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Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year

Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year

As the world continues to adjust to the impact that COVID-19 has had on all aspects of our daily lives, schools are making plans for next year. In this challenging time, no one can be fully sure when students will return, but most are certain it will not be until the start of the 2020-2021 academic year if not a bit later. In order to best be prepared for a healthy and safe return to school, there are a few things that schools will need. Continue reading

Here to Help with Online Learning Needs

Here to Help with Online Learning Needs

The Douglas Stewart Company and our vendor partners know that this is an extremely challenging and uncertain time for everyone. We are committed to providing the help and support that our reseller partners and their schools need. We compiled a comprehensive list of our vendor partners who have created specific support and free resources for … Continue reading

eLearning and COVID-19 Posts

eLearning and COVID-19 Posts

Recently here on VAR Connection, we have been writing a lot about eLearning and COVID-19. We have seen the impact this virus has had education and our communities, and we want to offer as much support and insight as possible during this time.We have compiled all of our posts about eLearning here, and will continue to update this post as we write more. Continue reading

Free Resources for eLearning

Free Resources for eLearning

COVID-19 is having a huge impact on our world. This is a time filled with uncertainty as schools find new ways to support students and staff while following the guidelines provided by the WHO and CDC. Implementing the change needed to make remote learning possible may not be something schools can afford at this time, … Continue reading

5 Ed Tech Solutions for Distance Learning

5 Ed Tech Solutions for Distance Learning

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, schools across the globe are turning to distance learning to keep their students on track and safe. On top of regular hand washing and not touching your face, in some areas the CDC has recommended that those who can stay home do. Schools are turning to distance learning to ensure this is possible. While it may seem daunting to restructure classrooms on such short notice, today’s ed tech makes it possible. Here are our top 5 solutions for distance learning. Continue reading

What are “Genius Hours”?

What are “Genius Hours”?

Genius hours are a fairly new trend in education. The concept behind them is simple- students have one hour a week to explore and learn about whatever they want. The idea is that giving students the freedom to explore the topics they are passionate about helps them stay engaged and retain information. Continue reading

Is Video the Key to Personalized Learning?

Is Video the Key to Personalized Learning?

Social media outlets continue to adjust their algorithms to better accommodate and encourage video – is it time for teachers to do the same? In the digital age, nearly everything we see online has been customized so that it appeals specifically to us. Things are, in fact, getting personal. Education is no exception to this … Continue reading

Everything You Missed at TCEA 2020

Everything You Missed at TCEA 2020

THE TRENDS Esports – It’s what literally EVERYONE is talking about, and for good reason! In Texas school districts alone, esports programs grew from about 20 to more than 300 in the span of a few months leading up to TCEA 2020. Teachers and students are getting increasingly excited about the STEAM curriculum possibilities both … Continue reading

Exclusive EdTech during TCEA

Exclusive EdTech during TCEA

The Emerging Tech in STEAM Education Showcase will include many vendors that you won’t see on the exhibit floor during TCEA. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5 from 2-7 p.m. and will include speaking sessions on hot topics in education, as well as food truck eats and free drinks! Teachers can make connections … Continue reading