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Back-to-School Pulse Check

Incorporating open-ended creation tools.  GUEST COLUMN | by Monica Burns Searching for the perfect app is more than substituting a set of virtual flashcards for the index cards students are used to holding in their hands. Yes, there are clear … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | IXL Diagnostic

Just in time for back to school, IXL, the K-12 personalized learning program used by 1 in 9 U.S. students, released an adaptive diagnostic. The IXL Diagnostic achieves four breakthroughs in assessment: it offers information that is always up to … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Awe Media

With this cool tool, create your own Mixed Reality experiences with a simple drag and drop interface, with no code – using your computer, smartphone or tablet. This company also helps schools and organizations customize complex “awe” apps and even … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | NextLesson

This platform offers K-12 teachers over 10,000 resources that engage students in real world problem solving through topics they care about, such as movies, books, sports and celebrities. Complementing core adoptions, NextLesson enables students to develop deep understanding of skills … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | CreationCrate

Their teacher-designed curriculum is one of the most educational and hands-on subscription boxes in the world. Each month you can learn how to build and program electronics with instructions and components sent to your door. Students get a new and … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | pivotED from Capstone

pivotEd leverages Capstone’s rich content by offering more than 500 pre-built lessons for grades 3 through 6. Each lesson is based on a Capstone text and an ebook is included with the lesson. All lessons and titles have been correlated … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Curriki

Have a look at this online community where educators create, share, and explore high quality K-12 content. The Curriki Library hosts thousands of educator-vetted, openly licensed, Open Educational Resources (OER) that teachers, educators, or other professionals have created and have … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ParentSquare

Here’s an all-in-one parent engagement platform helping K-12 schools securely streamline communication and inform today’s parents in their preferred methods and language. ParentSquare is an everyday tool used and loved by administrators, teachers and staff to interact with parents about … Continue reading

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Worlds of Possibilities

Three edtech trends to watch and how to use them to transform learning in your classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Melissa Maypole Educational technology continues to open up a world of possibilities for both teachers and students, but let’s be … Continue reading

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CollabGeneration

Two teachers combine classrooms linked by technology – and a common goal. GUEST COLUMN | by Rachel Thomas and Steven Lamb Inspiration or pure insanity. These are the only possible reasons why “Virtual Team Teaching” is successful within an elementary … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Kids Discover Lessons: History and Science of the Solar Eclipse

Kids Discover, a leading provider of engaging science and social studies curriculum for elementary and middle school students, has curated a collection of digital resources for teachers looking to give their students scientific and historical context for the upcoming solar … Continue reading

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Education’s New Frontier

Using VR, unlocking human potential for a better outcome. GUEST COLUMN | by Turner Nashe Perhaps the newest frontier in education is the ardent effort that is now underway to transform the lives of over 3 million residents. These residents … Continue reading

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In the Business of Learning

A veteran educator focuses on implementing what schools actually need and want.   INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Karen Beerer began as a grade two elementary teacher, then also taught fifth grade, seventh grade and graduate level courses. She served … Continue reading

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I Deployed Chromebooks for Our Students, Here’s What I Learned

Perspective from a public school technology director in Michigan.  GUEST COLUMN | by Luke Brown IT departments in K-12 schools support everything from students’ and teachers’ devices to the campus network to security cameras. Given the nature of an educational … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | LeapFrog Academy

LeapFrog recently announced LeapFrog Academy™, an interactive learning program for 3-6 year olds that guide children on a variety of fun Learning Adventures that they can play anywhere, on a variety of devices. Featuring a well-rounded curriculum, where children can … Continue reading

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Teachers Forecast 2020: Breaking the Mold

A school administrator on the theory versus practice of adopting technology. GUEST COLUMN | by Melissa Saunders We educators are on the precipice of breaking the mold and doing things differently. Within just three years, I predict how we work … Continue reading

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A Calling, A Mission, An Honor

IN CLOSE WITH | Susan Grigsby A Media Specialist in Forsyth County Schools; curious and creative teacher librarian, and on top of all that a singer, actress, mom, horsewoman, writer, wanderer, seeker and storyteller — Susan Grigsby and her love for … Continue reading

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What is Unlearning

Being willing to examine something before you know it, is a 21st-century skill.   ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero What we already know may be what prevents us from knowing more. In our current age of learning, and in … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | CommunicoTool

Created in late 2012 by Frédéric Guibet, CommunicoTool is a French startup specialized in communication applications, originally under the CTEXDEV masthead. Frédéric, who has an autistic daughter, quickly realized that the tablet was to his child what a wheelchair is … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ClassTag

Here is an excellent parent engagement platform, a suite of very simple tools empowering teachers to build personal connections, encourage parental involvement, and get visibility into who is engaging and who needs additional support. With it, teachers and parents can stay … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Mrs Wordsmith

Applying machine learning and Hollywood visuals to make the dictionary more relevant, useful and fun – and to help improve literacy in young people—this is what Mrs. Wordsmith, a venture-backed edtech startup, is all about. They hope to create the … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Reading Horizons Discovery

Reading Horizons Discovery® provides teachers with the resources and method to give K-3 students a solid foundation for reading and spelling to put them firmly on the path to reading success. The strategy-based reading program offers both direct instruction and … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Kahoot!

Kahoot!, the game-based learning platform, makes it easy to create, discover, play, and share fun learning games in minutes. Games can be found for any subject, in any language, and are accessible on any device. With Kahoot!, you can introduce … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | TypeTastic by Typing Master

The latest typing course released from TypingMaster, TypeTastic, is specially designed for elementary school students. Learning is based on creative, pedagogical games, focusing on key memorization through color-coding and letter-grouping, hand-eye coordination, writing words, and building fluency. In the various … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Activate by Lightspeed

Lightspeed, a Learning Company, has expanded its focus on helping educators effectively use classroom audio systems to enhance instruction and further support student achievement. The company unveiled its new logo and newest product line, Activate, at ISTE 2017. The new line … Continue reading

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