Digital Learning Day 2018: Celebrating Successes While Advocating for Accessibility

On Thursday, the seventh annual celebration of Digital Learning Day will give students and educators an opportunity to express how technology improves their lives. Created by the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2012, Digital Learning Day takes place each year to help us recognize how technology can improve student outcomes. While Digital Learning Day is essentially every day, on February 22nd, students and educators will have the chance to flex their tech muscles by showcasing new elearning methods and sharing digital resources and practices that are beneficial to student learning.

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How Cell Phones and Virtual Learning Can Help with Teacher Shortage

When I was a district administrator, I used to tell educators that Edgenuity® was a “multi-solution vendor.” Within months of adopting online learning as an alternative to traditional schooling, my district was able to meet a lot of student needs. Today, schools and districts all over the country still have problems that lead to special solutions and partnerships with Edgenuity. Recently I was involved in helping to solve such a problem at a Texas middle school. Early in January, I got a call from a district administrator about a Spanish teacher who was on maternity leave. Unfortunately, the district was struggling to find a long-term substitute who was certified to teach high school Spanish to 125 seventh graders. The district thought we could help immediately, but I wanted to make sure that a variety of people were involved so we could develop a plan focused on student success. Within days, our plan was in place and students were learning.

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Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles: Understanding How We Learn [Infographic]

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Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein

Have you ever wondered what type of learning best suits you and your students? Some people know they grasp concepts with ease when they see them demonstrated, while others know they learn better by doing. However, many students do not know how they learn best and end up struggling in the classroom because instructors are not teaching them in a way that makes sense to them. Knowing about multiple intelligences and learning styles can help you understand how you process information and help you work with your students to better meet their needs.

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Greasy Hands and Safety Glasses: The Adventures of a High School Robotics Team

All’s quiet in the shop. It’s a momentary lull as 28 high school students and 15 adult mentors have split off to work with their sub-teams. In the programming room, one can hear the soft clattering of keystrokes on laptops and the light buzz of music leaking out of earbuds. There’s the slight screeching sound of a dry-erase marker on the conference room whiteboard as the safety and marketing sub-teams play the safety video. Ah, there it is. Clanggg reverberates through the silence as a wrench hits the concrete floor in the build room and the quiet ends as student and mentor voices erupt in chatter. The mechanical and electrical sub-teams are working on the robot, tossing around several ideas for students to consider. Read More

Five Tips for Motivating Teens to Read [Infographic]

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We constantly hear (and read!) about the importance of reading for our children. Studies have shown that students who are below grade level in reading at the end of third grade have a lower chance of graduating from high school, and students who read over school breaks experience less learning loss and require less review time when school is back in session. So it’s important to ensure your students and kids are both able to and interested in reading.

Reading for pleasure enhances academic performance, social engagement, and personal development in children young and old. Perhaps when your kids were younger, it was easy to sit down with them and read a book aloud, enjoying the quality time together and building a love of reading. But what can you do now that these kids are teenagers? There are many tips for engaging and motivating teens to read, including the 5 we talk about here!

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