Online Teaching Best Practices, Tips, and Tools – SULS065 – Education Article

Online teaching is DIFFERENT! Let’s prepare for the new normal with some online teaching best practices, tips, and tools. In this episode, Kasey shares her best tips for teaching students online. COVID-19 has changed education forever, and now it’s time to regroup and redefine teaching and learning. We don’t know what school will look like in the fall, but I believe education as we know it will forever be changed. We have to think differently about online learning experiences for…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Update June 2, 2020: mdtech.casady.org/minecraft has updated information about both these upcoming virtual Minecraft camps for students. Five years ago, our youngest daughter (then age 11) participated in a virtual, summer Minecraft camp through “Connected Camps,” an outstanding organization based in California. She had a great experience, and we recorded a 20 minute podcast reflection together afterwards to share some of the things she observed and learned as a “virtual Minecraft camper.” I’ve been using MinecraftEDU / Minecraft Education Edition…

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Get Google Certified This Summer! – Education Article

Looking for the perfect summer professional learning? Look no further! The summer break is the PERFECT time to start working toward your goal of becoming Google Certified, and I can help you get there! The skills learned from the Google Certification program are needed more than ever. Remote learning has forced millions of teachers and schools to learn how to use Google tools on the fly without any real training. Get the training you need! Getting Google certified was absolutely…

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Pennsylvania Wants YOU to Give Standardized Tests to Your Kids at Home – Education Article

    A multi-million dollar corporation wants to make sure Pennsylvania’s children keep getting standardized tests.  Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) and the state Department of Education are providing the optional Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) assessments for use in students’ homes.     Students are not required to take the CDT in the Commonwealth unless their district decides to give it. The test is encouraged by the state as a way of telling how students will do on the required tests.…

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10 Ways Google Certification Can Support Remote Learning – SULS063 – Education Article

10 Ways Google Certification Can Support Remote Learning – SULS063 | Shake Up Learning↑ This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.Accept Reject Read More Privacy & Cookies Policy This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Jodey Smith Read Full Article

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Why High Stakes Testing Was Cancelled This Year (and Probably Will Be Next Year, Too) – Education Article

 There are at least two silver linings to the current Coronavirus catastrophe for education.   One – with nearly all public schools closed, March was the first month since 2002 without a school shooting.   Two – districts nationwide cancelled high stakes standardized tests in April and May.   Taken together, these are two victories that no one could have predicted before November.   Gun safety restrictions remain laughably lax in the US compared to the rest of the world.…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

I received an email message from a member of our church this week, who has someone in their Sunday School class having trouble with audio and video quality in a Zoom videoconference. I did not receive any more specific details than that via email, so I had to compose a pretty generic and wide ranging response. This is what I emailed to them. It is difficult to know what these connectivity problems / issues were without more context, but often…

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Lessons Learned From Remote Learning – SULS062 – Education Article

Last week we explored the remote learning situation from the student’s perspectives. This week I’m chatting with a highly-respected leader and author. Evan Robb has been a building level principal for over 20 years, and he’s sharing what this time has been like from his perspective, and lessons learned from remote learning. We all know that our administrators have been working hard to make the remote learning experience as smooth as possible. Now we can hear straight from Evan what…

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The Internet is NOT the Best Place for Kids to Learn After the Coronavirus Pandemic – Education Article

 If the Coronavirus quarantine has taught educators one thing, it’s this.   Online learning is not better than in-person schooling.   After all these years of corporations throwing apps at us and well-meaning administrators providing us with devices and philanthrocapitalists pumping billions of dollars into ed tech first academic schemes, we can all see now that the emperor has no clothes.   When schools nationwide are closed to stop the spread of a global pandemic and learning is restricted to…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

The move to “remote learning” at our school in late-March 2020 has corresponded with an uptick in the number of online workshops and webinars I’ve offered for teachers, mainly for faculty at our school as part of my “day job,” but also a few evening and weekend virtual presentations. All of the workshops I’ve led or facilitated for our teachers are linked from the “Genius Bar” page of our school’s instructional support website, in reverse chronological order. I’ve also added…

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Mike Turzai is Willing to Sacrifice Pennsylvania’s Students and Families to the Economy – Education Article

 Mike Turzai says he’s furious with Pedro Rivera.   Why is the highest ranking Republican in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives so angry with the state Secretary of Education?   Rivera said the Commonwealth’s public schools, which have been closed since mid March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, would not reopen until it was safe to do so.   If that means schools don’t reopen on time in the Fall, so be it.   Specifically, on Wednesday, Rivera said:   “At…

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Leading Through Crisis and Beyond for Teachers and Educational Leaders – SULS060 – Education Article

Leading Through Crisis and Beyond for Teachers and Educational Leaders – SULS060 | Shake Up Learning↑ This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.Accept Reject Read More Privacy & Cookies Policy This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Kasey Bell Read Full Article

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Save Our Schools From Coronavirus Budget Cuts – Education Article

    America is one dumbass country.   We don’t do the metric system.   We don’t do universal healthcare.   And during a global pandemic, we don’t demand the government pay us to stay home and stop the spread of the disease.   Instead, we demand the government let us go out and get sick.   It should come as no surprise, then, that we deeply under-fund our public schools.   There’s always money for a new war or…

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HBO’s “Bad Education” Aims at Public School Theft While Ignoring More Frequent Fraud at Charter Schools & Testing Companies – Education Article

 “Bad Education” is a frustrating movie to watch as a public school teacher.   It does a fine job telling the true story of a wealthy New York district where administrators stole millions of dollars for themselves.   But it ignores the far more frequent waste and malfeasance caused by school privatization, high stakes testing and runaway ed tech.   Maybe I’m being too sensitive, but there is no subject more political than public schools.   During the current Coronavirus…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Remote Learning Teaching Tips – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Remote Learning Teaching Tips Remote Learning Teaching Tips There is so much pressure on teachers as more and more schools close for the academic year as a result of COVID19.  With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going.  It hasn’t been easy for them to say the least.  A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. ClassTag surveyed more than 1,200 U.S.…

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Leading the New Normal with a Framework for Meaningful Digital Learning – Education Article

Education has forever been changed by the coronavirus and subsequent school closures. You have G Suite for Education at your school, and it helped your teachers survive home learning, but what’s next? Let’s explore ways to move forward into the “new normal,” of school. Digital learning is now more important than ever. In this webinar, I will share tips for survival now, what’s next, and a framework for meaningful digital learning that will take us to the next level. Join…

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