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5 Things We Need to Get Right As we Move Back to In Person Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As we consider how we move back into school, we need to think about neuroscience research about how students learn.

6 Ways to build meaningful online teacher-student relationships

Neo LMS

As a teacher, one of the greatest joys is seeing your students’ eyes light up when they learn something new. We’ve all had that teacher who made us like a subject simply because their personality and enthusiasm were enough to spark an interest in anything.

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An Active Reading Strategy for Any Learning Landscape

Catlin Tucker

I’ve experienced the phenomenon of reading a text, but when I get to the end of a page or the bottom of the article, I have no idea what the text was about. I could not answer a single question about the content of what I read.

18+ Easter Websites and Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. To non-Christians (or non-traditional Christians), that event signifies a rebirth of spring that is filled with joy and gifts — and chocolate!

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The New Self Published Book That I Co-Authored That is Trending on Amazon

The CoolCatTeacher

About the book and how (and why) we published it From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Self-publishing is a challenge but it can be done successfully. It has been exciting to release my first co-authored book that is self-published on Amazon this weekend.

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Spring into creativity with these 5 digital tools!

Neo LMS

As a language teacher, I am always looking for new ideas or tools for my students to try in our classroom that enables them to create something more authentic and personalized.

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Remaking the Future of Learning, One Community at a Time

Digital Promise

The mother I met on a May evening in 2019 at the Pittsburgh Youth Filmmakers premiere had never heard of the local student film program before that night.

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Join Me and Monica Burns on Clubhouse – Tuesday, March 30 7 pm Eastern

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Join me and @ClassTechTips on Tuesday 3/30 at 7 pm Eastern on Clubhouse. If you’re a newbie, we can learn together. If you’re a pro, jump on stage and share a tip! Click here to join us: [link].

The Power of Collaboration

A Principal's Reflections

There is nothing more gratifying, in my opinion than watching people work together to achieve a common goal.

4 Practices to Immediately Improve the Teacher Experience in Your School

Education Elements

There are 88 million opportunities in the human genome for trait variations to make us unique, but when it comes to what we seek in the workplace, neuroscience suggests most humans crave the same three things – safety, belonging, and a sense of mattering.

World Backup Day–March 31st

Ask a Tech Teacher

March 31st is called World Backup Day. At least once a year, backup your data files to an external drive (like a flash drive). This is one that isn’t connected to your local computer so can’t be compromised if you get a virus.

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Scratch Monster Mash: A Language Arts/Technology Project

User Generated Education

[link]. This project was developed by Colleen Graves. I found information about how to do it at the Makey Makey blog post entitled, Scratch Coding Literacy Project Ideas for Makey Makey micro:bit Inventions. She designed it to be used with Scratch programming and the micro:bit micro-controller.

Maintaining STEM Engagement Requires Imagination and Creativity from Schools

EdTech Magazine

Cajon Valley Middle School in El Cajon, Calif., real-world relevance is a top priority.

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Streamlining Student Questions in a Concurrent Classroom

Catlin Tucker

One of the challenges teachers in concurrent classrooms face is feeling torn between the needs of students in two learning landscapes simultaneously. Teachers feel guilty because they know one group of students is commanding more of their time and attention.

Here’s a Preview of April

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in April: Easter resources–websites and apps. Invention Convention? Get started! Tech Tips. Websites to teach financial literacy. Subscriber Special. Math resources online. Earth Day activities. Virtual Reality in Schools.

Why students’ ability to mobilize relationships is an essential back-to-classroom competency

The Christensen Institute

Maria Vasquez finally had the opportunity to walk into a school building this spring. A high school freshman in suburban Atlanta, she was immediately embraced by her teachers, school staff, and counselors, and told to reach out if she had any questions or concerns.

K–12 Teachers Share How They Keep Students Engaged While Learning Remotely

EdTech Magazine

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, as they say.

An Active Reading Strategy for Any Learning Landscape

Catlin Tucker

I’ve experienced the phenomenon of reading a text, but when I get to the end of a page or the bottom of the article, I have no idea what the text was about. I could not answer a single question about the content of what I read.

Civics Education Is Essential for Creating Engaged Citizens. I’m Hopeful It's About to Make a Comeback.

Edsurge

On a memorable morning in my high school civics class, the students—seniors, full of energy—learned about the formation and function of our legislative branch. But they weren’t reading from a textbook. They were roleplaying. Let me set the scene for you.

