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How to Teach Writing like a Bestselling Author

Posted by Sarah Guckert

Jodi Picoult, Laraine Herring, and Jen Bryant offer advice on how educators can inspire students to write and open minds to the world outside the classroom

In school districts across the country, most students aren’t getting the support they need to build competency in writing. With only 24% of incoming eighth graders performing at proficient levels, educators need tools and solutions to teach writing as a response to reading and build critical thinking skills in young learners.

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Topics: Elementary Education  Middle School Education

Solving 5 Common Challenges of Writing Instruction

Posted by Tatum Travers

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The School District Roadmap to Strategic Planning Success

Posted by Tatum Travers

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Solving Education's Most Important Metric [Infographic]

Posted by Tatum Travers

 

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Flourishing a Blended Learning Culture in Classrooms

Posted by Monika Lee

The introduction of technology and the transformation to blended learning in classrooms is rapidly growing. However, simply bringing technology into classrooms isn’t going to change education. To truly develop a blended environment, the culture of the classroom setting must radically shift.

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Topics: Elementary Education  Blended Learning Strategies  Middle School Education  Tech Education News

What the SAMR Model and Flow Model Teach Us About Personalization

Posted by Monika Lee

 

With an average class size of about 30 students, educators know how difficult it is to personalize learning in the classroom. Some students are performing at a higher reading level, some are at a higher math level, and some need a little more help in science. The current approach to education includes textbooks that serve as a one-size-fits-all approach. A teacher stands at the front of the classroom with textbook material and is probably only fully stimulating 2-3 students.

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Topics: Elementary Education  Blended Learning Strategies  Middle School Education

4 Ways to Improve Metacognitive Awareness

Posted by Carrie Conover

Dear Carrie,

My students just started using iPads and due to their experiences at home, they only associate iPads with fun games, not learning. Any ideas to help them put a purpose behind their classroom iPad time and encourage metacognitive awareness?

Jen in Missouri

 

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9 Ways to Amplify the Benefits of Technology in Education

Posted by Sarah Guckert

Whether you’re in your second semester or second year of iPad learning, now is the perfect time to take a step back to evaluate the effectiveness of your technology current program and identify potential for growth. Below are 9 suggestions on how to take your district's initiative to the next level and reap the benefits of technology in education.

 

 

 

1. Collect feedback. 

It’s easy to want to hit the ground running at the start of the new year, but pause for a moment to reflect on what worked last semester and what didn’t. Check in with your teachers, students, and parent community to get a pulse on their technology adoption and comfort levels.

- Teacher surveys: Giving teachers a voice and an opportunity to submit program feedback is key as they are on the ground with the devices and know what’s working as well as the challenges they’ve encountered. Deploy surveys and include questions about the ease of iPad use. Do teachers enjoy using the tablets from both a technological and instructional standpoint? What ideas do they have to improve the iPad initiative?

- Informal student check-ins: Students love talking about using the iPad. Check in with them during class to collect their opinions and share their feedback with other teachers and administrators.

- Parent night and take-home letters: If parents in your community are involved in your program, invite them to the district for a parent night to showcase student projects completed with iPads. Alternatively, send a parent letter home with quotes from your student check-ins and include information about what you accomplished with iPads last semester.

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Topics: Elementary Education  Blended Learning Strategies  Middle School Education