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Bring the National Parks Into Your Classroom


Topics: Project-based learning

In 1872, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park, and early visitors arrived full of questions about the landscape that surrounded them. 

The first “guides” were actually U.S. Army…


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Deconstructing Current Events in Any Content Area


Topics: Current events

At the Korea International School in Seoul where I teach high school design and innovation, one of my favorite learning experiences is to have students deconstruct current events to analyze the impact of our…


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​​​​​​​7 Pillars of PD Every Edtech Coach Should Know


Topics: Edtech coaching

Ashley McBride spent her first few months as an edtech coach helping teachers solve easy problems. She showed them how to set up Google Classrooms. She taught them how to use new tools.

Then she…


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A Book Club Even Struggling Readers Love


Topics: literacy

Hue-An Wren’s fifth-grade student didn’t appear to be a likely candidate for a book club. He was an English language learner and a struggling reader on an independent education plan (IEP).  



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5 Tips for Better Blended Learning


Topics: Blended learning

Probably every educator can relate to the missteps teachers made during the first few weeks of teaching remotely. Maybe you were guilty of holding up a textbook to the computer camera to show your students a…


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Bring the Magic of Disney to Your Classroom


Topics: Personalized Learning

Disney is known for being the most magical place on Earth and Kaylah Holland wants to replicate that magic in class.

Holland is an instructional technology and blended learning associate for BreakFree Education, a nonprofit that provides training and resources for educators who work with…


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Drive Student Success With a Digital Badging Program


Topics: ISTE Expert Webinars

When Amanda Nguyen tallied up stats for Thomas College’s new digital badging program, she knew something big was sweeping campus. The school had had badging programs in the past, but it had never seen…


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Let’s Rethink the Way We Teach Black History all Year


Topics: Black History Month

When Kamala Harris became the first Black woman sworn in as U.S. vice president, Amanda Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet in the nation’s history.

“We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of…


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How To Make MLK Day Meaningful for Students


Topics: anti-racism

On the third Monday of January, Julia Torres hoists a sign and marches with her school in Denver’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade, a combined parade and marched for social justice.

It’s not…


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3 Strategies for Integrating SEL Into Environmental Science Projects


Topics: Environmental science

Floods. Fires. Heat waves. Melting sea ice. Examples that contextualize environmental science (ES) concepts appear regularly in the news, providing opportunities for teachers to connect learning to the real…