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Holly Clark: Computers and Mobile Devices can be Awesome Collaboration Tools

January 21st, 2014

Holly Clark has been in education technology since before it was hip. The consultant, speaker and San Diego-based teacher earned her master’s in 1996 — two years before Google was founded. Holly Clark She knew early on that bring technology into the …

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Will Richardson: Technology Must Transform Students into Better Learners

January 14th, 2014

There’s little argument that jobs in the future will require new skills that must be taught today. But Will Richardson, an educator who taught for 22 years, wrote four education books and created the professional development program Powerful Learning Practice, worries that …

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Q&A: David Truss on Inquiry-Based Learning

October 23rd, 2013

David Truss is a unique educational leader in a unique school. He’s vice principal at Learning Innovations Network Coquitlam in British Columbia, Canada. Education for him, his teachers and their students is inquiry-based, driving a learning built around asking questions and discovering …

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The Biggest Kid in Class: How Redshirting Affects Teachers

October 10th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei Kindergarteners are getting older. Not just in the rite-of-passage, welcome to education, “I can’t believe you’re this old and you used to fit in the crook of my arm!” sort of way, but in a literal and measurable way. …

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Dealing With Confrontational Parents: How To Make Allies Out Of Enemies

July 17th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor All teachers have been there: today in class, you had to ask a child to stop talking again. You know you have to call her parents after school, and you are dreading it. A conversation with this child’s parents …

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Cracking the Code: Should Schools Require Students to Learn How to Write Software?

April 3rd, 2013

By Brian P. Gatens There’s a part of my personality that naturally keeps an eye out for cultural shifts and trends. For example, I remember walking through the mall last summer and hearing a group of kids singing “Now here’s my number, …

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STEM Education and the Socioeconomic Construct: Overcoming the Barriers

February 22nd, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor “Everyone has a stake in improving STEM education. Inspiring all our students to be capable in math and science will help them contribute in an increasingly technology-based economy, and will also help America prepare the next generation of STEM …

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Lessons from Online Education for Brick-and-Mortar Schools

February 11th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor The Center for Education Reform reports that in 2000, approximately 45,000 students were enrolled in online learning programs nationwide. By 2011, almost 2,000,000 students enrolled in online learning through K-12 school districts, with an additional 275,000 enrolled in full-time …

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Gamifying Education: Think Differently, Start Small

November 30th, 2012

Gamification, that is in education applying game design thinking to non-game applications to make them learning the 3 Rs more fun and engaging, is more than just a buzzword, another task to check off. Experts argue that it can improve learning and …

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Teaching Critical Thinking Through Debate

October 17th, 2012

As the time draws near for U.S. citizens to exercise their voting rights, teachers have an opportunity to engage students in classroom discussions surrounding the presidential elections. Students must be taught to frame their knowledge with deeper concepts than what immediately surrounds …

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What Is Bullying and Who Does It?

October 15th, 2012

By K’Lee Banks, M.Ed. In this second post about bullying to coincide with this month’s recognition and awareness for National Bullying Prevention Month, we examine both the actions of bullies and the individuals who are likely to . What Is Bullying? Bullying …

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October 8th, 2012

By K’Lee Banks, M.Ed. The month of October is designated as the time to talk about bullying prevention. This national awareness day appears under different names: National Bullying Prevention Month National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month Stomp Out Bullying …

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Lesson Plans for the Presidential Election 2012

October 3rd, 2012

Primaries, caucuses, polls, election day, ideology, deficit, debt: it is impossible to escape the rhetoric circulating around November 6, 2012 voting expectations. Helping students understand the semantics and processes of voting in the United States is a subject that many teachers find …

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Ed Tech: 4 Tips from Cool Cat Teacher that Will Make You a Tech Savvy Teacher

October 3rd, 2012

By HotChalk Staff Vicki Davis is a technology teacher and has a lot going on. She’s a fulltime teacher, mother of three, an author and co-creator of the Flat Classroom Project focusing on technology that expands learning. Oh, and she blogs. In …

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Six Hispanic Heritage Month Lesson Plans for All Ages

September 26th, 2012

In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that more than 50 million Americans have some Spanish ancestry. It is necessary for students to understand and recognize this rich culture and its influence on America. These lessons will help engage and enlighten learners …

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Classroom Activities for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 26th, 2012

Because September is both National Hispanic Heritage Month and the time when several Spanish-speaking regions celebrate their independence, now is the perfect time to use lesson plans that incorporate Hispanic culture. Hispanic culture in America is a vibrant mix of language, folklore, …

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Celebrate Back to School with Teacher Supplies Contest!

September 10th, 2012

What’s at the top of your back to school list? A new whiteboard? A case of colorful construction paper? How about a set of new books? Hotchalk Lesson Plans Page and Really Good Stuff want to know the 3 things you can’t …

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7 Free Preschool Lesson Plans for Back to School

September 6th, 2012

According to Beginning to Read, children that are not proficient in reading by the time they reach fourth grade will likely end up in jail or on welfare. It is estimated that seventy-eight percent of children that fall behind in their educational advancement must …

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The Power of Student Blogging in the Classroom

September 4th, 2012

Anyone can publish their thoughts and ideas with the whole world as their audience, the incredible potential of the Internet and blogging is undeniable. The problem is how to get people to make use of that potential. Or more specifically, how can you …

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13 Classroom Management Tips from Twitter

August 30th, 2012

By K’Lee Banks, M.Ed. If you haven’t yet discovered the power of social media through sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, you are missing out on valuable tools and sources of information. By exercising some discernment, you can glean useful tips …

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