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The Real Reason It Is So Difficult To Plan For Online Learning – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

My colleague and I looked at each other on Tuesday of last week. She had a look in her eyes of pure exhaustion. I could sense a call for help, but I think we were both too tired to send out an SOS. I let out a deep sigh and said, “Wow, is it June yet!” The past few weeks had been a whirlwind of non-stop problem finding and problem-solving. It was good work, but tiring work. As the…

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How I Use Noun Project Icons in my Class Lesson Slideshows – Education Article

This past school year I have absolutely loved the opportunity to return to the classroom teaching fifth and sixth grade digital literacy and media literacy at Casady school, and also teaching an adult Sunday school class at our church (First Presbyterian of Edmond) titled, “Curiosity and Questions: Jesus and Science.” In both cases, I use daily slideshows I create in Google Slides, and I share these via a shared Google Drive folder which is embedded on the Google sites I…

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Podcast: Ryan Craig on Putting American Back to Work – Education Article

Pre-pandemic, there were about 7 million unfilled jobs. This massive skill gap is now masked by the spike in unemployment that threw 30 million Americans out of work. As the economy slowly (and unevenly) recovers, the old hiring machinery will fire up. Like the last Great Recession, some people will go back to school hoping for an advantage in the job market. Until now, most efforts to close the skills gap were, what Ryan Craig calls, “Education-Up”. Schools would hear…

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Podcast: Jason Glass on Leading for Deeper Learning – Education Article

From teaching in the eastern mountains of Kentucky to serving as a school superintendent in the western mountains of Colorado, Jason Glass had an interesting early career in education. In between, he was the school chief in Iowa. Dr. Glass is the superintendent of Jefferson County School District. Serving 84,000 students, Jeffco is the largest district in Colorado. Encompassing 800 square miles, Jeffco serves urban, suburban, and rural communities west of Denver. Dr. Glass has promoted deeper learning across the…

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End of the Year Exit Ticket: Evaluating Online Learning – Education Article

As the year comes to a close, I encourage teachers to take a moment and collect feedback from students about their experiences learning online in the last few months. We do not know what fall 2020 will look like–in person, online, or a combination of both. I think it’s likely that schools will begin the year online or adopt a blended learning model that allows for fewer students on campus at one time. Either way, it will be helpful for…

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Infographic Tools and Templates to Visualize Data – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! When students design an infographic they visualize data and present their research in a dynamic way. They can use icons, charts, shapes, stylized fonts, borders, photos, and more to make data more engaging and understandable. Students can also tell a story with numbers. They are sharing with others their interpretation of statistics, queries, facts, and survey data to tell a bigger story. The web tools below will get you started with…

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Preparing to Reopen: Six Principles That Put Equity at the Core – Education Article

“This pandemic has shaken up the status quo and laid bare a lot of our country’s deep-seated problems from massive economic inequality to ongoing racial disparities to a lack of basic healthcare for people who need it. It’s woken a lot of young people up to the fact that the old ways of doing things don’t work. … Because with so much uncertainty, with everything suddenly up for grabs, this is your generation’s world to shape.” Former President Barack Obama, Graduate…

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End of the Year Project: What Are YOU Curious About? – Education Article

The last couple of months have been exhausting on a lot of levels as teachers and students shift to online learning. I would venture to guess that everyone is ready for a much-deserved summer break. Teachers looking for creative ways to end the school year may want to consider a “What are YOU curious about?” project. This is a fun way to close out the year with a student-driven investigation. This project uses the 5Es instructional model–engage, explore, explain, elaborate,…

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Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. These platforms…

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7 Strategies Designed to Increase Student Engagement in Synchronous Online Discussions Using Video Conferencing – Education Article

One of the primary roles that a teacher plays in an online class is the facilitation of learning. Facilitation is the teacher’s ability to clearly communicate learning objectives and support learners as they make progress toward those objectives. When teachers are working with students online, their role as facilitator encompasses their interactions with students in conferences, the feedback they give students on their work, and their ability to assist students in making meaning in online discussions, both synchronous and asynchronous.…

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Tools to Inspire Collaborative Discussions – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. These platforms…

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T3 Alliance: Turning a Crisis into an Educational Opportunity – Education Article

By: Adam Low For six months in 2018 Lava flowed out of a fissure on the eastern side of Hawaii Island. The eruption was significant in the lives of all the residents on the island. Residents were advised to shelter in place or evacuate to shelters due to the effects of the eruption. During the six weeks Upward Bound summer program at the University of Hawaii Hilo, 17 T3 Alliance students from high schools around the island designed and installed an air…

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The Ultimate Guide to Choice Boards and Learning Menus – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Note: I’ve broken this guide into three distinct parts. All of the resources shared in the examples section can be accessed for free, including those I used from NextLesson when you sign-up for a one-month trial. Other free resources are shared on my Remote Learning Hub. Please share your examples and resources in the comments! Part 1: Why Choice Boards? Why Now in Emergency Remote Learning? Part 2: Step-by-Step Process for Developing Your First Choice Board Part 3: Examples…

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Comic Creation Tools to Engage Learners – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Students of all ages enjoy learning with comics and creating comics. When students create comics they use props, scenery, dialogue, text, and characters to visualize and contextualize vocabulary and knowledge. The free comic creation tools below are easy to use and allow learners to choose from a library of characters, props, scenes, and templates to visualize a word problem, retell a moment in history, illustrate science, explain a theory, or make…

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3 Strategies for Personalizing Feedback Online – Education Article

Feedback is one of the most powerful tools teachers have in their “teaching toolbelts” for guiding learners toward mastery. Without feedback, students do not have a clear sense of what they are doing well, what they need to focus on, and what they can do to improve. Despite the power of timely and actionable feedback, it is easy to neglect. Providing feedback is time-consuming and often takes a back seat to other aspects of our work. Teachers must find ways…

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Formative Assessment Tools and Apps – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Ongoing assessment is necessary for student success. These assessments provide data on our learners’ progress and knowledge of the content. There are many different types of digital assessment tools and apps that allow teachers to quickly see what their students understand in a variety of ways through exit and entrance tickets, quizzes, student response systems, peer feedback, self-evaluation, graphic organizers, polls, and games. Below is a list of free web tools…

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