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Maker Education Basic Info

Maker education is a modern approach to problem-based and project-based learning. It relies heavily on collaborative, hands-on learning experiences to solve authentic problems. This type of education can take place outside of the classroom in “makerspaces” or schools. Maker education emphasizes learner-driven experience, interdisciplinary learning, p2p teaching, and mistake-based learning. Maker culture Maker culture is a contemporary, technology-based… Continue reading Maker Education Basic Info

The Rise of Micro-Credentials

What are micro-credentials? Micro-credentials are certifications that prove your mastery of a specific topic. They’re often referred to as micro-certifications, digital badges, nano-degrees, web badges, or mini degrees. You can typically obtain them by completing a course that resembles a college class. Some are available exclusively online, others in the classroom, and some can be obtained… Continue reading The Rise of Micro-Credentials

What is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning (SEL), as defined by The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), is “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” It is a framework that guides the teacher and student… Continue reading What is Social-Emotional Learning?

The Class Size Debate

The class size debate has been raging for years. Common sense leads people to believe that the more students are in a class, the more difficult it is to teach. Therefore smaller class sizes mean better learning environments for students, right? A Study Finds that Smaller Classes Outperform Peers This evidence is supported by a… Continue reading The Class Size Debate

Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

Standardized testing is a controversial topic among teachers, parents, voters, and students. Many people claim that standardized testing allows an accurate measurement of student progress and teacher effectiveness. Simultaneously, the other side believes that a one-size-fits-all approach to student evaluation can be uncompromising and even biased. Both sides have valid points. Along with these arguments, several other… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

Simplifying School Safety With Software

Living in a busy society, parents don’t have the time to spend worrying about their children’s safety during school hours. But they often do. From the time a student arrives at school until the dismissal bell rings, parents leave the safety of their children in the hands of school personnel and district policies. To help… Continue reading Simplifying School Safety With Software

School Emergency Reunification Plan- Recommendations

Need for School Emergency Reunification Plan An Emergency school reunification plan for students is not a ‘nice to have’ but is a necessity in the aftermath of an emergency incident at any school. We cannot overemphasize the importance of having an emergency plan which can be put in place when an unfortunate incident happens at your school. Listed below… Continue reading School Emergency Reunification Plan- Recommendations

Philadelphia startup will put AI software to work protecting schools as part of new partnership

Video surveillance systems are often a primary line of defense in securing just about any large facility from elementary schools to international airports. With $1.5 million in seed funding behind it, and a future Series A round ahead, Kognition’s goal is to make them smarter, and as a result, safer. The Philadelphia-based company announced last week… Continue reading Philadelphia startup will put AI software to work protecting schools as part of new partnership

Tips to Practice Student Safety Every Day

Practice Student Safety Every Day. Student safety requires effective thought leadership to make a difference in the approach to manage the day-day challenges. 2015-16 safety statistics show 865,000 violent incidents. Most schools have security cameras, visitor management tools, and regular safety drills yet safety is compromised! Practicing simple safety tips every day should help students,… Continue reading Tips to Practice Student Safety Every Day

Keeping Safe – Preparing and Practicing for Emergencies

When an unexpected emergency or dangerous situation arises, strange things happen to our minds and bodies as adrenaline kicks in. Our hearing, vision, and equilibrium changes. People’s minds go blank. Some individuals freeze up while others run away, even into danger, as they attempt to flee. If placed in a dangerous or confusing situation, our… Continue reading Keeping Safe – Preparing and Practicing for Emergencies

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