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Twitter Here, Twitter There, Twitter Everywhere!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Aug 25, 2016


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Education Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following
Twitter has proven itself to be a crucial tool for educators around the globe. Whatever skill level you may be at, Twitter is out-and-out fun and worth your time. It can educate you, help enlighten you, make you laugh, and pretty much just keep you in-the-know. But you have to follow the right people/accounts. Otherwise, your Twitter feed can easily fill up with boring, useless tweets – and then, before you know it, you’ll stop checking Twitter and taking advantage of its power.

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Tags: Education Technology, education industry, Educational influencers


The Importance of STEM: Real-World Experimentation and Our Future

Posted by Denise Scribner on Tue, Aug 23, 2016


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Our Troubled World Requires a Skilled STEM Workforce
Elements of STEM are integral to our nation’s economy – from health care to infrastructure needs, energy, and the environment. That’s why one of the most important tasks we have as educators is to encourage our students to consider careers in STEM. To get them to that point, they need to develop the ability to question and plan ways through experimentation to find viable solutions.

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Tags: STEM Lessons, curriculum, Project-Based Learning


School Climate and Culture Are Linked to Learning

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Aug 18, 2016


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At Boxlight, we’re dedicated to the creation of effective learning environments. Of course, we tend to focus on student collaboration and direct interaction with lesson content. But other important ingredients in full student engagement in learning are the climate and culture of the school.

Some of you may be thinking, “Wait, aren’t school climate and school culture the same thing?” While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, they aren’t the same, as an article from Principal magazine points out:

“School culture constitutes the common behaviors, beliefs, and other unwritten rules to which the adults and children in the institution conform…. School climate is the collective attitude or morale of everyone within the institution.”

 

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What Can an Online Educator Community Do for You? Plenty!

Posted by Claire Pavia on Wed, Aug 17, 2016


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An online educator community is an extension of the educator network you have in your school and district. The online community allows you to connect with hundreds of teachers who teach your subject and your grade level. You can even get lessons and ideas from students all over the world. In this post we will discuss our MimioConnect™ online educator community. There are many others out there, such as these started by Google and Microsoft. Our FREE teacher-sharing website with FREE materials and resources is ready for you to explore. Simply register at http://www.mimioconnect.com/user and start enjoying the benefits of this community. Read on to learn more.

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Tags: MimioConnect, education industry


When a Worksheet Is Just a Worksheet

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Aug 16, 2016


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You may remember this controversial line from the 2008 Presidential campaign: “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.” While the phrase ruffled some feathers during the campaign, it’s an idea that’s useful in classrooms today: Even if it’s displayed on a projector, a worksheet is still a worksheet.

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Tags: Education Technology, curriculum, SAMR


Be Ready When the First Bell Rings: Lessons, Training, and Resources for the Year Ahead

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Aug 11, 2016


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School is already back in session for many teachers, but some of us are still savoring the last weeks of warm weather, sleeping in, and grilling out. We all have our back-to-school lists close at hand, however: folders that need to be labeled, tech that must be tested, and lesson plans to get ready for the year ahead.

During this time of prep and anticipation, it’s good to find new ideas and inspiration. To give you an assist, we’ve pulled together a list of great content, training sessions for the month ahead, and other on-demand resources.

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Tags: Educational Software, Education Technology, Professional Development for Teachers, Training, education industry


Tips for a Healthy School Year

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 10, 2016


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The start of a school year is a great time to consider endless possibilities. So consider this: What if we educators approached our personal well-being the same way that we approach student improvement and intervention? What if we had the same passion about our personal health that we have about students’ learning?

How to Begin 

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Tags: Professional Development for Teachers, tips fpr teachers, education industry


Creating a Highly Motivated Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Aug 9, 2016


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Consider the typical tools of motivation: honor roll, certificates of achievement, and recognition at school assemblies. These are the traditional tools used by teachers and schools to recognize and motivate students to achieve more, and students tend to love these awards. But for those who embrace the growth mindset (the core belief that abilities are malleable and not fixed), these awards don’t always make sense. Some students achieve good grades easily and make the honor roll all the time, while others feel challenged every step of the way and have to learn a great deal just to achieve a C. For the latter, these tools of recognition and motivation are out of reach. 

The truth is that underachieving students aren’t motivated by things that seem unreachable. None of us really is. The honor roll may not even seem like an option to them. If I were to offer you one million dollars to make a hole in one, could you do it? If you didn’t make it, would it be an issue of motivation or a lack of skill and capacity? If I increase the motivation to 10 million dollars, would that change the result?

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Tags: collaborative learning, curriculum, tips fpr teachers


I’m a New Teacher…. Now What?

Posted by Crysta Baier on Thu, Aug 4, 2016


12 Tips for a Successful First Year

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Dear New Teacher,

Summer is coming to an end, and soon you will be walking into your first classroom. You are probably excited, nervous, and maybe a little naive about the year ahead. Try not to worry. I have been in your spot twice in my 21 years of teaching. The first time I was 23 years old, fresh out of college, and starting a job as a high school English teacher. That year was my hardest year of teaching thus far, but I also made great friends and great memories. My first year in the classroom taught me so much about the teaching profession, kids, and myself.

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Tags: tips fpr teachers, education industry


18 Must-Read Books for Teachers and Administrators

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Aug 2, 2016


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If you’re searching for something to pack in your bag for some lunchtime or after-school inspiration, check out these must-reads! Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, or just a lover of good books, these texts will engage you and help you power through the school year:

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Tags: tips fpr teachers, education industry, Educational influencers


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