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20 Canva templates to use in class tomorrow

Ditch That Textbook

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What drives the demand for learning pods and micro-schools?

The Christensen Institute

In the summer and fall of 2020, as families wrestled with how they would manage remote learning, “ learning pods ” started trending. Initially, pods were just temporary stop-gaps to provide social interaction for kids and child care coverage for parents until schools could reopen.


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5 Awesome New Screencastify Features

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Screencastify is more than a screencasting tool. You can now screencast, edit, quiz, see student analytics, get feedback, and more using Screencastify.

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Getting up to Speed: Teacher Prep and Technology Integration

Ask a Tech Teacher

We know technology is a challenge for veteran teachers. It wasn’t part of their teacher training program so they rely on school PD to fill the many holes in blending tech with education.

Blended Learning: Design a Mini-playlist that Allows Students to Control the Pace of Their Learning

Catlin Tucker

After reading Catlin Tucker’s blog post, 5 Strategies to Engage Learners Around Flipped Instruction , I was inspired to reflect on and revise a mini-unit I designed focusing on the short film Alike by Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez.

Success is hiding in your customers’ untold stories

The Christensen Institute

Imagine that it’s 10:40 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, and you’re sitting at your desk. You have 20 minutes before a string of meetings lasts from 11a.m. – 5 p.m., and you’ve been battling what is likely a sinus infection for ten days.

5 Reasons to include micro learning in your teaching strategy


A version of this post was originally published in Education Technology , on April 17, 2021. Researchers and educators have always tried to optimize how we consume knowledge by looking at the realities of the learning brain.

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Alternative Learning: Supporting Our At-Promise Students

A Principal's Reflections

Long gone are the days that a one-size-fits-all education program could even be considered an effective option to meet the needs of every student.

The Gold Medalist’s Guide for Incorporating Reflection in your Strategic Plan

Education Elements

“The twisties”. Growing up in the competitive cheerleading circuit, I was familiar with the term (and even had a former coach experience them once and never attempt certain gymnastics passes again), but I had never heard the term outside of that space.until this year’s Summer Olympics.

Marrying freedom and funding: How districts can become education’s new inventors

The Christensen Institute

For many school systems, the time, money, and effort spent to improve K–12 education seems to offer a lackluster return on investment.

Conversations with the Experts: Innovation Connection Speaker Playlist


Post by EdTechTeacher Instructor Tom Driscoll. In the lead-up to our live Innovation Connection event on November 1st , EdTechTeacher’s Tom Daccord, Avra Robinson and Tom Driscoll had the opportunity to engage in fascinating discussions with nine of our featured presenters.

I’m Traveling

Ask a Tech Teacher

October 24th – November 7th. My wonderful son is changing his duty station from Okinawa Japan to Fort Dietrich Maryland.


7 Resources for Teachers looking to Incorporate Technology into the Classroom


The options for teachers looking to incorporate technology into the classroom are endless. Every new program and gadget has the potential to be a great tool, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed. So how do you know what’s really worth it? This article is here to help. We’ll cover the benefits of incorporating tech tools in the classroom, where to start, and some of the best resources. What are the benefits of incorporating tech tools into the classroom?

My interview with Big Blue Button

Dangerously Irrelevant

I recently had a chance to keynote Big Blue Button’s first-ever Global Conference. Afterward, I sat down (virtually) with Robert Hocking and we chatted about some deeper learning concepts that I had mentioned in my talk. The half-hour video on ‘ major shifts in education ‘ is below.

How Should We Approach the Ethical Considerations of AI in K-12 Education?


We live in a world fundamentally transformed by our own creations. Once imagined only in science fiction, artificial intelligence now powers much of the technology we interact with every day—from smart home devices to cognitive assistants to media recommenders.

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A New Era of #SpecialEducation–a video

Ask a Tech Teacher

Illuminate Education has an interesting video (on-demand) about Navigating a New Era of Special Education. Here’s a preview: Research shows that more students will not meet grade-level benchmarks this fall due to COVID learning disruptions.

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OPINION: Why school ratings can backfire

The Hechinger Report

Last week, U.S. News & World Report released its first-ever rankings of public elementary and middle schools in the United States.

