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50 Reasons Teachers Love Summer Break

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Jun 22, 2017

After a long year of classes, grading, and helping students grow, teachers truly earn their summer break—after all, it’s the perfect time to relax, unwind, and refresh before the start of a new school year. So, just how much do educators love this time off? And how do they spend it?

Here are 50 reasons why teachers love summer break and what they like to do with this much-needed time away from school:

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Topics: Activities, tips for teachers

What Is Google Keep and How Can I Use It in My Classroom?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The G Suite (or Google Suite) is ever evolving. Just over the past few months, users have noticed changes to the login screen, Google Sheets has had some cool upgrades, and there are a few new ways to share and collaborate on Team Drives. Because of this, the Google Apps can be hard to keep up with—they are numerous and some are easier to use than others.

Google Keep is one of the many apps in the G Suite, but it isn’t one that pops up on the default screen, so it may not be known as well. It may take a little digging in order find all the bells and whistles to it, but I have found that it is a really useful tool.

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Topics: google docs, Google Classroom, tips for teachers, Google Educacion

Social Emotional Learning at the Secondary Level

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

When most educators think about social emotional learning, they probably think first about preschool and kindergarten. These are the years when students learn to get along with each other, share toys, solve disputes, and work cooperatively. These are critical foundational skills that students need to not only function in a classroom, but to function in society.

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, curriculum, tips for teachers

How Can Technology Motivate the Reluctant Learner?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jun 15, 2017


Some students are hard to motivate. The methods we typically use for motivatation—things that work with most students—don’t work with this group. This can be really frustrating for teachers who work with these students, as the behaviors often don’t “make sense” to those of us in education. Why would a student with plenty of opportunity to learn, and therefore advance their stake in life, not take that opportunity? It just doesn’t make sense.

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Topics: Education Technology, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

10 Reasons Not to Miss ISTE 2017

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Jun 14, 2017

We’re on the verge of one of the largest education technology conferences in the United States. So, of course, everyone wants to know what the 2017 ISTE Conference & Expo will bring to the table.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers, 21st Century Skills

How to Get Your Professional and Personal Resources Organized for Summer and Beyond

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Are you swamped throughout the school year? Do you get resources delivered to you, but just don’t have the time to look at them? How many sites have you bookmarked during the school day, never to go back to?

As our school year winds down, summer is usually the time we can take a break and relax. It is also the perfect time to catch up with some resources we found over the school year and just didn’t have a spare moment to peruse.

Here are some tools and resources to organize these educational finds we have stumbled across:

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Topics: Activities, Professional Development for Teachers, curriculum, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

How to Hire a Teacher with Strong Instructional Technology Skills

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jun 8, 2017

We are now at the time of the year when teachers are retiring or relocating to other schools. Administrators are looking to hire new teachers who will help take their schools to the next level in all aspects of education—especially in the area of technology.

What are some ways that principals can bring in educators who will be leaders in the area of technology? There are the basic ways to find out more about candidates, such as reference checks, resumes, applications, and cover letters. However, the traditional methods of exploring great candidates aren’t always enough to help find the right person. What are some other methods of discovering a candidate’s technical expertise and potential? Here are some ideas:

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Technical Challenges, education industry

How Do We Define Success in the Classroom?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jun 7, 2017

Looking at What Really Matters
If we truly value something, we measure it. This statement should be true, but too often in schools, it is not. Think about the things that we measure: state test scores, perfect attendance, grades, office referrals—the list goes on. It isn’t that these things aren’t important, it’s that they probably aren’t the most important.

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Ideas—Not Devices—Are Changing EdTech

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Jun 6, 2017

When winding down from the school year, I always take a bit of time to reflect on the events of the past year—but I also make certain to keep a steady gaze toward the future. When it comes to education, a great deal never changes. Teachers remain laser-focused and dedicated to their students’ success, while students are eager to learn (albeit they sometimes conceal their enthusiasm). Yet every year, I marvel at the pace of change within the technology ecosystem of K-12 education.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers, 21st Century Skills

June Tips and Training for Teachers to Create Lesson Plans

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Jun 1, 2017

The end of the school year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Here are some fun lesson plans and activities for June to help keep your students engaged until summer break:

End of the Year Review: These renovated lessons offer the perfect opportunity to review math and language arts concepts covered during the school year. Choose from either K-2 elementary students or grades 3-5.

If you enjoyed the above content, consider joining our MimioConnect interactive teaching community to access more of our valuable lesson plans, content, and resources. Click here to register today!

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Topics: Lessons, MimioStudio, curriculum, tips for teachers

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