How RFID can help in a school reopening

As schools prepared to reopen this past August and September, administrators had to consider more than usual. In order to ensure the safety of students returning to school, administrators had to evaluate school reopening strategies, social distancing efforts, cleaning policies, and how to quickly identify symptomatic students.

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Investments in plexiglass barriers for classrooms and tents for outdoor lessons have become popular choices for many learning institutions, but administrators also have other decisions to make.

Safety needs to go beyond temperature checks

Although it is recommended that students who do not feel well stay at home instead of going to class, schools still need to be prepared to monitor symptoms of their students and determine the best course of action. One such step will include administering temperature checks at schools, which can be done at the start of the school day before students even enter the facility. Temperature-sensing technologies can help faculty members take children’s temperatures before class and minimize the number of sick students entering the building.

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Moving remote learning from reactive to proactive

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a stark digital divide within education, with many schools woefully underprepared for the shift to remote learning. When schools initially closed and transitioned to remote learning plans in the spring, many students lacked access to a device, the internet, or both.

Related content: Remote learning for the long haul

These shortcomings were resolved for some students over the summer, but unfortunately, too many students still remain underserved as the new school year has begun.

With many school districts across the nation finalizing remote, in-person, or hybrid learning plans, technology has now become an essential back-to-school supply. Schools across the country are now having to figure out how to morph from a pandemic-driven reactive approach to a more proactive approach to help students and educators overcome the challenges that still exist in remote learning.

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Taking a new look at school turnarounds

How do you fix a broken, failing school where student achievement, attendance and graduation rates are rock bottom? Education experts argue over this a lot, according to The Hechinger Report. One idea has been to bring in a new principal and make drastic changes to turn the school around quickly like the way corporate turnaround artists revive a bankrupt company.

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6 engaging digital learning tools

Digital learning tools have proved themselves invaluable as classrooms across the globe made the abrupt change to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even now, as some schools have reopened physical classrooms in at least a limited capacity, digital learning tools that may have previously gone unused have retained their place on educators’ must-have lists.

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These tools and trends can boost student engagement and motivate students to immerse themselves in learning–but as with any tech-based instruction, the technology is just a tool. What really makes digital learning tools effective is a highly-qualified teacher who augments a lesson and links learning to real life.

Here are some easy and engaging digital learning tools to try in the physical, virtual, or hybrid classroom.

1. Learning.com Tech Quest: Tech Quest is a new Learning.com feature that delivers essential technology skills to K-8 students without teachers needing to manage classes. Every student that has a Learning.com account is automatically assigned Tech Quest. Students just need to log in to their Learning.com account at login.learning.com, Clever, or Classlink.

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The challenges of online math instruction

On March 30, 2020, I entered a whole new world of teaching my kindergarten class. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, educators across the world have had to completely change the way we work. It took a week of training, webinars, and numerous Zoom meetings with my teaching peers to learn the technology platforms I needed to deliver instruction. The next step was designing curriculum and instruction using the new format. Lastly, we created a weekly schedule with both live sessions on Zoom to introduce new concepts and links to recorded lessons for online math instruction, as well as online instruction in English/language arts and writing.

The biggest obstacle to online math instruction is checking in on the students’ thinking. I made the mistake the first week of allowing all the students to unmute during the instruction and guided practice. It was a disaster. I could hear toddlers crying, relatives speaking, and even had a child telling me all about his new dress-up costume (a warrior). I needed to rethink my delivery method and how I asked students to respond.

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One advantage of teaching such young children is that they tend not to have the same kind of math anxiety that so many older students experience. Helping all my students maintain that healthy confidence during online math instruction, in an environment that’s new for all of us, has been a bit of a balancing act. Here’s what I’ve done so far.

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EVALYON’s DataCapture Ed™ for Teachers and Educators is Now Available

Evalyon’s DataCapture Ed App allows educators to capture student data to help comply with Federally mandated RTI (Response to Intervention) requirements. Data is easily digitally captured by educators on iPads, and can be tracked, evaluated, shared, and safely stored to create detailed reports for teachers, administrators, and for parent/teacher conferences.

It’s available now at $43.99, for a limited time.

The App allows teachers to have more quality interactive time with each student, to monitor, in real time, daily progress toward goals, to capture audio/video/images of student work products, and to evaluate them for any issues that might need immediate intervention. This data capture is ENTIRELY PAPERLESS!! Data is categorized, charted, permanently stored. This data can be used in reports to help educators quickly determine RTI progress toward goals, interventions and placements, and to properly place students in appropriate RTI Tiers.

RYLAND Consulting, LLC, a Florida-based developer of innovative Apps for K-12 school administrators and educators is proud to offer Evalyon’s DataCapture Ed App in the Apple App Store at $43.99, for a limited time.  The App is made for use on iPads.

