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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Learning Recovery Through Acceleration

A Principal's Reflections

There is an emerging sense of relief amongst educators as more and more schools are welcoming back students or that the most difficult year is finally coming to an end.


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Kidz Type – a great website to learn touch-typing skills


KidzType is a great website which has lots of fun, engaging games for all ages! When you enter the site, the main option is Dance Mat Typing. Level 1 starts you off with individual letters and spaces, and when you reach Level 4, you will be challenged to use semi-colons and the shift key.

7 Activities to improve online class participation rates


Are you happy with how your online class is going? All teachers will answer this question at one point or another. A low participation rate is usually one of the biggest problems with online classes.

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Invention Convention? 8 Websites to Teach Inventions

Ask a Tech Teacher

Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education curricular program mapped to national and state educational standards that teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills and builds confidence in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship for life.

Adding a Computational Boost to Your K-8 Lessons

Digital Promise

How can K-8 teachers integrate computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) into classrooms? Are there teacher-friendly examples and professional development to support such work?

10 ways to improve students’ long-term learning

Ditch That Textbook

Research has a lot to say about improving students' long-term memory. Here are 10 ideas you can use in class. Long-term memory and recall are important throughout the school year. But at state testing time, they get a LOT of attention. How can students remember some things for the rest of their lives. but other […]. The post 10 ways to improve students’ long-term learning appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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15+ Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

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Financial Literacy Month is recognized annually in Canada in November, [1] and National Financial Literacy Month was recognized in the United States in April 2004, [2] in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach citizens how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

RISE UP Coalition to Address the Compound Inequity Facing Black and Brown Students

Digital Promise

The ripple effects of historically inequitable institutions—from education to healthcare to housing and beyond—are resulting in severe and long-lasting impacts on our students and families of color.

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Not so fast: What Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill needs to be impactful

The Christensen Institute

No, you’re not “hearing” double. President Joe Biden just unveiled another $2 trillion package to bolster the economy. This time, he’s focused on America’s infrastructure. Biden’s infrastructure package is ambitious.

Building a culture of academic integrity in a remote learning environment


If you’re worried about academic integrity while teaching remotely, you’re not alone. A recent survey indicates that 93% of teachers believe students are more likely to cheat if attending school online.

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. April. Sign up for our newsletter. Then get 10% off your next purchase! Subscribe. indicates required. Email Address *. First Name. Last Name. Special Interest: Email Format.

What is Schooling Loss – and How Will You Approach it?

Education Elements

Our team has spent months discussing the best term to use to describe the challenge education currently faces. We brought it up in team meetings, shared it with district partners, and sought out recent publications on the subject.

K–12 programs with disruptive potential face an important decision

The Christensen Institute

For these K–12 programs, disruptive potential hinges on an critical decision. This school year saw a burst of new online learning options enter the K–12 education scene.

What K–12 Leaders Should Know When Spending Federal Funds

EdTech Magazine

Since March 2020, the federal government has provided roughly $190 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. The passing of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 on March 11 marks the third designation of federal funding K–12 schools have seen during the pandemic.

Education Research Is Still Too Dense. We Need More Teacher-Researcher Partnerships.


In April of 2021, a simple Google search for “Online Teaching Tips” yields more than half a billion results. Half a billion resources offering tips, tricks, guidance and expertise to educators who are eager to meet their students’ needs amidst very demanding circumstances.

Modern Learning Strategies: 6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

Modern Learning Strategies: 6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning. by Terry Heick. This post has been updated and republished from a 2013 post by Terry Heick. Teachers often wrestle with two big questions: How do people learn, and how can they do it better in a constantly evolving context?

Networks versus net worth: Expanding possibilities for alumni engagement

The Christensen Institute

When Colby College’s president David Greene saw the ripple effects of the pandemic rapidly shrinking the class of 2020’s job prospects, he made a dramatic move: publicly calling on the college’s 30,000 alumni and their families to open their doors and networks for Colby graduates in search of work.

SD-WAN Solutions Boost K–12 Cybersecurity

EdTech Magazine

Cyberattacks against K–12 schools are increasing. In part, the rise in attacks is a product of the pandemic. Like other industries that made the switch to remote work, many schools have been targeted by malicious actors looking to exploit the rapid shift to remote learning.

