5 TED-Ed Lessons About How the Food We Eat Affects Our Bodies

5 TED-Ed Lessons About How the Food We Eat Affects Our Bodies

This morning while my daughter was napping I went down the rabbit hole of YouTube related videos. It started out as a simple search for some new cycling workout videos and ended up with this TED-Ed lesson about carbohydrates. That lesson goes nicely with some other TED-Ed lessons that I have bookmarked about how the…
FAST Data Out of the Box: Using analytics to support intensive advising and increase retention rates

FAST Data Out of the Box: Using analytics to support intensive advising and increase...

This is a guest post by Andy Miller, Director of Academic Advising & Retention, Concordia University Wisconsin The rising trend in the use of data analytics for student success is a rather interesting phenomenon, especially as we consider the skillsets necessary for mastering each domain. On one hand, we have the ‘thinkers’ who objectively review…
5 Brainstorming Warm-up Activities

5 Brainstorming Warm-up Activities

Ethos3 is a presentation design company that has worked with some of the biggest name brands in the world. The Ethos3 Slideshare channel is a good place to get some inspiration and tips for designing your own slideshows. One of those slideshows is Wake Up Brain! In the slideshow you'll find five warm-up activities that…
Making and Understanding Paper Airplanes

Making and Understanding Paper Airplanes

Making and Understanding Paper Planes is a short video that was produced by students for Next Vista's Creative Flight video contest. Like a lot of the videos hosted on Next Vista, this video is a good example of students producing a video to teach a short lesson. In the video the students demonstrate how to…
5 Good Story Starters for Students

5 Good Story Starters for Students

On Tuesday morning I shared the idea of using the Story Dice apps (available for iOS and Android) as writing prompts or story starters for students. A few of you wrote to me and asked about similar options that will work on Chromebooks. Here is a handful of story starter options that will work in…
How to Create Animations With ABCya Animate

How to Create Animations With ABCya Animate

ABCya Animate is a free tool that students can use to create animations. It can be a great tool for elementary school and middle school students to use to create animations to use to tell a short story. For example, in my demonstration video the animation I started to make could be used as part…
The Basics of Creating a Quiz in Google Forms

The Basics of Creating a Quiz in Google Forms

Years ago I published a slideshow that demonstrated how to create a quiz in Google Forms. Even though that slideshow is now outdated, I still get requests for copies of it. To replace that slideshow I made the following video that demonstrates how to create a quiz in the current version of Google Forms. Take…
5 Reasons Accessibility Is Critical for Your Schools

5 Reasons Accessibility Is Critical for Your Schools

Schools and districts utilize their websites to provide resources and information to students, parents, and the community. Unfortunately, they are not always accessible for people with disabilities. Over the last several years, disability community advocates and the U.S. Department of Education have escalated the expectations that all digital content on school websites must be accessible…
Your Most Valuable Brand Ambassadors: Your Employees

Your Most Valuable Brand Ambassadors: Your Employees

This is a guest post by Seth Stephens, Chief Communications Officer for Orange County Schools (NC). After numerous focus groups, surveys and research, you have finally developed a brand for your school district that you believe will have broad support and great success. Now, you are primed to launch an aggressive marketing campaign to promote…
Blackboard Trend Report: 3/16/2018

Blackboard Trend Report: 3/16/2018

Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education? Here’s a recap of some of this week’s top education news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below. AGs Oppose PROSPER Act Over Ban on State Oversight of Loan Servicers Inside Higher Ed A bipartisan group of 30 attorneys general…

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