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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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December 19, 2017
Tucson Area School Uses Redcat Audio System to Create Equity for All
Tucson Area School Uses Redcat Audio System to Create Equity for All

By Patrick O’Connor

As a territory manager, I have the privilege of chatting with the best and brightest in education on a daily basis. While every school is special in its own way, there are some that really stand out as innovative and inspiring.

I’ve had the honor of working with a school from one of the largest districts in Arizona. Despite many challenges, students are making huge strides and overcoming obstacles in creating a better life through educational success. I love playing a smart part in this success, and it’s the core reason I want to share the amazing success this school (and district) is realizing.

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December 13, 2017
3 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Find Their Voice
3 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Find Their Voice

By Carolyn Hollowell

 

As a parent of three children, my mission has been to prepare them for a wonderful and successful adult life. Just one of my many tasks while raising them is to teach self-advocacy skills that they’ll need to make the most of their education. Parents see developments in their children even before they go to school, and can show them the power of speaking up. This is a difficult skill for children to learn. Here are three ways that I have seen parents use self-advocacy to set their children on a path to a better educational experience, and teach them a skill that they’ll use throughout their lives.

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December 6, 2017
What's Hot this Fall: Video Professional Development
What's Hot this Fall: Video Professional Development

By Andrea Friend

All teachers know that every moment counts during the school day and more often than not, a teacher’s peer-to-peer collaboration time is during a four-minute passing period, lunch, or the few precious moments before or after students come into the classroom. Tools that promote peer-to-peer collaboration and have multiple purposes are a huge win because, honestly, no matter how much time teachers are given for professional development (PD), they could always use more time to collaborate.

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November 28, 2017
Increase ELL Student Engagement with These 3 Tips
Increase ELL Student Engagement with These 3 Tips

By Jose M. Aldaco

In Waterford Unified School District, located just outside of Modesto, CA, 63% of our student population is Hispanic, and 30% of our total students are ELLs. Research shows that if ELLs are not reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade, then the likelihood of them graduating from high school dramatically drops. This is the primary reason why we work hard to provide all ELLs equal access to education and the tools they need to achieve success.

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