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School is closed, but learning is open! Lessons from COVID-19

03/26/2020

Topics: coronavirus, COVID-19, Online learning

In the past, schools were paralyzed and learning ceased in extenuating circumstances. In cases of extreme weather, epidemics and fires, learning in an organized face-to-face setting was no longer possible.…

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7 ways to make remote learning accessible to all students

03/23/2020

Topics: Assistive and adaptive technologies, digital equity, Online learning, UDL

Across the nation, equity and accessibility are two of the thorniest issues districts face as they rapidly move toward remote learning. Some states are delaying…

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Authentic Inclusion: Focus on design rather than accommodation when using classroom technology

03/27/2020

Topics: Assistive technologies, digital equity, Online learning, UDL

Educator Chris Bugaj remembers when his daughter was learning about insects and the environment as a second grader. One day, the assistant principal came to school dressed in a beekeeper’s outfit. He told the…

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4 tips for creating awesome classroom videos – so you can spend more time teaching!

02/28/2020

Topics: Online learning, Video

As a new teacher, Josh Stock often found himself stretched thin as he raced around his classroom trying to answer student questions.

“I was bouncing all around the room and it was getting overwhelming…

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4 benefits of an active professional learning community

09/16/2020

Topics: Online learning, PLC, Professional development

A professional learning community (PLC) is a team of educators who share ideas to enhance their teaching practice and create a learning environment where all students can reach their fullest potential. …

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All in! 4 leaders share how a districtwide vision led to transformation

06/17/2019

Topics: Education leadership, ISTE Standards for Education Leaders, Online learning

Too often, tech integration is driven by innovative teachers working alone in classrooms, tech directors and coordinators with too many teachers to adequately serve, or a single school that becomes the showcase…

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Total turnaround: How LAUSD's troubled rollout became a model for tech success

Total turnaround: How LAUSD's troubled rollout became a model for tech success

03/18/2018

Topics: Online learning

Spread across 720 square miles and comprised of 1,302 schools, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) – one of the largest districts in the nation – covers a diverse landscape where 76 percent of students receive free and reduced-price lunch. In 2013, the district embarked on an…

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6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

09/11/2018

Topics: Mobile learning, Online learning

Helping students manage smartphone use might not seem like the type of subject that schools should be teaching. But given how widespread cell phone use is among teens and how broadly devices affect academic performance, mental health and a teen’s emotional well being, it’s not a bad…

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The global event that helps kids fall in love with books

The global event that helps kids fall in love with books

09/19/2017

Topics: Online learning

The big things always start with a spark of an idea. And so it was for Global Read Aloud, an intention that came to teacher…

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