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5 of the coolest edtech tools since sliced bread

It seems like new edtech tools are developed each day, and while many of them serve practical purposes without too much fanfare, there are some edtech tools that sound super exciting. When a tool excites teachers and students, the ingredients are all there for increased learning engagement–and we all know how challenging it can sometimes […]

How to teach empathy & sustainability through global connections

I’ve become incredibly passionate about connecting students globally using technology. I’ve seen the impacts of what this can do for students and the profound impact it can make on these little human beings that we teach! When our students are able to meet students that look, learn, and live differently than they do, eyes open […]

How we turned around our student tardy numbers

Demographics: Nicolet High School District is located in the southeast region of Wisconsin and serves over 1,000 students from four Milwaukee suburbs and the city of Milwaukee. Biggest challenge: Our district wanted to maximize each minute of every class period by getting students to class by the beginning of every period and reducing the time […]

10 ways to use technology to promote reading

I am updating my workshop on how technology can be used to promote reading—the only foolproof means of both improving reading proficiency and developing a lifelong love of reading in every student. This list started with “The last of the book-only librarians” column from back in 2011. Let me be right up front about this: […]

6 tips to help your students collaborate on awesome podcasts

OK, I’m listening A 2019 Edison Research survey reported that 51% of Americans above the age of 12 have listened to a podcast. Interest in podcasts has increased 122% since 2014, with the majority of that increase coming from ages 12-24. Monthly listeners are growing up to 24% a year. That’s four times the number […]

How one middle school is closing the technology achievement gap

There’s a widening technology achievement gap for minorities, despite blacks and Hispanics having more interest in learning computer science. So why is the field so dominated by whites? eSchool News recently spoke with Mashea Ashton, who founded Washington, D.C.’s first computer science middle school last year in a struggling, historically black community to help bridge […]

5 fun presentation tools for end-of-year projects

As the school year winds down, tests and final projects are looming. Class presentations can be a great way for students to synthesize knowledge, practice public speaking, and interact with their classmates. But there are also potential drawbacks: Standing up and speaking in front of peers can be nerve-racking (even for some adults!), and the […]

Here’s how we’re preparing our students for workplace success

When I first mentioned the FlexFactor program to my students, they were concerned that they would not be able to “invent” anything new because they believed that everything had been invented already. But the program had a few surprises in store for them, showing them that technology holds endless possibilities if they can just picture […]

How we turned around our new teacher retention

Demographics: Gaston County Schools, located in North Carolina, is the 10th-largest district in the state. We have a very diverse, economically challenged population in our school system, with roughly 65 percent of our student population eligible for free and reduced lunch. Biggest challenge: Three years ago, when I started as executive director for high school […]

5 core computational thinking skills that strengthen humanities skills

Anyone who says you can’t apply computational thinking and digital learning strategies to strengthen students’ writing skills is wrong. To the contrary, this innovative learning style helps students hone critical-thinking skills across every discipline. In my classroom, I teach students computational thinking through free materials from Ignite My Future in School, a partnership between Tata […]

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