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A look at standards-based assessment vs. traditional grading

It’s difficult for parents and students to understand much of the terminology that’s used in the classroom today when it comes to grading. Rubrics, proficiency grading, learning targets, and formative assessments are just some of the terms used by teachers today. Parents are interested in knowing how their child is doing in school, how they […]

Is it time students can have the option to learn from home?

The recent descent of the Polar Vortex across a large swath of the U.S. resulted in dangerously low temperatures and the closing of many schools across the country. For many of us it brought back memories of childhood, glued to the morning news as they read the list of school closures on cold, snowy mornings. […]

Opening the lines of communication between teachers and parents

Technology has become pervasive throughout society. It’s hard to imagine walking through a store or restaurant and not see most people looking at their phones. You can argue the merits of having so much technology at our fingertips, but for teachers, new forms of technology have changed the education experience for both students and parents. […]

Skooler integration makes Microsoft Teams powerful for education

Microsoft Teams just got better for education with the Skooler integration. With these two tools combined we are looking at a fully-fledged LMS and collaboration tool with an improved workflow. It even has its own bot. The Norwegian tech startup Skooler, with its app integration for Microsoft Teams,  seem to give teachers and school leaders, […]

A paperless classroom gives teachers more time to focus on what they do best: Teaching

If you ask a teacher “What would make your workday better?” you’ll get a list of thoughtful responses. Chances are, one of them would be “A more efficient and organized classroom.” A paperless classroom is just that. Every student in the K-12 education system is a digital native. Why shouldn’t their learning experiences at school […]

The power of gamification in learning

For parents who are concerned that their children spend too much time playing video games, there may be a silver lining. Video games offer many benefits that can be applied to education that can help students improve their performance in school and learn important skills. The idea behind gamification in learning is threefold: 1. Improves […]

The 6 Cs of Education

Is our current approach to teaching adequately preparing young people to thrive in the realities of today’s world? Most often, the quality of our schools is judged by the performance of students in the basic competency areas of literacy and numeracy. While these fundamentals are absolutely necessary, it’s also important to continuously evaluate how well […]

The “flipped classroom” supports multiple styles of learning

Every student learns differently and at their own pace. Using the flipped classroom approach is a way to address each child’s unique needs, while preparing them for collaboration with others. What is a flipped classroom? Most of us grew up in classrooms where the teacher would lecture about a topic and students did most of […]

Microsoft Teams and OneNote will help simplify a teacher’s life.

For teachers who want to connect with their students and share content with their colleagues, look no further than Microsoft Teams and Microsoft OneNote. Teams and OneNote help teachers stay organized and keep students engaged. But it’s important to understand the differences between the two products and how they simplify teacher’s lives. Microsoft Teams is […]

7 ways to make the assignment process easier

You put a lot of energy, creativity and effort into planning and managing assignments – from designing and assigning them to answering questions, checking up on whether they’ve been turned in and finally grading them. But does corralling assignments ever feel like this?   Here are seven ways to make your assignment process easier, from […]