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21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 5 Recap

" We want to have students be able to be comfortable with being uncertain. " In the fifth #21For21 episode of Competencies ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 4 Recap

" ...the world is not standardized." In the fourth #21For21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview Matt Rhoads, a ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 3 Recap

" I always say we have to open the window to the adult world for kids and actually have conversations about what's ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 2 Recap

" I focus a lot on helping students to understand that all communication is persuasive" In the second #21For21 episode of Competencies ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 1 Recap

No matter what students end up doing in their lives, they're going to be either consuming or creating content. In the first ...

3 Experienced Educators Share Inspiring Journeys of Teaching Without Grades

“Where’s the vocab test?” Bonnie Nieves, a high school biology teacher in Massachusetts, often hears this from her students on the first ...

Why now is the time for schools to give up grades

In his book The Audacity of Hope, former American President Barack Obama said public education was, “stuck between those who want to ...

Redefining Resilience for Educators in 2021

It’s no secret that the past year has presented numerous challenges for you and your students.  Change, fear, loss, anxiety, whatever it ...

Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 14 - Recap

One piece of paper cannot showcase the full realm of anyone’s story or what they’re capable of. That’s why Scotiabank has begun ...

5 Lessons for Teachers from the Ungrading Movement

I sat in my former principal's office and told him I wanted to stop grading. Needless to say, it required some convincing.  ...

Project-based learning vs. problem-based learning

This is a guest post by Sara Segar, founder of Experiential Learning Depot and a former high school biology teacher at a ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 8 - Recap

The sales industry isn't what you think it is. Sales is not simply pushing a product, it’s solving problems and adding value. ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 7 - Recap

What gets you excited in the morning? Think about the one thing you love to learn about or do, in or out ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 6 - Recap

Writing is a skill that will benefit you in any job scenario. However, how we are taught to write an essay throughout ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 5 - Recap

Failure is really the key to success. In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview Austin Belcak, founder of ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 4 - Recap

Don't make excuses. In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview filmmaker, Rob Comeau. Listen and learn: What separates ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 3 - Recap

Nobody does the optional, so do the optional. In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview Navid Nathoo, an ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 2 - Recap

When you're passionate about what you do, there is no 9-5. In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 1 - Recap

Position titles come and go. It's not about the "what." Instead, it's about who you are. In this episode of Competencies without ...

One way you can help students prepare for jobs that don’t exist yet

One of the greatest pleasures of being a teacher is the ability to set your students up for success and watch them ...

Connect home and school with digital portfolio applications

This is a guest post by Grade 5 teacher, Krista Ford, from Waverly Memorial. I’ve always been a teacher eager to incorporate ...

Thought-provoking student reflection questions for every scenario

Reflection encourages students to take a moment to look back and appreciate their learning progress, to identify their strengths, weaknesses, and goals, ...

How to implement visual thinking strategies (VTS) in your class

Picture yourself in an art gallery (COVID-19 edition: wearing your mask, of course). You walk the aisles and appreciate the pieces you ...

How to focus on social and emotional learning with digital portfolios

Since COVID-19 hit, social and emotional learning, or SEL, is more important than ever before. How do we create opportunities for social ...

Five ways to capture growth in a remote learning setting

There are many fears and worries about remote learning and a new school year, but we need to move forward. How do ...

How to implement project-based learning with digital portfolios

This is a guest post by Nicholas Provenzano, the award-winning educator and best-selling author behind The Nerdy Teacher. As a teacher that ...

The educator's guide to making great videos

Video in the classroom has been on the rise for years. You might even be surprised to learn that educational videos are ...

Using digital portfolios to support the documentation of knowledge

Keeping digital portfolios at the core of your work with students is key to building habits of documentation, making learning visible, and ...

How to support anytime, anywhere learning with digital portfolios

Spaces by myBlueprint was proud to be a sponsor at this year's Teach With Tech event. Did you miss our session? No ...

How to make your teaching videos accessible (and why)

Recently, I asked a group of educators how they’d make teaching videos accessible this fall. Many of the suggestions, which I’ve included ...

Create a teaching video with video production best practices for teachers

When thinking about how to create a teaching video at home, the best tip you will ever receive when putting together a ...

#teachersoftiktok: How to effectively use TikTok in your classroom

In a COVID world, it feels as if using tech is the only way to really communicate with your students. But, let’s ...

Closing the school year with an exit portfolio

Finding the best way to conclude a school year is a challenge, even in the best of times. How do you help ...

Must-have video tools for education

Has video become a more regular part of your teaching routine? Given the shift to learning at home, we expect most of ...

How to use video to give engaging student feedback

Creating short videos for each student to help articulate your feedback in a medium they love can be a great way to ...

What is a portfolio for the classroom?

When you look at your students, you don’t see their mid-term grade or the percentage they got on their last essay. You ...

Focusing on feedback over grades

Like standardized test scores, grades are intended to give us a simple, quantifiable, and comparable measurement of performance. But many educators (and ...

Frequently Asked Questions: Spaces & COVID-19

We're all going to get through this together. We understand that these are unprecedented and unpredictable times. That is why we want ...

How to use digital portfolios to promote metacognition in your classroom

Metacognition is another one of those buzzwords that is often thrown around by educators and administrators as a must-have in the classroom ...

How to craft writing skills through topics and media students love

when the students themselves are not connecting with the content. Having students create content about topics they love, however, can give them ...

Parents' and family guide to digital portfolios in the classroom

Digital portfolios are becoming an increasingly popular way for teachers to encourage capturing and documentation of learning, prompting meaningful reflection, and providing ...

How to implement digital portfolios: Tips from Madison City Schools

This is a follow-up article to our profile on Madison City Schools, where we interviewed the district’s technology lead Daniel Whitt on ...

Telling the whole story with digital portfolios: An interview with Instructional Technology Coordinator, Daniel Whitt

Daniel Whitt, instructional technology coordinator for Madison City Schools, is on a mission. Digital portfolios for every student. Whitt’s school district in ...

Five things to look when assessing equitable solution for digital portfolios

  When deciding which technologies to introduce to your students, it’s important to consider how every student can not just use, but ...

Considering equity when implementing digital portfolio tools

When speaking with educators about digital portfolios, some have expressed concerns about adopting one standardized portfolio tool for their classrooms. Two of ...

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