Back to School Tips

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It’s hard to imagine school is back in a few weeks. I’ve collected a series of back-to-school tips that are suited for in-person or remote learning. Pick those that work for you: Great Back to School Activities. It’s Time to go Back to School.

Using VR in Schools

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for students with Special Needs — The Jackson School in Victoria, Australia has been using the Oculus Rift to help students with special needs and the Silesian University of Technology in Silesia Poland is doing therapeutic exercises with autistic students using virtual reality technology.


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50 back to school activities for the remote learning classroom

Ditch That Textbook

It's back to school time again and this year looks NOTHING like we have ever seen before. As summer comes to a close teachers are preparing for that big first day of school. If you are going back to school in-person […].

A Message to School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Flying under the radar in many cases are school leaders. As I work with schools on hybrid learning , I see firsthand the immense pressure on leaders to solve what seems like endless challenges that come from every direction.

Tech Tools for School Counselors

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter School counselors are unique. They have unique needs as they help guide students and perform duties at their school. Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts.

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Leadership During Crisis: Lessons and Learnings from the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted traditional classroom instruction, but it has not stopped schools from fostering meaningful connections and engaging in robust, student-centered teaching and learning. What are the most pressing challenges facing school districts at this moment?

Making the Case for Transforming Summer School

Education Elements

For most of us, summer school was a punishment for not passing a class. But at the end of the day, the hours spent in summer school are hours not spent working, looking after siblings, or just socializing. Teachers Virtual Learning School Leadership

Virtual Schooling Is Here to Stay: Reimagining Post-Pandemic Virtual Learning in Public Schools

Education Elements

From North Carolina to California to Alaska, public schools around the United States are planning to preserve a virtual school option for students after the pandemic is over. Crisis Management Virtual Learning District Leadership School Leadership

The Importance of Play in Schools


But how does play lead to growth, and what is the best way to nurture play in school? It can be tempting for schools to shorten recess in favor of more academic time. School-age children at play. Harvard Graduate School of Education. Play’s importance in school.

Looking Ahead to the 2020-2021 School Year

Digital Promise

A new school year is about to begin for millions of students across the United States, and schools are in uncharted territory as they navigate local, state, and federal recommendations and mandates (or lack thereof) for the health and safety of students and staff.

IT Challenges Schools Face


However, many schools and districts still struggle when it comes to understanding what IT tools and solutions might work for them – as well as how to leverage the technologies that they already have access to.

Post-Pandemic Possibilities for School

Education Elements

About a year ago, we dealt with one of the largest supply shortages we've faced as a modern country. While toilet paper was certainly in high demand, it was actually active dry yeast that had people scrambling.

Starting and Sustaining a Data Habit in Your School

Education Elements

District Leadership School Leadership DataKnowledge is Power! Measure what Matters! If our cliches are an indicator, we all know that data collection, review, analysis, and understanding is important.

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Making the case for paperless schools


Some studies have shown that taking notes by hand is better for long-term comprehension, so students should be encouraged to keep on using handwriting for note-taking as opposed to typing while in school. Making the case for paperless schools. School Management

Leadership Questions to Help Guide Design of a Virtual School

Education Elements

To support the planning of opening a virtual school, leaders can be overwhelmed with the volume of questions to consider — logistics, strategy, and purpose to name a few. New School Design Virtual Learning School Leadership

How to Create a Positive Teacher Experience in Your School

Education Elements

She asked what I wanted for lunch, said she would order it, and that we would eat together during our Zoom meeting later that day (where we would begin to reimagine what summer school could look like). Teacher Retention District Leadership School Leadership

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Celebrating Standouts in Verizon Innovative Learning schools

Digital Promise

To highlight some of the standout programs and great work that has taken place at Verizon Innovative Learning schools across the country over the course of the 2018-19 school year, we’re excited to announce the initiative’s annual Schools of Excellence Award winners. Verizon Innovative Learning schools standouts. Congratulations to the Verizon Innovative Learning schools’ 2018-19 Schools of Excellence Award winners: District of the Year: Strong Out of the Gate.

When Reopening Schools Safety Must Come First

A Principal's Reflections

As more and more states and countries reopen their respective economies, schools will soon follow. When school does reopen will it be safe? Reassurance that schools will be safe has to be backed up by action, and planning must begin in earnest now.

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

Education Elements

We came together around five beliefs that helped us choose the term “schooling loss”: Virtual Learning District Leadership School LeadershipOur team has spent months discussing the best term to use to describe the challenge education currently faces.

PROOF POINTS: Later school start time gave small boost to grades but big boost to sleep, new study finds

The Hechinger Report

A Minnesota study of 18,000 students whose schools switched to a later start time found kids slept more but posted only slightly higher grades. What’s less clear is whether starting school later in the morning will prompt kids to sleep more and consequently learn more during the school day.

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16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about 16 Free Resources for Schools Who Are Closing Due to Coronavirus Get prepared now. Join the Facebook group Temporary School Closure Support – many helpful conversations are in there. Edpuzzle Pro is available for schools closed due to the virus.

Slow Pivots — What’s Driving the Change to Reimagine School Schedules?

Education Elements

School schedules and use of time are one of the few remaining relics of the industrialized learning model. Even when most schools moved to virtual learning in March 2020, many organizations replicated the existing bell schedule and instructed teachers to move their onsite instruction online.

