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10 ways to make the most out of ISTELive 22 in New Orleans

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Do you ever wonder why they call New Orleans “The Big Easy?” ” It stems from the slow and easy-going way of life in New Orleans. However, with its fast-paced schedule and hundreds of sessions to explore into a few days, ISTELive is an entirely different experience.

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How students can safely search the internet

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Many of us remember heading to the library to gather books and printed articles for our school projects. Libraries, of course, still hold a wealth of information, but now learners can go beyond the library walls.

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Now presenting, the H?para Teaching Theater lineup

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We covered the can’t miss sessions at ISTELive 22 , but now we want to focus on presenters closer to home at H?para’s para’s Teaching Theater. Explore our awesome line-up and make sure you visit us at booth #1530 to meet these fabulous speakers, surprise guests, educators and of course, the H?para

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H?para helps North Dakota district realize its mission of putting students first

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Neither the pandemic nor a recent district merger has kept Williston Basin School District #7 from continuously strengthening its commitment to putting students first.

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What does an OER lesson plan look like?

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K-12 schools and districts turn to open educational resources (OER) for their flexibility. They are a cost-effective choice and make differentiating instruction and personalizing learning easier.

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How to block websites in K-12 schools

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Across schools, students use devices like Chromebooks for learning because it has many advantages. But how do we protect learners while they are working online? It’s essential for schools to keep private information secure and block content that gets in the way of learning.

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Create Google Slides comics to add some elements of fun to your lessons and enhance student engagement

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Incorporating the use of comics into your classroom activities can be a fun way to help engage students in academic content, develop their technological competency and enhance their understanding of the learning objectives.

Can’t miss sessions at ISTELIVE 22

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Thrilled does not even begin to cover how excited we are to return to ISTE in June and, more importantly, to see everyone in person. But, of course, we also can’t wait to see all of the incredible sessions that will take place in New Orleans this year.

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H?para receives international recognition for excellence in leadership and student-centered digital solutions

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Chicago, IL: April 5, 2022. For immediate release. . This month the winners of the EdTech Awards were announced and H?para para was singled out for the global leadership of its CEO, Wayne Poncia and once again for its innovation of student-centered technologies. . CEO of H?para,

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Understanding the new Alberta curriculum

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What do we know? Earlier this year, Alberta’s Minister of Education announced that beginning September 22, 2022, they will implement a new curriculum in K-3 Mathematics, K-3 English Language Arts and Literature, and K-6 Physical Education and Wellness. .

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H?para unveils more tools to support and empower student learning and beyond

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New Orleans, LA, June 22, 2022 –In the spirit of continuing its mission to support learners and teachers both inside and outside of the classroom, H?para para is set to unveil two new products at ISTE this week.

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Developing a classroom culture of resilience with H?para Highlights

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Blog series: Spotlighting SEL in the H?para-supported para-supported classroom. This blog series is designed to provide educators with examples from the classroom of how the H?para para Instructional Suite can be used to support social and emotional learning (SEL).

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A day in the life with Student Dashboard Digital Backpack

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It’s 6:30 a.m., and Mrs. Perkins, a fifth-grade teacher, browses the district’s library of content in H?para para for a text she can teach in her science class. With just a few clicks, she shares the content with each student to quickly access it when they log in to their H?para

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Four tips for teaching in uncertain times

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Strategic use of digital tools can help educators who are teaching during uncertain times by providing structure and space for effective learning.

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Five ways that project based learning empowers educators and elevates equity

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This year’s ISTELive 22 conference theme is “Empowering Educators. Elevating Equity,” which has encouraged the team at H?para para to think about how we can operationalize that aspiration now and into the future. One of the most inspiring ways to do this is using project based learning (PBL).

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How to engage learners with a combination of STEM and SEL

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Blog series: Spotlighting SEL in the H?para-supported para-supported classroom. This blog series is designed to provide educators with examples from the classroom of how the H?para para Instructional Suite can be used to support social and emotional learning (SEL).

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Beyond connectivity: using technology to support learner equity and access

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Internet connectivity is a big deal for learner equity and access. Unfortunately, between 15 and 16 million K — 12 learners and 400,000 educators in the United States lacked adequate connectivity , a device or both in 2020.

Using open educational resources to empower differentiated instruction

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Open educational resources, also known as OER, provide a great way to supplement curriculum to differentiate instruction and better meet each learner’s needs in your classroom. para built itself upon a robust pedagogical foundation that is designed to support differentiated instruction.

Exciting new updates for H?para Highlights

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April showers bring… Highlights updates! In the coming weeks, you may notice some small changes to Highlights that will make it a lot easier to see what your students are doing online and provide them with feedback.

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Transitioning to a better solution: How one NJ district is switching to H?para for the benefit of all

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For many educators, the start of this school year held the possibility of returning to a more “normal” school year after periods of distance and hybrid learning. But teachers and school leaders across the U.S.

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10 edtech experts you should follow

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Integrating technology into instruction and learning is a way of life for educators today. But it can be a struggle to understand how to use classroom technology in meaningful ways.

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EduProtocols to improve student learning outcomes and engagement

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Join Rich Dixon and Jon Corippo, author of the EduProtocols Field Guide for a discussion on how to develop meaningful, relevant instruction and break free from textbooks and worksheets.

