• EdTech

    Pursue a Paperless Classroom This School Year

    Some things that happen in education are really stupid. Sometimes the smartest people with the best of intentions can champion and implement ideas that are nonsensical, unhelpful, and really frustrating. It happens all the time. However, the near consensus move toward paperless education is not one of those things. As teachers, this can be a difficult concept to embrace. It’s natural to collect and distribute information on paper, and many of us have been doing it for years or decades. Anecdotally, I’ve found that students sometimes even prefer paper because, while they can navigate technology better than any generation alive, they struggle with skills like organization, time management, and self-discipline,…

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    Island Trees School District Uses Kami to Make PDFs User Friendly in the Classroom

    The pace of change is accelerating. New technologies are progressing and spreading faster than ever. In the next decade, we are likely to see a dramatic educational shift with education systems emerging with online systems and disruptive technology. With the rapid development of technology, the interest in educational technology is at an all-time high in the Island Trees School District. We were fortunate enough to meet Jim Conklin, the instructional technology staff developer at Island Trees School District, New York, to discuss what Kami meant to him. So, what is Kami? We know that Kami saves paper and allows the annotation of PDFs, but what does Kami really mean regarding…

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    Five Things to Keep in Mind on the First Day of School

    One of the best things about education is that it runs in cycles. Just when everything feels as challenging as possible, there is time for rest and refreshment before a brand new restart. In other words, every school year starts with an immense possibility for the teachers, the students, and the community. As lazy afternoons, beach memories, and cookouts recede into the background, and the start of school is upon us, there are a few things to keep in mind to help this school be as successful as possible. Let go of the past and start something new As a teacher, there are inevitable highs and lows that need to…

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    Five Ways to Start the Year Off Right

    As the summer winds down and the new school year approaches, kids are picking up their school supplies, and teachers are emptying the teacher’s store as they select room decorations. It’s fun setting up new bulletin boards and organizing the room for incredible activities. However, before making everything look immaculate, there are some things you will want to take care of first. Harry and Rosemary Wong’s iconic book,The First Days of School, is the definitive guide to these crucial days; this quick guide will help you begin thinking about what you’re going to do when the kids arrive to ensure that you start the year off right. Set the tone…

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    Five Cooperative Learning Activities for The First Day of School

    Education is known and sometimes mocked for its excessive use of jargon and buzzwords. The criticism is fair. However, for all jargon that muddies the waters, there is one skill that rises above the rest and serves as the linchpin for everything else. Cooperative learning is the fundamental framework of learning. It is the most dynamic skill with the most impact on future success. Therefore, while planning lessons for the first days of school, consider some of these cooperative learning activities that help set the priority and that begin to integrate the skill. Setting Norms Cooperative learning requires students to regularly communicate and collaborate with one another, and setting norms…