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The ‘Aha’ of Project-Based Learning

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Jul 9, 2020

When I look back at my time in the classroom, memories that most often pop up are seeing and hearing my students work together to finish a project. Many times, they were in groups of three or four busily drawing, coloring, writing, talking. For the life of me, I can barely remember the projects themselves, but I can remember the chatter, laughing, arguing, and smiles when the project was finished. I used to feel like, this is learning! Many teachers have probably experienced and felt that same sense of excitement and accomplishment. When we see our students fully engaged and involved in a project, it reveals their interests and connection to the topic. You will likely see many ‘aha’ moments.

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, Project-Based Learning, Student Engagement, edtech, virtual classroom

4 Ways to Bridge the Gap to Academic Success via Creating Digital Experiences

Posted by Rahul Varshneya on Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Digital learning offers students the tools to become lifelong learners. As per the national centre for education statistics, 80% of 8th-graders reported using a computer for schoolwork in the recent past. 

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, Educational Apps, Games, Project-Based Learning

Arts Integration in the Classroom

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Who doesn’t love the arts? We listen to music during our free time, go dancing, and watch live performances, among other things! This past week, I went to an arts symposium, where I learned a lot about integrating the arts into the classroom.

Here are several takeaways I wanted to share with my fellow educators:

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, tips for teachers

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

Why Now—More Than Ever—We Must Collaborate Globally

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Our country has changed a lot in the past year. I think most educators didn’t expect the 2017 we now have. We didn’t expect the current education secretary that we have, the president we have, or even some of the other federal changes that we now have. Some of the immigration and refugee policies of 2017 have impacted our schools, along with a shift in direction from the federal government about transgender bathroom policies. 

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, tips fpr teachers

25 Awesome Tips for Google Apps in the Classroom

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Jan 4, 2017

From Flash Cards to Book Clubs, Google Apps Are a
Great Asset for Classrooms

There is no doubt that Google Apps is revolutionizing classrooms. This centralized platform of creation and collaboration makes group projects and teacher feedback easier. It also streamlines parent-teacher communication, making it easier to keep busy parents informed of their child's progress. Perhaps you have already integrated Google Docs and need ideas, or maybe it’s time to make use of this extraordinary tool. No matter where you are with the totally integrated paperless classroom, here are 25 hacks to start you off on your Google Apps journey.

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Topics: classroom assessment, Classroom Collaboration, google docs, Google Classroom

Can Flexible Seating Enhance Student Success?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Oct 19, 2016

During the past year or so, flexible classroom seating has become a popular topic for educators.  This term can be interpreted a few different ways, but at the heart of it is the concept that students are able to choose different seating options that fit best with their learning style. 

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, tips for teachers

Current Events and Why We Need to Teach Them!

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Sep 29, 2016

 


Those of you who aren’t social studies teachers may be inclined to skip over this blog post, thinking it doesn’t pertain to you. Still others may be saying, “Why bother teaching current events at all?” After all, with the 24-hour news cycle, nothing stays “current” for long! However, research indicates that a regular dose of current events has a multitude of benefits, even in classes outside of social studies.

 

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Topics: classroom assessment, Lessons, Interactive Whiteboard, Classroom Collaboration, curriculum

Ten Reasons Why You Should Use Google Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Sep 21, 2016

If we could offer teachers something that would save them time, save the school money, communicate better with students and parents, help struggling learners, and impact the learning environment for students...would they consider using it? I’m guessing they would.

Our school district recently moved to the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) platform. Because I previously used GAFE, I knew the potential for improvement that this would bring to our school and our students.

GAFE Is Great
If you’ve been been using Google Classroom for the last few years, you’re probably already “sold” on why it’s a good thing to use. But if it’s new to you, you probably want to know the reasons why this change is a good thing for students. Here are some things to consider:

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, curriculum, google docs, Google Classroom

Class-Wide Collaboration with Ed Tech: Part 2 - IWBs, Digital Displays & Web Tools

Posted by Paul Gigliotti on Tue, May 17, 2016

Last week we discussed why accustoming students to whole-class collaboration is critical to their future success in the workplace, and looked at the ways that mobile applications can facilitate that type of classroom collaboration.

Today we’ll consider other types of ed tech: interactive whiteboards, digital displays, and Web 2.0 tools.

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Classroom Collaboration, Educational Apps, Curr

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