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21st Century Learning: Focusing on Citizenship

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 25, 2017

Now that we are 17 years into the 21st century, it is interesting to note that thus far, our 21st century learning skills are still very relevant. When looking through the four elements of the Framework for 21st Century Learning, we see the skills listed that our students continue to need through the first two decades of our century.

Within the first element, civic literacy is an area that many schools continue to need resources for. From kindergarten to high school, it is critical for students to have exposure to the role we play as citizens in the various governmental structures. There are some resources listed on the framework page, but what could a school do to move toward real-world, application-level learning for civics and citizenship?

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Topics: Lessons, tips for teachers, Civics, Social Studies

Summer Reading Picks for Educators

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, May 18, 2017

Summer is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to plan your reading list. Whether you’re looking to explore new teaching methods, work on your personal well-being, or take a break with a beach read, here are our top picks for this summer.

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

Format Like a Champ with These New Google Sheet Tricks!

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, May 16, 2017

One of the best parts of the Google platform is that it is constantly improving and changing. I guess that is probably an opinion statement, as sometimes these changes can be frustrating—for example, when buttons move or formatting options come and go. This can be a headache, but overall, I feel the Google Suite options are much more robust than they were when I first started using them six year ago.  

For me, the really amazing part is that Google actually takes feedback, listens to it, and acts on it to improve the product. Not that novel of an idea, I know, but the speed at which they can move in doing so sets them apart from others in the tech world. I’m not a Google salesperson—it does have its limitations and faults—but as a lifelong learner, I love the challenge of always having to keep up to date on the latest format.

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Topics: google docs, Google Classroom, tips for teachers

Happy Mother’s Day: My Students, My Kids

Posted by Charli Mullen on Fri, May 12, 2017

When I started teaching—and before I had my own children—I often referred to my students as “my kids” or “my kiddos.” I truly felt connected with them, and did my best to guide them onto their successes during the school year. When I became a mother for the first time, my equilibrium shifted. No longer were my students the sole focus of my day, and I slowly learned to prioritize my tasks. I needed to use my time more efficiently and with greater intention in order to arrive home and be completely present with my own children.

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

Tools to Help Students Improve Their Keyboarding Skills

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 11, 2017

If keyboarding is an important skill for students to learn and master—and many would say that it is—what are some good tools to help students learn this skill? Like many online options, there are free versions that can work for different circumstances. Sometimes free versions have limits, and paying a little bit for one of the programs is well worth the money. But other times, especially when students are first learning keyboarding, free versions are just fine.

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Topics: Education Technology, curriculum, tips for teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week: Great Ways to Say Thank You

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Mon, May 8, 2017

Teacher appreciation week rolls around at a perfect time every school year. May is typically full of fun and craziness, so teachers deserve appreciation this month more than any other time of the year—although they really need to be appreciated year round!

It can be hard to find something that tells a teacher how much they mean to you. By the end of the school year, strong bonds and relationships have been formed in the classroom, so it is important to show gratitude. And another apple for the teacher’s desk just doesn’t cut it!

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Topics: tips for teachers

I’m a Teacher: How Do I Stay Sane?

Posted by Crysta Baier on Thu, May 4, 2017

Teaching is a hard job. Even if you aren’t a teacher—heck, even if you don’t have kids—you would probably agree that teaching is tough. Teachers are on their feet most of the day, delivering lessons while blocking out eye rolls, yawns, nose-picking, kids leaning back in their chairs, excessive talking, students playing on “hidden” devices, bodily noises, and more. Why do we do it? It’s certainly not for the money or accolades. Yet, nothing quite compares to the feeling of a good day of teaching when things go right, kids respond, and you feel like you’ve gotten through to your students. 

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

May Tips, Training, and Content for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, May 2, 2017



A new month is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time for new learning opportunities to share with your students! Here is our collection of engaging themed content for May:

Spring Gallery Pack: Spring is in full swing, and this MimioStudio Gallery pack is filled with images, backgrounds, lessons, and activities to help you bring some spring magic to your classroom.

Spring Backgrounds: Add a pop of spring to your lessons with these fun spring-themed backgrounds. You can even make them your own by inserting a text box, changing the transparency, or adding a shape.

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Topics: curriculum, Training, MimioConnect, tips for teachers

The Future of Keyboarding Instruction

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 26, 2017

What is the role of keyboarding instruction in the classroom—especially the elementary classroom? Over the past few years, as one-to-one devices become more widespread and accessible to students at younger grade levels, this question has become more and more pertinent. I know our own school has struggled with student keyboarding skills over the past few years.

Three main issues we grapple with as educators.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

Making Standardized Testing a Positive Experience

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Snacks, games, songs, and assemblies—I’ve seen it all over the years when it comes to motivating students for high-stakes assessments. I’m not sure how effective any of it is, but teachers are willing to go all out when it comes to testing. Teachers know that these tests matter a great deal, so the extra effort and focus are worthwhile.

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Topics: classroom assessment, tips for teachers

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