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8 Great Ways Administrators Can Prepare for the Fall

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. An amazing fall starts now with the administrative preparation this summer. Dawn Stansbury discusses eight things administrators need to do this summer and we highlight differences in those items now after the pandemic.

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Transform Your Google Calendar into a Digital Planner

Catlin Tucker

Time management is a constant struggle for teachers since they spend most of their days working directly with students. That leaves a small window of time for all of the other tasks and responsibilities that teachers have to juggle, including planning and designing lessons. .

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Coaches Use Micro-credentials to Support 21st Century Tech Skills

Digital Promise

The Spanish translation of this blog post can be found below. The vision of Alberto Meléndez Torres High School is to develop the technological skills necessary for the 21st century, for students, teachers, and the community in general.

Try SplashLearn for Summer Learning and Fall Success

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Personalize learning and make it fun for students. I recommend SplashLearn for parents this summer to strengthen the foundations of Mathematics (Pre-kindergarten to Grade 5) and Reading (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2.)

Two Tech Tips for Everyday Life

Ask a Tech Teacher

The last time my daughter visited, life became different than the norm. That inspired two easy tech solutions I had no idea existed and you’re going to love. Here they are: BTW, I cross posted this to my writer’s blog so my writerly friends could read about these also.

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5 Practical applications of IoT in the classroom

Neo LMS

We are witnessing tremendous changes in terms of technology in every domain. While the education sector is not particularly known as an early adopter of modern technology, we have seen definite improvements in this respect.

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What Really Happened in Hybrid Classrooms This Year

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today’s episode focuses on the realities of hybrid teaching. Tennille Johnston is an award-winning science teacher in Texas who is speaking out about what really happened this school year.

Learning Journeys, Learning Stories: Re-envisioning Instructional Learning Walks

Education Elements

There isn’t a lot of convincing you need to do to get these two former English teachers talking about the power of stories.

4 Things any teacher training program should include from now on

Neo LMS

During a recent conversation with close friends, we began remembering teachers who significantly impacted our lives. On quite a nostalgic afternoon, I heard wonderful stories about generosity, inspiration, and total dedication to this profession.

What You Might Have Missed in June

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of June: Websites that add sparkle to spring. Internet Safety Month–Rules to Live By. Here’s How to Motivate Summer School Students. Teacher-Authors–Help me launch my latest prehistoric fiction. Coding Words You Need To Know .

5 Steps to Fact Checking – Digital Literacy in Action

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As we teach students how to discern the truth, Amanda Brace has five steps for fact-checking that she teaches her students.

How to Mix STEM Education and Creativity in the Classroom

Waterford

Lately, the three Rs of school have been eclipsed by a focus on STEM education , or Science , Technology , Engineering , and Math. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for creativity or the arts in the classroom.

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The Many Faces of Student Voice

A Principal's Reflections

There are many ways to both engage and empower students that lead to ownership of learning. Creating what I call a “free-range” experience that replicates real-world contexts and develops critical competencies while tapping into passions might be the holy grail, in my humble opinion.

Here’s a Preview of July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in July: Useful Tech Tips. Useful shortkeys. Must-have apps for curious students. Free posters. The hardest tech problem revealed. Lessons learned from teaching. Lots of tech resources for your classroom.

Finally, I’m Ready to Look Ahead and Live

The CoolCatTeacher

Why I didn't quit teaching and am ready for my 20th year! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The hurts are deep for so many of us, like me. And yet, there are times we have to choose to go on.

A 3-tiered strategy for re-engaging students this fall

The Christensen Institute

The statistics are sobering. According to the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), total K–12 enrollment dropped by roughly 3% (or 1.5 million students) in 2020-21 compared with the previous school year.

ISTELive 21: How to Create Memorable Online Professional Development for Educators

EdTech Magazine

Creating online professional development courses has made training more accessible to teachers. School leaders should consider keeping online PD even after the pandemic, to allow teachers to learn on their own schedule.

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CUE Welcomes Traci Bonde, Our New Board Member

CUE

July 1 marks the first day for CUE’s newest board member. Joining the board for a three-year term is Traci Bonde from Silicon Valley CUE. Traci has been actively involved with CUE and has served on the boards of two CUE affiliate groups.

