Don’t Forget to Wish Someone a Happy National Dictionary Day Today!

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Unless you’re a lexicographer, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of National Dictionary Day, but it’s celebrated by word nerds every year on October 16, the birthday of Noah Webster. Webster’s name has become synonymous with the word “dictionary” because he actually wrote the first American dictionary, an arduous task that took him more than twenty years to complete. When he finished the American Dictionary of the English Language at age 70, it defined more than 65,000 words! Read More

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Online Learning [Infographic]

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Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Online Learning Programs

Online learning has disrupted education, and with many schools sharing fantastic results it’s exciting to add these learning options for students. However, in the enthusiasm of getting started, goal setting might be overlooked. Too many times I’ve heard someone at a school say, “We tried an online learning program, but it didn’t really work.” Having clear goals for any school program is a key factor for success. The S.M.A.R.T goals framework is a simple way to engage in goal setting that will set your school, district, or classroom up for success. Use the outline below to learn how to apply S.M.A.R.T. goals for online learning.

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Top New Books for Educators: See October Releases


Here are some of October’s top new books for educators:


Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change
Catlin R. Tucker, Tiffany Wycoff, Jason T. Green

Blended learning has the power to reinvent education, but transitioning to a blended model is challenging. Blended learning requires a fundamentally new approach to learning as well as a new skillset for both teachers and school leaders. Loaded with research, examples, and resources, Blended Learning in Action demonstrates the advantages a blended model has over traditional instruction when technology is used to engage students both inside the classroom and online.

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Vote for Education!

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As the early ballots are mailed out and Election Day nears, it’s crucial to know exactly who and what you’ll be voting for. Voting is a meaningful way to support the issues you care about and elect the representatives you believe can best carry out the changes you want to see. This National Voter Registration Day, with the considerably wide range of stances and issues we face as a nation, it’s more important than ever to make sure your voice is heard. Furthermore, it’s imperative to know what’s happening in education because when we vote, we aren’t only talking about our future, but also the futures of our children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. So get out there, register, and then do your research to give a meaningful vote. We’ll help you get started.

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How to Provide Effective Feedback and Improve the Learning Experience

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Everyone loves receiving positive feedback, but in most cases, “Great job!” just isn’t substantial enough. In the classroom, a solo letter grade or generic two-word comment simply do not provide students with much insight into their work. With more technical mathematic and scientific assignments, the feedback may have to be generic because there is likely only one correct answer. But students tend to need more with assignments that require critical thinking and creativity. The learning experience for both teachers and students benefits greatly when teachers implement specific, constructive feedback about what a student has done well (and not well).

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