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10 low-prep, high-return activities for class TOMORROW

Ditch That Textbook

There’s no shame in low-prep! Here are 10 solid teaching ideas for tomorrow that will free up some time in your life.Low-prep doesn’t have to mean less learning. Technology allows us to be more efficient and effective in the classroom in many ways.

Online learning tips for neurodivergent students

Neo LMS

Online learning has become a prevalent part of the educational landscape. This has some significant benefits. It enables learning to continue when distancing is a necessity. It also provides greater access options to students living in rural areas or experiencing mobility challenges.

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What it Means to Be an Equitable Leader

A Principal's Reflections

So, what is the secret sauce when it comes to effective leadership? This is a tricky question to answer as there is no definitive right way to lead and no shortage of advice available that you can weed through.

The Importance of Involving Stakeholders Throughout the Strategic Planning Process

Education Elements

To see students and community members in action - that is the stuff we, as educators, dream about. Most recently in a suburban school district outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Book Club Guide Available for UDL and Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

A friend recently asked me, “How do you continue your own learning?” ” I responded, “I read a lot.” ” I dedicate time every morning to my professional growth by reading an article or chapter in a book.

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15 ideas for digital end-of-semester final projects

Ditch That Textbook

Final projects can help students summarize and review content from the entire semester. Plus, they can create fantastic products with what they've learned!After After months and months of learning, it all comes down to this. The end of the semester project.

The gains and pains of the think-pair-share strategy

Neo LMS

As a collaborative teaching strategy, the think-pair-share approach has sparked controversy among teachers. Is it a valuable strategy you shouldn’t overlook or is it just not worth the time? Is it beneficial to the learning process or does it hinder progress?

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Protect Your Network Against Bad Password Habits

EdTech Magazine

Cybersecurity solutions have long tried to account for human error. Districts may invest time and money into training staff and students on best practices for keeping their networks secure, including everything from recognizing phishing attempts to password hygiene.

Academic Achievement Can Open So Many Doors

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark To perhaps risk the ire of educators across the nation, we should ask, ‘Is academic performance really important? And if so, why?’ On its surface, these may seem like absurd questions for anyone in the education biz.

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3 approaches to help students become responsible cyber citizens

eSchool News

Children are getting more screen time than ever—a side effect of the pandemic’s impact on our usual routines. It’s not just the pandemic, however. Kids’ media preferences are changing as new apps and sleeker technology make it easier to stay connected (and be entertained) wherever they go.

NEW Line Tool and Color Picker Features in Canva

EdTechTeacher

At the end of November 2021, Canva announced some additional opportunities for design tools in their web application. Both a line creation tool and color picker were unveiled. By simply selecting the letter L key on your keyboard, you can now create a line in Canva, and the fun doesn’t stop there.

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Creating a market for people who need jobs

The Christensen Institute

What is the value of schooling in a country where many who are educated are unemployed and struggle to make a living? That is the question that troubled Valmir Pereira, the CEO of Mind Lab.

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Considerations for K–12 Administrators to Improve Business Continuity Planning

EdTech Magazine

Even the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. If the pandemic has made one fact clear, it’s that planning for an uncertain future is difficult to do. Schools have come a long way from the tumultuous days of required remote learning, yet — as districts look ahead — the uncertainty remains.

Esports in the CTE Classroom: Discord Bot Development

techlearning

Learning the basics of bot development will provide students with a job skill they can take into any future role

“It’s so hard and so challenging:” An oral history of year three of pandemic schooling

The Hechinger Report

As the new school year began this fall, battles around vaccine and mask mandates raged, school boards took up the thorny issue of how to teach students about race and Congress argued about how much to spend on children (and everything else).

NEW Drawing Feature in Canva

EdTechTeacher

Exciting news from Canva this past weekend! The application has created the opportunity for users to do some freehand DRAWING. There are four drawing tools available including a pen, marker, glow pen, and highlighter. Each drawing tool can be adjusted for size and transparency.

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Trauma Is Everywhere. My Experience With It Made Me a Better Teacher.

Edsurge

Content Warning: pregnancy loss/stillbirth. One Saturday morning in 2015, at 37½ weeks of pregnancy, I couldn’t feel my baby move. I waited for a kick or a shift of movement that never came.

4 ways to incorporate student voice, choice, and SEL into learning

eSchool News

Research shows that giving students agency and influence in their learning makes them more engaged and invested in their education. It also empowers them to take control, show initiative, and adopt leadership roles.

