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Grade Assignments with PDF Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

I didn’t think PDF annotation grading tools would work, not even a little but, so when my colleague, George, introduced them in his online history class, I watched amazed at how seamlessly George could highlight key points, strike through errors, and add personalized feedback on student assignments. These PDF-based digital grading tools not only streamlined his evaluation process but also enabled him to provide timely, detailed feedback that greatly enhanced his students’ learning ex

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When Students Are Absent, Do Their Relationships With Teachers Suffer?

ED Surge

Students are missing a lot of classes. Chronic absenteeism, when a student misses at least 10 percent of the school year — which includes missing school for any reason, and not just unexcused absences — nearly doubled from 2019 to 2022. In May, the White House flagged chronic absenteeism as a national “challenge,” pointing toward its connection to lower reading and graduation levels.

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21 SAT/ACT Prep Online Resources

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Here are popular online resources to prepare for ACT and SAT tests ( click for updated list ): Albert Online — lots of SAT practice exams, including subject areas. College Board Kaplan Test Prep Khan Academy reading-writing-practice Mindsnacks SAT Vocabulary –a big part of succeeding on the SAT essay is knowing the right word Number2.com –for SAT, ACT, GRE Perfect Score Project- -to prepare for SATs Prep Factory –for SATs, ACTs, other Quizlet –hundreds of SAT vocabulary prep flashcards UWorld S

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How Schools Can Better Support Military Children and Families

ED Surge

While summer is the busiest time of year for military families to transition to their next duty station, throughout the school year, they move from state to state, and sometimes even across the world. Even after 16 years of being married to the military, my family learned that my husband would be moving in an unaccompanied permanent change of station for a year overseas.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Autumn Resource Planner: Amazing Apprenticeships

All About STEM

Amazing Apprenticeships has produced a schedule of events and campaigns for the autumn term aligned with useful resources. This invaluable planner can enhance school career guidance and engage students, staff, parents and carers in apprenticeships.

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Top 5 Memorable Mantras from ISTE 2024 

STEM Discovery Education

ISTE Live 2024 just wrapped up, and it was an event full of timely conversations, innovative ideas, and emerging technologies. The Discovery Education Team enjoyed connecting with educators, listening to sessions, and learning about the latest technology coming to classrooms! Read on to find five memorable mantras we gleaned from ISTE 2024 and plan to […] The post Top 5 Memorable Mantras from ISTE 2024 appeared first on Discovery Education Blog.

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How to Explain Cybersecurity for Children

Ask a Tech Teacher

It is important for children to know how to be safe while navigating the digital landscape. It’s easy when teachers present cybersecurity topics properly. Here are ideas from the Ask a Tech Teacher team: How to Explain Cybersecurity for Children Cybersecurity plays a crucial role in our daily lives and will continue to gain importance. Educators can prepare students to protect themselves online.

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As Schools Serve More Immigrant Children, Demand Grows for Bilingual Psychologists

ED Surge

A couple of years ago, as schools that had been forced to go virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic began to bring students back on campus, Pedro Olvera noticed that his phone started ringing more. Olvera spent much of his career as a school psychologist in Santa Ana Unified School District, just a stone’s throw from Disneyland, where about 40 percent of students are English learners who speak Spanish.

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Green Careers Week 2024

All About STEM

National Careers Week has announced that Green Careers Week will return for it’s third year from the 4th to the 9th of November 2024! Green Careers Week is supported by fantastic partners including The Department of Education, STEM Learning, UK Space Agency, National Careers Service, the Department of Education and the Careers & Enterprise Company.

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Harnessing The Power Of Math Manipulatives

Mathematics, a subject steeped in abstract concepts, often poses challenges to students, especially those in grades 5-10. But imagine a bridge that transformed this intricate maze into an interactive adventure.

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Fun & Effective Strategies for Incorporating Summer STEM

Starfish Education

Most kids forget a lot of what they learned during the summer. Here are some fun, effective things that you can do to engage kids in STEM activities!

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My Lord of the Flies Unit: Believing and Doubting

Middle Web

Lord of the Flies by William Golding remains a riveting, relevant book for middle school because of its themes of survival, power, and leadership. Laurie Hornik’s PBL unit also teaches students to appreciate and practice multiple perspectives and be open to changing their minds. The post My Lord of the Flies Unit: Believing and Doubting first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Pre-Work Experience: Worksheets & Film

All About STEM

Amazing Apprenticeships has shared a fantastic work experience resource in partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company and Hertfordshire Careers Hub. The free downloadable bundle is designed to be used before learners go on work experience so they can self-evaluate their strengths and look at developing their skills. This is also a great activity to run after work experience too.

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How Podcasts in the Classroom Can Power Up Learning

Teach Hub

If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to engage learners while enhancing their learning experience, then consider incorporating a podcast. This dynamic and easily accessible tool is revolutionizing classrooms everywhere. Whether you’re a veteran teacher or just beginning your career, integrating podcasts into your lessons can enhance your student’s learning experience.

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Downloadable Design Briefs for an Integrative STEM Curriculum

These easy-to-use design briefs outline student objectives, challenges, and materials needed to complete each 30-minute to 4-hour lesson. ITEEA’s Integrative STEM curriculum, Engineering byDesign, includes many more standards driven hands-on activities just like these!

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Professional Learning: A Teacher’s Best (STEM) Friend

EiE Blog

A chat with YES and EIE about Professional Learning--its history, successes and upcoming events for teachers teaching STEM to students.

