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Digital Music in the Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

 

When we incorporated 1:1 devices in our school, there was one issue that came up quickly that I wasn’t expecting: students using their device as an MP3 player. For those youngsters who don’t know what that is, it’s an old-fashioned music playing device—much like the CD players, tape decks, and 8-track players from yesteryear.

I guess I didn’t see a Chromebook as being the same as the types of devices students typically use to listen to music. I’m not sure why I had this blind spot, but I quickly realized that students would read books, work on math problems, and even talk to friends with their ear buds in. Why does it matter? There are a few reasons to me why this was both potentially positive and negative.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Lessons

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

Spooky Tech Integration Ideas

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Fri, Oct 5, 2018

The perfect witch’s brew is full of different elements: an eye of newt, a feather from an eagle, a drop of raven tears—there is a mix of just about everything! A great lesson plan is kind of the same way. There is a dash of engagement, at teaspoon of technology, and a heaping cup of cognitive thinking to make the perfect education “stew.” 

In order to harness that excitement of the Halloween season and increase engagement with our students, teachers should consider developing themed lessons around fun Halloween ideas. Teachers should also consider how they can integrate technology to make the lesson even more fun. Finally, using a theme and technology is great, but high-level thinking makes lessons the best they can be. 

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Topics: Lessons, tips for teachers

Components of a Great IWB Lesson

Posted by Claire Jones on Wed, Sep 19, 2018

We all know that uneasy feeling of sitting in front of a blank white screen trying to decide where to begin when it comes to designing and creating an interactive lesson. You can feel it just thinking about it, right? We also know how tough it can be to look at lesson after lesson on the web or an IWB website trying to decide if a lesson is good and whether or not it will be engaging for your students.

Interactive whiteboards give us an opportunity to excite our students about learning through multi-sensory, hands-on interaction with content, so we want to be sure that the lessons that we create and use for instruction are high-quality and engaging. Here are some design components that will help you create and/or choose lessons that achieve positive learning outcomes with your students.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Lessons, Interactive Whiteboard

March Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Mar 1, 2018

Spring is right around the corner, which means we can finally bid farewell to winter and welcome the warmer weather this month! While you’re doing your springtime cleaning, why not spruce up your lessons? Here is our collection of engaging themed content for March:

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Topics: Lessons, Training, tips for teachers

Plan a Day (or Week!) of Reading Fun With Read Across America

Posted by Crysta Baier on Wed, Feb 28, 2018

“I know—let’s make green eggs and ham and let the kids sample it!” exclaimed my principal as I shared the first draft of my plans for our 2018 Read Across America (RAA) celebration. Her voice was filled with the same excitement that fills the whole school when March 2 rolls around. At Edgerton Elementary, we love Read Across America Day so much that we turn it into a week of events. Sure, it takes time to plan, gather, organize, and execute, but the time spent creating a grand celebration for Dr. Seuss’s birthday is well worth the effort. Let me tell you how—and why—we plan the week-long festivities. 

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Topics: tips for teachers, Lessons, Administrator Resources

Winter Home Projects: Keeping Kids Engaged in Learning 

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Feb 7, 2018

It’s that time of year when it is cold outside and there is an increased chance of school being cancelled because of snowy or icy roads. Snow cancellations or delays may not be prevalent all across the country, but even San Antonio recently had a snow day. I think most teachers and students would agree that snow days are great—as long as everyone is safe at home. My students love an unexpected day off. It’s like a bonus weekend!

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Topics: tips for teachers, Lessons, Student Engagement

February Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Feb 1, 2018

 
We teachers can be pretty set in our ways when it comes to how we do things in our classroom. Lessons we’ve had in our arsenal are continually refined and can be presented at a moment's notice to fit our curricular needs. For those newer to the classroom, it takes considerable time to create the perfect lesson that achieves the learning goals you have. We’ve all been there when a lesson turns out to not go exactly the way it was intended—it’s all part of the process of getting better as an educator and a professional.

Ready to try something new? Shake up your routine this month with these engaging lessons and activities from MimioConnect™, our interactive teaching community:

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Topics: tips for teachers, curriculum, Free Content, Lessons, Professional Development for Teachers

Snow Day Fun—and a Little Learning!

Posted by Denise Scribner on Wed, Jan 24, 2018


IT’S A SNOW DAY! The Weather Channel predicted a big snowstorm and it really happened—you can almost hear the collective screams of joy from students and teachers alike! But after sleeping in, snuggling under your favorite quilt reading a book, and enjoying some hot chocolate, cabin fever is beginning to infect your mind.

Here are some suggestions for fun snow day activities to keep you and your students entertained: 

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Topics: tips for teachers, Lessons

Holiday Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Sun, Dec 3, 2017

The turkey has been eaten and it's officially time for the holidays! Get your classroom and students in the holiday spirit with these festive learning packs—we have some great lessons and activities to inspire you all month long. 

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Topics: Training, tips for teachers, Lessons, curriculum

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