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My Flat Panel Display Is so Cool, I Have to Wear Shades

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Apr 25, 2019

The typical classroom has changed a lot over the past few decades. With all of the exciting new tech innovations that have emerged, the chalkboard no longer reigns supreme.

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Topics: Flat Panel Displays, Whole-Class, tips for teachers

Turning Data Into Action

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 24, 2019

In most schools, we have plenty of data. It is usually assumed that more data means better outcomes for students. This very well could be true, but I believe most schools are DRIP (Data Rich, Information Poor) schools. We have the data, but what does any of it mean? Using data helps us to guide both learning and instruction, but it has to have context. Teachers must know how to reference the data and how to form context around it.

Collecting the data is the easy part. Assessments abound all around us, and we layer benchmarks on top of formatives on top of summatives on top of progress monitoring—not to mention classroom assessments. It takes a great deal of time and resources to administer all of this, but unless these numbers turn into action, it becomes a giant waste. 

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Topics: classroom assessment

EdTech Conferences for Every Educator

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Apr 23, 2019



Every year, there are dozens of educational conferences and expos in the US that bring educators together to discuss best practices, test new tools, and make connections with fellow educators. One look at a calendar of all of the year’s upcoming conferences might just seem like a jumble of strange acronyms. With so many different conferences to choose from, it can be hard to decide which conferences you should attend.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry

Characteristics of Strong Student-Teacher Relationships

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Apr 18, 2019
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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Budgeting Instructional Time

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 17, 2019

As most adults know, creating a budget is an important step to having financial stability. It can feel like a downer at times, but it is the responsible thing to do.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Creating (and Keeping!) Effective Teams

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Apr 16, 2019
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Best Twitter Follows for Leaders, Thinkers, and Tech

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Apr 11, 2019
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Topics: education industry, Educational influencers

Giving Teachers the Feedback They Need

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 10, 2019

There really isn't a secret formula for the best way to provide feedback to teachers—different kinds of teachers require different kinds of feedback. This can make the challenge of giving adequate but constructive feedback hard for those who provide it. Teaching can feel like a very personal and even private endeavor for teachers, so any critique or criticism about instruction can feel more personal than it probably should. 

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Topics: Administrator Resources

Complexity in Our World of Education

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Apr 9, 2019

Being a teacher is a more complex job than ever before. The challenges and stress of the position require teachers to possess an amazing ability to manage many dynamic factors all at once. One of the best examples for this is the emergency drills that we now partake in during the school day. Years ago, there was a fire drill every month, and possibly another drill depending on where you lived—we have tornado drills in our part of the country, but I know other locations have drills for earthquakes or other natural disasters.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Supporting Good Teachers to Become Great Teachers

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Apr 4, 2019

Providing feedback to teachers can be a tricky prospect at times. Teaching, and instruction in particular, is a very personal undertaking. Getting up in front of a room of children takes a great deal of nerve at first, so as teachers become more and more accustomed to it, they tend to become more and more fixed in their approach to it.

This is a generalization, of course—not all teachers are like this. Some of the best teachers I have worked with love feedback and work hard to reflect upon and improve their instruction.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

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