July, 2021

44 Years as a Kindergarten Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching kindergarten has never been easy, but could you imagine doing it for forty-four years? Mrs. Sharon Howard has done just that.

What You Might Have Missed in July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of July. Tech Tip #63: Reset Default Font. Tech Ed Resources–Mentoring and Coaching. A Year to Remember, A Year to Reflect: Pandemic Instruction. 11 Websites for Thinking and Learning. We Landed on the Moon July 20 1969. 5 (free) Posters on Teaching I.

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Blended Learning: What It Is and What It Is Not

Catlin Tucker

The pandemic has elevated the phrase “blended learning.” ” When schools closed or shifted to hybrid schedules, many institutions turned to blended learning to navigate the new demands placed on teachers and educational institutions.

Getting started with learning about Artificial Intelligence

Neo LMS

Summer is always a good opportunity to explore new ideas, particularly ideas for boosting student engagement or perhaps taking some risks with trying something a bit different in our classrooms.

Blending with the Station Rotation Model

A Principal's Reflections

Blended learning is something that is near and dear to my heart. For me, the journey began back in 2011 when we first introduced the flipped approach at New Milford High School, where I was principal, with resounding success.

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. One approach is particularly useful at helping to alleviate the growing pains - a “secret sauce” of sorts.

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. Deeper Learning can happen as we work to connect with students and transform them into critical thinkers as well as knowledgeable about our content areas.

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Choosing Edtech: Three Learnings from Five Districts

Digital Promise

How might districts find edtech to support learning? As students and teachers return to school this fall, they will be using more technology than ever before. Districts will have access to the nearly $190 billion which the U.S.

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Going back to school face-to-face: 10 tips

Ditch That Textbook

After enduring remote learning, teachers and students are heading back to the classroom. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Pedagogical Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Leadership is leadership. The same essential qualities and characteristics that exemplify what great leaders do have pretty much stayed the same. What has changed are the tools, research, and societal shifts that impact the work.

5 Quick and easy instructional video ideas for teachers

Neo LMS

The move to asynchronous learning can have a steep learning curve, but it’s so important to have engaging materials for online-only classrooms. It goes without saying that blended classrooms also use instructional videos a lot.

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8 Ways to Engage Every Learner [Free Webinar on Demand]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As we prepare for school, learning the current best practices and edtech apps is a great way to get excited (and save time.)

Top 5 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn Python

Ask a Tech Teacher

At a time when coding careers continue to flourish – despite the Covid19 pandemic and its adverse effect on the world economy – it is not surprising to see kids learning programming at an early age.

Mentoring for Digital Leadership in California Adult Educators

Digital Promise

For more than 30 years, California’s Outreach and Technical Assistance Network ( OTAN ) has been at the forefront of meeting the technology needs of adult education providers, including English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

Why I Joined the Ed Elements Team

Education Elements

In my 22 years in the K-12 education profession, I have worked for, and led organizations that run the gamut - from those that are very process and compliance driven, to those that multiply and engage creativity.

The Change Leader

A Principal's Reflections

Everyone seems to want change. While this, in essence, is a good thing, the reality is that many people don't want to actually go through the complex process. If this wasn't challenging enough, the individuals needed to lead it is even less.

4 Things any teacher training program should include from now on

Neo LMS

During a recent conversation with close friends, we began remembering teachers who significantly impacted our lives. On quite a nostalgic afternoon, I heard wonderful stories about generosity, inspiration, and total dedication to this profession.

The Search for Wisdom As The Winds of Fortune and Fate Blow

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The farmer and his family were settlers in the Midwest. This family had a house in the middle of a large wheat field they had planted. And all around them was brush and rolling wheat as far as the eye could see.

Tech Tip #54: How to Auto Forward a Slideshow

Ask a Tech Teacher

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.

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Getting started with learning stations in middle school

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by James Hunt, a 6th grade science and geography teacher in Southeast Missouri. James was selected as Teacher of the Year at his building in 2019. You can connect with him on Twitter at @Mr_JamesHunt. Have you ever tried stations in your classroom before?

On Self-Care and Leadership

Education Elements

With summer break already in progress for most school districts, leaders can finally plan a week or two to step away from the daily grind and have a chance just to be. But if you are like me, this is not as easy as it sounds.

