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The School District Roadmap to Strategic Planning Success

Posted by Tatum Travers

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Topics: Elementary Education  Middle School Education  Tech Education News  Education Technology

Taking Risks in the Classroom with Jennie Magiera

Posted by eSpark Learning

 

Jennie Magiera

Jennie began her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and then served as the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy For Urban School Leadership. Now she's the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines Public School District 62. Her new book Courageous Edventures is an essential text for educators ready to transform learning.


She's been honored as a TEDx speaker, White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer and CPS’ 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year. You can find her on Twitter at @MsMagiera.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

3 Digital Resources for Black History Month

Posted by Tatum Travers

 

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

Solving Education's Most Important Metric [Infographic]

Posted by Tatum Travers

 

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies  Middle School Education  Education Technology

Hold a Google Slides Contest

Posted by Maren McMullan

When students are new to Google Slides they often are not familiar with the various features they can use to beautify their presentations. 

Try teaching a brief lesson about Google Slides. Then have students work together to create a presentation in Slides about their plans over the break. 

Make sure the presentation includes:

  • At least 2 different fonts
  • An image
  • A bulleted list 
  • A colored arrow 
  • Anything else you think they should include

When they are done, have students vote which presentation looks the most polished. 

 

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Topics: #Frontier  Classroom Hacks

Prioritizing Student Joy

Posted by Tatum Travers

A 2015 survey of over 900,000 public school students found that only 50% of students are engaged in their learning. The same survey found that engaged students are nearly 5x more likely than their disengaged peers to self-identify as a successful student. How do we prioritize student joy so that more learners find success in the classroom and in life? During a recent webinar, we asked educators to weigh in and share how  they're prioritizing student joy in their district.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

Good Readers React to Texts

Posted by Maren McMullan

One of our teachers in New York created a Frontier Reactions anchor chart to display in her classroom. This chart reminds students that good readers think about their own reactions to a text as they read. 

 

When students finish reading a text, they can select the emoji that resembles their reaction. Doing this can help them better retain the content they read and can help them locate important information in their notes to help with their project.

 

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Topics: #Frontier  Classroom Hacks

Want to provide teacher feedback on student projects?

Posted by Maren McMullan

You can give feedback to students from the "What's New Today" tab on your teacher dashboard.

 

Want to make sure that students know the feedback is coming from you? In the comment box, specify your name after their comments as well as any follow-up steps. 

 

Students will see your feedback just before they go to publish their project.

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Topics: #Frontier  Classroom Hacks