Sat.Aug 07, 2021 - Fri.Aug 13, 2021

Book Review–My Secret EdTech diary

Ask a Tech Teacher

My Secret EdTech Diary. by Al Kingsley. Al Kingsley’s My Secret EdTech Diary (John Cott Educational 2021) is a big-goaled, meandering overview of edtech (educational technology) available and pertinent to teachers and students.

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Computational Thinking Strategies to Support Young Children’s Learning

Digital Promise

Computational thinking (CT) is the thought process involved in determining how to solve problems in effective and efficient ways. CT is not thinking like a computer, but it is thinking like a computer scientist to solve problems.


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Offering Electives to Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Electives, as we all know, are classes that students choose to take. Electives are typically chosen based on interests, passions, a need to learn something new, and/or because of future goals. It is not clear to me why elementary students are rarely offered elective courses.

Fostering the development of SEL skills in your classroom


As educators have seen, especially during this past school year, it has become increasingly important to focus on the mental health and wellness of our students. Finding balance and making time to focus on our own self-care is essential so that we can model this for our students.

12 Websites for High School Drivers Ed

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to reinforce Drivers Ed in High School courses: Crash Test Simulator. Driver Education and Training Videos. Edriving –driving simulations. Operation Lifesaver. Simulated driving (fee). Driving and Texting.

Largest Cohort to Date Joins Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Initiative

Digital Promise

As another school year begins, the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative is excited to welcome its largest cohort ever.

RTI and Personalization: A Dynamic Duo

A Principal's Reflections

Recently I was working with the leadership team at Moanalua Middle School (MMS) in Hawaii. One of the coaching topics that came up was how to improve the Response to Intervention (RTI) process as a means to support learners.

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5 Tips for Helping Children with Homework

Ask a Tech Teacher

Often, students are expected to work independently at school and on their homework. That is a great idea for learning if you provide simple guidelines that allow them to be more effective, less frustrated.

Cultivating a Culture of Coaching to Support Powerful Use of Technology

Digital Promise

Coaching is a critical component of supporting teacher effectiveness. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of instructional technology, and instructional technology coaching is key to assisting teachers with powerful uses of technology.

Governments can’t—and shouldn’t—do it all. Entrepreneurs can help.

The Christensen Institute

In many ways, it has never been more difficult to be a public servant as governments across the world are now more responsible for more than they ever have been.

10 ways to make the most of your LMS

Ditch That Textbook

In many ways, your learning management system (LMS) is the digital home for your classroom.Students find assignments there.You give them announcements there.They communicate with you and with each other there.Because you likely spend lots of time there, it's a great place to be more efficient and effective, saving you time and sanity.

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How Parents Can Protect Kid’s Privacy and Safety Online

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the volume of time kids are spending online, on computers, mostly unsupervised by adults, protecting their privacy and safety has become of huge importance.

Vision Boards: Start the Year with a Visual Goal Setting Exercise

Catlin Tucker

When I began my doctoral program, one of my first assignments was to create a vision board. I was instructed to imagine my life in the future and create a visual to represent what I wanted that reality to look like. What did I want to be doing personally or professionally in five years?

How Bias Affects Our Perceptions of Data: 3 ways to guard against unconscious bias

Education Elements

It’s that time of year again - we’re shopping for school supplies, teachers are returning to their classrooms, and students (as well as their parents) are eagerly awaiting the news as to who their teachers will be.

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Designing schools for flexibility when students need it now more than ever

The Christensen Institute

Even for the best educators, meeting every student’s needs can prove elusive. Most schools operate a rigid system of teacher-led, whole-class instruction that moves at a single pace and is designed for order and efficiency, not adaptability.

Exploring World Language Classes with Educational Technology

EdTech Magazine

Rachelle Dené Poth brings educational technology into all of her classes.

Workforce Development Is Changing To Meet The ‘New Normal,’ And Community Colleges Could Be At The Forefront

EdNews Daily

Traditional higher education is a critical part of workforce development, but community colleges might be the best option for people dealing with COVID related shifts.

How to Teach Climate Change Without Scaring Students


Eric J. Pyle, president of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), offers advice for how to teach climate change without scaring or dividing students

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Can telehealth disrupt traditional models of healthcare? It depends.