For more INFORMATION on the Evalyon DataCapture Ed App and all Evalyon Products at www.evalyon.co

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Savvas Launches New Interactive US and World History Series

Savvas Learning Company, a next-generation learning solutions provider for K-12 education, today announced the release of its new print and digital high school history series, US History Interactive ©2022 and World History Interactive ©2022, that promotes a deeper investigation of the past and connects history to the present.

With a focus on inquiry and critical thinking, the programs’ curriculum boosts student engagement with digital activities, culturally responsive content, and support for integrating social emotional learning skills. The series takes interactive learning to new heights with the inclusion of the award-winning Project Imagine series, which uses fully immersive experiences and diverse primary sources to make learning history come alive.

“History is more than the story of past events. It’s the story of people and their decisions, actions, and viewpoints, which in turn shape the story of our present and future. History becomes more relevant to students when they can experience it in a more personal way,” said Bethlam Forsa, CEO of Savvas Learning Company. “Our new US History Interactive and World History Interactive series brings a modern lens to history by helping students make connections to compelling, real-world topics, while enabling them to become critical thinkers with valuable inquiry skills for college, career, and civic responsibility.”

The US History Interactive and World History Interactive programs create an active, inquiry-based learning environment that engages students by having them question, investigate, and explore history from multiple viewpoints. Each lesson emphasizes a blend of print and digital multimedia, with curated content and flexible teaching tools that support both classroom and distance learning.

The print student edition features a magazine-style layout with visual primary sources and infographics to promote reading and visual literacy. The digital program — accessible through Savvas Realize™, one of the edtech industry’s most versatile learning management systems — features the Realize Reader™ eText that brings the pages of the print edition to life. With a built-in notebook, read-aloud audio, and lesson summaries written at multiple reading levels, it supports students of all levels and lets them complete assignments online, offline, anytime.

Through Realize, teachers can easily search for digital content, such as current events, speeches, and biographies to customize lessons; assign homework and assessments; lead a discussion board; and access the groundbreaking Project Imagine interactive history series. Providing content beyond the typical textbook, Project Imagine allows students to become active participants as they step into the past with compelling primary sources and immersive activities such as 360° virtual-reality explorations, role playing, maps, timelines, decision trees, and opinion polls.

What sets US History Interactive and World History Interactive apart is their wide array of interactive, digital activities that appeal to students with different learning styles and help them better understand events that have shaped history. They include:

  • Quest Inquiry — offers students three types of inquiry-focused projects: project-based learning, civic discussions, and document-based writing activities.
  • Hook & Inspire! Connections to Today — helps students bridge the past and the present by bringing modern content and pop culture into their studies.
  • NBC Learn™ My Story — features videos of current events and historic news reports to help students form a personal connection to content.
  • Connections to Today: Take Action — creates opportunities to study the ways the past informs the present, and form plans to take action for the future.
  • Listenwise® Current Events — informs students of current events and helps develop their listening comprehension skills with daily podcasts from National Public Radio.
  • Election Resources — provides up-to-date U.S. election content and results, including key national issues, candidate information, and more.

The curriculum is built on a four-part inquiry model — connect, investigate, synthesize, and demonstrate — that is consistent with the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. The C3 Framework provides guidance for enhancing the rigor of the K-12 social studies disciplines of civics, economics, geography, and history.

US History Interactive and World History Interactive offer a new way of teaching history,” said Ros Kane, Savvas Learning Company’s vice president of product management and marketing for science and humanities. “They make history more experiential, more inclusive, and more relevant. They present history in a way that moves students, and gets them thinking and acting as responsible, engaged citizens.”

 

ABOUT SAVVAS LEARNING COMPANY

At Savvas, we believe learning should inspire. By combining new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new ways of interacting, we design next-generation learning solutions that help prepare students to become global citizens in a more interconnected, digital world. To learn more, visit www.Savvas.com.

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Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Gives Away 1 Million Bars To Teachers Across America

The drawer, the cabinet, the station, the bin. Whatever shape it takes, it’s a constant in classrooms: the spot where teachers keep snacks for any student who needs one, for any reason at all. School is taking many shapes this year too, but one constant remains: a teacher’s belief that it’s not just about what they do in the front of the class – it’s about having their students’ backs. Now it’s time Nutri-Grain® had theirs – that’s why Nutri-Grain is giving away 1 million bars to teachers across America.

Teachers dig deep into their own pockets to provide well-stocked classrooms and care packages that set their students up for success. While 60% of teachers spend an average of $300 annually on snacks for their students,1 this year Nutri-Grain is doing what it can to alleviate some of that burden with “Got Your Back” bins full of Nutri-Grain bars for teachers to provide to their students. 

“Teachers have their students’ backs, and now our ‘Got Your Back’ bins have theirs,” said Sarah Reinecke, Senior Marketing Director. “With a mix of in-person, hybrid and virtual classrooms and online learning, teachers’ jobs are even more challenging. A bin of Nutri-Grain bars for K-12 teachers to offer in the classroom or share in a care package is just one way we can support our educators.”

