2020

Successful Distance Learning for Young Kids

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You may be worried that the youngest kids can’t learn at a distance, but Dr. Nancy Frey, co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook comes along side us to help us understand how it can be done.

Show Me the Money: How to Ace Your VC Meeting

Mike Teng

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How to Assess Digital Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

On my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher , I run a column called Dear Otto where I answer teacher questions about how to integrate technology into their classes. Of late, the most common question is, “How to I assess student digital literacy?”

The Lesson of COVID-19: Learning at School and Learning at Home Must Be Seamless

The Journal

The COVID-19 disruption caught K-12 unprepared and issuing packets of paper, the March solution, won’t work in the Fall. Learning must be continuous, seamless, regardless of location. Time for schools to join the 21st century and use digital curricula.

Virtual Team Building Activities

User Generated Education

I, like many others, was forced to move a face-to-face college class to virtual synchronous meetings in Zoom. This term I am teaching a group dynamics course. One of my goals is to have my students experience similar dynamics and processes as they would face-to-face.

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How Coaches Help Teachers Overcome Fears of Technology

Digital Promise

We know technology can be a transformational tool for improving student achievement and engagement, and for driving school innovation.

Level Up Your Virtual Teaching with Screencasting Tools!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! The transformation to virtual learning means teachers now act as the tech support for students and parents who are also new to virtual learning. Screencasting tools are a lifesaver for virtual instruction.

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Using a Flip Flop Design for the Concurrent Classroom

Catlin Tucker

“I wish I could just focus on one group of students at a time.” ” This is a sentiment I’ve heard repeatedly from teachers navigating the demands of the concurrent classroom.

Overcoming Engagement Hurdles with Remote Learners

A Principal's Reflections

In order to empower people at some level, you first need to engage them. It is nearly impossible to create a culture of learning if there are elements of boredom, inactivity, and lack of relevance. This is a lesson I learned most recently as a presenter and workshop facilitator.

5 Edtech tools to try out this year

Neo LMS

Each year I like to explore different digital tools in my classroom to see what kind of an impact they will make on students and learning.

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Assessment and Grading in Distance Learning – How to Get Better

The CoolCatTeacher

Thomas Guskey shares insight on assessments From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Assessment expert Dr. Thomas Guskey reflects on the positives and negatives of assessments during distance learning.

20 virtual field trips for your classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Virtual field trips allow us to take our students where the bus can’t. Students can make connections with locations, concepts or people through the power of virtual field trips. What are the best virtual field trips out there? And how can we take the learning even further?

JotForm Reports–A Fresh Way to Energize Remote Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

The teachers taking my online classes this summer tell me they’re having difficulty with remote teaching.

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Education Predictions for an Unpredictable 2021

Education Elements

I got started with this tradition of predictions in 2010 after reading Disrupting Class, a book by Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn. In their book, they predicted that by 2019, 50% of all high school courses will be online in some blended learning model.

Increasing Student Participation During Zoom Synchronous Teaching Meetings

User Generated Education

Due to Coronavirus, many schools are moving online, and teaching through Zoom meetings. If it is only being used to present content to students, then why not just record videos and have students watch them on their own?

Closed Schools Shine Light on the Value of Edtech Coaches

Digital Promise

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closing schools across the country, districts are scrambling for ways to teach children who might be home until the end of summer. Moving instruction online and preparing teachers to use technology in their teaching is a massive undertaking.

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Highlight Incredible Learning with a Newsletter

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! As the first semester ends this is the perfect time to send a newsletter showcasing the amazing learning that takes place in your classroom! Parents will be able to see and appreciate all the work and care you dedicated to their children.

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How Public Libraries Can Support Students Amid Distance Learning

Kajeet

The recent, large-scale shift from in-class to distance learning models – and other transformations in the way schools operate and in how students access information – are providing new opportunities for libraries to help improve student learning outcomes.

The Why, How, and What of Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

The events of the last nine months have launched the phrase “blended learning” into the mainstream.

