• by Bill Soistmann
    Programmer, educator, troublemaker. I love baseball.

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Decimal Place Value Worksheets

We are sharing these decimal place value worksheets to help students practice beginning decimal skills. Source: Decimal Place Value Worksheets
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Times Tables Unit of Work – Learn Times Tables at School or Remotely With These Key Lessons – Australian Curriculum Lessons

Summary of Unit of Work: Help your students/child have a good understanding of times tables without rote learning. Times Tables!  Who remembers standing in front of the class having times tables races or rote learning (repeatedly saying) 1 x 4 is 4, 2 x 4 is 8, 3 x 4 is 12?...
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Remote Learning Lesson – Procedural Texts and Fractions with Pizza! – Australian Curriculum Lessons

Summary of Lesson Plan: Procedure Pizza Fractions: students will make a pizza, creating a procedure of steps and demonstrating their understanding of fractions. This lesson is in a distance learning format (at home) but could also be completed in a school setting. As students...

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New York State Teams With Gates Foundation to ‘Reimagine Education’ Amid Pandemic – Politics K-12 – Education Week

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will work with the philanthropy on developing new online learning strategies as it continues to grapple with the crisis caused by the coronavirus. Source: New York State Teams With Gates Foundation to ‘Reimagine Education’ Amid Pandemic...
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How to Look Good on Video Calls

COVID-19 lockdowns mean many of us are working from home and swapping in-person meetings for video chats on Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet. Here’s how to make sure you look your best while on camera. Source: How to Look Good on Video Calls
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Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway

Source: Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway
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Here’s how we can keep this crisis from digging even wider educational divides – redefinED

Editor’s note: In this commentary, Jawan Brown-Alexander, Chief of Schools for New Schools for New Orleans, proposes that it’s possible to take what has Source: Here’s how we can keep this crisis from digging even wider educational divides – redefinED
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Less is Best with Distance Teaching – Not So Wimpy Teacher

Dear Teacher, I was a little nervous about writing this letter. I don’t want to offend anyone. I don’t want to make people feel bad. I don’t want mean hate mail. I’m writing this because I love teachers and I have a huge heart for serving the teaching community. I hope you know...

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Since 1993, the leading voice and advocate for lasting, substantive and structural education reform in the U.S. Source: The Center for Education Reform
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9 Benefits of Using Flipgrid for Book Clubs – Easy EdTech Podcast 061 – Class Tech Tips

Learn strategies for using Flipgrid for book clubs with students and how you can use this strategy with your colleagues for remote professional development. Source: 9 Benefits of Using Flipgrid for Book Clubs – Easy EdTech Podcast 061 – Class Tech Tips
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Advice to those about to teach online because of the corona-virus

Source: Advice to those about to teach online because of the corona-virus | Tony Bates

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Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them? Source: Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?
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Kate’s Science Classroom Cafe: Differentiation Using Doodle Notes

Source: Kate’s Science Classroom Cafe: Differentiation Using Doodle Notes
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Adam Savage and the IRL Digital Revolution – Study Hacks – Cal Newport

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7MDrUG4cws Myth Confirmed I recently started re-watching old Mythbusters episodes with my two oldest boys — and we’re Source: Adam Savage and the IRL Digital Revolution – Study Hacks – Cal Newport
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Q&A: Kelly Young on Tech’s Role in Learner-Centered Education

The right technology tools can help pave the way for a new style of learning that empowers students. Source: Q&A: Kelly Young on Tech’s Role in Learner-Centered Education
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Personalized Learning Vs Personalization of Learning

Every time I work with a school district, I hope that they learn from me because I learn from them.  Recently, in Del Mar Schools, Laura Spencer shared their idea of “personalization” o… Source: Personalized Learning Vs Personalization of Learning
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6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric | Edutopia

A format that provides students with personalized feedback and works to keep them from focusing solely on their grade. Source: 6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric | Edutopia

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Skip Counting Activities

Add these skip counting games, activities and worksheets to your math resource collection for engaging math practice. Free from The Curriculum Corner. Source: Skip Counting Activities
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Q&A: Kelly Young on Tech’s Role in Learner-Centered Education

The right technology tools can help pave the way for a new style of learning that empowers students. Source: Q&A: Kelly Young on Tech’s Role in Learner-Centered Education
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Spatial skills higher among those who played with construction-based toys and video games in childhood: study

Source: Spatial skills higher among those who played with construction-based toys and video games in childhood: study

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Adam Savage and the IRL Digital Revolution – Study Hacks – Cal Newport

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7MDrUG4cws Myth Confirmed I recently started re-watching old Mythbusters episodes with my two oldest boys — and we’re Source: Adam Savage and the IRL Digital Revolution – Study Hacks – Cal Newport
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Q&A: Kelly Young on Tech’s Role in Learner-Centered Education

The right technology tools can help pave the way for a new style of learning that empowers students. Source: Q&A: Kelly Young on Tech’s Role in Learner-Centered Education

Queen Anne Elementary gets garden grant – Queen Anne & Magnolia News

Queen Anne Elementary is already well familiar with growing young minds. But what about growing a garden?That’s the purpose of a $2,000 grant from the W Source: Queen Anne Elementary gets garden grant – Queen Anne & Magnolia News

