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Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. James Lang has six recommendations in this podcast about how we can better understand student attention and how we can get their attention while we teach – even when teaching online.

Virtual Improv Activities for Remote Learning

User Generated Education

[link]. Given my experiential education background, I’ve always been fond of and have used group team building and problem-solving activities with all of the age groups I teach – for example, see Team-Building with Elementary Students.

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How Does Artificial Intelligence Fit into the Future of Education?

Digital Promise

The term “artificial intelligence” (AI) is increasingly more familiar as we encounter it in our daily lives. Have you asked Siri or Alexa a question lately?)

Tech Tip #31: 10 Best Keyboarding Hints

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

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.

Creating Fun Family & Classroom Experiences for Kids Online

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can create fun ways to enjoy time with our families online in Zoom, Google Meet, Teams, and more. Today’s guest, Sandi Johnson, is an IT Integrator in Indianapolis.

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How School Librarians Adjusted to Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

As schools across the nation shifted to distance learning — and then again to a hybrid model — library staff have taken creative approaches to foster student engagement and give students access to literature.

How Fast Should Kids Type

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get this question a lot from readers and purchasers of my technology curriculum : How fast should kids type? What about Kindergartners? When are their brains mature enough to understand speed and accuracy? When I reviewed the literature on this subject, it is all over the place.

Going hybrid or already have? Join the conversation

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. My friend Larry Ferlazzo in California looks like he’s going hybrid.

Ready to be an anti-racist school? Diversifying students’ networks is a must

The Christensen Institute

Last year, the killing of George Floyd and the inequitable spread of the coronavirus pandemic together created a moment in history that can’t be ignored. These events loudly drew attention to the systemic inequities in our nation and deep strands of racism that have long plagued America.

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.

Would You Rather: Designing with Choice in Mind

Catlin Tucker

My children love “would you rather” questions. Would you rather go to the beach or the snow? Would you rather eat a cookie or a brownie? Would you rather watch a movie or read a book? They enjoy being presented with two options and getting to choose one.

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Here’s a Preview of March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in March: More free posters. Creating shortkeys and favorites. 5 Ways Ed Tech can enhance Social Studies. Pi Day. Remote learning classes. March Subscriber Special.

Laying the Foundation for Distance Learning Success

Digital Promise

Schools across the country were forced to rapidly shift to distance learning last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the 2020-2021 school year began in the fall and teachers and students were still trying to adjust to this “new normal,” those in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program had an advantage.

Rethinking Your District Strategic Plan in the Era of COVID-19

Education Elements

What’s the first word that pops into your head when you hear “strategic planning”? What word did you think of? Common responses we hear are boring, painful, old-school, far-off, or even just a simple, “ugh.”. Strategic Planning District Leadership School Leadership

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Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

10 ideas for creating an interACTIVE classroom

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Joe and Kristin Merrill. Kristin is a fourth grade teacher, and Joe is a first grade teacher. They would love to stay connected with you! Follow them on Twitter at: @FriendsInFourth (Kristin), @MrMerrillsClass (Joe), and @TheMerrillsEdu (collectively).

The innovations countries need to build back better

The Christensen Institute

In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic dealt a major blow to hundreds of millions of workers globally, especially those in the garment industry.

Online College Credit Classes Forming

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through the Midwest Teachers Institute , I offer four college-credit classes that teach how to blend technology with traditional lesson plans. They include all the ebooks, videos, and other resources required so you don’t spend any more than what is required to register for the class.

CoSN2021’s Virtual Conference Promises to be ‘Brave and Bold’

EdTech Magazine

For the second year in a row, the Consortium for School Networking will hold its annual conference fully online in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event, to be held March 2-4, will be packed with interactive exhibits and digital-first presentations.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

5 More principles of effective instruction adapted for online teaching

Neo LMS

In a previous post, we discussed the first five principles of effective instruction as outlined in Principles of Instruction by Barak Rosenshine.

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Why integration is key to effectively addressing the social determinants of health

The Christensen Institute

We have written for several years about the importance of addressing the social determinants of health , which have attracted a national spotlight during the pandemic.

The Key to Better Student Engagement Is Letting Them Show You How They Learn

Edsurge

A couple of weeks ago during a coaching session, a middle school teacher I work with described a fun math activity. She asked her students who were learning remotely to build blanket forts. As you might expect, the students calculated the area, perimeter and volumes of their forts.

Closing the Professional Development Gap for K–12 Teachers

EdTech Magazine

Professional development has never been more critical for educators. Last year’s rapid shift to remote learning intensified challenges for educators in the digital landscape. The transition also put existing professional development standards and practices to the test.

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.

What Are EduProtocols?

EdTechTeam

Teachers, have you ever attended professional development and walked away with a BIG BLUE BINDER that ends up filling up space on a bookshelf? I am pretty sure the answer is YES.

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4 Reasons to Become an IT Software Developer

EdTech4Beginners

Many people are attracted to the field of computer science because it promises a bright future. With every passing day, the digital world is becoming more advanced and computers more complex. The field of computer science never feels boring because no matter how many times you have spent in the industry, you always have something new to learn. Computer science (CS) is a broad field, and if you want to make a career in it, you will have to pick one path.

Recreational Esports Are the Human Connection Students Need During the Pandemic

EdNews Daily

The college experience has been quite different for the millions of students who have been attending classes amid a pandemic. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, less than 4% of institutions have been offering fully in-person curriculums since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

‘Little Band-Aids’ Won’t Fix the Child Care Industry. New Report Proposes an Overhaul.

Edsurge

The current child care system in the United States is broken, and everyone involved—the children, their parents and especially the workers supporting them—are suffering as a result, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California, Berkeley, which was released Tuesday.

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.