Your definition of quality isn’t mine: Why school districts don’t always choose curriculum that ‘experts’ think is best

The Christensen Institute

In recent years, many have beaten the drum about the findings that rigorous curriculum can improve student outcomes —with gains that sometimes outpace those of other popular education reforms.

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Working Toward Digital Equity in K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

Digital equity is a complex topic. To begin a conversation around it, we must first define the term.

Google Drive: Keyboard Shortcuts

Teacher Tech

One of the most effective things you can do to become better at using the computer is to learn keyboard shortcuts. Learn one a week!! I use keyboard shortcuts in Google Drive ALL THE TIME! P to Preview It’s a toss up between P and N for which Drive shortcut I use the most. P […].

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Flipped Learning Can Be a Key to Transforming Teaching and Learning Post-Pandemic

Edsurge

When we look at all the assumptions that have been overturned in higher education because of the pandemic and all the needs that have only grown during this time, what becomes clear is that frameworks that previously worked for higher education are no longer guaranteed to function.

To boost vaccination rates, think outside of the box

The Christensen Institute

Good news is on the horizon. In a recent press conference, President Biden announced that there will be enough COVID vaccine supply for everyone in the US to receive at least their first dose by May.

Roundtable: Focusing on Social and Emotional Learning for K–12 Students

EdTech Magazine

The signs are everywhere, once you start to look. For one student, it’s poor attendance; for another, a ­sudden drop in academic achievement. The third grader who used to be a star now seems more interested in ­interrupting class.

What I’ve been up to: 5Sigma EduCon scavenger hunt keynote

Dangerously Irrelevant

[ I’ve been fairly quiet here during the pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy. I thought that I would share a little of what I’ve been doing for the past year… ].

OPINION: To destroy white supremacy, interrogate the canon

The Hechinger Report

Whiteness, meaning the institution that upholds white culture and affirms white ways of being as superior over other ways, seeks to sustain and protect itself. That’s how it survives. Identifying its tactics is a necessary skill for understanding it.

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Coursera Is Now a Public Company. What Does That Mean For Higher Education?

Edsurge

Coursera’s founders and CEO rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange today, as the online-learning company became a rare edtech enterprise to go public. And because it’s a pandemic, the event was online and the bell was virtual (perhaps fitting for an online-learning company).

Equal Access to Computers Moves Entire Casa Blanca School Community

EdTech Magazine

As soon as the boxes of laptops arrived at the homes of Casa Blanca Community School students, the phone calls to school leaders began. Now what do we do?” “How How do we plug it in?” Where is the ‘on’ button?”

20 Ways To Improve A Test, Quiz, Or Other Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

20 Ways To Improve A Test, Quiz, Or Other Assessment. by TeachThought Staff. There is often talk about assessment–its forms, frequency, and the integration of gleaned data to revise planned instruction.

When the man behind the curtain is female: More women now hold key education policymaker jobs

The Hechinger Report

In the spring of 2020, Chelsea Kelley’s second grader received live instruction from his teacher just once a week for 45 minutes.

7 predictions about fall back-to-school with COVID

eSchool News

When schools across the country started shutting down in-person instruction in March of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 virus, much of the nation focus turned to the impact on students.

DCPS Builds Consensus, Community and Ongoing Innovation into Its ELi Tech Plan

EdTech Magazine

Five years ago, many students in the District of Columbia Public Schools had to share computers with one another. Most of the district’s schools had one laptop for every three students, but the devices had to stay in school; no one could take them home.

What I’ve been up to: Silver Lining for Learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

[ I’ve been fairly quiet here during the pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy. I thought that I would share a little of what I’ve been doing for the past year… ].

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Pre-K may boost math scores even eight years later

The Hechinger Report

The pre-K environment may help support long-term success in math, according to a new study of Georgia’s pre-K program. Credit: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

Diverse Leaders are Changing Education

Edsurge

I was 20 years old and wearing my best suit. I woke up early so I could make the one-hour trip to Midtown Manhattan to begin my Wall Street internship orientation. The Sponsors for Educational Opportunity team planned an intense training. We learned Excel modeling, financial terms, and networking.

5 top practices for engaging digital teaching

eSchool News

Summer is on the horizon, and the only thing standing in the way is a couple more months of school. Teachers and students alike wrestled with the steep learning curve of remote teaching and learning.