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Redesigning the Classroom Is as Easy as 1-2-3!

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Nov 8, 2018

Can educational technology really improve learning and teach critical 21st century skills? It can, but only when it is integrated into the learning environment to make teaching and learning more efficient, effective, and engaging.

Here’s how to get started on redesigning your classroom for 21st century learning:

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Topics: Administrator Resources

On-Demand Educator Webinars: Stay Informed and Inspired

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Nov 7, 2018

Looking for informative online sessions covering educational technology, but need something that works with your busy schedule? We’ve got you covered! Our informative webinars focus on the effective use of interactive teaching technologies and content from Boxlight. Each session is recorded so that we can make it available to those who missed it or want to hear it again.

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Share With Your Students: 5 Ingredients for a Positive Online Presence

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Nov 6, 2018

In an age where we communicate online more than ever before, it’s important to be aware of the footprint you’ve left behind on the web. Social media has the power to be a positive social and professional outlet, but only with responsible use. As important as it is for everyone to be mindful of their online footprint, it’s especially important to teach the next generation how to carefully curate their online presence.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

November Lessons and Training Tips for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Nov 1, 2018

Gobble gobble! There is so much to be thankful for this time of year as we get ready to gather around the table with our family and friends. But until the big day rolls around, there’s still plenty of learning to be done! Here is our collection of themed content to help you keep students engaged all month long:

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Topics: tips for teachers, Lessons, Training

Observing Other Teachers: A Different Kind of Professional Development

Posted by Crysta Baier on Wed, Oct 31, 2018

On September 24, my district had an in-service day. The homeroom teachers in my building were piloting a new writing program and were asked to attend a training. This left specialist teachers with nothing to do, as we would not need to be trained on this new program.

We were all wondering what our duties would be for the day when we received an email from our principal encouraging us to make arrangements to observe in another district for the day. She proceeded to help us find schools to host us—fellow teachers will understand why this was amazing. When do we ever have the time to go to other districts without painstaking measures of using personal days and arranging for subs? And how many of us have principals who understand the importance of observing others in our same content area?

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

Rocking Classroom Transitions

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

It’s that time again—time to move on to the next activity or learning opportunity. It is time to transition! These can be stressful times in a classroom, when disruptions increase and learning decreases. Transitions are a natural part of any classroom, so how can teachers capitalize on the opportunity to smoothly move on to the next activity and maybe learn something at the same time?

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Topics: tips for teachers

How to Increase Enrollment in Your After-School Program

Posted by Grace Carter on Thu, Oct 25, 2018

After-school programs are a wonderful thing for students of all ages—they can be fun, engaging, and inspiring. Students can meet new friends and learn even more than in their daily classes. Schools often host these programs, but the big issue they face is how to increase student enrollment. 

The key to this is in reaching the parents the right way. With a good marketing strategy consisting of content marketing, digital marketing, and visual marketing, you can attract parents. For one, focusing on content to communicate with parents is a good idea when combined with visual aspects. But in order to do that, you need to have a good content strategy.

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Topics: Administrator Resources

My Many-Colored Classroom Days (or How to Manage a Classroom)

Posted by Crysta Baier on Wed, Oct 24, 2018

When I began my career in education, the current theory was “Don’t smile until December.” I tried that, and I can tell you it didn’t work. The way to manage a class isn’t to pretend to be stoic and uncaring—you need to get to know your students and learn techniques to create a positive learning environment. Both rookie and veteran teachers alike benefit from learning and relearning classroom management strategies. Here are five online resources to help you with your management techniques. I hope they can be of use to you.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Are You Ready for Boxlight STEM Day?

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Oct 23, 2018

Exciting news: November 8, 2018 will mark the third Boxlight STEM Day (#BLSTEM)! Just like last time, students will work with their classmates in a hands-on, inquiry-based learning event designed to help them learn critical STEM skills and understand how STEM disciplines apply to the world around them. And as before, Boxlight will provide the lab experiment—the event will involve using our wireless Labdisc portable STEM lab, so it’s less “same old classroom activity” and more “exciting new real-world work.”

The event is open to every school that has the Labdisc data logger. No matter where you are, as long as you have a Labdisc, your class can join in the learning fun. This year, students will use the Labdisc to perform simultaneous experiments to observe and measure the light intensity of different light sources. Think about how incredible it will be to conduct this experiment and share data along with other science classes across the US and Latin America!

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Topics: STEM, STEM Lessons

Part 2: Trauma Informed 101

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Trauma Responsive: Best Practices for All Students 

In the first part of our trauma-informed series, we defined the term and discussed best practices for working with students in trauma. For many educators, after we read the research supporting trauma-informed practices, we are quickly convinced that we need to act. The data strongly supports intervening early for students and with a therapeutic approach (instead of a punitive one). 

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Topics: tips for teachers, Administrator Resources

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