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4 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills in This Noisy World

Our education system tends to stifle children’s critical thinking skills. It eliminates problem solving skills by readily spoon feeding easy accessible solutions. Source: 4 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills in This Noisy World

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A wee bit of fun with March’s Epic Pals

Source: Digital Meanderings: A wee bit of fun with March’s Epic Pals!
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5 Hurdles to Technological Innovation in K–12 Education — THE Journal

Source: 5 Hurdles to Technological Innovation in K–12 Education — THE Journal
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Source: Instant Plagiarism Check Add-on for Google Docs from Unicheck | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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DeVos and The Privatization Connection to Detroit’s “Right to Read” Lawsuit: “Separate and Unequal”

The Detroit landmark decision that children deserve to learn to read in school is a case that reflects decades of troubled education in Detroit. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and school privatiza… Source: DeVos and The Privatization Connection to Detroit’s “Right to Read”...
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Teaching phonics remotely

Editor’s note: This blog post was first published by Partnership Schools. Last week we shared our approach to keeping older students deeply engaged with great texts at home. At the same time, we know that broad “code knowledge”—the understanding of how to decode written language...
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Free Interactive Phonics Games

Add these interactive phonics games to your collection of PowerPoint phonics games in your classroom. Free collection of games from The Curriculum Corner. Source: Free Interactive Phonics Games
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From Next Big Thing to Next Big Nothing

Source: From Next Big Thing to Next Big Nothing — Joanne Jacobs
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Best 5 Ways to Teach Phonics to First Graders – How to Learn

Phonics skills are the building blocks when learning to read. Here are the best 5 ways to teach phonics to first graders! Source: Best 5 Ways to Teach Phonics to First Graders – How to Learn
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Redefining Reading Achievement Creates Reading Problems in Children!

A critic who charges that children aren’t reading well and teachers need to learn about the Science of Reading, also says children must read sooner than they did in the past. This new ideolog… Source: Redefining Reading Achievement Creates Reading Problems in Children!

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Digital Portfolios for Remote Learning

Developing fair assessments is one of the challenges that many of us are facing because of a rapid transition to teaching online. Based on the number of emails I’ve received about giving time… Source: Digital Portfolios for Remote Learning
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Advanced Placement testing anxieties, a revved-up graduation, next year’s lessons and more – redefinED

AP test time limits: Advanced Placement testing in the coronavirus world begins May 11, with 45-minute exams taken by homebound students who can use their Stories about the changes in Advanced Placement testing causing anxiety for students about having enough time and their home...
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Facilitating Metacognition in the Classroom: Teaching to the Needs of Your Students – Improve with Metacognition

In this post Gina Burkart shares several strategies to incorporate both metacognitive instruction and metacognitive student learning. Source: Facilitating Metacognition in the Classroom: Teaching to the Needs of Your Students – Improve with Metacognition

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Virtual End of Year Activities – Not So Wimpy Teacher

There are so many fun virtual end of year activities that you can do with your class! You can still make the last weeks of school special. Source: Virtual End of Year Activities – Not So Wimpy Teacher
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Three Quick Ways for Students to Respond to Prompts With Whiteboard and Screencast Videos

A few weeks ago Screencastify introduced a new feature called Screencastify Submit. I was able to try it out with some of my students last week. It turned out to be a great way for students to send… Source: Three Quick Ways for Students to Respond to Prompts With Whiteboard and...
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Getting to know each other in e-school

Source: Getting to know each other in e-school — Joanne Jacobs

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Six Research-Backed Strategies for Remote Teaching – The Science of Learning Blog

As remote learning continues during COVID-19 school closures, educators have shared a plethora of creative and useful ideas for effective distance learning. In addition to these resources, educators might also be interested in what researchers have learned through systematic...
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Creating Online Activities With Fillable PDFs and More

Last week I received lots of questions about making online activities with PDFs. In short, a lot of people seem to be looking for ways to digitize worksheets for students to complete online. There … Source: Creating Online Activities With Fillable PDFs and More
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‘Screens in Schools Action Kit’ to Help Parents Push Back Against Edtech Overuse

Parents and educators worry about how much time students spend facing digital devices. Here is a useful resource to help children live lives that aren’t dominated by screen use. Contact: Seth… Source: ‘Screens in Schools Action Kit’ to Help Parents Push Back Against Edtech...

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‘We’re on the edge of the precipice’: How the pandemic could shatter college dreams

Some high school seniors are dropping their first-choice schools in favor of colleges that are cheaper. Others are taking a year off so they can help bail out their families. Source: ‘We’re on the edge of the precipice’: How the pandemic could shatter college dreams
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Answer Sheet: Teachers, Parents and Principals Tell Their Stories About Remote Learning

Kari Munoz, a teacher in Odessa, Tex., waves during a parade on April 18 to see students after schools had been closed for more than a month because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Ben Powell/AP)  The Network for Public Education, a nonprofit group that advocates for public...
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Virtual Field Trips – Not So Wimpy Teacher

Virtual field trips are the perfect end of year activity as we continue to. teach and learn from home. Enjoy these tours from around the country. Source: Virtual Field Trips – Not So Wimpy Teacher

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