The Three Cs - Texthelp @ MathsConf 15, June 2018

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Collaboration. Creativity. Critical thinking. Essential skills for today’s students, and it’s important that we include opportunities within learning to encourage and develop these skills. Technology in our classrooms has provided us with new ways to engage pupils in learning; new ways to allow them to explore their subject and new ways to work together. Our pupils are living in a digital world and classrooms are adapting.

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Kid-Friendly Tips to Prevent the Summer Slide

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This week we have another guest blog post from Kristine Scharaldi, an education consultant and instructional coach with a specialization in the fields of educational technology, Mind-Brain-Education, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and 21st Century Skills/Global Education.

Summertime learning does not have to look like school learning to be valuable. Instead of working through a packet of worksheets, kids can spend time doing activities that they are interested in while developing literacy in authentic ways. The freedom and flexibility that summer brings opens up added possibilities for informal, exploratory, and playful learning. Here are suggestions to encourage students to continue reading and writing while in “summer mode”.

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Supporting EAL pupils with technology

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English as an additional language learners are an increasingly significant part of our classrooms. So too, of course, is technology.  

The question then is how do we marry the two and ensure we deliver effective practice with technology? How do we select tools and develop strategies for EAL pupils?

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How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience

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This week we have a guest post from Kasey Bell from ShakeUpLearning.com. Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, speaker and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting.

Dynamic Learning is all about going BEYOND the traditional bounds of the classroom and the class day. Going "Beyond the Tools" is one of the five characteristics of the Dynamic Learning Framework.

Think beyond using digital tools to complete only traditional assignments such as papers and reports, or simply reading a digital version of an article. Use digital tools to do NEW THINGS, things that are not possible without technology.

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Small Changes for Big Wins - Texthelp @ EdTech Expo 2018

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“Be better. Little changes can be a really big deal. So try doing something just a tiny bit better. It all adds up.”

That’s a quote written on the wall of the Texthelp offices - the wall I face most days. Taken at a glance, sometimes it can feel like one of those cheesy motivational quotes we all have in our schools and offices. Think about it a little longer though and you’ll realise it’s a very powerful message.

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