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5 Tips for Better Blended Learning


Topics: Blended learning

Probably every educator can relate to the missteps teachers made during the first few weeks of teaching remotely. Maybe you were guilty of holding up a textbook to the computer camera to show your students a…


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Bring the Magic of Disney to Your Classroom


Topics: Personalized Learning

Disney is known for being the most magical place on Earth and Kaylah Holland wants to replicate that magic in class.

Holland is an instructional technology and blended learning associate for BreakFree Education, a nonprofit that provides training and resources for educators who work with…


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Drive Student Success With a Digital Badging Program


Topics: ISTE Expert Webinars

When Amanda Nguyen tallied up stats for Thomas College’s new digital badging program, she knew something big was sweeping campus. The school had had badging programs in the past, but it had never seen…


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Let’s Rethink the Way We Teach Black History all Year


Topics: Black History Month

When Kamala Harris became the first Black woman sworn in as U.S. vice president, Amanda Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet in the nation’s history.

“We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of…


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How To Make MLK Day Meaningful for Students


Topics: anti-racism

On the third Monday of January, Julia Torres hoists a sign and marches with her school in Denver’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade, a combined parade and marched for social justice.

It’s not…


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3 Strategies for Integrating SEL Into Environmental Science Projects


Topics: Environmental science

Floods. Fires. Heat waves. Melting sea ice. Examples that contextualize environmental science (ES) concepts appear regularly in the news, providing opportunities for teachers to connect learning to the real…


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Bridge the Learning Gap With Nanolearning


Topics: Tools, devices & apps

Many educators like myself are feeling the pressures of teaching like never before. One reason is that the pandemic brought a number of new challenges to education, one of which is the learning gap that widened…


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8 Resources for Teaching About Hispanic Heritage


Topics: Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South…


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Can Your Students Follow the Clues To Identify Facts and Motives?


Topics: Digital & media literacy

As the pandemic lockdowns began in March 2020 and toilet paper disappeared from store shelves, the Newport, Oregon, Police Department posted this advice on Facebook: “Just don’t call 911. We cannot bring you…


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5 Ways To Get Creative on International Dot Day


Topics: art, STEM & STEAM

One of our favorite celebrations at school every year is International Dot Day! 

This amazing global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration is based on Peter H. Reynolds' book …