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13 Reasons Why Suicide Bullying

Aug 31, 2018

Using 13 Reasons Why to Discuss Mental Health with Students

With students ramping up their daily screen time, sometimes the most convenient place to find a lesson is within pop culture. Netflix's series 13 Reasons Why, based on the novel Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher, dives into serious real-life topics that face teenagers, including issues like depression, suicide, substance abuse, bullying, sexual assault, gun violence, and more.

Learn about the new ISTE standards.

Aug 24, 2018

Implementing ISTE’s Standards Across the Learning Organization

If you have not already heard about or reviewed the new ISTE Standards for Education Leaders you are in for a treat. These standards were designed as the framework to support all types of leadership roles in educational environments.

Top 5 Resources in July

Aug 17, 2018

Our Top Five Resources in July 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 July.

Grant Writing Tips

Aug 10, 2018

Grant Writing—A Reality Check

I began my career in the nonprofit sector in the mid-1980s at a small art museum in Austin, Texas. First working as a volunteer, I eventually moved into half-time, then full-time employment. 

Data Interoperability in K-12 Education

Aug 01, 2018

10 Questions to ask EdTech Vendors Before You Buy

Project Unicorn is an educational initiative that strives to improve data interoperability in K-12 education. The initiative continuously works on determining shared priorities and forging partnerships between school systems and vendors. The team has compiled a list of 10 questions that decision makers and technology purchasers for schools and districts should ask vendors before deciding on a product.

Laura Steinbrink discusses how to include student voice in hiring to develop a connection between school leaders and students.

Jul 27, 2018

Including Student Voice in Hiring: Student Interview Panels and Involvement

Educator and blogger Laura Steinbrink explains how her district involved one school’s students in selecting their new principal. This article was originally posted on her blog, Rockin’ the Boat, on June 17, 2018. The partial lyrics she included as subtitles are from Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”

Check out the five resources educators loved on Big Deal Media in June 2018.

Jul 20, 2018

Our Top Five Resources in June 2018

Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the articles and features educators turned to most in June.

David Lockhart explains his last structures to boost student creativity: a process of creation, tools to assess, and building a culture of creativity.

Jul 13, 2018

6 Classroom Structures to Make Creation Happen: Part 2

In part one of this series, we discussed how implementing certain structures can help develop student creation as a learning method. The first three structures included precise scheduling, developing well-crafted scenarios, and offering students choice within their projects.

Let’s dive into the final three structures that help harness student creativity through project-based learning.

David Lockhart explains his first three classroom structures needed to boost student creativity: lesson scheduling, building scenarios, and implementing student choice.

Jul 06, 2018

6 Classroom Structures to Make Creation Happen: Part 1

Students get more learning out of creation than they would out of almost anything else. We know that! However, creation projects are just like everything else success and learning depend on the structure.

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.

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