Students Are Struggling. They’re Asking Us to Slow Down and Focus on Relationships.


A little more than a year ago, I remember sitting in meetings trying to figure out how we might do remote learning for a week or so to contain the novel coronavirus. I cringe now realizing that we were so incredibly short-sighted. Of course, hindsight is often crystal clear.

5 Strategies For Creating A Genius Mindset In Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

How Can We Help Every Student Tap Their Inner Genius? contributed by Zacc Dukowitz. When we hear the word genius, certain people come immediately to mind—Albert Einstein in mathematics, or Warren Buffett in investing—but what exactly sets these people apart?

When creating a new market, simply doing what you’re good at is rarely enough

The Christensen Institute

For decades, the concept of core competencies has been a dominant idea in business, helping organizations determine where to direct their time and effort.

New School Visions Requires a Change in How We Make Decisions

EdTech Magazine

For so long, our concept of school meant a physical building; a classroom, a room with a chalkboard and rows of desks.

OPINION: If you really want more equitable schools, you must first ask some questions

The Hechinger Report

For nearly a decade, I have made a living navigating an incredibly convoluted ecosystem called educational leadership. Like many fields, it has its own unique structure, governance and jargon.

What Is 3 Before Me? A Teaching Strategy To Build Capacity In Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

What Is 3 Before Me? A Teaching Strategy To Build Capacity In Students. by TeachThought Staff. What is ‘3 Before Me’?

The coming coding revolution

eSchool News

In the 1400s, sons of good families were sent to be taught Latin by the Church. The monks who taught them weren’t trained as educators, and they made heavy use of corporal punishment. So it wasn’t much fun to learn to read back then.

Should K–12 Schools Migrate to SD-WAN?

EdTech Magazine

Adoption of software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) solutions is on the rise as organizations look for ways to reduce complexity and improve performance across their IT stacks.

When typical middle school antics mean suspensions, handcuffs or jail

The Hechinger Report

Pep rallies are supposed to be joyful, loud and unabashed. Having just turned 12 in the fall of 2017, Alan bubbled over with excitement ahead of his first rally at Deming Intermediate School in Deming, New Mexico, a small city near the Mexican border. This story also appeared in USA Today.

What Is An Asynchronous Learning Community?

TeachThought - Learn better.

What Is An Asynchronous Learning Community? by Terry Heick. What Is Asynchronous Learning? An Asynchronous Learning Community is one where students learn together bound by some component–often a goal, topic, or learning space–rather than time (i.e., at the same time).


Teacher Tech

You can now BOLD, Underline, Italicize, and add a bulleted list into the description of Google Classroom Announcements and Assignments. Note that all new features always “roll out.” ” Meaning you might not see these new features for a few weeks.

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Books I read in March 2021

Dangerously Irrelevant

Books I finished reading (or rereading) in March 2021… The Sand Sea , Michael McClellan [fantasy]. Deathmarked , David Estes [fantasy]. Lifemarked , David Estes [fantasy]. The Widowmaker Unleashed , Mike Resnick [sci fi]. Hope you’re reading something fun too! Related Posts.


Poll: Nearly half of parents don’t want their kids to go to a four-year college

The Hechinger Report

A national survey of parents finds that many prefer their children pursue alternatives to a traditional degree, such as vocational training that doesn’t take place at a college, or starting a business. Credit: Katie Cotterill.

6 strategies for better K-12 cybersecurity

eSchool News

The education sector has had to rapidly adopt and scale new technologies to enable remote and hybrid learning as a result of the pandemic. This has created an expanded threat landscape, and malicious actors have taken this opportunity to target academic institutions to an even greater extent.

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K–12 Leaders Can Work with Local Governments to Address the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

The digital divide is an unrelenting problem in K–12 districts across the country. Students lack the connectivity and devices they need to succeed, and educators are struggling to provide meaningful learning environments without these tools.

How Interactive 3D Is Transforming the Way we Learn and Work


Through the many rapid changes in technology we’ve seen over the years, only a handful appear to have real sticking power and truly transform our way of life. Real-time interactive 3D may be that next transformative technology.

Researchers say AI will ‘greatly impact’ the future of education

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today!

Silver linings in K-12 online learning

eSchool News

No one could have imagined the impact a global pandemic would have on the education landscape. Educators were asked to pivot and teach online with almost no notice.