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The Real Cost of the Digital Divide
posted by: Tamia | October 16, 2020, 02:50 pm   

As a result of COVID-19, the world has had to quickly learn how to use technology to get things done. Whether a technology guru or a novice, many educators, parents, and students were thrust into distance learning due to COVID-19-related school closures in the spring. Thankfully, with time to ideate, initiate, and implement changes, many educators and school districts are more comfortable with distance learning, and some are even excelling in its execution. Perhaps now, educators are slightly more comfortable with the technology they are asked to use for instruction. While teachers may be growing in their capacity to leverage technology, there remains a significant number of students who still have not logged in to class, and who still lack the technology or bandwidth to do so.

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Invest now to reward yourself and your students later
posted by: Tamia | September 03, 2020, 01:17 pm   

Hello fellow Colorado teachers and educators everywhere. My name is Dave Dillard, and I am a Technology Integration Specialist with Cheyenne Mountain School District. I have been teaching for almost 15 years, 10+ of which were with a Title One school, with a 50 percent free and reduced lunch population. I have taught first, second, fourth, and sixth grades. In my current role, I help teachers incorporate technology in meaningful ways across their curriculum. One of my jobs is to provide video tutorials for teachers, showing them how to more effectively use the tools that are at our fingertips. This might include showing them how to create videos, how to use our Google Apps infrastructure, how to problem-solve and troubleshoot, as well as participate in basic video conferencing to assist them as they are working with their students.

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AAE Grant Funds Science Kit
posted by: Tamia | July 28, 2020, 06:01 pm   

This week’s guest blog is from Jacqueline Fawaz. Jacqueline was one of our Spring 2020 National Scholarship & Grant recipients. Like many educators around the world, she had to quickly shift the focus of her grant as schools began to close. She writes: 

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Summer Reset
posted by: Tamia | July 24, 2020, 11:07 am   

Schools and families need a reset over the summer.

Every student, teacher, parent, and administrator has experienced a tumultuous spring semester, and we all need to take time for self-care. Many of the systems districts and teachers are using were designed hastily, and they should take advantage of the summer break to gather input from families and ensure that students are being served appropriately. It is incumbent on schools to offer summer learning opportunities in a way that respects what families are experiencing.

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An AAE grant advances the classroom
posted by: Tamia | July 21, 2020, 03:40 pm   

Today's guest blog was written by Ms. Samantha Vargas, an English language teacher from New Jersey.

 

My students needed more access to culturally representative books. I teach at a charter school in Jersey City, New Jersey that has a large percentage of students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Therefore, it is my goal to cultivate the reading community I’m building. However, I cannot do this without a current classroom library that caters to the different ability levels and interests in my classes. I have been purchasing books for my kids, but it is not enough for all of my students and the process is slow, often one book at a time. 

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