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This Week We Celebrate Teachers….

Showing appreciation to a teacher (yours, your child’s, your colleagues’) doesn’t have to mean that you create a holiday, bring food or provide gifts.  Sometimes it is as simple as writing a short note letting her/him know you acknowledge all that he/she does.  It’s kind of cool to see the look on a teacher’s face when he/she hears from a past or present student about how he/she has made an impact—for some it is a shy smile of humility and for some there is a response that looks like the face of a kid on Christmas morning. So, even if …

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Eating Your Own Cooking – Online Professional Development in Blended Learning Design

Much of my graduate degree was earned via online learning, in one of the first cohorts to earn a degree in educational technology and instructional design via blended learning. Having experienced learning through a methodology that I now use to deliver learning has been an incredible benefit to me, but how important is it that teachers learn utilizing these kinds of methods? Think about it this way…have you ever tried to convince a child to eat his/her vegetables? We can talk about how good they are for us and how good they taste, but if we don’t eat those vegetables …

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A Reflection on My “Teacher of the Year” Award

Congratulations, Susan Menkel! Teacher of the Year at Mooresville Intermediate School We are thrilled to share this guest post from Susan Menkel, 5th Grade Math Chair at Mooresville Intermediate School (MIS) in Mooresville, NC, and icurio Master Champion. Being voted “Teacher of the Year” was a well-deserved recognition of her talent, passion and commitment to her students. I was recently voted as Teacher of the Year for my school – Mooresville Intermediate School. I wasn’t the only nominee; there were 10. Ten people were nominated by their peers as being THE teacher of the year. To be honest, many more …

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Site of the Day

D2D Fund: Financial Entertainment: Bite Club

05-06-15

Bite Club may sound like a bad B movie title, but it’s actually a finance management game where students learn about the importance of paying off debt and saving for retirement by assuming the role of a dance club owner. Participants get some information and advice to begin with, then get to make decisions about how to run their club to please the most customers, then how to use the money they earn to improve their own and their business’s financial stability. Students will learn about different types of debt (credit card versus college loans), and about the importance of …

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Professional Learning

Eating Your Own Cooking – Online Professional Development in Blended Learning Design

Much of my graduate degree was earned via online learning, in one of the first cohorts to earn a degree in educational technology and instructional design via blended learning. Having experienced learning through a methodology that I now use to deliver learning has been an incredible benefit to me, but how important is it that teachers learn utilizing these kinds of methods? Think about it this way…have you ever tried to convince a child to eat his/her vegetables? We can talk about how good they are for us and how good they taste, but if we don’t eat those vegetables …

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icurio Newsletters

icurio 2.0 April Newsletter – Build: Different Angles on Digital Lesson Design

icurio 2.0 helps every educator easily blend curated digital learning resources and instructional design for their own classroom and learners as they build lessons. Though the lesson components are easily created, there are some angles that can help design student-centered, engaging and easy-to-follow learning . Angle 1: Dividing a Lesson into Meaningful Chunks Thinking about your lesson organization gives you the opportunity to provide a logical flow, comprehensive topic coverage and an uncomplicated layout for learners. Lessons are completed through one or multiple activities, which can be structured to address different levels of knowledge, traditional lesson components, unit plan components or …

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