10 ways to foster deeper learning in the classroom with technology

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In order to prepare students to become successful future global citizens, they need to engage in deeper learning. This form of education helps teach students the critical collaboration and analytical skills they will need to succeed in the future workplace and society.

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Three simple steps for creating lesson plans

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Creating effective lesson plans is the cornerstone of successful teaching and learning.

How to use digital textbooks in the K-12 classroom

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Digital textbooks are cost-effective and create equitable, engaging and flexible learning experiences. What’s not to love? There are many advantages to using digital textbooks in the K-12 classroom for schools and districts.

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Student well-being and pedagogy by making learning contextual: Tapping into students’ life experience for learning

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Join H?para’s para’s Senior Director of Innovation, Rich Dixon and Shayla Adams-Stafford as they discuss how providing students with a sense of belonging, keeping them feeling safe and including culturally relevant material is critical for their success as learners.

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From digital citizenship to digital leadership in a South Carolina elementary school

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Where we started . Technology is present in kids’ worlds now more than ever before. Whether it be social media, school use or gaming, students are almost always on some sort of digital application.

SEL is not another thing on the plate. It is the plate

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Blog series: Spotlighting SEL in the H?para-supported para-supported classroom. This blog series is designed to provide educators with examples from the classroom of how the H?para para Instructional Suite can be used to support social emotional learning (SEL).

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Digital versus physical textbooks

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Has your K-12 school district taken advantage of digital textbooks yet? While college and university students were the first to swap physical textbooks for digital versions, K-12 schools are now joining the movement. Are digital textbooks better, though? Which do learners prefer and why?

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Seven advantages of using digital textbooks in schools

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While schools have traditionally used printed textbooks, choosing digital textbooks impacts learning in positive ways. By adopting e-books in your school or district, you can expand learning opportunities. They help your students thrive in school because they get to learn the way they want to learn.

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Three simple steps for creating lesson plans

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Creating effective lesson plans is the cornerstone of successful teaching and learning. When learning objectives are clear, and students are allowed to engage in organized and meaningful activities to help them become proficient at a targeted skill, it will lead to a productive classroom where learners are focused on achieving academic goals. Well-planned, creative lessons increase student achievement and help teachers create a more manageable classroom.

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Use (and reuse) personalized Google Forms for peer feedback

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Spring would roll around when I was teaching, and I’d tell myself that I was on the cusp of becoming the teacher I’d always imagined myself to be. I could Marie Kondo my classroom until it looked like something that Instagrammers would call “GOALS!” or “INSPO!”

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Eight challenges keeping students engaged during remote learning (and how to help)

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K-12 schools and districts are turning to remote learning again as they head into the new semester. Winter storms and the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are pausing in-person classes. With these extended school closings, educational leaders are making the choice to transition back to virtual learning.

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10 of the best K-12 sources for digital textbooks online

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K-12 schools and districts are turning to digital textbooks for in-person, hybrid and remote learning. While textbook publishing companies now offer digital versions, you can also find open textbook options online. These open textbooks are free for schools and districts to use and distribute.

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H?para partners with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium to offer Student Dashboard Digital Backpack free in Alberta

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. para partners with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium to offer Student Dashboard Digital Backpack free in Alberta. Chicago, Illinois, Jan. 24, 2022– The Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC) announced Monday that it will support pilots of H?para’s

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Why H?para for Alberta schools?

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Alberta learners and educators secure long term commitment. para has provided learning technologies to Alberta school divisions since 2011. Over these nine years, Alberta school divisions and classroom educators have shaped the development and feature sets of H?para para to meet their needs.

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Ring in the new year with some exciting Highlights updates!

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Happy New Year from H?para!

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Are you still closing tabs?

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K-12 monitoring software can be incredibly helpful when students are learning on Chromebooks or other mobile devices. Most tools provide visibility into what learners are doing online and give teachers the ability to close tabs.

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Step up your learner comprehension with annotations in Google Drawings and Docs

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Annotation is an essential skill that helps learners analyze academic content and develop their critical thinking and comprehension of a topic.

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How to vet edtech tools to promote success at school for all learners

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Wondering how to reduce barriers your students with special needs may encounter as they work digitally? Do you understand how to prepare our learners’ digital learning environment so every individual has the elements they need to flexibly accomplish their learning objectives?

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Using Technology to Rethink Summer Learning

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“Summer slide,” “Summer brain drain,” no matter what term you use for it, it’s well-known that students lose critical academic skills during the weeks that they are out of school. This is true in both reading and math, and especially true for low-income students. Edtech Teacher Dashboard Education Workspace Project Based Learning Edtech Update

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What We Can Learn from Family Dinner

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A recent broadcast on San Francisco’s Public Radio, KQED, reviewed the studied benefits that regular family dinner offers to children. Edtech Update social emotional learning constructivism

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District Offers Secure Exams with Hapara and GAFE

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Offering a secure examination experience for teachers and students in the cloud can be a daunting task. There is a reason that standardized exams are so simplistic in nature. It is a lot easier to standardize procedures if every student takes the same exam at the same time and the scores can be tabulated by a machine that counts black and white circles. GAFE Edtech Update Hapara Highlights hapara workspace standardized testing

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