A Pedagogical Framework for Managing Face-to-Face and Remote Learners at the Same Time

A Principal's Reflections

It's has been great to be back in schools working shoulder to shoulder with teachers and administrators as I kicked off year two with the Corinth School District in Mississippi. Until this point, most of my interactions with educators have been through virtual presentations, workshops, and coaching.

The 9 elements of Digital Citizenship your students need to know

Neo LMS

With the rise of the Internet, we have become more and more present in the online world. This has come with its own sets regulations which we have to abide by.

US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter What is happening at the US policy level with the coronavirus health crisis?

How to create Google Meet breakout rooms for differentiated learning

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Esther Park. Esther is a high school English as a New Language teacher in Northern Virginia. You can connect with her on Twitter @MrsParkShine or on her website: mrspark.org Using breakout rooms completely changed the way I teach remotely.

What You Might Have Missed in March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of March: Tips to avoid plagiarism. College classes in blended learning. New book from Ask a Tech Teacher: Iquiry and PBL. How to Eteach in a COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020 Edtech trends. Why teach poetry?

Mythbusters: Breaking Down 10 Common Misconceptions of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Since 2003, Discovery’s show Mythbusters has been a smash hit. Though Adam & Jamie stopped hosting in 2016, the reruns and spin-offs continue. Because rumors, myths, and curiosity are a part of what it means to be human.

Universal Skills for Learners: Increasing School Relevancy

User Generated Education

Kids are learning – but for way too many it occurs outside of the school environment rather than during school.

How to Manage Student Devices for Remote Learning

Digital Promise

As schools across the country have rapidly shifted to distance learning due to school closures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19), students have been sent home with school-issued devices like laptops or tablets so they can continue their learning from home.

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Facilitate Learner Autonomy with Student Choice Menus

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Student choice engages learners and also promotes learner autonomy. Thankfully, many teachers have designed incredible choice menus and boards that are free to copy and edit.

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Tips to Overcome Challenges to Distance Learning During COVID-19

Kajeet

As schools across the country roll out their distance learning plans, many questions remain about how to execute them. Here are six of the most common experiences people have while rolling out distance learning under extremely short notice and in the midst of a pandemic.

Synchronous Online Discussions: Preparation, Facilitation & Wrap Up

Catlin Tucker

Discussion is a cornerstone of any learning community. Students construct and confirm meaning, in part, through dialogue with their peers.

Avoiding Synchronous Video Fatigue During Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some monumental shifts to practice. Educators have taken a critical lens as to why they teach the way they do and how it can be done more effectively.

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Adapting the 5E teaching model to remote classrooms

Neo LMS

A comprehensive teaching model helps educators identify strategies that motivate learners to discover new things, to explore a new field of knowledge (or continue exploring previous ones, but with more effective approaches), and at the same time, it provides a useful assessment system.

Google Classroom Bootcamp Duo Demo: Student and Teacher Views

The CoolCatTeacher

Alice Keeler and Vicki Davis demo both sides of Google Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As so many of us schools are having to move quickly to Google Classroom, Alice Keeler sat down with me recently to do what we’re calling a “duo demo.”

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12 social media-inspired Google Slides templates

Ditch That Textbook

Students use social media all the time. Let's put those skills to use! In these social media-inspired Google Slides templates, they can show what they know with their favorite apps. No matter the age -- kindergarten to high school senior -- students are pretty familiar with social media.

SEO for Online Teachers and Coaches

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re an online teacher who offers professional development classes to educators, this article from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor will help you understand the basics of using SEO to reach those who need your expertise.

12 Things Equity Focused Teachers Can Say To Students In The New School Year

Education Elements

As school returns, we know this year presents unique challenges and changes to both educators and students. With such change, it may be especially difficult to communicate with students. While your intentions may be good, sometimes the impact of what we say can have unintended consequences.

Anti-Racist Activities for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

User Generated Education

I am planning to do anti-racist activities with my elementary students (5th and 6th graders) this coming fall. When you’re essentially [teaching] a kid to be anti-racist, you’re deliberately encouraging them to talk about race and Racism.