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Collaborating Through Tech for Teacher Appreciation Week

May 06, 2016
As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, everyone from kindergarten students to President Obama is showing some love to their favorite educators. But Smarter Schools contributor Kerry Gallagher wants to remind teachers to take the time to thank one another as well – and as she puts it, “the best way to demonstrate gratitude is to offer to collaborate.” That’s why in honor of this week, Gallagher has a few tips for how teachers can work together, and how technology can help them join forces across classrooms. Gallagher breaks down her suggestions into four different sections. Teachers...

Technology Gets Students Ready for Kindergarten

May 04, 2016
The first day of kindergarten is a big moment for young students (not to mention their parents!) as they navigate the transition to elementary school life. That’s why Woodson Kindergarten Center principal Jessica Cabeen has come up with some creative strategies to help her students manage the culture shock. Cabeen is a big fan of technology, not just inside the classroom but beyond it as well. She’s using tech to help make sure her students are ready for kindergarten before they even arrive. Over the summer, Cabeen, along with her teachers and staffers, post a series of videos to the Woodson...

Innovative District Encourages Others to “Empower Up”

April 29, 2016
Five years ago, Spring Chang was part of a team of fifth-grade teachers seeking to put an iPad in the hands of every student in their district. The teachers’ push for tech was a big success: now, every third through fifth grader in Oregon’s North Marion School District has a tablet, and one-to-one programs are spreading to older and younger students as well.  However, technology is only the tool—as her elementary school’s instructional coach, Chang knew she needed to help her teachers find the best ways to use it to improve teaching and learning, and spread the word about their efforts to...

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