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September 21st, 2018

5 ways to optimize learning spaces for student success

By Amber Jones
director of education, Tangram Interiors
As we address the challenges of a highly competitive world, we must enable students to learn and generate new ideas by moving away from the “old school” classroom. The good news is that architects and interior solutions providers are embracing ways help transform our...

September 17th, 2018

Defining high-quality project-based learning

By Emily Liebtag
director of advocacy, Getting Smart
A growing number of educators around the world believe that project-based learning (PBL) is an important instructional approach that allows students to master academic skills and content knowledge, develop skills necessary for future success, and build the personal agency needed to tackle life’s and...

September 14th, 2018

3 ways to improve special education outcomes

By Andrew Henry
founder , Red Cedar Software Group
When you combine a steady growth in the number of students receiving special education services with rising expectations for the educators who serve these students, all of whom have very diverse needs, you get a “perfect storm” of challenges for K-12 leaders....

September 5th, 2018

5 questions teachers should ask before investing their time and money in edtech

By Angela French
senior manager of product development, Really Good Stuff
As someone who has dedicated her career to making the world a better place through the education of our children, I was excited to learn that tablets and computers are nearly commonplace in elementary school classrooms across the nation. In fact, 88 percent of...

September 5th, 2018

4 evidence-based ways parents improve student achievement

By Hilary Scharton
vice president of K-12 product strategy, Canvas
In recent years, the push for educators to base teaching policies and practices in evidence has been growing stronger. Topics like seat time, retention, class size, and learning styles have all come under scrutiny because research indicates they don’t influence student achievement as much...

September 4th, 2018

How wearables, AR, and VR help students to develop SEL skills (part 2)

By Jason Swanson
director of strategic foresight, KnowledgeWorks
In my previous post, How wearables, AR, and VR help students develop SEL skills (part 1), I explored the ways in which wearables, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) show promise in helping to cultivate social-emotional skills. All three technologies have been greeted...

August 20th, 2018

How to champion change in your district

By Kellie Ady
director of instructional strategy, Schoology
Change is an ongoing exercise, and in schools and districts, every year is marked by shifts. Some of those are major, some minor, but there is little doubt that we are constantly dealing with change....

August 16th, 2018

SEL should be an easy sell for U.S. schools and districts

By Dr. Abram Jimenez
vice president of education, Illuminate Education
In light of tragic events that have put a spotlight on school safety issues, it’s more important than ever to understand the value of students’ social and emotional learning (SEL). While many districts have started conversations about SEL and its correlation to student success,...

August 14th, 2018

3 reasons elementary schools should adopt an LMS—and where to begin

By Kara Gann
senior client success manager, Schoology
Is it really possible for young learners to effectively use a learning management system (LMS)? This is a common question administrators and educational practitioners ask when considering LMS adoption at the district level. Through my work with educators across the country, I know the...

August 8th, 2018

8 essential qualities of a digital literacy curriculum

By Jeff Meyer
director of education, Learning.com
“Jeff. I’ve got a big challenge. Help!” That was a voicemail message I received from a friend, a principal at a local elementary school one sunny summer afternoon. What was the challenge? Her 30 slightly apprehensive teachers had to deliver a digital literacy curriculum...

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