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The Localization Paradox

Iterating Toward Openness

I was recently invited to participate in a Three Days of Focus conversation including the reusability paradox on the OE Global platform. The conversation opens for public participation this Wednesday. This is my initial contribution to the conversation.

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Impact investing: A critical tool for unlocking new opportunities in emerging markets

The Christensen Institute

This piece was co-authored by Christimara Garcia, a volunteer at the Christensen Institute and founder of Catalyze Innovations Initiative, a Brazilian market-creating innovation action tank.

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Getting Disconnected Students Access to Their Online Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

One Thursday evening in March 2020, we learned that, because of the pandemic, the state of Texas would begin shutting down schools on the following Monday. Four days later, the Ector County Independent School District began educating 34,000 children in a virtual environment.

Better Questions in the Classroom Lead Students to Think Harder—and Learn Deeper

Edsurge

Imagine yourself in a kindergarten classroom. Amidst bright walls and happy chatter, students are bustling about, moving from station to station to explore different concepts related to shadows and light.

21 awesome AR and VR tools for learning

eSchool News

Nearly everyone has experienced augmented reality and virtual reality to some degree, and while they’re fun, AR and VR can also be incredibly powerful when integrated into classroom learning.

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What is a Bitmoji Classroom and How Can I Build One?

techlearning

The fun remote learning Bitmoji classroom experience is yours to use, here's how

ISTELive 21: Post-Pandemic Lessons for the Future of K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

Virtual learning had existed for more than 20 years when the pandemic shifted all students and teachers online.

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10 strategies for expanding networks—not just skills—to expand career pathways

The Christensen Institute

In the American Jobs Plan , the Biden Administration has put a stake in the ground on a bold vision to “ensure workers have ready access to the skills they will need to succeed,” especially those from historically under-resourced communities.

America’s schools are crumbling. Fixing them could save lives (and the planet)

The Hechinger Report

Before the coronavirus pandemic made airflow a life-or-death issue, ventilation experts rarely tested the air inside schools. That was probably a mistake, said Kevin Thomas, the business representative for the union representing ventilation workers in the Seattle area.

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Books I read in June 2021

Dangerously Irrelevant

Books I finished reading (or rereading) in June 2021… Colleges That Change Lives , Loren Pope & Hilary Masell Oswald [higher ed]. Win , Harlan Coben [thriller]. Footfall , Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle [sci fi]. Space Winners , Gordon R. Dickson [sci fi].

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ISTELive 21: The Classroom and AV Design Trends Emerging from Pandemic Learning

EdTech Magazine

Laptops and online collaboration dominated the learning space last year, but key audiovisual adoption trends are likely to carry over into the future, said Mike Peters, an educational strategy lead for CDW•G.

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These Are The New Google For Education Features Teachers Need To Know About

techlearning

From Google Classroom and Meet to Workspace and Chrome OS, these Google for Education updates are worthing knowing

Pandemic Underscores ‘Wellbeing Gap’ in the Teaching Profession

Edsurge

The pandemic has made clear the deep inequities in our society, especially within the educational system.

4 ideas to create engaging online learning activities

eSchool News

While most schools plan for full in-person returns in the fall, plans are not 100 percent certain right now.

ISTELive 21: How Schools Can Confidently Create a Strategy for a Digital World

EdTech Magazine

While technology played a key role in education over the past 18 months, it’s not a panacea, Al Kingsley, CEO of NetSupport, warned a room of virtual attendees during a Saturday session at ISTELive, the online gathering of the International Society for Technology in Education.

How to Boost Creativity In the Classroom

techlearning

Boosting creativity in the classroom is essential and easy with the right apps, websites, and best practices

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2U Buys edX for $800M, In Surprise End to Nonprofit MOOC Provider Started by MIT and Harvard

Edsurge

When MIT and Harvard University started edX nearly a decade ago, it was touted as a nonprofit alternative to for-profit online course providers. Today, the universities announced that they are selling edX to one of those for-profit providers for $800 million.

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TEACHER VOICE: This wasn’t a ‘lost year’

The Hechinger Report

Back in February, on a cold Friday night in the middle of our pandemic winter, one of my ninth grade students emailed me a cry for help. The message contained phrases — “can’t take this anymore,” “a lot of pain,” “mental breakdown” — that signaled a serious crisis.