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General, User Stories | March 24, 2016

Cementing Student Learning with Messy Play

As a kid, returning to class after recess only to find out I’d be going back outside for a lesson was exciting every single time. It was usually for a science experiment, and there was always a mess (intended or not). It made learning even more fun. That’s what AO.com is doing with Month of Mess challenge. Messy play help...

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General, User Stories | December 18, 2015

Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice

I took a speech class one semester when I was in undergraduate school. For our first assignment we had to give a short speech that the teacher videotaped. Our extended assignment was to watch the recording and critique our performance. That proved to be a very eye-opening experience for me. If you had asked me how I did right af...

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General, Guest | November 18, 2015

5 Video Ideas for Your Literacy Instruction

Video is creeping into the education world slowly but surely. In fact, 94 percent of teachers have effectively used video in the classroom during the course of one school year, according to a study by Educational Support Systems. Video can be useful in a number of lessons and classroom settings, and is especially beneficial i...

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General | November 10, 2015

Swivl Gives Back: Nominate an Educator to Win a Swivl Robot

‘Tis the season. Midterm exams are just about behind everyone, and now the attention of the education community turns to Thanksgiving break (the much-needed reprieve before the big holiday break). Now is also about the time when those among us who are capable of planning ahead—myself not included—start coming up with gift...

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General | November 4, 2015

Setting a Plan to Save America’s Education System

Next year, your school district is set to receive $20 million to stimulate significant improvements to student and teacher performance. You mostly remember overhearing administrators speak of applying for a grant, but now it’s actually here. Now you have to devise a real plan that turns millions of dollars into results. Imagi...

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General, Product News | October 23, 2015

Get to Know FERPA and COPPA: Reasons to Reconsider YouTube for Your School

When we talk about instructional video today we aren’t referring to a math teacher playing Stand and Deliver for the umpteenth time. A more universally accessible internet and its many services have made it easier than ever for educators to connect with students and other teachers within and beyond their classrooms. Students ...

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General | August 21, 2015

How to Successfully Flip Learning

Flipped learning has been a buzz in education for a while, but there are still some who still don’t quite understand the concept. The idea behind flipped learning is to move away from whole group direct instruction and increase student engagement by allowing students to move at their own pace through instructional materials an...

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General, Guest, Summer Learning Series | July 29, 2015

Flip the Learning in your Classroom this Year

Flipped learning can be a powerful way to use technology for increased student engagement and student ownership. Join Amanda Fox as she shares her tips and tricks for creating an engaging flipped learning environment. In this 30 minute webinar, Amanda Fox (@AmandaFoxSTEM) shares how a few free tools can help you begin flipp...

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General, Guest, Summer Learning Series | July 27, 2015

5 Ways Video Can Increase Student Ownership of Learning

In a student-centered classroom, it is important for students to take ownership of their learning and make it meaningful in a way that fits their needs and learning styles. This is much easier said than done. As a teacher, it can be difficult to get out of the way and let students take the reins. Ideally, we must take on the ro...

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General, Guest, Summer Learning Series | July 12, 2015

Connect Your Classroom to the World

For centuries, schools have sat in silos. Teachers and students were capable of communicating only with those inside their own buildings. It was at one time not only unattainable, but unthinkable to collaborate and communicate with outside classrooms. The technology for these types of interactions had not yet been introduced to ...

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