Vocabulary Sort with Google Slides

Teacher Tech

Sort vocabulary words in Google Slides with this Free Add-on to take your list from Google Docs to individual text boxes in Google Slides. The post Vocabulary Sort with Google Slides appeared first on Teacher Tech. Ad-Ons Docs Google Slides Add-on google Google Docs Google Slides GoogleEDU slides

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How gaps in social capital research are holding us back, and what to do about it

The Christensen Institute

Anna Arsenault, research project manager for education, co-authored this piece. As COVID wears on, “relationships matter” can feel like a tired cliche.

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Cognitive Training: Questions Frequently Asked by Skeptics

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark There continues to be controversy regarding cognitive training (sometimes called brain training) programs, and there continue to be many skeptics. Skepticism is generally a healthy attitude, particularly when health and wellbeing are involved.

How schools can take cybersecurity to the next level

eSchool News

In early March, 15 schools in the United Kingdom reported they were made incapable of delivering online learning for students after a cyberattack forced the education trust to shut down all systems to investigate whether the cybercriminals accessed the central network infrastructure.

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The racist and sexist roots of child care in America explain why the system is in shambles

The Hechinger Report

MEDFORD, Mass. — A year later, Roxana Contreras would say she didn’t know what she was thinking. But in the early spring of 2020, her business in shambles and bills to pay, she decided that she had no choice but to sell her house.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Play a Role in Endpoint Security

EdTech Magazine

Long before the pandemic, K–12 cyberattacks were a serious concern. The shift to remote learning has only increased the danger.

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Poster – Google Keep Keyboard Shortcuts

Teacher Tech

Print out this keyboard shortcuts poster for Google Keep to help you Keep your ideas even faster. The post Poster – Google Keep Keyboard Shortcuts appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google Keep Keyboard Shortcuts google google keep GoogleEDU keytips

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Why Some Reading Intervention Programs Don’t Help Striving Readers Learn Grammar

EdNews Daily

By Andrew Ordover What we know about learning (what we’ve known at least since the National Research Council’s, How People Learn) is that when information is contextualized, it is understood and remembered better.

Schools Can Change, But Only When Leaders Learn How to Listen


Nicole Furlonge is perhaps best at helping us to forget what we think we know about listening and leadership. A professor and director of the Klingenstein Center at the Teachers College Columbia University, Furlonge’s work centers on how to become a better listener, and by extension, a better leader.

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How Can Teachers use OKIOCAM to Elevate Classroom Instruction?


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We know how to help young kids cope with the trauma of the last year — but will we do it?

The Hechinger Report

At the beginning of 2020, Brisandi Ruiz was hopeful about the year ahead. Her two-year-old was enrolled in a high-quality preschool program near their home in Greenbelt, Maryland.

50 Everyday Formative Assessment Strategies

TeachThought - Learn better.

Formative assessment strategies matter. Like a chef checks a dish for taste, teachers must make frequent, targeted checks for understanding. The post 50 Everyday Formative Assessment Strategies appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Our Most Popular

Using Cultural Appreciation to Promote SEL in K-12

EdNews Daily

By Jonathan Powell How we’re using our social-emotional learning curriculum to put relationships into focus, create strong bonds with students, and gauge what’s really going on in the classroom.

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Think Digital Native Means Digitally Literate? Think Again.


Aigner Picou, a program director at the Learning Agency Lab, spent a lot of time talking to teachers in 2020. She was part of a team researching how to build a better writing feedback tool. Think of programs that can automatically generate suggestions or scores for students based on their writing.

Using the rule of threes for a technology strategy

eSchool News

As the new school year starts amid fresh uncertainty, educators are grappling with how to navigate what I’ve come to call the “ And Era.” The And Era is not about going only remote or returning to purely in-person experiences, but adopting the best of both.

At Your Google Doc

Teacher Tech

New feature in Google Docs let's you get at the features quickly! The post At Your Google Doc appeared first on Teacher Tech. Docs Google google Google Docs GoogleEDU

6 Steps to Remove Social Security Numbers from Student Data


By removing social security numbers from student data, Greeneville City School District has increased security by making itself less of a target

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The “big 5” tips for teacher productivity

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I’m talking with educator Amy Stohs about teacher productivity today.

Amid Tight Budgets, Districts Are Using IT Investments to Boost the Bottom Line

EdTech Magazine

Lee County School District in Florida faced a crisis: Its legacy phone system operator was ending support for the product. That meant making a big investment in a new system.

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5 ways bullying changed during the pandemic

eSchool News

Throughout my career as a school counselor, I’ve worked with students in a variety of educational settings. This includes alternative and charter schools, traditional brick-and-mortar settings, and online school.