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Strategies for Supporting Your ELLs While Remote Learning

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Aug 18, 2020

“I think I have learned that the best way to lift one’s self up is to help someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

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Topics: tips for teachers, ELL, distance learning, distance teaching, English Language Learners, remote learning

Remote Learning TiPS for Teachers, Parents, Students

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Whatever our opinions are on in-class vs remote learning, the unpredictability of coronavirus has necessitated that many districts opt for the latter to ensure the safety of teachers, school staff, and students. That being the case, the following are helpful tips for teachers, parents, and students.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Parent resources, distance learning, distance teaching, online learning, student learning, remote learning

Teacher PD in the Time of Remote Learning

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Not to state the obvious, but education is in a time of dynamic change. This change will affect not just this school year, but long into the future of what education may be for our children and grandchildren. It is important, then, to rethink how administrators, teachers, and parents/guardians prepare for each school year so that students can still meet, or exceed, learning goals and objectives. Beyond what can be seen on paper, education also supports a child’s need to experience, explore, and apply learning to real-life now and in the future. To do this successfully, teachers who are now dealing with a virtual classroom environment must adjust their teaching practices. Why? Because remote learning requires specific skills such as conducting classes using video conferencing, sharing content in different ways, and providing feedback on student assignments and projects.

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, teacher training, remote learning, teacher PD

STEM Careers: Web Developer

Posted by Hannah Olson on Tue, Aug 4, 2020

Web developers are responsible for designing and creating websites. In addition to ensuring the functionality of the site, they are also in charge of meeting their clients’ aesthetic requests, capacity needs, and technical demands.

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Topics: 21st Century Skills, STEM, STEAM, steam education, STEM education

Incorporating 3D Printer Tech in Learning

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Eons ago, when I was in elementary school, we did a unit on fossils and their importance on understanding how prehistoric plants and animals lived. I was fascinated and for a brief moment in 4th grade, I wanted to be a paleontologist. I would stare at all of the pictures of the different fossils and dream about going on a true-blue dig and discover something cool like a fossil from a mammoth or saber tooth tiger. Of course, I never did become a paleontologist instead choosing to teach because that feeling of excitement when I learned something new was one I wanted all young learners to experience. But I do wonder if my teacher had the technology to make different fossils for closer study maybe I would have chosen the paleontology path.

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Topics: Education Technology, Lessons, STEM Lessons, STEM, STEAM, steam lessons, 3D printing, STEM education

Preparing Younger Learners for the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Jul 28, 2020

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in many states, a number of districts are opting for total remote learning for the fall (for specific districts, click the link Education Week School Districts’ Reopening Plans). What does this mean for parents who have young ones starting school for the first time? If the anxiety about starting school in person during a worldwide pandemic wasn’t enough, the prospect of starting totally online can be overwhelming. Often, parents see entering school (PreK – K levels) as an opportunity for their children to learn social skills, understand rules and routines, and set a foundation of basic skills that will prepare them for the next 12 years of learning.

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Topics: Getting Parents Involved, distance learning, distance teaching, blended learning, virtual classroom, remote learning, hybrid learning

Bricks and Clicks – But What About My Panel?

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Do a quick search of the internet, and you are sure to find a variety of articles on using an interactive flat panel to boost student engagement. Really, flat panels are geared towards educators – large screen with touch technology that begs for interactivity to showcase its features. Most ‘Top 10 Teacher Tips’ will include increase classroom collaboration, take a virtual fieldtrip, prepare for assessments, and gamify for learning new concepts. But when schools closed in the spring, this awesome tech sat lonely in many classrooms. With the debate still going about the learning environment for the new school year (as of this writing, many districts have opted to start the Fall totally virtual), educators may ask, “But what about my panel?”

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Topics: Education Technology, Flat Panel Displays, distance learning, distance teaching, blended learning, virtual classroom

STEAM Learning via the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Although generally thought of as only possible in the physical classroom where teachers can observe and guide student exploration and interaction, STEAM learning is possible with distance teaching. How?

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Topics: STEM, STEAM, blended learning, virtual classroom, steam education, STEM education, inquiry-based learning

STEM Careers: Civil Engineer

Posted by Hannah Olson on Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Civil engineering is one of the oldest and most diverse engineering disciplines. Civil engineering is linked to advances in science and mathematics, including material science, geography, geology, hydrology, physics, transportation, construction, and mechanics.

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Topics: STEM, STEAM, steam education, STEM education

Blended Learning in Effect

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Jul 14, 2020

As more and more school districts are making decisions about schools reopening and how learning will take place, an approach that is being considered is blended learning. It is doubtful that many have not already heard of blended learning so let’s refer to its simplest form – bricks and clicks learning (‘bricks’ is face-to-face learning in a physical classroom; ‘clicks’ is online learning in a virtual classroom). Most teachers and students have experience using desktops, laptops, and/or tablets to do things such as research information or take state tests. So, bricks and clicks is familiar and in some cases a whole school initiative.

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

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