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Five Blended Learning Models to Consider for the Fall

Posted by Melizza Rios on Thu, Jun 11, 2020

It’s doubtful that you haven’t already heard of the concept of blended learning, but just in case, this approach combines face-to-face learning with online learning experiences. Basically, blended learning changes what has been traditionally ‘front-of-class’ style of lesson delivery to incorporating digital tools and features to create a more interactive and engaging experience. Blended learning used to be a novel idea that some teachers saw as an innovative opportunity to explore, but it has become more necessary as learners – digital natives – spend more time creating and viewing content on web-enabled devices (think Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok).

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Topics: Education Technology, distance learning, distance teaching, blended learning models, online learning, student learning

Supporting ELLs in the Virtual Classroom - Teaching Tips and Teams

Posted by Melizza Rios on Tue, May 19, 2020

Today, you’re facilitating your weekly online lesson and the focus is transition words. As usual, your ‘regulars’ are doing what they do best – answering questions, participating in discussion, and sharing examples. Your quieter ones are sending you chat messages when they have questions or are confused. Who you’re not hearing much from are your English Language Learners, or ELLs. They are on camera, smiling through the lessons, even raising a ‘thumbs up’ when you ask the class if everyone understands. But you’re having doubts about how well they are comprehending. You can’t easily stand next to their desks and check work. Your aide isn’t there to do a double-check or ask a question in the native language to ensure understanding. What can you do to help your ELLs in a virtual classroom?

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Topics: Education Technology, tips for teachers, distance learning, distance teaching, Microsoft 365 Education, distance education, virtual classroom, English Language Learners

Using Microsoft Teams for Class Collaboration

Posted by Melizza Rios on Thu, May 7, 2020

As we have all learned recently, not only can teachers adapt well to change, but they can do it quickly! Having been accustomed to in-person interaction — roaming a classroom to check ongoing progress, meeting with small groups at the “round table” for personalized instruction, and generally just being able to be with their students -- shifting to a remote, distance teaching environment has been a challenge. Yet, millions of teachers have done so with an enthusiasm and grace that is astounding and admirable.

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Topics: Education Technology, tips for teachers, teacher resources, Office 365 Education, Microsoft 365 Education, Microsoft Teams

Ideas for Teaching About Climate Change

Posted by Melizza Rios on Tue, Apr 21, 2020

You may have seen media stories of the air being clearer since stay-at-home directives have been implemented in different areas of the world (Los Angeles, India). NASA satellite data actually shows a 30-percent decrease in air pollution over the northeast United States (click on the link to view slider image: Drop in Air Pollution). What does this all mean for our climate? How are your children and/or students reacting to the changes? Do they realize there are changes at all? This may be an opportune time to include climate change into your instructional plan, especially with the focus of Earth Day 2020 being climate action. So how can you do it? Here are 7 ideas to try:

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Topics: Education Technology, Activities, Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, collaborative learning, Labdisc, STEM, STEAM, climate change

Creating Tutorial Videos

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Technology has helped improve the educational experience for students in a variety of ways. One of the best ways for teachers to leverage the use of technology is to provide students with resources that allow them to access it anytime.

Some teachers use this to flip their classroom. I believe every teacher at every grade level could benefit from the knowledge of how to do this, even if they don’t intend to flip their classroom. This is because it frees up the teacher to provide snippets of instruction both when the teacher is in the classroom and when they are not. It can be efficient and engaging for the students.

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Topics: Education Technology

Using Google Chromecast in the Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Over the past five years, many school districts—including the one where I work—have transitioned from iPads to Chromebooks. There are some advantages to having done this, but there are also some drawbacks. Many of the decisions in making this change have hinged on money and the cost difference between a Chromebook and an iPad. When it comes to most decisions that involve cost, we get what we pay for. In moving away from the Apple iOS to Google, we found that we lost some options for teachers displaying from their screen.

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Topics: Education Technology

Using Virtual Reality Part One: Why Use VR in the Classroom?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Oct 23, 2019
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Topics: Education Technology

Five Emerging Trends in EdTech

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Oct 8, 2019

As we inch closer to 2020, we can look back at the significant strides and innovations in educational technology and the ways EdTech has redefined traditional education in the first two decades of the 21st century. Technology has become an integral part of the everyday learning process, with students, teachers, parents, and administrators all using important devices and software each day to increase efficiency and improve learning outcomes.

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Topics: Education Technology, education industry

2019 Fall Webinar Series: Classroom Technology, Robotics, and Preparing Students for Future Careers

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Boxlight is excited to announce its 2019 fall webinar series, featuring insights from experienced leaders in EdTech. The new edition of the Transforming Learning in the Classroom webinar series will bring five free webinars about three unique topics, including using robotics to prepare students for college and careers, utilizing technology to promote critical thinking, and the fundamentals of project-based learning.

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Topics: Education Technology, Educational influencers, Webinars

Responding to Parent Concerns About Technology

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Sep 18, 2019

When a parent comes into school to discuss technology, they are typically not there to share positive feedback about all the recent wonderful integration lessons that have been going on in the classroom. It is usually just the opposite—concerns about how their student is accessing, using, overusing, or manipulating the technology in the classroom.

Although some of these concerns might be misplaced or lack knowledge about exactly what is going on, other concerns are very valid and need to be considered. So as a teacher or principal, it will be helpful to consider how to prepare for these concerns.

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Topics: Education Technology, tips for teachers


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