today is the official launch of my newest book UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes ! I had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Katie Novak on this project. We combined our expertise on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and blended learning to write a book designed to help teachers develop a mindset, skillset, and toolset that allows them to thrive no matter the educational setting–in class, online, or a blend of the two.

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VR-Compatible Device Mimics Human Touch

EdTech Magazine

In a world of remote learning and social distancing, tactile sensations are sorely missing — but perhaps not for much longer. At Northwestern University, researchers have created an epidermal virtual reality device that mimics the sensation of human touch. Featuring an array of tiny, vibrating, individually programmable components called actuators, the device adheres to the user’s skin like a Band-Aid using a silicon polymer material.

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20 teacher questions to ask over the summer

Ditch That Textbook

Summer is a great time for big-picture reflection. Here are 20 teacher questions to think about. In the heat of a school year, there's a LOT on teachers' to-do lists. Lesson planning. Grades. Emails. Meetings. Oh, and we have to teach, too! After we close the (grade)books on a school year, it's time to take it easy, recharge, […]. The post 20 teacher questions to ask over the summer appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamsons Principles Post-Pandemic: Technologys Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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Here’s a Preview of June

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in June: What is Genius Hour and Why Should I Love it? Internet Safety Month. How to Motivate Summer School Students. Tech Tips. Coding Vocabulary. Online PD. 5 Steps to Personal Privacy. Free Posters. What’s the hardest tech problem? K-8 Tech Curriculum. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

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A Year of Digital Learning with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to shutter and educators and students rapidly shifted to distance learning, those in Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program had the advantage of already knowing how to use devices and apps for learning. In fact, more than 70 percent of teachers in the program reported feeling prepared, with 93 percent crediting the program with making aspects of remote instruction easier to implement, according to a December 2020 survey.

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Big Phish: What K–12 Leaders Should Know About Whaling

EdTech Magazine

Email spam has long been a security scourge for IT managers. It’s not just because of the wasted time and resources, but also the potential for threats, such as phishing messages, to come riding in along with unwanted advertisements. Phishing messages are intended to deceive users into clicking on a web page that either tricks the user into entering their credentials or downloads malware to their workstation — or both.

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10 Digital tools for creating 3D learning experiences

Neo LMS

The use of Augmented Reality in teaching is increasingly becoming an integral part of lessons in general. With the plethora of tools and resources available online, teachers can provide interactive learning experiences and give students the opportunity to create their own. Using technology that mixes text, images, video clips, sounds, 3D models, and animations with real-world environments, these apps promote 21st-century skills such as creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and coding.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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Books I read in May 2021

Dangerously Irrelevant

Books I finished reading (or rereading) in May 2021… The Power of Place , Tom Vander Ark, Emily Liebtag, & Nate McClennen [education]. Learning by Heart: An Unconventional Education , Tony Wagner [education]. The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design , Roman Mars & Kurt Kohlstedt [design]. The Big Book of Science Fiction , Jeff & Ann VanderMeer [sci fi; 1,216 pages!

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Happy Memorial Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking the day to honor our all soldiers on America’s Memorial Day. Without their sacrifice, where would we be? I tried to keep the videos to three and failed miserably. Once I got started watching, I got lost. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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Five Questions K–12 Leaders Can Ask When Choosing a New Learning Management System

EdTech Magazine

The learning management system is education’s Swiss Army knife, created to address a series of administrative challenges. Districts that are looking to switch platforms or purchase an LMS for the first time have some homework to do. Start with these questions: What Is a Learning Management System? A typical LMS authenticates students’ identities, provides a secure way to store and retrieve digital content, records attendance and grades, and makes it easy for students and teachers to communicate.

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What Teachers and Students Need to Know about Learner Variability

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark Teachers and students have known since the time of Socrates that learners are different from each other, with different perspectives and aptitudes. These days, it may seem as if there is more variability in classrooms than ever when it comes to what students know and can do. However, it is also important to remember that intra-learner variability can be just as great and just as perplexing as inter-learner variability, especially for the learners involved.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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Built with Good Intentions: What a bridge in Honduras can teach us about coming back from the pandemic

Education Elements

There’s a bridge in Choluteca, Honduras. It spans nearly 500 meters long, but it isn’t well known for its size or even because it is one of the only replicas of the Golden Gate bridge still in existence. Nor is it known for its importance in connecting traffic in Central America. Rather, the new Choluteca Bridge became famous as the “Bridge to Nowhere.”.

