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Help foster a growth mindset in your school

If you work in education in just about any capacity, you’ve probably spent some time thinking, talking, or learning about growth mindset. In fact, TeachThought, an education blog, listed it as the most popular trend in education for 2018.

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Why your SIS just isn’t enough

If your school is larger than just a few students, chances are you have or are looking for a student information system to help manage the information you’ve got. Things like attendance tracking, gradebooks, and report card creation and processing are included in many of the stand-alone SIS packages available to K-12 schools. In almost every instance, though, these features were originally written for internal use only. Teachers and staff can view the information in the SIS and use it to make decisions. Report cards can be produced and printed, but not shared with families digitally. Parents and students rarely, if ever, log on to an SIS to look at any of this information – it is often just a tool school staff use.

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4 considerations for your blended learning program

As a teacher or administrator, you probably have realized that incorporating blended learning into your classroom or school is not as easy as it sounds. There is a lot of thought and deliberate design that goes into choosing how each teacher and/or school utilizes blended learning. In fact, recent studies have revealed that blended learning design has 4 major challenges to consider:

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Why your students have no digital life

The youngest generation -- today’s school-aged children -- has never existed in a world without easily accessible internet access at their fingertips. In fact, the iPhone has been around longer than most 6th graders. Using devices as a primary means to stay in touch with friends, explore interests, for music and entertainment, and to know what is happening in the world is what they've always known. It is perfectly normal and natural to be in a room with friends, talking or playing games, and also being online at the same time. For them, there's no distinction between "online life" and "offline life" -- it is all just "life". This generation doesn’t recognize that some of their interactions happen in physical space and other activities happen online – they are all just interactions for them.

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Make your teachers flip over flipped classrooms

Last week, we told you about some great guidelines established by academic researchers on the subject of flipped classrooms. While that post is chock-full of great advice for helping students transition to a new form of classroom instruction, faculty and staff need help transitioning too!

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5 researcher-created tips for helping students adapt to flipped classrooms

In previous blogs, we talked about the different types of blended learning scenarios you can use in your school, including flipped classrooms, or flipped learning. With flipped learning, students have pre-lesson activities to do at home – reading or watching videos to prepare. This allows teachers to use class time for projects, activities, and assisting students one-on-one with difficult concepts, rather than lecturing.

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Top ed tech blogger recommends Edsby for K-12 LMS

If you’re reading this blog, you probably know that Twine is a robust learning management system for small and medium sized schools that provides a comprehensive set of tools to staff, faculty, students and parents to better communicate, work more efficiently, and access the information they need from anywhere at any time.

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Make documenting student learning a snap

Imagine this for a moment: You’re making your way around the classroom, looking over student work and talking with each student about the book they’ve just finished reading. Some students are drawing storyboards to represent key elements of the story, some are writing traditional book reports and one student is even writing a song!

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3 ways to ensure blended learning success

If you’ve been following our series of posts on blended learning, you may be anxious to jump right in and start reaping the benefits of incorporating online learning components into your classroom.

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Leadership skills to make your school a haven of personalized learning

An offshoot of blended learning, personalized learning focuses on tailoring content or lessons to the specific needs of each student. It can be tough to have 25 different versions of a lesson happening at the same time, each specifically focused on a student’s wants and needs, but technology has made it a lot easier to move in that direction.

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