February, 2022

Simulations as a Teaching Strategy

Ask a Tech Teacher

Simulations and games have grown from rote drills using a computer to challenging learning experiences for students that hone problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They are fun for students, keep them engaged, and teach the foundational pieces of a lesson.

Culturally Responsive Education: Evidence to Influence Practice

Digital Promise

“The educators who had the greatest impact on me as a youth recognized my personhood by actively developing a relationship with me, challenged their explicit and implicit biases in visible ways, and valued multiple perspectives within their classroom.” – Maima Chea Simmons, Black Girls’ Literacies.


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Exploring Virtual Reality learning experiences in the classroom


With the start of a new year, it is always a great time to explore new ideas or try some new methods that may be a bit different from what we have traditionally done. I always think it is a great opportunity to stretch ourselves professionally, especially after a break or during the spring months.

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7 strategies for students who struggle with executive functioning

Ditch That Textbook

Executive functioning helps students get tasks done and work through their day. Here's how you can support students who struggle.

Don’t Use a Lot Where a Little Will Do

A Principal's Reflections

The title of this post is a well-known proverb that carries a great deal of weight during times of adversity, struggle, or uncertainty. I don’t know of a single person who really wants to take on more work, especially during a pandemic.

Playlists vs. Choice Boards: What is the difference?

Catlin Tucker

This week, I received a comment to my blog asking: What do you feel is the biggest difference between playlists and choice boards? Would you say a playlist is more data-driven and a choice board gives more variety in learning modalities? These are great questions!

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Model Teaching–How Today’s Educators Learn

Ask a Tech Teacher

Thousands of teachers every year take education classes to renew their license, move up to the next salary range at their school (I did that–often), or learn teaching skills they didn’t get in their degree program (like remote teaching or in-depth technology).

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STEM vs. STEAM: The importance of the Arts


We live in a world increasingly enhanced by and reliant upon advanced technology. It has a core presence in many areas of our lives and there are few industries not using it in some way.

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What Is Color Gamut?

ViewSonic Education

Colors vary in many different ways, in terms of hue, saturation, brightness, and gloss. What we perceive as ocean blue, mustard yellow, or Bordeaux red is caused by how light is reflected back to our eyes. However, each of us sees colors differently.

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The Role of a Leader in Building Capacity

A Principal's Reflections

When it comes to leadership, there is no one right way or quick fix. Just like with learning, it's a process, not an event. Another given is that no matter where your practice lies, or that of your staff, there are always areas to improve.

Teacher Engagement Part III: Social Engagement with Students

Catlin Tucker

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

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#WorldReadAloudDay February 2

Ask a Tech Teacher

On Feb. 2, 2022, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages.

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Transmedia, Digital Storytelling Project

User Generated Education

As someone who, for years, has been using educational technology, I have said the often stated quote, Technology won’t replace teachers, but teachers who don’t use technology will be replaced.

7 Digital tools for project-based learning


Students have become more outspoken about the type of education they want. As a teacher, I constantly hear about their desire to learn by doing, see how things develop, contribute to and witness the results of their work.

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5 Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

ViewSonic Education

There are many benefits of technology in the classroom, so we’ve picked five of the most significant for this handy list. From increased engagement to more inclusive environments, the correct application of EdTech improves a wide range of learning outcomes.

Leading With a Swiss Army Knife Approach

A Principal's Reflections

How would one define great leadership? What are the characteristics of influential leaders? Each of these questions leads to various responses.

Facing the Great Resignation? Support Instructional Coaches

Education Elements

A recent Forbes article said, “If the big challenge of 2021 was to get children back into the classroom, the challenge for 2022 is to keep teachers there.”

14 Valentine Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are some fun Valentine sites to fill those few minutes betwixt and between lessons, projects, bathroom breaks, lunch, and everything else: Apps for Valentine’s Day. Drag-and-drop games. Google Drawings Magnetic Poetry from Ctrl Alt Achieve. Games and puzzles. Games and stories.

