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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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November 7, 2017
How to Reduce Students' Fear of Public Speaking
How to Reduce Students' Fear of Public Speaking

by Howard Vogel

Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, affects 75% of our population. As an educator, being comfortable speaking in front of people is an essential part of my job, but I used to suffer from glossophobia to the point that I actually delayed my student teaching to avoid speaking in front of others. Now I have a personal mission to give all my students the confidence to speak and share their thoughts in front of others.

Here are a few tips from my school to yours on how to curb students’ fear of public speaking, starting at a young age.

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November 1, 2017
A Teacher's 3 Essential Tools for Small-Group Assessment
A Teacher's 3 Essential Tools for Small-Group Assessment

By Stacey Ryan

Part of preparing students for the real world is teaching them to collaborate and problem-solve while working with others in small groups. My classroom model includes a lot of group work where students complete tasks with a partner or in groups of four to six. It can sometimes be challenging for educators to gauge students’ understanding through formative assessments while in this small-group setting. After 17 years in the classroom, I’ve found a few tricks of the trade that allow me to assess students’ understanding in the moment and adjust my lessons on the fly. Here are my tech essentials for formatively assessing students while in small groups.

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September 20, 2017
Building a Makerspace on a Budget in 6 Easy Steps
Building a Makerspace on a Budget in 6 Easy Steps

By Robin Glugatch

The most essential part of establishing a makerspace is instilling a "maker mindset" with the students and staff. In 2015, I attended a makerspace-focused workshop. Upon my return, I suggested devoting half our library to the makerspace, and our administration didn’t bat an eye.

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