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      Teaching Tales: Time Traveler Day Sparks Classroom Time Capsules

      Posted by Christine Hall on Fri, Dec 8, 2023

      When I embarked on my teaching career as a 4th-grade teacher in Verrado, Arizona, the vast desert landscape was a far cry from the familiar surroundings of my hometown in Detroit, Michigan. Transitioning from a state surrounded by lakes to the sparse desert evoked a deep appreciation for the resilience of the land and the communities flourishing in this seemingly inhospitable terrain. 

      Today is Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day (December 8, 2023). Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day whimsically celebrates the allure of time travel, sparking curiosity and reflection on the mysteries of temporal exploration in popular culture. Seeing this day on my calendar takes me back to a special memory from my early teaching days. It was a time when I, like my students, became a time traveler of sorts. We delved into a fascinating project to celebrate our town's 100-year anniversary, a project that left an indelible mark on my teaching philosophy. 

      The concept was simple yet powerful - students could choose any time frame, past or future, and create a time capsule representing that era. This not only celebrated our community's rich history but also allowed students to explore the spirit of change over time. Today I see Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day on my calendar —a day that may not seem very important—it brings back memories of the happiness and positive impact such projects had on students and teachers. 


      Application for Teachers 
      For fellow educators, consider channeling the spirit of time travel in your classrooms. Encourage students to take pride in their local history by assigning a time capsule project. Share the process of the project on digital displays throughout the school campus to involve everyone in the school community. Connecting with the community's past not only fosters a deeper appreciation for the present but also creates lasting memories that stand the test of time. 

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      Topics: Lessons, tips for teachers, education

      Denver Public Schools: Pioneering Career Discovery with MimioSTEM

      Posted by Boxlight on Thu, Dec 7, 2023

      Denver Public Schools (DPS) is leading the way in career exploration through its Spark Early Career Exploration Program, emphasizing diverse career exposure for students. Olivia Barraza Kee, Senior Manager of DPS Spark, highlights the importance of developing career identities to shape students' futures positively: “The work of developing career identities for our students is really important to us so that they can plan and chart their futures and get careers that sustain them and their families." The program connects students with local businesses and offers an extensive online resource library. 

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      Topics: Case Studies, Labdisc, Robotics, 3D printing, STEM education, MimioSTEM, Success Story, STEM Careers, education

      Unbox Innovation: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Part 2

      Posted by Boxlight on Wed, Dec 6, 2023

      Ever wondered how to turn your classroom into a hub of creativity? In the recent Unbox Innovation episode, "Cultivating a Creative Classroom," Preston Trebas, Boxlight STEM Training and Development Specialist, addresses the challenges educators face with integrating creativity into modern teaching and learning practices. The discussion covers balancing hard skills and creativity, dealing with parental concerns, and addressing administrative pressures. 

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      Topics: Education Technology, edtech, Podcast, Unbox Innovation, education

      MimioPro 4 Firmware Update Coming Soon!

      Posted by Boxlight on Tue, Dec 5, 2023

      We're excited to share a preview of the upcoming MimioPro 4 firmware release scheduled for December 15, 2023. This update is designed to elevate the classroom experience, introducing new features and improvements tailored to a variety of teaching and learning needs. 

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      Topics: Update, MimioPro 4, #firmware

      Honoring Inclusivity: The Importance of National Special Education Day

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Nov 30, 2023

      December 2nd is National Special Education Day and it holds a special place in the hearts of educators and advocates alike. On this day in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law, reaffirming the importance of inclusive education for students with special needs. As we commemorate this occasion, it's an opportune time to delve into its history, grasp its significance, and explore how technology, such as interactive displays and learning apps, plays a pivotal role in promoting inclusivity in today's classrooms. 

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      Topics: Student Engagement, Personalized Learning, student learning, Students with Special Needs, accessibility, inclusivity

      Red Planet Day: Simple Lessons for K-12 Exploration

      Posted by Hannah Olson on Tue, Nov 28, 2023

      Happy Red Planet Day, Educators! Red Planet Day celebrates Mars, encouraging exploration and understanding. Today, let's embark on an exciting journey to explore Mars with your students through simple lessons, 3D printing, and robotics. Get ready to make the Red Planet come alive in your classroom! 

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      Topics: Education Technology, edtech, Robotics, 3D printing, STEM education, Mimio MyBot, Robo3D, educational robotics system, MyBot Recruit

      The Ripple Effect of Kindness: Nurturing Relationships, Embracing Gratitude

      Posted by Taylor-Ann Charles on Mon, Nov 27, 2023

      November was National Gratitude Month but it’s certainly not the only time we can reflect on how we show our appreciation. As we get ready to close the year, let’s explore the profound connection between gratitude, kindness, and the positive impact they have on our lives, relationships, and communities. While expressing thanks was integral to this month's theme, let's delve into how acts of kindness, both big and small, not only highlight gratitude but also play a crucial role in fostering positive relationships and strengthening the fabric of our communities.  

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      Topics: Student Engagement, tips for teachers, student learning, education

      Sparkling Ideas: 10 Interactive Activities Before Winter Break

      Posted by Emily Turk on Wed, Nov 22, 2023

      Teachers, are you ready for winter break? Your students are, too, so bring some excitement to your classrooms as winter break approaches using your interactive displays. They are excellent tools that can turn any lesson into an engaging adventure. Whether you're teaching language arts, any STEM class, art, history, or any other subject, these activities will “spark” some enjoyment and engage both you and your students in the weeks leading up to winter break. 

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      Topics: Education Technology, Lessons, Student Engagement, tips for teachers, teacher resources, student learning, interactive displays, education

      Supporting Vocabulary Learning with Transformative Classroom Technology

      Posted by Preston Trebas on Tue, Nov 21, 2023

      How can district and school decision makers help to transform teaching and learning with the technology choices they make? Decision makers play a crucial role in shaping the educational landscape by analyzing student data and teacher feedback, ensuring that innovative technologies are selected to support students in expanding their language skills. For instance, when it comes to vocabulary building for young children and English learners, interactive displays and classroom audio have proven to be invaluable tools that engage and invite active participation. By making thoughtful choices, decision makers contribute to creating vibrant and effective learning environments. Let’s explore how interactive displays and classroom audio can transform the educational landscape for both educators and students alike.   

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      Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, edtech, Classroom Audio, English Language Arts

      World Children's Day: Empowering Young Minds for a Brighter Tomorrow

      Posted by Taylor-Ann Charles on Mon, Nov 20, 2023

      World Children's Day, observed annually on November 20th, is an occasion dedicated to promoting international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, this day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing need to advocate for, protect, and celebrate the rights of every child. 

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      Topics: student learning, accessibility, education, Children's Rights


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