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Options Increase as Google Enters the Educational Market

For the past few years, Apple has enjoyed a stranglehold on the education tablet market. With the launch of the iPad 2 several years ago, Apple swooped into the education arena, leaving everyone else behind. Its app store boasts thousands of educational titles across the content area, and the platform has integrated iTunesU and iBooks Author as a digital academic content creation tools. However, the tide is starting to turn. The tablet market is now flooded with devices comparable to the iPad, and the Chromebook, in its many forms, has become a serious contender to Apple's reign.

Building Relationships Through Letter Writing

Corresponding with students via snail mail is a good way for teachers to foster trust anytime—but especially when everyone is physically distanced.

With remote teaching likely continuing into the next academic year, we’ll need low-tech ways to establish relationships with students whom we can’t reach digitally. An ongoing letter communication through the mail is just that—and is also an empowering way to build relational trust with students. That trust, explains Zaretta Hammond, is the foundation on which culturally responsive teaching can change learning trajectories for even our most vulnerable students.

A Focus on Empathy in Distance Learning

Many students have a tough time learning at home, but teachers can create space to listen to their concerns and guide them to overcome obstacles.

As an educator, I have found the transition to online instruction to be filled with uncertainty, confusion, and self-doubt. There is no handbook offering clear information on how to fully move K–12 education online, and I have tackled the challenges as best I can. I can only imagine that these feelings must be more intense for my students.

Students don’t show up to our online classes wearing name tags that tell us the difficulties they’re facing during this pandemic.

Bringing the Natural World To Students With a Pollinator Garden

A garden for bees and butterflies helps local endangered species while providing opportunities for standards-based science lessons.

Outdoor education is becoming more popular as educators look to provide authentic, nature-centred learning experiences outside the classroom. Pollinator gardens, which are designed to include flowers that provide pollen and nectar for pollinating insects, are one-way educators can help endangered species in their schoolyards and communities while creating standards-based lessons for students.

A Simple Way to Scaffold Physics

Breaking physics problems into bite-sized portions builds students’ confidence as they reach mastery at each step.

Years ago, when I was a first-year physics teacher in inner-city Memphis, Tennessee, my lessons started to take on a distressing pattern. When I finished going over the example problems on the board and asked my students to start their classwork, they responded with frustrated stares. After a challenging semester, I realized that I wasn’t equipping them with the tools and confidence they needed to attack these problems.