Cloud Communications: Creating a New Paradigm for Teaching and Learning

As K-12 schools shift to a new paradigm of instruction that is student-centered and learner-driven, many new tech trends are emerging to help facilitate this new teaching and learning model.

To learn more about four of the top tech trends impacting instruction in K-12 today:

Trend #1: Smartphones and BYOD

Trend #2: Cloud Computing

Trend #3: Social Media

Trend #4: Videoconferencing

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Using Technology in Physical Education

This easy-to-understand guide and reference book Using Technology in Physical Education provides complete information on how to use current technology to improve the quality of physical education classes. Designed specifically for teachers to make their teaching easier and more effective in the classroom, the book explains in simplified terms, and with the use of illustrations, how to evaluate and select from the many technological innovations on the market, and how to set up and use the equipment. It offers suggestions to teachers about how they can increase student participation by making their classes more fun, and how they can minimize the amount of time spent on tedious administrative work and maximize the time for quality instruction. The different types of technology covered include: fitness testing equipment, videocassettes and laser disc players, camcorders, computers and computer peripherals, telecommunications hardware and software, computer-assisted instructional software, and multimedia systems.

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Want Smarter, Healthier Kids? Try Physical Education!

Quality, daily physical education in schools not only reduces obesity amongst our children, but it improves academic performance. With more than 40 years in the field of education, Zientarski has created a highly successful program called the Learning Readiness Physical Education (LRPE) program at Naperville Central High School. The program has produced such dramatic improvements in test scores, behavior and childhood obesity that it has inspired adoption in school districts from across the country and around the world, including Denmark, China, South Korea and Canada. His program has been highlighted on major TV networks and featured in documentary films. Zientarski shares his educational philosophy and programs with audiences nationwide, including the President’s Council on Health, Fitness and Nutrition in Washington, D.C.

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Standards Based Assessment and Grading in Physical Education Edition 1 50% off now $14.98

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World's First Wearable Technology for Autism

Cambridge, MA startup Brain Power travels across the US this summer to meet communities connected to Autism! Their apps help with eye contact, language, behavior, and more!

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New Free CDC eBook

A Story of Health, a collaborative project between CDC and partner organizations, is told through the lives of fictional characters and their families — Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and Stephen, a toddler recently diagnosed with leukemia. Each story features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. This case-based learning opportunity provides information you can use today to promote health and prevent disease. Download the eBook each story is accredited separately.

New eBooks Available

Developing the Standards-Based Physical Education Curriculum $9.95

  • Steps necessary to turn national/state exit and grade level standards into a usable curriculum
  • Selecting instructional units
  • Writing grade-level standards
  • Integrating other subject areas
  • Determining the yearly plan
  • Developing unit plans
  • Developing lesson plans
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Standards-Based Assessment and Grading in Physical Education, 2nd edition $29.95

  • Aligning the assessment to the standard
  • Developing assessment tools
  • Choosing scoring systems
  • Creating rubrics
  • Designing a standards-based grading system
  • Creating student portfolios
  • Lots of examples!
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Creating a Standards-Based Physical Education Environment $9.95

  • Setting up the physical environment
  • Selecting facilities and equipment
  • Protecting yourself from liability issues
  • Working together as a department
  • Creating a student handbook
  • Creating an inclusive environment
  • Maintaining positive discipline
  • Developing social skills
  • Designing class rules and procedures
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Teaching Standards-Based Physical Education $9.95

  • Understanding students
  • Motivating students
  • Creating interesting and meaningful learning experiences
  • Looking at how students learn
  • Creating learning experiences that are brain-based friendly
  • Creating learning experiences aligned with motor learning research
  • Looking at how each student learns differently
  • Improving your teaching effectiveness
  • Planning each lesson
  • Using time effectively
  • Providing model demonstrations and explanations
  • Providing effective practice
  • Providing quality supervision and feedback
  • Treating students equitably
  • Choosing the appropriate teaching style for your learning outcomes and class
  • Using station teaching for effective instruction
  • Using cooperative learning for teaching motor skills and social skills
  • Working with limited-English-Proficient Students
  • Using effective reading and vocabulary teaching strategies
  • Working with students who are differently-abled
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Online Physical Education

Despite the name, Online Physical Education classes take place in the real world, not on a computer screen. Thirty states allow their public school students -- usually middle school or high school -- to take PE online, according to Family Fitness Guide Catherine Holecko. Some public and private Online PE programs are open to homeschoolers as well. Online PE usually consists of a computer-based portion and an activity portion. The computer portion can involve learning about physiology, doing writing assignments on different parts of the body and various exercises, and taking tests.

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Fitness Trackers May Motivate Some Children to be More Active

Fitness trackers may help motivate some children to be more physically active, and Let's Play spokesperson Steve Ettinger said when children are measured by how well they do, they have an incentive to work harder. Canisius College assistant professor Chuck Pelitera said not every child needs a fitness tracker, however, as some are already highly motivated and active and others focus on the love of the game instead of analytics.

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