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Websites that add sparkle to spring

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last year was a boom year for edtech web tools. There were so many, I couldn’t keep up. I would discover what seemed to be a fantastic tool (most likely discovered in FreeTech4Teachers , Alice Keeler , or one of the other tech ed blogs I follow), give it about five minutes to prove itself, and then, depending upon that quick review, either dig deeper or move on.

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Free guide to STEM resources on the web

Educational Technology Guy

STEM careers are highly lucrative and in-demand - yet females and minority students are drastically underrepresented in the historically male-dominated field of STEM. To support this underrepresented group, Gosciencegirls.com are providing access to supplemental resources. Gosciencegirls.com have recently published an “Ultimate STEM guide” – that covers almost all the resources available on the web for STEM education.

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Technology Made Special Education Parents Better Advocates During the Pandemic

Edsurge

As schools let out for summer, there are undoubtedly aspects of the past year that teachers and parents alike are ready to leave behind. But then there are the benefits that some are hoping stick around. Among them: better communication strategies and tools that make it easier for special education parents and teachers to interact. Those are lessons that should stay in place long after our current era of remote learning, says research analyst Lane McKittrick, who focuses on special education and

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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Our Collective Lesson Plan [On Teachers of Color In This Moment]

The Jose Vilson

After last summer, this is the way it had to go down. In recent weeks, conservatives have waged an all-out assault on their rendition of critical race theory via state and local legislation in recent months. There’s the actual critical race theory developed in the 1970’s with two pillars: that white supremacy is baked directly into our country’s laws and that we can and should change the relationship between laws and our racial hierarchies.

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Subscriber Special: June

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. June. Sign up for our newsletter. Then get 10% off your next purchase! First Name. Last Name. Special Interest: Email Format. html. text. Marketing Permissions Structured Learning will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.

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Who Packed Your Parachute?

EdNews Daily

By Franklin Schargel In honor of Memorial Day, I am sharing this to honor the heroes in our armed forces who have given so much and continue to give. Thank you for making a difference. Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands.

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Drawing on Ancient Arts and New Technology, Husson U. Launches Degree in Extended Reality

Edsurge

There are plenty of digital gadgets that can make users feel as though they’re being transported through time and space. But the sensation of being immersed in another era or a different realm is much older than today’s VR headsets. The origins of the experience may come from an ancient artform: theater. “As a set designer, I would think about experiences that are recreating augmented reality, essentially,” says Brave Williams, an associate professor at Husson University in Maine.

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.

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How a teacher uses comics to teach social justice

eSchool News

As a social studies teacher who spends a lot of class time poring over comic books with students, it’s been gratifying to see the attitude about comics in education shifting over the last decade or so. Years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to get a bit of side-eye when I talked about teaching with comics. I’ve spent about a decade as the chair of the social studies department at Wissahickon High School, where I teach grades 9-12.

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12 Good EdTech Tools to Use in Your Distance Education

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Looking for some educational websites to help you with the management of your online (and also face-to-face) classroom teaching? The list below has you covered. It features a collection of some.

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How to Get Your District Started with Micro-Credentials

EdNews Daily

By Adam Geller As a district leader, it’s important to help educators stay motivated and feel acknowledged, especially after a challenging year like this one. Introducing micro-credentials is one way to do this. What exactly is a micro-credential? It is a way to recognize teachers’ exemplar teaching skills and for teachers to show their mastery of these skills via a digital badge.

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Free – Google Classroom Cleaning Up to be Ready for Next Year

Teacher Tech

Join Alice Keeler for cleaning up your Google Classroom at the end of the school year. The post Free – Google Classroom Cleaning Up to be Ready for Next Year appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.