How to Keep Student Minds Open to New Worldviews Even When Campus Is Closed


This pandemic fall semester has understandably raised anxieties about whether students will receive valuable instruction in the academic topics they study in class. But it also threatens the psychosocial learning students do in college, as well as the opportunities for personal development that so many of them seek. Some of our findings from the pre-pandemic era were disconcerting in terms of the time that students spent learning about religious diversity.

How K–12 Classrooms Can Benefit from Robotics

EdTech Magazine

Classrooms are dynamically impacted by the dual forces of technological evolution and student expectation. Student engagement is changing, driven by digital natives looking to combine organic social interaction with science, technology, engineering and math discovery. Stand-and-deliver discourse won’t do it for Gen Z students. After a basic introduction to concepts or events, students work in groups to engage with what they’ve learned.


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8 Non-Digital Remote Learning Ideas

A Principal's Reflections

Before our eyes, we are watching districts and schools valiantly roll out remote learning plans to support all students during extended closures. Throughout this ordeal, we must be patient, understanding, and flexible as teachers and administrators, with little to no training in this area, do their best to provide an education to students. In this case, he/or she would just do it on a piece of paper that the student could refer to before moving on.

School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

16) Prompted by the ongoing overhaul of school systems throughout the country and the rapid institution of new standards and other reforms for school improvement, we have found that many school districts had little time to develop a comprehensive course of action for the instruction of typically developing students, let alone their growing populations of youngsters with diverse academic and linguistic needs. Students with Interrupted or Limited Formal Education (SIFE).

5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

The end of the school year is a time when both students and teachers alike are distracted by thoughts of vacation, sleeping in, and no deadlines. Many of these, educators would love to teach but “just don’t have time for “, even though they align well with broad goals of preparing students for college and career. It includes certificates of achievement, badges at the completion of units, and a classroom tracking poster to show how students are progressing.

Do It Right the First Time: How to Maximize Your Edtech Investment


The district’s IT staff gathered a team of teachers, administrators and support staff to find out which edtech selections enhanced teachers’ and students’ daily activities and how.

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Bringing Literature to Life in Open Sim

The CoolCatTeacher

Mary Howard’s students build and learn in Open Sim , a virtual world like Second Life. Visit for more information and remember to tweet out your pics about how you teach your students using #PowerofEcon. Web 3D: Students Using OpenSim Reflect on the Pressing Issues that We All Ask About Using Virtual Worlds. We hear a lot of talk now in Ed Tech circles about how we can get these students engaged and speak a language that they’re speaking.

96 edtech predictions for K12 in 2019

eSchool News

In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in parental engagement that can be correlated to the implementation of digital platforms and applications. Student information systems and automated messages are what I consider to be the first stage in the evolution of parental engagement, or version 1.0. As we gain further insight into teacher, parent, and student communication needs, interaction between school and home will become more commonplace and more frequent.

How to Build Lifelong Learners

Ask a Tech Teacher

If there is a trait above all others that I want to imbue into my students, it is curiosity. ” The first step toward reaching that goal would be opening their minds to fascinating bits and pieces of knowledge, be they about computer games or nature. Renowned linguist, philosopher, historian, and scientist, Noam Chomsky says it this way: “ Education is really aimed at helping students get to the point where they can learn on their own.

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Making an Impact with Games?


Often, it’s hard even to agree on what we want games to accomplish: are we most interested in raising student engagement? However, these games don’t all “teach” content in an expected way, and the impact of a game might even be entirely unrelated to knowledge-based outcomes–for instance, a great game might bring a team together for collaboration and problem-solving in new ways.

How to Engage Students and Support Learning in Large Classes


Dear Bonni, You have shared often about active learning strategies and the impact they have on student learning. What about when you have 50-60 students in a class? Anonymous In my experience, it’s true that small classes provide greater opportunities for student engagement and for professor/mentor relationships to occur. When we teach large classes, what approaches can we employ that will have a greater opportunity to engage students and help students learn more?

How to Prepare Your Students for College

Benchmark Education

In this era of markedly different standards, shifts in core content, and high stakes tests, the bar for our students and for us as educators is significantly higher. The goal: ensuring students are college ready, career ready, AND new world ready. So, how do we best prepare our students for college? Our students have grown up in a brave, new, digital world—so we look first to technology as a key part of the answer.

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Novel Ideas for Writing Instruction


MORE BETTER WRITING Third Grade Students at Milton Public Schools use FlipGrid to record book reviews. They’re reading student work that’s more thoughtful, properly revised, and well researched, and they’re able to give efficient, effective feedback to each student. And writing students at every level who are inspired by engaging prompts and able to share, collaborate, and access support and informative texts are happier too.

Common Core and Service Learning PBL Professional Development


Yesterday I had the privilege of facilitating a Common Core and Project Based Learning professional development class for 7th-12th grade teachers. Build background knowledge with PBL To make sure we had the same knowledge base/foundation of PBL, we split into six groups to jigsaw these six topics: Define PBL Discuss misconceptions, and misconceptions #2 PBL benefits and Does PBL Lead to Higher Student Achievement?:

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student-Led Tech Team


You’ve probably heard of the student-led “Genius Bar”, which is generally a team of student leaders that provide technical support for the technology devices and programs in their schools. What a great way to utilize and develop student knowledge and skills, right? Busch's student tech teams have four sub-committees: the “Newcast Directors," the “iPad Consultants," the “Makerspace Mentors," and the “Cyber Squad." The Various Student Tech Team Sub-Committees.

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What to Know About Miguel Cardona, Biden’s Pick for Education Secretary


He is a great listener, an amazing team player and he’s always looking out for the best interest of students.” He was improving himself because he promised he was going to work on behalf of the students and their families in Meriden,” she said. “He Teaching experience.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

It works well, that is, if you disregard student data privacy and security. Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. Students don’t pay attention to lectures, they would argue.