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Buildings are closed, but this district is still teaching and feeding its students

  • June 5, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Up until schools started shutting down in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, teachers in Dawson Independent School District didn’t use our website much. This wasn’t because they didn’t want to. It was because, like most teachers, they were more focused on all the other hard work of teaching young people. With all of our buildings … Continue reading Buildings are closed, but this district is still teaching and feeding its students

Here’s the biggest mistake educators are making with remote learning

  • June 4, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Education thought leader Alan November isn’t shy about discussing what he believes is a key misstep that many educators are making in shifting to web-based instruction during the pandemic. Instead of taking the same techniques that teachers have used in their classrooms for years and trying to apply them within a remote learning environment—an experience … Continue reading Here’s the biggest mistake educators are making with remote learning

6 steps to help children find purpose and resilience from home

  • June 4, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Some days are great. Others are hard. More than two months into stay-at-home orders, parents and kids are getting used to the concept of learning from home via video chats and Google Classroom homework assignments. But there is definitely a void, and the thought of having our children at home over the summer creates anxiety … Continue reading 6 steps to help children find purpose and resilience from home

10 ways administrators can collaborate with librarians–even remotely

  • June 3, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Whether a principal, superintendent, head of technology, or head of curriculum, there is likely a gem of a resource among your staff who could push your Future Ready agenda forward–school librarians. Even now, as students are learning at home and with fall openings uncertain, school librarians play an important role in helping students develop important … Continue reading 10 ways administrators can collaborate with librarians–even remotely

Promoting digital citizenship during a pandemic

  • June 3, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

When the coronavirus pandemic forced school closures and stay-at-home orders across the country, the internet became a social and academic lifeline for young people. Students are now engaging in distance learning daily. They’re also spending more time on social media as a way to stay connected to friends and family. This increase in the amount … Continue reading Promoting digital citizenship during a pandemic

4 tips to make your media center renovation a success

  • June 2, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

When I came on board as Georgetown High School’s Media Specialist three years ago, the school was in the planning stages for a revamped media center. The existing library featured solid oak desks and shelves, which had served our school well when students generally only came to the media center to study or read. I … Continue reading 4 tips to make your media center renovation a success

10 reasons school librarians are more important than ever before

  • June 1, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Without question, some of the most important members of the school community are the school librarians. And even now, with most schools still learning remotely, school librarians and media specialists are critically important. Also known as library media specialists, school librarians play a unique role in our schools. Often asked to take on a wide … Continue reading 10 reasons school librarians are more important than ever before

3 ways to boost instructional coaching during the coronavirus closures

  • June 1, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

With the unexpected school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, teachers are learning how to take a classroom curriculum and move it into a remote setting, while at the same time rushing to learn and implement different distance-learning tools. As a K-8 instructional coach for Marion County Public Schools in South Carolina, I’m helping our … Continue reading 3 ways to boost instructional coaching during the coronavirus closures

Digital education in the smartphone era

  • May 30, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

For much of the past two decades, educators have commonly referred to millennials as “digital natives.” Given that they are the first generation to grow up with access to personal computers, the descriptor seemed apt at the time. But today’s students–the emerging Generation Z–are demonstrating what it really means to be a true digital native. … Continue reading Digital education in the smartphone era

Lessons and leadership during the switch to online learning

  • May 30, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Two months after the COVID-19 crisis forced educators across the United States to leave their classrooms and start teaching online, the scope of the changes and challenges has now become clear, and educational leaders have started to identify what’s working and what still needs improvement. During a recent edLeader Panel, the superintendent of one of … Continue reading Lessons and leadership during the switch to online learning

Making progress on equity, even during the pandemic

  • May 29, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

As the COVID-19 crisis has forced schools to close their buildings and move online, inequities in access to technology, books, and even food have become more apparent. Still, there are ways educators can continue to support the learning needs of their full range of students and make the education they provide more equitable. During a … Continue reading Making progress on equity, even during the pandemic

Supporting English learners with culturally responsive teaching

  • May 29, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Culturally responsive teaching before COVID-19 and after should focus on keeping students’ cultural norms and beliefs in mind and putting time into relating to students who have different life experiences, languages, and values than your own. Being culturally responsive requires a reflection on your own life experiences and how they’ve impacted your belief systems. Put … Continue reading Supporting English learners with culturally responsive teaching

Finding great teaching resources without being overwhelmed

  • May 28, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

As a fifth grade teacher, I used to spend hours hunting for math materials and exercises. If I had to teach my math class a standard skill, like adding fractions with different denominators, I would flip through thick binders of exercises, maybe printing up a few. Then I’d search online, where I’d inevitably find an … Continue reading Finding great teaching resources without being overwhelmed

7 thought-provoking TED-Ed Lessons to break up online learning boredom

  • May 28, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Most schools across the country are still operating remotely, and as the days tick by, it’s easy for students and teachers to feel as if they’ll never return to the physical classroom. Teachers and parents looking for engaging learning resources might find TED-Ed Lessons helpful while schools are still virtual. The TED-Ed platform is especially … Continue reading 7 thought-provoking TED-Ed Lessons to break up online learning boredom

3 big ideas for effective SEL strategies

  • May 27, 2020
  • The Ednology Team

Educators, practitioners, and administrators should identify the what, the why, and the how of essential social and emotional learning (SEL) skills when implementing these strategies in an effective manner, according to SEL advocates. In a recent edWebinar, Dr. Stephanie Jones, director of the Ecological Approaches to Social-Emotional Learning (EASEL) Lab, explained that there are six … Continue reading 3 big ideas for effective SEL strategies

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