3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom


Where do students spend their time outside of school? Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? Ask students to write a story or opinion about what they see.

Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement

Education Superhighway

Recently, we interviewed three 5th grade teachers who shared more about the transformational role technology plays in student engagement at PWCS. Just yesterday we were discovering features we never knew before [from our students].

How Smart UX Design Turbocharges Student Engagement


Many of them have been immersed in apps and digital games featuring engaging user experience, or UX, since before they could read. To captivate these students, educational technology has to be more than just a container for instructional content—it has to offer the same level of engagement as the consumer apps they’re used to—in other words, a seamless and enticing UX. As every teacher knows, students are most comfortable when education doesn’t feel like an onerous task.

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement

TeachThought - Learn better.

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement. Educators believe that student engagement in the classroom is crucial to learning and that it can increase achievement and enrollment in challenging courses while decreasing dropout rates.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

We not only want students engaged, but also want to see evidence of learning aligned to high standards as well as the development and application of essential skill sets. As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels.

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning


Rather, it follows from nurturing a love of reading and closing the reading engagement gap—the discrepancy between how students engage with modern digital content and how they engage with traditional texts in school. Studies show that for students to remain engaged, they need texts that reflect their personal experiences. Students need to have a reason to read beyond just understanding the main idea. Provide students with autonomy and choice.

Fearless Teaching Transforms Elementary School Classroom – Tammy Dunbar, USA

Daily Edventures

Every student and teacher in Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) was given a Windows 8 device loaded with Microsoft Office, OneNote, Skype, and Bing in the Classroom. Dunbar also used Sway as a way to engage her students in the test-taking process, to great effect.

10 Keys of Purpose Driven Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. They’re action-oriented words because I felt like over the years, just talking to students about grades wasn’t really functional.

How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

The CoolCatTeacher

Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Vicki: So we want engagement.

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10 New Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers – From Beth Holland


The teacher, Lacey Chimienti, had created a small group activity where students were using Popplet – a mind mapping tool – to brainstorm words with the short-e sound (egg, elf, elk, etc.). Have students use Popplet (either on iPad or computer) to create a mind map.

The Pivotal Role Movement Plays in Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The best part is the conversations that I get to have with learners, especially at the elementary level. Then there is the practicality of being able to work with both administrators and teachers at the ground level to improve pedagogy and, in turn, student outcomes.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. Personalized PD strengthens both individual and group skills.

Authentic Learning Experiences

User Generated Education

Authentic learning is learning designed to connect what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications; learning experiences should mirror the complexities and ambiguities of real life. ” Because authentic learning involves student voice and choice.

Inspiration Stations: A Creative Spin on the Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

spend more time working in small groups with students. I explained to my students that the goal of these stations was to have fun and stretch our minds creatively. One group composed and recorded a song while another station was focused on building a 3D art project.

How Can We Make Edtech More Effective? Focused Content

Digital Promise

Many teachers appreciate digital busywork because it gives them time to focus on small group work. We know that in order to be a mile wide, “solutions” tend to end up only an inch deep, typically to the detriment of students’ learning.

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5 Reasons Why School Computer Labs Still Matter

ViewSonic Education

Many schools provide a computing device for every student. They ask: Why fund a computer lab when students carry computing power with them from class to class? Why take time from core subjects to teach computing when students have this everywhere learning tool?

Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators Workshop

User Generated Education

Instant Challenges are fun, STEAM-based group activities that must be solved within a short period of time. To further explain this challenge, I showed a video of my gifted elementary students engaged in the challenge.

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A Back-to-School Checklist: Choosing Classroom Technology that Fosters Engagement

EdNews Daily

A new school year has begun and educators will face the task of engaging a new set of students. Cultivating an environment where students are consistently engaged with the curriculum brings a unique set of challenges with each new mix of students and level of study.

Research-Influenced Learning Spaces

A Principal's Reflections

Their research suggested direct connections between the learning space and sensory stimuli among students. Appropriate Level of Stimulation : The learning space can offer the “silent curriculum” that affects student engagement levels. Salford, UK: Design and Print Group.

Jumpstart Engagement with Interactive Whiteboard Classroom Technology

ViewSonic Education

Nearly a hundred years ago, celebrated educational reformer John Dewey admonished: If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow. In the early 1990s, concerns about chalk dust and students with allergies prompted the transition to whiteboards.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program.

Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School


We know that our students are different, and to capitalize on their strengths, we provide opportunities for students to identify a focused path and to find success. Sometimes elementary and middle school teachers come across as apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning. We have a fine arts program that allows students to graduate with a focus on dance, theater or various forms of music.

Superintendency 101: Top Tips to Lead By


Remember, students come first. Everything you do is for the students. Engage your PLN; build and maintain those relationships. Develop your network so they can help you make better decisions and have a positive impact on your students.

