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March 16th, 2018

An insider’s advice on creating an effective virtual learning program

By Carol Ribeiro
president and chief executive officer, The Virtual High School
It takes a lot of work to cultivate strong, engaged online learners, and every district has its own unique needs and challenges. For these reasons, developing a successful online learning program isn’t easy. Some schools need to create career pathways programs for students; others...

March 13th, 2018

6 questions to ask when selecting your district’s AV equipment

By Scott Evans
marketing manager, Califone
Audiovisual (AV) technology is at the center of many classroom initiatives. Whether students are watching videos in a one-to-one classroom setting or English language learners are working on speaking and listening activities, AV lets them connect with media during classroom time. While innovations are...

March 8th, 2018

The changing role of literacy today, part 2

By Ed DeLeon
chief content & programs officer, Reading Is Fundamental
We know we must teach children to read proficiently, yet the age-old challenge of getting a child to read on grade level still persists. Fortunately, science and technology are providing a roadmap. Science tells us that when we are born, we house all of...

March 5th, 2018

Surprise! How novelty can help students learn

By Cynthia B. Kaye
chief executive officer and chief zoo keeper, Alive Studios
When I adopted my two sons from an orphanage in Latvia, I faced the challenge of teaching my young boys to speak and read English. They picked up speaking pretty quickly, but reading and writing proved to be more challenging. We tried public schools,...

March 2nd, 2018

How next-generation learning supports every student

By Paul Beck
manager in next-generation learning initiatives, Colorado Education Initiative
Teachers applying for jobs in Colorado Springs District 11 are in for a bit of a shock. There will be standard parts of their interview, of course, such as meetings with administrators and other teachers. But those interviews will also include much younger, smaller...

February 27th, 2018

4 surefire ways to get more for your edtech dollar

By Charles Duarte
vice president, Diamond Assets
As warmer weather approaches, students start looking to spring break with excitement as a sign that the end of the school year is near. Not so for school IT directors, who are trying to determine how they will accomplish all of their summer projects...

February 23rd, 2018

5 tips for teaching preschoolers coding before reading

By Grant Hosford
chief executive officer and co-founder, codeSpark Academy
coding Early learning experts agree that the five areas of child development are physical, social, emotional, thinking, and language; however, many people disagree on when and how to introduce these concepts to younger learners. To prepare the next generation for a world in which flexible...

February 22nd, 2018

Want to be a stronger digital leader?

By Eric Sheninger
senior fellow and thought leader on digital leadership & learning, International Center for Leadership in Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
In a rapidly changing world, educators have been forced to self-examine and come to terms with approaches that are inefficient and irrelevant–from outmoded ways of setting up classrooms to equating school success solely on standardized metrics. Innovation and transformation in schools can’t happen unless...

February 21st, 2018

How to teach like the Finns

By Saku Tuominen
chief executive officer, HundrED
Shorter days, less homework, and better results. How do you get that? Do like the Finns. For those in the know, the Finnish system is often seen as the pinnacle of how to do education. We’ve seen a huge rise in teacher mental-health issues and...

February 20th, 2018

Taking on teacher attrition

By Hilary Scharton
vice president of K12 product strategy, Canvas by Instructure
We once believed that teacher effectiveness dramatically increased for the first three to five years on the job and then plateaued. But recent research suggests that substantial growth in effectiveness can be seen for the first 12 years on the job, and likely longer. This...

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