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How to Start a STEAM Program in Your School

Sponsor: littleBits
Posted: September 15, 2017

Now more than ever, it is essential to prepare students for the careers of the future. Adding "Art & Design" to STEM can help students develop their creative and technical confidence. This guide contains eleven tips and four case studies to help kick-start or supercharge your STEAM program.

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Lessons learned: Making the shift to the NGSS

Sponsor: Amplify
Posted: September 15, 2017

"None of us was taught to teach this way. This is not business as usual. It's a shift in pedagogical practices." • MaryMargaret Welch, science program manager for Seattle Public Schools Shifting to the Next Generation Science Standards requires a profound and fundamental paradigm shift in the delivery of science education. Download this whitepaper from Amplify Science to learn more about how teachers, schools, and districts have moved to the new standards and the lessons they have learned along the way.

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Personalized Learning: The Journey to Student-Centered Instruction

Sponsor: McGraw Hill Education
Posted: September 15, 2017

The journey from traditional, teacher-directed, whole class instruction to student-centered, personalized learning is different for every educator. Building a bridge from existing practice to increased personalization, and purposefully taking each step to cross that bridge can assure classroom transformation and optimize each student’s opportunity for achievement.

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Simplify OER in the K-12 Classroom

Sponsor: itslearning
Posted: September 1, 2017

As open educational resources (OER) play an increasingly important role in K-12 education, and as the number of available OER proliferate, instructors and curriculum directors need reliable tools for vetting and selecting only those resources that empower students and improve educational outcomes. Here’s how technology is streamlining and simplifying OER in the K-12 classroom.

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IoT to Wearables: Top Tech Trends in Education

Sponsor: Sparkfun
Posted: September 1, 2017

Computer science and technology are taking education by storm, in the best possible way. In today’s world, technology is inescapable, and in the future this trend will continue at an even faster rate. Adding technology and computer science to the classroom can increase student confidence in core subjects as well as life skills such as designing projects and learning how things work. As such, it is important to look at ways to increase student exposure to technology and computer science in the classroom. In this report, we take a look at some of the top trends expected to emerge in technology education and computer science over the next few years.

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An Educator’s Guide to Teaching the Foundations of Reading

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: September 1, 2017

“We wish every dedicated primary grade teacher to find the enjoyment of teaching reading foundations tied to real applications in reading texts with children and in writing words, phrases, sentences, captions, stories, poems, and other writing products. When students use these foundations in reading and writing, they are empowered and enjoy the real reasons humans read and write.” —Dr. D. Ray Reutzel, Ph.D. Grab your copy of this new whitepaper for a comprehensive discussion of teaching reading today, including the importance of each of these skills and the creative ways they can taught:

  • Concepts About Print
  • Letter Recognition
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Word Recognition
  • Oral Reading Fluency

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eBooks: Effectively budget & maximize usage

Sponsor: OverDrive
Posted: August 15, 2017

Why are districts and schools committing to digital content? Where’s the funding coming from? How do you ensure high student and staff engagement? Get answers to these important questions and more.

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7 Keys to Great Growth Measurement

Sponsor: NWEA
Posted: August 1, 2017

Measuring growth is key to helping students learn— but only if your assessment and data are precise and accurate. Discover seven key criteria for measuring growth well.

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Executive Brief: Deepening Elementary Teachers’ Content Knowledge in Mathematics

Sponsor: DreamBox Learning
Posted: July 15, 2017

To support student learning in mathematics as well as provide ongoing, content-specific professional development (PD) opportunities for elementary math teachers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided funding for DreamBox Learning® to leverage its Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ engine, real-time student data, and Professional Development On Demand platform to create an innovative prototype environment for teacher professional learning. Over several months, DreamBox Learning researched the usage and impactof this prototype focused on deepening mathematics understanding for elementary teachers.

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10 Strategies For Safety Success: A Holistic Approach to Student Transportation Safety

Sponsor: First Student Inc.
Posted: July 15, 2017

School bus accidents, emergencies and tragedies leave their mark. And they remind us that we all have a great responsibility for safeguarding the lives of the students in our care. In this whitepaper, we lay out ten strategies your school district can employ to build a holistic safety culture, both in your district and in your community.

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Top Ideas for Facilitating #ActiveLearning in a STEAM Environment

Sponsor: Stratasys
Posted: July 1, 2017

The best learning isn’t a “spectator sport.” It engages students in activities that push them to write and talk and, most of all, create. This white paper provides practical, classroom-tested ideas that help students engage more deeply in STEAM learning from elementary through high school.

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Meeting the ELA Learning Needs of All K–5 Students

Sponsor: Voyager Sopris
Posted: July 1, 2017

This paper presents what research and expert opinion have to say about integrating explanatory formative feedback and scaffolded learner support into teaching and learning, and goes on to explain how Velocity, an adaptive learning system designed for K–5 students, aligns with this research.

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Best Practices for Reducing Student Collusion

Sponsor: Turnitin
Posted: July 1, 2017

Student collusion occurs more frequently than you might expect, often because students don’t know how to avoid it. This paper provides advice on how to prepare them with the skills they need for ethical collaboration.

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