While supplies last, when teachers apply for a free bin, they’re eligible to receive more than 400 whole grain, real fruit Nutri-Grain bars and a special “Got Your Back” blue bin. This stockpile of snacks helps teachers support their students wherever they are this school year.

Nutri-Grain is also partnering with actor Mekhi Phifer, whose mother taught for more than 25 years at a Harlem elementary school, to celebrate and thank teachers across the country. “Teaching is certainly a bit tougher this year, but I know millions of teachers are working hard to raise the bar,” said Phifer. “Nutri-Grain recognizes these new challenges and provides a great way for teachers to continue what they do best — making a difference in a kid’s day, every day.”

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 13, current K-12 teachers nationwide can sign up to receive a “Got Your Back” bin filled with Nutri-Grain bars via Kellogg’s Family Rewards: KFR.com/GotYourBackBin. A limited number of bins can be claimed each day while supplies last. Each entrant will also be entered to win one of four $300 gift cards to cover the costs of any additional snacks and supplies they need.

Nutri-Grain bars are available in the snack aisle of grocery stores nationwide. For more information visit NutriGrain.com.

Terms & Conditions
Abbreviated Terms & Conditions. Internet Access Required. Begins 10/13/20 and ends 10/16/20 or when all available Rewards have been claimed. Open to legal residents of US & DC, 18+ and are a current K-12 teacher at a public, charter, private or parochial school located in the 50 US & DC, and a registered member of the Kellogg’s Family Rewards® program. Subject to complete terms and conditions at https://www.kelloggsfamilyrewards.com/content/dam/kfr/pdfs/nutri-grain-terms-and-conditions.pdf. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Kellogg North America Company, One Kellogg SquareBattle Creek, MI 49016. ®, ™, © 2020 Kellogg NA Co.

About Kellogg Company
At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), we strive to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. Our beloved brands include Pringles®, Cheez-It®, Special K®, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Eggo®, Mini-Wheats®, Kashi®, RXBAR®, MorningStar Farms® and more. Net sales in 2019 were approximately $13.6 billion, comprised principally of snacks and convenience foods like cereal and frozen foods. Kellogg brands are beloved in markets around the world. We are also a company with Heart & Soul, committed to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 through our Kellogg’s® Better Days global purpose platform. Visit www.KelloggCompany.com or www.OpenforBreakfast.com.

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Discovery Education Names SMASH CEO Eli Kennedy to Board of Directors

Discovery Education, the Charlotte, NC, based leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms worldwide, today announced the appointment of Eli Kennedy, the CEO of SMASH, to the company’s Board of Directors.  In his new role, Kennedy’s expertise will support Discovery Education’s mission to prepare all learners for tomorrow by creating innovative classrooms connected to today’s world.

Kennedy has served as SMASH CEO since 2016, and leads that company’s efforts to build a strong, diverse and socially conscious tech workforce by leveling the playing field through academic learning and experiential engagement for high school and college students.  Before joining SMASH, Kennedy was the Senior Vice President of Redbird Advanced Learning, a research based EdTech company.

Kennedy has also served as a Director at the Broad Foundation, and was on the leadership team at Platform Learning, a tutoring company focused on supporting low-income students. Prior to focusing on education, Kennedy worked in a strategic management capacity for a technology startup and as a strategy consultant for Andersen Consulting and USWEB/CKS.

Kennedy serves on the Board of Directors of Capital Impact Partners as well as the Diversity Council for code.org. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from Howard University.

“l have long admired Discovery Education’s approach to supporting the success of all learners through a unique combination of digital resources and professional learning,” said Kennedy.  “I look forward to adding my background and expertise to the effort to expand the company’s reach and impact.”

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Eli to Discovery Education’s Board of Directors,” said Discovery Education CEO Paul Ilse. “Eli’s dedication to improving the academic outcomes of all students, coupled with his unique insight on today’s education landscape and sharp business acumen, make him a tremendous asset to Discovery Education’s Board as it sets the company’s strategic direction for the coming years.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn. 

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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100+ Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

In the midst of a global pandemic and a movement to fight systemic racism, there is a renewed focus on making sure that every child feels welcomed and honored in school. On a mission to help educators create inclusive classrooms, BetterLesson, in partnership with The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, announces the publication of 100+ 100 strategies, tools and resources that help educators implement culturally responsive teaching and learning (CTRL). These are the culmination of work that started in the spring of 2019.

As a part of their “Master Teacher Project” model, BetterLesson selected 21 teachers and school leaders based in and around Kansas City who utilize CTRL best practices in their schools. These experienced educators participated in Professional Learning Communities and created resources to support educators in teaching all students to be racially conscious, equity-minded, anti-bias, and anti-racist.

For the full news release, click here.

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