Your Lasting Legacy

A Principal's Reflections

No one goes into the education profession for accolades or to make big bucks, although I wish the latter were a reality. The choice one makes to teach and lead is almost always grounded in the innate desire to make a positive difference in a child's life.

3 Ways edtech can help education get back on track

Neo LMS

A recent report shared by Google and KPMG reveals that the education tech industry would cater to about 9.6 million users and record a market share of $1.96 billion in 2021, according to Analytic Insight.

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Exit emerging economies, enter growth economies; a long overdue name change

The Christensen Institute

Names are important. They help us identify, describe, and categorize. What comes to your mind when you hear the names Apple, Netflix, or Disney ? They are all household names, synonymous with both innovation and pleasant customer experiences.

Happy Independence Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s America’s birthday and I’m celebrating. My Army Staff Sergeant son is still in Japan–Okinawa. My Navy LT CDR daughter’s still in the DC area in the next of her long line of Navy jobs. They do not leave her in one position for long!

Boxlight Releases New Big STEM Guide Volume 3 (free)

Educational Technology Guy

Boxlight Releases New Big STEM Guide Volume 3 Lawrenceville, GA, July 28, 2021 – Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL), a leading provider of interactive technology, digital signage, and software solutions, today announced the release of The Big STEM Guide Volume 3.

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What Type of Facilitator Are You? Understanding Your Strengths to Improve Professional Development

Education Elements

There’s a line from You’ve Got Mail (yes, I’ve seen it hundreds of times) where Tom Hanks says, “Don’t you just love New York in the Fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”.

Bob Moses and The Enduring Education Injustice

The Jose Vilson

When I first met Bob Moses, I was potentially too eager to meet him.

4 Great examples of edtech that eases parent-teacher communication

Neo LMS

Schools have always pleaded for parental involvement in the educational process and the teacher-parent relationship as the ground for academic development and emotional balance of students.

5 tips to promote equity in the classroom through a focus on students’ relationships

The Christensen Institute

For as long as schools have existed, educators have been well-aware of the importance of supporting the whole child. This means that students’ access to caring, trusting relationships— who they know —is as imperative for their learning and wellbeing as what they know.

A Year to Remember, A Year to Reflect:  Pandemic Instruction

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Christian Miraglia, taught for 36 years before retiring. He has some interesting reflections on the year that was the pandemic: A Year to Remember, A Year to Reflect: Pandemic Instruction. Feeling Overwhelmed.

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Leadership for Deeper Learning: Excerpt 04

Dangerously Irrelevant

[To celebrate our upcoming book, Leadership for Deeper Learning , I am publishing an excerpt each day for a week before its release. We interviewed leaders at 30 different ‘deeper learning’ schools around the world in 2019 and 2020.

CoSN Awards TLE Seal to Rural Virginia District

EdTech Magazine

In June, the Consortium for School Networking announced it had awarded Rockingham County Public Schools, a rural Virginia district, the Trusted Learning Environment Seal.

Prepare For Fall: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Blended Learning Self-paced Online Course

Catlin Tucker

Katie Novak and I wrote UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes to support teachers in developing a mindset, skill set, and toolset nimble enough to traverse any teaching and learning landscape with confidence.

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Solving the curation equation: Efficient methods for collecting teaching resources

Neo LMS

Let’s face it. Most physical textbooks have limitations: they aren’t current, tend to be dry, and focus on giving information without necessarily offering the best pedagogical methods for helping students learn.

Not all charity is created equal: 3 questions charitable organizations need to ask themselves

The Christensen Institute

Despite the financial setbacks faced by many in 2020, charitable giving rose to an all-time high. Global giving statistics aren’t collected, but in the United States people donated a record $471 billion dollars to charitable organizations, the equivalent of 2.25% of the county’s GDP for that year.

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We Landed on the Moon July 20 1969

Ask a Tech Teacher

update. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first man to place foot on the moon. Commemorate that this year with an exciting collection of websites and apps that take your students to the Moon. Here are some you’ll like: Apollo 11: Countdown to Launch via Google Earth. Apollo 11 VR.