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Teaching and learning are constant. However, the approach constantly changes with resources, tools, strategies, programs, and enhancements. The evolution over the years is incredible when you look at pictures of classrooms a decade ago compared to the one's today.


The addition of technology and artificial intelligence influences has impacted the educational setting. ‘Hey, Siri, can you tell me the capital of ?” “Alexa, how many miles is it around the Earth?”

We can ask a question, and it can be answered for us in a matter of seconds. This piece of technology changes the way we look at teaching and learning

Assessing what is known

To gain a clear understanding of what students know, understand, can apply, and communicate, assessments utilized have always been questioned. True and False questions are not at the depth of learning; students need to have application knowledge. Multiple-choice questions are used as a summative assessment, usually to determine the learned understanding of the content. This has been a good assessment tool when also combined with short answers.

Assessing student learning and growth is under debate every year. The test score reported to the Federal Government reflects a summative assessment of multiple choice and some writing in the reading section.


In every part of the learning journey, the student is the key to every door. Learning occurs when the individual student assigns meaning. My saying is, “Education is something we do with children, not to them.”

As educators, our continued growth in assessing and instruction will always need to focus on the reality of student meaning. Until students can place value and importance on learning, they cannot make connections.

Here are some of the ways to help:

Students may come up with an idea of their own to present to you as a way to demonstrate their knowledge and share it with the class. It is a strong belief of mine that children can create and do more if we give them more space to do it.

Teaching children about safety is so important. As a focus for all of us this year, we need to make safety in all areas a priority. Safety is not just a simple conversation but a continuation of many discussions. We can begin with a short checklist.

As we have experienced a global pandemic with shutdowns of our educational system and lockdowns with a push for safety against the threat of the Covid-19 outbreak, our children were pushed to an online learning format to receive educational instruction to meet academic needs.

Technology usage brought to light many needs and areas for improvement. When I was a young teacher, I can remember talking about technology safety. In today's world, there is so much more availability of technology, programs, and people utilizing the resources, which increases the need for safety. An excellent checklist has been created for you to utilize for video chats which became part of the educational day.

Safety Threats On-line

Children face safety issues when they are utilizing technology. Adults do as well! The problems facing children are those in which they need to be informed to watch out for and to look for the warnings. Understanding safety is a better approach than addressing the dangers.

Safety issues for children in grades 5th-12th are the areas we will focus on now. This seems to be the age group to address safety practices for technology usage. You see the majority of children in this age group with multiple devices (cell phones, iPads, laptops, Chrome books, and gaming devices). The more social-media platforms they are involved with, the more safety protocols are needed.

Three significant areas to address at this point for safety are Cyberbullying, Online predators, and Inappropriate content. I will follow-up with an additional post to provide more details into these areas.

Tips to Tighten Safety At Home

Technology tips for Families can be a piece of your newsletter home to families. It can also be a corner on the school website. Keeping things updated to keep families informed will help build safety. Providing a list is always a great resource, and adding professional advice aids families in making decisions.

One of the resources provides a downloadable handout for parents and a presentation prepared to provide to families as a family night. More resources to address ages 6-8 years old are provided at this site.

As more resources are found to provide additional information for safety in technology usage, I will share them. Safety is essential in all areas, at all levels, and for all ages. Providing information on ways to help with safety is always crucial. In addition, always share what you are doing for the safety each day of those you serve.

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