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Intro to Tech for Teachers: 5 User-Friendly Recommendations from ExamTime

"Get with it or get left behind" — that’s the usual message surrounding technology in the classroom. But Philip Ellis of ExamTime, a platform that helps teachers create “digital backpacks”, is hoping to make things more user friendly.

“We want our users to be co-authors of knowledge and that means sharing content is something we have focused heavily on in developing these tools,” he says of the company, which helps teachers create flashcards, quizzes, mind maps and notes online.

If that sounds daunting and you’re new to using tech in the classroom, don’t fear! Ellis has some great ideas on how to get started with five tech recommendations for teachers that are truly “…a joy to work with and something you…

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The Highest and Lowest Teacher Salaries in the U.S.

Are you curious about teaching salaries? A better question to ask might be, Where are you planning on teaching?

The National Education Association has reported that many states have seen a large boost in teacher salaries, despite a small overall drop in teacher pay (-3.2%) as of 2002–2003. New York (up 11.9 percent), Wyoming (15.2%), North Dakota (10.1%), District of Columbia (10.1%) and Massachusetts (10%) have all seen jumps in public educator paydays. Three of those states (NY, MA, and DC) are in the reigning top 10 for salaries.

It seems that one of the determining factors for rate-of-pay comes down to your zip code. Here is a look at some of the highest — and lowest — paying districts and schools in the best compensating states for teachers:

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Introducing: The Teach100 Mentor Blog Series

Calling all Teach100 Bloggers!

Teach.com is launching an exclusive new advice series called Teach100 Mentors. We’re inviting our favorite Teach100 bloggers to participate in a monthly survey that gets your expert opinions on important issues in education, from Common Core Standards to apps for the classroom.

We also want your personal thoughts on what you do (yes, you!) every day: key challenges in teaching preschool, indispensable resources for ESL learning, the best advice you ever received in your work as a school principal.

We know that Teach100 bloggers are the best of the best: they write about education because they live it, and they love it enough to write about it. That’s why we want your input.

And there’s something in it …

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16 Best Teaching Tumblrs

If you like reading education blogs, you’re probably already familiar with Teach100; the blog is a great one-stop shop for writing tips from student teachers to school counselors.

But if you’re short on time, microblogs like Tumblrs may be more your speed. Since they’re designed as a way to quickly share — whether it’s thoughts, pictures, or news clippings — Tumblrs are fun and easy to skim, as well as participate in.

Here are a few of our favorite education blogs (in no particular order), ranging from silly to serious, for the next time you need a quick, fun or informative read:

  1. I don’t do, I teach
  2. This blog is mainly a source of hilarious .gifs about the teaching experience, but also answers (h…
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Student Teaching: Teaching Your First Classroom

Your student teaching experience is the first step to becoming a transformative teacher. This time in your education (whether through your Bachelors or Master of Arts in Teaching degree) provides you with hands-on experience in the classroom, and allows you to develop your personal teaching style.

Feeling nervous or apprehensive? Totally normal. The following guest post is from Pro Student Teacher, a blog dedicated to providing aspiring teachers with helpful hints to navigate their student teaching experience and be prepared for their first years of teaching.


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Welcome to Student Teaching

Your student teaching experience is the first step to becoming a transformative teacher. This time in your education (whether through your Bachelors or Master of Arts in Teaching degree) provides you with hands-on experience in the classroom, and allows you to develop your personal teaching style.

Feeling nervous or apprehensive? Totally normal. The following guest post is from Pro Student Teacher, a blog dedicated to providing aspiring teachers with helpful hints to navigate their student teaching experience and be prepared for their first years of teaching.


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Parent/Teacher Confluence: How (and Why) to Join Forces

As school starts, you’re most likely dreading the Stresses of Semesters Past (SSPs, for short!): long grading sessions, state exam readiness panic or tension with parents.

While not all teaching problems are preventable (we all will, at some point, get behind on homework grading), issues with parents can be circumvented. In fact, by being a little proactive, you may find a new set of learning allies for your students, and more help for you.

The Importance of a United Front

Have you ever received pushback from students’ parents about their behavior in the classroom?

Parents may be surprised that their child is behaving differently in the classroom, but it’s important to remember that school is a separate environment than the one at home — and student behavior can drastically change between the two. For example, a st…

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