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Blended learning and the paradox of the experienced teacher

Assuming a good teacher in the traditional classroom will be a good teacher in a blended learning environment is wrong. The terminology alone provides a clue; after all, it is…

How music can inspire strong student writing and discussion

On the first day of school, I give my students a pep talk. My goals for the year are laid out. I tell them I expect them to leave my…

Opinion
Wi-Fi in schools: Security vs. accessibility

The very benefit of Wi-Fi in schools—easy, open access—is also the biggest threat. Is the FCC helping school administrators understand the risks, or simply doling out cash without further security…

How-to
6 ways to improve dropout prevention efforts

Bob Darby, a former educator and district superintendent, shares six critical dropout prevention strategies.…

How-to
Seven keys to deploying tablets successfully

Marc Fanaroff, a special education administrator for more than 30 years, shares his advice on successfully deploying tablets in schools.…

How-to
5 key steps to safeguarding student data

As uses of student data continue to expand, districts must be prepared to protect this information and ensure it's only used for its indented purpose: to help students succeed. Here…

8 simple tools for creating engaging infographics

Human beings are visual and adept at identifying patterns and trends quickly. Infographics can aid our understanding of otherwise dense, multifaceted, or complicated material.…

Opinion
How ‘productive struggle’ can lead to deeper learning

Students can experience "productive struggle" when given a task slightly beyond their abilities. As educators provide support for tackling a challenging problem through different approaches, they can help their students…

Opinion
Why a flexible SIS is a key to mobile learning success

When we started planning the Mobile Minds initiative, a majority of our time was spent discussing and evaluating learning management systems and mobile device managers. Ultimately, we could come to…

How-to
6 ways texting can improve school communications

Students touch their cell phones 43 times a day and send about 60 texts, showing that mobile technology is the best way to reach them. And with 91 percent of…

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