6 Tech Activities for Your Summer School Program

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the growing interest in tech comes a call for summer school programs that supersize student enthusiasm for technology. The goal during the after school tech club time is that each student will publish their first ebook–or at least give it a good start.

15 Back to School Resources

Ask a Tech Teacher

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: 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School. 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School. New School Year?


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Strategies for Trauma-Informed Care in School

Digital Promise

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Community Schools: Lessons Learned/Lessons Shared

EdNews Daily

For previous installments, see one, two, three and four Community Schools are a time whose idea has come, a solution that was waiting for the perfect storm – and the perfect storm is here. In part one of this article series, we made the case for community schools.

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. High School Websites listsDriver Education and Training Videos. Edriving –driving simulations. Operation Lifesaver. Simulated driving (fee).

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.

Announcing the 2021-2022 League of Innovative Schools Cohort

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is thrilled to announce 37 districts—including 26 new districts and 11 returning districts—will join the ranks of the League of Innovative Schools for the 2021-2022 school year. This year’s League of Innovative Schools cohort is demonstrative of that innovation.

Back to School Tips

Ask a Tech Teacher

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.

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. We are proud to continue our partnership with Verizon to support schools and provide devices and access to the students who need it the most.”.

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

How to block websites in K-12 schools


Across schools, students use devices like Chromebooks for learning because it has many advantages. It’s essential for schools to keep private information secure and block content that gets in the way of learning. To block websites in K-12 schools you need a web filter.

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Subscriber Special: Special Add-on with School License

Ask a Tech Teacher

June 4th-8th: Buy a K-8 School License. Usually, you get one desk copy for each grade level included in your school license. What is a school license? As many as the school wants. Benefits of a School License. Benefits of School License for Students.

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.

Four Types of Learning Walks for Every School Leader

Education Elements

Everyone's first year at a new school comes with growing pains -- no matter if it’s their first role as a new Principal, or their 25th year opening a new, or newly redesigned school. Teams & Culture Coaches School Leadership

Moving from “the” school to “their” school

eSchool News

Connected students and families don’t attend and partner with “the” school–they do so with “their” school. When our students and their families consider the connections they have with their school, what do they see?

Is School Still Necessary?

EdNews Daily

Having grown up in public school, attended a state institution of higher learning and written about the traditional public school world for a large chunk of my career, my visceral response to this question was a resounding, Yes, of course, why would you even ask such an absurd question.

Using VR in Schools

Ask a Tech Teacher

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.

Why building school-community partnerships is the way forward


Collaboration in schools is essential and a big component of learning. At the same time, when we think about collaboration, we mainly refer to student-student collaboration, teachers collaborating among themselves, or even whole school collaboration for different projects.

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Grading for Equity: One School’s Approach to Increasing Student Ownership and Success

Education Elements

This school year, Portland Public Schools (PPS) launched a multi-year strategic plan for educational equity, inclusion, and excellence with the core belief that the student experience needs to be reimagined. Equity Strategic Planning New School Design

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.

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

Ready To Go Back To School? 7 Fun Lesson Ideas To Start The New Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

Run A Forest School Session. Forrest school is a fantastic way to connect the children with nature and increase their appreciation of the great outdoors. Have them wrap up warm and head outside to learn about the trees, nature, and wildlife right in their school year.

A Year of Digital Learning with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to shutter and educators and students rapidly shifted to distance learning, those in Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program had the advantage of already knowing how to use devices and apps for learning.

Best practices for a great school-community collaboration


Previously, we discussed why building school-community partnerships is important and how it benefits students and teachers alike. . Overall, schools that offer this opportunity to their students are more likely to motivate them and make lessons more captivating.

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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.

How to Have Deeper Learning and Better Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

Jal Mehta from the Harvard School of Education Shares How From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Listen to Jal Mehta Talk about Deeper Learning in Schools. Jal Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

12 Tech Tasks To End the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

I posted this a few years ago, skipped the topic with all the craziness of the pandemic, and am updating it this year in articles about how to wrap up your school year.: Wrapping up your school technology for the summer is as complicated as setting it up in September.

5 Must-have LMS reports for schools


As a teacher or school administrator, you need to stay informed about many class and student-related aspects. However, using a learning management system (LMS) allows you to stay updated on various school-related aspects with little effort. Why use LMS reports for your school?

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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.

Are We Teaching Enough Civics in Schools?

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Do you ever worry that core subjects are getting lost in the muddle of all the other stuff that is becoming part of the accepted curriculum in K-12 schools?

How to Find Free Books for Your School or Classroom Library


Building a school or classroom library can be difficult, especially if your school’s funding is low. Many of these programs are open specifically to educators from schools with a demonstrated need to improve literacy access. 8 Free Book Donation Programs for Schools.

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?

4 major components of school violence prevention

eSchool News

December 2021 saw the latest TikTok challenge encouraging students to make threats of shootings, bomb threats, and violence against schools. Some schools enhanced security protocols while others canceled classes entirely.

Eco-education: From eco-schools to eco-citizens


The educational system plays its part as well: from the development of environmentally-friendly learning spaces to the education of future eco-citizens , schools have the opportunity of becoming role models for their students and assume a more active role in addressing ecological issues.

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Are schools really safe?

eSchool News

When we think about school safety our first instinct is physical safety. Since the industrial revolution, school has been primarily taught in an authoritarian style where kids are judged constantly and relentlessly from academics to behaviors.

PROOF POINTS: Lessons from transfer schools

The Hechinger Report

Alternative high schools often get a bad rap. New York’s transfer schools are frequently featured on the city’s lists of schools that need improvement and are threatened with closure. I was curious to learn what advocates of alternative schools say we should do to help them.

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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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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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

How Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Impacted Entire School Districts During COVID

Digital Promise

As school districts nationwide are re-envisioning learning and applying lessons learned from rapid technology integration during the pandemic, superintendents from the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools network are leading the way. How did superintendents leverage strategies learned from the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program across their districts? Dr. Darin Brawley Compton Unified School District superintendent. Other schools became enthusiastic….It

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.

OPINION: Why school ratings can backfire

The Hechinger Report

News & World Report released its first-ever rankings of public elementary and middle schools in the United States. Schools in the bottom quarter of all schools in a given jurisdiction were not ranked, but simply identified as being in the bottom quarter. Last week, U.S.

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Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Recognized for Addressing Digital Divide During Pandemic

Digital Promise

However, the VILS initiative provides devices (iPads or Chromebooks) with monthly data plans—which increased from 10GB to 30GB during the pandemic—to every student and teacher within its network, so the schools were well-positioned for a smoother transition than most.