March, 2022

7 websites to teach fake news

Ask a Tech Teacher

We wrote about fake news earlier this week ( How to defeat fake news–one teacher’s ideas ). Here are additional resources you’ll find helpful in teaching about this topic: Fake News game — from BBC. How to spot fake news — a video. Interview with a fake news creator.

MacKenzie Scott Makes Transformational $20 Million Gift to Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Digital Promise has received a $20 million gift, the single largest unrestricted gift in the organization’s history, from MacKenzie Scott.

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Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning Activities

User Generated Education

My gifted students, grades 4th-6th, selected Artificial Intelligence, as their elective during Spring, 2022 semester. For more about this see Offering Electives to Elementary Students.) The machine learning activities I describe below are part of their larger Artificial Intelligence elective.

7 Digital tools for student engagement across all grade levels

Neo LMS

As we head into the spring, we may notice a decrease in student engagement. For some students, there have been midterm exams, extended school breaks, or we find ourselves in the middle of standardized testing season.

Sticky learning: Digital brain dumps with Flipgrid and Socrative

Ditch That Textbook

Help new information stick in students' minds with the "brain dump," an effective, low-prep activity in the classroom. It’s a common request from teachers of students: Study. Go home and study. Go back over the material. Re-read the material. When we ask students to do this, we mean well.

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5 Best Security Practices for Working Remotely

ViewSonic Education

Establishing security practices for working remotely is critical when working from home. There are many things to consider when onboarding a new employee or reviewing proper security protocols with existing staff.

Using VR to Visualize Complex Information

Ask a Tech Teacher

Virtual Reality is one of the hottest newish education strategies that keeps getting better. Here’s an excellent article from eSchool News about using VR to better understand topics traditionally considered complex: VR helps students visualize complex information.

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Change Begins with You

A Principal's Reflections

When we do things a certain way, we often become comfortable, especially if we are satisfied with the result. While this might seem perfectly fine on the surface, the truth is that progress can become stagnant.

Artificial Intelligence: Chatbot Activities for Students

User Generated Education

My gifted students, grades 4th-6th, selected Artificial Intelligence, as their elective during Spring, 2022 semester. For more about this see Offering Electives to Elementary Students.)

Customized email newsletters for every kid with Google Forms

Ditch That Textbook

Make solid connections with families by creating custom email newsletters for every student. It's easy with Google Docs, Sheets and Forms. Classroom newsletters are kind of hit and miss. You know how they usually look.

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 8 Strategies for increasing student self-efficacy in online education

Neo LMS

Teachers want their students to be confident in their ability to reach their goals. The concept that best describes this confidence is student self-efficacy. Students with higher levels of self-efficacy are very likely to remain motivated even when faced with difficult situations.

Websites that add sparkle (and learning) to Spring

Ask a Tech Teacher

A few spring websites, lesson plans, printables, activities: 7 Science Experiments that Teach About Spring. Books from Scholastic about Spring. Life cycle of a snake. Life Cycle Lesson Plans. Life Cycle resources. Life Cycles. Life Cycle Symbaloo. Plant life cycle. Spring Puzzle.

Designing Pathways for Rural Learners Using Micro-credentials: Four Case Studies

Digital Promise

In our latest publication, Micro-credentials for Social Mobility in Rural Postsecondary Communities: A Landscape Report , Digital Promise conducted four in-depth case studies to explore how postsecondary institutions are using micro-credentials to create real-time career pathways for rural learners.

Leveraging Students’ Strengths to Develop Student Leaders

Education Elements

Kate Sanders, Teacher: How do I empower more student leaders? This question had been circling my brain for months.

Balance Instruction and Feedback with Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Teachers have three primary roles – designer, instructor, and facilitator. When I facilitate blended learning workshops, I ask participants to think about these three roles and identify the role they spend the most time and energy in. The responses always yield the same results.

Station rotation: Save time, engage students in any K-12 classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Station rotation keeps students engaged in multiple activities. Plus, it isn't hard to set up! Here are some ideas. When we think of stations or centers we often think of young children moving around the room to various activities.

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How to write SMART learning objectives in your LMS

Neo LMS

Creating goals is not an option but a must if you’re a teacher. You ensure long-lasting results by having a clear view of what you want to achieve in your classroom. The purpose of teaching goes far beyond passing on theoretical knowledge.

