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Top 10 Tech Tools for 2023

It’s that time of year again: time for our annual list of tech tools and tips to launch you into the new year with renewed inspiration for teaching and learning. This year’s round up provides time-saving tools, innovative apps for artificial intelligence (AI), and a reintroduction to some “old” favorites. Get ready to dive into our Top Tech Tools for 2023!

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Technology, Digital Resources

Lesson Planning in the Digital Age

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Topics: Teaching with Technology, Digital Resources, Lesson Plan

Creating a Gratitude Habit With Your Students [+ Free Downloadable Calendar]

If you’ve led a gratitude exercise with your students before, you know that the typical gratitude list consists of family, friends and maybe a favorite possession. While these responses can be developmentally appropriate, it’s beneficial to stretch students’ thinking about all of the wonderful things they are grateful for. Brain research tells us that the practice of gratitude releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain that reduce stress and build empathy. Scientists have even suggested that the practice of gratitude changes the brain, making us feel happier and more content. 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, mindfulness, Student Engagement, Digital Resources, Games & Downloadables, Just For Fun

5 Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying in Your Classroom

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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

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