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Tricks to Help Students Beat Writer’s Block

Tricks to Help Students Beat Writer’s Block

Creative writing can build better English and Language Arts skills, but creative writing is a different beast. If students are uncertain how to start writing, they’ll face what all writers, even professional writers, dread – writer’s block. Here are six activities to inspire their writing. When reading a book, poem, short story, or other lesson, … Continue reading

How to use Assistive Tech to Unleash Creative Writing

How to use Assistive Tech to Unleash Creative Writing

Writer’s block may not be the biggest writing challenge students need to overcome. For some students, writing mechanics, including handwriting, typing, or grammar, are hindering students from expressing their creative ideas. When you think of ways to help students become better writers, assistive tech probably doesn’t make it on your list, but it should. Assistive … Continue reading

Teach K12 Novel Writing: Where to Start

Teach K12 Novel Writing: Where to Start

November is National Novel Writing month, making it the perfect time to teach a unit on creative writing.  Fictional narrative is unique from academic writing, leaving students confused about how to approach creative writing. Check out this infographic for tips and inspiration to help your students write their best draft yet. Infographic text: Free-flow writing … Continue reading

Explore the Future of K-12 Esports: Competitive Coding

Explore the Future of K-12 Esports: Competitive Coding

Esports has gained recognition as a legitimate growth opportunity for students since 2018 when the National Federation of State Highschool Associations deemed Esports an official sport (NEA.org). Many competitions are open to students, and several colleges offer Esports scholarships. Now there is another branch in Esports growing in popularity: competitive coding. The mainstream gamification of … Continue reading

Advance STEM Diversity with Culturally Responsive Making

Advance STEM Diversity with Culturally Responsive Making

Compared to other minority groups, Indigenous People still participate in STEM at a lower rate. Contributing factors to this participation rate include lack of funding and the traditional way STEM is taught in K-12 schools and colleges. Making STEM education culturally responsive to Indigenous students makes education personalized, relevant, and accessible, which can help promote … Continue reading

DEI in K12 Esports: Promoting Positive Gamesmanship

Player demand for creating inclusive gaming spaces continues to increase with the growing participation of players from all walks of life. 59% of adult gamers want legislation requiring game companies to be more transparent about how they handle identity-based discrimination and harassment. Efforts are growing to expand inclusion at the professional level. In 2021, the … Continue reading

Celebrate National Literacy Month

Celebrate National Literacy Month

Get your students inspired to read this fall during National Literacy Month, happening all of September. This year we’re celebrating diverse literature that sparks children’s imagination, builds empathy, helps them understand and manage their emotions, and broadens their mindset. Part of National Literacy Month is Banned Books Week, happening September 18 – 24. This year’s … Continue reading

How Schools Can Advance Accessibility and Equity (3-minute read)

How Schools Can Advance Accessibility and Equity (3-minute read)

Pandemic learning showcased the state of accessibility and education equity across the U.S. Advancing education for all students starts with reevaluating what inclusive education means at your school. How to reevaluate inclusive education To advance accessibility and promote education equity, one assistive technology specialist believes teachers should reevaluate these 3 inclusive education myths: Myth 1: … Continue reading

3 LGBTQ Heroes for the Classroom

3 LGBTQ Heroes for the Classroom

As LGBTQ Pride Month wraps up, here are 3 people we highlighted for 2022 that we think are worthy of mention in an LGBT-inclusive curriculum. Alan Turing Turing is credited as the creator of modern computer science and AI. He put his talent to use breaking German codes during World War II. James Baldwin Baldwin … Continue reading