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Over 9 in 10 teachers say they are highly stressed, and schools aren't always prepared to support them.

Jun 29, 2018

More than 9 in 10 Elementary Teachers are Highly Stressed. Are You One of Them?

One of the most important factors in ensuring student success is quality instruction by teachers. However, quality instruction can be a difficult goal if teachers do not have the resources to improve their skills and if rising levels of teacher stress go unchecked.

Nicole Zumpano's Google-Based Cheat Sheet helps teachers streamline their workflow.

Jun 22, 2018

7 Ways to Improve Workflow with Google

Many districts utilize Google Apps for Education, which can be overwhelming. There is a myriad of applications available and plenty of tricks to help us navigate them to increase our workflow. Linked below is a cheat sheet of sorts that focuses on Google Drive, Google Docs, and advanced tips for other Google products. Each page contains an animated demonstration or screenshot, as well as the steps to create or complete each task. Topics featured include the following.

Educators used these five resources the most in May 2018.

Jun 15, 2018

Our Top Five Resources in May 2018

Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in May.

Expert educational grant writer Barbara Norris Coates explains her formula for writing a successful grant application.

Jun 08, 2018

Formula for a Perfect Grant Application: Part II

In Part I of this two-part article, I reviewed the first two elements in the formula for creating the perfect grant application: A Proven Need + An Innovative Idea. In Part II, I’ll review the last two elements: A Written Plan + A Superhero Funder. All together, these elements create a Measurable Change for the Better!

An expert grant writer breaks down her formula for creating a successful grant proposal.

Jun 01, 2018

Formula for a Perfect Grant Application: Part I

If you don’t know a lot about grant writing, you’re in good company. Over the course of my years as a grant writer, many of the educators I’ve worked with have admitted they don’t know what makes a “good” proposal and what constitutes a “bad” one. I use the following formula for laying the groundwork for a fundable grant proposal.

Sam Patterson discusses how creativity and design thinking engages educators for deeper learning.

May 25, 2018

The Secret to a Great Staff Meeting is Creativity

I look over at the laughter and my Head of School is using a tiny light and a giant comb on the business director's head, illustrating the proper use of the flashlight their group designed. I couldn't believe how great their design was. In fact, every group had a great design. They all worked, mostly, and the room was alive with creative energy.

Educators loved these top resources in April 2018.

May 18, 2018

Our Top Five Resources in April 2018

Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.

David Lockhart looks at PD for educators in new ways to create better learning environments.

May 11, 2018

Shifting Professional Development in Education

How do we change professional development (PD) for educators to be personalized, equitable, and effective?

Our current methods of PD don’t check off all of these boxes at once and because they don’t, we are always throwing new things at teachers hoping something will stick.

AR, VR, and other interactive technologies are gaining popularity in K-12 schools

May 04, 2018

How Teachers Use Interactive Technology

Technology has the potential to improve student capacity to learn in new and exciting ways that promote interactivity and deeper understanding of a given topic. In a survey of K-12 Technology newsletter readers, we explored what types of technology tools are currently in use and for what purposes.

Redesigning learning environments enhances student engagement and success

Apr 27, 2018

Rethinking Learning Environments

When I was a third grader in the early 1970s, I went to a newly constructed elementary school. There were no classrooms, but students sat in large open spaces at desks or tables. The large spaces were called “pods.” Each grade had a “pod” that faced a common area of open space rimmed by bookshelves housing the school library for lower grades. Sliding glass doors could be closed to reduce noise (or contain students) in the pod space. There were flexible walls within the pods that could be pulled shut to allow for concentrated instruction by teachers when students were divided into groups for content studies, or opened for activities that encompassed the whole grade.

Top Educational Resources for Teachers March 2018

Apr 20, 2018

Our Top Five Resources in March 2018

Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in March.

Digital Story Telling and Ed

Apr 13, 2018

Digital Storytelling as an Educational Tool

In this installment of our Digital Storytelling Series, Jason Ohler provides a framework for using digital storytelling (DST) to enhance educational standards. He also suggests ways to incorporate new media development into future versions of those standards.

Writing IEPs Special Education

Apr 06, 2018

How I Destroyed the Rainforest

I am a special education teacher who is constantly looking for ways to improve my craft both in the classroom with students and at my desk with the daunting myriad of forms. There is no doubt that educators everywhere are overwhelmed with the ever growing need to manage and evaluate data. 

Project-based Learning

Mar 30, 2018

Aspects of Effective Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) is a topic many teachers are interested in, but are unsure of how to implement or understand if it is working. Long before my Epic Romeo and Juliet Project, the first major project I created was during my student teaching 10 years ago. I thought it would be a great idea to hold a mock trial in my class after reading Huck Finn. I wanted students to put Mark Twain on trial for being a racist. At the time, there was some uproar across the nation on whether or not Huck should be taught in schools. We had discussed the topic in class and I thought this would be an engaging way for students to explore both sides of the issue and make up their minds.

Stop Cyberbullying

Mar 23, 2018

How Teachers Can Stop Cyberbullying

Editor’s note: Teacher Trevor Muir shares his experience with bullying as a student and compares it to cyberbullying today. He offers educators insights into how to fight cyberbullying and empower students to stand against bullying.

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