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5 Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying in Your Classroom

This blog was originally published on October 20th, 2016. It has been updated with new information and links.
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Topics: Classroom Management, Instructional Strategies, Social Emotional Learning, Digital Resources, Social Media, teacher resources

Empower Meaningful Action With Environmental Science

Looking for ways to make a difference in the world? Do you recognize an increase in student anxiety when discussing climate change? Curious how to explain environmental justice to young people? These are some of the questions new course 5231: Empowering Action with Environmental Science will answer.

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Topics: Courses, Digital Resources, science, Games & Downloadables

25 Free Downloadable Activities for Back to School

As the back-to-school season gets underway, teachers are always looking for new ideas to help liven up those first days back in the classroom. Sure, the same old lessons and activities will do, but why not add some fun get-to-know-you activities and engaging community building lessons to your toolbox? Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite FREE downloadable activities, perfectly suited for those first 20 days (and beyond). And as a bonus, there’s very little prep needed. Just grab the template and go!

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Student Engagement, Digital Resources, teacher resources, Games & Downloadables

5 Get-To-Know-You Activities For Building Community and Connection This Fall

For the many passionate teachers returning to the classroom this Fall, a renewed focus on community, connection, and belonging will be essential in building an environment conducive to learning. This strong foundation will act as an on-ramp to more challenging academics later in the year. 

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Topics: Technology, Student Engagement, Back-to-School, Digital Resources

4 Ways To Level Up Your Technology Integration Next Year

The Learners Edge team is back from the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in The Big Easy with so many great insights to share! The annual gathering of tech-minded educators and companies offering tech-related products was inspirational and action-packed! Take a glimpse into our ISTE adventures by checking out our Instagram highlights

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Courses, Digital Resources

Teaching about Juneteenth? Here are 5 Great Resources!

As our country’s second independence day, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas to announce that nearly 300,000 enslaved black people were free. This day in history became known as “Juneteenth” and is now recognized as a federal holiday. What do you know about this holiday, and better yet, what knowledge do your students have on this topic? Below we share 5 of our best resources perfect for expanding your understanding and building a strong foundation for your students.

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Topics: Holidays, Black History Month, Culture and Language, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Digital Resources

5 Brand New Google Updates You Need to Know About

Your favorite Google tool just got a little better! 

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Digital Resources

Anxiety Awareness: A Mental Health Q&A with Education Professionals

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Topics: educator wellness, anxiety, Courses, Mental Health Awareness, Digital Resources, teacher resources

Cinco de Mayo: Changing the Narrative

Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic or Mexican heritage with your students. But Cinco de Mayo’s significance is often misunderstood and misrepresented, despite the importance of honoring the day with historical accuracy, an understanding of cultural appropriation, and rich stories of Hispanic and Mexican culture.   

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Topics: Holidays, Digital Resources

Time Filler Activities for the End-of-the-Year

As the school year winds to a close, students and teachers look forward to the end-of-year assemblies, field trips, field days, and class parties. We begin to relax as core learning wraps up and classrooms are cleaned, organized, and prepared for a dormant summer. But what do you do if the summer break countdown hasn’t hit zero yet? It can be a challenge to fill the widening gaps in class time that remain during those last days of school. To avoid the stress of planning and ensure you enjoy those last moments, we’ve gathered some of our favorite end-of-the-year activities (complete with video examples and templates), so you can focus your energy where it’s needed most—on community and closure!

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Summer Vacation, Digital Resources, teacher resources

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