The Christensen Institute

With COVID opening the door to the recent rise in telehealth, we’ve spent some time talking about its pros and cons, what is needed to help sustain its growth , and our own predictions for its longevity. .

Boost SEL and Collaboration in the Classroom with 1:1 Devices

EdTech Magazine

Going back to school is stressful for students in the best of times. Now, with more schools reopening for in-person learning for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, educators can expect to see an array of mental health issues.

Racial gaps in college degrees are widening, just when states need them to narrow

The Hechinger Report

Listen: Racial gaps in college degrees are widening, just when states need them to narrow, by Stephanie Daniel.

5 skills for future success–and how to help students develop them

eSchool News

From the classroom to the district director level, and eventually my own desk in the principal’s office, I have served in many different roles in K-12 education. However, in the midst of my career, I left public education to spend 2 years in corporate America.

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Edtech that connects can boost whole child supports

The Christensen Institute

This summer, schools are being bombarded with edtech solutions promising accelerated learning or better online environments than Zoom sessions of the year past.

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Navigate Government Funding to Optimize Network Health

EdTech Magazine

Federal money for tech purchases sounds great — and it is. But many education leaders are struggling to untangle acronyms and application deadlines as they seek their share of new federal funding.

Photo Essay: Leaving a reservation for college, but also staying close to home

The Hechinger Report

Senior year didn’t turn out exactly how 18-year-old Monalie Bohannon had imagined it.

How to build diversity, equity, and inclusion with scholastic esports

eSchool News

The inclusion of scholastic esports in academic programs is yielding strong and widespread results in the youth of today.

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First Day of Class: 5 Edtech Tools That Can Make it More Engaging


These interactive apps will help keep your students active and engaged as they get to know you, each other, and what to expect this year

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ASCD Launches New Virtual Learning Community

EdTech Magazine

On June 24, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development announced the launch of a new virtual community.

The pandemic knocked many Native students off the college track

The Hechinger Report

Native America Calling · 07-09-21 High school during COVID-19. When Marcus Jake, 18, first approached his teacher Guila Curley about taking her “college success” class last fall, she was hesitant. Are you sure you want to do that?” she recalled thinking.

3 tech-based strategies to support diversity in the classroom

eSchool News

Diversity, according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary , is the condition of having or being composed of differing elements, especially the inclusion of people of different races, cultures, etc. in a group or organization.

PDF to Google Forms – Upgrade Your Worksheet

Teacher Tech

Turn a PDF into a Google Form. The post PDF to Google Forms – Upgrade Your Worksheet appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google

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Software Keeps Mental Health at the Forefront as Students Transition Back to Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

The many disruptions of the pandemic created well-documented challenges for K–12 students as they continued their studies from home. Separation from peers, adapting to virtual classrooms and dealing with the anxiety around the crisis led to a mentally fraught year.

Does the future of schooling look like Candy Land?

The Hechinger Report

MANCHESTER, N.H. — At first glance, the binders incorporating a whole year of learning at the Parker-Varney elementary school in Manchester look a little like Candy Land, the beloved game of chance where players navigate a colorful route past delicious landmarks to arrive at a Candy Castle.

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LMS: 4 Tips for Getting The Most Out of Yours


Learn how to utilize some of the features offered by your LMS and it will save you time in the long run

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Going Back to School with Google Forms

Teacher Tech

USE GOOGLE FORMS! Forms can save you time, inform you of what to do next based on formative assessment, and can improve learning. On Tuesday August 17th, 2021 I will be doing a FREE webinar with OTIS to help you get more out of Google Forms. You must REGISTER for this free event.

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New initiative targets 10,000 underserved students for in-demand cloud computing careers

eSchool News

The National Education Equity Lab (Ed Equity Lab) has launched a new initiative with Amazon Web Services (AWS) designed to prepare more than 10,000 students in underserved high schools across the nation for careers in cloud computing by 2025.

PROOF POINTS: Three reports on student achievement during the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Three new reports on student achievement during the pandemic all point to larger declines in math than in reading and widening gaps between the haves and have-nots.