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5 Engaging Digital Icebreakers for Back To School!

5 Engaging  Digital Icebreakers for Back To School! | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
As we are preparing to welcome our students back to school, many teachers are dusting off well-worn "ice breakers" for that first day. From "tell us about your summer" to "set some goals for the new year" we all have our go-to toolkit of new year prompts and games. But what about those with some tech to spice up this welcome? Here are 5 back-to-school digital ice breakers to ring in the new year with gusto:
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March Madness in the Classroom?

March Madness in the Classroom? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Use NCAA-style brackets to get your students passionately debating works of literature—or big topics in any subject."

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Bye, bye food pyramid, welcome a new way to eat in school

Bye, bye food pyramid, welcome a new way to eat in school | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"For decades, the food pyramid was our basic guide for healthy eating until it was replaced with…what? Our dedicated school nutrition staff know the answer."

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150+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students

150+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"ShakeUpLearning.com has put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers that is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration. Google Chrome can be customized to fit the needs of our student learners. The database includes 100+ Apps and Extensions and is searchable and filterable."

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Waunakee middle schoolers hear about strife-torn Sudan from former 'Lost Boy'

Waunakee middle schoolers hear about strife-torn Sudan from former 'Lost Boy' | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Ex-refugee tells tale of escape from war-torn South Sudan at age 6." This article features WEAC Region 6 member Clare Zaiman-Keen, an English-language arts teacher at Waunakee Middle School.

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Power of inclusive preschool

Power of inclusive preschool | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Pre-K programs for students with special needs vary widely in quality and scope. Some states and districts have long included students with special needs in pre-K classes alongside their more typically developing peers."

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Students Allowed to Nap at School With Sleep Pods

Students Allowed to Nap at School With Sleep Pods | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"While many schools are trying to delay their start times, some schools in Las Cruces have installed sleeping pods, where students can go to take 20-minute naps between classes."

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Women’s History Month for the Classroom

Women’s History Month for the Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life in the following interdisciplinary lessons and activities for all grade levels.
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10 Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should—Infographic

10 Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should—Infographic | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Giftedness is a trait which is hugely misunderstood, even amongst professionals who should be in the know! These 10 facts are here to shed light on what giftedness really is."

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4 Good Computer Habits Every Teacher Should Have

4 Good Computer Habits Every Teacher Should Have | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Good computer habits in the digital age can help teachers with not just productivity and student achievement, but with health, too."

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6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have

6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"In the book Get Active: 'Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success', the authors identify six types of active learning spaces that are essential for creating an engaging learning environment for students."

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How to Promote Civil Discussion of Controversial Issues in the Classroom

How to Promote Civil Discussion of Controversial Issues in the Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"North Carolina teacher Katie Dulaney’s students wrote more than 600 impassioned letters on immigration, gun control, climate change, and civil rights. They posted their letters digitally and wrote back to other students who had responded to their letters. At the end of the challenge, Dulaney’s students were recognized by the editors at the New York Times for their extraordinary participation, intelligent comments, thoughtful questions, and the way they 'politely pushed back to ask others for more evidence, or to point out inconsistencies.' How did Dulaney cultivate the art of civil conversation in her classroom and in print? Here are five tips for getting students to grapple productively with hard issues."

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8 Great Educational Websites for Newbie Teachers

8 Great Educational  Websites for Newbie Teachers | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education, and more, compiled by educatorstechnology.com."

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Inside Google’s NYC Teacher’s Lounge

Inside Google’s NYC Teacher’s Lounge | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

' 'One of our hypothesis is that teachers can learn as much from an informal conversation with other teachers as they can from any formal PowerPoint type of professional development,' says Kyle Liao, manager of strategic partnerships at Educate LLC, a small education technology professional development company based out of New York City.

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A Teacher's Pursuit of Imperfection

A Teacher's Pursuit of Imperfection | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Classrooms should be messy, vibrant places where mistakes can reveal the unpredictable brilliance of children and provide opportunities for teachers to model persistence and compassion, writes Justin Minkel.

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Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The new book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains In A High-Tech World makes the case for managing the tsunami of digital distractions to aid how we learn, absorb information and live."

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16 Reading Strategies to Teach This Year

16 Reading Strategies to Teach This Year | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"What reading strategies do students need to learn, anyway?  It would be so nice if the standards would just spell it out for us!  Unfortunately, I (The Classroom Key blogger Hannah Braun) have never seen that.  I’ve racked my brain and made this cheat sheet of the reading strategies I’ve frequently seen in teacher’s guides, professional books, and trainings." Thanks to Tricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me group.

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For Young People, News Is Mobile, Social, and Hard to Trust, Studies Find

For Young People, News Is Mobile, Social, and Hard to Trust, Studies Find | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Family, friends, and teachers still play a major role in that process for younger teens, according to San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media. In a newly released study, 66 percent of the children surveyed by the group said they trust "a lot" of the news they receive from their family, compared with 25 percent who said they trust news organizations."

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Education By Design: Challenging the Traditional Definition of a Learning Space

Education By Design: Challenging the Traditional Definition of a Learning Space | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Net zero energy use, flexible furniture, barn door walls, grab-n-go mobile food carts, and indoor slides. Meet the New Public School."

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Getting Started with Snapchat in your Classroom

Getting Started with Snapchat in your Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Our students are using Snapchat, and what many educators fail to understand about the app is that students are not just taking a picture. They are having a conversation. They are telling a story.

"Rather than being reactive about new technology in our classrooms, we should look for ways to be proactive and utilize Snapchat as a learning tool instead of viewing it as a distraction."

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12 Free Things for St. Patrick’s Day

12 Free Things for St. Patrick’s Day | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Curriculum resources from the NEA include videos, arts & crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials for all grade levels. Explore Irish culture, history and traditions."

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Teaching Special Needs Students to Advocate for Themselves

Teaching Special Needs Students to Advocate for Themselves | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Thomas Pomeranz knows he’s making a big ask when he tells parents to talk to their special needs kids about their differences, but he’s seen what a powerful impact it can make."

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To Get Girls More Interested in Computer Science, Make Classrooms Less 'Geeky'

To Get Girls More Interested in Computer Science, Make Classrooms Less 'Geeky' | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"A new study of 270 high school students shows that three times as many girls were interested in enrolling in a computer science class if the classroom was redesigned to be less “geeky” and more inviting." (Thanks to Cheryl Martin for posting this resource to the NEA edCommunities Digital Tools & Learning 6-12 group.)

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Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class

Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"My bank sends me a text alert when my account balance is low. My wireless company sends me a text alert when I'm about to use up my monthly data. Somebody — I guess the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? —sends me a text alert when it's going to rain a whole lot.

"A few clever researchers said: "Hey! What if we could send text alerts to parents when students miss class or don't turn in their homework?" And what do you know, it worked."

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Four Steps to Create a More Cohesive Teacher Team

Four Steps to Create a More Cohesive Teacher Team | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"In hopes that other teams will benefit, I have created a list of a few practices my colleagues and I use to create—and maintain—a cohesive teacher team."

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The Good Thing About Science — In One Tweet

The Good Thing About Science — In One Tweet | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

National Board Certified Teacher Dan Brown, of Washington, D.C., recently tweeted a photo of a bulletin board in his first-grade classroom that displays the quote, "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." The board also includes the work of students who finished the sentence, "Kids are scientists when ..."

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