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New Teacher? Switching Grades? 14 Orientation Tips for Teachers and Principals

Posted by Deanna Zaucha on August 09, 2016

Topics: Professional Development, K-12 Education, Education Technology

As the new school year approaches, there are many educators who are dealing with more than just preparing for a new classroom. Some teachers are completely new to the school or grade level where they will be teaching. And while these new experiences are exciting, they can also be daunting.

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Infographic: 8 Strategies to Get Your Principal to Say Yes

Posted by Deanna Zaucha on July 21, 2016

Topics: Education Trends, Professional Development, Education Technology

Getting buy-in from your principals is not always easy. So who better to give advice on how to get buy in than a principal?

Jason Levy, a former New York City School principal, gave an insider’s look on how to get your new strategy and technology ideas approved, in his presentation at the annual EdXEdNYC.

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Flow Chart: Are You Ready for 2016-17 School Year?

Posted by Deanna Zaucha on July 07, 2016

Topics: Professional Development, K-12 Education, Education Technology

Measuring the success of a school year means something different to everyone. But the universal mark of success is improvement.

The only way your school will know if your students and teachers have improved from the year before is if they compare themselves against the previous year’s data.

We created a flow chart to assist in making these informed decisions and comparisons throughout the school year.

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Infographic: 5 Actionable Tips for Implementing New Digital Education Tools

Posted by Deanna Zaucha on June 23, 2016

Topics: Education Trends, Professional Development, Education Technology

We recently discussed how teachers can narrow the digital divide in their classrooms, and provided solutions for teachers with students that do not have equal access to technology.

One of the final solutions mentioned is to “advocate for better tools.” And while it is important for teachers to advocate on their students’ behalf for better resources and technology in the classroom, it is just as important to know what to ask for and when.

Technology needs to be used effectively to improve student achievement. EdSurge recently published an article pointing out how essential it is for edtech to not only be used for basic skills (drill-and-practice activities) to these underserved technology students, but also used in much more meaningful ways, as it is for more privileged students, to not only enhance student achievement, but engagement, motivation, and self-esteem.

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Constructed Response Questions: U.S. Education is Going “Back to the Future” with Reading and ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic

Posted by Chalkable Coach on June 02, 2016

Topics: Education Trends, Professional Development, K-12 Education

Today’s post is contributed by Linda Hatton, Chalkable Professional Learning Services Specialist

Veteran educators remember the Three Rs of Education all too well: Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic. No matter what their content area was or is, those three subjects blended into their instruction automatically. Nobody told them what to do or why it was necessary. It was obvious and simple because:

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