Most Schools Are Not Ready for Coronavirus, But They Can Be

Digital Promise

With each passing day we learn of more schools that have temporarily shuttered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as coronavirus. school districts prepare for internet-based “teleschools” in anticipation of increasingly likely long-term closures.

20 Back-to-School Articles

Ask a Tech Teacher

On everything from get-to-know-you activities to getting yourself ready: 11+ Back-to-School Night Tips. 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School. Great Back to School Classroom Activities. Back to School Bundle of Lesson Plans at a Great Price. Plan a Memorable Back to School Night. New School Year? 5 Top Ways to Integrate Technology into the New School Year. 3 Organizational Apps to Start the School Year.

PROOF POINTS: Slim research evidence for summer school

The Hechinger Report

Summer school may seem like a common sense way to help children make up for the months of lost school time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governors around the country from Virginia to California are endorsing summer school, as has the powerful teachers union leader Randi Weingarten.

4 Practices to Immediately Improve the Teacher Experience in Your School

Education Elements

Teacher Retention Remote Work School Leadership

Transforming our schools through empathy


In this third and final act, we are having a look at how empathy works in schools at large. In fact, this is a call to thinking of schools as communities of learning that are dedicated to the long term success of students. How empathy can help transform schools. Here are my three top arguments that show how empathy can help transform schools. In fact, that effect can be amplified to reach the entire schools, districts, or why not, the entire community.

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.

Continuing a Digital Transformation with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

Schools across the country rapidly shifted to remote learning due to COVID-19-related closures. Watch the video below to see how Newburg Middle School has grown in its second year as a Verizon Innovative Learning School. Blog Educators Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Empowering Students with Technology through Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

Schools across the country rapidly shifted to remote learning due to COVID-19-related closures. Before schools closed, Madrid teachers noted how the iPads empowered students in the classroom. Blog Educators Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Introducing Verizon Innovative Learning schools Connection

Digital Promise

Digital Promise and Verizon Innovative Learning are excited to introduce Verizon Innovative Learning schools Connection —a web app designed to connect members of the Verizon Innovative Learning schools community to each other and to key resources. The app brings features from several third-party platforms together in one place, making it a “one-stop shop” for participating educators to access all things Verizon Innovative Learning schools. “We

30 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools

Ditch That Textbook

The post 30 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. G Suite Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 30 ideas for using them with your class.

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A Personalized High School: How It Works

The CoolCatTeacher

Julia Bamba leads a personalized high school. Julia has been an educator for nineteen years, spending the last three years as the principal for a new innovative real-world learning school in Issaquah, WA. Prior to opening Gibson Ek, Julia worked at Issaquah High School as an English teacher and soccer coach before spending several years as an Assistant Principal.

Creating a blended Back to School Night

Ditch That Textbook

Last September, entering my sixteenth year of teaching, I realized I felt less excited than ever for Back to School Night. Guest Blog Teaching back to school night blended learning edtech educational technology innovative back to school nightOver the years I had developed and refined an enthusiastic shtick that left parents with no doubt as to my credentials, love of teaching and learning, reading and writing. They witnessed that their child’s […].

Virtual Bulletin Boards: How School Counselors Connect with Kids Today

The CoolCatTeacher

School counselors and teachers are working to creatively and authentically connect with students in both face to face, distance, and hybrid environments. School counselor Emma Tagariello is working to connect with her students using virtual bulletin boards and other technologies.

Research Schools: What are they and how do they work?

The CoolCatTeacher

Aaron Marvel talks about research schools. Modeled like a “teaching hospital” – these schools have researchers and educators working hand-in-hand. Learn how they work, why more schools don’t use them, and common mistakes schools make as they implement this model. The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles.

8 Back to School Prep Tips for Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic


For teachers, the first day of school always involves plenty of planning. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic makes school planning difficult at best and often full of uncertainties. Familiarize yourself with your district’s back to school guidelines.

How Two School Districts Have Adapted to COVID-Era Realities

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The post How Two School Districts Have Adapted to COVID-Era Realities appeared first on Market Brief. In this opinion piece, Cognitive ToyBox Partnerships Manager Nikki Navta describes lessons her company has learned from the COVID experiences of two districts it's worked with closely.

Designing School for Human Flourishing & Thriving Democracy

Education Elements

New School DesignAfter interviewing hundreds of parents, teachers, and students across the country, we’ve found almost everyone wants the same things for the kids they care about.

When typical middle school antics mean suspensions, handcuffs or jail

The Hechinger Report

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. My son loves school. School officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Why Computer Science Should Be A High School Graduation Requirement


Yet, according to a report, only 15 states require all high schools to offer computer science. Many parents, educators, and education institutions are calling for computer science to be a high school graduation requirement. As one commentator pointed out: Schools teach math to students regardless of whether they want to become mathematicians because it is foundational. There are a number of benefits to taking computer science in high school.

How Can We Help Lonely Kids and Improve School Safety?

The CoolCatTeacher

Joe Fatheree on episode 479 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Joe Fatheree helped co-organize a recent national summit on school safety in the United States. In today’s show, Joe talks about the summit, what schools are doing nationwide on safety, and the need to help lonely children who are struggling. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois.

Announcing the New Members of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship network of forward-thinking leaders of our nation’s school districts, is honored to welcome 13 districts into the 2017-2018 cohort, bringing the League’s membership to 93 districts in 33 states. Snapshots include Covina Valley School District in Covina, CA, where the CISCO Networking Academies allow high school students to study the latest networking, security, and cloud technologies.