Part 2… 34 NCAA Basketball Lesson Plan Resources and Links … A PBL Series

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I will be at Alan November’s BLC19 in Boston (July) presenting workshops and sessions to support educators and students. The post also contained 17 links to help bring the engagement and excitement of the NCAA tournament to your classroom. image CC.

How to Get Students Moving for Academic Advantages

EdNews Daily

Without a doubt, teachers want the best academic and holistic outcomes for their students. A fascinating study published in the Journal of School Health indicates that when elementary-age children’s lessons incorporated physical activity, their focus improved more than 70 percent.

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Leading With Video

A Principal's Reflections

Principal Tony Sinanis has used it as a communication tool for years by having his elementary students deliver morning announcements. Check out how Laura Fleming uses Vine to showcase what her students are creating in the school's makerspace.

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3 Easy Ways to Gamify Your Classroom with Kahoot

Fractus Learning

One of education’s hottest buzzwords these days is g amification: the integration of games into classroom instruction to enhance student learning. Purposeful gamification can allow for personalized learning , increased student engagement , and greater creativity. (

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Beginning in fall 2014, the students and teachers at Burbank Elementary School in Hayward, California, embarked on a new and ambitious program to integrate arts across the curriculum.

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Kiddom Planner: A Highly-effective Tool for your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most don’t survive the first five minutes in front of my students but still I go through this preparatory exercise. Scholastic has eight questions to help teachers plan their lessons : Students: What are the academic, social, physical, personal, and emotional needs of students?

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Quality Professional Development for Teaching Reading: Teacher's College at Columbia with Lucy Calkins


My Reflections from Lucy Calkin''s Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute I just returned home from spending the past seven days in New York with two of my elementary colleagues at the Reading Project Summer Institute held at The Teachers College (Columbia University).

How we built an immersive learning environment

eSchool News

Demographics: The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (ISD) is the third-largest district in Texas, covering 186 square miles and serving more than 115,000 students. In short, we weren’t where we needed to be to prepare students for today’s higher education and workforce.

If you can’t see it, you can’t be it: Edtech that connects students to role models

The Christensen Institute

As the New York Times UpShot column recently highlighted, there is mounting evidence that students benefit from teachers who hail from a similar background and gender—and yet the teaching profession remains largely white and female. Most teachers don’t look like their students.

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Improving Learning Outcomes by Raising Teacher Effectiveness


The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) released in 2015 shows that only 58% of children in the 14-18 age group are able to read a Grade 2 level English text. The one with the highest direct impact on student engagement is the quality of teaching.

5 Tips To Improve Your Teaching And Boost Your Career

EdNews Daily

Which activities sparked student engagement, and which proved more of a struggle? What questions did students have? Did students have unexpected gaps in their knowledge that precluded you from teaching the most advanced parts of the lesson?

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Are computer labs a thing of the past? Not so fast.

The Christensen Institute

In our BLU directory, many schools profiled are differentiating in important ways for their students, in part thanks to access to a computer lab. Let’s look at a few Lab Rotation profiles from the BLU to see how and why this model can make a difference when it comes to enhancing students’ learning. The lead teacher instructs students in the classroom while a teaching assistant facilitates learning in the computer lab.

Teaching teachers to relinquish control

The Christensen Institute

The new report How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in seven moves: A playbook for teachers ” tells stories of teachers who improved student engagement and academic results by introducing seven specific, practical moves into their classrooms that replicate the successes of top managers in cutting-edge workplaces. To do this, a teacher must free students from teacher-delivered instruction and give them content and lessons that they can learn independently.

Part 2… 30 NCAA Basketball Lesson Plan Resources and Links … A PBL Series

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

The post also contained 15 links to help bring the engagement and excitement of the NCAA tournament to your classroom. Who Invented Basketball – You and your students can explore another wonder of the day from Wonderapolis.


Give students individual feedback

The Christensen Institute

The new report “ How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in seven moves: A playbook for teachers ” tells stories of teachers who improved student engagement and academic results by introducing seven specific, practical moves into their classrooms that replicate the successes of top managers in cutting-edge workplaces. Her goal was to spend more time one-on-one with students and be a good coach to each one.

Get kids collaborating with the Brown Bag Art Challenge

The Cornerstone Blog

So today I’ve invited an experienced elementary and middle school art teacher, Jenny Knappenberger of Art with Jenny K , to share one of her favorite ways to get kids creating and collaborating. Students were put into groups of about four kids.

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K-12 Game-a-thon Hall of Fame 2018

MIND Research Institute

The K-12 Game-a-thon challenges students to design, build and share a game that features creative and unusual solution­­s to mathematical problems. Throughout the process, students developed critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration skills and more. Capital Group Companies.