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Transitioning to a Blended, Phonics-Based Literacy Approach

A special education teacher explains how a balance between technology and one-on-one instruction has ignited her students’ love for reading.

Reducing Dropout Rates Through CTE and Interactive Technology

While research from the Association for Career & Technical Education reveals that students concentrating in CTE programs have a graduation rate of 93 percent compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80 percent, simply having a CTE program as part of a school’s curriculum is only a start in reducing dropout rates.

District Communications, from Compliance to Crisis

Managing communications can be a big job, but through a combination of outsourcing and sharing responsibility internally, districts can be ready for even the deepest crises.

Two Important Lessons About Digital Transformation From Outside Of K-12

We have commented before on the Digital Transformation (DT) happening inside and outside of K-12. Well, sports fans, it’s DT time again! In this week’s blog post, then, we point out two lessons from DT outside of K-12 from which that those in K-12 might well learn.

Michigan Adopts K-12 Computer Science Standards: What's Next?

In May 2019, Michigan became the 32nd state to adopt standards for computer science in K-12. In this week’s blog post, we describe those standards, unpack the adoption process, look to the future now the "easy bit" — standards definition and adoption — is done. There is much to learn from Michigan’s efforts!

NGSS Curricula Is For All Teachers: Use Our Roadmaps!

In this week's blog post, we discuss a free, NGSS-aligned curricular unit for middle school — "Health in Our Hands: What controls my health? (HiOH)" — with a particular focus on following question: "How can middle school teachers learn how to lead their students in NGSS-style learning?" There’s a Roadmap for that, as it turns out!

A Deepish-Dive Into an NGSS-Aligned, Elementary School Lesson Roadmap

What does Next-Generation Science Standards’ "three-dimensional science learning" look like in the classroom? In this week’s blog, we examine a specific NGSS lesson, implemented in the Collabrify Roadmap Platform, that has third-grade students using their “three-dimensional science learning” to actually build a small toy that moves.

Teaching STEAM without Screens

A music teacher shares how she taught her K-4 students science, technology, engineering, arts and math without sitting them down in front of laptops or tablets.

OER 3.0: K-12 Teachers in Michigan Are Creating and Using Deeply-Digital, OER Curricula

OER – Open Education Resources — will play an increasingly important role as schools move to 1-to-1. In this week’s blog post, we describe OER 1.0, OER 2.0 and OER 3.0. Examples of OER 3.0, deeply digital curricula, created by Michigan K-12 teachers, using the Collabrify Roadmap Platform, will be highlighted.

Mentorship for the YouTube Generation

At Tustin Unified School District, new teachers and their mentors use video of classroom instruction to find which areas of their practice work, and which need improvement.

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