Four tips for teaching in uncertain times


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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How to manage slow-working students in your classroom


Students experience learning differently. Some may be able or willing to solve tasks on time, but others may struggle to do so.

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Digital Promise Releases Report on Value of Research in Edtech Design

Digital Promise

In an industry that values innovation, cutting-edge design, and lightning response to changing market needs, how can edtech products demonstrate their effectiveness? Typically, efficacy studies serve as a metric for understanding the value of a learning tool.

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Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension in Your Classroom


Want More Science of Reading? Check out our seven-part Science of Reading webinar series. Explore how the brain learns to read and get tips for effective, researched-based classroom instruction. Download previous recordings or register for our next session here. We’d love to see you there!

10 things you didn’t know you could do with Google Arts and Culture

Ditch That Textbook

Google Arts and Culture is a massive collection of videos and images of cultural artifacts from over 2,000 museums around the world. But virtually visiting art exhibits is just one of the many things you can do with Google Arts and Culture.

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12 Websites for 3D Printing

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are popular 3D Printing resources teachers are using: 3D Bear. Cricut Machine –to cut materials. Create 3D Printing Designs. 3D Doodler Pen. MakerBot PrintShop. Onshape. SculptGL. Sketchup. Tinkercad –create your own 3D print designs. Download 3D Printing designs. GrabCad.

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How to engage learners with a combination of STEM and SEL


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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5 Must-have LMS reports for schools


As a teacher or school administrator, you need to stay informed about many class and student-related aspects. Doing this in an old-fashioned manner by talking to each student or manually checking attendance sheets and grades can be extremely time-consuming. .

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The Business Benefits of Video Conferencing

ViewSonic Education

Video conferencing (VC) is a major part of doing business in the 21st century. It facilitates visual communication with clients and colleagues anywhere and anytime. Moreover, a video call can save energy, money, and reduce environmental impact in some surprising (but significant) ways.

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Strength in Vulnerability

A Principal's Reflections

“ Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center, of meaningful human experiences.” - Brené Brown Change is hard. It is even more challenging to sustain. While there are many obstacles to individual or system growth, fear and comfort tend to lead the pack.

What We Learned from the Edcamp Design for Learning Series

Digital Promise

The post What We Learned from the Edcamp Design for Learning Series appeared first on Digital Promise. Blog Edcamp Educators Researchers

Teacher-Authors: What’s Happening on my Writer’s Blog

Ask a Tech Teacher

update. A lot of teacher-authors read my WordDreams blog. In this monthly column, I share the most popular post from the past month here on my education blog, Ask a Tech Teacher. . 7 Writing Hacks.

Beyond connectivity: using technology to support learner equity and access


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.

How to create a supportive classroom environment


One thing about teaching that everyone learns sooner or later is that you can’t follow a cookie-cutter approach. You might get a few insights from your fellow teachers or remember useful strategies from your former educators, but you always need to be prepared for all sorts of situations.

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Technology in the Classroom: The Complete Guide

ViewSonic Education

There has always been technology in the classroom, even if it hasn’t always been welcome. Take a brief look at the history of technology’s uneasy relationship with education. Then see some common modern additions to the classroom ranging from computers to smartphones.

Is student note-taking relevant in classes today?

Ditch That Textbook

Students have taken notes for ages. Is note-taking still helpful? Here's how we can get more out of student note-taking. "I I want my students to take notes. But they just don't take them, or they fight me on them. How can I make my students take notes?"


Science-Based Valentine Day Projects

User Generated Education

I really like using maker education and STEM/STEAM projects to celebrate holidays and special events.

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ll never forget the day years ago when I stood in a donut shop, half asleep, bed head, with a monster sugar deficit. As I got to the front of the line, the man before me said, “I’ll pay for hers, too.” ” I didn’t know him.

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


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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