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How To Make End of Year Chromebook Collection Easier

Alex Wagner Alex Wagner May 09, 2019

 

 As school winds down for the year and summer break nears, the last thing administrators or teachers want to do is worry about collecting and inventorying their students’ Chromebooks. Unfortunately, the task of making sure every student returns their assigned device before the end of the school year is a necessary part of successful 1:1 programs.

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Posted in Technology, "Web filtering, Filtering, edtech, Chromebooks in the Classroom, Internet Safety, Google Suite for Education, Chromebooks, trends, 2019

How Students Bypass School Web Filters & How to Stop Them

Nina W. Nina W. May 02, 2019

From looking to watch their favorite music videos on YouTube, to streaming the latest episode of their favorite Netflix series, or attempting to play Fortnite during research periods, there are dozens of reasons students look to bypass web filters in school. And with that growing number of reasons, comes a growing number of means and methods students rely on to accomplish this goal. So what can you do as teachers to prevent this and to maintain a safe and focused learning environment in a digital world?

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Posted in Safety, Technology, "Web filtering, Filtering, classroom management, edtech, Internet Safety For Kids, Internet Safety, Child Safety and Protections Month, Digital Citizenship, 2019

How Teachers Can Integrate Technology in the Classroom

Nina W. Nina W. April 17, 2019

You’ve likely been reading about the importance of understanding and implementing technology into your classroom in an increasingly digital world, but trying to figure out how to integrate technology into the classroom can be a daunting task. With so much new technology and so many constantly changing edtech trends, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start, especially for those of us who are less tech savvy. But do not fret! There are many ways to integrate technology into your classroom with ease, such as:

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Posted in Learning, Technology, edtech, Chromebooks in the Classroom, Teacher ideas

Want to Provide Better Education? Don’t Compromise on Classroom Management.

Tamara Gordon Tamara Gordon November 26, 2018

Kids at computersEducation has been a hugely important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even from the time I was a little girl—up through middle school and high school—education was all around me. I saw my mom working hard as she attended college, laboring tirelessly to get her Associate's Degree. I also have a great aunt and a great uncle who were teachers. And when I used to play as a child, I would play "school.” I honestly don't remember a time when education wasn’t a significant part of my life.

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Posted in Learning, Technology, classroom management, Classroom Management Solution, Digital Citizenship

Real or Fake News?

Marielle Gilbert Marielle Gilbert November 19, 2018

Fact Fake 1200 x 627px@2x-100 copyHelping students discern fact from fiction has never been more challenging. Here are four tactics to help.

The rise of digital journalism has made information more accessible, but also presented unique challenges. Research is no longer limited to the library; today, kids go online to scour the entirety of the internet. While students now have instant access to learning sources like Encyclopedia Britannica or The New York Times, they also have access to every online hoax, doctored image or conspiracy theory at their fingertips.

Meanwhile, “fake news” stories are being shared at an alarming rate, especially on social media: over half of Americans claim to regularly see fake news on sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Suffice to say, it’s never been more important to model media literacy to students and impart fact-checking skills. By helping children distinguish between what’s real and what’s fake news, parents and teachers can teach kids how to think for themselves, as well as gain a clearer understanding of the world.

Here are some helpful ways to teach kids about real or fake news sources, and give them the tools they need to decipher between the two.

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Posted in Technology, Child Safety and Protections Month, Digital Citizenship, Fake News, Media Literacy, Journalism

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