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Are Your Students Thinking Critically?

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Wed, Jun 6, 2018

 

Every teacher’s goal is for students to use critical thinking in the work they do. Students who can think critically grow into lifelong problem solvers. Critical thinking with students means that they can take information and analyze it, draw conclusions, form and defend opinions with data to back it up, reflect on their work, and approach problems in a systematic way. Where does that begin in the classroom? And how do we promote critical thinking in the lessons we do with students? Here are a few suggestions:

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Topics: tips for teachers, 21st Century Skills

Resources for Teaching Students Digital Citizenship

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Teachers wish for their students to be good citizens. This is true in the classroom, in the community, and on social media. The foundation of our democracy is active participation in government by its citizens. It is key to our future that students understand what it means to be a good citizen and how to interact appropriately within the community and government. There are many good resources available to teach students citizenship.

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Topics: tips for teachers, 21st Century Skills

The Dangers of Using Google Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Dec 6, 2017

In 2011, Steve Jobs described Apple products as the intersection of technology and liberal arts—this is part of why the original Apple line (iPod, iPad, and then iPhone) all fascinated us. These were products that did something different with technology that we had never experienced before. We now listened to music, played games, created music, and even designed and painted in a different and new way. Jobs believed the future of technology would become “post-PC” and we would interact with technology in a whole new way.

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Topics: Google Classroom, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers, curriculum, Education Technology, Educational Apps

Top 10 Resources for STEM Funding

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Nov 30, 2017

It’s no secret that STEM learning (science, technology, engineering, and math) is crucial for today’s students to succeed in the future job market. STEM occupations are growing at a rate of 17%, compared to 9.8% in other professions, so our students need to enter the workforce equipped with these skills. However, money in public education is tight, and a lack of financial resources can mean limited opportunities for STEM learning.

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Topics: STEM, 21st Century Skills, Funding, Administrator Resources

SEL: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Nov 29, 2017

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is critical in today’s classroom. Students need to be taught how to handle their emotions in order to be contributing members of society. Students don’t always come to school equipped with these skills, which makes our job of teaching them even more important.

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Topics: SEL, tips for teachers, Administrator Resources, 21st Century Skills

Making Coding Elementary

Posted by Lindy George on Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Coding has become part of the curriculum in many schools across the country—even for our youngest students in elementary schools. Coding has quickly grown over the past few years to be considered a fundamental basic literacy skill as it teaches students to be problem solvers and critical thinkers in a digital world. With an estimated 1.4 million programming job openings over the next 10 years, coding is one of the fastest growing job markets for our students as they move from school to the workplace.

Teaching coding in elementary schools is easy and so much fun. Over the past few years, many companies have created block coding apps, programs, robots, and more to help educators scaffold learning for our younger students. Block programming offers a simplified model of coding, with each block representing different commands. Block codes allow students to easily drag and drop a sequence of blocks together to create actions. Programs fall into the two main categories: Puzzle, where students use blocks of code to move an avatar through a series of mazes; and creation, where students drag and drop blocks of code to create their own program, story, or game.

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Topics: 21st Century Skills, Coding, curriculum, tips for teachers, Science Lessons

Hands-On STEM Learning: 2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Wed, Sep 6, 2017

On August 21, Boxlight hosted a solar eclipse viewing party for students from Fulton County Schools in Johns Creek, Georgia—and added an inquiry-based learning element to the event through use of the Labdisc portable STEM lab. Nearly two-dozen people attended the viewing party, with children ranging from elementary students to seventh graders along with executives from Boxlight.

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Topics: STEM, STEM Lessons, Science Lessons, 21st Century Skills

Designing a Learning Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 30, 2017

As we look at our classrooms to arrange them for the start of the year, we should ask ourselves this reflective question: “What type of classroom do I want to create?” Or even better, “What type of learning environment do I want my students to experience?”

There are different answers to these questions, and multiple answers are correct. As a teacher, you must first teach from the heart—from your own heart, and not someone else’s opinion of what teaching should be. The environment that is created should not be gathered from Pinterest, but should sprout from your own philosophies about teaching and effective learning.

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Topics: 21st Century Skills, Classroom Management, Classroom Collaboration, classroom assessment

Three “Cs” for the Classroom: Creativity, Challenge, and Communication

Posted by Denise Scribner on Wed, Aug 23, 2017

I guess you would call me a creativity junkie. I like to take science concepts and give them a little twist and tweak to fully engage my high school students. To start the process, I set the stage: Upon entering my classroom, students may walk into a simulated rainforest with vines and leaf canopies draped from the ceiling, or go into a human cell with 3D organelles hanging within the classroom’s cytoplasm. I also use a lot of props when teaching. For example, “DO NOT OPEN” envelopes are hung from the ceiling that are only opened when I request a student to do so. The envelope may contain a bell work question, quote that is relative to the topic at hand to stimulate classroom discussion, or a clue to use their cell phones to locate a QR code within the hallway or classroom that provides further instructions.

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Topics: tips for teachers, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, STEM

18 Steps to Get Organized With Tech Before the New School Year

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

As summer begins to wind down and the first week of school approaches, we often find ourselves losing sleep thinking about all of the things we need to do to get organized. Before that first week approaches, here are 18 steps to organize yourself with technology:

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Topics: curriculum, 21st Century Skills, Education Technology, Educational Apps, Educational Software, back to school

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