Amanda Dodge

Highly Recommended: 15 Must-Hear Speakers at Spring CUE 2020 in March

From March 19-21, 2020, more than 5,000 education-minded and edtech loving professionals will convene in Palm Springs, California to learn and share their institutional knowledge. There will be more than 450 sessions and several 90-minute workshops at Spring CUE 2020 to help educators bring technology to the classroom.  There are some outstanding speakers this year, …

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STEAM in Texas: How Can This Massive State Provide Equitable Education?

Texas has the most counties of any state. It is second only to Alaska in landmass and to California in population. This means that the state Board of Education needs to serve a significant number of students from diverse backgrounds spread out over hundreds of thousands of miles. This is no easy task and one …

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10 Ways Seattle Schools are Engaging Students in STEAM

At Ozobot, we love discovering new ways for teachers to engage students in STEAM subjects. Educators come up with seemingly endless ideas to make the material they teach in science, technology, and math classes memorable and engaging. In particular, the educators in Seattle Public Schools, King County, and the surrounding areas do an exceptional job …

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Gamification 101: How to Enhance Your Lesson Plans With Games

Technology has opened up new worlds for teachers that most wouldn’t have dreamed of a few decades ago. Students can get and give instant feedback, schools can connect and learn together from around the world, and there are hundreds of education games and activities across the web. One of the main features that has caught …

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Can’t-Miss STEAM Sessions and Speakers at the 2020 TCEA Convention

Educators, librarians, technology directors, principals, and other education professionals will be heading to the 2020 Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and Exposition at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas on February 3-7. There, they will have access to over 1,000 workshops and presentations where they can discover new ideas and insights for improving …

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How To Improve the Cognitive Flexibility of Your Students

Do you have students in your classroom you can’t pull away from a task? While other students move easily between subjects, some stay rigidly focused on one idea, assignment, or problem. This reflects their level of cognitive flexibility. Everyone has different abilities, but teachers can create a classroom in which all students can improve their …

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How Students Benefit From a Flipped Classroom (And Ways To Implement It)

The internet has created hundreds of hubs for teachers to share ideas and insights when it comes to helping students learn. In addition to lesson plans, educators offer tips and advice for connecting with kids.  One method of teaching that has become popular is the flipped or inverted classroom in which students do homework during …

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Educational Resource or Student Distraction? Tablets in the Classroom

One of the themes that we have focused on this year is the connected classroom, or the intersection of technology with the fundamentals of teaching. One sticking point for educators has been the use of tablets. Are these valuable learning tools, or do they serve only as a distraction? Are they worth the investment? Let’s …

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19 Grants for Teachers to Fund STEAM Classrooms and Projects

As an educator, you have dozens of exciting ideas and projects that you would love to introduce to your classroom. However, your budget might only account for a fraction of your dreams. Student fundraisers can only go so far and you can’t cover all of these expenses out of your own pocket. Fortunately, there are …

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