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Has Teaching Changed since the Pandemic?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Christian Miraglia, wrote an interesting article on changes in teaching since the pandemic. I think you’ll find a lot to relate to: Has Teaching Changed Since the Pandemic?

New Practitioner Advisory Board to Consider AI in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Through an educator-industry partnership between Digital Promise and Merlyn Mind, seven practitioners have the opportunity to share feedback on cutting edge technology and engage in critical conversations on the broader use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the classroom.

The Hybrid Office: The Pros and Cons of Hot Desking

ViewSonic Education

Hot desking is becoming a hot topic among companies. Allowing people to work at any available desk or workstation might first appear as an intriguing concept, but always more workplaces are making the leap.

Developing a classroom culture of resilience with H?para Highlights

Hapara

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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Draw, choose, write or say: Fantastic formative assessments

Ditch That Textbook

Formative assessment can be fantastic! Here are options for letting students draw, choose, write and say as a formative assessment tool.Formative assessment can be drudgery. When students are doing the same quizzes and the same practice questions all day long, it can be less than stimulating.Or

What are the benefits of interdisciplinary teaching?

Neo LMS

Education is and has always been the field that autoregulates in order to provide students the tools to live, adapt, contribute, develop and create better outcomes for themselves and generations to come.

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Is Education Due for a Reset

Ask a Tech Teacher

Throughout my career in education, teaching has been prodded, pushed, tweaked, nudged, and reformed. I author a K-12 Technology Curriculum. Each time I update it, I include a list of what has changed since the last update, something like: Windows updated its platform—twice.

Chaula Gupta Joins Digital Promise as Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Digital Promise

Digital Promise announced today that Chaula Gupta has been named the organization’s Vice President and Chief Program Officer.

What is Refresh Rate?

ViewSonic Education

If you are searching for a monitor or any other kind of display hardware, there is going to be a lot of jargon to contend with, but one of your biggest questions is likely to be ‘what is refresh rate?’

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Virtual Learning Done Right

A Principal's Reflections

Through adversity, we rise to the occasion. So many important lessons were learned during the pandemic that can be used to not only improve our practice but also to pave the way for a brighter future.

A day in the life with Student Dashboard Digital Backpack

Hapara

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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Fun formative assessment: 12 easy, no-tech ideas you can use tomorrow

Ditch That Textbook

Formative assessment means providing students with opportunities to show you what they are learning while you are teaching it. These assessments inform your instruction and help you make those little tweaks to your lessons that meet the needs of your students.

Celebrate Pi Day and Maths Day

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Two math celebrations are coming up on March 14th : Pi Day and World Maths Day. Pi Day. Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant ? (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of ? in the decimal form.

Announcing the Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Awards

Digital Promise

Since launching in 2021, more than 200 teachers from schools and youth organizations across 48 countries have engaged with the Ciena Solutions Challenge , a global design challenge launched by Digital Promise and Ciena that invites middle and high school students globally to design solutions that address the U.N.

What Is a Digital Whiteboard?

ViewSonic Education

You’ve known analog whiteboards for years and already used interactive whiteboards, but chances are you still wonder: what is a digital whiteboard? Think of it as a solution that offers a fantastic opportunity to modernize classrooms and workplaces.

A Literate Learner

A Principal's Reflections

A great deal has changed since I was in school. I vividly remember getting a TANDY laptop from my parents when I graduated high school. It was a considerable upgrade from the Apple IIe that we all shared in the guest room.

Teacher Engagement Part IV: Social Engagement with Colleagues

Catlin Tucker

How does a teacher’s relationships with their colleagues impact their energy levels or exhaustion? How can a teacher build strong relationships with their colleagues to make this work more enjoyable and rewarding?

How to set up a classroom gamification level system

Neo LMS

For learning to be efficient and produce long-lasting effects, it should be engaging. The more learning resembles a game, the more appealing it will be, which is the concept behind gamification. Competitions, leaderboards, and awards are important gamification elements.

10 St. Patrick’s Day Resources For Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun websites with activities for different grade levels, different classes: Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle. Puzzles and games. Physical Education St.

How Our Micro-credential Audit Supports Equitable and Accessible Professional Development

Digital Promise

The micro-credentialing field is ever shifting and changing – a characteristic that has made it ideal for innovation. The pandemic has demanded a high level of adaptability in education that micro-credentials can support.