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April 19th, 2018

Bringing the 5 Cs into your classroom

By Gregory Firn
chief operating officer, robots4STEM
The learning spectrum is broad: On one end, there’s the student who loves a challenge; at the other exists one who consistently doubts his or her ability to successfully complete that challenge—and there are countless other types of students in between. Whether students are...

April 16th, 2018

5 ways to ensure cultural inclusivity

By Tyson J. Smith
president and chief executive officer, Reading Horizons
Have you ever wondered what goes into developing curriculum? The audience that Reading Horizons serves is diverse, and our footprint has grown significantly in the last decade as K–3 teachers and students from all over the country use our product for emerging readers and...

April 16th, 2018

The best edtech PD isn’t about technology

By Thuan Nguyen
executive vice president , AVID Center
Schools and districts spend billions on edtech, even while questions continue to swirl around whether such investments yield solid returns. Few companies can reliably ensure the educational outcomes that teachers and administrators expect, and according to one estimate, only 35 percent of edtech tools...

April 12th, 2018

Pay attention! 5 ways to improve your students’ attention spans

By Cory Armes
national education consultant, Scientific Learning Corp.
Paying attention sounds easy. But is it really? How many times have we reprimanded students for not paying attention? Attention is the ability to focus on information and tasks while ignoring distractions. We know that fluent reading requires sustained and focused attention, yet attention...

April 10th, 2018

Beyond ESSA: How to use your data to make informed decisions

By Mike English
founder and chief executive officer/president, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.
The deadline has passed for states to submit final Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans. Now it’s up to school districts to figure out how to capture and report data about student performance. While the additional reporting can seem like a burden, buried in...

April 6th, 2018

Want to put your data into action? Here’s how!

By Brian Sharp
chief executive officer, SmartEdTech
Classroom assessments represented a nearly $1.6 billion market in 2017, and that market is expected to grow by 30 percent through 2020. In fact, classroom assessment now makes up a majority of the testing market, surpassing state testing. The benefit of formative assessments Formative...

April 5th, 2018

How to start a project-based-learning movement in your district

By Miriam Bogler
founder and chief executive officer , Project Pals
Throughout my entire career as a computer teacher, I have used project-based learning (PBL). I’ve had students as young as first grade working on projects using LCSI’s Microworlds, an authoring tool that enabled them to create animated stories, simulations, and games. My students have...

April 4th, 2018

5 biggest data center mistakes (and how to fix them)

By John Jennings
digital media manager, Skyward
Behold, the school district data center. To the untrained eye, it’s just a room full of servers, racks, cables, power supplies, storage devices, and whatever other components happen to be lying around. But it’s so much more than that. It’s the backbone of your...

April 2nd, 2018

Dos & don’ts for fostering creativity and innovation in the classroom

By Mariam Nazaryan
content writer, Swift Polling
Creativity in the classroom provides a more relaxed and open environment for the students to freely express their opinions and to learn faster. Here are some tips for helping teachers add creativity to the curriculum. Dos Be passionate (passion is contagious)....

March 29th, 2018

The 3 superpowers of collaborative nonfiction writing

By Ken Haynes
co-founder and head of customer success , BoomWriter Media
Kids love to tell and share stories, but writing nonfiction is different, because they have to take concepts or events and not only understand them, but convey that information in writing. For many kids, it’s hard enough to show what they know verbally, but...

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