How to Create a Robot Library

techlearning

Gilbert Public Schools district has created a robot library that features kits that can be borrowed by schools and come complete with lessons tied to standards

From Associate to B.A.: More people can finish a four-year degree at community colleges

The Hechinger Report

For decades, the distinction between community colleges and four-year colleges has been clear: a student’s stay at community college is generally shorter, and admission is largely open, often oriented around job skills.

Embrace Cheating Tools

Teacher Tech

Students cheat with Google Translate or Photomath or a variety of tools. Do not fight it, embrace it! The post Embrace Cheating Tools appeared first on Teacher Tech. EdTech Tool

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One of the World’s Best-Funded Edtech Companies Is Investing In AI Moonshots. Can It Work?

Edsurge

The Indian edtech giant Byju’s keeps getting bigger , having raised more than $4.5 billion since it was founded 10 years ago. This month the company made clear its ambitious research agenda: to achieve the science-fiction dream of building next-generation teaching aids with artificial intelligence.

4 ways a STEAM-centered curriculum is critical to youth education

eSchool News

A few months into the 2021-22 school year, teachers, parents, and students are once again confronted with the devastating reality of pandemic-prompted learning loss.

5 Teaching Tips From The Coach & Educator Who Inspired Ted Lasso

techlearning

Basketball coach and math teacher Donnie Campbell, one of the inspirations for Jason Sudeikis’ Ted Lasso, shares his strategies for inspiring young people in the classroom and on the court

How Micro-Credentials Boost Career Pathways in Rural Communities

edWeb.net

Blog post by Stacey Pusey based on this edLeader Panel. What happens when a state has a professional learning mandate for teachers but no funding to offer them? Or taking any professional learning seminar requires hours of travel with no viable substitutes to cover the class?

Prisons are training inmates for the next generation of in-demand jobs

The Hechinger Report

COTTONWOOD, Idaho — Steven Hanson, 39, straddled Clyde the calf, ready to tag her ear. Clyde is a life-size model, and Hanson stood in a classroom, not a farmyard. Nevertheless, he rubbed her plush neck to soothe her nerves. He was restraining her, he explained, “just enough.”.

Why Digital Equity Is About So Much More Than Access and Infrastructure

Edsurge

With the ambitious goal of closing the digital divide, Congress approved and President Biden recently signed into law $65 billion for broadband infrastructure—the largest federal investment in history.

3 ways to prepare for rigorous math learning

eSchool News

While students across all grades have shown growth during the pandemic-related learning disruptions, that growth hasn’t kept pace with what we’d expect to see in a typical year.

What is Twitch and How Can It Be Used for Teaching? Tips and Tricks

techlearning

Twitch can be used for teaching as a great way to digitally connect with students

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Conversation: Building Knowledge Through Project-Based Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

One could reasonably cite the complexity of constructivist teaching and learning as a reason to default to more traditional teaching methods. The post Conversation: Building Knowledge Through Project-Based Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Project-Based Learning

PROOF POINTS: Most manufacturing certificate holders don’t get jobs in manufacturing

The Hechinger Report

A student practices how to use a knee mill, a metalworking machine, during a manufacturing class. More than 100,000 adults earned earned entry-level manufacturing certifications at community and technical colleges between 2005 and 2018, but only 40 percent worked in manufacturing afterward.

ASHA Wrapup

SpeechTechie

ASHA Convention was different, but it happened! Thanks to all the organizers for providing a safe and very educational event. I was honored to present on Thursday to a great in-person crowd.

5 principles for an equitable SEL initiative

eSchool News

According to a recent report , fewer than one in four teachers say social-emotional learning (SEL) is implemented in their school on a programmatic, schoolwide basis. More than two decades of research proves that SEL yields positive results for students, adults, and school communities.

Minecraft and Makerspaces: Learning Design Through Play

techlearning

Minecraft: Education Edition has made more people than ever aware that esports and video games can be used as a learning tool

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Quizalize - Engage Your Class Using Game-based Quizzes

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Quizalize is a gamified quiz making tool that you can use to drive students engagement, increase their participation, and enhance their learning. The way Quizalize works is similar to the two other.read more. game-based learning tools Gaming in education Quizalize

OPINION: How targeted federal action could finally chip away at the broadband racism faced by Black students

The Hechinger Report

Pandemic-era lockdowns put an unmistakable spotlight on digital equity — particularly for K-12 students. But nowhere is the digital divide larger than in the Black rural South.

The Key to Understanding Productive Struggle in Games

MIND Research Institute

What Exactly is Productive Struggle? Productive struggle is the process of effortful learning that develops grit and creative problem solving.