Differentiate Your Classroom From Day One

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This week we have a guest blog post from Katie Spear, an upper elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are thinking about differentiating your classroom as part of your #BackToSchool plan, you won't want to miss Katie's 4 strategies that you can implement on the first day of school!

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Programs, Products, and Personalized Learning at ISTE, Oh My!

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This week we have a guest blog post from Jennifer Lotze, the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Hudson School District in Wisconsin, who shares her biggest takeaways from the 2017 ISTE Conference & Expo. Jennifer had the unique perspective of being both an attendee and a presenter at this year's event, which is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world.

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7 Ways to Introduce UDL into your Classroom

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled Thinking Beyond Averages in the Classroom that was inspired by a Ted Talk from Harvard professor Todd Rose. The post included some of the potential pitfalls of just looking at student averages and how at Texthelp we do our best to design software “for the edges” so that all students can benefit.

The post closely aligns with the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which I’ve also previously wrote about on this blog. And while UDL is a common phrase in many schools today, it can be difficult to practically implement in the classroom. To help with this, I’ve put together a list of 7 ideas to make introducing Universal Design for Learning into the classroom just a bit easier.

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The power of prediction: EquatIO flips the math teaching paradigm

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If you’re over 40, you probably bought your first cell phone to make voice calls while you were out and about. Then you discovered this great thing called texting. Suddenly you could tell a friend or client you’re running late, without the embarrassment of having to call. It could even predict what you were typing, and correct your mistakes. How cool was that?

Paradigms are made to be broken. And school teachers are waking up to the realization that their students interact with the world very differently today.

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Reinventing Math Class with EquatIO

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Originally posted on Shake Up Learning.

Let’s get real for a minute: math has always had a bit of an image problem, hasn’t it?!

As a teacher for over fifteen years, I know all too well that many of my students just aren’t as excited by the subject as I am. I can see it on their faces when they come into the room for my first class each year. And as the long-term poor relation, math is now facing an even bigger threat to its popularity in the classroom – technology.

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