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      4 Ideas to Increase Collaboration Using an Interactive Display

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Wed, Sep 21, 2022

      Interactive learning has moved from being an innovative strategy to a ‘must do’ to keep students engaged in the classroom. As technology has become more beneficial for instruction and student learning, teachers are at the forefront of why, how, and when to use ed tech effectively and efficiently. Interactive displays support connected and collaborative experiences for students, even if they’re remote learning. With more features and applications available on displays, teachers are incorporating their use regularly and seeing student participation and active learning improving in their classrooms. 

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      Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Student Engagement, tips for teachers, student learning, interactive displays

      Screen Mirroring to Innovate Teaching and Learning

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Jul 14, 2022

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      Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Student Engagement, student learning, interactive displays, CleverShare

      Top 4 Benefits to Using an Interactive Whiteboard

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Mon, Dec 6, 2021

      The past couple of decades have shown that the pace at which technology has influenced teaching and learning is moving at hyper speed, and within the past two years – warp speed. Not only have this generation’s students grown up in a technology-rich environment, but they also benefit from lessons and activities that are interactive and immersive. Educators have seen the advantages of implementing educational technology, like interactive whiteboards, that offers students multiple opportunities to engage and collaborate with others.  

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      Topics: Education Technology, Interactive Whiteboard, MimioTeach, Student Engagement, student learning

      Using the ARCS Model for Motivating Your Students

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Wed, Feb 24, 2021

      Have you hit your rhythm with lesson planning, teaching, meeting with students, and grading assignments? Are your students excited each time they walk in the classroom or turn on their web cameras for a live virtual lesson? Do you wake up each morning with so much energy that the cup of coffee you pour is really unnecessary? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to the previous, Kudos to you! (I’d also like to interview you for my next blog.) For the rest of you, there may be moments of ‘Yes’, ‘Sometimes’, and ‘I wish’ for each of these questions and that speaks to your hard work and effort to make learning an enjoyable experience for all.

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      Topics: Student Engagement, tips for teachers, student learning

      Preventing Learning Loss by Building Buy-In

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Sep 17, 2020

      Coming into this new school year has been a mixed bag of emotions for everyone: anxiety, disappointment, frustration, excitement, sadness. Because many schools are starting the year with remote learning, add stress and hopelessness to the list especially for those juggling more than one child in school, work responsibilities, and maintaining some semblance of balance at home. There are quite a few social media posts of children trying hard to be excited for learning online but struggling (haven’t we all seen the little boy lying across his chair out of view of his teacher during a virtual session?!). Understandably, this leads to concerns of substantial learning loss for our students.

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      Topics: Student Engagement, distance learning, student learning, remote learning

      Giving Feedback – Tips for Teachers

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Sep 3, 2020

      I love feedback. I appreciate how feedback has helped me to improve in different aspects of my life. I believe in giving feedback that makes someone feel good about a job well done. For me, feedback is essential to growth! Yet, I can remember countless afternoons struggling to write feedback on all my students’ essays before the next class session. I wanted to be thorough and write about all of the points I’d reference in the lessons but my hands would cramp, my brain was mush, and by the last student’s paper I was barely writing a sentence or two that I hoped would help them improve. It wasn’t until a colleague showed me what she did — quick notes on each student’s work as she walked around and observed them during independent work time — that I began to feel like my time was being used more effectively and my students were able to implement recommendations as they worked. I also found that because I was saving time, I could talk with each student and really understand their comprehension and academic needs. Those quick convos with each student were some of my favorite times as a teacher.

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      Topics: Student Engagement, tips for teachers, distance teaching, student learning, effective feedback

      Boosting Math Discussions While Distance Teaching

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Sep 1, 2020

      Talking about math is more than merely describing the steps in solving a problem (“First, add the ones, then the tens. If you need to regroup, do that.”). Math discussions are focused on the process of working towards a solution, understanding how others’ think about that process, and developing a plan for similar problems. Students should be pushed to think beyond an explanation of steps to an explanation of process, including making errors and how those were resolved. They should also be encouraged to use different methods and tools when solving a problem, then sharing these ideas with others to build a bank of strategies. In a physical classroom, this can be challenging so how can it be done while distance teaching? More than that, how can it be done successfully?

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      Topics: Math, Student Engagement, tips for teachers, distance learning, distance teaching, student learning

      The ‘A’ in STEAM: What, Why, and How

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Aug 25, 2020

      “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

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      Topics: Student Engagement, STEAM, teacher resources, steam education, student learning

      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

      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

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