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Tools and Strategies for Developing Learner Agency


Topics: Student Agency, Tools, Devices and Apps

In this age of high stakes testing and prescriptive standardized curriculum, it can be challenging to find ways to encourage students to take ownership in their learning. Yet, as a college professor I’ve found…


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4 Ways to Bring History and Civics to Life


Topics: Civics, History

With 50 years of teaching between them, Laurel Aguilar-Kirchhoff and Karalee Wong Nakatsuka admit that they have a lot to say about history, civics and how educational technology can transform learning into…


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VR Storytelling Puts Students in the Shoes of Black Americans


Topics: Virtual reality

When teaching kids about empathy, it’s easy to fall back on dusty idioms — like that gem about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.

Derek Ham has a better idea.

Through funding from Epic…


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TikTok in the Classroom? Zach King Says YES!


Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

Zach King, a filmmaker and illusionist known for his clever magic tricks and digital sleight of hand, will be a Mainstage speaker at ISTELive 22 on June 26. One of social media’s most prominent content creators,…


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5 Reasons To Try the In-Class Flip


Topics: Flipped learning

Most teachers have heard of the flipped classroom, but some may not be as familiar with a variation called the in-class flip. Rather than having students absorb content at home, this approach allows students to…


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4 Ways Educators Can Manage Time, Track Goals and Reduce Stress


Topics: Journaling

Nichole Carter knows how busy work and life can be for a teacher. An educator since 2004, Carter has taught everything from geography and history to reading and language arts, all while balancing the…


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Bring the National Parks Into Your Classroom


Topics: Project-based learning

In 1872, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park, and early visitors arrived full of questions about the landscape that surrounded them. 

The first “guides” were actually U.S. Army…


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Deconstructing Current Events in Any Content Area


Topics: Current events

At the Korea International School in Seoul where I teach high school design and innovation, one of my favorite learning experiences is to have students deconstruct current events to analyze the impact of our…


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​​​​​​​7 Pillars of PD Every Edtech Coach Should Know


Topics: Edtech coaching

Ashley McBride spent her first few months as an edtech coach helping teachers solve easy problems. She showed them how to set up Google Classrooms. She taught them how to use new tools.

Then she…


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A Book Club Even Struggling Readers Love


Topics: literacy

Hue-An Wren’s fifth-grade student didn’t appear to be a likely candidate for a book club. He was an English language learner and a struggling reader on an independent education plan (IEP).