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Jumping on the Bitmoji Classroom Train

It’s back to school season! And this school year, the Bitmoji classroom craze is spreading all across the nation. Creating an interactive virtual classroom has become one of the many ways educators are trying to create content for their online tutorials, videos, classrooms, and more. These classroom images are fun, easy to make, and they help students feel more connected even when they are learning from home. So if you want to learn more about what Bitmoji classrooms are, its benefits, and learn how to create your own, here is all...

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Sizzling Summer Support for Students and Families

Alas, we have reached the finished line… but is there ever actually an end point when it comes to learning? As we bid farewell to the formidable foe that was distance learning, we now set our sights on yet another familiar antagonist: the “Summer Lag.” As we embark upon the summer of 2020, it has never been more important to support our families and equip them with ways and strategies to empower our students to retain and gain!  

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Virtual Field Trip: Explore the Outdoors with Nature Cat

As we enter our third month (fourth for some) in quarantine, we find ourselves looking for more and more creative ways to keep our kids and families engaged. Virtual Field Trips have gained popularity across classrooms in the past few years, as they do not require permission slips or travel and provide insight into amazing places and exciting journeys. This idea can be adapted to help families embark on their own virtual journeys from the safety of their homes. 

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Distance Learning in Style - Virtual Backgrounds from PBS KIDS

Transitioning for the classroom to the home office - or dining table - can take a lot of effort. Download one of these special backgrounds from your favorite PBS KIDS shows to help fight those "virtual blues". 

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At-Home Science Experiment Inspired by The Gene: An Intimate History

One way to connect with families, and make learning fun for all, is by encouraging families to participate in hands-on learning, such as home labs, together. The strawberry DNA extraction activity is a fun, simple home lab that you can share with your families. Teachers can share the materials needed ahead of time and guide families as they complete the activities, or teachers can share the directions for families to complete on their own time. 

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Stanley Nelson: 5 Things You Should Know

Stanley Nelson is an award winning documentary filmmaker, with a unique perspective examining African-American history and experiences. We have come to know Nelson over his 30 years of documenteering, producing, and directing. Throughout his career, his focus has been to share stories of those excluded from mainstream narratives and become a driving force in highlighting the need to include diverse perspectives, stories and representation in media. Nelson's films have illuminated stories and histories of those who have been denied a...

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Using “Ken Burns in the Classroom” in Your New Virtual Classroom

As part of “American History Night with Ken Burns,” PBS will also be making several of his films available for stations across the country to broadcast, and several more full-length films available on PBS LearningMedia. The Roosevelts will lead the charge. In honor of these American heroes who provide us with guidance and inspiration during times like these, I present to you Doing Distance Learning the Roosevelt Way.

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Engaging Early Learners Using Media

Young learners are especially curious! Curiosity encourages children of all ages to be more observant and to think about the world around them. When curious, children are more likely to try to figure things out, inquire and think through processes - all paths to deepen learning. As children explore their curiosity, they often expand their vocabulary as they use language to describe what they're seeing, hearing, feeling and experiencing.  We can leverage the power of video, books, purposeful use of technology, games and other...

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Pushing Toward APUSH: Online Resources to Help Students Prepare for the AP US History Exam

Students willing to forge ahead, undaunted by their circumstances, to demonstrate their learning on this year’s APUSH exam should be applauded. Their teachers should as well. Between now and May 15th, ease your students’ fears. Let them know that one day, APUSH students will write about their historical experiences.  After that, focus on the fundamentals. Help your students craft resources to make their writing clear and their points decipherable. And last, arm your students with some quality outside resources to take...

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