September, 2020

Creativity Now with Best Selling Author Sean Thompson

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity Now with Best Selling Author Sean Thompson Sean Thompson, author of Creativity is Everything , talks about his first day back at school and how he is bringing creativity, physical and emotional wellbeing to his students.

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What Teachers Need in the Era of COVID-19

Digital Promise

Unprecedented. This is the word that has been buzzing around our nation for months as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses, services, and entities have had to rethink how to operate, even reinventing themselves.

Starting the year: Ideas for anywhere learning

Neo LMS

As schools across the country are still deciding on how to safely return to school, I have been slowly working through some new ideas, trying to plan around what may be a year full of transitions into and out of our classrooms. Where to start?

Favorite Shortkeys for Special Needs

Ask a Tech Teacher

I forget where I got this list but it’s well-suited to special needs students. Share these with those students but push them out to all students. You never know who’ll benefit: STICKY KEYS. Sticky Keys allows keyboard shortcuts to be executed one key at a time.

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.

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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Don’t Fall Out of the Boat: Lessons for Life with Vicki Davis

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter [link] Don’t Fall Out of the Boat with Vicki Davis Today’s 700th-anniversary message is a gift to teachers, educators, and parents everywhere. This show is a lifeline for those who need an anchor of purpose.

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.

How to Improve the Teacher of Color Pipeline? Ask Teachers of Color

Digital Promise

Black, Indigenous, students of color make up more than 50 percent of the K-12 student population, yet the number of non-white teachers in schools is only 20 percent. How can we collaborate with and learn from teachers of color to create solutions to address this systematic shortage?

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5 reasons why outdoor learning is vital for young children

Ask a Tech Teacher

Great reminder about the importance of play from one of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors. Outdoor education might sound like a modern fad to many. However, there are so many advantages to this that it is critical for young children. Continue reading to find out why.

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.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

9 Easy mindfulness activities for the virtual classroom

Neo LMS

There’s an elephant in the classroom. It grows bigger and bigger or smaller and smaller, depending on whether we decide to acknowledge it or not. The elephant is anxiety, and while it doesn’t affect us in the same way, because of the recent pandemic, it has skyrocketed across the world.

Feedback Tips for Blended and Online Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Feedback is important. But how do teachers give it frequently and in ways that help students learn? How can teachers have time and get this done with all that is going on this Fall 2020?

Empathetic Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

As almost all schools across the globe are back in session in some form or another, many have decided to begin the year remotely with the hopes that COVID-19 cases will subside in the coming months. Others have started the year with some sort of hybrid model.

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.

Embracing Our Inner Makers: Hands-On Learning During COVID-19 and Beyond

Digital Promise

Maker Learning is Powerful Learning.

5 (free) Shortkey Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, we’ll share five themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired. This month: Shortkeys. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

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.

10 teacher creativity tips from the Adobe Creative Educator program

Ditch That Textbook

Teachers can be creative too! Here are some tips for classroom creativity from Adobe's free Creativity for All online course. This post is sponsored by Adobe. It was independently conceived and created by Ditch That Textbook's Matt Miller. Creativity isn't a trait that only special people are gifted.

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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.

Hands On Ecology at a Distance

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As you adapt lesson plans for distance learning, ecology offers great opportunities for backyard learning and learning at a distance.

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Dear Linda

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dear Linda, Fifteen years ago you let a pigtailed 2nd grader walk down the hall and take 5th grade math. We came to you as the principal of our elementary school in Minnesota and said, “She’s ready for something more.” You smiled at us, looked at the data, and said, “We’ll find a way to make it work.”

New Micro-credentials for Back-to-School Professional Learning

Digital Promise

As part of our robust micro-credential ecosystem, we proudly partner with organizations to provide opportunities for on-demand, personalized professional learning.

We Remember…

Ask a Tech Teacher

America, we love you. History

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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.

Top edtech tools for digital differentiation

Neo LMS

In my recent article regarding using Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms , I mentioned Todd Rose’s term, “design to the edges,” which is what educators attempt to do each day as they accommodate the variety of learners in their classrooms.

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The SEL classroom checklist

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Mika Jain. Mika is an SEL specialist and educator in Los Angeles, CA. She most recently was a program director at MindUP, where she worked as an SEL practitioner.

Research on Returning to School After Natural Disasters with Dr. Brianna Kurtz

The CoolCatTeacher

Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some schools spent the summer engaged in magical thinking that everyone would be back in person this fall, just like before the pandemic.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.