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Creative Writing Tips to Energize Essays

Ask a Tech Teacher

Creative writing techniques can make essays more engaging and original while maintaining the required objective structure. A member of the Ask a Tech Teacher team, when preparing an essay example for her class on the impacts of social media on mental health, used freewriting to brainstorm ideas and created a vivid opening scene describing a teenager’s day (she teaches High School), highlighting moments of social media interaction and their emotional effects.

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What If Banning Smartphones in Schools Is Just the Beginning?

ED Surge

The movement to keep smartphones out of schools is gaining momentum. Just last week, the nation’s second-largest public school system, Los Angeles Unified School District, voted to ban smartphones starting in January, citing adverse health risks of social media for kids. And the U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, published an op-ed in The New York Times calling for warning labels on social media systems, saying “the mental health crisis among young people is an emergency.

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Monthly Parent & Carer Packs: Amazing Apprenticeships

All About STEM

If you’re a parent or carer looking to advise your teens about career options, Amazing Apprenticeships offer monthly downloadable information booklets and a Parent Zone that is packed with resources. “There are so many options available to your child on leaving school.

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“I Can’t Hear You with All of Your Talking”

Middle Web

Educators tend to fill every moment with our voices, writes teaching coach Patty McGee. Yet the most powerful learning can happen when we are silent, making room for student-to-student communication, customized feedback, and a trusted space for students to reveal what they know. The post “I Can’t Hear You with All of Your Talking” first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Boxlight Wins 8 ISTELive 2024 Best of Show Awards!

Box Light

Boxlight proudly announces that 8 of its solutions earned Best of Show awards at this year’s ISTELive edtech conference in Denver, Colorado. Recognizing edtech excellence, these awards from Tech & Learning spotlight solutions that transform global education. Judges evaluated products based on ease of use, value, market uniqueness, and impact on teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

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How to Choose the Right Online Tutor for Your Child

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the increased popularity of online tutors, the Ask a Tech Teacher team has come up with some guidelines to help you select the right one for your child: How to Choose the Right Online Tutor for Your Child As many as a third of kids are given a leg up in their learning efforts by professional tutors, so there’s a high chance you’re considering this option for your child.

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What Future Teachers Can Tell Us About Why People Enter the Profession Today

ED Surge

For the last year, EdSurge has been showcasing students enrolled in teacher preparation programs to understand who is going into teaching today — and why. In each profile, we hand the mic over to an aspiring educator, letting them explain, in their own words, what drew them into this career path and why they’ve stuck with it. The series, called “ America’s Future Teachers ,” comes at a time when the teaching profession is in turmoil.

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STEM Ambassadors: Royal Society of Chemistry – Got Time to Give?

All About STEM

Calling all STEM Ambassadors! In partnership with STEM Learning, the Royal Society of Chemistry is running a live workshop to show how their resources can be used to engage non-scientific audiences. Join their 45-minute session to find out how to support school students to see that a career working in science could be for them!

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8 Ways to Gamify Your Classroom Instruction

STEM Discovery Education

It’s an easy assumption to make that in order to incorporate game elements into your teaching, you need to find a fully functional, ready-made game that fits your topic or objective. But thankfully, this level of investment into game-based learning isn’t necessary. You can elevate your lessons and discover the benefits of gamification without spending […] The post 8 Ways to Gamify Your Classroom Instruction appeared first on Discovery Education Blog.

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Effortless Education with UNITY: Instruct, Announce, Alert!

Box Light

Exciting news for educators, administrators, and IT staff: Boxlight is launching a new technology, unmatched in its capabilities that everyone can agree on and will love. FrontRow UNITY and FrontRow UNITY Campus are first-of-its-kind ed tech solutions that completely unify technology both within the class and school. With UNITY, the ability to instruct, announce, and alert is taken to a completely new level.

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Top 5 Research Techniques for Your College Papers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Writing a great research paper involves more than just retelling what you’ve read. The foundation of any good paper is solid research. Here are five essential research techniques Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Philip Richardson, suggests for college students that can also apply to high school research projects: Top 5 Research Techniques for Your College Papers Writing a killer college paper takes more than smashing your fingers on your keyboard until you get up to the required word count.

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Federal Rule Change May Undermine ‘Inclusive Access’ Textbook Models

ED Surge

There’s a new battle raging in the long-running war over costly college textbooks , one that may strike a serious blow to the textbook subscription programs promoted by publishers and criticized by student advocates. The U.S. Department of Education recently started reevaluating financial aid regulations from 2016 that effectively allow colleges to automatically bill students for books and supplies as long as those materials meet criteria that include being sold at below competitive market rates

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Join: Liverpool City Region Employers Network

All About STEM

Let’s inspire our future workforce together! If you’re an employer in our region, join the LCR Careers Hub Employers Network and enthuse the next generation. We can help you develop your talent pipeline, support your CSR ambitions, and inspire your employees of the future.

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STEM Everyday #267 | A Mobile STEM Lab | feat. Jennifer Dewar

STEM Everyday Podcast

How can kids have access to STEM opportunities no matter where they live? The Oklahoma Connections Academy was able to purchase a bus and are in the process of turning it into a mobile STEM lab! “It’s a world of difference because we’re taking what (the kids) are already exposed to, what they already have, and we’re just elevating it to the next level.

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