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Tools Teachers Love: Letters Alive

An educator’s classroom perspective on the usefulness of a learning tool. GUEST COLUMN | by Mary Lirette I’m a first-grade teacher, and I teach every subject to my diverse class of kids, so I am always looking for interactive tools … Continue reading

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Technology’s Role in Math, For Example

Developing math fact fluency requires more than memorization. GUEST COLUMN | by Dennis Pierce For years, students have been taught to memorize their basic math facts for multiplication and division. But next-generation learning standards require a deeper understanding of what … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | New i-Ready Lessons

Plory, Yoop, and Snargg. I’m in! Phonological awareness and high-frequency words are important building blocks for young students as they develop their reading skills. To support these early learners, Curriculum Associates recently added more than 75 new lessons addressing these … Continue reading

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5 Collaboration Tools Teachers Shouldn’t Live Without

A 7th-grade math educator shares the tools she uses to stay connected with fellow educators, experts, and her students. GUEST COLUMN | by Stacey Ryan Connected educator month just happened, but in reality, the connecting never ends. “What does it … Continue reading

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Tools Teachers Love

Some practical perspective from an online educator. GUEST COLUMN | by Dominique Baroco Long gone are the days of textbooks and chalkboards. Classrooms have evolved, and teachers are now turning to technology to develop lesson plans. This evolution comes as … Continue reading

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The Right Conditions for Learning

To foster a culture of positivity in your school, follow these five simple steps. GUEST COLUMN | by Susan R. Steele When I became the principal of Finger Lake Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska, in 2015, we had about 250 … Continue reading

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2018 EdTech Awards Final Deadline

There is still time to enter The 2018 EdTech Awards. The annual program recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition program … Continue reading

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Booming in Buffalo

A community agrees on a truly transformative tool for teaching and learning. GUEST COLUMN| by Joe Parlier Kriner Cash views his district as on the cusp of a major renaissance, parallel to the one that the western New York state … Continue reading

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In Student Hands

How technology drives personalized learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Rachel Tustin Editor’s Note: Over the past sixteen years, classrooms have seen a world of change. This post takes the long view, examining classroom practices from the perspective of a veteran … Continue reading

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Up On the Edshelf

From beyond and back, the platform that continues to fill a need. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero The co-founder of edshelf.com, a socially-curated discovery engine of tools for teaching and learning, Mike Lee is also a father, husband, and self-described idealistic … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | AssignFocus by Print Program

Print programs are often a large part the main component of every student’s math experience. Because teachers are pressed for time, they must find quick and effective digital resources that align with and enhance their classroom lessons. DreamBox Learning’s latest cool tool, … Continue reading

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IoT in Edu

Five reasons the Internet of Things deserves a seat in the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Lisa Litherland It’s no secret that the Internet of Things (IoT) has exploded in popularity in recent years – Gartner predicts 8.4 billion connected … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Book Creator

Putting publishing into the hands of students is what this cool tool does. With Book Creator, students aren’t doing busywork, they are creating content that they can then publish to an authentic audience. They create a finished product and are … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ClassFlow Social Media Feed

For many teachers, students, and parents, social media is part of their daily routine. Recently, ClassFlow, a free lesson delivery software, launched a new, social media-inspired activity feed feature to serve as a communication hub for teachers, students, and parents. The … Continue reading

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Classroom Replay

Using teacher-collected videos (vs. in-class observation) leads to better outcomes. GUEST COLUMN | by Emir Plicanic The Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard found in their “Best Foot Forward” study that using video instead of in-classroom observation, improved several … Continue reading

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Still Time to Enter 2018 EdTech Awards

There is still time to enter The 2018 EdTech Awards. The annual program recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition … Continue reading

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An EdTech First: LiveEdu “ICO”

The future is already here and is now appearing in the edtech sector: this month, LiveEdu, a privately-held San Francisco based educational video streaming company, is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The main goal behind the campaign is to collect premium tutorial … Continue reading

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21st Century Show-and-Tell

Communicating beyond text in the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Ryan Eash Incorporating technology into the classroom can set the foundation for greater student and instructor success, especially in online or blended learning environments. However, technology should not play the … Continue reading

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Summer Repairs

An aerospace engineering student provides perspective on the future. GUEST COLUMN | by Thomas Schumacher I have heard that technology is the future of education. Now that I have used it extensively, I am convinced that technology is the future of … Continue reading

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Life Lessons

Building an online curriculum for economic empowerment. GUEST COLUMN | by Jared Kaplan When it comes to teaching personal finance, educators need all the help they can get. Nearly two-thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test, and … Continue reading

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Cracking the Code

Motivating bored-but-gifted students using some fiery competition – and technology.  GUEST COLUMN | by Christopher Godshall There’s a lot of both media and academic attention paid to students with learning difficulties acting as barriers to acquiring knowledge, and rightly so. … Continue reading

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Harvey HELP

Higher education taking a unified response, students helping students through GoFundMe. Texas and national leaders from higher education associations, institutions, foundations, and businesses have come together to launch the Harvey HELP Fund, a crowd-sourced relief fund dedicated to aiding the close … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fundamental Concepts

Two educators share how augmented reality and robots help them make lessons playful. GUEST COLUMN | as told by Mary Amoson and Amanda Puerto Thorne Every teacher wants her students to be happy at school and excited to learn, but … Continue reading

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A Personal, Digital Tutor

Former Google and Venmo employees get busy building a mobile app for education.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Back in 2013, Chris Pedregal and Shreyans Bhansali (pictured below), both experienced tech entrepreneurs, met and realized they had a shared passion … Continue reading

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Shifting the OPM Conversation

Managing online and blended with more choice, control, and differentiation. GUEST COLUMN | by Scott Moore As the debate over the value of online program management (OPM) companies rages on, the baseline requirements for colleges and universities seeking to expand … Continue reading

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