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February 21, 2018
How Video Tells Compelling Stories for Award and Grant Applications
How Video Tells Compelling Stories for Award and Grant Applications

By David Solomon

Hard-working and successful educators deserve to be recognized and rewarded. Fortunately, there is a wide range of educational awards out there, from the National Teacher of the Year to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Distinguished District Award. To be considered for these awards,

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February 17, 2018
4 Ways Video Improves Teacher Coaching
4 Ways Video Improves Teacher Coaching

By Shaun Fagan

In today’s results-driven society, administrators are focusing more than ever on summative evaluations. But, as a recent Education Week article points out, if the goal is improving students’ performance and developing good teachers into great contributors, evaluation should sometimes take a back seat to coaching.

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February 14, 2018
3 Ways Video Maximizes Student Learning
3 Ways Video Maximizes Student Learning

By Shaun Fagan

How do you know if students are actually learning what you’re teaching? Every educator uses tests and projects to measure student learning after they’ve covered a lesson or a unit. But what if you had a way to go back and see what happened in your classroom, even after the day is over? With video, you can relive those instructions, transitions, and small-group discussions in real time to help students and teachers grow in the classroom.

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January 16, 2018
Ears: The Doorway to the Brain
Ears: The Doorway to the Brain

By J.L. McCall

The ears are the doorway to the brain: In order for the brain to develop auditory connections, we have to feed the brain auditory information. The brain can only grow connections based on the data it receives. What comes out of the child is what went into the brain.

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January 9, 2018
3 Tech Tools that Inspire Collaboration in the Classroom
3 Tech Tools that Inspire Collaboration in the Classroom

By Stacey Ryan

After 17 years in the classroom, I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t. I’ve been able to adapt my approach to teaching so that I can assess student understanding in the moment.

When getting students ready for the real world, we have to teach them the importance of collaboration and problem-solving, especially when working in small groups. My classroom model includes a lot of group work where students complete tasks in groups of four to six, or sometimes with just one partner. For some educators, this approach can make it challenging to gauge student understanding through formative assessments.

In order to be successful, every teacher needs to have a few tools that can assist them in their journey. Here are a few of the tech tools that keep my classroom inspired every day

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